Cheers & Jeers

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Cheers: to finding one’s own peeps. Turfed out of one federal riding during the candidate selection process, Conservative Rob Anders talks about true Conservatism with the media as he selects a new riding to try and run in: “I really feel that (Bow River) is the Alberta I moved to in the 1980s,” he said.

“It’s a place with more trucks, and it certainly wouldn’t have elected someone like (Calgary mayor) Naheed Nenshi, or other liberals pretending to be Conservatives these days. I feel a real connection. … I find the people there are actually very sympathetic. They’re real Conservatives and you certainly feel that … There’s a strong pro-life movement going on in this riding, all sorts of hunting and shooting ranges.”

Cheers: to proactive reminders. The former Liberals in the Canadian Senate posted their expenses for the last three months online on Thursday, and two Newfoundlanders were in the mix: Sen. George Baker billed taxpayers $20,237.10 for travel and meals, while Sen. George Furey billed $15,279.25, including one trip between St. John’s and Ottawa (return) for a dependent. Virtually all the travel was for weekly air travel from home in this province to Ottawa for Senate sittings and back again. More grist for the mill grinding out just what a real cost/benefit analysis for the Upper Chamber might show.

Cheers: to the quieter life. Don’t take this the wrong way: police work is often unpleasant, confrontational and difficult. Police officers are the ones who walk straight into all sorts of hardship and anger, and if you think their jobs are easy, try putting yourself in their shoes. That being said, some postings are, well, quieter than others. The RNC in St. John’s list a regular parade of crimes virtually every night, from armed robberies to gun incidents. But here’s the sum total for the RNC in the booming metropolis of Corner Brook Friday morning: “The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Corner Brook received 28 calls for service for the 24 hour period ending on August 1, 2014 at 4 a.m. Noteworthy Incidents: File # 2014-44700. RNC Patrol Services received a complaint of mischief to property at a commercial premise in the Elizabeth Street area. Matter remains under investigation. File # 2014-44758. RNC Patrol Services received a complaint of theft of a bicycle from a property on Doman’s Lane. The stolen bicycle is described as a ‘Kona’ brand bike and orange in colour. Matter remains under investigation. File # 2014-44807. RNC Patrol Services received a complaint of theft of a laptop computer from a residence in the Elizabeth Street area. Matter remains under investigation.” Oh, those hot summer nights.


Jeers: to those hot summer nights. You hate to complain about July’s endless sunny days — especially after last winter — but you can’t help but think there’s a lot of the Northeast Avalon that’s not prepared for the heat. Flat-roofed downtown heat traps, personal care homes without a shred of air conditioning — it can all grind you down a bit. If this is the new normal, stand by for more than a few retrofits.

Geographic location: Northeast Avalon

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