By Michael Friscolanti - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 0 Comments
From the penny to Premier McGuinty to the Wiggles, see who moved on in 2012
David Petraeus was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman, one of the most respected generals of his generation before being appointed director of the CIA. But a secret, steamy affair with his biographer has left his legacy, and his marriage, in tatters.
Up in smoke
When she was still the minister of international co-operation, Bev Oda had a hard time co-operating with Ottawa’s expense guidelines. Orange juice at $16 a glass. Taxpayer-funded limo rides to the Juno Awards. An air purifier so she could smoke in her office. We can only hope her MP pension—more than $52,000 a year—is enough to maintain her extravagant tastes.
Long live the nickel
Here’s a penny for your thoughts: when you add up the tab for production, transportation and storage, the penny actually costs Canada’s economy more than $100 million a year. Which is why, after 154 years, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced its last one.
Selfish or not, the timing was right. After two majority victories, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was slogging through his first stint as a minority leader—sparring with teachers, sagging in the polls, and under attack for cancelling two gas-fired power plants in Liberal ridings (a decision that will cost the public purse $230 million). His successor will have to deal with the fallout. Continue…
By Michael Petrou - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 2:40 PM - 2 Comments
David Kilcullen, former counter-insurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, argues that American drone attacks in Pakistan do more harm than good.