Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Just in case
"I want people to see this beautiful creature and ask, 'How could we have let this happen?' "
-- Jeffrey Bonner, president and chief executive of the St. Louis Zoo, on spending $20 million, 40 per cent of the zoo's budget, on habitat for polar bears, even though their last one died in 2009 and it's illegal to remove the bears from the wild.
Missing the point
"One person is not going to make a difference. One MP is not going to make a difference."
-- Conservative MP David Wilks, explaining to constituents why he won't oppose his party's omnibus budget bill, seems to miss the point of democracy.
We're all guilty
"Who laughs and films a burning police car? Who moves out of the way so that the Black Bloc can move in on a plate-glass window and then films it? Who opens up an umbrella to shield a kid throwing rocks into a store from having his picture taken? The answer, of course, is almost everyone."
-- Columnist Christie Blatchford marvels at the mob mentality that fed off the violent G-20 riots of 2010 in Toronto.
Jolly chaps, but a tad loud
"I'm a reasonably sociable person, but you get tired of the constant noise of 140 men, although some of them were fairly amusing, I might say."
-- Former media baron Conrad Black enjoys the peace and quiet of his own digs in Toronto, after his stint in a Miami prison complex.
The healing begins
"I am the happiest Mommy in the world right now, and am asking please, give my family some privacy so that we can begin to heal. We have a long road ahead, and I want my children to feel completely safe through all of it. They deserve nothing less."
-- Winnipeg's Emily Cablek's written statement thanking officials for the safe return from Mexico of her two children, who were abducted almost four years ago.
Let's form a committee
"Everyone likes breasts, so we need to work together to protect them."
-- Florence Williams, who just wrote the book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
Let's form another committee
"The first rule of fight club was don't talk about fight club. The first rule of Canadian hockey seems to be never stop talking about it."
-- Michael Adams, president of Environics Group and proud Canadian hockey fan.
Excuse me, we're working here
"Fake work reaches out to include everyone from the inattentive CEO who changes strategy too frequently, to the social-climbing manager who creates busywork to make herself look important, to the shirking line worker who just doesn't want to do anything today."
-- Brent Peterson and Gaylan W. Nielson, co-authors of Fake Work: Why People Are Working Harder Than Ever but Accomplishing Less.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 2, 2012 J2
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