“ We know customers [know] what Tim Hortons stands for as a good community company and that there's no association between us and her.”
Spokesperson Greg Skinner protesting that Tim Hortons does not make killer ice cappuccino, killer Karla Homolka's cravings aside. Spokesperson Greg Skinner protesting that Tim Hortons does not make killer ice cappuccino, killer Karla Homolka's cravings aside.
Martin's bottom-line lie
Paul Martin's "0.7 per cent is no solution" to African poverty is getting a little tiresome. Let's forget for a moment that it's totally self-serving - Martin is known for low-balling budget estimates to make himself look good later. But if the NDP can figure out how to accommodate a 0.7 per cent boost in foreign aid and achieve a balanced budget - take a look at the NDP's Better Balanced Budget booklet, Paul - why not the Liberals?
Star's war on equity
Joseph Atkinson must have turned in his grave when women workers laid off by a Toronto Star subsidiary chained themselves in the paper's executive boardroom last week. The women, inserters at Torstar-owned Brabent who have been fighting for pay equity since last December, were unceremoniously dumped recently and their jobs turned over to a non-union shop. We know there's a newspaper war out there, but Torstar's intransigence on this one - the women are asking for a 3 per cent pay hike - is downright disgraceful.
Blessed be this building
Looks like the wrecking ball may be poised to obliterate one of the city's oldest and greatest examples of Gothic architecture: St. Stephen's-in-the-Field Church. The Anglican diocese, which owns the pre-Confederation landmark, refused to enter into a heritage easement agreement with Toronto this week. That leaves the status of this important resource for the Kensington neighbourhood totally up in the air. Too bad the diocese couldn't see fit to do something significant for our history on Canada Day. We fear another steeple chased by condos.
Chump change pope
Never missing an opportunity to make a buck - either literally or figuratively - the Royal Canadian Mint is offering gold coins for sale to commemorate (and we use the term advisedly here) Pope John Paul II. Purchasing this image of the "symbol of hope" will cost you $500 even though the actual face value is $75. Appropriate, perhaps, for a false god who shortchanged reformers in the Church at every turn. But hardly the kind of legacy to cast in gold.