Wow, it’s been a long time since my last post…
Last Friday I went to the neighbourhood pub for a well earned drink and a bite to eat to cap off the work week. The entire time I was there, two kids, about five and eight years old, were running around playing, screaming and crying. The older one, a girl, took pleasure in kicking her younger brother’s ass playing video games and loudly taunting him about it. This went on for TWO hours… the entire time I was there.
No one wants to watch or listen to other people’s kids misbehaving. I NEVER would have done anything like that as a kid. My parents had no tolerance for that shit. If my sister or I acted up as those little rotters did last night (we wouldn’t have), we would have been out of there in about three seconds flat. Not only would we get to go home hungry but we would have also been grounded for two weeks. In my day grounded meant whatever enjoyable activity I would have done had I not been grounded would be taken away. TV? Video games? Not a chance. Since eating out was considered a treat, we probably wouldn’t have seen another restaurant for six months after an episode like that.
I was reading the Metro newspaper on the way to work this morning; I’m always interested in municipal affairs, so the articled headlined “More money for municipalities” caught my eye. More on that in a bit.
If you’re not familiar with the municipal structure of the Greater Toronto Area, here’s the Coles Notes version. From 1954 to 1997, “Toronto” was a group of six municipalities that belonged to the higher level Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto; the member municipalities were:
- City of Toronto
- City of North York
- City of York
- City of Etobicoke
- City of Scarborough
- Borough of East York
Ah, the epic battle. Actually it’s not much of a battle. Cplus sucks, and here’s why.
It’s got Benzene! …Or at least it did. Benzene is a carcinogenic chemical that can be formed by the breakdown of two other chemicals sometimes found together in pop: benzoate salts and ascorbic acid. Luckily someone at Health Canada’s got our back.
According to the packaging, Cplus contains 5% real Sunkist fruit juice, aka orange juice. OJ is a well known source of vitamin C. So why is it that the Nutrition Facts reveal that Cplus contains 0% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C? Which part of the orange juice did they include? Obviously not the nutritious part…
Apparently a law was passed in California 30 years ago making it a criminal offence for a tree to block solar panels.
Let that thought percolate in your brain for a second…
Why would someone pass such a law? Trees clean the air we breathe, and provide habitat for birds and animals. Solar power is a clean, renewable source of energy. These are both good things, so why would solar panels be considered more important? So important, that blocking one with a tree in California could earn you a fine and a criminal record.