A lot of gas

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Editorial

Team Kincardine wants another $10,000 from council to continue working on the municipality’s integrated community sustainability plan (ICSP).

 

The plan is a requisite to receive federal gas tax funding, which if I read the Canadian government website correctly, is administered by the province.

 

Phase 1 of the report, presented to council last week, is full of buzzwords, such as initiatives, strategies, priorities, sustainability, action plans, communications. In other words, it doesn’t say much.

 

But municipalities, from coast to coast, will be making similar plans to send on to bureaucrats at an upper level of government. Those bureaucrats will decide who gets federal gas tax funding.

 

Does a municipality that simply uses plain English in its application get funding?

 

Not likely.

 

Government and your tax dollars at work.

 

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 I wasn’t impressed with the Team Kincardine report on gas prices.

 

The five-page report says gas prices are higher here than elsewhere in the area and the best way to bring them down is for a gas discounter to come to town.

 

Six months in the making and the report really doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know.

 

What did it cost and what was the point?

 

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This is another big weekend in Kincardine.

 

The 13th annual Kincardine Women’s Triathlon is Saturday and Huron Terrace is closed from the harbour south.  Also closed is Penetangore Row, Goderich Street, and others from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

The other event is a Blues Festival, which has bands playing on the main street Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, however, Queen Street was closed at 8 a.m. With both Huron Terrace and Queen closed in the morning, people from the south side had trouble getting downtown.

 

The Blues organizers will have Queen Street closed again. However, they say you’ll be able to cross the Queen Street bridge and use Durham Market South to get to the north side and vice versa.

 

It makes little sense to have two major events overlapping.

 

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A reader told me last week he was disgusted by the amount of garbage left on the beach after the fireworks Canada Day.

 

People arrived with pop and chips for the evening’s entertainment and when it finished left their detritus behind.

 

I walked along the beach Monday and noticed two municipal employees picking up garbage. There wasn’t much to pick up Monday but one of the employees confirmed there was lots of junk after the holiday weekend.

 

A bouquet to the municipality for keeping the beach clean and a brick to the louts who leave their garbage on the beaches and elsewhere around town.

 

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The guest minister at the Scottish Service Sunday, Rev. Andrew Reid of London, spoke on Roots and Wings.

 

To over simplify, he said we should teach our children where they came from and we should give them wings so that they can go and make their own lives.

 

From what I see today, many Canadian families get an ‘F’ when it comes to Roots and Wings.

 

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That was a terrible rail tragedy on the weekend in Quebec and it sounds like it may have been caused by human error.