“We are not going to say, ?Fix all your social, political and human rights problems and only then will we engage in trade relations with you.? That?s a ridiculous position.”
Our PM an apologist for human rights abuses in corrupt Colombia? Anything for Canuck resource companies pushing a free trade deal.
Weighing in on recyclables
Okay, it's taken us a while to zero in on those swanky new Big Ass recyling bins on wheels that are supposed to save us from waste hell, but we were busy researching claims that the bins themselves actually weigh more than the recylables they'll be collecting - some 30 per cent more, according to number-crunching done by Sierra Club waste diversion campaigner Rod Muir (pictured here). The city's own testing found that Torontonians, on average, put out about 12 kilos of recycling every two weeks. Big Ass weighs 16 kilos. Big Ass is also 20 times more expensive than the regular blue boxes we've been using. Collection will be slower, since the bins will be raised mechanically. And how's Granny going to get this monster to the curb?
Pamela Wallin?s wasteland
She may be a favourite daughter of CTV (and, by extension, papa corp. CTVglobemedia), but the Globe wasn't doing former establishment journo Pamela Wallin any favours by noting her appointment to the board of Calgary-based tar sands outfit Oilsands Quest. It's not exactly a highlight on the resumé of someone who's also honorary chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada -- you know, the org trying to save wildlands, not lay waste to them for oil development. Maybe Pam's a plant for the Conservancy?
Miller tax crime
The tax vote defeat suffered by the mayor this week - that the Star is making much political hay of (he lost by one vote, guys) - must grate but was not unexpected. Most pols, interested in self-preservation above all else (a few of the mayor's lefty allies among them) would rather their constituents suffer service cuts than take the heat themselves for raising taxes. Hey, we can pay now or pay later. Either way, we're going to pay.