Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be attending the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, but says that it has nothing to do with the current situation in Tibet. A cautious Canada walks the middle ground of diplomacy, earning the emnity of the Chinese government without even making a useful political statement.
Tory MP Tom Lukiwski has apologized for homophobic remarks he made on video back in 1991, when he referred to “homosexual faggots with dirt under their fingernails that transmit diseases.” Although the remarks have inspired outrage, Conservative party officials have said that Lukiwski will not be removed from the party because he has apologized and because he really loves the caucus.
The famed “Flintstones car” has been found roadworthy. The pedal-powered shell of an ’86 Buick, built by Montreal artist Michel de Broin, was pulled over by police while rolling down a Toronto street last October and the
driver rider guy inside charged with operating an unsafe vehicle. A court found yesterday that the artwork/social commentary/practical joke was safe but annoying to authorities, who don’t like stuff that’s silly.
John Maxwell, owner of Allen’s restaurant on the Danforth, has paid $30,000 for a bottle of 50-year-old single malt Scotch. Maxwell said he has not decided whether to sell the high-priced beverage to Scotch connoisseurs at $1750 a shot, or “just get totally wasted.”
Honest Ed may have passed, but his spirit is alive and well on Bloor Street West. Butcher Jose “Generous Joe” Lima, who won $14.5 million in the lottery last week, spent yesterday handing out bags of free chicken legs to thousands of people who lined up outside the shop where he works near Bloor and Dufferin. Thanks for the tip, A. Puppy!
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