Thumbs Down: To the Ontario SPCA and its members, including the Niagara Falls Humane Society, for still not releasing results of two separate investigations into Marineland. We know the animal protection groups think the story will go away if they stonewall long enough. It won’t. And while we are at it, Thumbs Down to the provincial government for allowing this nonsense to continue for so long.
Thumbs Down to Niagara regional councillors for demonstrating, yet again, why voters have such disdain for this level of goverenment. Thursday the councillors debated for 31/2 hours on governance – and wound up accomplishing nothing.
Thumbs Down to Welland Mayor Barry Sharpe, Port Colborne Mayor Vance Badawey and Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs for negative comments on the final report for NHS restructuring by provincial supervisor Kevin Smith. Smith was told by a committee of mayors to pick either Niagara Falls or Welland as site for the new Niagara south hospital. Jeffs, Sharpe and Badawey were part of the committee. Now they’re ina snit because they don’t like Smith’s decision to go with Niagara Falls.
Thumbs Up to St. Catharines city council (most members) for seeing the foolishness of instituting a fine for feeding Canada geese, which pose a nuisance and some say a health hazard in parks and along beaches. Not that we are encouraging geese feeding. Rather, there’s a limit to what municipal government can and should do.
Thumbs Down to distracted drivers. A recent initiative by the Niagara Regional Police and area highschool students identified hundreds of examples of distracted driving, everything from people putting on make up while driving to texting behind the wheel. Brings a whole new meaning to taking your life in your own hands.
Thumbs Up to the Niagara IceDogs and their fans. Great to see a packed house for the home opener Thursday night. Banners were unveiled, a new lineup was introduced, and the Dogs began their season with a victory. What more can hockey fans ask for?
Thumbs Down to all those who have successfully steered the NHL into lockout mode. Try explaining this to the 99 per cent of the population who make less money in their lifetime than an average NHLer does in one year.
Thumbs Down to drivers following too closely and not keeping a safe stopping distance. All though this is something that is taught and tested for new drivers. It seems that there are way too many accidents on the roads from people being rear-ended. Yet it’s not often that you see cars being pulled over for following too close.