“I'm not sure Ontario's ready for a premier with a man purse. I just don't know how that's going to go over in Bancroft.”
Purse-positive Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman welcomes raving heterosexual John Tory into the Conservative party leadership race.
A pesticide pusher by any other name...
There's a new contender for Toronto's most Orwellian local organization: the Toronto Environmental Coalition. Sounds like a lovely bunch of tree-hugging enviro-activists keeping the city safe from PCBs, DDT and every other nasty acronym. Wrong. It's a collection of lawn-care companies - pesticide promoters who are battling the city's path-breaking chemical ban. They're running desperate radio ads to maintain their right to spray poison in local air, while the real people fighting for nature are the Toronto Environmental Alliance.
Godfrey strikes out again
Paul Godfrey's Conservative cronies on the Ontario Municipal Board have bought his paranoid warning about a senior citizens home south of the SkyDome. Condos are filling the area, but Godfrey conned the board, saying old folks wouldn't be safe and might pose a security risk. The board nixed a city-backed plan for affordable seniors housing, thereby eliminating the threat of al-Qaeda-supplied booby-trapped walkers and electric carts breaching the stadium's security perimeter.
NDP shouldn't use kids either
A week after NDP MPP Rosario Marchese lashed out at Liberals for using kids as backdrops for propaganda, a fellow lefty did the deed. First-rate city councillor Olivia Chow, with great kid creds, announced her federal candidacy in a daycare centre in front of a pack of smiling children. We've got our fingers crossed the Jack-and-Olivia show is moving to Ottawa, but part of the NDP's appeal is that it's not like other parties. This is one tactic it shouldn't borrow.
Hunks for heteros
Check out the babe pushing Christian fundamentalism. A Jennifer Aniston look-alike, a hunky fresh-faced young dad and a creepily Aryan kid (god, is he wearing lederhosen?) popped up in papers over the weekend. The ads flog reactionary closed-mindedness. Looking as benign as PSAs, they push traditional marriages - you know, not the icky guy-on-guy and girl-on-girl ones. The ads and Web site reveal Focus on the Family to be the kind of Christ-twisting fundamentalists you'd expect to find in the U.S. Bible belt, not the GTA.