Posted May 18, 2012
Here is a collection of rants that affect us all. It is a grass roots look at things that collectively look at our ability to live comfortably without the interference of government or other forms of authority.
* Why is the Toronto Star being hypercritical of the police controlling the G20 riots in Toronto? Its cluster of mini-Stars including the Guelph Mercury, Kitchener Record and Hamilton Spectator dutifully apes the mother ship’s point of view. Old proverb: When momma is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. So much for the loss of an independent press in those communities.
* Why is Maclean’s magazine’s six-page genuflection to Conrad Black coming “home” after being kicked out of the U.S. upon completing his sentence, an affront to all of us? He’s not a Canadian, he’s a convicted felon, and a member of the House of Lords…over there. On top of that, he is a member of the Order of Canada. Some citizen, some political cuckold.
* The perils of calling Rogers cable and spending valuable time while trying to solve your problem. Anyone who has dealt with this company has experienced the frustration of waiting on line, being given mixed messages and coming away with a feeling of: “Why am I dealing with this bunch?”
* A pox on those Quebec students who for three months have done the collective whine of the entitled generation and thrown a few smoke bombs to halt the Montreal subway system. The government gave them a pretty good deal but they still feel empowered. Wanna solve the problem, Montreal? Call in the Toronto cops.
* Why have Canadian retailers waved the white flag saying they cannot compete with lower U.S. prices on similar merchandise? Solution: Shop in Buffalo, Detroit or International Falls, Minnesota. Save up to 30 per cent and Canada Customs lets you bring back $200 after 48 hours. I’d take jerry cans to fill-up with gas before crossing the border. Oh yeah, pick up some Glenmorangie scotch at $40 US, the full litre size, at the duty free. If you are scotch noser, the 750-milliliter bottle of the same stuff at the LCBO is more than $60.
* Why should we pay an extra 13 per cent HST tax for power, furnace oil, vehicles, weddings and funerals? Come to think of it, our tax system allows the governments to spend more and, raise more taxes.
* The whole green energy business that is foisted on us by Dalton McGuinty, who has never met an NDPer he didn’t like, is confusing and expensive. In the hinterland the folks are complaining about the giant propeller driven wind farms. Complaints range from how the cow’s production and other human afflictions are affected. In Guelph there is a solar panel manufacturer that may be unable to compete when similar solar companies have gone bankrupt due, in part, to low cost Chinese competitors. Don’t hold your breath.
* Why are gasoline prices still high despite the price of crude dropping by $12 a barrel? By my reckoning, the price of a litre of the regular 87 proof should now be $1.04 a litre. Five years from now with more and more electric and hybrid cars on the roads, the petro-gougers will be begging for our business.
* Why can’t we have a North American wide TV channel selection? We allow U.S. culture to penetrate our sensitive angst in so many ways, why not unlimited TV? The answer my friend is blowing through the wind of the bureaucracy of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Big brother trying to control what we want to hear and see. Did I mention the communications conglomerates that are in the business of controlling our rights to see and hear? And charging an arm and a leg for the privilege
* Why do we allow food-marketing boards to determine the price of milk, chicken, beef, pork and eggs? It’s the ultimate of protectionism that prevents fair competition and drives up prices to support the producers. These are the people who have enjoyed this monopoly for many years. It’s time to open the markets to North American competition. Why should Canadians pay premium prices for basic goods? When eggs cost $5 a dozen and butter $5.67 a pound, it’s no wonder we resort to Kraft dinner.
And folks, you thought I was only interested in matters of Guelph. We’re all in this together.