no complaints, we're police
After NOW reported that he quit the police services board, in part because the cops weren't responding to citizen complaints against the force, city councillor Bas Balkissoon revealed at a public meeting last week that he was visited by one internal affairs officer. But instead of wanting more specifics so police could act on the dozen or so complaints he'd received, the cop gave Balkissoon the ominous feeling that Toronto's finest were leaning on him not to make waves. We can't understand why he ever wanted off the board.
No wonder the Toronto Star didn't include any specifics when they reported on the recent contract they reached with their internal unions. We recently learned from Southern Ontario Newspaper Guild's internal newspaper that the three-year deal, ratified by a 76 per cent vote, includes a modest 1.75 per cent wage increase in the first year and a 1.5 per cent increase in each of the next two years. The Star also managed to kill the early retirement plan. As Star unit chair Ann Maquire puts it, To go to that wall on eliminating our early retirement plan while the retiring chief executive officer (David Galloway) gets over $1 million in salary continuance is one hell of a message to employees fighting the newspaper war.
conspiracy of the week?
It didn't take long for the oil conspiracy to bubble up during the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan in the months after 9/11. But experts quickly dismissed that as a motive for America's latest Middle East incursion. Well, surprise, surprise, turns out the the country's leadership is currently in negotiations to lay you guessed it an oil pipeline built by Los Angeles's Unocal Corp. across Afghanistan to export Turkmenistan oil to India. Who's crazy now?
Got an axe to grind? Call the Globe and Mail op-ed page. Last week the Globe ran a scathing opinion piece by former federal Liberal caucus research director Jonathan Murphy that savaged prime minister Jean Chretien and his inner circle. The next day the Globe reported in a small news story that Murphy is suing senior party officials for allegedly reneging on the promise of a bureaucratic post. Whoops. Can you say hidden agenda?