“This is a cruel April Fool's joke on people across Ontario. You've executives here who are frankly robbing the bank.”
NDP leader Howard Hampton on revelations that Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson is raking in a cool $1,069,442 a year. The real shocker: 6,000 employees at the public utility are making more than $100,000.
Why give out only eight Junos on the big Broadcast last Sunday, leaving 30 awards - including some important ones - to be forked over during the untelevised ceremonies the night before? Guess the organizers wanted to give more time to homophobic host Brent Butt, whose persistent anti-queer banter was way out of line. Hey, just because your last name's Butt, doesn't mean you have to be an asshole.
New chief no relief
The police services board crowned a new chief Wednesday, one Bill Blair. At first blush, we can't say we're particular fans of Mike Boyd, the other front-runner, but this board was supposed to represent a radical shift in direction. Yet instead of making the visionary choice, it did what past boards have done - go with the compromise candidate of the mushy middle.
Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew added a little more tarnish to an already lacklustre tenure. The guy most likely to get lost at a state funeral could muster only a shrug last week after news that Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi had been brutally beaten to death and Iranian authorities had been lying all along. It turns out Foreign Affairs has been sitting on the gruesome details of Kazemi's death since November. And they still haven't recalled the ambassador?
Live and let eat
We can imagine that the 'crats at public health spent hours debating these signs popping up in restaurants all over town. But we're stumped. Does this mean we can bring in dead animals?