“There’s nothing sinister at play here.”
Tory whip Jay Hill fiddles while democracy burns. Tell us again why Tory committee chairs are packing a 200-page manual on how to disrupt meetings when debate threatens the government's agenda?
Our heritage in a heap
The city swooped in very quickly when one wall of once stately Walnut Hall on Shuter was deemed a safety hazard Saturday. If only the city had shown as much initiative when it came to preserving the row of 19th-century Georgian townhouses. Instead, 'crats twiddled their thumbs and allowed the former owner of the property to let it rot, so when the building inspector showed up later Saturday, the decision to send in the wrecking ball was an easy one - there was hardly any mortar holding the bricks together. We're told that the Montreal company that recently purchased the property is a leader in restoration. A fitting irony, perhaps, for a condo-fixated city with preservation reservations to begin with.
Audi’s full-throttle foul-up
As advertising goes, Audi's campaign in city parks proved a master stroke. The controversy stirred by public space advocates created the most buzz. What's still unclear is how the city got hoodwinked into issuing permits for the 2-metre-high T-shaped props. Advertising is not allowed in parks, but the city's film and TV office was happy to make an exception since Audi supposedly sought permission to erect the billboards to shoot an online commercial. Why, then, did the eyesores need to be erected in 120 locations across the city, including no fewer than a dozen parks, over three days? Did Audi shift gears on the city? It wouldn't be the first outdoor advertiser to run roughshod over city signage bylaws.
Rogers' Inconvenient Truth
Rogers is pumping Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth big time to its On Demand subscribers, so much so that when one customer complained about the hypocrisy of the endless flyers the cable company kept sending, she got a snippy e-mail from a customer service rep about An Inconvenient Truth being "a propaganda film... based on unproven science... [being used] by Al Gore to further his own political agenda." Rogers says the rep's comments don't reflect corporate policy. But, hey, thank you for your continued patronage.