“ I am not able to look Canadians in the eye and say, 'I'm comfortable with the waste.”
Grit leader Stphane Dion once again redraws the environmental map with his stand against nuke power.
Think again, Dick
Legal observers relieved by the removal of Vic "The Dick" Toews from the Justice portfolio are dreaming in technicolour if they think his replacement, Bob Nicholson, will do away with a controversial plan to put cops on committees set up to select judges. Do they really believe Stevie's crew, which has just recommitted itself in a big way to the failed war on drugs, giving millions more to enforcement instead of prevention programs, will do anything but keep pushing its boneheaded law-and-order agenda? Think again.
City fails Queen West condo test
As flabbergasted as we are by the OMB's decision to turn over a crucial stretch of artsy Queen West to condo developers, we gotta wonder if the city was forceful enough in its objections. Sure, we all know how much of a joke the OMB reform promised by the Liberals has been. But what makes developers think they can get away with these ill-considered monstrosities in the first place?
No silver lining in this garbage mess
The firm behind the silver garbage bins that are so much litter on our sidewalks has turned out to be a financial albatross for the city. Eucan, which sold pols on the idea of adverstising on the bins, says it hasn't been able to sell enough ads to give the city the cut it negotiated in a deal signed back in 99. We hate to think Eucan's reneging had anything to do with council's decision last May to veto the firm's grand plans to bring in those billboard-festooned monster bins that are a blight on public space. Curiosio.
After several failed attempts, another move by council's right wing to ban panhandling in designated tourist areas now seems set to pass. Downtown councillor Kyle Rae -- and we all know how much he cares about the welfare of the homeless -- seems comfortable with the proposition, more so now that he's chair of the city's economic development committee. Shrug, shrug, goes Kyle. And here we thought the big plan was to house the homeless. Let's just arrest them and put them in jail instead. Yeah, that's the ticket.