“We’re a part of it now. There’s no... looking back.”
Newly minted Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Frank McKenna wastes no time in sucking up to the Americans on missile defence - even as the Grits are set to formally reject the plan.
Finally, a good hockey idea
The idea that Mr. Clarkson, somnambulant John Ralston Purina Saul, is a hockey fan is almost as weird as cancelling the season, but he and Governor General Adrienne Clarkson have a hell of an idea for shining a little light on this disgraced sport. They want the Stanley Cup, initially donated by a GG, awarded to the winner of a women's challenge series. That would help us forget the idiots on both sides who spiked the season for a sport America finds so easy to forget. In the meantime, lace up the skates and play a game yourself. It beats watching it on TV even when there is a season.
York U gets F for free speech
York University, having banned political rallies in the campus's central gathering place, continues to defend a policy that disgraces the notion of independent thought. In the latest academic belly flop, faculty of arts dean Robert Drummond demanded that professor David Noble "confirm or disconfirm" rumoured plans to have students "demonstrate" in Vari Hall as part of a class assignment. The dean implied the prof's job is on the line. We say this is one class we'd sign up for - and actually attend.
What's up, Docks?
It's easy to sympathize with all parties at a current liquor licence review of the Docks, hell, even yacht owners. But this shouldn't become an aural version of the postering bylaw. The Docks shouldn't disappear. The bar has revitalized a crumbling part of the port land where three levels of government have failed. Downtown needs noisy, exciting venues to coexist with residences, otherwise places like Harbourfront Centre will be next on the list.
Bible belt - in the head
It's not just the opposition to same-sex marriage rights that amazes us, it's the almost violent and angry nature of the fight. For people claiming to have God on their side and to be upholding moral values, the anti-tolerance side sure can be nasty pricks. Famous Players is not renewing a campaign of pre-movie ads supporting the marriage rights because e-mails and phone calls directed at staff have included threats of death and physical abuse. Anti-tolerance groups urging a boycott of Famous still aren't satisfied, so keep going to the movies, and let Famous staff know you appreciate their stand. Too bad they were bullied out of it.