Stevie Cameron, the journalist who wrote the book on Brian Mulroney’s Airbus affair and allegedly turned info over to the RCMP,is being feted by "distinguished Canadians" tonight (Thursday, June 24) to raise cash for her legal costs. That few journalists are on the guest list is no surprise.They hate the idea of playing footsies with the cops more than anything – even more than they hate Muldoon.
Feds’ false bud advertising
Our friendly neighbourhood pot promoters, Canadians for Safe Access (CSA), are calling for an immediate moratorium on the distribution of medical pot after independent testing of the feds' bud revealed that THC levels are nowhere near the 10.2 per cent claimed by Health Canada. According to two tests conducted by the Quebec National Institute of Public Health, Health Canada's cannabis contains only 5 per cent THC, barely enough to catch a buzz, let alone have any real therapeutic effect. For all their talk about health care, the feds seem content to toy with the health of thousands of chronically ill Canadians.
Lollapalooza goes flop
Despite the best lineup since its 91 debut, Lollapalooza 2004 has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. A statement released by founder Perry Farrell suggests a split among organizers about venues - more concrete bunkers than fairgrounds - for the tour. "We plan on rebuilding and recreating the festival in surroundings more conducive to the cultural experience we've become known for," Farrell says.
Daily Bread busts union
CUPE has lost its bid to organize workers at the Daily Bread Food Bank. CUPE organizers aren't claiming management interference, but it's clear that some of the 21 employees who originally signed union cards changed their minds after a meeting with Daily Bread management. Daily Bread's executive director, Sue Cox, maintains that there's no need for a union. "I have an open-door policy," she says. Read, this one's far from over.
Harper the real pornographer
Conservative leader Stephen Harper attacked Paul Martin and the Glibs for being "soft" on child porn last week. He must have known before the polls confirmed it on Tuesday, June 22, that his party was beginning to slide. Desperate times call for desperate measures. But what of Harper's support for buddy Bush's war in Iraq and the thousands of dead and mutilated Iraqi children? Talk about obscene images.