The May 24 Long Weekend!
5/17/2013 7:05:00 AM
The first long weekend of the season is finally here not only on the calendar but also in the weather forecast.
This is the time of year when Canadians break out the patio furintiatre, open pools, trailers and cottages, pitch the tent and celebrate the return of Ontario’s limited summer.
One of my most vivid memories of the May 24 weekend was firecracker day, as we called it.
I grew up in the sticks so we rarely went to a real fireworks display, instead Kenny (my Dad) would buy the family pack from Woolco and spark up his cigar.
We would go to my grandmother’s house and out in the back 40 he’d take a few puffs then lean in with squinted eyes and fire them off, with the burning school house being last.
Those were the good old days when you could buy little firecrackers ...
City Council stadium whining....
5/16/2013 7:05:00 AM
I find it absolutely ironic that the same city council, who along with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, pretty much screwed this city over when it came to constructing a city building stadium, are now whining about what they have.
This boat has sailed and we have what those two parties have left us, and they should both be ashamed.
Yes we should be, at every step, making sure the city gets the most bang for its buck.
But to now stand up and complain about what they have after THEY let the opportunity of a generation fall from their grasp due to nothing more than petty politics and the inability to build relationships, I find exasperating.
Perhaps it’s time for city council to sit down, shut up, and enjoy the crow they will be eating for a lifetime, instead of trying to save their political bacon by ...
Unions & LCBO need to modernize
5/15/2013 7:05:00 AM
The L.C.B.O. unions are crying wolf again by threatening to take their monopoly on strike for the first long weekend of the season.
I say crying wolf because despite what you might think the L.C.B.O. has never been on strike in their 86 year history.
And my guess is, they won’t now, and here’s why….
In 2005 the LCBO got a 12% raise over 4 years.
In 2009, during the height of the recession, they got another 7 ¾% over the same period.
This while most of us faced cutbacks, if we even had a job.
Also, I don’t think the public buys into their claim that just because you applied for a part time job, and got the part time job, that it entitles you to a full time job.
I love the LCBO because it generates a lot of money for the province ...