“We simply can't afford to pay for police officers and not have them on the street. We can't afford that any more.”
Mayor David Miller responds to police union threats of a job action over planned changes to streamline cop work shifts.
The Star is so desperate to make Mayor David Miller wear the "sex scandal that never was" collar that the paper's weekend edition let pea brain Rob Ford go hog wild on the chief magistrate, even positioning Ford as a serious challenger to Miller's job in the next municipal election. The Star's usually intelligent ace reporter Linda Diebel gave flabby Ford so much room for his verbal diarrhea that you gotta wonder which of the city's power brokers is whispering in editor-in-chief Giles Gherson's ear. We're already smelling a "Draft Julian Fantino" campaign. Only that trial balloon won't fly.
Union Station frustration
Four years later, the deal cooked up by long-gone Lastman cronies to redevelop Union Station has hit another roadblock. Last week, council's administration committee couldn't decide whether to rubberstamp it or kill it completely. We'd love to see the crown jewel redeveloped, but not based on a deal that so stunk to high heaven that a judge had to be called in to investigate alleged corruption.
Blog spot of trouble
First they locked out CBC employees. Now management at the Corpse want any and all negative publicity posted on blogs during the eight-week work stoppage -- which was completely unnecessary to begin with -- wiped from the record as if nothing ever happened. More galling is that the Media Guild would ask its members to comply. This is one chapter that can't be erased, nor should it be, from our collective consciousness.
Paul Martin says civil rights are "first and foremost... and they will be protected." So why even consider introducing laws that'll give cops access to the e-mail and Internet use of Canadians? For a justice minister who rode into office on a white horse and loads of human rights cred, Irwin Cotler, the author of this mess, sure seems eager to fiddle with our digital freedom.