“If I were a citizen wanting to complain about police, I would be worried.”
Ontario ombudsman André Marin lets the province's new police complaints system have it, both barrels blazing.
Whatever possessed the Star to put Health Minister George Smitherman's sob story about his love affair with unspecified "street drugs" on the front page last week? We can guess what Smithy was popping, snorting and smoking back in the raving 90s, but who cares? The perils of drug abuse? C'mon. Anyone can tell that story. George, next time you want to emote, spare the public the dopey details.
Lastman on thin ice
Mel Lastman says he's come full circle now that he's back selling fridges. Nothing can keep that big mouth of his on ice, though. The long-time puppet of the right wing was enlisted out of retirement last week to take potshots at Mayor David Miller in the run-up to this fall's municipal election. "A bunch of duds," Mel-o-maniac called lefty members of the current council. Yeah, unlike those crooks and sycophants you used to lord it over, eh, Mel?
Up and Adam
Adam Vaughan, Citytv's municipal affairs ace, has thrown his mic into the hotly contested race for council's Trinity-Spadina seat. Vaughan will no doubt appeal to arty loft dwellers and middle-class folks in the Annex, but this race already has primo local candidate Tam Goossen. There are a number of do-nothings Vaughan could be going after on turf that's winnable. How about Karen Stintz in north Toronto, or Jane Pitfield (who's supposed to be vacating her seat) in East York? In Parkdale, Sylvia Watson could do with a little shaking up, Bill Saundercook, too. And what about Cesar Palacio in Davenport? Adam, it's not too late to change your mind.
Hard to know what to make of Robert Fung's sudden departure from the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation. Can't say we're completely freaked by the development - oops, did we say development? Nothing has actually gone up on the waterfront under Fung. But it strikes us as a bit odd that the former Liberal appointee is getting the boot just when things are starting to happen. Is Fung's firing just another backroom political manoeuvre for a corp mired too long in politics? We'd hate to think so.