“Someone’s trying to do a real hatchet job on me.”
Councillor Rob Ford before admitting that he lied about an expletive-laced outburst at a Leafs game.
Jim "not ready for prime time" Prentice
We know the Tories aren't in the habit of hightailing it at the first sign of controversy. Yeah, right. Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice cancelled his scheduled participation in a debate at U of T's Hart House on April 26 after word got out that OCAP was planning a demo to protest government inaction over the native standoff in Caledonia. Prentice hasn't explained why he choked. One report says he didn't want television cameras covering the event. Duh. Scuttlebutt also has it that the order not to attend came from the PM's office. (Cut to screeching chickenshit clucking here. Flap if you like.)
Caribana's Confusion Profusion
Racially charged language marked the response of critics to the city's recent takeover of financially troubled Caribana. A group calling itself Hands Off Caribana Action Committee, headed by former Caribana Cultural Committee founding father Charles Roach, is organizing a demo at Dundas Square Saturday (May 6) at 1 pm to protest what it's calling the "high-handed expropriation" of the festival "from its true owners." It's hard not to sympathize with Roach's cause. But bailouts year after year aren't any way to run a festival either. Sad to see this important cultural event for our city dragged through the mud year after year. A little diplomacy - and stable funding - please.
Budget's Waterfront Blues
Now that the Bloc has decided to side with the Tories and pass this week's budget - thereby relegating the NDP's city agenda to the margins - is there any hope that Harper's crew will do anything but blow smoke on its promise to review the workings of the Toronto Port Authority? Those counting on the review to deep-six expansion plans and sink the TPA are dreaming in technicolour. Federal Minister of Transport Lawrence Cannon has already said, "I continue to support the ongoing operation of the Toronto City Centre Airport." Don't think the Tories' friends on Bay Street, many of whom use the airport, would stand for anything less.
Round, round we go
We're sorry to see council pay so little attention to community efforts to save the Riverdale half-round. Council voted this week to go ahead with controversial plans to demolish the 60s-era building to make room for a massive hospital and condo redevelopment at Broadview and Gerrard. The fact that the city traded parkland to push the deal through certainly deserved more scrutiny.