Gun-totin' Gardner finally gits
I don't want to be seen as an impediment to the board's activities.
Disgraced ex-police services board chair Norm Gardner, who has been an impediment to the board's activities for over a year, sees the light months late and finally quits just weeks before he'd be out anyway.
Stop the press - Tory has a good idea
Who says Tories don't sometimes have good ideas? OK, OK, we usually do, but a new provincial private member's bill actually makes sense to us. Durham MPP John O'Toole is pushing to make 50 per cent of public transit fees tax deductible. It's an easy way to encourage transit use, making this one Tory tax cut we can get behind. This should happen.
Temperance tokers targeted
As the feds fumble to liberalize pot laws, why would Toronto's supposedly overworked cops target an "alleged" pot café, the Temperance Society? Cop claims of resource shortages sound absurd if they have time to bust harmless groups like this. Eight lives have been cruelly disrupted by a bogus bust netting, by the cops' own inflated numbers, a mere $6,750 worth of weed. Our complaint with the Society is that the menu only offered Twinkies for munchie relief.
Star's desperate ad shilling
Didn't need the Star's shareholder meeting to know profits have tanked. A look at the paper's in-print whoring shows the panic at One Yonge. Saturday's Star featured a brazenly breathless blow job for the new Vaughan Mills Mall that would make a small-town publisher - like the Star's Metroland papers - puke. Sunday, the paper was wrapped in an ad for Dimetapp - with the front page buried under the blather. So the Atkinson principles now include doing the big bend-over for advertisers.
Can subs save McDonald's?
McDonald's has decided that not all submarines in Canada are doomed. As the fast food free fall continues to cripple the transfat floggers, desperate Mickey D is getting into the sub business. And not the sinking, burning kind, although their new products will be toasted. Battling Quizno's and Subway, two quickie food foisters whose business is growing, the grease jockeys have introduced six new "deli sandwiches" that aren't deep-fried. The new sandwiches will average 500 calories, though, only 80 calories less than the notorious Big Mac.