“There was nothing to cover up.”
Mike Harris's lawyer, Peter Downard, tries to rewrite history at the Ipperwash inquiry.
For Pete's sake
The money-laundering trial of disgraced Conservative lawyer Peter Shoniker has certainly shone a sordid light on the behind-the-scenes workings of T.O.'s law-and-order set. Why, there was Mr. Integrity, ol' Julie Fantino himself, in the courtroom showing his support for con man Shony, who squeezed Tory friends at Queen's Park to get Fantino the chief's gig way back. Yes, there's honour among these thieves of the public's trust. Shoniker, who has pleaded guilty to laundering $750,000, will be sentenced September 6. Let's hope his powerful connections don't buy him a ticket out of jail.
Soknacki sucker punch
Council's right wing is always trying to pin something - anything - on Mayor David Miller. This week, Councillor Mike Del Grande, Mini-Me to Rob Ford's Dr. Evil, blamed Miller for budget chief David Soknacki's surprise decision not to seek re-election. "This mayor is not one who unites people," screamed Del Grande. Soknacki says he simply wants to devote more time to his spice business, but it's more likely the diplomatic Soknacki has outgrown the Animal House that is council these days. Can a provincial run for the Tories be in the cards for the respected number cruncher?
The Globe's poll earlier this month showing Canadians are in an uproar over the feds' pro-Israel stance has right-wingers spinning. No sooner had it been published than COMPAS Inc., famous for surveys of right-wing causes, was conducting its own poll, presumably to set the record straight. We Canadians are so impressionable. Of course, we'd be more convinced if the COMPAS survey hadn't been commissioned by the Western Standard, the Calgary-based rag run by Harper acolyte Ezra Levant.
Kudos to the United Church of Canada for encouraging its 3 million members across the country not to drink bottled water, an industry that's tapping the precious resource at a ruinous rate - and selling it back to us for huge profits. Who says progressive change can't be encouraged from the pulpit? Now, if we could only get a little divine intervention to persuade the feds (Harper is a god- fearing man, isn't he?) to declare clean drinking water a human right. Canada has shamefully voted against the proposal twice at the UN.