“The people's votes were very clear.”
Mayor-elect David Miller reacting to the latest absurd efforts of the non-elected Toronto Port Authority to intimidate the new city council with a six-page missive threatening a lawsuit should council nix the Island Airport bridge. The faster the authority without authority is dry-docked, the better.
PM-to-be submarine tactics
Let's hope Prime Minster in waiting Paul Martin doesn't trash countries the way he trashes ships. Greenpeace is sending up SOS's about Martin's mega-corp - in trust -- Canadian Steam Ship lines' (CSL) dumping its spent sea vessels, especially a ship dubbed the mighty Manitoulin, leaking toxic waste, in Asia. Martin and his family put the 'fuck off' in off shore with their tax dodges and "support" of the Liberian ocean-going community. Let's hope he leaves his watery ways behind whenever the hell it is he gets to become Prime Minster.
Paws off Palmerston posts
It may look good on a balance sheet, but city plans to replace the historic lamp posts on Palmerston with cheaper-to-maintain replicas just doesn't cut it. Contrasts make a city and Palmerston's over-ripe globes are just one more unexpected smile every time they're encountered. Up front is convinced that the "reprise" scene at the end of Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz is inspired by Palmerston's over -grown balls of light where Band member Robbie Robertson once lived.
Who got to Ken Whyte?
Toronto Star readers hoping to read founding National Post editor Ken Whyte's hot flashes about life with the Free Faller of Fleet Street, the disgraced Lout Conrad Black got no satisfaction Sunday. Right wing rad Whyte, who now happily sucks at the public teat as a visiting professor at McGill after years of railing against government pay cheque cashers, could probably use the dough but the no-show was announced in a terse statement in Monday's Star. Maybe Whyte, who probably suffers from a Canadian strain of the Stockholm Syndrome, can't turn on the publisher who mentored and then abandoned the free market freak.
New NDP digs a dump
Taking a break from abandoning campaign promises, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that he is moving the sitting members of the NDP -"Hey, they're not a party"- out of the legislature and into an adjacent storeroom. NDPers will share space with a urinal and a recycling box for spent ink cartridges while the government will use the additional space to accommodate the extending noses of lying cabinet ministers.