“We face a situation where some people do not feel safe in the hallways of schools across the city.”
Crack litigator Julian Falconer, who has just been appointed to oversee an inquiry into school safety. Let's hope cameras and metal detectors aren't far behind.
Those pining for the return of the Speaker's Corner booth at Queen and John -- it's been boarded up since April -- will have to wait at least until July for its return. Higher-ups at Bell Globemedia have been debating whether to add a door to the booth so you'd have to drop in a loonie before you enter to offer your 2 cents for the cameras. Seems there's a problem with people peeing in the booth. We're told that a porous material that won't hold the scent is being contemplated for the floor. Can't blame the homeless for this one.
The Ipperwash verdict is in -- sort of. Judge Sidney Linden stopped just short of blaming then premier Mike Harris for the 1995 shooting death of native protestor Dudley George. Linden found that Harris did not direct the OPP into the park to face protestors. Instead, he found that Harris "created the risk of placing political pressure on the police" after a tirade during which he raged, "I want the fucking Indians out of the park." We're happy that the George family finally got some answers. But with all due respect to the learned judge, he's getting stuck in semantics. Harris lied about his role in the entire affair from the get-go. Seems a stretch to believe he wasn't calling the shots.
Honda’s hybrid hoax
You gotta hand it to consumers for smelling the exhaust through the greenwash. Honda has just announced that it's discontinuing its hybrid Accord, an eco-faker if there ever was one. Its battery was powered not for greater fuel efficiency but to gun faster. The car has been heavily criticized for its poor fuel efficiency. And hybrid buyers, happy to cough up extra coin for legit fuel savers, do their research. Clearly, the Japanese automaker needs to work on its demographics research.