“My son is listening to my Beatles records and asking me what all these lyrics mean.”
The PM tries to justify the Tories' costly anti-drug strategy. How long before reefer-mad Harp warns us about the subliminal messages in Strawberry Fields?
Flash in the trash
It's great to see up-and-coming photographers getting exposure. The work of emerging shutterbugs was displayed on 20 city garbage bins last week. But are we really beautifying the city with these colourful flourishes or simply adding to the visual distraction on our ad-infested streets? And are we diminishing the work of these artists by slapping it on refuse bins? Is the idea to make us forget how intrusive these sidewalk-blockers are in public space? Are we raising artists' profiles or just stoking the hip quotient of the outdoor advertising company that stands to profit from the PR bumpf? Just askin'.
A Hillier of beans
Is the chief of defence staff, General Rick Hillier, toast? The PM is denying a CTV report quoting Conservative insiders as saying he plans to replace Hillier when the loudmouth general's three-year term expires in February. You'd think Harp would love Hillier's balls-to-the-wall style. But do the feds really want a loose-lipped general at the helm in the middle of an election campaign?
Yahoo?s shark-infested waters
Clicking on your e-mail or shopping on Yahoo! sites could land you in troubled waters. Activists are coming down on Yahoo! Inc. for purchasing a Chinese trading website (Alibaba.com) that openly hawks thousands of mangled shark fins online. Not sure who the yahoos over at Yahoo! are who didn't do their homework before buying 40 per cent ownership of the controversial company, but Sea Shepherd is now telling people to boycott any sites affiliated with the search engine until it cuts Alibaba loose.
Nike sticks it to hockey
Another sure sign the popularity of our national pastime is on a downward slide in the U.S.: Nike is selling off its hockey equipment and apparel division. But don't tell NHL execs that the iconic sports company's move has anything to do with the sport's plummeting popularity south of the border. They're still in denial that the game needs to get rid of the goonery.