“I guarantee one thing: when I leave, I will be leaving on my own terms.”
Deluded Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino tries to suggest it'll be he, not his bosses on the police services board, who'll be calling the shots when it comes time to review his contract a year from now. We suggest the chief put a little spit and polish on that resumé. Deluded Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino tries to suggest it'll be he, not his bosses on the police services board, who'll be calling the shots when it comes time to review his contract a year from now. We suggest the chief put a little spit and polish on that resumé.
Nuclear stone age
It turns out our nuclear reactors, the ones that provide three-quarters of the province's electricity (and that we've spent loads refurbishing) are in worse shape than we thought. The more we spend, it seems, the less we get out of them. According to the latest review, output from nukes has decreased by some 33 per cent since 1997, while cost overruns have reached into the billions. Looks like those grand Liberal plans to close massively polluting coal-fired plants by 2007 will be shelved, too, lest we be left shivering in the dark. Just think how far ahead of the curve we'd be if we'd taken all those billions and put them into developing wind and solar power.
Zundel, freedom fighter
"The last thing anybody [besides Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel] wants is a protracted media-hyped series of court appearances that serve to publicize Mr. Zundel." That was the argument lawyer Leo Adler put forward to persuade Jewish community leaders not to have Zundel declared a risk to national security. A year later, Zundel's being hailed as a "champion of civil rights" by the Globe for challenging the government's security laws as unconstitutional. Talk about prophetic.
Making a killing off 9/11
After crying poor and coaxing a $2,500 cap on personal injury claims from the former Tory government, Canada's insurance industry racked up a record $2.63 billion in profits last year. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the astounding 775 per cent increase is "lower than reasonable profitability targets." We demand a refund. Now.
Amazing Tony Clement make-over
All the buffing, the coaching and the hair dye ain't gonna take away the fact that this ideologue of the right was a senior member of a government kicked out by an angry Ontario electorate. Does he really think when the votes are counted on March 20 he's going to be leading a new national Conservative Party starving for an Ontario base? Duh.