“They were brought in to dance around in skimpy clothes.” - Humber Students Federation executive director Michael Parent does some dismal damage control after learning that the hiring of strippers to perform at a campus event violated local laws.
The spirit of giving
This snow sculpture in front of a Granby Street frat house in the heart of gaytown is, we think, a stab at humour. But not all area residents thought it funny. A few, who're none too pleased with the hootin' and hollerin' the fratsters are usually up to anyway, called the cops, who told them Sorry, freedom of expression. The 519 Community Centre's gay-bashing hotline and the office of local councillor Kyle Rae also received complaints. But neither seems eager to, ahem, get behind the cause. "We're hoping the warm weather takes care of it," says one rep in Rae's office. At least the jokesters responsible thought to make a statement for safe sex by putting a condom on the offending snowman.
Peeing in Miller's plants
We're sure Toronto's homeless don't fit into the Globe's $100,000-plus demographic. But it was strange to read progressive columnist John Barber's urgings this week that they take advantage of David Miller's "open door" policy to storm his office, maybe even pee in the plants. Hard to see the point of sabotaging Miller's attempt at accessibility. Barber appears to be racing other journalists eager to see Miller's honeymoon end pronto. As predictable as puppets in a Punch and Judy show.
Cashing in on Conan
While it's nice to see Conan O'Brien bringing his late-night show to town to boost tourism, it might be better to use the $1 million that leveraged the deal to land prime-time viewers as tourists instead of the somnolent stoners who take in his show. If we can get Conan for a mill, how much for an episode of The Sopranos - f'ged about it - or Survivor: Centre Island or CSI: Don Mills? Better yet, how about all the shows that are shot in T.O. admitting they're filmed here and having their stories set in this city?