“We’re becoming part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
Ex-Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy on the PM's shameless desertion of Canada's traditional peacekeeping role in the Middle East.
Councillors on the cheap
It's a real hoot to watch mayoral wannabe Jane Pitfield fall all over herself to lambaste as "outrageous" the 9 per cent pay hike being recommended for members of council. Of course, if this weren't an election year, Jane would probably be there at the trough lapping away with everyone else. Curious that few of her penny-pinching right-wing colleagues on council have taken up the cause.
CSIS's terror mole cashes in
The mole CSIS and the RCMP paid to infiltrate the group of 17 Muslims allegedly plotting to carry out acts of terrorism in Toronto has emerged from the shadows. Mubin Shaikh went public last week in an unusual series of front-page articles to profess his love for Canada - and to claim that he's still owed $300,000 for his work. The big question is: was Shaikh just an observer or did he play a part in setting the alleged bomb plot in motion? The government's case had better be airtight, cuz this cat just opened up a legal can of worms.
More weekend warriors to Afghanistan?
More reservists may be headed to Afghanistan. A Defence Department communiqué says a large-scale training exercise involving 2,500 reservists will take place at CFB Petawawa in late August, where participants "will practise the wide spectrum of military skills required on operations in places like Afghanistan." The timing of the announcement couldn't have been worse: the day after reservist Anthony Boneca, killed in action in Afghanistan, was laid to rest, and when there are mounting questions about the readiness of reservists (these are weekend warriors, folks, not full-time soldiers) we're sending into Kandahar.
Life's a beach for drivers
Only two of Toronto's 10 beaches, Hanlan's Point and Woodbine, were swimmable last weekend. For those trying to escape the brain-baking heat at the lake, however, there was no relief from parking authority officers who towed any illegally parked cars they could find. Sure, we'd rather people take transit or ride their bikes to the beach, but that's not easy for families lugging around kids and BBQs from far and wide. The city should be thinking about ways it can keep beaches open, not cleaning out those who can't afford a northern retreat.