Gian-Carlo Carra “forgot” to report a property that he had invested $300,000 in, and a few years ago Bill Morneau “forgot” to report that he owned a villa in France. Morneau was not investigated and now, neither will Carra be. What if, one day I robbed a bank and tried to defend my actions by saying, “I forgot that robbing banks was illegal”? Could I expect not to be charged? I think not! Crime doesn’t pay — unless you are a politician in today’s Canada.
(Still hard to believe members of council chose not to pursue this further. And justify their sorry actions with pure gibberish.)
STAND FOR SOMETHING
Various pundits and media outlets are saying Pierre Poilievre can’t win in vote-rich areas of Canada because of his views and principals. Well, I would rather have the man lose and the party lose, rather that having no principals like Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh. I don’t think that Canadians realize the importance of ridding this country of these two socialists as they are equally dangerous to democracy.
(Hey ho, they’ve gotta go.)
WHAT GIVES, COPS?
The chatter around the office water cooler is that a high-ranking police officer (deputy chief) recently retired, with a full pension and within a day was hired back on as … deputy chief. Is it just me that sees how unethical this is? If the police department needed him, why retire? Now we are paying him twice. Besides what about the officers who are working their butts off for a promotion only to be side swiped by this type of practice? There are so many reasons on all levels that this seems wrong!
(It’s an odd move for an organization already under the microscope for how it operates and spends.)
BAD FROM THE START
I would like to comment on the terrible act of vandalism on the Peace Bridge a few days ago. First, why was it necessary to hire a Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava for the job when there are many competent architects and designers in Canada? Why was it necessary to use so many panels of very expensive glass, without any thought by city council in 2012, of the possibility in the future that some deranged, drunk or unstable person would do what has just happened? A red flag would be the amount of times that bus shelters and train station glass has been shattered. I have travelled in Europe and my native London and have been over many spectacular bridges, very functional and great to look at and not any glass used, steel or wood, as in Lucerne. A lot less expensive and would have presented the same message of peace.
(The message of peace was an add-on to make the project more palatable. And the origins of this bridge are old news.)
STILL A TARGET
The replacement of the Peace Bridge panels with strong plexiglass is not a great solution. While strong, it will deter knuckle draggers from smashing them (maybe), the graffiti dorks will do their thing and will create another job for overpaid city workers.
(Electrify the whole thing.)