peta flogs fur
Think twice before heckling people strutting down the street dressed like they fell out of Superfly, all long fur coat and crazy sweater -- they might just be homeless. Last week a misguided promoter gave free admission to Roxy Blu in exchange for donated "ugly" sweaters to be given to the homeless. And the fur was flying Wednesday at 519 Church as PETA handed out fur coats to the needy. The cozy corpses come from guilt-ridden former fur fans. What would make us feel all warm and fuzzy are real solutions for homelessness.
mop top on top of top
No, you weren't having a digital TV meltdown -- that was book-booster Daniel Richler hosting the latest reincarnation of high school quiz show Reach For The Top. Following in the fabulous footsteps of Fred Davis and Alex Trebek, Richler now shares short snappers with precocious post-pubescents. But will game-show gumption spill over into his book-beat day job? "C'mon, Rohinton, get your hand off that buzzer if you don't have an answer. Salman Rushdie, for five points, what country put a price on your head?"
regent park for real?
Here comes another shimmering report for an economically integrated, reborn Regent Park. Sounds great. Other plans did, too, but they all seemed to stall. Real redevelopment might actually happen if Toronto's high rollers with hard-ons for megaprojects used some of their pent-up build-it-big enthusiasm for something we really need. Let's see John Bitove, John Tory, Paul Godfrey and the rest flex their mega-muscle for real people in Regent Park.
putting the party in party
Who knew the pompous parliamentarians at Queen's Park were such good-time guys? Had to laugh as Ernie Eves' elves got all loud and liquored (hey, I love you guys!) as the last night of the legislature overlapped with all three parties' annual ogle-the-interns events, er, Christmas parties. Now we're thinking of showing up at the Lieutenant-Governor's annual New Year's Day levee at Queen's Park. There's talk of shooters, drinking games and X-rated TVO outtakes.
think for yourself
Back off, Globe and Mail. NOW has been flogging the Think Free slogan since 2000. Hell, we wrote it real big on our building at 189 Church Street (left) years ago. But now the dullard daily claims free thinking on billboards like this one at Bay and Davenport. Perspective may be everything, kids, but so is timing.