Six In The Morning: Trouble Post

6-in-the-morningG’morning, readers. The stories that jumped out to me this morning were all troubling for various reasons. I don’t want to put you in a bad mood all day but a few of these might make you mad. Well, a few of these should make you mad. No fluff here!

1 TRY A LITTLE DEFICIT I wouldn’t even let federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty do my taxes – and as a journalist I am obligated to be bad at math. Even with my questionable mathematical skills I can say that increasing the deficit by $5 billion over the March budget forecast is a pretty bad job. That brings the total deficit up to $26 billion, restricting the possibility that the Conservative government will meet two of their election promises: income splitting and doubling tax-free savings accounts.

2 CREDIT CARD SEASON This is the year for spending. TransUnion’s quarterly analysis of national credit trends reports that Canadian consumer’s debt has increased at its greatest rate in nearly two years. “It should be noted that in the past five years debt levels have now increased 400 per cent more than the rate of inflation.” Inspiring.

3 CONCERNS ABOUT PAT Apparently the NDP isn’t excited for all the new slogans that new CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan, Pat Fiacco, will provide for our province.

4 BATTLING AUSTERITY Strikes were organized in European countries for today, the European Day of Action and Solidarity. Spain and Portugal organized general strikes.Violence broke out at a few of the demonstrations and 81 people have been arrested in Spain. The Guardian has the best coverage of this that I’ve found.

5 A FEAST FOR THE MEDIA The United States’ media is still freaking out about the General David Petraeus scandal. Now, as the media is prone to do, the focus has turned to the better-looking of the women involved. Take a look at the picture on that story of Jill Kelley! C’mon!

6 FORD IN COURT In 2010, George Foulidis, owner of the Boardwalk Pub in Toronto, sued Rob Ford for suggesting that Foulidis bribed  city officials for a lucrative vending contract. The Boardwalk Pub secured a 20-year lease extension without being put up for tender. The $6 million libel case is now in court but the trial will be pushed back because of Ford’s duties as a high school football coach.

Well that was a lot of fun. I hope you didn’t get too bummed out. To keep you motivated today, here is some new music from Regina’s Nick Faye. Faye and his band “The Deputies” went out to a family farm to record an EP. Give “Eleanor” a watch/listen:

15 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Trouble Post”

  1. If you’d said “the Canadian consumer’s”, it would have been correct; otherwise, the apostrophe goes after the s to indicate the plural.

  2. Sure wish she (BS) would find something else to do. It is becoming very tiresome, DH said he feels like he is back in public school.

  3. @ Simpleton: Back in public school, DH had a chance to learn his language. No doubt all the posters/comment writers did. Had they taken that chance, it would have been lovely.

  4. Tsk tsk, Barb, better punctuation to avoid ambiguity would have been “posters / comment-writers”.

    (Simpleton, it’s interesting. I doubt she ever bothers vying for Typo Weiner, on content that has had some proofreading instead of these casual blog posts. And then she has lax standards in her own writing.)

  5. Barb is allowed to comment on posts as she sees fit. Complaining about Barb’s comments is fair, too. None of this prevents anyone else from saying something about other aspects of Austin’s post. La la la!

  6. @5: As I’ve mentioned to Stephen W before, I don’t usually pick up a hard copy of the PD until several days after it’s on the streets, so by then it’s pretty late to be entering the contest. He could also mention that I have on at least one occasion corrected an error of fact by e-mail.
    By the way, speaking of lax standards, note the correct spelling of Typo Wiener, agent w – and it’s right up there on the page for your handy reference. Note, also, that there’s no need for a hyphen in “comment writers”.

  7. I’m curious what you guys think of the Fiacco story. Is Tourism Sask playing Sask Party politics or is this a tempest in an NDP teapot?

  8. The CEO position of Tourism Sask was advertised, so the former mayor applied. It’s hard to see how, with his record as a booster and his contacts, he wouldn’t have been at the top of the short list.

  9. I can see it now, aposter or an illuminated stret tv ad of Pat in hip waders and a “tilley” hat ,holding a long gun pointed at a moose and pouring wheelbarrows of Cash into museums.

  10. I can see it now, a poster or an illuminated street tv ad of Patty in hip waders and a “tilley” hat ,holding a long gun pointed at a moose and pouring wheelbarrows of Cash into museums.

  11. Fiacco is more than qualified for the position and the NDP is whining already what a shock

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