Better tourists on the way
Maybe SARS isn't all bad. Thanks to over reaction to this virus, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are the latest losers to cancel a Toronto visit and instead cool gay and lesbian lovebirds are making the trip to T.O. - SARS be damned -- to get married in our surprisingly enlightened burg. Let's push ahead on liberal pot laws so Happy Hempers can join love struck homos in replacing more feint-hearted tourists who once visited this town.
Save the baby Newfie
Newfoundlanders welcomed stranded Americans during 9/11 yet the American Humane Society is spending $3-million to convince U.S. tourists not to head north. Newfies have been - gulp - clubbing seals since they snuck onto the island hundreds of years ago. Is a smack on the head really any worse than a ball bearing to the brain or any of the other "humane ways" domestic animals, who have spent their lives in captivity, are hurried along to the golden arches in the sky? Perhaps the Humane Society - and prospective tourists -- should remember that while Newfs may kills seals they do not kill Iraqis. That is an American pastime.
Cross football off disgraced ex-impresario Garth Drabinsky's Can Do list. Last year the Drabster was hailed as the marketing saviour for Toronto's occasionally beloved football Argos. The Sham-artist Showman talked befuddled owner Sherwood Schwarz into pouring tons of dough into pricey, non-football promotions that didn't translate into committed fans. Now the franchise is yet-again on life support, scrambling for cash while only 8,201 fans showed up for a pre-season game. The Ar-r-r-rgos open the season tonight against the Saskatchewan RoughRiders at Sky Dome at 7 pm and we actually hope a lot of people come. But it won't be thanks to long gone Garth.
Olympic-sized delusions fuel flight to failure
Furious city hall meetings have shown Downsview's De Havilland workers prepared to sell out downtown Toronto for a promised order of a measly 10 aircraft from a non-functioning airline. Barbara Hall is selling out downtown to get the workers' union behind her mayoralty bid. So Jane Jacobs is shouted down by angry workers grasping at straws and the city gets stuck with an expensive bridge to a money-losing airport for an imaginary airline founded by a guy whose last airline (Canada 3000) is long out of business. Is this supposed to be a better time to launch an airline? Let's hope the November election comes soon enough to stop this growing disgrace from scuttling efforts to revitalize the city's rich-in-potential waterfront.
John Tory's 50s feminism
We cringe reading John Tory's media advisory that announces "Behind every great man, there are LOTS of great women". We're not surprised Tory hasn't heard of the likes of Hilary Clinton and Sophie Blair -more beside than behind -- although his own wife is slated to speak. But then the release goes all 1950s announcing "John Tory will be speaking at 6 pm (if he can get a word in!) Yeah, those dames, always clucking and yapping, eh John? Yesterday's man indeed.