“It?s an obvious and drastic conflict of interest.”
Energy watchdog Tom Adams expresses shock that John Beck, head of construction giant Aecon, which has a multi-million-dollar contract to refurbish Bruce A, has been elected chair of the Ontario Power Authority. Can the Grits' pro-nuclear intentions be any clearer?
Giving Gordo the hook
We're not sure whether it was just loyalty or reluctance to admit to a huge mistake that kept stumblebum former Defence minister Gordon O'Connor in the cabinet in the PM's shuffle this week. The gaffe-prone blowhard who spent a good deal of his time at Defence taking his foot out of his mouth has been moved to National Revenue. Hopefully, beancounters in that department will be keeping a close eye on who's getting government contracts. On the former defence industry lobbyist's watch, the number of military contracts handed out without a formal competition at DND went kablooey.
Taking flouride in stride
Sound the alarm. We're running short of nasty post-industrial fluoride! You know, the stuff that gets scrubbed from phosphate in factory smokestacks and sold to cities across Canada that then pour it into our drinking water and call it good for us. Wait, why is everyone panicking? The shortage should force us to realize that adding it to Toronto water just puts our joints, bones, kidneys and livers at risk and does absolutely nothing for our teeth. Or maybe that's just the laughing gas talking.
Torstar?s Thall order
The Thall family, one of five that control the Star, has announced that it's planning to sell some or all of its non-voting shares in Torstar -- about $38 million worth. Could the sale of the Star be far behind? Torstar officials say no way, but a few more front-page stories like that Mel debacle this week (what the hell was the Star doing covering a Bad Boy store opening in Kitchener anyway?) will have shareholders wondering what direction the flagship is headed.