Here and there


According to a story in this week’s newspaper, Kincardine Mayor Larry Kraemer says a decision on whether natural gas comes to Kincardine and area will be made in a couple of weeks.


Since local taxpayers could be on the hook for the $100 million project, I hope council will provide more details before any deal is inked.




I hear the washrooms at the Kincardine Arts Centre were not open a week ago Saturday for the first pipe band.


For a municipality that bills itself as a tourist destination, it continually fails to provide one of the bare essentials for a tourist or a resident. In every crowd, a few people will find themselves suddenly in need of a washroom.


The washrooms at the arts centre should be open daily and especially when there is an event in Victoria Park.


This, by the way, is a recurring problem. Surely there is a solution.


In the meantime, maybe the two ambassadors hired by the BIA should be given keys to the washroom.

Makes you wonder why Team Kincardine wants another downtown washroom.


Incidentally, although downtown seems littered with signs, not one of them indicates the location of a public washroom.




The rain in Spain may fall mainly on the plain. That’s not the case in Canada, as the flooding in Calgary last week illustrated.


In Southern Ontario, your chance of getting permission to build a house on a flood plain is a slim one, indeed.


That’s obviously not the case in many parts of the country, if you saw the television coverage of the flooding in Alberta.


New subdivisions along the rivers were inundated with flood water. I feel sorry for the people driven from their homes by flood waters, but municipalities have to say no to those who want to build in a flood plain.

And better protection should be provided for existing homes and buildings in flood-prone areas.


Trouble is, insurance doesn’t cover homes damaged by flooding and the feds end up bailing people out. That’s expensive to all taxpayers.




The office received an e-mail last week from Global Hire, entitled: A foreign worker proposal.


The e-mail tells you how to position your company to have a competitive advantage. An LMO (Labour Market Opinion) is a federal government authorization giving you, the employer, the ability to hire non-Canadians. You can hire foreign workers that are already in Canada, visitors in Canada or skilled and trained foreign workers from outside the country.


Once approved, an LMO is valid to be utilized anytime within six months.


Then you can click a button on the e-mail that tells you how to get an LMO; you’ll have yours in only three months.


It appears that an industry is in place, with the help of the feds, to encourage the hiring of foreign workers. No wonder we have unemployment in this country.


It’s a good thing the boss didn’t see the e-mail before he hired our new proofreader.