“When a guy opens the door, we'll say, 'Are there any concerns that you have?' If he doesn't look suspicious, then you go to the next door. If people don't open up, you ask the next door, 'Hey, seen anything strange? Smell anything?' ”
Vigilante Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis on his hare-brained door-to-door scheme to out grow ops. Who gave this psycho a badge?
The ugly American
Outgoing U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci's tenure in this country has not been pretty. But his boast last week about how proud he was to have influenced defence spending here - "That was the only special instruction I got from [former secretary of state] Colin Powell" - was a jaw-dropper. What marching orders will the PM be receiving from Dubya during his stay at the Texas ranch this week?
A city plan to run an express bus through the Don Valley corridor to Castle Frank subway struck us as a good idea until we discovered that the scheme is really a remake of another bad idea, the Leslie Street extension. Why the city would want to chop down trees to make room for more gas-belching traffic in the valley - the plan would require extending Redway Road through Crother's Woods - is beyond us. If the traffic gurus at City Hall were serious about pumping transit, they'd push for DVP road tolls and consider using rail lines already in the valley for transit.
Homeless lose dream home
That 56,000-square-foot, seven-storey surplus property at 590 Jarvis that activists were pushing the city to convert to affordable housing? It's been sold to the highest bidder, and will soon be converted into a 45-storey, 436-unit condo. Eleven non-profits formerly housed there were forcibly relocated, including several black-focused orgs, to facilitate the sale of the property. Maybe a portion of the multi-million-dollar take should go into the affordable housing budget to prove the city isn't just paying lip service to the issue. Yeah, dream on.
More evidence that CTV couldn't care less about its Canadian content. Last week the network decided to bump the Junos red-carpet special and tape-delay the music awards show - a Canuck staple - to make room for U.S. trash fave Desperate Housewives. CTV execs could have spared us the public hand-wringing (read BS) over how hard it was to make the decision. We doubt the same execs who've brought us cheap remakes of American crap TV (see Canadian Idol) were sweating over this Hatcher-or-hosers dilemma.