“Canada Loves New York' - remember that? I did that. People think these things come together accidentally. Well, they don't.”
Classless Liberal Senator Jerry Grafstein announces what a great guy he is for organizing the Canada For Asia benefit. Here's an idea: how about unnecessary millionaire senators donate their undeserved $100K-plus salaries to charity and keep their mouths shut?
On second thought, yer honour
Amazing how disgraced ex-megacity mayor Mel Lastman's heinous inner circle get their memories back when forced to give sworn testimony. Under oath at the MFP inquiry, brutal budget basher Tom Jakobek suddenly recalled getting planeloads of goodies. Now lawyer, lobbyist and former super-insider Jeff Lyons, faced with potential perjury charges, remembers organizing illegal campaign contributions. Like all Lastman bullies, Lyons lashed out at the press and underlings when initially confronted with what would prove to be the truth. So how come the OPP didn't lay charges against this huckster when they had the chance?
Good morning, Star shine
Trumpeting its revamped Sunday paper, a desperate move to staunch plummeting readership and capture the young readers who mortally elude them, the Toronto Star acted like it had cured a fatal disease. We learned of wacky planning meetings where managers were handed marbles they "lost" if they said the wrong thing. "Our Ideas section will bring you thoughts on everything - not opinion, just thoughts." And we're promised "at least one deep belly laugh each issue." See above.
Cop sop flops
Despite falling crime rates, right-wing city councillors Michael Thompson and Karen Stintz staged a cop cash-grab "public information session" - and only four "citizens" showed up. There were more journalists and semi-snoozing conservative councillors during lingering police Chief Julian Fantino's pointless PowerPoint presentation. Stintz and pals want to toss more than $14 million at the cops while slashing bike lanes and car-free days. But locals are too hip for scare tactics.
30 minutes or deported
When Immigration Minister Judy Sgro quits her job to defend herself against Pepperoni-gate charges levelled by a somewhat, er, unreliable accuser, it seems like she's setting herself up for a slam-dunk, reputation-clearing victory. Can we assume the Strippergate charges against her were better founded, since she didn't bother quitting work to face those accusers?