"Amalgamation's actually a bigger flop than its many critics predicted. It's embarrassing. This newspaper and this columnist crusaded for it from the Sun's start in 1971."
Rabid Toronto Sun columnist John Downing sees the light on Toronto's forced super-sizing a few years too late to matter.
Star skips get-well card
Kathleen Kenna, the Star reporter almost killed by a grenade attack in Afghanistan, must be really pissed at her employer. The Globe, not the Star, got the inside front-page story on the attack, a fitting humiliation for a paper that loves staff headshots and stories like Star Man Muzzles Martian. After a few months back at work, she was placed on "involuntary short-term disability." So much for "nobody gets left behind," eh, Torstar?
PETA poisons meat debate
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' new campaign smells like raw hamburger left in the summer sun. PETA's billboard shows a pig and a Vancouver woman allegedly murdered by Robert Pickton, and the caption "Neither of us is meat." Since victims' remains may have been mixed with the pig farmer's produce, the comparison is even more odious. Why victimize these women again? And, no, the families were not consulted.
Half-hearted TTC Test
If the TTC were serious about considering extending late-night subway service, it wouldn't have looked only at the riders on the last trains leaving the relatively underused St. George and Wellesley stations. Currently, only "vomit comets" (all-night buses) and cabs are available to partiers from 1:30 am on, even though years ago last call switched to 2 am and dance clubs can run all night. Everyone knows that only the really wasted risk taking - and missing - the very last subway. If the TTC had measured ridership just a little earlier, the numbers would surely have justified keeping the trains running and a few more drunks out of their cars.
T.O. wins as Toronto 1 loses
Oops, sorry, Dad. Drew Craig's ill-advised effort to create a Citytv-style station in T.O. (gee, don't we already have one?), the horrible Toronto 1, has been such a disaster that he's scuttling the family firm. The once incredibly overconfident Craig is selling the entire family empire to the despised CHUM group that vigorously opposed his license application. And as he loads his saddlebags with cash that barely exceeds Craig's losses on Toronto 1, he'll watch as another hated rival, the media-convergence-boner-bearing Torstar, gets the channel. Funny how Torstar chief Robert Prichard pretends to have only a passing interest in the station.