March 5th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 3/5/2014 7:14:00 AM


It would appear that Putin and Obama have stepped back from the brink of the crisis in Ukraine...the Russian invasion of Crimea.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his European counterparts have gathered in Paris for discussions on how to resolve this crisis. More important, Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is also there. He'll be meeting separately with Secretary Kerry and this could be make it or break it time.

Passive smoking

The study was done a few years ago but not until this morning was it published for global distribution.

It's about what parents who smoke are doing to their kids...shortening their lives...putting them at greater risk of heart attack and stroke when they become adults.

Doctor Seana Gall in Tasmania spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about her findings....stressing that they did take into consideration other factors such as being overweight, whether the kids smoked later in life, high blood pressure and so on.

"We actually found that the effect of parental smoking was above and beyond those things. So the parental smoking in itself was causing damage to the arteries, potentially happening in childhood and then following on into adulthood so it was still evident when they were adults."

So the potential for lasting damage to children's arteries because of exposure to their parents tobacco smoke.

Bottled water

As you may know, San Francisco is one of the environmental leaders in North America. Last night the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to begin phasing out the sale and distribution of water in single-use plastic bottles starting next fall. It would mean no bottled water could be sold on any property owned or leased by San Francisco including sidewalks and city streets.

Worth noting that Toronto is years ahead on this one. City Council passed a similar ban 6 years ago that kicked in two years ago.

There are exemptions in places where no other source of water is available including a number of parks in the west-end.


It was like a bolt out of the blue. Chrysler Corporation announcing that it has withdrawn its request for 7-hundred-million dollars from Ottawa and Queen's Park to further invest in it's Ontario operations.

Chrysler claims it did so because this was turning into a political football.

The statement tries to suggest that there will be corporate investment in Brampton and Windsor regardless of the decision.

But if you read the statement carefully, there are land mines planted everywhere so that the long term prospect of Chrysler maintaining manufacturing facilities in this province...in this country...are a lot less than certain. In other words, if cars and vans can be produced cheaper elsewhere you know Chrysler is going there....leaving rusted out hulks.

The stated reason is that the request was becoming a political football and it was that. On NewsTalk 1010's Showgram with Jim Richard's yesterday some insight into what's going on with Jerry Dias, the national president of Unifor, the auto workers union that dumps directly on Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak, the man who wants to be our next Premier.

"What bothered me is (what ) Chrysler raised with me (Tuesday) morning, the comments that Hudak made. They said 'listen we are are nervous about investing in a province where you have potentially a premier that has no understanding of the auto industry and says he won't support it.' They raised that with me this morning. That was the first thing they raised with me this morning is that they can't believe the foolishness of his remarks."

Hudak essentially said that Chrysler's request for money from the government was a ransom demand and the Wynne Government should say no.

Virtually every jurisdiction offers auto companies inducements to stay and expand....but on the eve of an expected provincial election, PC leader Hudak has sent out the message that if he becomes Premier there will be no money for Chrysler.

Gee do you suppose General Motors heard that? Ford, Honda, Toyota. If they all pulled out Ontario would be an economic basketcase...even more than it is now and with all those jobs gone....that's even less income tax revenue for Queen's Park.

Message to Tim Hudak....think before you speak...quit trying to score cheap political points or your million jobs campaign will become a million jobs lost campaign.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/05/2014 07:39 AM
    Didn't realize Agar's become a patsy for the Ontario Liberals. Is he that naive that the Chrysler comments were intended to affect the upcoming elections by scaring voters away from Conservatives in favour of the Liberals or even NDP.

    Agar's best before date is long overdue. He needs to be put out to pasture.
  2. Gary posted on 03/05/2014 08:30 AM
    Mr. Agar, you're highly emotional and "over-the-top" rant against Tim Hudak failed to state a number of issues. You failed to mention that Chrysler has been highly profitable over the past several years. You failed to mention that Chrysler has not yet repaid the Federal Government's bailout money given several years ago. Your tirade against Mr. Hudak as the potential cause of the automotive industry leaving the province is highly speculative and premature. Do we want more of the financial payouts the taxpayers of this province have endured? You also failed to rationalize the fact that since Chrysler has withdrawn its request for 700 million dollars, does that mean they had the funds all along? As you suggested, before you speak think about what you're going to say.
    1. roy posted on 03/08/2014 01:46 AM
      @Gary You could include John Moore
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