Editor's Notebook

Crying wolf

For your information, the new Harmonized sales tax (HST) that comes into effect July 1 will not include newspapers or subscriptions. However, the federal portion of the tax (5%) will remain.

 

Advertising, which has been exempt from PST, will now be hit by the HST (5% GST and 8% PST) on July 1.

That’s some of what I learned last week in a ministry of finance seminar organized by the  Ontario Community Newspapers Association.

 

I’m not a fan of the new HST – it will just mean more work while the accounting program is upgraded.

However, the assistant deputy minister who gave the seminar didn’t make it sound all that bad.

 


Saved by the clock

I came close to eating crow this week.

I can’t remember how it came about, but it has been an accepted fact that if Ted “Gump” Wand gets a shutout in the Huffers and Puffers Hockey league, he rates a front page story in The Independent.

The chances of such an abnormal happening have always been considered non-existent. Goalies are playing well if they allow fewer than 10 goals. And the Gump is better known for his wit than his glove.

Last Tuesday, however, the Gump, who will never see 70 again, was stopping breakaways, sliding across the goal crease to make spectacular saves and generally playing better than any Leafs goalie in recent memory.

Gump was only 14 minutes from a shut out when a deflection off one of his own players saved everyone from having to read about his heroics on the front page.


It isn't easy being green

 

  

With the McGuinty government’s new deal with Samsung C&T Corporation and the Korea Electric Power Corp. to set up factories to build solar and wind equipment, it’s obvious we’re going to see a lot more wind farms across the province.

That puts the government on a collision course with people who own homes near proposed wind farms. Each new wind farm seems to foster an anti wind-turbine group.


Boring has its advantages

South Bruce is a rather quiet, boring part of the world. But there are a lot of advantages to that state of affairs.

*For example, no ex-con, ex-NHL player has enrolled at KDSS to play hockey.

*Pirates might be operating in the Red Sea and in the Gulf of Guinea, but we don’t have any on Lake Huron.

*We don’t have to worry about earthquakes, like the one which has just leveled Haiti.

*We don’t have people sneaking around at night planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) under roads like they do in Afghanistan.


Too bad

There’s a sucker born every minute. – P.T. Barnum (1810 – 1891)

If P.T. Barnum were alive today, he’d likely own the Toronto Maple Leafs or be selling airport security items to the Canadian and American governments.

Canadians are like lambs to the slaughter – whatever big government says about the U.S. War on Terror is the gospel.

Last week, we were told that full-body scans that can see through clothing  are on order to stop terrorists from getting on airplanes. However, transport minister John Baird says no one under 18 will be scanned because of children’s rights. Baird seems to have forgotten that most of the terrorists are young people.


Cool

When Dana and I got off the plane in Regina Dec. 23, there were a few people in the arrivals area of the airport with signs saying, Welcome to Canada.

I assume the signs were for people arriving for the World Junior Hockey tournament held in Regina and Saskatoon over the Christmas holiday.

Or maybe the people in the west were just welcoming those arriving from below the 49th parallel. When the temperature is in the minus 30 degree Celsius range, maybe anyone arriving on an airplane from Toronto needs a warm welcome.


Sour Grapes

This is our last paper of 2009 and I believe everyone at the office is ready for a break.

So just a reminder, the office is now closed until Thursday, Dec. 31 when we will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Normal hours resume Monday, Jan. 4.

 

We do not publish Wednesday, Dec. 30. The next edition of your favourite weekly newspaper is Wednesday, Jan. 6.

 


What's in a name?

With the wind taking a break and the sun deciding to shine, Dana and I ventured across the new Huron Terrace bridge Saturday afternoon.

What with its 14-foot-wide sidewalk for viewing the Phantom Piper, sunsets, the harbour and the lake, the bridge is an impressive structure.

But why is the municipality holding a contest to come up with a name for this viewing area?

The Queen Street bridge, built in the early 1970s, was named after one of our politicians of the time – Floyd Wieck.

Now Floyd was a fine fellow, but I’ve never heard anyone refer to the Wieck bridge. It is always referred to as the Queen Street bridge,


A good sport

Sportsman – a person who behaves fairly and generously

There was a time when the British upper classes were mocked for their sportsmanship.

Too bad they were unsuccessful in spreading that concept to the masses.

If the world needs anything today, it’s a good dose of sportsmanship.

A couple of weeks ago, there was an uproar when France defeated Ireland in a World Cup qualifier when one of France’s players used a hand ball to help set up the winning goal. The professional player showed no respect for his sport. As any school kid knows, touching the ball with your hand in soccer is a no-no.


Before his time

“The time has come,” the walrus said,

“To talk of many things:

Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax –

Of cabbages - and kings –

And why the sea is boiling hot –

And whether pigs have wings.”

Those few lines are from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. For some reason, they came to mind Friday when I heard of the death of Dr. Lou Tusz.

Lou was an exceptional man. He was strong-willed, talented, and brilliant.