“We have a submarine programme that we are very proud of.”
- One dead submariner, mystery fires on board, a handful of new subs we are afraid to use and an old batch of leaky British re-treads still at sea, defense minister Bill Graham demonstrates it doesn't take much to make him proud.
fab fumbles fantino foto
Strange to see fab magazine editor Mitchell Raphael join the city's crazy, conservative councilors in trying to humanize disgraced, hopefully, soon-to-be-ex police chief Julian Fantino. As a city holds it's breath waiting for the disastrous chief to leave town, fab gives their "Hey, I love gays" cover shot to the dumped cop who won't go away. Fantino gets the jolly, we're all pals photo , cover shot that has featured Olivia Chow, Jack Layton and David Miller all butchy and bitchy. It's not time for softball stories on a chief who wages war with his citizens, certainly not until he's safely off the job.
Hydro's hydro hysteria
There's lots of action in the new session of Ontario's legislature as Dalton McGuinty's Lyin Liberals prepare to save us from sushi and pledge to make the province fully accessible - in 20 years! (Maybe they should feed raging pitbulls sushi and solve two problems at once). Watch the Liberals pummel personal property rights as they allow hydro utilities to cut off power to people they suspect of operating grow ops. Better make junior turn off the stereo and Game Boy and get grand ma to give the respirator a rest or the hydro narcs will turn off the lights. Who needs due process when we can just spy on each other?
TTC told, York You
The TTC finally gives York University a little of what they want and now the Shopping Mall of Higher Learning © won't play ball. TTC wants to create an express bus-way from Downsview station to York until a subway can be built. But the administration has issued a big "York You" to a plan that would require them to cough up some land so the bus lanes can enter the campus from the south. They want the lanes through the university's heavily congested main, eastern entrance. A dumb idea since it keeps the buses on Keele Street longer than necessary and has transit fighting cars to get onto campus. A short sighted and greedy approach especially since transit is finally paying attention to the U's needs.
Thrown to the Lyons
Pathetic to read former backroom bad boy Jeff Lyons "Nobody loves me, everybody hates me" whine in the Star on the weekend. The man who did more than Mel Lastman or Tom Jakobek to lower the tone - and quality - of city government over the last 10 years can't understand why nobody wants to take his calls. The self-proclaimed "Ticketmaster" happily made deals and pulled favours for pals and political power is now being scorned. And he's surprised? Here's a guy who billed two companies lobbying for the same government contract and now complains that he was too honest for city hall. So refreshing to see this Rainmaker on the run from a city council that no longer tolerates backroom bargaining.