“I don't lie. It's the truth.”
Former premier Mike Harris after telling the Ipperwash inquiry that he may have dodged questions in the Legislature about meeting with police prior to the 1995 death of native activist Dudley George. Unbelievable.
Taking it on the Chin
For Ben Chin, it's been one boner after another since leaving the CBC to anchor now-defunct Toronto 1. Now he's being led like a lamb to the slaughter as the provincial Libs' candidate in the NDP stronghold of Toronto-Danforth. Chin's already shot himself in the foot coming out in favour of the much-hated gas plant Grits want to park on the waterfront. He may be the preem's PR point man, but no amount of spin will convince us he's the man to replace Marilyn Churley.
Port Authority wonky on Wiki
So concerned are Toronto Port Authority higher-ups about the tax-wasting agency's image that at least one staffer is taking time to clean up the TPA's posting on the Wikipedia website. It seems to happen every time an irate islander logs on to include info about the authority's often questionable financial dealings and losses. The staffer in question logged onto the Wikipedia site to sanitize the record 13 times between Friday, February 17, and Monday, February 20. Just like the Comedy channel, time well wasted.
Maclaren has last laugh
The Sunday Star was busy repairing its tattered image among the snooty CanLit crowd this weekend after excoriating Globe scribe Leah McLaren's new book, The Continuity Girl, the week before. The Star forgot to disclose that Ryan Bigge, the author of the "dismissive slap" of McLaren's toss-off, had in 2001 been on the receiving end of a nasty review of his literary debut by none other than McLaren. The Star's book editor, Dan Smith, didn't come right out an say it, but the suggestion here is that personal animus drove Bigge's hatchet job. Whatever. The book still sucks.
Bagel hard sell
George Weston Ltd., the company that owns Loblaws, is so desperate to boost bakery sales that they've begun to market the square bagel in U.S. stores. The product is supposed to combine "the best attributes of bread and bagels to create a better sandwich experience," according to Weston Foods' U.S. prez, Gary Prince. Well, then, it isn't a bagel. But it's only the latest stale idea Weston's cooked up. The other? Whole-wheat Wonder Bread that "tastes and feels" like white bread. Mm, mm, weird.