“We realize full well the game plan was likely orchestrated at a much higher level than the children used here.”
OPP Commish Julian Fantino verges on accusing Greenpeace of child exploitation for having 20-something activists chain themselves to a coal ship. Wonder how he?d classify sending 18-year-olds to Afghanistan.
When the shit hits the puffin
It seems deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff fell in love with some puffins on a trip to the East Coast last week and thought the penguin-like seabirds would make the perfect party mascot. Just what does Ignatieff think the Libs and the bird have in common? Along with flapping their wings hard and ?family values,? Ignatieff says, and we quote, ?they hide their excrement.? Hmm, if the Libs did a better job of that last one they might still be in power.
Sending nukes back home to roost
Imagine if all the world?s dirty underwear were sent back for disposal to the country that stitched it. Well, that?s what?s on the table for the globe?s uranium waste at this week?s APEC (Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Syndey, Australia. And guess what? As the world?s largest uranium exporter, Canada would be stuck with all the radioactive laundry. The scariest part is that the PM is so busy salivating over the prospect of pushing our nukes onto a broader market that he?s actually considering this radioactive dump role. How about we pencil in a clause that all that spent uranium gets shipped to his place?
Death of the gas guzzler
It?s the same sad song. The auto sector is crying about 1,200 GM employees being been laid off at its Oshawa truck plant, and another 3,600 jobs face the axe next year. Hate to break it to them, but maybe if Canada weren?t committed to producing the biggest gas guzzlers on the road and if Ontario started tying its massive car manufacturing subsidies to green criteria, there might be a future for the industry here. At least Americans churn out a few cars that get more than, like, 15 miles per gallon. Even one Canadian-made compact car would be nice. Alas, there?s no silver lining in pumping out Silverados.