“I'm sure [the RCMP] wants to get off on the right foot, but there is a line that shouldn't be crossed..”
Liberal party higher-up on PM-designate Stephen Harper's photo op this week with RCMP head Giuliano Zaccardelli. All of a sudden that RCMP probe into Grit income trust leak during the election is looking curiouser.
Masthead, the magazine about magazines, isn't usually the one making the news. But it's been left with some crow to eat after labelling as a "scam" a Maclean's series on The New Canadian Establishment sponsored by Cadillac and General Motors. Of course, the writer of the critique, Don Obe, meant "scam" in the sense that Maclean's was blurring the traditional line between editorial and advertising, not suggesting that publisher/editor Kenneth Whyte was "perpetrating a fraudulent business scheme or swindle." Bully Whyte got his pound of flesh out of Masthead anyway - a clarification and an entire page to write a rebuttal. Whatever happened to media criticism in this country anyway?
McGuinty mouthpiece gets plum
It's a measure of the sorry state of politics that know-nothings like Dalton McGuinty's executive director of communications, Jim Warren, can be given the plum post of vice-president of strategic relations, created especially for him, at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. We here at NOW remember the fresh-faced Warren when he was busy chasing his tail as spokesperson for that other intellectual heavyweight, Mel Lastman. He eventually stopped answering our calls, in hopes of not embarrasing himself in print. McGuinty was smart to piece him off. Too bad it'll cost taxpayers a six-figure annual salary.
Taking out the TTC's trash
We hate to take the piss out of the TTC, but a recent staff proposal to cut cleaning staff so the transit service can save a few bucks is just plain shortsighted - especially since a city audit recently showed that TTC transfers are second only to Tim Hortons coffee cups when it comes to litter. Hasn't the transit system's soiled public image taken enough of a beating? And why aren't we doing what other modern transit systems do and moving to smart-card technology so we can eliminate the paper waste?
Blue box robbery
As if council didn't have enough budget problems. Now scavengers after aluminum cans in blue boxes are eating into the city's bottom line. Toronto made $1.96 million on aluminum cans in 2004, but that's expected to take a dip because of the mooching even though aluminum prices are at their highest level in 17 years. Let's hope those tied-up blue bags and large carts being pilot tested in Scarberia will prove too much of a nuisance for these urban miners.