Give coffee a chance Given the crazy blast of winter Saturday, you might think only the truly hardy came out to say no to war in Iraq. Truth is, twice as many as the 5,000 attributed to the demo were there. It's just that everyone spent half their time warming up at the coffeeshop.
Of course, it's ironic that the Mirabel airport of subways, the multi-million-dollar Sheppard line, is being unveiled the same week the city approved a 10- cent fare hike just to keep things running -- down. We're happy to have the excellent art on this subway to nowhere. But weren't developers supposed to be picking up the tab for this one, since they'll be making a killing on increased densities around the subway? Just another Mel deal gone bad, and a lovely parting gift for his ex-constituents up there in something once known as North York.
Finklemania grips L.A.
Nice to see over-hyped auteur Ken Finkleman bag a retrospective last week at L.A.'s Museum of Television and Radio. His famed Larry Sanders rip-off, The Newsroom, screened along with some of his, er, lesser works, including More Tears, Foolish Heart and Foreign Objects. Let's see, the museum screening room seats 150, so even half-full, more people in L.A. will have seen Foolish Hearts than on TV in all of Canada. Kinda makes ya proud.
Keep it comin', Kenny
Nice of ever-brittle Globe head Ken Thomson to liberate his art collection after 50 years of hoarding, setting it free in a new gallery at the AGO. The cadaverous connoisseur has ponied up another $50 million for the gallery to expand. A good deal for the public, since he hung his dead dad's name on Roy Thomson Hall for only $5 million. We love it when rich white guys get attacks of conscience late in life. Don't stop now.
He'd rather be in Philadelphia
Dennis Mills for T.O. mayor? Seems rich and powerful types in the federal Liberal party want the MP with a penchant for the harebrained to take a stab at the mayoralty -- and not with a penknife. The Grit pooh-bahs may be trying to sidetrack the quixotic candidate so he'll abort his run for the party leadership (he's raised $400,000 so far), afraid of what he'll say on the campaign trail. We'd be scared, too, but agree with Mills when he says, "There should be an ideas-based campaign" instead of the coronation being prepared for a refurbished Paul Martin.