The new look for Babel-on-the-Bay was not intended. Moving an 11-year-old website to a new server proved more difficult than expected. It took some very good computer professionals to get the job done. All I have to say is that we have come a long way from that first DOS computer in the early 1980s.
There were not many incidents in politics worth noting when I was off the air. It comes back to the old adage that all politics is local. The pandemic here in Ontario has been a roller coaster ride. What has been open or closed here in Babel has been a matter of guesswork. The competence of our politicians remains questionable. The bluster of Premier Ford has left citizens confused and angry. All I know is that there are more than 8000 people dead from Covid-19 in Ontario and the disgust many of us feel for those idiots running around without masks saying it’s fake.
But maybe that feeling of anger has therapeutic value. The worst thing we can do is take out our frustrations on those close. By venting on politicians and deniers, we are creating an escape mechanism for that frustration. There is no way of saying what the outcome of both federal and provincial elections will be in the next year. My Ouija board is probably no better than yours but I think there is a sense of change in my electoral district.
Here in Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte, provincial riding, there is no sympathy for that carpetbagger from Severn that Doug Ford dumped on us in the last election. All I know is that there are many of us who despise the job Doug Downey has done as attorney general and will do whatever it takes to see him defeated. Anyone who would work to prevent us from suing incompetent long-term care home owners is not going to get our votes.
And as for the nebbish who represents us in this federal electoral district, whomever he might be, he is in just as much trouble. He can blame it on his party’s lack of leadership, as much as he wants, but we have been paying his expenses and more than $150,000 per year for the past three years and he has done nothing useful.
I won’t say anything about the prime minister at this time but will be paying attention to what he will be doing and saying in the United Kingdom and Europe in the next week and will likely have a few comments.
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