“ It's not about safety. It's not even about money. It's payback to the gun lobby.”
Coalition for Gun Control prez Wendy Cukier on the madness of the Tories doing away with the long-gun registry.
Dose of reality
CanWest's free commuter daily targeting youth, Dose, is dead, kaput, finished. We can't say we're surprised. The writing was on the wall as soon as those TV spots making light of how badly Dose staff were being treated (yes, that passes for irony at right-wing CanWest) hit the airwaves. The money-grubbing company isn't exactly known for sticking it out when it comes to its publishing ventures. As soon as it bleeds red it's dead. Unless, like the National Post, it's propping up the right-wing agenda.
Jon Stewart contributing to the cynicism of young people? That's the conclusion of East Carolina University poli-sci profs Jody Baumgartner and Jonathan Morris. How can young people growing up in Bush's America not be cynical about politics when they're being lied to at every turn? Stewart has lured a whole new generation into a daily monitoring of the world power centre. Yup, what we really want is unquestioning regurgitation- of White House talking points.
Who's Tory now?
Someone's kidnapped the Star's ace feature writer, Linda Diebel. That couldn't have been her piece puffing Tory leader John Tory in Sunday's edition. No doubt, Tory looks good compared to current preem Dalton "Dodo Brain" McGuinty. But that's not saying much. We know the Star hasn't forgotten that Tory made his political rep in the back rooms, and that he was a senior adviser to Brian Mulroney, perhaps the most vilified PM in Canadian history. Tory couldn't even hack it in the corporate world: he ran the CFL into the ground and didn't exactly knock 'em dead over at Rogers. And he's premier material?
Take the money and run
Speaking of cynical, only a handful of city councillors are abiding by a policy they passed not to accept political donations from corporations or unions. If the mayor can afford to take only donations from individuals -- and he has to raise far more to run -- then why not councillors? And they protest that they're not for sale.