“I guess we're not the money-grubbers we're made out to be. ”
Leafs exec Richard Peddie makes a fool of himself trying to explain why ticket prices won't be going up for the underachieving Buds.
See ya, Sylvia
Let us be the first to congratulate Councillor Sylvia Watson's move to the provincial arena. She's announced she'll be running for the seat vacated by Lib leadership hopeful Gerard Kennedy in Parkdale. Where the developer-friendly councillor got the bright idea to make a go for Queen's Park is a mystery to us. And we can't say we've been impressed by her law-and-order agenda that's caused police to hustle the homeless out of the nabe and taken a little of the bohemia out of Parkdale. Put this one in the good riddance file.
Cop union head’s wild wank
Police union head Dave Wilson is one big fat opportunist, all right.There he was before the biggest long weekend of the summer issuing warnings about non-existent cop shortages contributing to the recent spate of gun violence. Fact is, there are 150 more cops on the street now (5,365) than there were at this time last year. Some 5,510 officers will be on board by year's end. Gun-related violence is also down. No, Davey boy's real problem is that the chief has actually made the jobs of a few of the doughboys taking up desk space a little tougher by putting them on the beat.
Soft-in-the-head softwood deal
Trade Minister David Emerson should have resigned when he had the chance. Now leaked details of that much publicized softwood lumber deal with the U.S. reveal that the Yanks can opt out after two years. And the Yanks get to keep their billion. Emerson, who defected from the Libs to join Harper's gang - he claimed he wanted to be in a position to effect positive change - called the chances of the U.S. cashing in their woodchips "extremely remote." This woodchucker obviously can't see the forest for the trees. What's he been smoking, birch bark?
Miller’s spare change-up
David Miller knows how to pick his battles, but we're a little perplexed about why he'd allow mayoral rival Jane Pitfield's motion to study a ban on panhandling to pass without debate. Shocking, considering the city's own street needs assessment shows that some 60 per cent of homeless people rely on our spare change for part or all of their income. Perhaps Miller is counting on staff to come back with some legal reason why we can't ban panhandling. Still, shouldn't we reject any attempt to criminalize the homeless?