Monthly Archives: December 2012

Look At All the Facts Woolwich/Waterloo – Not Just the Convenient Ones

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I read with great interest, Luisa D’Amato’s article entitled “Casinos Create More Problems Than They Solve (http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/856887–d-amato-casinos-create-more-problems-than-they-solve).  I agree with her article on most of the points but one very large fact that she neglects to point out (and of course the folks who are spearheading the ‘no’ movement aren’t going to point it out) but is factual and needs to be considered when the councilors are deciding as to whether Woolwich/Region of Waterloo should have a casino.  Here’s the very LARGE fact – if the casino doesn’t go in Waterloo Region/Woolwich, it’s going to be built somewhere within that 80 km radius (quite possibly Centre Wellington Township – which is less than 7 kilometers outside Woolwich) and so those problem gamblers and other social ills described by the Health Unit are going to be here anyway – at least the additional 73 kilometer radius-full of them – and that’s nearly ALL of Waterloo Region, by the way!   Did you hear me?  They are going to be here ANYWAY!  The problems are going to be here anyway, so why not have the revenue that goes along with it too?  Is that rocket science?  I don’t think so.

OLG is not going to let this huge K-W consumer market go unserviced and without a casino.  And if you think that’s what the decision is, you’re ignorant.  The survey being conducted by Woolwich doesn’t point this large fact out.  The opponents of the casino don’t point that out.  Don’t be stupid and think by saying ‘no’ to a Woolwich/Waterloo casino is going to keep our community with a lower amount of problem gamblers.  It won’t.  It will only mean that Woolwich/Waterloo has less revenue for which to help those problem gamblers.  Get your heads out of the sand (or wherever else it might be) and look at the facts – ALL OF THEM!

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The Battle of the Eggs Continues in the Courts

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The egg industry wars have fired up again!  Yee-haw!  I’ve been getting a little bored lately – so thanks to Jim Romahn’s blog post, “Here’s the scoop” (http://agri007.blogspot.ca/2012/12/heres-scoop_7234.html) for lifting my Christmas spirits once again!  That blog post is definitely a lengthy one but anyone who wants to know what Gray is being accused of can certainly become informed – complete with email quotes.  Considering those quotes, it makes me wonder how in the world Bill Gray, L.H. Gray staff and Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO), specifically EFO General Manager, Harry Pelissero, can claim that they have done nothing wrong.  Really?  I’m not buyin’ it.  And if this information isn’t true and damaging, why does the Gray lawyer want it kept secret?  Is the EFO Board of Directors still ready to support their manager and staff in light of this information?  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, must be a duck?  That’s right. 

I also caught wind of the new policy that’s being implemented at EFO, regarding quota increases.  For those folks who don’t understand how it used to work, when the supply of eggs in Ontario needed to be increased because Harry and his Board deemed it necessary, quota was given (yes, I said GIVEN!!) to already existing egg producers.  So let’s see how that worked – so for an egg producer who had 10,000 chickens already (which is a small flock in Ontario) and a 1% increase was GIVEN, that egg producer would be GIVEN the right to house an additional 100 chickens but if they didn’t have room for those birds because their barn was full, they got to SELL that GIFT of birds.  In this case, to the tune of $250/bird for a total GIFT of $25,000.  Well Merry Christmas Egg Producers! 

Now the process involves leasing out the increased quota which equates to added revenue to EFO rather than to the individual producers.   So why the policy change now?  Trans Pacific Trade Talks making them a little nervous?  Possibly?  Needing a bit more revenue to fund those lawsuits that Harry says aren’t costing EFO anything?  Definitely.  One will never know the real reason unless it is ‘leaked’ by someone in-the-know as EFO isn’t accountable to anyone – even their own producers.   Maybe the lawsuits or the trade talks will change that.  Here’s hoping! 

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Christmas Wish Lists from Me, Woolwich, OLG and others

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Anyone who knows me would know that my Christmas wish list includes Diet Coke and Captain Morgan.  Not too hard to please really.  But let’s take a look at some other wish lists that Santa might be receiving. 

U.S. President Obama – He’s probably asking for an extension of rock to go on that ‘ledge’ that he keeps referring to.  Otherwise all those gun-toting, tobacco-chewing Republicans are going to push him off the ledge that is there.

Premier Dalton McGuinty – He’s wishing for driving lessons.  Look out Ontarians – Dalton is going to be back behind the wheel since he’s stepping down as premier.  Better amp up your insurance – if you can afford it, thanks to good ol’ Dalton.

The Mayan Indians – They’re wishing for a new, improved calendar as their current calendar is ending on December 21st.  Who knows?  Maybe they’re right about all this – at least from the looks of the threat of chemical warfare talk in Syria.  Yikes! 

Ontario Lottery and Gaming – I imagine they’re hoping for a gigantic glue factory for all the horses that are no longer going to be needed in Ontario with the ‘modernization’ of the whole slot program.  They shouldn’t worry though.  As long as there are Mennonites procreating, there will always be a need for horses.  Thank goodness Mennonites say ‘neigh’ to birth control!  Oh that was a groaner, wasn’t it?  I just couldn’t resist.

The folks of Woolwich Township opposing the gravel pits – They’re wishing that their elected officials who promised to stop the gravel pits, get coal in their stockings and then don’t get elected on their next run.  And all this wishing comes while they’re whining and bitching about the high price of getting their driveways and patios paved, as a result of trucking in all the gravel – Duh! 

The folks of Woolwich Township who wanted slots in Woolwich ten years ago but didn’t voice their opinion – They’re wishing that lots of folks complete the online OLG survey on Woolwich Township’s web site, putting out the welcome mat for a potential casino.  Sure would have been nice to have said ‘yes’ over ten years ago.  That new arena would be debt-free.  Hindsight?  Let’s hope they learn from it.    

All farmers who produce supply-managed commodities – They’re wishing for a natural disaster of some kind to delay the Trans Pacific Trade Talks.  Could these farmers also be Mayans?  Keep wishing boys and girls!  Sell while quota still has a value. 

Santa Claus – He’s wishing that everyone would focus on the real meaning of Christmas and forget about all the materialism and ‘keeping up with the Jones’ that seems to be happening.  Giving of your time is much more valuable than giving ‘stuff’.  Keeps Santa’s bag a little more manageable too.

 Merry Christmas to One and All – Here’s where you picture me holding my Christmas glass of ‘spiced’ Diet Coke, while growling like a pirate.  Oh, life is good! 

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