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View Room Comments for Monday, Jan. 13 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014   by: The Soap BoxWelcome to the View Room. This editorial feature is for you to post comments. To comment on a specific news story please post your comment directly under the news story.
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steelworker 1/13/2014 2:37:06 AM Report

I guess Manzo is an aluminatoria.
Grump 1/13/2014 5:45:42 AM Report

Good morning everyone. Steely I hear A & E are looking for you for a supporting role on Duck Dynasty. Maybe in some twisted world it pays to be a red neck. Bon chance. Have a great day everyone.
Mark Brown 1/13/2014 6:12:47 AM Report

@lookaround, thanks for letting me know what is actually happening on the streets of the oil sands. It's just not right that there are more Phillipinos and people from Manilla in the oil patch working at half wages when there are Canadians like your neighbor's son being laid off from doing the exact same work there. A million net new jobs my a**.

@mallet, you are what I would call a Proressive Conservative, not a Neo-Con like Harper.

Your suggested reforms are good ones IMHO:

* Big employers HAVE to have a reasonable per centage of apprentices(Canadians) to trades people.

* The practice of going overseas to get trades should be stopped if the employer does not have apprentices through years 1 to 4.

* the way employers discriminate against people due to age, should be stopped,

* unreasonable qualifications like being required to speak and read mandarin as a condition of work should be outlawed,

* and of course wage structures should be in line with industry norms... a fair days work for a fair days pay.

I'm wondering why Harper does NOTHING about your ideas to address the realities in the oil sands that lookaround has pointed out?

theprotector 1/13/2014 7:25:27 AM Report

mark you are simply wrong
flyhawk25 1/13/2014 7:28:39 AM Report

It certainly seems that Harper is selling off our natural resources and jobs to foreign countries.
If so he's either jaded, stupid or corrupt.
Why is it?
theprotector 1/13/2014 8:09:14 AM Report

Hayes, why does my daugher and granddaughter have to sell their very nice home to move to Toronto and live in a scuzzy apartment to keep her job? She cannot afford house down there yet if she wants to keep working she has to dramatically change her lifestyle and become part of the working poor!
Why is this happening? Why are you letting this happen? Why do you want this to happen to people in your area? Do you not wish to have a chance in the upcoming election? Why dont you care about the people and families in this city? Shame on you!
Wild Turkey 1/13/2014 8:28:49 AM Report

Harper thinks we have achieved the rank of World Class Oil Producer.
His "People" looked at Kuwait, Bahrain,
The Emirates, and the other OPEC countries as a good model to follow.He should join them. but it would really piss off our American friends.
So why not follow Norway's model,so that all Canadians benefit?What's the rush?
Take the time to train Canadian workers,pay a decent wage, and set up a Heritage Fund for our future.
These current practices show no plan at all.Like every other Government Dept.,the energy portfolio is completely mis-managed and incompetent.
Mr. Poster 1/13/2014 8:32:16 AM Report

Harper is willing to sell his soul and all the Canadian resources he can find in order to balance the books prior to the next election.
Oldie Goldie 1/13/2014 8:48:26 AM Report

Mr. Poster----RIGHT ON
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 9:51:25 AM Report

I would be surprised if Neil Young has done drugs since the '70's. Part of the schism he had with CSN was over lifestyle. Neil was busy producing, while his cohorts carried on with the party. Check out his repertoire of work. He has been prolific, writing and producing records. He also has two children with cerebral palsy and he is very active in their lives. This doesn't leave him much time for the drug scene.

Neil is a very appropriate spokesman for anti oil sands development. He is a proud Canadian with roots in Western Canada. Although old, his music appeals across the age spectrum, giving him a voice among the youth. He is still very much an activist and likely has access to more board rooms than Harper, himself.
right wing 1/13/2014 10:21:28 AM Report drugs since the 70's....surprise.

Young did an extensive interview with the NYTimes in 2012, he stated he had been sober for just over a year.

"Neil Young is the latest in a long line of celebrities to hit the media and talk about his battle with drug and alcohol abuse. In an interview with New York Times Magazine, Young talked about how he has given up drinking and smoking marijuana in recent years after a doctor encouraged him to do so when he confessed that his brain had "endured many youthful pharmaceutical adventures."

Says Young: "I did [drugs and alcohol] for 40 years. Now I want to see what it's like to not do it."

