“The force used was reasonable, however regrettable the outcome might be.”
Special Investigations Unit interim director James Cornish announces the cops win again as the timid review board clears the officers involved in the shooting death of Scarborough teenager Jeffrey Reodica. The dead teen's family is "incredulous" over the ruling that justifies the three fatal shots.
Any hope that basketball might help fill the huge sports gap left by the hockey lockout is disappearing. Toronto's hapless Raptors have run up the white flag with their current pre-season marketing campaign. The team is trying to sell basketball with a series of ads that don't feature any players. While Vince Carter tries to sulk his way out of town, the Raptors ads feature soulful shots of front office staff promising T.O. they'll work hard. Management might promise hard work, but last time we looked you needed players to win a game, and the Raps can't find any to highlight. Expect another dull losing season.
Time for Al-Jazeera
Great to see CBC-TV's The Passionate Eye air the amazing documentary about Arab news network Al-Jazeera, Control Room. So when will Canadians get to see Al-Jazeera on local airwaves? The CRTC, bowing to intense pressure, has placed such onerous restrictions on the network that we'll likely never see it. Even Israelis get to see this Arab take on world news, and no crippling regs hold back CNN. Until the CRTC gets it right, get another perspective by visiting the Al-Jazeera Web site at http://english.aljazeera.net.
The Great Ontario Tire Fire
A provincial agency is considering a new consumer surcharge to subsidize burning tires. Doesn't anybody watch The Simpsons? The Great Springfield Tire Fire has been burning through the show's entire 10 seasons. But a new report recommends encouraging tire burning as fuel to reduce the province's pile of millions of old tires. The toxic payload released by igniting rubber would make Inco blush, but industry-butt-kissing bureaucrats just want to make it easier and cheaper to operate in Ontario, even if it kills us.
Jakobek's new low
Up Front hasn't been kind to budget-slashing bully Tom Jakobek, but he's managed to disappoint even our low expectations. Either he's lying about how he got the money to take his family to Disneyland, or he shook down his fixed-income grandmum, sent her searching through her pillowcases and shopping bags full of cash and took the equivalent of her annual income so he and the kids could have breakfast with Mickey. And while Momma tried to justify her son's creative financing at the MFP inquiry, the ex-pol couldn't even drag himself in from his Beaches mansion to help her through the ordeal.