“The Liberal approach to crime is stuck in the Summer of Love.”
Grit AG Michael Bryant pushes the oh-so-90s Tory law-and-order obsession with detention – falling crime rates be damned. Hey, if it gets votes....
For cyclists who come across them, the ghost-white, flower-adorned bike memorials chained to posts across Toronto are beacons reminding us to proceed with caution. Riding a bike can get you killed here. For motorists, too, they're a warning that the road is not theirs alone. Works crews, though, have quietly removed the poignant reminders, three in all, erected by activists last year to mark the spots where cyclists crossed to the other side. It's as if the city is trying to make us forget how woefully far behind we are in our Bike Plan. Last week, a group of York U students, using a bike fashioned from donated parts, replaced the memorial at Keele and Finch to Bianca Gogel, the 16-year-old killed by a turning truck in the spring of 2006. The plan, says Geoffrey Bercarich, is to replace the missing memorials with permanent ones. Perhaps putting them in cement boots or welding them to posts will give the city second thoughts about removing them. Other bike activists, however, have mixed feelings about the idea. The families of those killed seem to want a time limit on the memorials, since passing them for an extended time would weigh heavily on their hearts.
Lord Black's vanity play in three acts
Conrad Black has become the leading man in his own tragic comedy. There he was in the Globe this weekend, thinner, fitter, a babe magnet, looking not at all like a man facing time in the hoosegow for allegedly stealing millions from investors, or so Globe scribe Patricia Best says. He's vowing to get those who've soiled his good name. It's saying something that Black, ostracized by the chattering classes in the UK and U.S., still has the power to command a front-page puff piece in the country's most influential paper on the eve of criminal proceedings against him. With all this good PR, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the key witness against Black is none other than his former right-hand man, David Radler, who's already pleaded guilty to a $32 million mail fraud. Good luck, Con, er, Conrad.
R.I.P. Doris Anderson, 1921-2007.
On this International Women's Day (March 8), we raise a candle to this rebel daughter of modern feminism who fought successfully for the inclusion of women's rights in the Charter and so much more during an activist career spanning more than five decades. Peace be with you, sister.