From the pile of Post-it notes at my desk
Random thoughts as the heat of summer envelops our communities
As summer is now upon us and I finally have some time off, I thought it high time to get to the computer and surrounding desk area and clean up.
When you have this great opportunity to produce a column in your local paper, yellow Post-it notes with ideas, thoughts and information or leads tend to collect around the screen!
Here are some of those thoughts— not enough for a full article, but worth the mention!
So, in no particular order, here goes;
I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on this one, even from Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce, but it is true that parking is free at a casino, where we presume folks have some money, but charged at hospitals.
Let’s free up the hospitals and replace those funds from the casinos lots. Just a thought.
An article posted in the Financial Post on July 5, by A.Gregoire, research fellow at Universite de Sherbrooke, suggests we defer public pension to age 75, not 60-65 or 67 years as had recently occurred, but up to 75 years old, “to save us thousands.” In other words, let’s contribute all our lives then die before ever collecting a cent! This guy needs a dose of reality.
How about the reverse? It was suggested to me many years ago, by an elder, that we should all study, travel, raise a family say to age 30, then start careers until we pass. With proper support, programs, this might work!
Does anyone know just what is happening to the Falcon Homes site which goes north to the fenced lot with all the observation holes in the fence at Belmont and Montreal roads? Not much to see from the street at either site, for a long time now.
(Ed’s note: If you look from St. Felix and First / Walton streets, you can see much more activity for the Belfort Estates subdivision, phase I.)
I hope our readers and all Canadians take it much more seriously, the crisis in print media today.
Not just our beloved Standard Freeholder, but all papers across this country. Government funding is nowhere, and I’ll bet some political types are quite content to see much-needed investigative and general reporting disappear. Ad revenue is precarious at best, and we must all take note of several online fake news incidents, what with hacking and foreign influence!
Kudos to Cornwall council, to postpone any compensation adjustments until the new council is in. In South Glengarry, residents are banding together to attempt to fight off oppressive water and sewer tax increases, over 40 per cent, as that council soon departs.
A postponement is in order, with proper consultation on a reserve.
Did I seriously hear the governor of the Bank of Canada say this week he was increasing base rates a quarter point to see just what the effect would be on the average Canadian, who is heavily in debt? Duh? I guess it will cost the poor Canuck more!
While on the topic, why doesn’t he study the ridiculous interest rates on cards, the billions per quarter in profits posted by the banks, and oil companies, and gas prices? High taxes at all three levels in many cases amount to a tax on a tax.
Hey governor: how about looking at that effect on the common worker!
Enjoy your summer, it’s a hot summer everyone, stay cool!
Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz arrives for an interest-rate announcement at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday.