Rants & Raves

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

RANT: Po­lice squab­bles. Let’s see if we have this straight. On the one hand man­agers of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice drive 13 po­lice ve­hi­cles a day to and from home in or­der that they can at­tend crime scenes at all hours of the day or night. On the other, the po­lice union con­tends the use of these ve­hi­cles is com­pro­mis­ing trans­porta­tion needs for other units. The po­lice chief says the union doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate what man­agers do, “nor do they care.” A union ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber says man­agers should be able to drive to work and pick up po­lice ve­hi­cles when needed. The chief says the ve­hi­cles are not used for per­sonal use. The union con­tends oth­er­wise. It’s a messy sit­u­a­tion and one with no res­o­lu­tion in sight.

RAVE: Home­com­ing. The re­turn of an his­toric al­tar to Chapel Is­land rates as one of the feel-good sto­ries of the year. The al­tar was given to the Mi’kmaq as a gift in the 1700s but with war rag­ing be­tween the French and English oral history says it was moved sev­eral times for pro­tec­tion, ul­ti­mately wind­ing up in a church in John­stown. Now, it has been right­fully re­turn to the Mi’kmaq com­mu­nity. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved, es­pe­cially Mi’kmaq el­der Lil­lian Mar­shall who re­searched the al­tar’s history and was a driv­ing force in its re­turn.

RANT: Crappy weather. Day­time highs of 13 and 15 de­grees Cel­sius in re­cent days? Es­pe­cially when the av­er­age high should be 23 Cel­sius. Are you kid­ding us? Sad, but true. Mak­ing things worse is the fact that June and July tem­per­a­tures have been the cold­est in 23 years. All this on the heels of a par­tic­u­larly nasty win­ter. Maybe Au­gust will of­fer some­thing a lit­tle more sea­sonal.

RAVE: For ex­pan­sion of the Arc­tic surf clam fish­ery. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced last week the to­tal al­low­able catch for this prod­uct will in­crease by nearly 14 tonnes on the Grand Banks and Ban­quereau Bank. That spells a huge op­por­tu­nity for at least one lo­cal busi­ness, the Kennedy Group, and com­pany founder Jim Kennedy plans to ap­ply for a li­cense. If suc­cess­ful he says it could re­sult in 250 full-time jobs be­tween fish­ing and pro­cess­ing. We be­lieve the com­pany would be a ter­rific choice and trust that the gov­ern­ment will agree.

RANT: Sun­day hunt­ing. Memo to hik­ers: Don’t go walk­ing in the woods on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. Those are the dates Sun­day hunt­ing makes its la­mentable re­turn to Nova Sco­tia. Ap­par­ently the other six days of the week weren’t enough. Still, those in­ter­ested in this topic had a chance to make their voices heard dur­ing a public con­sul­ta­tion process and the re­sults from the more than 22,000 re­sponses were re­port­edly “very close.” We re­spect the fact that the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to ap­pease both sides of the de­bate, and we have noth­ing against hunt­ing for food, but we still could have done with­out the ad­di­tional Sun­day dates.

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