Did the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations advocate evicting pot smokers? Some people reading an e-mail on a Federation Web discussion group from a tenant complaining about a spliff-smoking neighbour were certainly aghast that advice was given on how to proceed with eviction. The Federation says it wasn't so. They were merely informing the tenant about the eviction process. But federation program coordinator Dan McIntyre admits that their initial advice was open to that interpretation and clarifies their position: On the issue of marijuana use, (we're) not gonna touch it.
coal fires up
Greens are hopping mad at Hydro One's proposal to run a cable under Lake Erie so they can sell coal-fired energy from Nanticoke in the U.S. The States will get the energy and we'll get more toxins in the air. So much for shutting down coal. Southern Ontario is fast becoming the smog capital of North America.
revolving media door
The Toronto Sun's appointment of new Ottawa bureau chief Bill Rodgers just goes to show you that you can't take the Tory out of the tab. After leaving his previous reporter's gig on the Hill for CTV a few years back, Rodgers landed as communications director for the federal Conservative party and was party leader Joe Clark's press secretary in his 1999 by-election and the 2000 general election. Like Clark, the Sun is a spent force on the national scene.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada has put out the results of a poll that found 60 per cent of Canadian Muslims have suffered discrimination since 9/11. Not surprisingly, the poll found that Canuck Muslims perceived the most biased media outlets to be Izzy Asper's National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and Global Television. No! Not those pillars of objective Canadian jingoism!?
wake-up call of the week
On the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, amid the week-long television tribulations, the attempted hit on Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, in Kabul was relegated to the back of the news pages. We've already lost interest in an Afghan conflict that is only beginning. Food for thought: The Soviets rolled into Kabul in a couple of days in the early 80s. They were sent packing a decade later.