Money, money, money

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Editorial

Kincardine councillors have a bit of reading to do if they are to do justice to the new tourism strategic plan.

 

I was speed reading it Friday and it does have lots of information; council will have to see if it makes sense.

 

There are a few things in it that make you wonder. One of the benefits of tourism, says the report, is: Diversification of the economy (new businesses such as windsurfing lessons and equipment emerge to support tourism). That’s not much of a reason to get excited about tourism.

 

The plan proposes increasing the budget from $250,000 to $391,000. Do taxpayers really believe we should be spending almost $400,000 a year to promote tourism?

 

Council should have fun reading – the report is more than 100 pages in length.

 

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Speaking of taxpayers’money, there seems to be little regard for it.

 

The auditor general, in a report to Parliament, said there is $3.1 billion unaccounted for in Ottawa. The money was earmarked to fight terrorism, but its whereabouts are unknown.

 

The other thing the auditor general said was that Canada is owed $29 billion in back taxes.

 

Why doesn’t it collect it?

 

Wonder why the prime minister bills himself as an economist and a good manager?

 

And Ontario is becoming an economic joke. We’ll pay $10.6 billion in interest on the provincial debt.

 

We likely wouldn’t be running a deficit in this province if there were no debt to pay interest on.

 

Still on Ontario, what kind of government signs agreements stacked against it? Those cancelled gas plants will cost Ontario taxpayers at least $600 million, maybe more, because the province apparently agreed to pay the fine business people it was dealing with compensation for lost income, etc.

 

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Kincardine appears to be getting the shaft over its airport.

 

It hired an expert to map approaches and departures from the airport.

 

NAVCANADA says 43 of 99 wind turbines planned for Kincardine Township by Pattern and Samsung will affect landings and takeoffs at the airport.

 

Pattern and Samsung hired the same expert to review the layout (done by said expert) to come up with a plan to mitigate the impact of the turbines.

 

One supposes that, legally, there is no conflict of interest. However, it doesn’t look good.

 

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I mentioned last week about squirrels constantly digging up my vegetable and flower containers.

From the response, many of you have the same problem.

 

One suggestion was to place shishkebob sticks upright in the container – it supposedly keeps the squirrels at bay. The tip comes from a reader who saw it done in Europe.

 

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David Suzuki is asking Canadians to spend 30 minutes outside in the fresh air each day in May to increase their appreciation of nature. If you missed the first seven days, start now.

 

I can’t imagine not being outside every day. But there must be many Canadians who prefer the indoors or Suzuki wouldn’t have the campaign.

 

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Canada now ranks No. 55 among 93 nations when it comes to the law that allows journalists and others to get access to federal government documents. We’re one behind Slovakia and just ahead of Angola and Thailand, according to the Centre for Law and Democracy.

 

And you thought we lived in a democracy.

 

And the problem is just not at the federal level. At one time reporters could talk to cops on the job; now only an information officer can speak to you. Try getting hold of bureaucrats at all levels – those automatic phone systems are bureaucrats best friends.