“The pictures will show I never did hug Paul Martin. Paul Martin hugged me.”
CAW boss Buzz Hargrove's too-little too-late attempt to distance himself from the Libs after getting the boot from the NDP.
Chief sends in the goon squad
Whatever happened to Chief Bill Blair's vaunted plans to stem gun violence? Well, they've taken a familiar shape -- 12-man goon squads out to bust crackheads instead of the gun collectors feeding the violence by selling their hardware on the street. Seems all that cash the freaked pols were throwing at the cops at the height of the violence is being put to the same old uses of harassing people with drug problems instead of nailing the real criminals. Occupying army? They're acting like it.
Ezra Levant, the twit who used to wipe Stockwell Day's ass as his director of communications, stooped to a new low this week when his right-wing Western Standard published those anti-Muslim cartoons at the centre of worldwide protests. The Earl Camembert of conservatism argues it's an issue of free speech. Offensive is more like it. But, then, this former Reform party has-been is looking for any angle to sell more magazines. Crazier still is the ink the Globe and Star (which decided not to run the cartoons) gave this provocateur's PR ploy.
Everywhere he turns, right-wing councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong sees scandal. So badly does he want some muck, any muck, to stick to the squeaky-clean mayor that he's willing to question a TTC contract for new subways cars going to Bombardier, a Canadian company, over an American competitor. "Our responsibility is to the taxpayers of the city of Toronto," he wanked. Then we should be keeping those jobs in Canada, right?
CHFI's vagina diatribe
CHFI, the Easy Listening station, isn't so easygoing when it comes to talking frankly about the body. The station refused to run ads for playwright Eve Ensler's critically acclaimed The Good Body because the spots use the word "vagina." Says program director Julie Adam, "If you want safe, CHFI is your station." Of course, we wouldn't want Junior asking Mommy or Daddy what the word means. Horrors.