The cruel reign of the Mike Harris/Ernie Eves Conservatives was finally terminated, ending what looks more and more like a Dickensian time in Ontario. Like Bush's America, our province was threatened by enemies, a conservative hit list topped by the poor, teachers and health care workers. The cruellest joke is that these mean bastards weren't even good money managers. They gutted the province's social net -- and social conscience -- and didn't save a dime, just racked up a monumental debt. As well as monumental misery. No, Ernie, you guys aren't toast, just trash.
2003 the year in review
Terrible Tory times toast
Pestilence be goneAt least it didn't rain toads, but an almost biblical bevy of disasters tore at the fabric of Toronto in 2003. Our thoughts went out to the frontline health care and hospitality workers hit by the various crises. What made it harder to watch their challenges were the opportunistic politicians and promoters scrambling to find ways to make a buck, or political points, on the backs of the people really paying the price.
Cop flop moves onWe'd be a lot more excited about the overdue departure of police union windbag Craig Bromell if his hand-picked successor, Rick McIntosh, didn't seem like a clone of the bullying blowhard. Bromell brought a load of interference and intimidation to his reign as top cop in the union not normally seen in a democracy. From targeting politicians to fundraising campaigns that felt like hush money, Bromell put the porcine into policing a city that deserves better.
Nice legacy, MelWe finally got to say goodbye to nutty mayor Mel Lastman, although it seemed like he said "See ya later" long ago as he ran his administration, such as it was, from a lawn chair in Florida. Mad Mel could learn a thing from Jean Chretien on legacy building. Mel crashed and burned so bad in his last, lamentable term that City Hall's right wing look like Kim Campbell's Conservatives -- exterminated. The plastic mayor who brought us the plastic moose. Good riddance.