“There?s nothing underhanded about this.”
An unidentified police source on the $1 million retirement package handed John Schertzer, the key officer in the biggest corruption scandal in Toronto police history. And we wonder why the city?s broke.
Loose Libs sink Dion
Now we know why they call it the Speech from the Throne. At least where Harp?s Conservatives are concerned, they?re ruling like they have the divine right of kings, not a minority government. But pity the Libs. Afghanistan is one issue where the Tories are vulnerable, and true Grit John Manley throws them a lifeline by accepting an appointment to the PM?s panel on Canada?s future role in the war-torn country. Then there?s Jean Chretien?s slag of arch-enemy Paul Martin, whose fumbling on the Afghan file, according to Chretien, may have cost Canadian lives. The timing couldn?t be worse for the embattled Stéphane Dion. It?s becoming clearer now why the Libs won?t force an election by voting down the Throne Speech. They?re too busy stabbing each other in the back.
Globe gores Gore
Is the Globe adopting the Harper government?s view on climate change? The paper?s editors suggested in an editorial that Al Gore?s Nobel Prize should come with an asterisk, after a UK court declared parts of his film, An Inconvenient Truth, alarmist. Okay, so he didn?t invent the Internet. But let?s not lose sight of the larger truth here ? that Gore?s work on the issue has been a worldwide catalyst for political change.
Lead poison on tap
Five Toronto-area schools had their water taps shut off last week after Environment Ministry officials found higher than acceptable levels of lead in their drinking water. The province has installed filtration systems in some schools, and shut off water in others completely. Should we believe the city, then, when it tells us our tap water is safe to drink?
Dentyne makes naughty with nurses
Too much fuss over a little chewing gum? Perhaps the Registered Nurses? Association of Ontario?s reaction to Dentyne Ice?s new TV ad was a little, well, over the top. The RNAO says the ad depicts nurses as sexual objects and suggests they?re available to their patients. Dentyne has since pulled the too-hot spot. Fuming RNAO communications director Marion Zych explains why the group, which received 1,300 complaints from members about the ad, responded so viscerally. ?The level of patient contact that occurs in that commercial is grounds for sexual harassment, discipline and possible firing.? A sense of humour wouldn?t hurt, but the RNAO?s rage is instructive on a more fundamental level: it shows just how underappreciated nurses in this province feel.