Millroy: Why weren’t they screaming bloody murder?

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Reading the stories in The Sault Star about Terry Tweedle having problems getting the PUC to clear the fire hydrant in front of his Amherst Street Home, I wondered where the fire department and city council where in this.

Why weren’t they screaming bloody murder?

The story said the utility had received 195 calls about snow-covered hydrants, 35 following Tweedle’s story appearing in the paper.

The PUC said lots of snow, while also dealing with water main breaks, had made it difficult to keep 2,500 hydrants clear on a full-time basis.

So it hired a contractor to do the job.

I would suggest it put something in place so that hydrants are kept clear at all times during the winter.

After all, they are there as a safety measure so that they are easily accessible to our fire people.

Actually, I would think that in a winter like the one we just had that our fire service would be keeping an eye on things, checking hydrants and prompting the PUC to action if they notice they are not being cleared.

Residents, of course, should also be vigilant as it is their safety that is at stake. They can call PUC’s customer care line at 705-759-6522.

 

I WAS CERTAINLY HAPPY to see city council vote to begin the process that would see the replacement of  the 51-year-old W.J. McMeeken Centre with a building that will include two ice pads of NHL size.

I have spent many hours watching grandchildren and great grandchildren play hockey in the McMeeken and have long thought it didn’t stack up to either the Rhodes or Peewee arenas.

As well, if something is to be done, I believe it is better to look well ahead and go with two pads now, rather than having to face the prospect of adding one later, as some councillors seemed to suggest.

I am not one who likes the city going into deep debt, but as has been explained, interest rates are low and the debt for the John Rhodes Community Centre Arena will be paid in full in 2020 and the GFL Memorial Gardens in 2021.

The payments for the new building would simply take over from the other two.

It was also pointed out that the McMeeken’s refrigeration system would have to be replaced shortly and the building would also face other major renovations.

I think it would be a waste to do this as it would only be putting off the inevitable.

Therefore I believe council made the right move.

Not everyone will be happy, but Mayor Christian Provenzano and at least five councilors probably are used to that.

 

THE ROT THAT IS THE SNC-LAVALIN affair is growing.

The stonewalling has now gone beyond the prime minister’s office into the Liberal Party as a whole.

That is my take from the Liberal majority on the justice committee voting to close its inquiry, saying it has heard enough from the witnesses that have appeared before it.

This, even though Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was unceremoniously shunted from her post as justice minister.and attorney general by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, indicated she had more to say.

And Jane Philpott, former treasury board chair, says there is much more to the story that needs to be told.

The transparency the Liberals talked about during the last election seems to have been painted over.

With an election coming up this fall, this is one of the last things I would think they would want to answer for.

Yet they can’t seem to approach the issue any other way.

If they had piled their dirty laundry before the Canadian public when it was first reported by The Globe and Mail in February, admitting they were wrong and saying they were changing their ways, the story probably would have lasted a day or two.

But by refusing to admit wrongdoing, even while staff members who were involved are resigning, it, like an untreated sore, is not going to go away.

It is not the pressuring of Wilson-Raybould to change how prosecutors were handling the charges against SNC-Lavalin that is going to cost Trudeau and his party, it is the attempt to cover up the actions of Trudeau and his minions..

Some people never learn.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Yes Doug. You would think with a winter like the one we just had the FD would be keeping an eye on the hydrants. Did you happen to ask them? Just curious as your report here doesn’t mention that. I know one thing though. If there was hydrant in front of my home, I would be the one keeping it clear. After all, I would be the one with the most to gain should my home be on fire.

  2. I would like for it to be known publicly that I am not at all proud to be Canadian.
    It was not my choice as I had none at the time. That was due to my age with respect to have been granted Citizenshiip.

    My communication is really for no wrong purpose or motive without a doubt in my mind.

    I best clarify that in the past and present conditions in the US, I sure would not have wanted nor want to reside nor work in that Country.

  3. I strongly suggest that the common habit of scapegoating governments, a certain person or more forming any one of them not be a cop our.

    There could not be so much corruption without so many that are part of it within constituencies by choice.

    No insult is meant in the true sense without a doubt in my mind.

