“NASCAR fans are our kind of people. ”
Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley on her party's attempt to corral right-of-centre voters by smacking a big blue C on the hood of a gas-guzzling NASCAR race car this week.
It's the kind of tragedy that gets maybe eight lines at the back of the dailies: "Cyclist dies on Bayview." Last Friday's accident might have been another unremarkable news bite if the victim hadn't been the sixth cyclist in a row and the seventh in the last 30 months to be fatally wounded in an accident involving a truck. It's even weightier knowing that, according to Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists (ARC), he was also the 12th cyclist to be mangled this way since a 1998 coroner's report urged that rear side- guards be required on all large trucks to prevent the kind of crushing deaths we keep seeing. Somehow Ontario has yet to see the importance of this act. Now the question is whether ARC can at least convince the city to put safeguards on all city-owned trucks before anyone else has to die.
A little late, no?
In "duh... ya think?" news, the Tories are finally considering lifting Canada's embargo against the Palestinian government a year into activist warnings that fuelling a humanitarian crisis in the region was not the way to win peace. Now that Hamas has scared the shit out of the West by seizing Gaza, wallets are opening up worldwide in hopes of bolstering U.S.-friendly president Mahmoud Abbas. Suddenly, a Fatah-Hamas unity government ain't looking so bad, is it, Stephen? Let's not forget Harper was the first to gleefully kick off the "moral" boycott to begin with.
McGuinty's dirty dodging
Gee, it's awful nice of McGuinty to promise to enshrine his commitment to close Ontario's spewing coal plants by 2014 in the law. He's just a couple of years, and promises, too late to help us meet another tiny legal commitment Canadians made: Kyoto. There is another way he could help us reach those targets in a hurry besides pouring $650 million into funding oversized hybrids (when a regular old Civic uses less fuel). Two words (okay, three): industrial emissions caps. But instead of going after the big guns, the preem's decided to tinker with the kind of action residents are more likely to remember at the voting booth: home retrofits and rapid transit cash. Both welcome moves, but combined they'll only bring our emissions down by 8 per cent.