Cheers & Jeers

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Cheers: to the winners. Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case have come out on top in CBC Searchlight’s hunt for the best new band in Canada. The Corner Brook group beat out 3,000 bands for the honour, which includes both money for equipment and gigs at music festivals — not to mention a whole heaping bunch of new ears for their distinctive music. Think that kind of win doesn’t help artists out? Just look at Lisa Moore, who came out on top of this year’s Canada Reads with “February” — a book originally released in 2010. The contest ended ages ago, and her book is now a regular on best-seller lists right across the country. Nothing like a little helpful exposure.

 

Jeers: to hapless political optimism. Justice Minister Darin King says he still thinks that the government’s original budget cuts in the Justice Department were the right thing to do. But he also thinks that the lessening of those cuts — which were apparently made without taking into account their obvious effects — was also the right thing to do. One suspects that if he showed up for work at the Confederation Building with no pants on, it would also be classed as the right thing to do.

 

Jeers: to the trickle-down effect. While we’re on the topic of the provincial budget, it’s become abundantly clear that while the government might have started talking about the budget by saying there would be 935 layoffs, that same government has no intention of detailing exactly where the axe is going to fall. Instead, what’s disappearing crops up in dribs and drabs. Every day, it’s another cut somewhere. Four days before the budget, it was the announcement of $1 million for a new joint RCMP-RNC drug and child exploitation task force. Sixteen days or so after the budget, the town of Buchans finds out that its single-officer RCMP detachment is closing, and that police services will be provided from Grand Falls-Windsor, 100 kilometres away.

 

Jeers: to reading the same thing all over again. To reading the same thing all over again. See how irritating that is? Thursday in Petty Harbour, Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Keith Hutchings called a news conference to announce the exact same business program details he announced in the budget. Luckily, he was up to date on buzzword-meter. “It’s about more flexibility and being more effective in terms of serving our stakeholders,” he said. Enough already. Enough already.

 

Jeers: to snow. OK, enough is enough. Waking up to a gentle dusting is a wonderful thing three or four days before Christmas. It’s not even that hard to take in January or February. But we’re halfway through April and the chilly crud is still coming down regularly — did someone have to go and order an extra helping of winter misery?

Organizations: Justice Department, Confederation Building

Geographic location: Canada, Corner Brook, Buchans Petty Harbour

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