Long term storage

About three months ago I asked if we wanted long term care for all of our elderly or just long term long term storage for those not really closely related to us. The continual shocking news from long term care homes here in Ontario and elsewhere suggests that, years ago, I suppose, we opted forContinue reading “Long term storage”

It’s cartoonish

““Truth be told, I don’t watch TV news. It’s cartoonish. I would no more sit and listen to Rosemary Barton than I’d watch the Polka Dot Door.”” So said retired CBC correspondent Neil Macdonald. He was quoted by Mark Bonokoski in an article in the Toronto Sun. I agree with him. Perhaps it’s an ageContinue reading “It’s cartoonish”

A good step in the right direction

I’ve been banging on about nuclear energy from some months now, starting in June and going on over several posts leading into the fall. I’m sure my views had nothing to do with it, but I am very pleased to see that Doug Ford (Ontario), Blaine Higgs (New Brunswick) and Scott Moe (Saskatchewan) have allContinue reading “A good step in the right direction”

Doing things right

There is a very interesting article in the Globe and Mail about a proposed new housing development in Vancouver. The development is interesting on a number of levels, because: “Planners are looking at providing parking for only 10 per cent of the apartments, far below the usual minimum … [because] … reducing the amount ofContinue reading “Doing things right”

And still another ship proposal

There is a very interesting thread over on Army.ca which begins with a post by Chris Pook, who often comments here, too, in which he wonders if we should not have a new ship conversion projects (à la converting the Asterix into a useful fleet support ship) to provide us with an ‘Afloat Support Base’ orContinue reading “And still another ship proposal”

And yet another alternative view

Many Ontarians, especially those of a Conservative bent, are cheering the news that former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt and the entire Hydro One board of directors have resigned. Doing something about electricity rate was a cornerstone of the Doug Ford campaign and this is an early check in the “promise made : promise kept”Continue reading “And yet another alternative view”

Outsourcing, etc

A few years ago the big deals in government were things like ‘outsourcing‘ and ‘alternative service delivery‘ and so on ~ all ways designed to ‘help‘ us, we were assured, to “do more with less,” when fiscal times were tough. No one is more familiar with fiscal ‘tough times‘ than the Canadian Armed Forces, evenContinue reading “Outsourcing, etc”

Doing the least wrong thing for all the wrong reasons

So, it appears that the the Trudeau regime is going to be forced into some sort of Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme in order to complete the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion (TMX) project. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, “The Trudeau government is buying the Trans Mountain expansion project from Kinder MorganContinue reading “Doing the least wrong thing for all the wrong reasons”

Pipelines are just a symptom

There was a somewhat frightening article published, just a few days ago, on the BNN/Bloomberg website headlined: “Canada ‘a laughing stock’: Experts react to Trans Mountain indemnity.” The “indemnity” is, of course, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s promise “to indemnify the project for politically-motivated delays and backstop any company that takes it on.” That, alone, scaresContinue reading “Pipelines are just a symptom”

The wrong answer

As much as I really want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to succeed, for Canada’s sake, in getting the Kinder Morgan/Trans Mountain pipeline pushed through to completion, I believe that he has picked the wrong way to try … First, I believe that he needed to find some way to give Premier Horgan a graceful wayContinue reading “The wrong answer”