“We've pulled off a miracle.”
Councillor Joe Mihevc sings the city's praises for holding the line at a 3 per cent property tax increase. Too bad it came with a TTC fare hike.
We don't mean to sound like sore losers, but PETA's placing Toronto third on its list of Canada's best vegetarian-friendly cities, after Vancouver and Victoria, strikes us as a bit of a joke considering we only finished ahead of poutine-crazed Montreal and beef-loving Calgary. PETA's methodology wasn't exactly scientific, basing its rankings on the per capita number of veg restaurants in each city. What other city can say its largest free-standing phallic symbol (aka the CN Tower) has a full veg menu? We wuz robbed!
Tom's of Maine stream
Earth-friendly personal care products pioneer Tom's of Maine has done the unthinkable - sold out to big, bad conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive for a tidy $100 million U.S. The mainstreaming of green products may be a good thing, but coming on the heels of L'Oréal's buyout of the Body Shop, we have to wonder whether these products will stay planet-friendly, and for how long.
Bootlickin' Canuck Pride
We're so desperate to have our presence noticed in the U.S. capital that the defence department has taken out ads in Washington, DC's underground to pump the fact that we're "doing the heavy lifting" for the Yanks in Afghanistan. And here we thought that all our military needed was the strength of its convictions, not a pat on the head from Uncle Sam. Sort of like the neglected kid who can't get Daddy's attention. Sad.
Stratford's black mark
It's been a long time coming, but the Stratford Festival has finally scored one for black artists with plans to stage Djanet Sears's Harlem Duet, directed by the playwright, this summer. The production will feature a number of historic firsts: the first play by an African-Canadian author mounted at the festival, the first to have an African-Canadian director, and the first with an all-African-Canadian cast. We only have one question. What the hell took so long?