Oinking all the way to the bank “Some very disparaging things have been said about these officers. It's basically accusing them of thieving. It's almost as if they are not honestly earning that $100,000."” - Chief Julian Fantino on why constables pocketing $100 Gs plus a year should be shielded from salary disclosure laws. Not the kind of positioning one would expect from a chief who doesn't want the taxpaying public to think our cops are pigging out at the trough. Eves bum boy kisses off Babs The Barbara Hall campaign says reports that strategist extraordinaire - and former Ernie Eves bum boy - Jaime Watt has jumped (a sinking) ship are greatly exaggerated. Insiders, though, tell a different story - namely, that can-do-no-wrong Jaime doesn't want to wear the two-time loser label since polls now show former front-runner Hall trailing a surging David Miller and only a few percentage points ahead of John Tory. Watt may not be gone, but he's certainly been moved to the background. Hall's people should be rejoicing. Watt's right-wingnut influence on the campaign has doomed Babs. What's she doing cavorting with Tory backroomers anyway? A subway called pathetic Mel's pet project, the Sheppard subway, is becoming a worse boondoggle than even its harshest critics feared. Ridership numbers released this week reveal that the line is running at a pathetic 44 per cent of capacity during morning rush and an even lower 38 per cent during the afternoon rush. Looks like this white elephant will be sucking cash for some time to come. In the meantime, we'll have to make due with streetcars forced to a crawl in the core because there's no cash for track repairs. Let's see. First we cut the bejesus out of the TTC so that no one with a car would even think of taking it. Then we drop $1 billion on a line to nowhere smack dab in the middle of the car-lovin' burbs and expect it to turn a profit. Makes sense to us. graphically challenged New lawn signs say more about municipal candidates than intended. Barbara Hall's truckload of political veterans should have told her pick a colour any colour. Characteristically wishy washy, she has five different colours on her signs, all unreadable after twilight. David Miller looks like a ghost on his but at least they're bright and actually raise an issue - the island airport. John Tory's is characteristically smooth, slippery and brimming in backroom savvy while Tom Jakobek, like political scoundrels through the ages, wraps his sleazy campaign in the flag draping a Maple Leaf on his message.