Every day someone, somewhere has come up with something new to protest. Maybe there needs to be licensing arrangements for protests before it gets completely out of hand. The latest annoyance this week was the people protesting the fighter jets at the Canadian National Exhibition.
If I had been down to the Ex this year, I would have gone to see the air show. As a one-time member of the Canadian air force, I am fascinated by the latest fighter aircraft. And, of course, they are powered by pollution-creating fuel. Let’s face it, war is hell in more ways than one.
But I can assure you, RCAF pilots probably waste less fuel than a teenager with his first car. And the very idea that people who have been in war zones would not want to see friendly planes up close, is ludicrous. Besides, those jet planes you see at Canadian air shows have probably never fired a shot or projectile in anger.
And while we are at it, I have a word for people who think they have the right to block roads or trains or in any other way to block fellow citizens from lawful entry or egress. I’m not sure I am spelling it right but it sounds like pssssssssfffffffffft.
Of course, I am fully in agreement with your right to inform others of your displeasure with an employer or a government.
And I reserve the right to ridicule those who insist we defund the police. I agree that police are not suitable for certain calls. I very much want them to be accompanied by people trained in handling mental illness and anger issues. You just better be prepared for the costs of that next time you pay your municipal and provincial taxes.
Speaking of that, just wait until your community ratepayers take your nimbyism too far. If you want to block reasonable in-fill, moderate apartment projects, granny flats and other schemes to provide more reasonable accommodation for people in your community, please be prepared to pay the real cost. Status quo has to be taxed too. There are no gated communities in Canada where you can hide from the realities of life and death and taxes.
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