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Cheers: to open access for restaurant inspection reports. Letting the public know the conditions at their favourite eateries is certainly a good move. (You can find an alphabetical list of inspections at http://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/inspections/alphabetical.html#B.) Across the board, a quick breeze through shows the biggest problems seem to be with refrigeration (fridges not keeping food cold enough, including inspections where everything in fridges and food lines had to be discarded) and food preparation surfaces not being up to snuff. A prediction? The restaurants that do perform badly may also soon be developing a distinct lack of customers, especially as word spreads about vermin issues or other scary problems. (You have to love the report where an inspector felt it necessary to write “Vinegar is not a sanitizer. Use a food-grade approved sanitizer,” or the one who had to write “Cardboard must not be used as a form of surfacing in food premises.” And see if you can find “Pot of ribs to be cooled in small portions and refrigerated in cooler. At time of inspection ribs were out all night — pot of ribs thrown out.”) It’s a kind of restaurant evolution — at the very least, restaurant owners who fail to keep up their operations will end up being architects of their own misfortune.

 

Cheers: to persistence. Every day in the House of Assembly, cabinet ministers stand up and give ministerial statements. And with every ministerial statement, former Tory MHA Tom Osborne stands in the House of Assembly to speak to those statements and his former colleagues flatly refuse him permission to speak. Earlier this week, Osborne spoke to legislation that would see certain annual reports posted to the web (Ah, the web — public access for everyone, if you can find the spider hole where the online material is hidden today) instead of being tabled in the House. Why not, he suggested, have the information both tabled in the House and put up on the web? His motion was quickly determined to be out of order and deep-sixed. He’s also been told by the Speaker’s Office he can have one question in question period — once every 30 sitting days (or every seven weeks or so, and the House certainly won’t sit that long this fall, so plan that one question well).

 

Cheers: to Wikipedia gremlins. Apparently, someone with some time and a sense of humour gave provincial Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Keith Hutchings a new handle during the week, fixing up his Wikipedia biography and dubbing him the provincial Minister of Twitter. No word if the other Tory Twitterati — Steve Kent, Paul Lane, etc. — got their noses out of joint at being overlooked for the honour. The appointment has since been removed from the crowd-sourced encyclopedia.

 

 

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  • Maggy Carter
    November 26, 2012 - 10:54

    Actually the inspector is wrong. Vinegar undiluted at 5%, heated to 55 degrees Celcius, and left on a surface for one minute is a very effective sanitizer. In fact, it is on par with two other sanitizing standards - peroxide and bleach solution. It is probably cheaper than peroxide and, like peroxide, it is has none of the health and environmental hazards posed by bleach. No doubt Osborne faces challenges as an independent member of the House - particularly one wherein the Speaker shares his governing party's complete lack of respect for the opposition. Our Speaker is not of the mindset of one time B.C. Speaker Claude Richmond who said that one of his prime responsibilities was “to protect the minority from oppression by the majority.” That said, Osborne has a unique opportunity to speak to public issues unconstrained by any particular party line. Given that we have a petty government house leader and ineffectual speaker, it might be difficult for his voice to heard inside the House. All the more reason then that the Telegram and all of the province's media should bend over backwards to accommodate Osborne outside the House. In fact it would be a nice change of pace to see someone other than Dunderdale stroll up to the microphone in the lobby of the Confederation building every day.

  • Silent Tommy
    November 26, 2012 - 09:48

    Every 30 sitting days, under Danny Williams or Kathy Dunderdale, would equal only once per year. Mind you, that's still more than Mr. Osbourne would be permitted to speak than most Tory backbenchers, so maybe it's an improvement.

  • Gordon Little
    November 26, 2012 - 09:06

    Ha ha Twitterati! Did the cheers and jeers writer watch this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4abCQYl3z30