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An Ill Wind

shane_jolleybwOnly a government could take something as pure and simple as wind and make it more despised than a snowstorm in July.

 

I follow the continued debate about wind power in Ontario with dismay, as both proponents and opponents distort the facts to fortify their positions. To some, the image of a wind turbine is the very symbol of a clean energy future. To others it is the symbol of corporate imperialism; the extraction of resources and profit without compensation.

 

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The Morning After- A Mixed Bag of the Expected and the Unexpected

MeBWmediaAs the votes were counted and the results began flashing across the television screen, nobody was likely to be surprised that Larry Miller, the Conservative incumbent candidate for the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound collected more votes than his opponents returning him to Ottawa for another term.

 

What did come as a surprise, was the strong second place showing of NDP candidate Karen Gventer who though she finished well behind Miller who collected nearly 29,000 votes, capturing 56 percent of the riding's ballots, ended the night nearly 1,000 votes ahead of Liberal candidate Kimberley Love who many had pegged as the lone threat to unseat Miller.

 

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Federal Election Lacks Galvanizing Issue

MeBWmediaOn Tuesday evening the four Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound candidates in the upcoming federal election will be in Meaford for the first of two all candidates meetings being hosted in the municipality this week by the Meaford & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

If the candidate debate held in Keady last week offers any hint of what Meaford voters might encounter at these two candidate meetings, they will be pretty ho-hum affairs.

 

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Maybe We Don't Need Political Parties At All

shane_jolley“Those who belong to a certain order of society - people who make big decisions that affect all of us - don’t seem to have much sense of their own fallibility. Being unacquainted with failure, the kind that can’t be interpreted away, may have something to do with the lack of caution that business and political leaders often display in the actions they undertake on behalf of other people.”  - Matthew B. Crawford in Shopclass as Soulcraft

 

The kind of failure referred to above, is the concrete measurable kind, like when the electrical is repaired but the lights don’t work, the crop is planted but fails to grow, or your bike is fixed but fails to shift gears. It’s failure that carries direct consequences, not the subjective failure of the bureaucratic world where one can usually spread the blame around or duck it completely.

 

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