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Jeers: to snow rage.

 Plenty of people may well be sick of this winter’s weather, but no one seems as sick with it as St. John’s walkers. On social media, some are even suggesting keying vehicles who cut too close on the city’s crowded and narrowed streets, while others have talked about dinging mirrors. OK, everyone, it’s time to take a step back: maybe everybody could take a little time and think about what it’s like to be in each other’s shoes or something. Because this is a kind of escalation that isn’t going to help anyone. The frustration is understandable — threats of violence and damage is not.

Cheers: to the law. While we’re on the topic of cars and pedestrians, a little light reading might be in order from the Highway Traffic Act. “Duties of driver — 127. A driver shall (a) exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian who is upon a highway; (b) give warning by sounding the horn when necessary; and (c)  observe appropriate precaution upon observing a child or an apparently confused or incapacitated person who is upon a highway. Pedestrians to use sidewalks — 128. (1) Where there is a sidewalk that is reasonably passable on either or both sides of a highway, a pedestrian shall not walk on a roadway. (2) Where there is no sidewalk, a pedestrian walking along or upon a roadway or the shoulder of a highway shall, where practicable walk only on the left side of the roadway or the shoulder of the highway facing traffic approaching from the opposite direction and no more than 2 persons shall walk abreast on the roadway. (3) A person shall not be on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment or business from the occupant of a vehicle.” Everybody got that? Because there’s going to be a test later. And for drivers? “Due care” does not mean bathing pedestrians in slush, either.

Cheers: to poking a little fun. So, Vaughn Hammond of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has a letter to the editor in today’s edition about the need for the province to cut needless and expensive red tape, saying legislation slows business and costs money. Then, he suggests new legislation and an annual report on regulatory reform — but doesn’t that make more red tape for someone else? Just asking.

Cheers: to repetition. To repetition. Headline of the latest report from the C.D. Howe Institute: “Needless Duplication of Registration Requirements Hinders Business Expansion across Canada: C.D. Howe Institute.” Number of times they emailed details of the same study to one single Telegram editor: four. Now, what was the point they were trying to make again? Something about needless duplication, needless duplication? Oh well, maybe it was a deliberate attention-getter.

Organizations: Howe Institute, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Vince
    March 03, 2014 - 07:58

    Yup, cowards. Your government can all but put your gonads in hock to build Muskrat bys, but let someone cut around you too close on the road... All you people itching to key cars - Hydro Place. Just the nice ones though. "upon observing a child or an apparently confused or incapacitated person" you should assume everyone walking is impaired. Not only spaced out kids & elderly but those middle-aged idiots who go around like friggin aliens with a bluetooth in all the time, to look busy I spose, oblivious to the world. A pedestrian is more like a wild animal than ever, and we must drive accordingly.

  • Joe
    March 03, 2014 - 07:39

    The problem is drivers who can't understand that they are responsible for the operation of their vehicle. Maybe they "think" it is red tape. They can't follow the speed limit. They can't slow down in a construction zone. So why should they have to drive less than 60kph on city streets five feet from people walking on a street because they can't climb snow banks? The first test for a new driver should be do you know what the word "responsible" means?

    • Brad
      March 03, 2014 - 09:20

      They already do drive less than 60 km/h...heck it's pretty common to be 20 km/h+ below the speed limit. Have you driven on the parkway lately?