Earth Day disappears
Whoever took Earth Day, please return it. April 22 was once a day of global green consciousness, but this year, when the world needs it more than ever, the day came and went with all the excitement of week-old compost. The dailies ignored a day that used to fill pages. Earth Day, please come back -- your mother needs you.
"How astonishing to watch a Canadian newspaper presume itself to be more pro-American than the most senior politician in the United States Senate."
- Former National Post columnist Patricia Pearson in the Globe on why she quit the floundering right-wing rag
Powerful pot loses Liberals
The Liberals have teased us with plans to legalize pot since Trudeau's time. Now their efforts to grow medical marijuana seem like an Allan Rock acid fantasy. First, Rock's replacement as health minister, Ann McLellan, claimed the weed being grown in an abandoned Manitoba mine shaft wasn't good enough. This week we're told the prairie green is now too strong and won't be shipped to waiting medical users. "Pfft, hey, great weed, man. What is it, Willie Nelson? BC?" "Pfft, nope, Flin Flon, baby."
Brave Jewish film fest
Toronto's Jewish Film Festival, opening next week, gets full points for not forgetting that Palestinians share the Promised Land. Last year the fest dropped a controversial film about the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres. But a number of films in this year's fest look at the lives of Israel's uneasy neighbours. Between The Lines follows crusading Israeli journalist Amira Haas, who is based within the Palestinian Authority. My Terrorist looks at the chances for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. All told, an impressive commitment to dialogue.
Bromell bombast blubber
Nice to see ever-open-minded police union poobah Craig Bromell react to criticism of the force with his usual grace. The fiery flatfoot freaked at a recent Appeal Court finding that the police are guilty of some degree of racial profiling. Duh!? The union boss now says cops will only clip white-faced felons because of this latest affront to our picked-on police. Honest, Craig, we didn't mean it. Now will you go?