“If you want [the middle class’s] support – and you can’t get elected very often without it – then you’ve got to be sensitive to questions on the environment.”
Former Tory chieftain Brian Mulroney tutoring PM Stephen Harper on the ins and outs of what drove him to be the "greenest prime minister in Canadian history."
Wasn't it darling of Premier McGuinty to bring a truckload of wrapped toys to poor children in front of a gaggle of photographers last weekend? What's that, Ghost of Christmas Past? You say Timmy's family could afford to buy their own Christmas presents (however minimal) back before welfare rates were slashed by over 20 per cent a decade ago? Note to McGuinty: don't try wrapping up that paltry 2 per cent hike in social assistance rates you offered last year and calling it a prezzy to the poor.
After four weeks, artisanal farmer Michael Schmidt finally ended his hunger strike on Wednesday at the pleading of concerned friends and raw milk supporters. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the media continue to squawk in favour of the province's firm stand against the small dairy farmer and warn of the evils hiding in unpasteurized milk. But we have to wonder about their obsession with a man who caters to a couple of hundred willing folks when no one's crying over all the Canadians fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria created by feeding cattle a steady stream of drugs and steroids. Oh, but their milk does a body good, of course.
Thanks for the tip
How ironic that Toronto Life's January issue advises us how to go green in the new year, when just a few pages earlier its Urban Decoder columnist informs a reader that we needn't worry about our personal energy consumption. In fact, it says, "don't be so quick to scoff at your neighbour's megawatt nativity scene" when really the biggest energy hog is industry. Hear that, kids? As long as the supermarket up the street has its refrigerators running, you can leave your home fridge door open as long as you like. God, where was this columnist educated, the Harper School of Environmental Irresponsibility?
No class to this trash
No one likes the idea of dumping our big-city trash on rural communities. But city reps assured us we'd be a responsible neighbour to those living near the Green Lane Landfill near London. You wouldn't think it would be a big deal, then, for Toronto to reassure native communities living nearby that if the dump, say, contaminated their water supply, we'd pay for the cleanup. But nope, Mayor David Miller has totally stonewalled on the possibility of negotiations with the Oneida Nation. Come on now, Miller, we're counting on you to do the right thing here. Don't turn this into Caledonia: The Sequel.