  4. DM said: “the debt for the John Rhodes Community Centre Arena will be paid in full in 2020 and the GFL Memorial Gardens in 2021.”

    MB asks: Does that mean the McMeeken won’t be replaced until 2021, OR will Sault taxpayers be paying an ADDITIONAL loan payment of $1.1 Million in 2019 on top of the Rhodes and Gardens payments, AND an ADDITIONAL loan payment of $550,000 in 2020 on top of the GFL Memorial Gardens payment for the Engineering and Design of the new McMeeken starting in 2019?

    Can you find out which Doug?

    Is it no money for the new McMeeken until 2022, OR is it that us taxpayers will pay an EXTRA $1.65 Million dollars over the next couple of years while the Rhodes and the Gardens get paid off?

    Thanks.

    The additional $1.65 Million dollars taxpayers will have to pay from this year’s 3.5% tax increase and next year’s ???% tax increase could have been used to reconstruct and repair a lot of crumbling roads in SSM over the next 2 years instead of reconstructing the crumbling McMeeken.

    Thanks, again, for looking into that Doug.

    Citizen Mark Brown

  5. One does wonder how the PUC or FD didn’t keep the hydrants cleared. They know exactly where the all are. It can’t be that difficult regardless of how much snow falls.

    I am not sure there is a need for a double ice-pad at the McMeeken site. As it stands, there are currently 6 arenas locally (2 private).
    Is our youth population going to grow enough to have the twin-pad utilized to its utmost? Most arenas are little used now during the weekdays(daytime) leaving hundreds of hours of ice time ‘wasted’. Perhaps some thought should be given to having the Rep teams practice during the day to free us ice time for league play in the evenings. Yes, there is the issue of school, but those players miss a lot of school already and there is the readily available option of e-learning for all students of all grade levels.

    The SNC-Lavalin shows all Canadians that the Liberals didn’t learn from the Ad-Scam debacle. Unfortunately our major media and far too many Canadians voted for style over substance(once again). I cannot understand how our major media and millions of Canadians continue to think the Liberals are pure as the driven snow.
    What’s that saying about repeating and insanity?

  6. This SNC Lavalin scandal is very much a big deal. justin trudeau and his cronies think that Canada has 2 rules of law- 1 for the politicians and 1 for the rest of us shmucks. This scandal could take the libs down into the same gutter that the liberal orchestrated Gomery Sponsorship Inquiry that brought down the libs 10 years ago.
    The Honourable Wilson-Raybould & Jane Philpott need to tell the truth, because, it’s quite obvious that justin trudeau has tried to twist it like a prezzle and distort it to serve him. IT HAS BACK-FIRED FOLKS !!
    wynne’s libs blew over $ 1 Billion of our tax dollars to save 2 liberal seats. trudeau’s libs are trying to break the rule of law by giving SNC Lavalin a sweet heart deal to save his seat and most of his Quebec liberal mps
    Ms Ray-Bould and Ms Philpott are the only 2 intelligent, honourable and believable people in the liberal dominated room.

    THE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE TOLD !!!

    • Can sure tell you don’t like Liberals, Frank.LOL.. They all get caught out every once in a while, it’s just Trudea’s turn at the moment.. He is getting drawn and quartered by a pissed-off indigenous woman who thought she owned the world and doesn’t like the fact that she doesn’t. Philpot is just backing up a fellow female.. This will come back to bite them all at election time.. Don’t forget, Frank, you made your fair share of bloopers when you were on council. This is just on a bigger scale.. Whoever wins next time will get caught the same way sooner or later…Politics 101……

      • Wow, Bill, you’re definitely not a “fake” feminist like our pompous pm. The best thing going for the opposition parties is for this “junior” pm to keep trying to punch himself out of this wet paper bag that seems unable to get out of. As for my bloopers, if I had to vote again, on the many issues I have dealt with, I would vote exactly the same way. Have a nice day.

        • Mr Fata

          Sure would like to see further from you in time.

          Greetings please to your spousal partner.

      • It was suggested to me by one of the locals in political management, that, I ignore deliberately, discrediting malicious treatment

        I am sure that is not part of the remedy at all

        Neither do I intend to give it much attention.

        Not at this point in time nor the abuser.

