Proof of what society has become
The great columnist Allan Fotheringham (aka Dr. Foth) was right when he announced that when it comes to grinding out a newspaper column in the sweaty grips of the lazy, hazy days of summer, when the national snooze button is hit, sometimes there is more newsprint than news.
Just a side note vis-a-vis Fotheringham who was known for his great wit. He once described Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as the “jaw that walks and talks like a man.” So, moving right along .... Few years back a friend sent me what he said was proof of how stupid society has become. Here are three of his examples. (Hey, we said it was slow news day).
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to the principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2010 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The family gets extra money from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2010 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the rural school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.
1957 - Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his pick-up and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2010 - School goes into lock down, RCMP called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
AROUND AND ABOUT The days of getting a free pass at the Cornwall port of entry on many minor purchases after slipping across the border to gas-up over. As a result of the trade war with the Excited States of America, the CBSA is clamping down. On the plus side, no way of checking on gasoline purchased State side. At least not yet. ... Thumbs up to the local Canada Day committee for another successful party at Lamoureux Park. The Canada Day celebration godfather, the late Norm Lalonde, would be proud of the way it has carried on. ... A member of the Old Sweats Fraternity, Connie Payment, adds to the Ma Lalonde discussion. Connie noted that while Florence Lalonde purchased dozens of boxes of buns from Lanthier Bakery each week, the meat for all those 10-cent burgers came from familyowned Villeneuve Meat Market on Augustus Street. ... Postmedia expected to make more staff cuts at its stable of papers. Hard to believe the local daily, down to about a dozen people, five of them in the newsroom, could make any cuts and continue as a six-day paper. Paid daily circulation, which hit 20,000 in the early 1990s when the newsroom had 20 staffers, said to be less than 5,000. ... First it was self-service gas stations. Then came the ATMS which not only dispense your money but take deposits. Now we have retail self checkouts for those who don’t shop on line. The day of the cashier is coming to an end.
HERE AND THERE Police officers respond to dozens of domestic calls in a career but for a former city cop one stands out as unique. It his the first call on his first shift. A young wife called the station to say her husband had threatened her in their Montreal Road apartment. What caused the dispute? Hubby was upset because she didn’t flush the toilet. She said he was the non-flusher. Eventually, with the help of the officer, things were settled and the toilet got flushed. ... Two things Quebec visitors stock up on before leaving for home after a Sunday on the Long Sault Parkway: milk and gas, both cheaper in Ontario. ... Thinking of starting a new feature called “Thinking Outside the Box”. Hare-brained ideas would have to cost taxpayers AT LEAST $15 million. The grand winner would received a Hugo Award. ... Re: the Statue of Liberty protester. Instead of a full-scale “rescue” operation carried on television, why not just ignore the stunt. You got up there on your own, get down on your own. ... In 1968 Mary Hopkins had a hit tune “Those Were the Days”. They sure were. ... Local artist J. P. (Pete) Leclair will stage an exhibition of his work at Cline House Gallery. Opening night is July 26 ( 7 o’clock). It runs until Sept 15. ...
THIS WEEK 1953 The North End Social Club was presented with its charter. Charter directors were Thomas Hale, Dominic Battista and Theodore (Ted) Murphy. ... Construction of a new chemical plant - Howard and Sons - on Hoople Avenue was nearing completion. In full production, it would employ 25 people. ... City council notified Cornwall Township council that the city would not provide fire services after Dec. 31 after the township said it would not pay the increased $40,000 service fee. The township said it would pay no more than $26,000 per year for fire protection. ... Cornwall Public School Board approved construction of a new school at Sydney and Eighth Street at a cost of $120,000. ... City residents Alex Cross and his wife Nora drowned after the outboard motor on their boat exploded throwing both non-swimmers into the St. Lawrence River near Roosevelt Bridge. Both were 41 years old. ... Textile Workers Union of America ( TWUA) signed its first contract with TCF Canada. The one-year contract gave workers a base hourly wage of $1.20 an hour. The base wage for tradesmen was $1.65. The work week was set at 42 hours with double time paid on Sundays. ... Roland Mercier and John Entwistle won the men’s two-ball tournament at Cornwall Golf and Country Club. ... Tom Sparrow and Bill Hart completed the four-year apprenticeship program at Howard Smith Paper Mill, the first to complete the program. ... A Track Road man who pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance was given a 30- day jail term by Magistrate P. C. Bergeron. ... Stormont Progressive Conservative Association named Harrison Corners farmer and former MPP John Lawrence Macdonald its candidate for the Aug. 10 federal election. The Liberals named long-serving MP Lionel Chevrier their candidate. ... The Mermaid Fish and Chip Shop, 135 Montreal Rd. (across from the Roxy Theatre); Pearson’s Furniture, 30 Sydney St.; Frenette’s Used Car lot, 711 Pitt St.; The Youth Centre, Third and Pitt streets; R. C. Lemire Paints, Montreal Road; The Advance Shop, 250 Pitt St.; Fournier Furniture, 231 Pitt St.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The National Hockey League statistic former Cornwall Royals’ players Rod Willard and Jeff Eatough share with Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry and Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Don Waddell is that each played just one game in the NHL.
TRIVIA: Former Stormont MP Lionel Chevrier, who served as federal transport minister, laid the cornerstone for this federal building on Nov. 1, 1954.
PEARLS OF WISDOM Before Donald Trump and fake news there was Harold Ballard, the cantankerous owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs who once looked up at the Gardens’ press box and told sidekick King Clancy, “You can’t believe anything those guys write. They’re all smoking marijuana up there.”
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