“Why should homeowners pay while corporations get big tax cuts and their cities fall apart?”
While Harper and company fiddle, NDP leader Jack Layton joins the chorus warning of disaster in our crumbling cities.
The trouble with toxins
Some 85 parents and environmentalists gathered at Queen?s Park on the morning of Tuesday, November 20, in a rally led by Environmental Defence to remind the province about its pledge to ban toxins. ED wants the province to ban bisphenol A, which is widely used in plastic baby bottles and linked to learning disabilities. As if on cue, Premier Dalton McGuinty held his own presser after the rally to announce plans for an expert panel to look at not only bisphenol A but also a pesticide ban to take effect in the spring and reducing lead in drinking water. NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns says the province isn?t moving fast enough.
CBC Falun on hard times
Strange days at the CBC. Now it seems that Chinese authorities are calling the shots at the public broadcaster. A week after yanking the scheduled airing of Beyond The Red Wall: The Persecution Of Falun Gong following complaints from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, the CBC finally aired the documentary Tuesday night, November 20 ? with a few of the more incendiary bits excised. The CBC claims the cuts are for accuracy?s sake. But it?s already run the doc unedited twice before. So what gives? Did honchos get nervous that blowing off the Chinese would affect the network?s access privileges at the Olympics in Beijing next summer?
Lulu?s labels a lemon
A lulu of a week for too-trendy yoga wear outfit Lululemon. First the Vancouver-based activewear company tried to deny a New York Times report that its labels are lying about clothes containing seaweed and other minerals. The company ended up backtracking on that one. Now Lulu?s being investigated not only by the Competition Bureau, but by Health Canada, which has taken issue with claims that its VitaSea line of Ts reduces stress and provides anti-inflammatory as well as other benefits. Can we believe the tarnished brand?s assertions, then, that the clothes it manufactures in China, Indonesia and Taiwan are made in ?safe, clean, well-lit and ventilated work environments?? For the 60 bucks the firm charges for its Ts, they?d better be.
Post no bills ? paint portraits instead
The hoarding outside the Bloor/Gladstone Library, where renos have been going on for months, provided the backdrop for a makeshift photo exhibit of faces and places this week, thanks to one P3. The creative soul of the city knows no boundaries.