The Ontario PC’s announced yesterday a BLT unit was being set up by Wynne’s Liberals to leak budget info before a May 1st budget release.
BLT stand for ‘Budget Leaking Team’.
They say keep your eyes peeled for the results of an 11 page document, covering 39 announcements over the next 27 days, designed to woo you over before their very late budget.
Apparently it’s chalked full of almost $6 million in new spending designed to take your attention away from their many scandals.
And of course the most recent revelation that the SAME person who allegedly wiped clean government computers in the gas plant scandal, was STILL working for Wynne’s Liberals, despite her claiming he ONLY worked for McGuinty.
Peter Faist was fired only days ago from Wynne’s Liberals while being under contract to her governing Liberals AFTER his stint with McGuinty was over.
Is easier access to the LCBO in grocery store booths, in areas that are NOT already serviced by a giant LCBO outlet, going to make you forget your electricity bill and the $ 1 billion this government has blown on gas plants???
The Liberals hope so…
…I’m thinking, you’re going to have to drink a lot of Ontario wine, to forget that?
Let me start by saying I frequently listen to your radio program, I enjoy the content of your conversation though I often have a differing opinion to your own. I am not turned away when we do disagree as public debate is a worthy endeavour and one that gleans the functional ideas from those that are imprudent or impractical. Frequently over the past week you have asked the question, “Should bicyclists have to pay for the use of a new bicycle lane?” An interesting question and certainly one worthy of some debate and public education. It may interest you to know that you certainly aren’t the first person to have introduced the idea of mandatory bicycle licensing into the realm of public debate and there is a wealth of information available stemming from other cities decision making process when they too faced this question.
I thought you might be interested in reading a comprehensive study of the facts surrounding the idea of bicycle licensing.
Please take 5 minutes to look over this information at let me know how it affects your position on this matter.
Thanks for the note and link Tom. Yes I have read it before. I will point out, it also comes from another cycling advocacy group. Unfortunately they don't always represent the 'average' cyclist, just a few extremists within the group.
My article was designed to create debate on how to pay for the lane. It obviously has done that. Licensing is only a suggestion.
Too often it’s a bike vs car debate and that is not the answer. Too often articles like the recent _Raise the Hammer_ paint a picture of the evils of the automobile, ignoring the benefits or the reality.
And they I say I am one sided....
Your note is the most intelligent I have received on the topic as opposed to some of the comments below the column on line and on social media.
Most of these want to muzzle instead of debate. That only makes them look more extremist, thus turning off the majority, including the average cyclist.
I hope you will forward/share my response with them.
We all know Premier Kathleen Wynne is trying to muzzle PC Leader Tim Hudak by threatening legal action for his comments about the Liberal gas plant scandal.
This, after it was revealed in court documents, police think Peter Faist was allegedly wiping clean Liberal computers in McGuinty’s office of any trace of the scandal.
Wynne insisted she knew nothing about it and demanded Hudak withdraw his comments, but the latest allegations are tightening the noose around the Liberals.
CTV news reported yesterday:
Government house leader John Milloy says Ontario's Liberals have confirmed that the outside tech expert’s contract expired when Premier McGuinty left office.
Police say his administrator's access was valid from Feb. 4 to March 20 last year -- a timeline the Tories say underpins their claims.
Wynne was officially sworn in Feb. 11, a month before all this.
However in a startling revelation that is sure to fuel Hudaks claim, is Milloy also revealed Faist had a contract with the governing Liberal party that was just cancelled a few days ago, after this story broke.
McGuinty told the Toronto Star yesterday from Harvard that its “ridiculous” to support Wynne was aware of the deleted emails.
And why we should believe anything he says, is beyond me.
Why didn’t Wynne tell us Faist was working for her Liberals up until few days ago?
Did she not know that either?
Is she walking the halls of the Legislative Assembly with a bag over her head?
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has sought legal advice and is demanding Tory Leader Tim Hudak stop repeating an accusation claiming she "possibly ordered" the destruction of government documents in the gas plants scandal.
