“'On time' and 'on budget' are two concepts that have eluded every single nuclear power project in Canada. ”
Greenpeace executive director Rob Milling on Energy Minister Dwight Duncan's dumb decision to sink yet another $900 million into an aging nuclear reactor at Pickering.
Just do drugs
What CTV's special Ben Johnson: Drugs And The Quest For Gold uncovered about Nike's role in steroid use among athletes in the late 70s and 80s shouldn't come as a total shock. According to the doc, Nike's Athletics West club led seminars on how steroids worked and how to avoid tests. Winning means shoe sales, after all. Indeed, Nike annual reports to shareholders have boasted that soon after Athletics West's debut, "American athletes surged back to prominence. The resulting credibility for the young brand solidified Nike's reputation as 'The Running Company. '"
Harper's belly flops
Toronto Star readers awoke Thursday (July 8) to a frightening sight: Conservative leader Stephen Harper's flabby, pasty belly on the front page. Eew. The seamy sneak peek was caught by a Reuters photog as Harper's arms were raised by party colleagues eager to present a united front after the Cons' first post-election caucus meeting. Seems Stevie’s shirt was a tad too tight and short to stay tucked in. So cute. Maybe he's not so dangerous after all.
Laughs for anti-Semites?
French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala's scheduled appearance on Just For Laughs has Jewish group B'Nai Brith freaked - and for good reason. Though he's never been convicted, M'bala's Hitler-and-Orthodox-Jew shtick has seen him brought up on hate crime charges and his show banned by one Paris theatre. Just For Laughs organizers say M'bala's humour may further inter-religious understanding. We'll take that as a joke, and hope M'bala doesn't exacerbate tensions here by crossing that fine line from parody to paranoia.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is asking the public to report any sightings of rusty crayfish to its invasive species hotline (1-800-563-7711). Apparently, the little buggers are wreaking havoc in Duffins Creek, the Rouge River and Humber River by depleting the food supply of native fish species. That the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is also raising the alarm is fishy, considering the problem was spread in the first place by anglers using the crayfish by the bucket as bait. Mess with Mother Nature....