“Well, this is the army. And everybody has to take equal risks.”
Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor offers his sympathy up cold to the family of Corporal Anthony Boneca, the latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan. Nice.
Doors Closed hits AC hogs
The Conservation Council of Ontario is taking its Doors Closed campaign - in which retailers are asked to shut their doors to keep their AC from cooling the sidewalks - to the streets again beginning this week. Unlike last year, the council has TABIA (the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) on board. Let's hope the major retailers that gave a middle finger to the cause last time - the Gap, Indigo, the Body Shop, Starbucks, Second Cup, Blockbuster and Eddie Bauer - can be persuaded to back their eco talk with action. We can always boycott if they don't.
Post's World Cup wig-out
What's a World Cup without anal Torontonians complaining about this or that ethnic community waving flags for the homeland? The National Post couldn't resist fuelling the intolerance. Last Thursday, the paper reprinted what the Portuguese-Canadian National Congress calls "hateful" comments posted anonymously on stillepost.ca. Among them, a big FU to the "entire country of Portugal." Yeah. We may publicly extol the virtues of multiculturalism, but we apparently haven't exorcised those anti-immigrant demons.
George Stroumboulopoulos is The One. The CBC's resident cool guy has landed the gig to host ABC's reality TV snore The One: Making Of A Music Star. That's the show, ironically enough, the CBC has bumped the National to make room for on its prime time sked. We all knew a move south of the border was inevitable for the ambitious Strombo. The bad news is that he won't have to leave his CBC job as host of godawful The Hour. As gorgeous as George may be, he's no news guy, and that's a show that could use a fresh face.
Selling Out Jane Jacobs
The realtor negotiating the sale of dearly departed urban guru Jane Jacobs's home has left the study in her Annex semi-detached as it was before her death, and floated the idea of the city buying the house and turning it into a museum. The family wants no part of it -- and Jacobs, who shunned the spotlight, probably wouldn't have either. A commemorative plaque would be nice, but this feels like a scheme to artificially inflate the selling price.