We're still trying to wrap our heads around how someone working at TVO, where the premier's girlfriend gets to run things, can be fired for conflict of interest. But the public broadcaster's ditching of kiddie host Patty Sullivan for appearing on another network's show is now heading to an arbitrator as she fights for reinstatement. Though turfed two moths ago, the sunny Sullivan still shows up on network promos, and little kids all over the province are left to puzzle over what happened to Patty. Polka-dotted publicity hound Polkaroo has become even sweatier under his costume with TVO's tough take on Patty.
"Do not fight for a dying regime."
George W. Bush addresses Iraqi soldiers in a TV speech but could be talking to American military personnel.
Barbara Hall stumbles right
Quite the photo op as Barbara Hall launched her mayoralty bid with a mad dash up the Paramount cinema's steps -- the kind of run we only attempt when fearing missing the trailer for the latest Lord Of The Rings epic. There's much to admire in Babs's campaign, but whenever she sucks up to the right, she stumbles. First she falls for the fixed link to Toronto Island, and now she's in the right-wing camp promising more cops on the street. Last time we looked, the most crime-infested corners in the city were within metres of Regent Park's 51 Division.
Lucky me, unlucky you
Many accuse Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and coach Pat Quinn of being over his head carrying two jobs. He should forget about adding a third as a political pundit. Speaking in the Star, Quinn declares he's "a lucky one" for not having had to go to war like his father and grandfather. In the next breath he sentences others to this "unlucky" fate, saying Bush's war is "what needs to be done." Coach Quinn ought to stay after practice and work on the logic of that one.
What a relief PM Jean Chretien decided not to play war games with Baby Bush. He's putting extra French in French-Canadian as we line up with the Europeans in the "no UN, no war" camp. And while Americans are publicly pissed at our pacifist position, secretly they're relieved. They feared the sounds of Canada's crashing helicopters and falling-apart flotilla would tip the Iraqis to the Bush brigade's whereabouts in battle.