Editor's Notebook

A questionable economy

The phone rang Thursday evening and a recording asked: Are you satisfied with the direction the province is going?

 

Dana, who answered, was asked to press 1 if she was satisfied with the direction and 2 if she was not. She hung up because she had no idea which direction the province was going. And now we’ll never know what the remaining questions of the poll were.

 

Does anyone know the direction the province is heading? Are we heading left, right, east, west, north or south?

 

I believe the answer is none of the above. The province, as the song, Sixteen tons, goes, is just another day older and deeper in debt. Tennessee Ernie Ford made the song a #1 hit 60 or so years ago.

 


Woofstock?

This is a great time to be a canine.

 

Man and dog have been hanging together for thousands of years but in the past few decades the dog has been elevated to a God-like status.

 

I was reminded of this the other day when my pregnant daughter phoned from the west. She said she had spent the day picking up the winter production of their two retarded (my words) dogs from the backyard.

So, two dumb dogs have trained an Ivy League grad to pick up after them.

 

You can see similar behaviour any day of the week by simply looking out the window. You’ll see people walking their dogs, baggies in hand, picking up after their pets. I was even in on the act on the weekend, as we “dog sat” Josh’s dog.


Don’t be fooled

There are reports that a provincial election campaign is underway.

 

At least the antics of the three provincial party leaders would give you that impression.

 

They are going from city to city, from photo op to photo op making grandiose promises and predictions.

 

Premier Kathleen Wynne has said high speed rail service is coming to London. How many times have you heard about high speed rail in the last 30 years? She’s promising to spend and spend some more and at the same time bring the deficit down to zero in a couple of years.

 


Privacy

Events of the past week or two suggest honour is a thing of the past.

 

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), had an argument with his concubine a few weeks ago. Their private conversation became public and Sterling became a pariah on the world stage for the comments he made about African-Americans.

 

Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s “friends” have a tendency to video his antics while he’s under the influence of drugs and then they try to sell the videos to news outlets. Friends like Ford’s you don’t need.

 


Saying nothing

Politics in this country seems to get more depressing by the day.

 

In Kincardine, we have a mayor conducting business without first getting the approval of council. At the last meeting, Kraemer told council he asked Guy Anderson if he would be interested in replacing former councillor Ron Coristine.

 

Anderson, a former councillor and currently a member of the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) board and the Kincardine Tourism Table, is no doubt qualified. However, Kraemer overstepped his bounds. The matter, as councillor Maureen Couture, pointed out, should have been discussed by council before the mayor started speaking to people. The decision is council’s to make, not the mayor’s.

 


A crafty beast

In the book, 100 Mistakes that Changed History, chapter 42 is entitled, Destroying the Environment.

 

Author Bill Fawcett takes a look at what changes occur when a seemingly good idea alters the ecosystem of an entire continent.

 

When English sportsman Thomas Austin arrived in Australia to make a new life, he was sorely disappointed – he had no rabbits to hunt.

 

He had 24 rabbits shipped from England to his home and said: what harm could 24 rabbits do? The trend caught on and other hunters parroted his words: what harm could a few rabbits do?


Having your cake

I’m surprised that councillor Jacqueline Faubert is dead against a Bell Mobility tower on Kincardine Legion property.

 

Bell Mobility told council last week that the tower is needed to serve cellular customers downtown and in the area of Station Beach.

 

If memory serves correct, Faubert is very supportive of Team Kincardine’s push for better cellular service downtown and at the beach.

 

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

 

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Smoke and mirrors

The theatrical season appears to have opened early in Kincardine.

 

A one act play was staged at the beginning of the council meeting Wednesday.

 

In many ways, it was a smoke and mirrors production featuring Ron Coristine. At the start he was a councillor, at the end he was an ex.

 

Coristine’s soliloquy began with a listing of his accomplishments and his devotion to bringing jobs to the community. The turning point came with a spirited declaration; he said there would be no conflict of interest if he stayed on as a councillor while holding his new job of executive director of PREDC.

 


The smell test

Do you want to sell the Brooklyn Bridge or lease some office space?

 

See Kincardine council.

 

We hear talk of “due diligence” from politicians but that seems like a foreign concept around here.

 

Due diligence was nowhere in sight when it came to council’s deal to rent space downtown for a tourist booth that will be shared with the BIA, the Chamber of Commerce and PREDC.

 


Why?

I got a kick out of listening to Kincardine councillor Jacqueline Faubert’s report on the off-leash dog park.

 

She told council that KinDOG members want more ways to enforce the rules at the dog park.

 

I have news for the councillor - most people in Kincardine would like to see all the bylaws in the municipality enforced.

 

Blind you must be if you know not that bylaws are rarely enforced.