“I actually don't think this [terrorism] has a lot to do with the Iraq war. ”
Public Security Minister Anne McLellan demonstrates her poor appreciation of the drift of global politics after last week's bombings in London.
Less than six months after the city approved $48 million in nutrition-related programs, the economic development committee has endorsed a plan to put Pepsi vending machines in the city's parks and rec facilities. The 'crats behind the money grab (the city stands to make $2.4 million from the deal over five years) could have opted for vending machines with fruit juice, milk or water, but took the quick buck instead. Now, that's proactive policy-making.
Brand us stupid
Tourism Toronto, which is supposed to be selling T.O. to the world, is trying to pass off its latest screw-up - yet another vacuous ad in the New York Times pumping events in the city either half-over or already finished - as good promo. "It's working. It's generating interest. It helps build an image of Toronto," insists Toronto Branding Project leader Elizabeth Gill. Yeah, of a city that can't get its dates straight. And we're paying $4 million for this.
Blair's community cop-out
Chief Bill Blair's musings on community policing are beginning to sound eerily like his much-hated predecessor's. To hear Blair tell it, the idea isn't to put more cops on the beat but to let neighbourhoods police themselves. "We have a limited amount of officers we can put in the community," Blair said on his CP24 call-in show. Is this interminable honeymoon over yet?
Freedom to be fat
Pass the burger and fries, cuz worrying about obesity is unpatriotic according to the Center for Consumer Freedom, a Washington-based non-profit "working to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices (from) the growing cabal of food cops, health care enforcers and violent radicals who think they know what's best for you." Phew, what the food giants like Coke and Wendy's, among the U.S. heavies backing this bizarre effort, will do to protect their high-fat empires.