The Toronto Star’s mistake: talk minus action equals zero

This is a mistake. Possibly a big one.

It is not a mistake for the reason expressed in Peter Kent’s (ALL CAPS!) reply – although he has a bit of a point. It is a mistake for these reasons.

• It – once again – reduces the Ford scandal to a dispute between a conservative “mayor” and a liberal newspaper. It is way more than that.
• It suggests that the only opinions worth showcasing are those of rich downtown elites and intellectuals – the very people Rob Ford won office by opposing.
• It won’t have any impact, at all. All it might do, in fact, is underline the powerlessness of those who oppose Rob Ford.

I’m a punk rock guy. I believe in DOA’s credo: talk minus action equals zero. Or, ZERO, in Peter Kent’s style.

You want Rob Ford out? Me too. We do that, together, with action, not with yet more talk.

There is only one person who can beat Rob Ford, and I am doing my utmost to convince her to run. If you feel as I do, let’s get to work on that. She isn’t there yet.

No more talk. Action.

Gee, I wonder if this is a Glen McGregor story?

“Paul Calandra court documents point to family dispute over money, assets.”

Has all the elements, doesn’t it? You know: (a) poking through ancient court documents (b) to find personal stuff (c) about someone Glen doesn’t like, and (d) about whom no one else gives a shit.

What is amazing isn’t the “you can take the boy out of Frank magazine, but you can’t take Frank magazine out of the boy” truism. What’s amazing is that his editors at the Citizen have zero – as in, zero – critical faculties when it comes to this guy.

Oh, and just to be clear: I think Calandra is an idiot, like everyone else. But Glen McGregor is way, way worse.

The most shocking paragraph you will read today

. In the United States, newspaper advertising revenue – the main source of economic support by far – was $63.5 billion in 2000. By 2012 it had fallen to $19 billion. (During the same period, advertising revenue at Google went from zero to $46.5 billion.) Employment in the American newspaper industry fell by 44 per cent between 2001 and 2011. In the European Union, newspaper revenue is falling by more than 10 per cent a year. In the UK, newspaper circulation has dropped by more than 25 per cent during the twenty-first century. It would be hard to think of another industry that is going through such a sudden collapse.

Man, is that ever hard to read.

Jim Coutts

When I was I shit-disturbing Young Liberal – before I became a shit-disturbing Old Liberal – I was on the Carleton U. Grit club executive. I decided to stir things up by inviting every Liberal and liberal I could think of to come and speak.

So I called up Jim Coutts, then the primus inter pares in Trudeau’s PMO, and asked him to come. He said okay.

Apparently, that was a big deal. Liberals told me he had never, ever agreed to something like that before.

So, when he showed up, I went to greet him. “Why’d you come?” I asked him.

“Because you asked me, that’s why,” said he.

RIP, Mr. Coutts.