DOPERS KEEP OUT
Canada used to have a reputation as a friendly, left-wing kinda place. People would come looking for an escape from American, button-down values so they could perhaps have a gay marriage or engage in some other kind of behaviour our friends to the south don't always like.
But now comes news that the Toronto group Power Within Inc. canceled scheduled appearances in Canada by Olympic hero Michael Phelps because of his alleged marijuana use. Phelps was to give motivational speeches in Calgary and Vancouver but apparently no longer.
"Due to widely publicized, alleged use of marijuna by Michael Phelps, the decision has beem made to present the program without Mr. Phelps' participation," the company said in a statement released to Canadian media.
Gee, you can shoot up on the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, but you can't allow a guy who won EIGHT GOLD MEDALS in Beijing to deliver a speech in town? Yeah, that makes sense.
So much for the international image of Canada as a tolerant, liberal society. And so much, we presume, for getting any Amsterdam tour groups booked into Toronto any time soon.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL THESE YEARS?
Funny, when times were great all those la-de-da hotels in Florida and the Bahamas and such were quick to insist they didn't want spring break kids - you know, the types who might run into Michael Phelps at a party - coming down and soiling their reputation.
Now, however, the New York Times travel folks are reporting that places like The Sheraton on Grand Bahama Island, which apparently had stopped taking student groups, is putting the "open for business" sign back in the window and working with an online student travel agency called StudentCity.com. The Times says the hotel is offering four nights for $589 U.S. as part of a "Bahamas Party Cruise."
Hey, what's a little drunkenness and debauchery when you really think about it? Come on down, kids.