      • Sid:
        Have you given any thought to the possibility that Ms. Belsito Debarardino is attempting to learn English as a second language? I follow the articles and comments on this website frequently, as do you. I notice an improvement in her sentence structure, and, although some of her word choices are not contextually appropriate to the situation, they are not altogether ‘incorrect’ in terms of definition. And what better place to practice writing than a comment section of a local newspaper? Granted, there will always be a chuckle here and there with some of a learning person’s word choices, but let’s veer into the waters of being repeatedly nasty for the sake of being nasty.

      • Sid:
        Have you given any thought to the possibility that Ms. Belsito Debarardino is attempting to learn English as a second language? I follow the articles and comments on this website frequently, as do you. I notice an improvement in her sentence structure, and, although some of her word choices are not contextually appropriate to the situation, they are not altogether ‘incorrect’ in terms of definition. And what better place to practice writing than a comment section of a local news site? Granted, there will always be a chuckle here and there with some of a learning person’s word choices, but let’s veer into the waters of being repeatedly nasty for the sake of being nasty.

      • Long overdue to stop your abusive treatment and lies about me.

        No point trying to project responsibility for your misbehavior on me.

  7. Doug, don’t know where you stand politically and don’t care… This whole deal has gone way beyond not only for the liberals but Sneer and his conservatives are getting a bit ridiculous about it all too. The thing I can’t understand is why the quitters haven’t been kicked out of the party, never mind cabinet.. Neither Mulroney or Harper would have hesitated a minute before dumping anyone that failed to follow the party line.. And it matters not which party is in power, sooner or later they all get caught in a mess… That’s just Politics 101…I’m thinking I’m going green this time around, all the other parties are starting to stink…..

    • Trudeau getting highly competent, longtime Liberal-loving MP Judy Sgro to PRETEND Jody W-R and Dr. Phillpot won’t get kicked out of the Liberal Party if they talk about anything in Liberal-Confidential in Parliament seems to me like a final desperate attempt by The Prime Minister.

      And definitely politics as usual.

      But how do you criticize a guy who gave Ministerial positions to Jody W-R, and Dr. Phillpot in the first place?

      • But but but that gender neutral cabinet was the best & strongest cabinet in the history of Canada because it’s 2015.
        Guess they were just appointed visible tokens of social justice after all.
        So what is it Justin? Strongest cabinet ever, those who just couldn’t handle the job, or was it your bullying?

      • Personally I feel the 2015 Cabinet was “the best & strongest Cabinet”.

        Ever.

        But I have only come to that “best & strongest” conclusion in 2019 as a result of the principled actions of Jody W-R, Dr. Phillpot.

        Don’t get me wrong, ALL Cabinets are good Cabinets that are filled with bright and talented, “PARTY FIRST, Law and constituents somewhere further down the list”, even the Liberal Cabinet that is in there today.

        But it was nice to see Jody W-R put the LAW AHEAD of HER PARTY, and Dr. Phillpot put a PERSON AHEAD of HER PARTY at a time when it was appropriate to do so, namely, when the Leader of THEIR PARTY was attacking the integrity of our system of Judicial Independence and Oversight (read Jody W-R’s DECISION to not offer SNC-Lavalin a DPA), and then, for Dr. Phillpot, when the Leader of HER PARTY attacked the person who was PRESERVING THE INTEGRITY of JI&O (Jody W-R) by “shuffling” Jody W-R out of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Cabinet position.

        Best & Strongest Cabinet EVER because it had members who put Party SECOND when it was appropriate to do so.

        Citizen Mark Brown

      • And again I ask you, @sickofthenewscanada, how can you criticize PM Justin Trudeau for including these two phenomenal leaders (by your own admission @sickofthenewscanada) in his “looks a lot like Canada” 2015 Cabinet?

        I know I seriously question a few of our PM’s current “politics as usual” decisions, but I cannot and will not criticize Justin Trudeau for his “Law and Canadians before Party” 2015 best & strongest Cabinet.

        PM JT needs to stop listening to his partisan back room people, and get back to trusting himself.

        There’s a reason Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, and that reason is…

        Justin Trudeau, and HIS ideas.

        Citizen Mark Brown

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