“We're not going to be like Tokyo, where they hire people to push people into the subway cars.”
TTC chair Howard Moscoe trying to convince anyone who'll listen that the system isn't going to hell in a handbasket. Have you ridden the train lately, Howard?
Whole lotta BS
What are we to make of Whole Foods' Animal Compassion Foundation? The world's largest natural and organic food supermarket tells us the foundation's mission is "to improve the quality of life of farm animals." Hardcore vegans may take issue. And a cynic might say Whole Foods is just bullshitting us so their high-end yuppie clientele won't feel guilty about the wholesale slaughter. A few other mega-chains, however, would do well to follow suit. That means you, Loblaws and Dominion.
Moore is less
Yankee gadfly Michael Moore's sarcasm-laced appeal to Canadians Friday, January 20, not to vote for U.S. suck-up Stephen Harper was also noteworthy for what it said about the way even lefties in the U.S. view us -- essentially as lapdogs of Bush and Co. "You already have too many Americans telling you to... roll over and fetch and sit." Seems even Canada-loving Moore can't help but think of his "crazy, cold wonderful neighbours" the same way many of his loudmouth critics on the U.S. right do -- mentally challenged cousins you pat on the head at Thanksgiving dinner.
Afghanistan our Colombia
So much for Canadian armed forces General Rick Hillier's chest-pounding about our Afghanistan to "hunt down and kill terrorists." Seems the main reason Canadian forces are in Afghanistan is to police the burgeoning global trade in opium that the U.S.-led war there has caused to grow exponentially. This effort to placate the U.S. for staying out of the war in Iraq is looking like our Colombia in Central Asia. How many more soldiers have to die, general?
Nothing worse than a political sore loser. Frankly, we're a little surprised by NDP candidate Marilyn Churley's tirade blaming Mayor David Miller's failure to endorse her for her loss in Beaches-East York to Grit incumbent Maria Minna. Now she's threatening to run against Miller for mayor. Bitter or what? You don't hear Olivia Chow squawking about not having the mayor's endorsement. We'll chalk it up to election-night tension, but Marilyn, please, show a little more class next time.