Friday, October 18 Commentary
Here we go again with the question...does anyone at Queen's Park have a clue about anything.
The Ontario Energy Board announced yesterday our time-of-use electricity rates are going up half-a-cent a kilowatt hour. For a typical homeowner an extra 4 dollars a month.
But, and here's the rub....the board is also narrowing the gap between the peak price and the off-peak price.
When the Liberal government brought in time-of-use rates the pitch was that if we stay away from using power during the greatest demand hours we could save. Five years ago we were paying 3-times more during peak hours than during offpeak...so people started doing laundry, dishes and the like at night.
With these new rates the highest rate is only double the lowest rate....meaning there's now less incentive to do laundry in the middle of the night. Which then begs the question...what's the point of time-of-use rates?
The other aspect of this increase is that on a percentage basis the biggest increase announced yesterday was in the off-peak hours...a bump of 7-and-a-half percent compared to a 4 percent hike for the peak period.
It's these matters that make Tom Adams crazy...He's the energy analyst...the one who told us many months ago that the real cost of the gas plant cancellations would top a billion dollars. Adams was on Friendly Fire last night.
Another reason for the opposition to say the Liberals have to go.
RIGHT TO LIVE
3-years old Hassan Rasouli underwent surgery at Sunnybrook for a benign brain tumour. It didn't go well. He's been in a coma ever since.
Two doctors there say there's no hope of recovery and Sunnybrook wants to take Rasouli off life support.
His family has been fighting for him all along on the basis that his life is worth preserving. They believe he understands what's going on. He just can't demonstrate that he understands.
The case has gone all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and the justices ruling is expected to come down by 10 this morning.
This is one of those cases that is fraught with risk no matter how the ruling goes. The doctors feel that keeping a person on life support when there is no chance of recovery is inhumane because jamming tubes down someone's throat and requiring that the build-up of fluid be suctioned off is painful....assuming the comatose patient feels pain. The person confined to a bed often gets skin infections, gangrene and the like.
On the other hand, the family wants Hassan Rasouli kept alive. They believe he is with them...that they feel him and he feels them. They argue that doctors should not be allowed to decide whether a life is worth living and that judgement should be made only by God.
The 3 aging elephants who have spent the last 30 years at the Toronto Zoo are en route to northern California for a sanctuary where they can roam over a much bigger area than they they have been accustomed to.
It is a disgrace that it took more than 2 years to get this done...the political infighting at city hall, at the zoo, between the zoo and Zoocheck...between the zookeepers and PAWS, the sanctuary.
Yesterday alone was a disgusting display. They put those elephants in their cages early in the morning for transport around 8am. For whatever reasons, the elephants stood in their crates, chained...no where to move....for 12 hours before the trucks rolled out.
The whole bunch of you should be ashamed of yourselves.
8-years ago scientist found the most complete hominid skull ever uncovered in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
They've been examining it ever since. It is 1.8-million years old...the earliest evidence of primitive humans outside Africa.
They are now coming around to the notion that we have fewer ancestral species than originally thought. None of this Homob Habili, Homo erectus. These various species may simply be variations of a single, evolving lineage...just like people today look different from one another but we're all Homo Sapiens.