Saving the CBC
We'd like nothing more than to rake penny-pinching management over the coals for the labour impasse now gripping the CBC - and depriving millions of Canadians of top-notch shows. But the feds deserve the blame for years of budget-cutting that now have bean-counters at the public broadcaster so freaked, they're set to go on a contracting-out binge. We should all be calling the feds to complain.
Nipple and tuck
Pro tennis star Maria Sharapova is so hot, even the outline of her nipple can send Tennis Canada organizers into a tizzy. Genteel types there were quick to airbrush the tantalizing teet from promo brochures. We're sure they'll turn their attention next to those naughty hiked-up numbers - exposing panties for all to see - that women on the pro tour seem to favour. Now, that'll score the game points for sex appeal.
Most politicos wouldn't be in a hurry to draw attention to their opposition to tougher gun laws in the middle of the biggest shooting spree this city has ever seen. Then there's Conservative leader John Tory. In fact, he asked the Star to run a clarification last week just in case there was any confusion. Quite frankly, we were flummoxed, too. It sure didn't sound like Tory was opposed to tougher gun laws when he was out posing for photo ops in neighbourhoods hit by the recent violence. Talk about covering rural ass.
Q107 honchos were licking their wounds last week after listeners caught on to a foolish attempt by the rock radio station to pass off a 2002 recording of the Stones' Palaise Royale gig as a "live" feed from Mick and the boys' recent warm-up show at the Phoenix. Worse still was the station's damage-control effort - making a DJ who's been with the station all of nine days apologize to listeners on morning man John Derringer's Tool Of The Day segment. Maybe the pea-brain in the marketing department who thought up the scheme should be fired.
Crisis? What crisis?
A sure sign the apocalypse is near: UpFront spotted this "Out of Fuel" notice on pumps at the Esso at Church and Dundas last Friday afternoon. Oil interests keep telling us not to worry about soaring prices. They remind us that oil reached $80 (U.S.) a barrel during the 70s energy crisis. We're not buying it.