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Here are some more items that you might find interesting.

IT HAS TO BE SAD IF HE SAYS SO

Back in April, 2010, Denny Timm said on the  U of  W website:

“Anyone who thinks Windsor has nothing to offer the city’s youth just isn’t looking hard enough, according to Denny Timm.”

Timm has been a fixture around City Hall for quite some time being involved primarily in the Mayor’s Youth Committee. For him to write this tells me that the situation in Windsor is worse than anyone knew:

“Denny Timm recently received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Western Ontario and surveyed 610 University of Windsor students for his final research project.

“The region is currently undergoing a transformation that may take years before it sees itself re-growing and attracting new investment that resonates with young professionals,” the report concludes. It cites the lack of job opportunities in the region as the biggest obstacle for graduates leaving the city.” (Jason Viau Windsor Star December 8, 2011)

Another “re” word created “re-grow.” It goes along with repurpose and reimagine.

Frankly, this is a huge slam at the Head of the Undevelopment Commission and our super salesman, Edgar (aka Eddie). Obviously, traveling unknown to anyone but the favoured few to unknown parts of the world to meet anonymous investors and projecting “up to” an estimated gagillion jobs has accomplished nothing.

Ron Gaudet’s jobs report should be a hoot.  To paraphrase the Wendy’s TV Commercial: “Where’s the jobs?”

P3ING ENWIN AND WUC IS NEXT

I agree with my colleague concerning the P3 future of  Enwin and WUC.  Consider this also:

“The City of Toronto and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System [OMERS] have put Enwave Energy Corp. up for auction, the Toronto-based utility said Wednesday.

The city’s executive committee approved a plan to sell its stake in the utility as a means of easing the municipal debt load last month and approved by city council on Nov. 30.

On Wednesday the city and OMERS “directed the Board of Directors of Enwave to solicit proposals for a sale of 100 per cent of the shares of Enwave through a competitive auction process…

The company also manages a system that supplies hot and chilled water to the city’s utilities commission in Windsor, Ont., and the Windsor Casino…

It’s unclear how much the sale of the city’s 43 per cent stake in Enwave would generate for the municipal coffers — but it is estimated it will be in the hundreds of millions.” (The Canadian Press Dec 7, 2011)

Come on now, how else do you think we’re going to pay for the Boondoggle Aquatic Centre and why else would Standard & Poor’s keep the City’s ratings up in the face of our economic mess.

If you think that utility rates are high now, then you ain’t seen nothing yet.

REMEMBER NAFTA-GATE

Obviously, this Globe and Mail columnist has forgotten it and wants others to forget it too:

Border deal built on Harper and Obama’s friendship
(John Ibbitson Globe and Mail Dec. 08, 2011

Geopolitics is all about states protecting and advancing their interests. But it’s also about how politicians get along with one another. The “Beyond the Border” accord has a lot to do with how Stephen Harper and Barack Obama get along.

And it is why this Conservative Prime Minister hopes his Democratic friend gets re-elected president.”

The mocking third paragraph of Stephen in the remarks by Barack made it absolutely clear that Presidential memories are very long.  If the mere 45 minutes of face time between the two leaders did not demonstrate it also.

WILL THE CONSUL-GENERAL FINALLY BE TOLD TO BE QUIET

I cannot believe that the Americans would allow a representative of a foreign government to interfere in their domestic relations. If that was tried in Canada, the press would be howling and demanding an apology from Washington. Why, Brian Masse would be foaming at the mouth ranting in indignation.

Was Roy Norton on a frolic of his own as he delivered speeches and wrote all those guest columns in Michigan and Ohio. It may well be that the answer is YES. After all, the Prime Ministry’s Office is supposed to keep a tight control over the message being delivered by Canada’s representatives. If the Prime Minister would not interfere in American matters, then obviously, the Consul General. Would not have been given permission to do so:

“PRIME MINISTER HARPER: I think my position, the position of the government of Canada, on this issue is very well known, and, of course, Barack and I have discussed that on many occasions. He’s indicated to me, as he’s indicated to you today, that he’s following a proper project to eventually take that decision here in the United States, and that he has an open mind in regards to what the final decision may or may not be.

And that’s — I take that as his answer. And you can appreciate that I would not comment on the domestic politics of this issue or any other issue here in the United States.”

More than that, even in an article in IBmag.com in November/December 2011, a business website in Northeast Ohio, Mr. Norton is still advocating for DRIC:

“2 Canada and Michigan are trying to build a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor. How would that improve commerce between Canada and Ohio?

It would eliminate congestion, which is a significant cost consideration… This doesn’t make any sense economically, which is why [a new bridge is] Canada’s No. 1 national infrastructure priority.”

He clearly is so far out of the loop that the people in Ottawa may not know that his position exists.

Obviously, the Harper/Obama agreement makes it clear that congestion problems can be solved without building a DRIC bridge. Moreover, the Canadian Government’s focus on bridge building is in Montréal and not Windsor/Detroit. In addition, as the Canadian Government stated, DRIC is only important for “Southwestern Ontario,” a big change from its past position that Mr. Norton is still speaking about.

CANADA’S ULTRASECRET PLAYBOOK

Those poor US Embassy people in Ottawa are having such a difficult time. After being wined and dined so extensively by Canadians, how can they say anything negative about their northern neighbours. It is so much easier to accept as gospel what Canadian Government representatives and their friends are telling them than actually try to figure out what is going on.

If I as a lonely Blogger wrote that Canada is trying to sucker the Americans using the Canadian Ultrasecret Playbook, why would they listen to me? Mind you, all they have to do is take a look at the Playbook to understand sections such as this one that I wrote about:

 “Here is just one tip that is disclosed about how to beat the Americans and they will not even know it:

“As mentioned earlier, practitioners believe it is useful to keep non-contentious issues at the working level, avoiding conflict and resolving issues at the operational or regulatory level before they become matters of policy or high politics. It is also an effective means of avoiding the linkage of disparate issues in bilateral negotiations.”

How about this that I find to be hilarious in light of the Prime Minister’s remarks and the actions of the Consul General:

“In the eternal Washington competition for access and influence, the Canadian ambassador may need to seek publicity for his or her cause. Clearly, this kind of diplomacy must be practiced with considerable finesse or else risk being accused of interfering in US domestic affairs.”

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