“Maybe it?s a hug. Maybe it?s a more aggressive gesture.”
Jessica Rose, one of hundreds of artists/building residents who formed a human chain around soon-to-be-demolished-and-condofied 48 Abell, Saturday, November 11.
Memories of the Gardens
It?s official. After years of sitting on the property, Loblaws has set a target date of September 07 for the grand opening of a gargantuan Superstore at the site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens, according to area councillor Kyle Rae. That cracking sound you hear (kind of like a Zamboni falling through the ice) is the breaking hearts of hockey fans and cultural preservationists everywhere. Oh, sure, you might be able to score a tangy bottle of Memories of Maple Leaf Gardens, but true enthusiasts will wait for hell to freeze over before buying a carton of milk at this joint.
No innovators here
Talk show host Jon Stewart should look north if he?s short on comedic fodder. Take this week?s leaked memo revealing that Stephen Harper and friends want the word ?innovative? stricken from government websites and documents. Turns out it sounds too Liberal. Come on, did they really need to proclaim an official ban on this one? It?s not as though anyone would consider bandying the word about in reference to, say, their greenhouse gas strategy. For god?s sake, Canada was given the Fossil Of The Day Award at the UN climate conference in Kenya this week.This is the same government that yanked all references to global warming from federal documents months ago.
Fake ?n? race
Following months of relentless campaigning to boost Jane Pitfield?s cred, the Star?s editors finally had to admit the right-wing hack was, well, actually a hack. After pumping her ?visionary?? imaginings ? cash-sucking subways and trash incinerators ? the rag struggled to manufacture a contest that was Miller?s from the start. What a yuk when they suddenly dumped the hapless wannabe with a ?qualified?? thumbs-up for Miller. Race to the finish? The two weren?t even close, and the Star knew it.
Cash-milking and pomp were always two of former police chief Julian Fantino?s specialties (along with demo-busting), but as the OPP?s newest commish, he?s outdoing himself by making the return to retro black-and-white cop cruisers one of his top priorities. Fantino might want to cheer up his demoralized force after months of Caledonia-related slags, but he can?t expect us to believe spending trunkfuls of cash on thousands of new vintage-inspired cars will really make our highways safer.