“It’s a stunt. This sudden sense of urgency, he certainly hasn’t had that on other issues.”
Labour Minister Steve Peters tries to cover up his government’s pathetic opposition to $10 minimum wage by attacking Howard Hampton.
First the Queen West condo debacle. Now the Riverdale Hospital half-round. Like a bad stink that won't go away, the Ontario Municipal Board has decided it's okay to demolish one of T.O.'s best examples of modern architecture to make room for more condos on the banks of the Don River, where, the OMB decision says, "condominium housing... is in acute short supply." Doubly curious is the timing of a decision that was supposed to take months to come down. But, then, that would likely have put the half-round controversy smack in the middle of a provincial election, and the last thing the Grits need is an issue like this messing with their chances in a winnable (yeah, right) riding.
Press’s bleeding over Pickton
The venerable Globe tells us that Canadians are tuning out and turning the page on coverage of the Pickton murder trial. But don't count on the salivating bloodhounds in the media to spare us the gory details. Toronto's dailies were at it again this week, swarming like flies on shite and giving the Pickton trial big front-page play. If it bleeds, it leads.
The PM couldn't resist politicizing the government's apology to Maher Arar, making it clear in a prepared text bereft of any genuine remorse that events leading to his torture in Syria "occurred under the last government." Let's not forget that it was Harper's Reformatories who were labelling Arar a terrorist way back and didn't want anything to do with an inquiry. The PM hasn't exactly been calling in favours from his buddies in Washington to get Arar off the U.S.'s watch list. He seems quite comfortable leaving the stink of suspicion hanging over Arar's head.
Those who read the biz pages of the Post were treated to the kind of global warming denial that would make even recent converts like Stephen Harper blush. "What to expect in a warmer Canada?" the Post asked Saturday in a section entitled Embracing Climate Change. Under the pros: new Arctic shipping routes, corn instead of wheat on the prairies, shiraz instead of icewine, hiking and golf instead of skiing in the Rockies and (try not to laugh) fewer deaths from pneumonia. Added as an afterthought under the cons: the prairies could be scorched and water levels in the Great Lakes will drop. Seems like a reasonable trade-off to us.