H, the new Special K
Using the Beatles song Revolution to sell expensive running shoes for Nike was weird, and putting Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' behind a Bank of Montreal commercial was bizarre. But what were Canadian ad execs smoking when they decided the Las' ode to the joys of heroin, There She Goes ("...coursing through my veins again"), would make the perfect soundtrack to a breakfast cereal TV commercial? The new Special K spot running on Canadian TV featuring the Las' song suggests something a little more extra-special in Special K bowls each morning. Clever subliminal advertising or just a real dumb mistake?
Dundas what? when?
After years of embarrassing delays over Dundas Square, which is supposed to revitalize the Yonge and Dundas corner, the damn thing opened over the Christmas holidays without a bit of fanfare. After many mothballed opening ceremonies over the years -- got to open before you can celebrate -- the Square's snake-bitten supporters simply brought down the hoardings and let the snow and flyers happily blow across the slate slab. No opening concert, no parties, not even a holiday tree, just a bunch of people wondering if the Hard Rock Café's patio got a hell of a lot bigger. Come on, get this party started before it becomes another derelict space.
Ballard ghost haunts ACC tip grab
Harold Ballard's ghost still haunts the Leafs, who are in the middle of a strike with the arena's support workers. Maple Leaf Entertainment delayed starting negotiations with ushers, servers and other staff until well into the season, and the company's greedy hand in the staff tip jar is a huge issue. Steve Stavros might want to chat with his Leafs co-owners who run the Ontario Teachers pension fund: just think of all those little students running around the province collecting coins for UNICEF at Halloween -- maybe he can get a cut of that cash, too. And a note to the workers picketing with misspelled signs outside the arena. In Canada, centre is spelled with an "re" on the end, not the other way around. Like on the giant sign at the ACC. By the way, the workers say it's OK to cross the picket lines.
Fantino freakish on firearms
We can understand the provincial Tories' desperate agenda in fighting the national gun registry, chasing votes from the 905 and beyond, but what the hell is our police chief thinking? Many chiefs are behind the registry, but Toronto's Julian Fantino has joined his Tory pals in denouncing the plan, saying it won't stop the flow of illegal weapons. Maybe so, chief, but the second-biggest source of guns used in crimes is home break-ins. Under the registry law, gun owners would be legally bound to lock and store their weapons safely. And if the weapons are stolen, they will at least be traceable.