mandatory brain buckets
City councillors Kyle Rae and Chris Korwin-Kuczynski want Queen's Park to amend the Highway Traffic Act to require every cyclist, regardless of age, to wear a helmet. Currently, riders over 18 are not required to wear helmets. Go for it, guys! We have long suspected that the mayor of Toronto and more than a few Tory lawmakers at Queen's Park are a little soft between the ears.
brother, can you spare a dime? The Ontario NDP has always been critical of corporations throwing their cash at rival political parties. Something about how democracy shouldn't be for sale to the highest bidder, blah, blah, blah. But that hasn't stopped them from soliciting corporate cash to subsidize their upcoming convention in London. They are calling on their friends in the business community to pony up sponsorship money. Friends in the business community? That's a joke, right?
lock 'em up, ask questions later
Apparently taking his cue from Toronto police chief Julian Fantino, RCMP commish Giuliano Zaccardelli is meeting with visible minority communities in Toronto tomorrow (May 10). Zaccardelli wants to give representatives from various communities an opportunity to ask some questions. They might want to start with: "How long are the feds going to keep innocent Canadians locked up as suspected terrorists?"
canada goes bush-league
We were going to knock George W. Bush for backing the U.S. out of the International Criminal Court (having already backed out of Kyoto and a nuclear non-proliferation treaty). But then we learned that Canada's industry minister, Allan Rock, is looking for a way to dodge signing the Kyoto climate treaty. You knew it was just a matter of time before George Dubya's short-sighted unilateralism and brain-dead isolationist policy crept north.
Fromage of the week
So Brian Mulroney is finally getting the recognition he deserves. BM the PM is going to receive the Order of Quebec. Not surprising, since he primed Lucien Bouchard for his job and inspired a whole new generation of separatists. No word if he's also in line for the Order of Alberta for giving us the Reform Party.