Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman has caused a furor with his comment that he’d be willing to test-drive an adult diaper to see if being left in soiled diapers for hours on end is really all that bad. Critics say he isn’t taking the issue of sub-standard care in nursing homes seriously, which seems a bit harsh, since there can’t be too many politicians who’d be willing to spend a day crouched in their own excrement on behalf of their constituents. Brings a tear to the eye, it does.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has called David Miller “isolationist” for being critical of the Federal budget and saying it didn’t do enough for Toronto. Stupid mayor, always wanting stuff for Toronto.
A Brampton man convicted of running a marijuana grow-op out of his home has had to forfeit the house to the Receiver General of Canada. No word yet on whether the government will be replanting.
In the U.S., Democratic Presidential hopefuls Clinton and Obama pleased Rust Belt audiences by saying that they would pull the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement unless it was renegotiated. It’s unclear how this will stop manufacturing jobs from moving to Asia, but it seems to play well in Ohio.
Southwest Airlines has issued a YouTube rebuttal to two young women who claimed the airline discriminated against them because they’re “young and pretty.” Southwest looked to prove their openmindedness by using an attractive female as their spokeperson, although critics claim she’s just a token and even an “Uncle Hottie.” Of all forms of bigotry, prejudice against the attractive is truly the most insidious.
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