Hey, kids, here's Johnny Beleaguered ex-boy-wonder publisher John Honderich continues his Toronto Star corporate free fall. He's now proudly attaching his name to the daily's new kiddie supplement, Brand New Planet. Honderich is listed as publisher of the mag aimed at public school kids and launched with a contest that describes winning a class field trip to Walt Disney World as an educational opportunity. Gee, Teach, it really is a small world after all. No longer burdened with chairing corporate board meetings or making major Torstar decisions, the ex-company prez now busies himself explaining that his bow tie doesn't spin or shoot water.
"I was there to support Vince (Nigro) any way I can. It's hard work. Somebody's got to do it." MFP salesperson Dash Domi on going to strip club For Your Eyes Only with the former Lastman staffer
Znaimer's crotchety ways
As Moses Znaimer heads for the final sign-off at Citytv, his pioneering TV concepts are drawing deserved kudos. But in matters of the crotch, Znaimer is decidedly old school. On his enlightened watch, his stations banned spouses from Christmas parties, great for bosses hoping to hit on drunken, unchaperoned female staffers. He even boasted in magazine articles about bedding the beauties who worked for him. Real nice, Mo, so even the women who succeeded without succumbing were always suspected of boning the boss to make it big.
Norma Rae for Sunshine Girl
Cries of One Big Booby, oops, One Big Union echoed through the halls of the city's decidedly anti-union Toronto Sun as editorial staff opted to cozy up to commies and go union this week. In a move barely noted in the trashy tab but gleefully reported in the other dailies, the Sun's editorial staff decided that hundreds of layoffs when the paper was rolling in dough -- hundreds of millions in annual profits -- was just too much, even for the radical right. Will the right rag's anti-labour ravings about union fat cats and lazy workers cut it with Sun staffers' newfound solidarity forever?
Mills's impossible dream
Ever-amusing Toronto-Danforth MP Dennis Mills has abandoned his quixotic -- hopeless? -- tilt at the Liberal leadership windmill, joining the bandwagon jumpers exiting that party's leadership race. With long-time rival Jack Layton newly installed as the NDP's great bright hope, ready to again challenge the east-end MP, Mills may finally have a real race for the hearts of Riverdale's somewhat liberal legions. Or, in a throwback to Mad Mel's reign, he might bail on the federal scene and convince his generous financial backers to fund a run for the wide-open Toronto mayor's seat.