“It's important not to create a hierarchy of tragedy.”
David Mitchell of the Association of Black Law Enforcers reminds the three levels of government that the attention given Jane Creba should be shared with innocent black victims of gun violence.
City wants your dirty laundry
The city is toying with the idea of requiring residents to put garbage on the curb in see-through plastic bags just to make sure we're recycling. It seems hazardous and other waste banned from landfill in Michigan is getting past the garbage police. But some at City Hall worry that sensitivities about privacy may cause a negative reaction and discourage residents from participating in green bin and other waste diversion programs. What should embarrass non-recyclers is their continuing indifference to the environment.
Boxing Day shooting madness
The outrage is understandable, but let's hope the tragic Boxing Day shooting death of Jane Creba doesn't end up setting minority relations back like the Just Desserts killing of Georgina Leimonis a decade ago. Back then, law-and-order types eager to cash in on public outrage won laws making it easier to deport non-citizens accused of crimes. Now there are those who want to place the burden of proof on the accused in gun crimes. The death of another innocent bystander is wrenching, but that doesn't mean we should mess with the basic tenets of our legal system. Remember "innocent until proven guilty"?
Butt out of politics
The city's new taxing powers have smokers' rights group mychoice.ca blowing smoke - and warning councillors - not to try to squeeze even more money "out of the country's most heavily taxed consumers." Smokers may be in no mood for more taxes, but they're wasting their breath with this pre-emptive PR strike. The Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council, which funds mychoice.ca, should be more worried about a ban on smoking in outdoor public spaces. Governments are already doing it in Europe. Puff on that.
Christie loves Jack
Living in the Annex all these years must be making Globe columnist Christie Blatchford soft around the edges. She's gone goo-goo, ga-ga over NDP leader Jack Layton, cooing about the selection of songs on his iPod: he's such a boy. So impressed was Blatchford by Layton and friends on the campaign trail that it was "like getting into a warm bath." Seduced as Blatchford may have been, her blog reveals she had a hard time attracting the attention of young male campaign workers. Back to mustachioed cops, preferably with pockmarked faces, and firefighters, then.