Up-Front takes a look at the year ahead
Sure, all those New Year's babies are cute, but the calendar change just means the whole damn thing starts over again. Here are some of our early calls for what we'll see in 2004. And take it from us, it ain't gonna be pretty.
Promises, what promises?
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will finally confess, or rather claim, that all those crazy election promises were just a big misunderstanding. His party never intended to do any of it - it was more of a hypothetical scenario, blue-skying really. You know, a "what if?" situation or a "wouldn't that be nice?" kind of deal. Really, so sorry for the misunderstanding and, by the way, how much longer can we keep blaming the Tories for all of this anyway?
Harbour commish still bumming for bucks
The Toronto Harbour Commission will give the city a bill for $150 million. The board will claim the new council is cutting into their ability to run up huge entertainment tabs at the public's expense and denying them the opportunity to make backroom bucks through the secret deals and mysterious machinations that were once their bread and butter.
Jakobek jumps to the big time
Tom Jakobek will surprise us all by announcing his bid to lead the newly formed supersized Conservative party. Saying he was "shooting too small" with his failed mayoralty bid, the happy freeloader will be convinced he can eventually take the PM's chair because "all Canadians love hockey, and hell, who loves hockey more than me? I destroyed a career for it."
Well, just a touch of racial profiling
Rabid police chief Julian Fantino will finally admit that, well, maybe there is a little racial profiling on the force, and black people carrying large boxes or driving incredibly fancy cars just might be police targets. He'll finally give in and accept cameras in the cruisers when the Asper family promises to make Cops North, a reality police show on Global. The Aspers'll maintain that racial profiling will actually help the show get picked up in the States and promise to throw in a free police chopper to clinch the deal.