“It's beginning to look like it's been a horrible waste of time. It's rapidly starting to go downhill.”
Former Tory riding association prez Ed Adlers on the ill-fated Tory-Reform merger and the spectacular rise and fall of leader Stephen "Don't Touch Me" Harper -- who's making that other stiff, Stockwell Day, look better with each successive opinion poll. Former Tory riding association prez Ed Adlers on the ill-fated Tory-Reform merger and the spectacular rise and fall of leader Stephen "Don't Touch Me" Harper -- who's making that other stiff, Stockwell Day, look better with each successive opinion poll.
Hot and a liar, too
Premier Dalton McGuinty may be a hottie to the Guardian Weekly, which rated him as such last week in one of those filler columns the British public can't get enough of. But closer to home, where voters are more familiar with his trail of broken promises (this week it was on a pledge to close all coal-fired plants by 2007), that oh-so-sexy mouth lies, those smouldering eyes are more shifty than sincere, the cute ears are attuned to the ever-changing political winds, and the lean nose is sniffing for ways to blame anyone but himself for his government's latest screw-up.
Blue Man seeing red
Someone, please get the Blue Man Group a PR person, quick. The theatre troupe that wants nothing to do with unionized workers here now wants the labour board to prevent information pickets outside the Panasonic Theatre, where the group is set to begin its run this week. First, Blue Man cries freedom of choice, then tries to stifle freedom of speech. Just another reason to boycott the bums.
The Better Stay Away
The transit horror show known as the TTC needs all the good publicity it can get. But last weekend it put the boot to plans by a guerrilla theatre group - "some of the TTC's most devoted fans" - to celebrate public transit and the release of its Subway Rider Efficiency Guide, a wallet-sized booklet with maps and tips for riders. Apparently, humorous skits, quirky TTC trivia and distribution of free guides to passengers was too radical a concept for the publicity-starved wankers at head office.
The city is making a hullabaloo about cracking down on idling drivers this sweaty summer. Some crackdown. Guess how many enforcement officers will be roaming city streets to save us from exhaust mongers? Six. That oughtta clean up the stratosphere.
Amount of greenhouse gas emissions spewed by idling vehicles in the GTA every year: 214,020 tonnes
Number of trees needed to absorb the air pollution resulting from GTA drivers idling five minutes a day for one year: 30 million
Amount of fuel wasted by idling in the GTA per year: 90,686,277 litres
Number of people smog is expected to kill prematurely in Toronto this year: 5,800