“My nation's government should not let us down with half measures, a curtsy to junk science or a sellout to the tar sands”
Ousted Tory MP Garth Turner laments fed's green plan without gonads.
John Clarke cashes in
The boys at the cop shop are eating crow this week. A judge has ordered the Toronto police to pay anti-poverty activist John Clarke $10,000 and Gaetan Heroux and Stefan Pilipa $5,000 each for unlawfully strip-searching the trio after the Queen's Park "riot" of June 2000. Unfortunately, like so many other court victories won by anti-poverty activists after the smoke has cleared on the cops' rough tactics, this one probably won't make a dent in police search-and-seizure procedures. Does the police board have the courage to force an end to this practice so often used to humiliate in the name of officer safety? We doubt it.
My, you got big feet
A new World Wildlife Fund report released this week reveals that Canada and Shaquille O'Neal have one thing in common: Bunyanesque feet. Trouble is, ours are stomping on the planet, not just special-ordering sneaks from Nike. In fact, our ecological footprint seems to be swelling in our old age (up to 7.6 hectares per person from 6 in 1998, putting us in fourth place worldwide). Good thing we've got Harper at the helm. His proposed Clean Air Act and tar sands coddling might just be the push we need to nab the top spot next time around.
Freddie's family values
New Democratic party puts politics before family? Yikes. Lobbyist-turned-council-wannabe Fred Dominelli is steaming that cousin Rosario Marchese, who happens to be an NDP MPP, pulled his endorsement, allegedly in the name of party loyalty, at the behest of NDP challenger Alejandra Bravo. Dominelli's spin on Marchese's turn -- that party politics comes before everything else for NDPers -- is laughable. And what of all those Libs backing Dominelli? Word is, Freddie boy never had Marchese's endorsement to begin with.
We hate to harp on it, but the Afghan mission is getting harder to justify by the day. How effed up is the situation when the head of the country's armed forces, General Rick Hillier, muses publicly about sending naval recruits to fight in combat missions against the landlocked Taliban? Is this guy seasick? Or just in way over his head?