“This is a tremendous decision.”
John Norris, lawyer for appellant Hassan Almrei, is a little too quick to praise last week's Supreme Court decision on security certificates.The court did not call for an outright ban on secret trials.
Gated stairway to heaven
Bring us your weak, your troubled, your hungry. No, wait. This is the Jarvis Street Baptist Church. Seemingly the last thing this house of god wants is the poor loitering on its doorstep. Folding to complaints from Gerrard Street residents, the church erected 5- foot-high padlocked gates around its front steps a few months back. "Those people were disturbing our neighbours," says assistant pastor R.J. Umandap. "People witnessed sexual activities on the steps, and some people were defecating, smoking and using illegal drugs." Sounds post-apocalyptic, but a call to local councillor Kyle Rae's office suggests the problems were not chronic. Umandap maintains the church had no problem with homeless people, but was "also aware of our responsibility to the community in general." The church still runs a food bank. Hope that's okay with the neighbours.
Who's out to get Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) CEO Jeffrey Steiner? A self-described anonymous "insider" behind the www.whatswrongtoronto.com website has been spilling lots of ink badmouthing all things TEDCO and Mayor David Miller, including the agency's recent decision to evict Cinespace from its digs in the port lands to make way for waterfront development. Then, mysteriously, last week a huge banner with an unflattering twist on the TEDCO name (pictured above) showed up on Cinespace's roof. Cinespace VP Jim Mirkopoulos says he doesn't know who trespassed in the middle of the night to hang the sign. We smell a vast right-wing conspiracy.
Sayonara, Mr. Bill
How will the political epitaph of Rosedale Grit MP Bill Graham read now that he's decided to leave politics? Will he be remembered as the brave defender of potheads and human rights or as the Liberal cabinet's key advocate for the dangerous U.S. scheme to put weapons in space? Or will he go down as the shill defence minister who bought the "kill terrorists" blabberings of his top general and tried to avoid tough questions about our involvement in Afghanistan? Let's hope the diplomatic posting that surely awaits him is nowhere near that hot spot.