“This is the kind of dirty war you’re in when you have to do this, and I'm not losing sleep about that”
Liberal leadership hopeful Michael Ignatieff on the Qana massacre that killed dozens of Lebanese civilians, many of them children.
Bitter pill for AIDS victims
Hosting a party can be so stressful - especially if you've got skeletons in the closet you forgot to sweep out before the guests arrive. Honestly, what is Canada going to say to its guests at the XVI International AIDS Conference when it slips out that the feds have yet to send a single bottle of pills to help victims of the disease in Africa? This, depsite the fact that they first enacted legislation pledging to expedite cheap drugs to the continent two years ago. No amount of quality catering can get us out of this shame-fest.
Star’s cabbie meltdown
Was the Toronto Star for real when it gave front-page coverage to an article attacking cabbies who are reluctant to turn on their AC? Choosing to leave car air conditioners off should be applauded, not vilified; air cons suck up 20 per cent more fuel. Maybe the Star editors should try driving around town 12 hours a day for marginal pay and see if they can still afford to leave the cold air blasting.
Let’s never speak of this again
We knew things were fishy when the Tories yanked the Energuide program a couple of months ago. Seriously, you'd think greenhouse gas was a bodily function from the way they refuse to use the word in public. But the federal haze around climate science got even smoggier when the Enviro Ministry quietly yanked the government's signature website on climate change (www.climatechange.gc.ca. ) last month. If Harper keeps studying at the Stalin School of Historical Rewrites, there'll be a mysterious recall of environmental studies textbooks any day now. Just you wait.
Where the streets have no plays
If you noticed a bunch of confused tourists wandering T.O.'s streets last weekend crying, "Mama mia, what happened to Mamma Mia?" - blame the city. "Official" maps distributed for free to tourists at Nathan Phillips Square hearkened back to the good old days of 2004, promising transit fares of $2.25, Toronto attraction passes for under $50 and tickets to junked productions of Hairspray and The Producers. We're sure those three people who lined up for tickets were very disappointed.