World class all the way

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Editorial

How ironic that Bon Jovi and his rich friends at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) announce on Grey Cup day that they want to bring a National Football League franchise to Toronto.

 

Bon Jovi is an American rock star and he happens to be friends of MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke. Bon Jovi is also a friend of MSLE chairman Larry Tanenbaum.

 

MLSE has gotten rich operating NHL, NBA and major league soccer teams in Toronto. However, the lure of money and “world class” status will always trump the good of the country which has made MSLE rich.

 

The Canadian Football League (CFL) is our one unifying professional sports league in the country. What does the CFL do if our largest city fails to support the Argos once the the franchise gets NFL competition?

Surely with a “world class” mayor Toronto doesn’t need a “world class” American football team.

 

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The federal government keeps making laws to put more Canadians in jail for longer periods of time.

Yet none of the big-time sleazes in government seem to get jail time.

 

I’ll bet you’ll never see any senators, MPs or mayors behind bars.

 

As they say on television, no one has been convicted of any crimes yet. However, the e-mails from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) regarding Senator Mike Duffy suggest there are a few liars in the Senate and the PMO.

 

At least the e-mails showed that there was an honest Conservative amongst the group that tried to whitewash the Senate’s Duffy report. Chris Montgomery, former director of parliamentary affairs for Senator Marjorie LeBreton, objected to the PMO’s attempts to change the Duffy report.

 

He’s now in the private sector.

 

Likely sick of working for people short on morals.

 

If the senators involved in the Duffy deal knew right from wrong, they would be resigning.

 

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If I were smoking crack cocaine, drinking and driving and happened to appear in a video with a fellow that had been murdered, I’d have spent a night or two in jail by now. I imagine a few in the county have spent nights incarcerated for doing much less.

 

Yet people say Toronto police are picking on Rob Ford.

 

I think not.

 

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Since 1995, Transparency International, has published the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) annually ranking countries by their perceived levels of corruption. CPI generally defines corruption as the misuse of public power for private benefit.

 

In 2012, Canada was ranked among the countries with the lowest perceived levels of corruption. Other countries so ranked include Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Iceland, Luxembourg, Germany and Barbados.

 

What with the Senate scandal and the case of the Toronto mayor, will Canada be near the top of the list next year?

 

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The corporation developing the Armow Wind Farm has tried to buy out a couple objecting to the development, as you can read elsewhere in the paper.

 

It’s a story I’ve heard before with other wind farms.

 

Makes one believe there must be a lot of money in owning a wind farm.

 

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A Kincardine township couple told me last week that, the weather being bad on Monday, they stayed in the house and watched the Toronto city council meeting.

 

“It was worse than a Kincardine council meeting,” they said.

 

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If you’ve left town for the winter, consider yourself lucky. Winter seems intent on arriving early this year. Highway 21 was closed Saturday. Sunday just reminded me of a blustery January day.