“We’re doing better than a lot of cities in North America.”
The mayor's spokesperson, Stuart Green, pulls out the oldest line in the book to deflect criticism of Toronto's worsening record on smog.
k-os in chaos
Haute hiphop hothead k-os is backtracking after protesting a mildly critical NOW review - 3Ns! - by Jason Richards. The characteristically loud-mouthed rapper dissed Richards in MySpace tirades, claiming the critic was a black man manipulated by his indie-rock nerd bosses. We note he only plays the race card when he doesn't like every word that's said about him. After a barrage of blog and website bashing, k-os, while not apologizing, claims to be cooling it. He's now playing the human being card to explain his outburst, and says he's getting help from a stress manager. Good idea.
Cop cameras missing the beat
For all the strides being made in community policing under Chief Bill Blair, we're a little dismayed to see the Police Services Board vote to put surveillance cameras in 15 "high crime" areas. This is no way to win the trust of communities that have long felt themselves the targets of police. Just identifying these neighbourhoods is sure to increase their sense of isolation. Wouldn't they be better served if the money dropped on Big Brother tech were invested in more foot patrols? Cameras don't build trust. Cops do.
Amazing what a few more dead bodies coming back from Afghanistan can do to tweak Tory angst. There was Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor last week calling on NATO to send more troops to help beleaguered Canuck forces taking on the Taliban. Seems a little bizarre for the feds to be crying for help after making such a big deal about taking on the dirty work. Instead of puffing out their chests like war-loving junior Bushies, Harp's crew should have been pushing reconstruction efforts from the start. The Tories can keep wishing, but those stories about dead Canadian soldiers aren't going to be relegated to the back pages any time soon.
Pedal to the metal, Dalton
The global-warming-denying Tories' talk of bringing in tougher auto emissions controls by 2010 could all be smoke and mirrors. But crazier is the fear-mongering by Premier Dalton McGuinty over the rumoured regs costing the industry jobs in Ontario. Who's Tory now? If lasting employment is really his concern, McGuinty should be preaching the need for innovation. Isn't the fall of the Big Three automakers to their more fuel-efficient Japanese rivals evidence enough that the industry is in need of a drastic overhaul?