Opponents of the Energy East pipeline are getting what they want so far, delay after delay of the project, the latest round being disruption of the National Energy Board hearings on the project’s feasibility in Montreal. Remember that motto of ours, Peace, Order and Good Government? Well, seems as though the peace and order part easily gets trashed at the whim of protest movements when they feel mayhem and disorder suits their purpose in quiet old Canada.
I’m not a diplomat or a politician. I don’t have a fancy degree in one of the social sciences. I’m just a long-time broadcaster who manages radio stations. Having now disqualified myself as an expert on my subject today, let’s talk about something one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership apparently asked her supporters. She wants to know what they think about vetting would be immigrants and refugees for “anti-Canadian values”.
Saskatoon’s civic budget used to be released in March, 3 months into the year. That didn’t seem logical so City Council decided to move it back to October meaning the 2017 budget would normally have been released around the middle of next month. However, back in the spring, the city manager told Council that the release of the budget would wait until after the October 26th civic election.
Soon we will be in full-blown civic election mode to see who will be charged with wisely spending our money until October, 2020. There has been discussion lately about Saskatoon Councillors’ communication allowance of $10,000 per year on top of their salaries. Some believe it gives incumbents an advantage. This could be a legitimate concern. Name recognition does help a politician get elected.
Human greed causes havoc. People get rich. People get poor. For every winner there is a loser. When your retirement portfolio goes down, that money you lost doesn’t vaporize into thin air. Someone else gets it. Will greed and corruption cause more problems in the future? Sure it will. Latest case in point: there is a proposed class-action lawsuit right now in Ontario targeting that provinces $4 Billion mortgage industry.