“We believe that the campus community at large should be free to consider all viewpoints and draw their own unbiased conclusions.”
U of T Jewish student group Hillel shows courage by not hopping on the censorship bandwagon, refusing to oppose an Arab student organization's "Israeli Apartheid Week" running concurrently with Hillel's IsraelFEST 2005.
Swinging for peace
Lots of reasons to lament saying adios to Blue Jays basher Carlos Delgado. The talented first baseman's move to Florida's hated Marlins is another clue that the early-90s World Series glory days are over. A great hitter and charity supporter, the quiet Puerto Rican refused to play ball with the major leagues. Teams were ordered to play God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch, screwing tradition, and the butt-kissing Jays complied. But gutsy Delgado refused to be on the field for the song and took plenty of heat for his explicitly anti-war stand. May every hit be a homer, Carlos.
Classless radio goes lower
As 640 Toronto frantically tries to make us forget its incarnation as Mojo, radio for guys, it's scraping the bottom of a bush-league barrel. After inflicting disgraced cop union ex-boss airhead Craig Bromell on the airwaves, 640 has now posted a "bounty" for the St. Lawrence Market mystery shooter. The city was shocked when two women were apparently randomly targeted, but blustery broadcasters waving around $2,000 as a cheap publicity stunt isn't going to help.
Harris helps self
Can't get too upset with the TTC's ad-bearing video screens in subway stations. Transit is already packed with ads, and this audio-free show might be another distraction when the ride grows tedious. Anything to generate a few bucks for the beleaguered system. But the company flogging the ad system is chaired by the Teflon Tyrant, hideous ex-preem Mike Harris. His years of slashing our essential transit helped make the TTC desperate enough to opt into his service.
CanWest offers a Dose
Ever innovative, CanWest newspapers have decided to join other dailies, years late, in their desperate bid to gain younger readers through free commuter papers. Explicitly targeting NOW with their new daily, and confusing "itchy" with "edgy," CanWest is calling its morning giveaway Dose. We're told the brains at CanWest also considered naming it Herpes, Scabbies, the Clap, Blister and the Daily Genital Wart before settling on this tag. Can't wait to get our hands on it - with rubber gloves on, of course.