This week’s Stockwell Day Award For Political Savvy goes to Toronto mayor Mel Lastman. In reference to a trip to Africa, to seek support from African delegates for Toronto’s bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, Lastman came out with this gem of a quote: “What the hell do I want to go to a place like Mombassa?…I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me.” What year is this? Has the Civil War ended yet? Has slavery been abolished? Have we learned anything from the Holocaust. Evidently, for Lastman, the calendar froze somewhere in the middle of the 19th century. His moronic outburst hasn’t exactly helped Toronto’s bid to get the Olympics. The mayor explained that it was a bad joke taken out of context. When asked if he would now consider resignation, Lastman kept repeating his new mantra – “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” One can only wonder at the mayor’s image of Native people. Keep those tomahawks sharpened.