Energy, finances and the Christmas spirit
It is amazing how the mind works. I had two items that I wanted to write about this week, but after a Sunday church service I thought I better keep with the Christmas spirit.
The first item was going to be about some details in the fine writing by Monte Sonnenberg about the demolition going on at the former Nanticoke Generating Station property.
Monte mentioned the end result will be a new solar energy development. First thing that came to mind was the fact that Ontario already has the capacity to over-produce electrical energy. I was thinking that the coal plant produced megawatts of energy at 3 to 5 cents per unit. To produce solar energy all we need is the sun and there is no cost. Once installed there is minimum wages and minimum maintenance. Yet the cost per unit is significantly higher.
Not sure how this is possible if the provincial government is looking out for the financial well being of the people it serves. But that is a discussion for another day.
Secondly, I was going to ask why the phones at the treasurer’s office in town hall are not ringing off hook. We learned $70 million of our money (not council’s) yielded about one-half of one per cent for the last 12 months. My savings account actually yielded more. My wife’s meagre investments yielded about 7 per cent over the last year. Norfolk Community Foundation was about the same. The Diocese of Huron guarantees an annual yield on investments of 4 per cent. Who is looking after Norfolk’s financial investments?
But, as I said, I am not going to write about those and instead I am going to write about something more relevant to the season.
It is time to be extra vigilant about your driving. This is the time for Christmas parties or just celebrating with friends. Have a plan to get to where you are going and how you are getting home. We all want to have a Merry Christmas and every year accidents happen because of impairment. As the ads on TV say, “If you drink, don’t drive”.
It is also the time of the year to make a plan to make Christmas a little better for those less fortunate. There are a zillion things we can do. Just look at the news and you will see people in all parts of the world who can use a little hope. We can all can do something about that.
This Christmas when all your shopping is done, plan on one more gift, whether it is a financial donation, a new winter coat for someone in need, or buying a goat for a family in a developing country.
Let us all share our good fortune with someone less fortunate.
Just one final thought: to the many workers and volunteers that make our parks so beautiful at this time of the year - thank you!