“It may not help the public system.”
Alberta Health Minister Iris Evans concedes the obvious when asked about Ralph Klein’s latest move to full-blown two-tier health care. Gotta wonder how Stephen Harper will respond, seeing as he’s drafting the book on “How To Get Someone Else To Dismantle Your Nation’s Health Care System And Make It Look Like You Didn’t Support It."
Stapp the insanity
Jesus-loving rocker Scott Stapp's Christian cred is all but in the tank now that he and his friend Kid Rock have starred in a sex tape along with four groupies. Rock is in court trying to block its distribution. Online commentary suggests that just as many people are grossed out as are excited by the the prospect of viewing the item. Either way, we're pretty sure this isn't what Stapp's former band, Creed, were referring to in their hit song With Arms Wide Open.
Did McGuinty really believe giving the media a little tour of the abandoned Hearn Generating Station last week (convincing reporters how difficult it would be to build a gas-fired plant inside it) would placate Portlands Energy Centre critics? The feeble argument was squashed as soon as Toronto Hydro released a revamped bid to build a 550-megawatt power plant inside the Hearn for well over $100 million less than the PEC proposal. It's a win-win deal that's got even Conservative leader John Tory calling for a new tendering process.You know when Tory and eco-heads start making placards together, McGuinty's got problems.
Canada's weight gain guide
Funny, the assumptions you make in life. Like when health officials offer advice on just what we should be putting in our mouths, you naturally assume it would be beneficial to our health, no? Well, according to a new article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Canada's proposed new food guide could actually make us pack on more pounds.The article says pressure from Big Food (industry reps sit on the Food Guide's advisory committee) has meant the guide okays getting half your grains from refined sources. Hard to believe Health Canada has sold us out to Wonder Bread.
Give us a hand, Peggy
You'd think the porn biz would be the first to invent a robotic hand attached to your computer that lets you interact with your favourite celebrity. But no, it's the kooky brainchild of Canadian icon Margaret Atwood. That's right, seems our beloved author has grown tired of travelling the world shaking our germy hands and signing novel after novel, so she hired a few techies to develop the LongPen machine.Now she can sign from thousands of miles away. No joke. Her company's even called Unotchit ("You no touch it"). So much for up close and personal.