“There probably aren?t two or three people in Canada who know the breadth of the threats that face our country. ”
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day tries to sell the public on Tory insider Bill Elliott?s appointment as RCMP head by touting his national security credentials. The stumblebums in the red tunics are known for getting the wrong man when it comes to anti-terror assignments.
So Saturday?s Live Earth concerts were ?the world's largest entertainment event ever,? eh? A weighty claim when ratings reveal the eco fest drew fewer eyeballs than the previous week?s Princess Di tribute and came in second in the U.S. behind a rerun of animated flik Monsters Inc. Sad, yes, but let?s not blame a lack of planetary concern for this one. Ultimately, Live Earth?s impact won?t be measured by how many people wanted to see Sting wail some 20-year-old songs. Maybe people could sniff the hypocrisy of jetting 150 rock stars 220,000 miles for an environmental bonanza, but in all honesty, the Live Earth pledge sheet viewers were invited to sign is pretty meaty. Demand your country join a treaty that cuts emissions by 90 per cent? Fight for a moratorium on new coal plants? If all 670,000 Canadians who tuned in to watch Madonna strut her stuff demanded as much, we might just get a new PM.
Pot cops come with guns blazing
After newspapers reported that pot arrests across the country have increased sharply since the Tories took power ? by 20 to 50 per cent in T.O., Ottawa and Montreal ? Chief Bill Blair was quick to attribute the spike in possession charges here to busts of gangs, not of rec tokers. We should all get a little more brazen with our blazing and gum up the courts then. Maybe that would slap a little sense into the Cons and cops wasting our time and taxpayers? money on pot charges.
Ed Mirvish, 1914-2007
The irrepressible Honest Ed Mirvish has made his last curtain call. The entrepreneur famous for handing out free turkeys at Christmas left us for that final act in the sky. His personality and good works have left an indelible mark on Toronto. Visit his famous Bloor Street emporium to understand his importance to our multicultural identity. But Mirvish was a connoisseur of the arts and architecture, too, saving the Royal Alexandra from demolition, building the award-winning Princess of Wales Theatre and restoring the Old Vic in London for his many theatrical presentations. Take a bow and rest in peace.