“That I am gone for life, to be buggered by American criminals, will not come to pass.”
Famous last words? A defiant Conrad Black before being sentenced next month for fraud and obstruction.
Vaughan cleared for takeoff
The Globe is usually too smart to let a few full-page ads cloud its journalistic judgment. But the paper's nasty shot last week at Councillor Adam Vaughan for raising legitimate safety concerns over the Q400s Porter Airlines flies out of the Island Airport has pushed anti-airport group CommunityAIR into filing a complaint with the Ontario Press Council. It questions why the Globe didn't run a letter from Vaughan in response to the paper's editorial slamming him for "grandstanding [and] stoking fears that could hurt the fledgling airline's future and jeopardize jobs." And we thought Vaughan was representing the concerns of his constituents.
Why?s Mulroney smiling?
Either he's putting on a brave public face or he's got a rabbit up the sleeve of his Canali suit. Mere hours after PM Stephen Harper ordered a public inquiry into allegations that Mulroney illegally pocketed $300,000 in the Airbus deal while still in office, Mulroney was the picture of perfect calm. But if Mulroney's going down, he's taking a few people with him, and that includes Harper. Stevie should have known better than to throw his political mentor to the wolves. Is it possible the allegations weren't known to Harper until they were made public last Friday (November 9)? Letters were sent to the PMO by Mulroney's accuser months ago. Now Harper's got an inquiry on his hands that'll take months and most likely drag into the next election. The cockroaches are scurrying.
CBC?s frequency fight
Caribbean and African Radio Network (CARN) president Fitzroy Gordon says blacks in the GTA are being denied a voice, and he blames the CBC, whose testing shows that allowing CARN on 98.7 would cause static on its 99.1 dial. Spokesperson Jeff Keay says the CBC "will not put that signal at risk to benefit a private for-profit commercial service." Gordon's getting no love from Ottawa-based media watchdog Friends of Canadian Broadcasting either. Says FCB spokesperson Ian Morrison, "Any private broadcaster would do the same." Certainly.
The bedbug infestation that ravaged Toronto homeless shelters four years ago is back. But this time the bloodsucking critters are finding their way into hotels, hospitals, hostels and the homes of shelter workers, who are bringing them into their abodes from work. Tenants on social assistance report having to spend a fair chunk of their government benefits ridding their homes of the pests. When's the city going to stop treating this health issue -- bedbugs have been known to carry plague and hep B -- like a nuisance?