“The lockout tself was a strategically bad idea. If you're management, don't you at least want to be able to say it's not your fault? How can you say that when you're the one who locked the door?”
Grit MP Don Boudria asks the questions all Canadians want to hear CBC prez Robert Rabinovitch answer.
Taking the Tooker
We all know the city's much-heralded Bike Plan has a flat. And what better way to get it rolling again than a cross-city east-west lane along Bloor dedicated to the late two-wheel-lovin' Tooker Gomberg? Councillor Adam Giambrone has requested a staff report on the memorial lane proposal. And activists have already begun planning to make the lane an election issue. You can help by going to http://takethetooker.ca/index.php. Peter no principle
Peter no principle
North York leftover Peter Li Preti has always been a bit of a political curiosity in that he's been able to hold on to his seat for so long for no apparent reason. But he gave City Hall watchers reason to take notice last week when he was the lone councillor to vote against a motion urging a police investigation into the MFP computer leasing scandal. Hopefully voters in his Jane-Finch ward were taking note. Li Preti's seeming willingness to play politics the old way has no place in this city.
Star-crossed scandal mongers
Star editors were none too happy when the Globe broke the so-called "sex scandal" that's currently all the rage at City Hall. So peeved were the Star's honchos that the Star has been on a mission ever since, splashing the affair tabloid-style all over its pages and making crazy comparisons to the MFP debacle in what looks like an effort to save face. But what have we got here? Allegations of unfair hiring and promotion practices, with maybe some sex thrown in. Hardly front-page stuff.
On Dalton's phat farm
UpFront readers will know that this space is not usually reserved for good things to say about promise-breaker Dalton McGuinty. But the preem's proposal to introduce 20 minutes of daily physical activity for elementary school students is a move in the right direction. We would prefer a full hour of exercise every day for both elementary and high school students, as the Ontario Medical Association recommends. Child obesity rates of 30 per cent are serious enough to warrant more radical steps. Let's hope McGuinty doesn't back down when teachers start squawking about having to make room for exercise in the curriculum.