Passion

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Editorial

Whenever I see an ad for Hockey Night in Canada on the tube, I shudder.

 

With a lot of glitz and noise, we’re told hockey is Canada’s game.

 

Perhaps, but I find the professional game boring and don’t know when I’ve watched more than few minutes of any game.

 

The reality is much different and I wonder if that’s why so many youngsters are dropping out of hockey.

Equipment is expensive, the game has become dangerous (concussions) and the travel is onerous.

 

I’ve always loved playing hockey. Still do. Everywhere I’ve lived, hockey opened doors to new people and friends.

 

That brings me to Doug Kennedy.

 

Doug’s friends from the hockey community had a special day for him Saturday at the Davidson Centre.

Hockey is special for Doug. He’s coached minor teams here and he’s managed the Junior C Kincardine Bulldogs since the team’s inception.

 

His philosophy has been that the game is for children and teenagers to enjoy and he would not hold a player back if they had a chance to play elsewhere. He enjoyed the hockey experience while growing up in St. Marys and he’s helped many young people do the same in our community.

 

His passion for the game is contagious – that’s why the Junior C franchise in town has run so well over the years. Talented people help out.

 

Doug knows many people through hockey, in this area and right across the province.

 

He has done a lot for hockey here and it was good to see the community respond on Saturday.

 

If there were more Dougs, there would be more kids enjoying hockey.

 

To Doug, a speedy recovery.

 

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Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb is quite proud of the fact that he has the lowest expenses of any MP in the region.

 

In a press release sent out last week, he noted his expenses for the 2012-2013 fiscal year were $322,553.52. That money covers travel, accommodations, residences, hospitality, advertising, etc, but not his salary.

 

His press release got me wondering: how much did Lobb and the 307 other MPs spend last year?

 

The total, dear reader, is $123,697,858.27.

 

In other words, we put out more than $123-million, not including salaries, to glorified “yes” men. How many MPs, on either side of the House, speak out on issues of importance to Canadian taxpayers? Maybe a handful.

 

Lobb and most of his cohorts on the government side of the House spend their time driving around handing out cheques.

 

We’re paying an awful lot for messengers.

 

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What do Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have in common?

 

Many of their appointees and aides are under investigation by police.

 

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Alice Munro, a native of Wingham and now a Clinton resident, has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

She is the first Canadian to win the award.

 

When it was announced last week, I read stories in the Toronto papers that suggested her subject material, the people of Western Ontario, were a dull bunch. Still, she made her stories and the people in them very interesting.

 

That sounds like a Toronto attitude – as if people living like ants in high rises would provide more interesting material. And maybe we are not all that dull.

 

But back to Alice who obviously has a passion for good writing. She’s the best short story writer in the world and she comes from our neck of the woods. Good for her.