Cheers: to unintended irony. Thursday, a St. John‚Äôs city councillor was explaining that the city needed new parking meters and a 15 per cent hike in parking fees because of actions by the Royal Canadian Mint, which changed the metal composition of loonies and toonies.
The argument? The mint, a federal agency, simply downloaded new costs without a care onto cities. Bad mint. The councillor was then asked if the city would lift the 15 per cent increase after the meters were paid for. Answer? Why, of course not. So just to be straight: federal mint downloads new costs ‚ÄĒ bad. City downloads costs even further, plus adds new cash flow ‚ÄĒ still the mint‚Äôs fault. Hard to understand that one.
Jeers: to even needing this fee. Toronto cab drivers are looking at bringing in a $25 ‚Äúvomit fee‚ÄĚ to cover the costs of taking time out to clean their cab after drunken patrons soil the vehicles. Calgary cabbies are implementing a $100 fee. Sound horribly far-fetched? Try talking to the cabbies in St. John‚Äôs who work the late-night runs from the wonderful land known as George Street. It‚Äôs not the only kind of fees they‚Äôd like to have, for sure. We‚Äôd say use your imagination ‚ÄĒ but on second thought, don‚Äôt.
Cheers: to someone noticing something. Politicians love to say the only poll that matters is on election day, etc., but Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin O‚ÄôBrien moved away from his prepared script at a marine simulator announcement on Thursday to voice a few personal concerns about the Tories and their current place in voters‚Äô minds: ‚ÄúAnd I must mention, that, you know, it‚Äôs amazing to me to find out that in the political climate that‚Äôs there according to the polls ‚ÄĒ or if you listen to the, ah, talk shows. It‚Äôs amazing to me as a Newfoundland and Labradorian. Because we‚Äôve come so far since 2003. You know, we‚Äôve done so much. You know we have a premier that‚Äôs accomplished so much in such a little period of time. Such as, just the collective bargaining units in regards to our public service, the loan guarantee which will save Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about a billion and a half over the period of time of that particular project ‚ÄĒ Muskrat Falls; the White Rose extension project ‚ÄĒ now all of those has come in a very short period of time. So all I can say here is that it amazes me to find ourselves in the political climate that we find ourselves in. But the one thing I will say ‚ÄĒ you‚Äôll find that the premier, cabinet, and our government will continue to work hard to further Newfoundland and Labrador and make sure every Newfoundlander has the opportunity to succeed.‚ÄĚ
Jeers: to potholes. Need we even say more? Jeers to potholes. That is all.