Fantino frisky over return
of pot busts It's hard to watch T.O. police Chief Julian Fantino lick his chops and declare that it's OK again to toss pot smokers in jail. Buoyed by the latest Ontario court ruling that supported Canada's outmoded pot laws, the gleaming Fantino announced,"For us it's business as usual,"as he encouraged his force to again harass recreational pot smokers for enjoying their vice of choice. When can we expect the hammer of the law to start coming down on the country club booze cart sellers that ply the 18-hole courses Fantino and his friends love to frequent?
Front-page funeral but ad inside
Classy move by Bell ExpressVu and the Toronto Star. While the daily's front page was full of tear-jerking reports from the funeral of young hockey player Dan Snyder, the man behind thewheel of the car that killed him was featured in a full-page ad inside. An ad selling ExpressVu pay-TV sports packages includes a tough-guy shot of the Atlanta Thrashers'Dany Heatley. Heatley slammed his Ferrari into a brick wall and killed his passenger, pal Snyder.The Star's TV section is a pre-print, but Snyder was in a coma for over a week before dying, so there was plenty of time to get an ad with a different spokesperson.
Makes Smithers look tough
Upfront's boss wasn't on Maclean's list of Canada's top 100 employers, but that magazine's boss was. The list includes Shell, the Bank of Montreal and Rogers Communication -- the owners of Maclean's and a helluva lot more.The happy mag workers boast their boss lays on skills training, employee discounts on company products and a rooftop patio. Why not brag about their beloved leader's vision for embracing casual Fridays?
Meet the new boss, same as the old (cop) boss
Toronto's police dropped a chance to change the nasty face of their thuggish union. Members voted overwhelmingly for more of retiring union head Craig Bromell's tough tactics. Old-school "street copper" Rick McIntosh, the hand-picked successor, clobbered the softer alternative by a 3,788 to 516 vote. Sadly, when the first inane utterance spills from McIntosh's mouth, he really will be speaking for Toronto's cops.Too bad.
Air Hall flight fades
Barbara Hall's poll plunge makes sense. Her cozy-up to the centre has disappointed, but her opportunistic backing of the crazy Island Airport and bridge has unleashed the free-fall.While actually sucking up to aircraft workers, she claims to want the bridge for "safety reasons." How can more flights by larger planes into a heavily populated area be safer? And the ferry to the island takes three minutes, while her drawbridge will sit open for 15 minutes an hour and take about as long as the ferry to go up and down.