“It?s a little hard to swallow coming from the very people ? who with lots of notice that we were getting closer to crisis ? couldn?t vote to create the revenue. ”
Budget chief Shelley Carroll takes a swipe at the band of we-can-have-our-cake-and-eat-it-too councillors who voted to delay new taxes but want to overturn community centre closures.
Fair maybe, but natural? No.
When Body Shop founder Anita Roddick died earlier this week, the world lost one of its earliest titans of ethical business. No doubt she led the way in using fair trade ingredients and banning animal testing, not to mention all her feisty campaigning against paying a fortune for a vial of anti-wrinkle cream. What's unfortunate is that the company never got beyond putting out "naturally- inspired products" that were still loaded with questionable chemicals. Can we expect the Body Shop's new owner, L'Oréal, to push that envelope? Don't bet your banana shampoo on it.
Booze by any other name
Come on. Was the Alcohol and Gaming Commission sober when it told the new Riverside bar the Booze Emporium it had to change its name because it might encourage "the immoderate consumption of alcohol"? By that logic, a frat-boy-plagued pub like the Madison would be full of square-looking boys and girls shimmying to the 50s swing dance of the same name. Watch out, the Queen East oyster bar's new name -- Prohibition -- might just spawn a covert moonshine and rum-running op.
What's back-to-school season without a major boycott? Twenty campuses across North America -- from UC Berkeley to York U -- are spreading the word against teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters. At the eye of the storm? A contracted distribution centre in Mississauga where workers faced harassment and intimidation when they tried to unionize. AE says it's just one of the centre's many customers and trusts that the Ontario Labour Board will do the right thing in the case. But give us a break -- AE is a major customer. It should get some tutoring from Nike and Gap and at least try to look like it's making an effort to enforce a code of conduct.
Soft & Wry
Oh, the irony. Soft & Dri announced that its antiperspirant is now a proud supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -- a partnership that will "enable customers who purchase a Soft & Dri product to help create a future without breast cancer." This just one week after UK-based breast cancer researchers found much higher levels of potentially carcinogenic aluminum (aluminum is used in antiperspirants) in tumours near, you guessed it, the armpit area. Industry reps deny aluminum is actually penetrating the skin, but you gotta admit, it's enough to make you sweat.