“There is no conceivable reason to keep this mission under the control of a minister who does not seem to know which way is up.”
Along with Grit MP Michael Ignatieff, we say the PM should give up his defence of lying Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor and get on with conforming to international protocols for the treatment of Afghan prisoners.
Earth Day bash laid bear
Some 200 people sporting green and blue hues rally on Earth Day, April 22, to demand that the Tories show some political will amid reports that Harper's crew is set to trash changes eco groups and opposition parties are pushing for in the Clean Air Act. "We heard Environment Minister John Baird say that meeting Kyoto [targets] would cause a recession," Greenpeace campaigner Dave Martin tells the crowd. "This is the lowest kind of environmental blackmail." Among the revellers is a polar-bear-costumed Dave Toderick, who says he rode his bike all the way from Baffin Island. Global warming, he says, is making his paws sweat. "We hunt on ice floes, but there are no more left. I'm starving," he says.
Media's mass murder fascination
Thanks to the CBC for taking the high road and refusing to air footage of Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui's suicide video last week. Toronto's four mainstream dailies, however, couldn't help themselves and joined the media feeding frenzy by running front-page shots of the gun-toting killer and glamourizing - calling them a "manifesto" - what are obviously the paranoid ramblings of a mentally ill young man.
Globe taken in by white power symp
The Globe's account of white power symp Paul Fromm's discipline hearing before an Ontario College of Teachers tribunal last week read like something out of a white rights rag. Fromm, the Mississauga teacher known for cavorting with white supremacists and raising a glass or two at parties celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday, is described by the Globe's Jill Mahoney as "soft-spoken" and "teary" when talking of his parents' service in the second world war - not the usual descriptors for a man who's shared the stage with a former KKK grand wizard.
Backhoes have begun clearing a grassy median between the east- and westbound lanes on Lakeshore to make way for a 130-space parking lot for the Palais Royale. The plan, approved by council last June, still has community members riled; they say it was rammed through. Local councillor Gord Perks says they're missing the bigger picture: willows along the waterfront where the parking lot was originally slated to go have been saved, and 20 more trees will be added in the new parking lot.