Thumbs Down to the Niagara Falls Humane Society and Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for their secretive, ham-fisted handling of the inspection at Marineland. If police can provide updates on murder investigations, surely these animal welfare agencies can tell us the sbasicsedibility for both is being lost here.
Thumbs Down to the Parti Quebecois, which is again waffling on the issue of if and when to hold another referendum on seperation in Quebec as it fights an election campaign to rest power from the governing Liberals. The PQ leader Pauline Marois had said last February that if elected she would allow for citizens to initiate a third referendum if 15 per cent of the population (about 850,000) asked for one through a petition. Now, in the midst of an election campaign that was her’s to lose, Marois has said she would reserve the right to veto a referendum petition. The PQ no longer has any idea what it really stands for. The party of the venerable Rene Levesque, who even staunch federalists had to admire for his strong, principled convictions and passion, is dead.
Thumbs Up to Sue Gardner, the only Canadian woman to make it onto the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list. The former senior director of CBC.ca has been with the Wikimedia Foundation, which oversees the Wikipedia website, since 2007. She’s the kind of role model all young people – girls and boys alike – can and should look up to.
Thumbs Up to Marineland and owner John Holer for standing up to the scrutiny of every animal agency out there. He has been providing a safe and cared for environment for many endangered species giving folks of all ages an otherwise impossible opportunity to see these wonderful animals up close.
Thumbs Down to construction work on the QEW from Fort Erie into Niagara Falls during the height of tourist season. Limited traffic to one lane on this road during prime travel time is crazy. Do the work at night – it’s cooler for the workers, safer for motorists and keeps traffic moving during the day.
Thumbs Down to costly dental treatment. Without insurance from an employer’s group insurance package, average people cannot afford such high dental treatment fees. Dental offices won’t give you a quote before you take out $150 from your pocket and give them your insurance policy number. All they want to do is use up all of your insurance coverage.