Fighting fires with fireballs
Desperate to douse an out-of-control blaze that they started during a recent live fire exercise at CFB Petawawa, the army dropped napalm -- yes, the U.S. military's extermination fuel of choice in Vietnam -- on the area. Apparently, napalm chokes the fire by using up the surrounding oxygen. Wonder if Petawawa locals loved the smell when they woke up in the morning?
probe already poisoned The Sierra Legal Defence Fund has called on the provincial government to investigate Ontario Power Generation for allegedly emitting over 2,000 kilograms of mercury into the atmosphere from its coal-fired plants since 1999. It's a bold move, but we think asking the Tories to investigate possible environmental negligence is like having Arthur Andersen investigate accounting irregularities. Of course, the Tories may want another excuse to privatize OPG.
After winning an impressive pay hike during labour negotiations this spring, the police quietly asked for an additional $19 million for the pay raises at last week's police services board meeting. It's uncanny how the mayor and right-wing city pols can loudly accuse garbage workers of holding the city hostage for a wage increase and then lose their tongue when Toronto cops, who are already getting $587 million from the city this year, want to syphon even more dough out of cash-strapped public coffers.
death row on the web
In a punitive act that's being called an attack against constitutional rights, the state of Arizona is trying to control and censor Web pages for death row inmates provided by the Toronto-based Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (www.ccadp.org). The Coalition has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union to challenge the state regulation in court. But we don't know what's sadder, Arizona's need to further dehumanize prisoners about to be murdered by the state or the fact that the coalition maintains over 350 Web pages for death-row prisoners across the U.S.
bamboozle of the week
It didn't take long for the hucksters to make over the soon-to-be-closed Bamboo. As of last week, the Queen West club's landmark 200-foot-long mural created by local street artists like Runt (aka Alex Currie, who's also responsible for the Lee's Palace facade on Bloor) has been obliterated by black paint and the logo of a German brewery. Currie's verdict on the replacement?
I hope someone trashes the thing.