slippery mover of the week
Another sign that Jean Chretien's team is scared shitless of Paul Martin comes courtesy of the good Liberal folk in Etobicoke Centre, where Allan Rock is king. Turns out the when and where of the annual general meeting the riding association held recently were kept hush-hush for fear the meeting would be stacked by Martin supporters and, as a result, crucial seats on the riding executive would be filled by Martinites in the lead-up to the February leadership review. Now, was Rock, trying to do the PM a good turn or just bolstering his own leadership aspirations?
Bob Runciman, Ontario's minister of public safety and security, unveiled the protective suits police will be outfitted with in the event of a biological or chemical attack. But reading the fine print in the backgrounder, we learn that the government opted not to purchase the more expensive "self-contained breathing apparatus" that comes with the suit, "because it requires extensive training... and has higher maintenance costs." Yep. Sounds real safe to us.
Revenue reported by Rogers Communications' publishing arm last year: $300.3 million
Amount of profit reported: $27.3 million
Federal subsidies handed out to magazine publishers by the feds last year: $25 million
Amount scooped by Rogers: $5.2 million
Amount of sense it makes for a huge company like Rogers to be slurping at the government trough: 0
pricey policing Now we know why the cops were whipping up a panic around OCAP plans to protest the Tory convention back in May. They needed a convenient scapegoat to justify the $600,000 (minus the negligible amount spent on the OPSEU strike) they were blowing on police for the weekend event.
We just can't wait to see the bill, above the $2 to $3 million already spent, on policing for World Youth Day. We're sure it will be out of this world.
Speaking of the Pope, what a long, strange trip that was. In its memory, Upfront hands out awards for the biggest media suckers and sucker punches.
Bravest column: Christopher Hume of the Star for asking the question no one else dared to, namely: Why are these pilgrims so obnoxious and showy?
Cockiest scribe: Globe columnist Rick Salutin for having the audacity to suggest that the Pope's visit is not news.
Nuttiest defender of the Church: former Mike Harris chief of staff and now Star columnist Guy Giorno for his suck job lauding the Pope's "courage to remain constant."
Baldest display of moral relativism: the bishop quoted in Globe religion writer Michael Valpy's piece who said sex abuse by Catholic priests is less sinful than abortion.
Most misleading headline: Pope Speaks Out On Abuse, Toronto Sun (Monday, July 29).
Corniest headline: Papa John Paul Is In The House, Toronto Star (Friday, July 26).
Headline most likely to be remembered from Pope's visit: Mass Destruction, I Have Sewage Of 800,000 Pilgrims In My Store, Toronto Sun (Tuesday, July 30).