Wynne writes that unless that is done she will "take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure your false statements are corrected."
According to the documents, top aide David Livingston sought high-level access to the computers to "wipe clean the hard drives" after McGuinty resigned amid controversy over the costly cancellation of two gas plants ahead of the 2011 election.
Hudak told a news conference that "We now know that the cover-up and criminal destruction of documents and emails took place in Kathleen Wynne's office under her watch as premier,"
In a snap news conference shortly after, Wynne said Hudak's accusations that she participated in a crime and a cover-up are "irresponsible... disgraceful and they're an insult to his office."
Wow! If that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black, what is?
The time I checked its Wynnes office that is costing taxpayer’s money, not Hudaks.
It’s amazing how Premier Wynne will do anything to avoid scrutiny of her own party, not for the better of the province, but simply to win the next election.
A new coat of paint does not change the Liberal house, when inside, is the same old furniture.
An interesting article in the Toronto Star brought some vigorous debate to the show yesterday.
We know the new distracted driving law will increase fines up to $1000. and 3 demerit points for talking and texting.
The left leaning Star asked, are cyclists who talk and text while riding their bikes guilty of distracted driving?
Police confirmed “no” there is no such laws in place for that charge adding, in Hamilton, they didn’t see the need for them at this time.
That didn’t stop both sides from advancing the debate onto the topic of cyclist’s and motorists general lack of respect for each other and the rules of the road; which apply to everyone including bikes, vehicles, and pedestrians.
Many called with antidotes of distracted cyclists who failed to obey basic traffic law.
Many cycling advocates said we were wasting time even having the discussion, saying it will only inflame anti cyclists.
As an avid cyclist, and motorist, I feel the discussion is worth having.
As we move more towards a society that accommodates both, more common courtesy could be demonstrated by both, starting with obeying the rules of the road.
One thing is certain, with more of us sharing the road, it will take a lot more cooperation than just painting a few lines on a street.
An interesting debate flourished after the mother of a Stoney Creek student at Mountain View Elementary School protested her child’s class trip to Marineland.
Seems the mother was not happy about the planned outing to the park, not seeing any educational value in the students seeing such creatures.
Apparently she has also protested against African Lion Safari, and other similar venues.
I’m not here to debate the usefulness of such facilities.
We are all allowed our own personal view in a free democracy.
If you don’t want your kid to attend such events than simply say so and I’m sure alternate accommodation will be made for them.
But what I have trouble with is when someone’s obsession with a cause supersedes everyone else’s right to go. It’s about choice.
Yes this is another example of a school folding under the political correctness of a few and they should be held equally responsible for this selfish over reaction.
It reminds me of the recent Hamilton basketball tourney that was taken over by a Windsor team because they didn’t like the rules. The rest of the tourney was cancelled and NO one got to play in the final.
The parents were insistent they were teaching the kids a lesson.
However the only lesson really taught is, someone’s personal view can overrule what the rest may think, if they’re forceful enough.
We’re seeing the same thing happen in the Ukraine.
Did you get your letter from the Hydro One CEO yet? It reads:
“First and foremost, I would like to apologize to you if you are experiencing billing and customer service issues. As the leader of Hydro One, I am directly accountable for customer service and I promise you that I will focus our resources on not only fixing these problems but on changing our customer service culture.
We also know that some of you who are calling our Customer Communications Centre have also experienced a lower level of service as we have been unable to provide you with the answers to your questions in a timely manner. As well, some of your escalated complaints are sometimes taking months to resolve.
Clearly, this is not the level of service you deserve from Ontario’s electricity delivery company.
I also pledge to keep you informed on our efforts to transform our customer service culture.”
My question is, how much more is this “cultural problem” going to cost us, (again).
Starting with the cost of mailing these letters.
You’d think with the price you’re paying for electricity, we wouldn’t be getting such shoddy service?
I think it’s more than the “culture” that needs changing, it’s time for a change in government.