“I'm not apologizing to the mayor for Donato's cartoon or backing off on our right to run it. What I'm apologizing for is my decision to run it.”
Sun editor Lorrie Goldstein's graceless "apology" for a cartoon comparing Mayor David Miller to Hitler after council's vote last week not to debate the renewal of police Chief Julian Fantino's contract. Wacky Mel wins a vote and he's a "leader." Miller rallies the troops and he's a dictator.
What's eating Crowe crew?
It's a good thing The Cinderella Man, the Ron Howard-directed pic starring Russell Crowe and shooting in T.O., has wrapped at Maple Leaf Gardens. Seems extras and background actors - they're so demanding! - have been bellyaching about the quality of the food provided on the set. We spotted a BBQ going on outside the other day, but the minions are apparently being fed what one caller to NOW described as "mystery meat." Another complained to us about one too many peanut butter sandwiches. How cheap.
Acres upon acres of destruction
We always suspected Canuck multinationals were causing more mayhem and destruction abroad than they'd admit. But the World Bank's decision last week to ban Acres International from bidding on bank contracts for the next three years shows it's worse than we thought. The Oakville engineering firm was convicted of paying bribes to push its dam project in Africa. Canadian economic development agencies don't seem worried, though. Export Development Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency continue to offer Acres financial support for its projects.
More Fantino fallout
The chief's boys on the police services board continue to act like a bunch of crybabies. Now they're trying to block efforts to hire a consulting firm to begin a new search for a chief. It's an effing disgrace made more unconscionable by a province that sits idly by instead of appointing new people so this board can get on with its job of civilian oversight. Occupying army? You bet.
Mighty Mitchell on Q
Former Max frontman Kim Mitchell is Q107's new drive-home guy. The station can use someone with brain power, seeing as there's no "I" in Q resident wank artist and morning man John Derringer. Maybe ol' lantern-head Kim (finally the fringe is gone) can do something about the station's music programming - like leaving the psychedelic playlist to Andy on Sundays. Those everyday psychedelic lunches and brunches and everything else are indigestible.