“We didn’t know it, but the Mulroney years were our Valhalla.”
You know the planet is in trouble when free-trader Muldoon gets Sierra Club head Elizabeth May's vote for greenest PM.
Sun's weird Cuba tripping
We're not sure what the Stun was after when it sent a reporter and photog to track weirdo Grit MPP Tony Ruprecht all the way to a seedy beachfront escape in Cuba. Seems like a lot of trouble for the cash-strapped little paper to make the point that the little-known Ruprecht hasn't been in the Legislature much lately. If it's dirt they're after, all they had to do was look at Ruprecht's election returns to know that he isn't shy about taking cash from strip joints. Something tells us there's more to this story.
School board’s race jig is up
The Toronto District School Board released data last week suggesting that school suspension rates are on the decline. Unfortunately, what the numbers don't tell us is which students are being booted. The Ontario Human Rights Commission has already found that the board's suspension practices discriminate against blacks and minorities. The latest stats suggest that continues to be a problem: the schools with the highest suspension rates are located in predominantly black neighbourhoods. Maybe principals cracking the whip are the ones who need disciplining?
Star’s anti-black rap
The Sunday Star's special What If issue asked readers to imagine a Toronto of the future with clean air and cutting-edge architecture. But amidst the sky-gazing was a piece suggesting an odd solution to T.O.'s gun crime: women should stop chasing bad men. Instead of exploding stereotypes, the Star traded on one of the oldest in the book - black women stuck on bad boys with bling.
Beach blah, blah, blah
So it's "Beach." Residents on Queen East have decided that "Beaches" is, well, just not gentrified enough. New street signs identifying the 'hood will carry the Beach designation after a survey conducted by the local BIA, which calls itself the Beaches BIA, incidentally, came back 58 per cent in favour. The Beaches designation would be more accurate - the area, in fact, straddles several beaches. What a dumb excuse for community involvement.