Saturday, May 19, 2012

There Are Days, And Then There Are Days

Ontario's top doctors, who have just had their salaries slashed, and a bunch of associated Liberal hangers-on are coming together to help Dalton McGuinty reduce childhood obesity by 20% over the next five years. I don't know if this means that obese kids will be 20% less obese in five years, or if all kids will be 20% less obese in five years, and I don't think I'm supposed to know. I don't think the panelists themselves know! All they know is that Dalton's local food policy is awesome, and that Tim Hudak's on the wrong side of history again for pointing out that the policy is causing school cafeterias to lose tons of money.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Liberals made it so that municipalities like Toronto didn't have to go to the trouble of having to hold referenda on building casinos. Maybe we should also have a referendum on whether Toronto should have subways or LRT's? Nope, no need for that. Council decided already!

Oh, and student government apparatchiks in Ontario say they are so "inspired" by the riots in Quebec that they have drafted a strongly worded petition in support of the red squares. The petition reads, "Quebec has shown, again and again, that the only way to force concession from governments is to mobilize on a mass basis through a strike campaign and confront the government, not with postcards, but with action!" That's how you know this campaign is serious; forget postcards, these people have got petitions, and a petition has more words on it than a postcard!

I couldn't help but notice how the petition doesn't say anything about targetting Dalton or Queen's Park- just a bunch of faceless "pro-business politicians." I guess even when you're a hard-bitten student radical, you recognize that some people are just off limits, you know?


  1. Isn't it in Dalton's kingdom that students can only experience Nerf balls and non-competitive sporting events because they may get hurt or they may strive for #1?
    I can't really see Nerf ball games and touchy-feely, no one wins type activities as being a strategy to end childhood obesity.

    Instead of worrying about pop machines, chips and chocolate bars because after all, many of us athletic types have had them around for decades and survived, he should focus on getting those teachers training and conditioning the students with some hard core fitness and perhaps even some real balls as in basket,volley,base,soccer,foot,lacross.......

  2. Quite right. Not even I can keep track of all the ways Dalton's policy is at odds with itself, it seems.