Thumbs Down to Premier Kathleen Wynne for making negative comments regarding a new hospital for South Niagara. She may be the new premier but she has an obligation to respect the advice that Kevin Smith has provided. He was appointed by the minister of health to make recommendations. When the people of Niagara are just beginning to trust the NHS again and are starting to believe that health care in Niagara may be on the road to improvement, comments like this will only serve to derail the progress.
Thumbs Up to Premier Kathleen Wynne, who, to quote her aide, says she will “work with the opposition” to review the reasons behind the cancellation of gas plants on the eve of the 2011 election, “so that we can have a productive session the legislature.” It’s refreshing to see the new Liberal leader take this approach and we applaud her for the decision to let some light finally shine on this issue. More importantly, we support any effort that will in the final analysis make this session of the Legislature more productive than the last.
Thumbs Down to Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin, who says he won’t attend any more closed-door sessions of his own council due to unspecified activities happening inside. “In my opinion, there have been serious breaches of ethical and moral issues that confound my integrity and there are things going on behind closed doors that are just not right.” That may well be. Who knows whos right. The public doesn’t get to hear what’s going on inside closed-door meetings. But just staying away from the meetings unless the Ministy of Municipal Affairs intervenes, as Martin has suggested, is not the answer. Martin can, even in closed door meeting, go on the record with the clerk stating his objections. We would even go so far as to argue that he, as mayor, has an obligation to do just that.
Thumbs Up to the school crossing guard who goes out of his way to wave at every passing driver while he works each morning on St. Paul St. (south of Mountain Road) in Niagara Falls. Sir, your small gesture helps set the tone for the day for a lot of morning commuters. Thank you.
Thumbs Down to businesses and residents who do not clean the sidewalks in front of their establishments and/or homes after a snowfall. There were plenty of pedestrians forced to walk on the street during and after last Friday’s snowfall, and that is never a good thing. C’mon people, especially students at Brock and Niagara College, we can do better.
Thumbs Down to Marineland protesters who did their best to disrupt Niagara Falls council Tuesday evening. Council has nothing to do with this issue. Picket the Humane Society. Picket MPP Kim Craitor’s office. Picket MP Rob Nicholson. Municipal politicians? Wrong place.
Thumbs Up to Valentine’s Day and all the people who did something special for the one they love. Thumbs up even more up for people who show love every single day in the little things.
Thumbs Down to muddy fields soft with snow melt-off.