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Freshly minted superstar Avril Lavigne and never-minted star Chantal Kreviazuk missed the point of Bell Mobility's recent United Way fundraiser. People paid big bucks for the dinner that promised celebs at each table and a chance to gather autographs happily given in a room brimming with bold-face. Big-timers Bobby Orr and Doug Gilmour sat patiently signing for all, and other stars worked the room, available to everyone. But our glitter girls sulked in a corner, Lavinge pulling her furry parka hood up over her pouty head. Eventually, they demanded a ride home because people were "bugging them." Avril, it's a short road back to Napanee, and Chantal, shouldn't you at least be a star before acting like one?
“Payments were not handled properly by underlings.”
Money-grabbing, blame-dodging, blowhard new Brit, radical right-wing, door-stopper-delivering, disgraced media mogul and laughable lord Conrad Black demonstrates his "the buck stops there" philosophy as he falls from grace. Guess he won't be writing a biography of Truman.
Wallpaper founders' pasty thinking
Ex-Wallpaper mag main man the ever-precocious Tyler Brûlé prattled pompously in the Globe way beyond his years. Brûlé hasn't lived here in 14 years but mustered "shock" and "amusement" at "politically irresponsible" efforts to fight the Toronto Island Airport. Proving he knows more about plush pillows and platinum plates than urban ecology, he pined for the airport, ignoring the pollution that more flights would cause. Brûlé's advice to Toronto? Bend over for business - it won't hurt a bit.
Booze ban turns Leafs into Scrooges
Maple Leaf Entertainment has another chance to do the right thing. Any bets? The ACC's liquor licence has been suspended for seven days because pre-drunk fans got into the Rolling Stones and tussled with the cops. So no booze for Disney's Toy Story On Ice, one Leafs and one Craptors game between December 21 and 28. Big sales loss for the Leafs, but the liqour staff will be laid off just before Christmas. C'mon, team, cover the cash for staff, who mostly weren't in on the offence.
Conrad critics gain guts
Amazing how brave traditional press reporters have become writing about crash-and-burn Conrad Black now that they know there's no possibility they'll actually be working for a paper he owns. After years of doting on the doddering mogul, suddenly emboldened reporters are saying the darndest things. If they'd had some guts when they knew there might be a paycheque riding on their words, the whole thing would be little more impressive, and Hollinger shareholders wouldn't now be left holding the empty bag.