A crafty beast

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Editorial

In the book, 100 Mistakes that Changed History, chapter 42 is entitled, Destroying the Environment.

 

Author Bill Fawcett takes a look at what changes occur when a seemingly good idea alters the ecosystem of an entire continent.

 

When English sportsman Thomas Austin arrived in Australia to make a new life, he was sorely disappointed – he had no rabbits to hunt.

 

He had 24 rabbits shipped from England to his home and said: what harm could 24 rabbits do? The trend caught on and other hunters parroted his words: what harm could a few rabbits do?

 

The rabbit population exploded and spread over the continent and became a terrible nuisance. That’s where the term, “breeding like rabbits”, came from.

 

Why does man keep making the same mistakes?

 

In Ontario, former Premier Dalton McGuinty believed huge wind farms would be good for the environment by eliminating coal-fired power plants. His government passed the Green Energy Act which loosed the turbine upon the land.

 

Much like rabbits in Australia, the turbines are reproducing at an alarming rate. Within a few years, the lands of Southwestern Ontario will be covered with the giant windmills.

 

Many have tried to stop their advance but there is no known way to rein in their numbers. The law is on their side and with no natural predators they just keep spinning us deeper into debt.

 

The wind turbine, like the rabbit, is a crafty beast. It spins when it shouldn’t and falls still when needed.

 

Like the Zebra mussels, the Asian Carp, the beetles that eat ash trees and many other wacky introductions to North America, we’ll be paying for this latest blight upon the land for decades to come.

 

Start saving your nickels and dimes to pay for your ever rising hydro bills.

 

The turbines eliminated coal-fired power plants and replaced them with gas-fired plants. In other words, we have no net gain for all the money being spent on the unsightly wind turbine.

 

Thomas Austin is blamed with introducing the rabbit to Australia. Dalton McGuinty will carry the blame for giving the turbine a chance to grow in Ontario.

 

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Kincardine was busy at times during the Easter weekend. We went out to shop and returned to find our driveway blocked (nothing new).

 

Downtown will likely have parking problems once the tourist season starts. A few drivers will no doubt want to visit the new tourist booth. If a few downtown establishments decide to open sidewalk cafes (now allowed), the number of parking spots will be reduced. Then there are store employees who park on the main street.

 

Add them up and you have problems, particularly when bylaw enforcement seems non-existent.

 

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You’ve likely seen those three monkeys – one with his eyes covered, one with his ears covered and one with his mouth covered.

 

The monkeys signify an old proverb: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

 

Of what do the three monkeys remind you?