Archive for June, 2007

Day of Action

Friday, June 29th, 2007

As many Torontonians’ head for cottage country we can expect delays,
due to the Native Canadian’s demonstration.

Admittedly I am not up on these prevailing issues.

But authorities may be making one bad move with the Mohawk protest leader, Shawn Brant.

Police have issued his arrest warrant.

Shawn Brant is an articulate and a well spoken individual.

If I were calling the shots, the last thing in the world I would do is make this man a martyr.

I saw Mike Duffy interview him. Duffy asked him some pointed questions and Brant played him like a fiddle. After the interview even Duffy admitted the man was compelling.

Within this saga, Brant’s persona is primed to incite retributive action that could last much longer then this Canada Day long weekend.

Water Worries

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

I am doing this on my blackberry, sitting at the cottage. The bride and family are still asleep. I meant to put this issue up a while ago when it hit the press and I should have.

Anyway, as per the lead in pipes:

Well you would have to be born under a rock to not be aware of this.

Moreover what is unknown in such cases is that old plumbing in houses have a more alarming issue.

You see when pipes are old and people pour stuff down the drain there is a build up of God knows what.

But what eventually happens is the drain pipes turn radioactive.

Now depending on the age of the chemicals that have been dispensed the radioactivity will vary.

When I get back in the office I will tidy up this posting and provide you with an avenue to have this checked out.

Turtle the Tedco Tenant

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

In business many can get away with a lot – but when it comes to food there is zero tolerance.

As consumers we trustingly accept the safety of food products. When this public trust is broken the consequential reaction has been historically swift.

A book titled “The Jungle” was written in the early 1900’s by the socialist author Upton Sinclair. His work launched an investigation into the filthy conditions of the Chicago meatpacking plants. This resulted in an angered Teddy Roosevelt promptly legislating the Food and Drug Act – F.D.A. (1906).

Now I have written more than a few words on this site about Tedco’s landlord-tenant relationship with Turtle Island Recycling. Indeed, Ted the co-founder of Turtle has tipped more than a few with Jeff Steiner in Turtle’s corporate box at the ACC. But how can Jeff possibly substantiate this continued tenancy on Tedco land, given the latest Turtle Island nightmare, which involves criminal charges being laid by the police for reselling tainted Hershey chocolate?

Turtle was, in fact, contracted for the product destruction of these Hershey chocolates that were recalled, in November 2006, for containing salmonella.

My insiders tell me that a budget rental vehicle was driven to work over a 2 week period; whereby, the chocolate was loaded nightly into this van and delivered to retail establishments in southern Ontario.

Now I don’t know if the owners of Turtle Island were involved with this distribution. But the question the judge will want answered is why the food was not destroyed in a timely manner? Why were employees allowed access to these products? And how many times in the past have tainted food products that Turtle was suppose destroy end up being resold.

Aside from this calamity, Turtle’s operation is located directly beside the lake. How were they allowed to establish a waste disposal site on this Tedco property?

Furthermore, it is commonly known that they illegally dump sewage from their portable toilet operation as well as food renderings. Such is why the city regularly has their power vac truck outside Turtle’s gates on Cherry St.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is repeatedly at their site for many violations. Drivers are regularly pushed to drive beyond the legal time limits. Turtle’s most infamous case involved a 20 yr old with 3 months experience who was on the road for 15 hours in the 30c heat with a tandem garbage truck, contracted by the City of Toronto, when he ran over and killed a young 8 year old. This cost Turtle their primary financial backing from a French conglomerate. Turtle rebounded and found Whitecastle Private Equity Partners which is controlled by, Eph Diamond, the former co-founder of Cadillac Fairview.

No amount of Castles, Diamonds, or Cadillacs will save Turtle this time.

Hershey’s is a $5 billion a year company and this debacle is a public relations disaster. The negative impact on their world product mandate will without a doubt bring a litigious end to Turtle Island. Turtle has no defense for their negligence.

Speaking of defense: what defense does Tedco have for allowing this fiasco of an operation to continue to pollute the Toronto waterfront on a daily basis?

Miller Misses Chance for Patriotic Leadership

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

I don’t agree with war. Few people do. But I also believe Chamberlain was wrong.

Recently in the news there has been an issue over our 911 heroes wanting to show their continued support through a ribbon decal campaign on the fire trucks and ambulances owned by our city.

The issue has been brought before council and they are debating to remove these decals.

Why am I not shocked that Miller is failing to show patriotic leadership on this issue?

Last Friday I was driving along the 401 to the cottage. As I passed the first overpass I noticed people looking over the eastern edge of the bridge. I thought maybe someone just jumped. Then at the next bridge people were waving Canadian flags. And on and on, at each and every overpass there were people, fire trucks, ambulances and many many Canadian flags proudly held high blowing in the wind.

And there I am, a curious George wondering the whole way out what’s going on. Is the Pope in town?

Finally, I get off at my exit and pulled over. A gentle soul, a senior, maybe a veteran told me they were waiting for the 57th solider killed in action. He explained that Canadian soldiers who give their lives for this country are flown into Trenton for a military ceremony and are then driven to Toronto for an autopsy. He said, “we are here showing our troops respect.”

Nothing is real until it is personal. I was moved to tears seeing these Canadians who have taken up this practice to salute our fallen heroes.

A short time later, the chopper, many cruisers and the solder’s body passed – along with the tears of gratitude.

Sadly, today three more young Canadians lost their lives.