Cheers: to addressing important issues.
The provincial government seems to be listening to some of the concerns brought forward by corrections officers. On Friday, the government announced corrections officers will be able to carry pepper spray, and a new metal detector will be put in place. The Department of Justice is also purchasing two new prisoner transport vehicles. But the real elephant in the room is plunked down on the side of Quidi Vidi Lake. Changes aren’t really going to come until Her Majesty’s Penitentiary is replaced by a modern facility, and that’s something that’s still in the planning stages. At least it’s a start.
Jeers: to theft. And we’re talking to you, Parking Meter 0564 on Duckworth Street at the top of the stairs down to George Street. The City of St. John’s has put in many new parking meters, and there have been plenty of complaints about them not working or not accepting cards. But is there anything more frustrating than having a meter not clearly state it’s only good for 20 minutes of parking, followed by the capriciousness of it accepting a twoonie and then grudgingly granting you a whole 11 minutes of parking? Meters should clearly say how much time they’re good for. What do you call it when you’re offered one price and then get something quite different? Oh yes —
a rip-off. There you go, 0564. You’ve been warned. And tell all your thieving friends.
Cheers: to the return of the “vibrant” index. It’s one of the provincial government’s new favourite words. This week, government news releases said something or another in the province was “vibrant” 13 times. We’re all a’thrum. (The week before had only nine “vibrant” mentions.) So what do you think? Is the word going to make itself felt in this year’s title for the provincial budget? (Last year was “A sound plan, a secure future.”) After all, “vibrant” is already part of one of the government’s most oft-repeated news release sentences: “Through sound fiscal management and responsible decisions, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is strengthening the business environment, encouraging the development of innovative industries, and building a vibrant economy.” If you say it often enough, is that supposed to make it true?
Jeers: to dragging yourself in to work this morning. Get ready for a slow day — however nice it might be to have an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, these first few days of daylight savings time are certainly a drag. Getting out of bed in the pitch black all over again, stumping down to the coffee pot, and all of it while outside, the whole province is still doing its very best dead-of-winter impression — it’s enough to make you pull your blankets back up over your head and forget the whole thing. On that same front, just when exactly might we be expecting to see grass again? June?