Jeers: to light workloads. Well, the House of Assembly is closed again, after a gruelling 23 whole days of work and exactly five pieces of legislation. Four of the five were budget-related, one was essentially eight words long, another, just nine. Looks a lot like critical amounts of overwork on the go. So, what are we to take from the surprisingly light legislative agenda? Is it that everything that needs to be done, has been done? Or is it that this government has simply run out of steam? After all, government members spent more time praising their own government than anything else this session. Here are a few suggestions for the next House opening, in case the administration is running short: how about repealing the especially repressive parts of changes to access to information legislation? How about delivering the long-promised whistleblower protection legislation? How about legislation to require government to provide regular financial updates on projects where taxpayers face large risks, like Muskrat Falls or the province's share of the Hebron project? Surely there must be work to be done - if there isn't, why not shrink the province's cabinet and reduce the number of MHAs?
Cheers: to closing the House of Assembly. One thing's for sure - this was one of the House's more bilious sessions. It sported bogus points of order on everything from Facebook groups and the use of the word "ayatollah." Here's Government House Leader Darin King on the opposition using that word during debate on the last day of the House: "ayatollah would reference violence, an individual who was connected with mass murder and death." Um - no. An ayatollah, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "a religious leader among Shiite Muslims - (it is) used as a title of respect especially for one who is not an imam." What would King have to say about the word "Pope"? Sometimes even someone with a PhD has things to learn. And, while we're talking about decorum in the happy House, here's a special note to Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy. For the next session, please double your daily dose of Bile-be-Gone. Clearly, the single dose isn't working. You sound downright poisonous in there.
Cheers: to creative genius. "Do They Know it's Christmas"? Step aside. "We are the World"? Amateur. Make way for one of the most brilliant celebrity charity songs ever - and it's all local. In anticipation of its upcoming telethon, the Janeway Children's Hospital joined forces with local musicians and actor Jonny Harris to produce an amazing video called "Please whatever your name is." The lyrics are by children from Bishop Feild and Beachy Cove Elementary schools, sung by the likes of The Once, Tim Baker, Meg Warren, Jerry Stamp, Steve Maloney, Amelia Curran and Sean Panting. Jody Richardson and Grant King also lent a hand. Check it out here: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mLQymQC0BYk.