Wednesday, August 28 Commentary
Most of the southern half of the province is shrouded in fog this morning and it's very dense in spots. Don't be surprised if you are suddenly in the thick of it and can't see much.
Environment Canada says this fog extends from Windsor to Cornwall and north as far as Sault Ste. Marie...the visibility down to 2-hundred metres..just over 2-hundred yards.
The agency expects the fog to burn off by mid-morning.
At the two main airports, Pearson and Bill Bishop City Centre, airlines are advising passengers to confirm their flight status before arriving because of possible delays or cancellations.
If you need to gas up for the long weekend...the car, the RV, your boat..whatever, today is probably the day to do it.
The average price of gas in the GTA came down 1.8 cents a litre overnight but late yesterday there was ever indication from Tomorrow's Gas Price Today-dot-com that the price will go up about 3 cents a litre at midnight tonight but the man in charge Dan McTeague called moments ago to say the price will likely go up 2.3 cents a litre at midnight.
It's because world oil prices are climbing. West Texas crude is above 110-a-barrel this morning. Brent Crude is more than 115 a barrel...
Investors are very nervous about Syria...what seems to be an impending international military attack on the Syrian regime.
Oil is up, gold is up...stock markets are down.
Despite last minute calls by the Secretary General of The United Nations for a diplomatic solution in Syria, the U.S. says its military is ready to strike at any time
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells the BBC no decision on military action has been taken yet but if President Barack Obama gives the green light, Hagels forces are at the ready...there's no more preparation needed.
CBS News correspondent David Martin says a confluence of factors suggests to him that the most likely timing for a multi-force strike would be the overnight hours of Friday and Saturday this week...the so-called Muslim weekend when many Muslims would be in mosques or at home and not on the streets where the bombs and missiles would reign down. He thinks the first round will be from the 4 American warships in the eastern Mediterranean which each carry about 40 cruise missiles with their thousand-pound warheads and accurate to within 15 feet.
Another factor Martin uses to suggest a Friday-Saturday attack is that President Barack Obama is scheduled to begin an overseas trip on Monday and would likely want this out of the way before he departs.
3 weeks ago, 18-year old Israel Hernandez-Llach sprayed graffiti on a closed-down McDonald's in North Beach Miami.
Police saw him...ran him down and an officer shot him with a Taser. He went down hard and died. Nothing conclusive yet on whether the Taser killed him or whether he had an underlying heart condition but the young man's family filed a civil rights suit yesterday against Police and the city of Miami Beach. Their lawyer is Jose Javier Rodriguez.
Its cases like this which have people here concerned about the Wynn Government's decision yesterday to allow individual police departments to provide front-line officers with Tasers.
The issue is not so much whether tasers will be used more often but rather on whom will they be used and under what circumstances and what are the regulations and standards to be followed by officers and if they breach them, what would be the consequence.
Canada Post lost a small fortune last quarter..1-hundred-4-million dollars.
The Federal Crown Corporation also admitted what we reported here earlier this month...it will likely run out of money by next summer...unless things change dramatically. IT is trying to convince the Harper Government to inject additional financing and sources say it wants relief from contributions to its huge, underfunded employee pension plan. That plan alone is nearly 6-billion dollars in the red and another 1-billion dollar plus payment is due next year.
It's time we had a national discussion about whether Canada Post should even be in the business of delivering first-class mail. Perhaps it should concentrate only on parcel delivery because that's the only sector making money for Canada Post. Maybe we should privatize letter delivery...foster some competition.