“We will disarm the bad guys, but those entitled to have weapons for any number of reasons yet to be defined will have an opportunity to carry them.”
Canadian peacekeeping commander in Haiti Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Davis (or is it Charlton Heston?) shows there's no need to plan that Port-au-Prince vacation just yet.
Beer bucks for biathletes
Nice of Molson Breweries to commit to donating $5 for every 24 bottles of beer sold on April 2 for "elite Canadian Olympic athletes." But why is the company capping the donation at $250,000? Surely, if it sells busloads of beer it can keep its wallet open for the Athens-bound team. Now, if Molson could get someone to donate $5 per bag of weed sold from grow ops in its abandoned breweries, the entire Canadian team could fly first-class to Greece and stay in five-star hotels and screw the Olympic Village.
Free PR pointers for police
Toronto's cops squawk about budget cuts for the coming year even though, while getting less than they're asking for, the budget will still be up almost 6 per cent. They say they're out of ways to cut, but the $1.7 million spent on publicists isn't paying off. Here's a free way to improve press relations: have the cops regularly return phone calls from NOW and the Star, something they're loath to do.
York U cops out
York U has featured passionate Middle East debate for decades - but no more, if nervous administrators have their way. One pro-Palestine and two pro-Israel groups were banned after a free-for-all in a campus building not OK'd for rallies. Slamming the door won't make the issues disappear; the groups will just go underground. A sad lack of imagination from a place where debate is supposed to be embraced.
Babies back budget
Talk about going after the youth vote. Prime Millionaire Paul Martin's do-nothing budget offers aid to post-secondary students - just those who aren't born yet. His Learning Bond scam sees students born after 2003 someday receive grants if their families make less than 35 grand. By the time they're in university, that might buy them a Coke. Current students are given a chance to increase their debt. Thanks.