Four In The Afternoon: Almost On Time Edition

4 in the Afternoon1 BIG DAY AT CITY HALL Following this weekend’s stadium announcement, the city’s executive committee is reviewing a proposal which, among other things, proposes to hike property taxes around 5 per cent over ten years to help fund the new stadium. The executive committee is also addressing the results of the downtown transportation study, with results possibly opening the plaza to some traffic.

2 LOSING GRIP Assad’s forces came today following a bombing in at a high profile security meeting in Damascus. Three members of his inner circle, including his brother-in-law, a former defence minister, and his current Minister of Defence, were killed in a bomb believed to have been worn by a security guard.

3 SELL OFF Premier Wall has been on a ‘clean energy’ rampage this week, working his tail off trying to clean up the good name of Canadian oilsands. On Monday in the keynote address of the four day Pacific Northwest Economic Region meeting in Saskatoon, Wall took an explicit stance on the issue. Americans need Canadian oil.  Colin Robertson, former Canadian diplomat and international relations specialist suggest that Wall was using a more blunt and “direct” approach, more appropriate when dealing with Americans. Blunt like evoking the imagery of fallen American soldiers fighting in overseas wars? Hey, tarsands are bad, but at least it’s not WAR. Bravo.

4 JUNK WEATHER, BAD CROPS Numerous agricultural woes have sprung up across North America following a summer of unpredictable weather in most regions. Eastern provinces and Ontario are reporting unusually dry summer conditions which are expected to affect prices by the end of the summer. Similar reports from south of the border suggest the same thing. Consumers should expect to see some short term price changes, but also long term price hikes with corn – currently climbing in price – being central to many types of food production.

5 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Almost On Time Edition”

  1. #4. I am loathe to start thumbing my nose at deniers saying “I told you so” because A) weather (even if it’s over a few years) is not climate; and B) Being right in this instance means the end of agriculture.

  2. The x station Radio news mentioned that 1000 counties across 26 states, are reporting drought conditions not seen since the 1930’s& Ontario will pretty much have 0 cherry production.

    People better build a backyard garden,before they worry about a new deck.

  3. Moon Daddy – so true. Hopefully it will mean a transition to different crops not the end of agriculture (and by extension, the end of most people). One place I used to live had maps showing the potential effects of climate change and what crops would be able to be grown if x happened. It was very interesting (and somewhat disturbing).
    Ron – people should have been doing this all along. I have never understood the fascination with wide expanses of green lawns. Waste of water, waste of energy (mowing) and waste of space. I get having a little patch of grass for your kids to play on or your dog to use, but seriously?

  4. #3 Y / seriously.

    Thr Cor should have picked up on “recycling trends ” 30 yrs.ago.
    I really hate seeing the neighborhood tosssing grasss clippings , and tree branches into the garbage. No city organized composte program, is so weak.

    15 yrs. ago I lived in a small town in B.C.

    1 guy ( he owned a business ), started the composte separaration at the landfill.

    He never ran for a political position, he just hated wasting / ful societies.

    The town sold it back to whoever wanted it.

    The town never took a loss.

  5. Oil runs the world and it’s politics of many countries. When the Earth’s oil supply finally runs out, what will run the world and take over as politics?

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