When does a biodegradable product not degrade? It seems that when the product crosses a border there are different levels of biodegradable. And it is causing trouble. It seems that the new wipes designed to replace toilet paper from companies such as Kimberly-Clark and SC Johnson are promoted as being biodegradable. Now it seems there is a rising chorus of municipal waste water plants that say “Not so!” This is causing concerns.
We Canadians have come a long way since we used to use dried corn cobs, Eaton’s catalogue pages or handy icicles in winter to finish the job (Read more…)
There is an unsavoury anger in Toronto these days. It is directed at Mayor Rob Ford. It has to do with the fact that the city appears to be stuck with that guy until the municipal election planned for October next year. He has dragged the city through the muck of world-wide derision. It has caused an anger that might only be alleviated by the police gathering enough evidence to arrest him. And few believe that is going to happen.
But this anger people are expressing is serious. It has to have an outlet. It can drive wedges between families (Read more…)
It seems appropriate. While the Toronto Police are sniffing around Mayor Rob Ford’s purported dealings with crack houses and drug dealers, the RCM Police are sniffing around Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dealings with the Senate and expense account fiddlers. Are they not all the same?
Do Canadians have one law for mayors and another law for prime ministers? How many times have we heard that Conrad Black would never have gone to jail in Canada? Does anyone protect the shareholder in this country? Does anyone protect the consumer in this country? Canadians want to know.
We know that nobody protects (Read more…)
The Rob Ford mayoralty situation in Toronto is just like trying to get rid of a Condo Commando. These are tenacious troublemakers for condominium boards. They are the bane of property managers and boards because they use the Ontario Condominium Act to terrorize the condo to get their way. Whether they are right or wrong is irrelevant as little else gets done while the war continues. Rob Ford is just like a condo commando on a much larger scale and even more difficult to control.
And the fault for both situations can be laid with the Ontario government. The laws (Read more…)
There is a television advertisement running these days of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne running. It should have a warning on it to tell kids not to try this at home. Maybe the Premier can close county roads for her run to be recorded. Try running like that in the city and you would have imprints on your ass of automobile grills. She is not even running in the correct lane, against the traffic.
In the voice-over dialogue, she is not the slightest bit winded. She tells us she loves running. Maybe she should prove that and run for election. Waiting (Read more…)
There is no better form of bonding between men than fishing. It is a quiet introspective time that you share with a true buddy. And what better buddies could there be than Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?
There are not many people who have been invited to the Prime Minister’s private Harrington Lake in the past few years. To drop a line in these waters puts you in the company of elites. It is a company of world leaders, great thinkers, of political power brokers and people who understand the pressures of leadership.
And you do (Read more…)
It took a lot of excruciatingly boring repetition and alarmist claims in the news media over many weeks but we can now declare the Mayor Rob Ford affair to be officially boring. It took time. It was more than some people could handle. It has finally been resolved. Official boredom sets in when the media are at the point that they are interviewing each other. That is boring.
When there was nothing new for a few days, the e-mail must have gone out from the Toronto Star. It might have said something like: Hey fellow news outlets, our Publisher John (Read more…)
That spectre that comes for you as your life flashes before you in death is your doppelganger. It seems totally fitting that the wraith Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should see is Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair. And remember, your doppelganger does not appear as others see you but as you see yourself.
So why cannot Rob Ford see himself as tall, fit, sophisticated and well turned-out as Chief Blair? Or maybe it is because they might be brothers under the skin. And would not Rob Ford look better in a well tailored chief’s uniform? They both have much to answer (Read more…)
Well, I don’t think I need to re-hash everything that’s gone on in Toronto; other then Mayor Rob Ford has had 2 press conferences in a single day where he’s come out and managed to combine a tearful ‘I smoked crack while in a drunken stupor’ admission into a tearful plea for forgiveness and a tearful re-election plea for Oct 2014, when the next Toronto election for mayor is. Of course, he also said he’s not stepping aside for medical leave, and definitely no resignation.
It appears short of new police revelations and the province taking extraordinary measures to remove (Read more…)
It is far too early for a morning line forecast on the race for the Toronto mayoralty but the key apparatchiks are in play. While nobody can legally be campaigning until they formally file early next year, there is a lot for the teams to do. The Toronto Star City Hall Bureau is trying to keep track as the teams form to challenge for the mayoralty in the October 27, 2014 election. The following are the Star’s guess at who might be candidates and who might be their key supporters—the comments are ours!
