“There's a professor in Toronto at Björk University (I had no idea the Icelandic singer was into that kind of education) - he shows our show. And that's his class. They're paying top dollar for that.”
TV's Jon Stewart swats at North York's biggest university. At least he didn't touch the Argo stadium fiasco.
Jack's on track
Right-wing extremist Stephen Harper's "Vote for me, I'm not Paul Martin" pitch is already running out of steam as Canadians cringe at the prospect of a snap election. And despite his claims that NDP leader Jack Layton is trying to cut a "backroom deal" with the disgraced Liberals, Jaunty Jack couldn't be more public in negotiations that have returned him to the national stage. He's doing what parties that (almost) hold the balance of power are supposed to do, trying to force some of his policies on the incumbent government. Too bad strategic voters deprived him of the three extra seats that would make a Liberal-NDP coalition undefeatable.
Star sleeps through 21st century
Dinosaur Toronto Star rock writer Vit Wagner's latest laugher claims, "No one outside the city's most avid club-going cognoscenti had heard of (Arcade Fire) this time last year." NOW's 406,000 readers had, and Fire were featured on our cover June 17, 2004, under the headline "Montreal's thrilling art rock dynamos prepare to conquer the world." Same story, he calls radio's the Edge "CFNY." It hasn't been 'NY since David Marsden started shaving.
New chief's honeymoon is a go
The honeymoon is officially on. Toronto's new police chief, Bill Blair, said all the right things at his installation. Bubbling on about "community policing" and the need to actively stamp out racism on the force, he was a bright contrast to frozen-faced former top cop Julian Fantino, who grimaced through the proceedings. Great upgrades: David Miller for Mel Lastman, Pam McConnell for Norm Gardner and now Blair for Fantino. Feels like this city is moving in the right direction - well, today anyway.
Why words on walks, not walls?
Nice of Council to consider a plan to engrave poetry onto Toronto sidewalks, especially if it's used to promote local writers. So how come this same council is effectively fining businesses for words on their walls? City Hall has ordered businesses to remove all graffiti from their buildings or foot the bill when city staff clean it off - in effect a de facto fine. Not all graffiti is bad and there should be some flex here, just as not all poetry is good but we'll take our chances with words on the streets.