“We have no desire to open the debate on capital punishment here in Canada.”
Or so says the PM. Guess we should ignore the fact that the Tories have decided not to seek clemency for Canadians sentenced to death in other countries or to support a UN resolution opposing the death penalty. The writing?s on the gas chamber wall.
Cops? camera caper
Is the force pulling the plug on its stated commitment to community policing in the core? Those surveillance cameras that popped up along Dundas on Halloween have us wondering if the cops are losing their focus when it comes to policing poorer areas of the city. Puzzling. Cops were quick on the draw, installing the cameras barely two weeks after one public meeting. Brass say they?re mindful of privacy issues and stress that the cameras will supplement, not replace, enforcement efforts in the area. No skin off HQ?s nose, since cash for the $2 million project comes courtesy of the province. But perhaps that money would have been better spent putting more boots on the street or a mobile police unit in the ?hood. The cameras only reinforce the disconnect between police and an area hit hard by shelter closures.
The usually stiff Stephen Harper put on a deft display of tiptoeing when it came to light last week that one of his closest advisers, former PM Brian Lyin? Mulroney, pocketed $300,000 in that Airbus scandal that?s been dogging him since the mid-90s. Harp laughed off opposition howls for a public inquiry over the $2.1 mil Mulroney pocketed after he successfully sued the feds for slandering his good name. Now he?s busy dodging a scandal of his own. He?s invoked parliamentary privilege to avoid testifying in a defamation suit launched by long-time Tory Alan Riddell. Riddell alleges Harp reneged on a promise to pay him $50,000 in ?expenses? to withdraw from the last federal election. (The Tories decided to parachute sponsorship scandal whistleblower Allan Cutler into the riding). Slowly but surely, this PM who fancies himself a democratic reformer is revealing his dictatorial colours.
Burt?s Bees buyout buzz
Warning: this is going to sting fans of beeswax-based beauty products. Burt?s Bees just sold its soul ? er, its shares ? to the grandaddy of toxic cleaning companies, Clorox. The chemical pusher is responsible for millions of gallons of chlorine being flushed down our toilets and sinks. Naturally, Burt?s is trying to spin the sale as an opportunity to grow and further its commitment to ?the greater good.? Sounds like a commitment to the greater greenbacks to us.
Post has Lama speaking in tongues
The strident right-wing musings of the National Post are usually better left ignored. But Joseph Brean?s Dear Dairy: The Dalai Lama in the Saturday issue crossed the line. Using pidgin English to make light of His Holiness?s sometimes wavering command of the language is not satire. That?s just offensive to the many hyphenated Canadians who struggle with a language that?s not their mother tongue. Oh yeah. In the Post?s imagined Canada, all immigrants come from English-speaking countries.