DAVE AGAR

March 13th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 3/13/2014 7:05:00 AM

Driving

If you are driving this morning, the conditions are rife for your day to turn into a nightmare or worse.

Highways are icy. Winds are howling so any salt that was put down has probably long blown away. It's so cold the ice isn't very effective anyway and then there are the idiots around you driving way too fast for the conditions. If you haven't seen them yet, you will in the ditches and guardrails.

I went on a bit of a rant about this on Twitter.

Transport Canada's decision to require automatic running daylights on vehicles has turned into a safety nightmare.

As I am sure you are well aware there are too many motorists who keep the daylights on and forget to put all the lights, front and rear, on at night or in fog or snow.

This is incredibly dangerous and its time Transport Canada changed the regs so that the lights on vehicles, front-rear-and side, are on at all times when the vehicle is in motion.

And for those of you who can't be bothered clearing snow from your brake lights...you are just inviting someone to rear-end you.

Head-lice

The chemicals that have been used to kill head-lice in Canada for decades are no longer working. The lice have become immune to pyrethrins and pyrethroids.

They've become super lice and a new study shows those super lice now representing more than 97 percent of the cases of head lice in Canadians.

There's another option but it is risky.

It's called Lindane and you can still find it in some head lice preparations in drug stores but health experts don't advise it...especially for young kids.

Lindane is a neurotoxin and some studies have linked it to cancer.

Canada's pediatricians have another product they recommend called Resultz.

It contains isopropyl myristate and cyclomethicone but should not be used on kids under the age of 4.

In studying the super lice, J. Marshall Clark at the University of Massachusetts tells the National Post that finding a new method to kill lice is "critically needed."

Malaysia

It would be an understatement to say that Malaysian authorities have horribly bungled the search for that Malaysian Air jetliner that vanished on the weekend.

So I take anything said by Malaysian authorities with a grain of salt.

With that as the backdrop, the Wall Street Journal reporter Andy Pasztor has been told that U.S. investigators have data that is automatically downloaded from the engines of that Boeing 777 ...data, which he says shows the engines were still operating 4 to 5 hours after the last radar sighting of the plane and when the transponder stopped working.

Just over an hour ago the Transport minister of Malaysia denied that claim...saying that Boeing, the planes manufacturer and Rolls Royce, the engine manufacturer have both said the so-called data stream story is not accurate.

South-by-Southwest

A couple of other stories of note:

A suspected drunk driver drove at high speed through a street barricade set up for the South by Southwest Festival in Austin Texas last night....slamming into dozens of people. At least 2 dead, 5 critically injured, 5 seriously injured. The driver is in custody.

In East Harlem where two buildings were levelled by an explosion yesterday morning, the number of bodies recovered so far has now reached 6. 8 still unaccounted for. No cause yet but the smell of natural gas has investigators leaning in that direction.

Olivia Chow

A purple and white graphic on Olivia Chow's new website says simply "I'm In." In bold headlines on the front page: New Mayor. Better City.

Officially Chow will launch her campaign to become Toronto's next mayor at 11 this morning but Newstalk 1010 listeners will get an advance on that right here on Moore in the Morning. Chow will be here at 7:20 to talk to John about the issues.

Rob Ford seems to be thrilled by the prospect of Chow in the race...calling her "a tax-and-spend liberal"....who makes "David Miller look like a conservative."

A spokesman for candidate John Tory says of Chow "she's never met a public dollar she couldn't spend."

A spokesman for candidate Karen Stintz accused Chow of being a "double dipper" when she lived in a co-op with her late husband Jack Layton. Stintz people say Chow was living in subsidized housing. Chow and Layton, for years have said that is not true...that they paid market rent.

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  1. Hehung Lo posted on 03/16/2014 12:10 AM
    Re: Olivia Chow and double dippers
    What did Rob Ford get after resigning as councilor?
    He was eligible for severance and what about a pension?
    Norm Kelly has also served in other political capacities.
    Isn't he collecting taxpayer funded pensions while serving on council?
    Just asking...
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