“Those arrested in gang roundup range widely in age, ethnicity.”
Globe headline expresses surprise after cop gang raids in Scarborough. Were they startled that the alleged gang members weren't all white UCC grads?
Have a beer and fight Martin
If Jack Layton is as entertaining in Parliament as he is out of it, it might actually be worth watching C-PAC again. Crying "Beer, not circuses," Layton is selling six-packs of low-cal, low-carb and, oops, low-alcohol beer to help finance his campaign for PM. Jack Packs will be available in beer stores across Canada with the impish NDP leader beaming from the label. This idea has more gas than Flat Mark. Can we expect Tommy Douglas Coolers any time soon?
Pave paradise, put up a parking lot
Toronto's preservation board doesn't understand the big P-word in its title. Why else would it rush through approval of the Loblaws being dropped into Maple Leaf Gardens, ripping out the ice and replacing it with a parking lot? Although a viable plan to keep the Gardens as a hockey rink and much-needed tourist attraction is on the table, the board wouldn't delay the supermarket decision to consider it. Fortunately, city council still has a chance to do the right thing. And so does Loblaws, which should walk away from the project.
Green's career once greener
How far has one-time whiz-kid comic Tom Green's star fallen? This former bad boy and ex-Mr. Drew Barrymore is hosting the Canadian Walk of Fame gala at Roy Thomson Hall, in which the dead and near-dead are "honoured" at the end of their careers. A hideous maple leaf sidewalk tile will be unveiled for the honourees, some of whom haven't lived in Canada in almost a century. And organizer Peter Soumalias, who was such a dick when he was shepherding Conan O'Brien through town this winter, will have to be all nicey PR guy again.
He shoots, he bores
The Liberals are exchanging one stickman for another in York Centre. But while disgraced ex-minister and inexplicable Lothario Art Eggleton wielded his wood in the pursuit of impressionable women, hockey stickman Ken Dryden used his for sports glory and will now carry the riding's tarnished mantle. Should be entertaining to watch the painfully unpersonable Dryden struggle to be a man of the people. A verbose and plodding speaker, Dryden will give Fidel Castro a run for his record for marathon political speeches.