A round about way home

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Editorial

When we told friends last week that we were off to Toronto by bus Thursday for three days, they said, “Oh what a great idea – no worries about parking or weather.”

 

How wrong they were.

 

Getting to Toronto was simple. We were checked in and enjoying the sights of downtown Toronto by noon.

We had a great couple of days – number three was a different story.

 

When we got up Saturday, the TV news said Highway 400 was closed because of weather. Bruce County, of course, received no mention.

 

After a few phone calls, we discovered the Toronto bus had not left Kincardine because of closed roads and therefore would not return Saturday evening. The next earliest bus to Kincardine was Sunday at about 7 p.m. (providing the roads were open).

 

So we hopped a train to London, spent Saturday night at my brother’s and had a friend pick us up Sunday morning. Funny, the roads were bare and dry all the way to Kincardine.

 

What’s the lesson here?

 

Actually, there are several.

 

Bruce County doesn’t exist as far as the powers that be are concerned.

 

Our highways are closed on a regular basis and the province doesn’t seem to give a damn. Have you ever heard a politician say the government will improve plowing or upgrade Highway 21 to minimize the number of times it is closed each winter?

 

I remember the federal government holding hearings in the early 1970s to consider the Canadian National Railway’s plan to disband passenger service to Kincardine. The bus companies promised that regular, reliable bus service would be available if the CNR were allowed to end passenger service to Kincardine.

 

The truth is, in the winter, it’s easier to get to Toronto from Thunder Bay than it is from Kincardine.

 

There is something wrong here. This area needs links to the outside world in the winter.

 

Maybe every time Highway 21 closes, the local politicians should scream for a fix.

 

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Although many Canadians seem to hate Toronto, it is an amazing city.

 

We saw a musical (Billy Elliott), a movie (The King’s Speech), toured the distillery district and attended the auto show. We had no need of transportation – we walked everywhere.

 

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The auto show, which runs until Feb. 27, features the new vehicles from all the manufacturers – more than 1,000 cars and trucks in 600,000 square feet of space.

The cars range in price from $12,000 or so into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The high end vehicles cost more than many houses do. Can you live in a car though?

 

The high-end sports cars are as sharp as their price tags.

 

If you’re a car buff, the show is likely worth attending. Anyway, the place was packed Saturday afternoon.

 

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Closer to home, I keep hearing reports of con men phoning elderly people in nursing homes saying a relative is in trouble and that money is needed immediately.

 

These amoral creative types could likely make more money selling legitimate products. But that likely wouldn’t be near as much fun as fooling some gullible old person.

 

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Maybe the con men get their ideas from watching our leaders at work in Ottawa.

 

Last week, International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda appears to have lied to Parliament.

 

I could care less if she cut funding to the left-wing KAIROS group.

 

I do care that she lied in the House.

 

An honourable person would resign if caught lying.

 

What does that tell you about Ottawa?


Re: Editorial

So the government is expected to somehow "fix" the weather and stop snow-storms? How exactly are they supposed to do that? And KAIROS is a left-wing group which doesn't deserve funding because it provides assistance to people in third world countries and has a different viewpoint than the party in power? This is the most rediculous thing I have ever read in what is usually a good local newspaper. I look forward to and hope for improvements in quality of the editorial content in the future.