mel, doh!, mel, doh!
Gee, the February 17 episode of The Simpsons apparently takes place in Toronto. The show's two Canuck-born writer/producers are coming to T.O. for a talk February 13 at the Isabel Bader Theatre. But word is, Mayor Mel doesn't want to proclaim an official Simpsons Day. Why not? We had a Jackie Chan Day. Fearful of being compared to that colourful mayor Quimby of Springfield? Don't fret, Mel -- you'll always be our favourite cartoon character.
Salt Lake City council has decreed that all peaceful demonstrations during the Olympics will be allowed only in designated areas (excluding the Olympic Square, of course) and only if demonstrators have obtained a permit. Now why didn't Seattle and Quebec City think of that?
From January 29 to February 24, the IOC will conduct 1,800 urine and blood tests as part of the anti-doping campaign at the Olympics. Where the test tube stops, nobody knows.
drug war spin Critics of the failed war on drugs have slammed the U.S. government for spending millions on Super Bowl ads that suggested buying drugs supports terrorism. The Drug Policy Alliance say it's a cynical move to maintain the drug-war budget in the face of changing public opinion that believes the drug strategy has failed. Says the Alliance, "Blaming terrorism on Americans who use drugs is like blaming beer drinkers for Al Capone's murders."
loser of the week idea man
Paul Sutherland, North York councillor and potential mayoral candidate, has come up with another brilliant idea. You'll recall that he wanted to add more lanes to the DVP. Now he wants to stop spending money on new homeless shelters. Sutherland says too much money is going into shelters and too little for "the services taxpayers expect." Where does he get this stuff?