Cheers: to Outer Ring Road humour. How do you tell if it‚Äôs raining on the Outer Ring Road? Look for cars in the median. How do you tell if it‚Äôs snowing? Cars in the median. How can you tell if it‚Äôs sunny? You get the picture. What‚Äôs the different between the Outer Ring Road and the Daytona Speedway? At Daytona, the speeding cars usually stay on the track. OK, OK, we‚Äôre not giving up our day job.
Jeers: to August weather. Somewhere, there‚Äôs that one person. The tipping point. The one for whom the sadistic weather gods bowed deeply and said, ‚Äúas you wish.‚ÄĚ That one tragically misguided St. John‚Äôs resident who, covered in July sweat and heat rash, had to go and bleat, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs too hot‚ÄĚ just loudly enough to be heard. The rest, as we know, has been near-unmitigated weather misery. In future, please remember the rules of Weather Club. You can feel that it‚Äôs too hot. You can think it‚Äôs too hot. But you can never, ever say it‚Äôs too hot.
Cheers: to John Ottenheimer. If he‚Äôs picked as the new leader of the Progressive Conservatives ‚ÄĒ and, in the process, becomes premier ‚ÄĒ he‚Äôs promised a whole provincial government department dedicated to seniors. Nothing like being sure to continue the extra care, feeding and spending the baby boomers have always expected. But on another note, who‚Äôs he going to pick to be the minister of ‚ÄúGet off of my lawn!‚ÄĚ? We nominate Felix (Where‚Äôs Moldova?) Collins.
Jeers: to poor attendance. While we‚Äôre on the topic of the PC leadership, CBC‚Äôs David Cochrane says next week‚Äôs ‚ÄúOn Point‚ÄĚ will feature the three leadership candidates in a debate ‚ÄĒ he‚Äôs inviting viewers to send in questions. (Let‚Äôs hope he has better success than the Irish Loop Chamber of Commerce PC leadership debate ‚ÄĒ it was cancelled after only 12 tickets sold.) But by all means offer up some question ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here‚Äôs one to prime the pump. To all three leadership candidates: ‚ÄúPlease explain how the Maritime Link HVDC scheme was represented in the additional transient stability study performed with this link in service. In the response, include the type of HVDC scheme represented (LCC or VSC), the operating mode of the scheme, i.e. import or export to/from Newfoundland, whether the Maritime Link supported the Newfoundland AC network through AC voltage control or reactive power control during the event and whether the Maritime Link changes operating mode (import/export and/or reactive power) during the event.‚ÄĚ If the candidates can‚Äôt explain, point out to them that the Public Utilities Board can. And then ask them why cabinet ministers are making decisions on energy generation and feel so comfortable dealing the PUB out of the equation.