“The other agenda is about punishing Big Tobacco. We have not embraced that agenda. That does not serve our purposes.”
Premier Dalton McGuinty on why Ontario hasn’t joined six other provinces suing the pants off tobacco companies in the hopes of recovering billions spent on medicare for ailing smokers, as the U.S. government has.
Secret's not safe with us
So Victoria's Secret catalogues are finally going green, eh? At least that's what the media's been saying. Even the caribou stand to benefit, proclaims the headline in the Star's business section. But read the fine print and you'll notice that the company has only formally committed to purchasing 10 per cent of its paper from either the Forest Stewardship Council or post-consumer waste sources. Hmm, last we checked, 10 per cent wasn't considered a respectable figure for recycled content even 20 years ago. Looks like the greenest thing about those catalogues might still be the lime-coloured thongs.
Seen it all before
Have you seen that new movie Déjà Vu starring Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson? That's the one where the civil servant earns a cool $1.5 million a year, then charges another 45 grand to taxpayers. We'd give the caper four Ns if it weren't the same damn scenario we've seen played out several times about power company execs getting caught with our wallets in their pants, then sent home crying with a massive severance package -- in this case about $3 million. We'd like a refund, please.
Where men reign
University of Toronto always prides itself on being at the head of the scholastic class, but it may want to rethink its first-place position in a recent Statscan study looking at the gender gap in professors' salaries. U of T's female profs make roughly $18,000 less than its men, the most startling salary sprawl between the sexes across Canada. Considering it's also the country's richest campus, with wealthy philanthropists coming out the wazoo, we'd say it's time the school showed a little class and at the very least signed a whack of Christmas bonus cheques while the accountants organize a raise festival -- strictly for the ladies, of course.
Shake 'n fake
Few things are certain in war, but some are par for the course. Like, say, if you kill a Canadian diplomat, you'd expect to be treated harshly by Canuck armed forces. And in a tribal, war-ravaged nation like Afghanistan, it may not be surprising if the main suspect behind the murder is freed less than two days after his arrest when a powerful warlord pulls some strings. What is shocking is to see the prime minister of Canada, two months after said string-pulling, shaking hands with the warlord who freed the prime suspect, as has recently come to light. Oh, but that Stephen Harper is full of surprises, isn't he?