The only campaign that is already out (Read more…)
If tinkers may have leave to live, And bear the sow-skin budget, Then my account I well may, give, And in the stocks avouch it. Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Act IV, Sc. III, Shakespeare These lines got me thinking about the town’s finances. Sow-skin budget? What does that mean? And how does that relate to […]
Apropos a recent Babel-on-the-Bay story about our backward burghers of Babel who run our small city, there was a delightful story in the Toronto Star the other day about a different kind of poop. And if you think poop is poop, you have never wandered too far at the Toronto Zoo. It is all fecal matter but the animals at that great Zoo produce some 3000 tonnes of it per year. Now that might be small change to what the citizens of Babel can produce in a year but at least the Toronto Zoo knows what to do with poop (Read more…)
The Enjoy Centre. Below: The Arden. Ummmm …. They’re both attractive venues!
Is there any way we St. Albert city council candidates can all agree – for the sake of the citizens we are vying to represent – to all attend a single all-candidates forum on Oct. 16?
I asked this question of my fellow candidates in the Oct. 21 city council election in an email yesterday.
As readers of the local St. Albert press now know, two forums are currently scheduled to take place in our city at the same time on Oct. 16.
The St. Albert Think Tank (Read more…)
Radical cuts can’t be accomplished without harm – anyone who says different, like the city council candidate above, is presenting an illusion. Actual St. Albert city council candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The philosopher Aristotle.
A St. Albertan has asked me the tough question that all city council candidates are going to have to face one way or another.
My interlocutor politely writes:
… Please take the time to respond to my two brief questions below which pertain to St. Albert taxes, I would greatly appreciate it:
Do you agree that St. Albert taxes need to be (Read more…)
Babel-on-the-Bay knows that our readers are not very interested in parochial items about our modest little city here on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. We are only telling you this tale as fair warning. The jewel of Babel has always been our beautiful beaches and the joys of bikini watching on hot summer days. It is with heavy heart therefore that we advise you that after next year, you would be well advised to bring a gas mask with you should there not be an adequate off-lake breeze.
The backward burghers of Babel have ordained that there will only be (Read more…)
A sidewalk snow removal machine in Ottawa. Below: Better a hole in the shoe than a hole in the head, as the slogan said. Adlai Stevenson in ’52, campaigning in a bow tie!
One of the joys of running for public office in St. Albert, win or lose, is the opportunity to talk with our fellow citizens about what matters to them.
It can be pretty scary. Voters ask tough questions.
I’ve been quizzed rigorously and in depth, for example, by a voter who wanted to know what I thought about Adlai Stevenson – that is, No. 2 of (Read more…)
Who won what? How do you compare $660 million from the federal government to $1.4 billion from the province and say Toronto Mayor Ford won? What did he win? And for someone to win, you have to assume somebody lost. Who lost here? And as a former Scarborough resident, you have to be annoyed at people who infer that being from Scarborough, you are stupid.
And to suggest that Scarborough residents do not know that the funds for transit come from the same taxpayer pockets makes this a silly game. Sure, Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray made a foolish (Read more…)
Yours Truly, left, showing a patron the new automatic checkout machine at the St. Albert Public Library, one of the facilities in our community that’s worth making an effort to protect. The library is located in St. Albert Place, at 5 St. Anne St.
A good friend of mine asked me in an email yesterday why I didn’t attend the St. Albert Taxpayers Association’s council candidates’ meeting on Tuesday night.
Here was my answer, lightly edited for brevity and to protect my friend’s privacy:
“I promised myself I’d tell the truth and nothing but the truth during this campaign, so (Read more…)
That’s me, David Climenhaga, candidate for St. Albert City Council, handing over my nomination papers yesterday morning to city Chief Legislative Officer Chris Belke. Below: Checking my papers one last time; pausing at the entrance to the East Boardroom of St. Albert Place, where yesterday’s democratic action took place.
“In for a penny, in for a pound” was the phrase in my mind yesterday morning as I filed my nomination at St. Albert Place.
Alas, there were no pipers on scene as there were at Edmonton City Hall, where three pipers were on duty to lend a little Celtic flair (Read more…)
You could tell from the news clips of yesterday’s event that the Hair is enjoying his holiday. With Parliament prorogued until late October, the hair has time to visit with friends and cronies such as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Of course, the Hair tries to stay out of Toronto so Mayor Ford had to go to Mississauga for the meeting.
But it was all good news for Ford Nation. No specifics mind you. The Hair told the assembled news media and His Honour that the federal government stood ready to write a cheque to pay for His Honour’s much maligned (Read more…)