“I'm doing it to protect my interests and rights. My reputation is at stake.”
Disgraced and dumped former police services board chair Norm Gardner explains why he's going to court to appeal his ouster, which left the board with barely enough members as it faces one of the biggest police scandals ever. And Norm, you have no reputation to protect.
Canadian pot makes U.S. drug czar paranoid
White House drug czar John Walters is whining that Americans can't handle Canadian hydro. Claiming Canada is exporting "the crack of marijuana," Walters maintains that annual weed-related emergency room visits have doubled from 60,000 to 120,000 in the States in the last few years. Does he really think announcing that our pot is tops will cause weed-loving Yanks to stop using it? Just keep the lights a little lower, try listening to Floyd or Air, breathe a little deeper, and everything will be fine.
Ford's four-star fantasy
Miserly city councillor Rob Ford thinks staying in Toronto's homeless shelters is a "four-star" experience. His logic, as usual, is twisted. The budget-cutting kook thinks that since it costs $156 a head to house the homeless at Fort York, they're getting the equivalent of a $156 hotel room. Local shelters wouldn't let mayoralty candidate John Nunziata in, but we bet they'd let Ford unfurl a bedroll to learn a big lesson. How about it, Rob?
Ten minutes for being a dick
Tie Domi crunches bodies better than his brother crunches numbers. As Dash Domi is smeared across front pages for strangely timed cash withdrawals and City Hall visits, brother Tie is doing what he does best. The thicker-skulled Domi is playing tough guy, threatening not to talk to Star sports reporters because he thinks the paper's city writers are slagging his brother. He'll soon see newsies aren't as compliant as jock journalists.
The Toronto Star has never had much respect for the alternative press. But plagiarizing a story that ran just days earlier in the Village Voice is a little lame. You'd hope that Star editors would at least pick up the Village Voice once in a while, where reporter Prithi Yelaja helped herself to a piece about U.S. war resisters hiding out in Canada. To make it worse, the piece was by Voice luminary Alisa Solomon. Star editors might want to start looking at alternative newspapers. It could save them embarrassment in the future.