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Rebecca West
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posted 17 July 2003 03:56 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What a maroon!
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"A lot of people use pellet guns for perfectly lawful purposes," Fantino said of the shooting. "Are we going to ban knives? People use knives to stab people. So are we going to ban knives, too?"
Strangely, his outlook was not nearly so cavalier on what thousands of minivan-driving Boomers might get up to if they were allowed to carry a few creature comforts into Downsview (for the Rolling Stones concert).

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Foxer
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posted 17 July 2003 04:03 PM      Profile for Foxer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He's a little mixed up isn't he?

Of coures pellet guns are used almost entirely for safe, lawful purposes. Some loonie might abuse one, but they could abuse anything. That seems to be his point.

Er- so shouldn't the point be we SHOULD allow blankets, because there are a lot of law abiding blanket owners out there? Little bit of mixed logic if you ask me


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skdadl
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posted 17 July 2003 04:07 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Funny funny funny piece of writing.

What scares me more than Fantino (so I mean rilly rilly scares me) is that we don't have a police commish that is willing to make the guy toe the democracy line. The supposed civilian overseers seem to be his fans and minions.

I remember some years back when Judy Sgro, now a Liberal MP, was on the police commish and tried performing her civilian-oversight task seriously. I believe she started getting death threats.

This town is teetering on the brink of something unattractive. Although still comical:

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"All kinds of things are done with blankets that are unsafe," Fantino said.


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Rebecca West
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posted 17 July 2003 04:28 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I particularly enjoyed the Lastman-baiting. Very funny piece, all in all.

Now that the lefties have left the Police Services Board, Norm Gardner (always pretty far up any TO police chief's crack o' doom)runs the show so there aren't a whole lot of checks and balances in place. I think in the battle of Who Gets to Run the New Police State, Fantino and my buddy Chris Brommell will go at it like the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat, leaving only little bits of dark blue serge to flutter in the wind ...

[ 17 July 2003: Message edited by: Rebecca West ]


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skdadl
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posted 17 July 2003 04:48 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I guess you're not going to the concert, eh, Becks? *hopeful smiley*

Yeah, yeah, I know, dating self and all that ... And I absolutely can't deal with crowd scenes like that ...

BUT OH I WISH I COULD GO!!!

I know -- it's only rock 'n' roll -- but I LIKE IT!


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Michelle
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posted 17 July 2003 07:34 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know I'm hopelessly out of touch on this whole Stones concert, but is it free? I haven't bothered reading about it because I wasn't planning to go.
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Mycroft_
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posted 17 July 2003 07:43 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, Norm Gardner was forced to temporarily resign a few weeks ago pending the outcome of an investigation into his conduct.
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posted 17 July 2003 08:02 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No doubt Fantino doesn't want people to bring cushions lest a pillow fight break out.
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posted 17 July 2003 08:12 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:

Organizers soften rules for Stones concert

(CP) After a groundswell of public complaints about tight regulations for the Rolling Stones concert, organizers softened the rules today on what people can bring to the show.
Originally the list of banned items for the July 30 concert included blankets, coolers, and food and drinks - except for two sealed bottles of water.

At a hastily organized news conference at the sprawling venue in the city's north end, organizers said concert-goers will be allowed to bring beach towels, binoculars, cell phones, sleeping bags, snacks, sealed soft drinks and soft-sided coolers.

Food and beverages will also be on sale at the concert site at lower prices than sports arenas and movie theatres, said Riley O'Connor, vice-president of House of Blues Concerts Canada.

"I don't want anybody to think this is a price gouge," he said.


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A complete list of items allowed will be available at www.iam.ca or at 1-866-651-5262 in the next few days, O'Connor said.



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skdadl
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posted 17 July 2003 08:36 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Alas, no, Michelle, it is not free, although I think it is much less expensive than Stones' concerts usually are -- something like twenty bucks, yes?

But I suspect all the tickets are already gone. The organizers are trying to attract USians, who will book hotel rooms. They are not so keen on us guys who already have rooms here.


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 18 July 2003 05:32 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lest any Catholic youths attending this concert suffer unduly from deja vu, please remember the Pope was the guy wearing the hat, and everything should be aaaaaaalllll riiiiiight now.

And whaddaya expect from Jullian? His last name is Fantino, not Funtino.


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Gir Draxon
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posted 18 July 2003 05:44 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think there should be a federally funded wool blanket registry
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Pathe Eton Hogg
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posted 18 July 2003 07:53 AM      Profile for Pathe Eton Hogg     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't get what you're all on about.
Weapons are banned at the concert too.

The reason blankets are banned is because some morons will undoubtable toss another moron into the air in increasingly higher elevatioons till they hit the ground and sue Molsons and the Rolling Stones and the City of Toronto for not providing a safe place for them and protection from their own stupid ideas.

For those so fat that a huge beach towel will no longer cover their butts, so that they require a blanket to sit on, perhaps sitting out in the blistering sun for some 14 hours isn't exactly the right thing for you to be doing. Unless you happen to be surrounded by potatoes and someone is handy for basting duties.


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redshift
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posted 18 July 2003 11:56 AM      Profile for redshift     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i can hardly wait for the video-"let's spend an afternoon nap together", complete with the gray panthers in a rousing cane and walker fight.
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Trisha
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posted 18 July 2003 01:49 PM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"For those so fat that a huge beach towel will no longer cover their butts, so that they require a blanket to sit on, perhaps sitting out in the blistering sun for some 14 hours isn't exactly the right thing for you to be doing. Unless you happen to be surrounded by potatoes and someone is handy for basting duties."

This is a totally uncalled for and very insulting comment. There is nothing in this thread that justifies saying something like this. I hope you are a big enough person to apologize to all of us.

Any person can suffer from heat stroke or sun stroke in open air concerts and should be allowed sufficient water and protection from the sun as well as comfortable places to sit by bringing their own chairs or cushions. Blankets could be a problem but the main reason some bring them is to share with their family members.


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Rebecca West
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posted 18 July 2003 02:09 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Trisha:
This is a totally uncalled for and very insulting comment.
Indeed it is. But, consider the source.

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clockwork
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posted 18 July 2003 02:18 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just hope it doesn't rain.

I read the other day that Fantino (I think) warned people that it is possible that you want get out of the park until, oh, 5AM.

TTC only has the capacity to run 50K people an hour.

That's a mightly long time to sit on your ass, whether fat or bony.


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 19 July 2003 07:44 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For the first time in a couple of years, I watched the "Global" news cast last night.

Good gravy, it was bad before, now it's not even news.

It was wall to wall fear mongering about the concert. I mean really. Of all the real things we have to fear, we need a these idjits at Global inventing some?

As for el Duce Jullian, I bet he'd like nothing better than to be in charge durring a disaster, and likely figures not being police chief on NYC on Sept. 11th, a slight from his god.

It's Ontario, where we evacuated 100,000 people once during a train derailment, with no trampolings, no accidents, no shooting or looting.

People here know how to behave, and I think that really irks the police, and the media.


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