“I?m not sticking my head in the sand.”
CFL commissioner Mark Cohon takes on the threat of NFL expansion into T.O. -- ironically, in the same week that the CFL put on its most successful Grey Cup ever. Are you listening, Paul Godfrey?
The Fur Council of Canada's new "consumer reassurance" ad campaign trying to make us feel all warm and fuzzy about fur claims buying pelts is green and helps to protect nature by "supporting people who live on the land." We've heard that one before -- when the feds were trying to bolster the ailing industry with cash for PR back in the 90s. But don't be fooled by the Native spin. About half of Canadian furs come from farms that raise fur-bearing creatures specifically to be slaughtered and sold as garments in Europe. Killing wildlife for fur is not eco-friendly. It's just cruel.
Star?s hard-on for the mayor
Star mouthpiece Royson James's hate-on for the mayor has reached a new low. Now he's lauding the Union Station deal put together by the crooked folks who used to run City Hall over the mayor's proposal, unveiled last week. In another one of his tiresome tirades against council's "fiscal indiscretions," James makes a clumsy attempt at satire, suggesting that charging admission to hang councillors in Nathan Phillips Square might help pay off mounting civic bills. Yawn. In James's twisted world, narrow-minded, beer-swilling buffoons like Councillor Rob Ford are the new heroes of the people.
Climate change crybaby
The PM was making like the Last King of Scotland at the Commonwealth Summit in Uganda last week. Binding targets on climate change? Who needs 'em. Harp figures that if developing countries like India are not signing, then he's taking his marbles and going home. Sounds reasonable until you break down the numbers. How can he expect India to reduce its emissions at the same rate as Canada when the average Canuck emits 23 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, a staggering 10 times more than the average Indian? We're the hogs in this scenario.
City caps water tax plan
A 5 cent tax on bottled water would seem like a levy Torontonians could swallow, but the mayor's executive committee put a cap on the idea this week, perhaps still stinging from the land transfer tax battle. The city's trying to find ways to recoup the huge cost of recycling the containers, another reason the province should step in with a return system. But until then, bottled water companies should pick up the costs. They can spare a few cents from the 1,000 per cent markup on their product.