“It's sort of 'Don't fight us, we're the government – we're not going to let you win. ”
Lawyer Clay Ruby on his client Abdul Rahman Khadr and the tricky business of being the son of a suspected terrorist symp.
Givin' the dog a bone
Does he or doesn't he? We're talking about the greyhound (or is it a whippet?) in that Rockwellesque shot on the inside cover of Ikea's 2007 catalogue that appears to have a bone. A spokesperson for the furniture giant agrees there's an uncanny resemblance, but says people are seeing things - you know, like naked breasts in ice. The company denies the suggestion that the image was tampered with by an excitable disgruntled employee. While bloggers have been left panting about rumours of a recall (are you reading this, Swedish Sausage?), Canadians haven't exactly been yanking this chain. Ikea Canada says it's received three complaints.
Authority always wins
Don't want to say we told ya so, but looks like that much-hyped review the Tories promised of the discredited Toronto Port Authority -- community control and all that -- was nothing but post-election blather from Stevie "It's No Wonder" Harper. New appointees to the Authority's board were announced last week, along with plans to begin flying more turboprops out of the Island Airport. So much for that clean waterfront. Should we be surprised? No. The only kind of green the Tories understand doesn't grow on trees.
Choking on Coke
Body painters were on hand at Dundas Square this week to make sexy models resemble the "seductive new bottle" Coke has launched for its "adults-only carbonated fusion beverage." Nothing like a little sex to remake the troubled soft drink company's battered public image, right? Maybe if the world's most powerful drink co., under fire from human rights groups calling for a boycott, took a few million from its marketing budget -- it's four times the UN's annual spending on poverty -- and put it toward fixing some of those alleged transgressions in India and Colombia, we'd be more inclined to swallow this latest repackaging curve.
Iggy pops off
No doubt the Globe's opus this past weekend on Liberal party leadership wannabe Michael Ignatieff will win him some votes, judging from the torrent of positive mail that followed its publication. The anatomizing of the many layers of Ignatieff's personality made fascinating reading, and there were some touching anecdotes about his journey to Liberal ideas. But how could anyone in their right mind truly like the other face of Ignatieff that emerges -- that of a smarmy preppie, prig and all-around prick? Is this son of privilege really a standard-bearer for the party of Trudeau? We wonder.