"Sitting with Young in his bus after the show as he ate a salad and drank lemonade - he's been sober for a year, the first time in decades that he has worked without drinking or smoking pot."

Yes young is a great spokesman...well perhaps for "pharmaceutical adventures."
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 10:36:57 AM Report

Google is a wonderful thing.

Well, I am surprised at this rw. He has still been more prolific (for many years) than the average singer/songwriter. And I still give him more credibility than Harper on just about any topic.
Wild Turkey 1/13/2014 10:48:02 AM Report

I was quite surprised when I viewed Steven Harper's performances on U tube.I have long been a fan of Rock'n'roll.I'm a great air guitar player and singer of Completely incoherent lyrics.What surprised Me about Steven Harper's performance, was a Rolling Stone song--Jumpin' Jack Flash.He had a really tight back-up band, and In my opinion did an excellent job.
The Rolling Stones ,particularly Kieth have a long history of drug use.But Mr. Harper looked past that and honored the song, not the singer.
One of the Stone's obscure songs is titled"It's The Singer, Not The Song"
Maybe we should respect Neil Young as a great artist and a voice for reason, even if we don't agree with him.
right wing 1/13/2014 10:52:54 AM Report


I thought Neil's drug and alcohol abuse was pretty much common knowledge.
I am not surprised that a lefty would highly value the opinions of a pot smoking, heavy drinking, hippie musician, it fits in perfectly with your ideologies.
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 11:02:19 AM Report

If you read the article, you'd see that even the authors were surprised. It didn't affect his productivity. He was prolific. He wasn't someone we read about over the years as an alcohol/drug abuser. In other words, it didn't control his life; he had control, for the most part.

And yes, I'll take his lead before Harper's, Trudeau's or Mulcair's.
Spellchecker 1/13/2014 11:06:09 AM Report

Meet the new fast food employees.
flyhawk25 1/13/2014 11:06:12 AM Report

Aww...that's uncalled for.Young may be those things but at least he tells the truth. And that makes Harperites nervous.
You got the desired reaction but in the process diminished your opinion at least in the eyes of this lefty who has never done drugs but looks for balance in government.
And Harper is not providing that.
theprotector 1/13/2014 11:13:05 AM Report

lol at right wing...he went to farmer bob's once and all the sheep were nervous
soowat 1/13/2014 11:15:49 AM Report

right wing;

I think the message is, that if Mr. Young doesn't tell Mr Harper how to run a government---Mr Harper won't tell Mr. young how to write music

Do you think there could be a deal to be made?
cathyh 1/13/2014 11:21:59 AM Report

Protector, why is Mark "simply wrong."
theprotector 1/13/2014 11:39:32 AM Report

right wing 1/13/2014 11:40:47 AM Report

"In other words, it didn't control his life; he had control, for the most part."

Really B.B., I know we have our differences but please tell me that you are not that naive or dumb.
Neil Young said himself that sobriety was something very strange as he had to get to know who he really is as a sober person.
You statement shows a real ignorance of what addiction is all about.
right wing 1/13/2014 11:53:16 AM Report


I don't hold much regard for many of these musicians, actors and such that use their celebrity status to come off as some sort of be all, end all, experts.
Of course they are entitled to their opinions but there are those groupies that just hang on every word and lap up every statement as gospel.
The award shows had to put a muzzle on it all as the " this is my cause" grandstanding was eating up all the air time.
If they did not have the gift of singing or acting and the status that goes with it what would their opinion be worth....the same as the next average person.
right wing 1/13/2014 11:54:22 AM Report

Correction: "Your statement"
theprotector 1/13/2014 12:01:11 PM Report

thats true so why not use your status to further your cause? Only makes sence does it not? It has nothing to do with groupies and what not it has to do with using media to take advantage of getting the word out in a manner that will benefit the cause. Nothing wrong with that...
Jimssm 1/13/2014 12:02:50 PM Report

So Neil Young's opinions are to be discarded because is/was addicted but Rob Ford is good to be the Mayor of Canada's largest city ?
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 12:11:16 PM Report

If he was truly addicted, he wouldn't be able to just walk away from these substances. And he may not be doing just that, but the article sure reads that way. Do you not understand what addiction is? Methinks it is you who are truly naive.

We have not read about car crashes or wife beatings, while under the influence. Actually, he has done more for humanity than Harper.

I happen to agree with most of his causes and support him because he has the money and influence to actually cause attention to be paid to those same causes.
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 12:11:47 PM Report

Truly naive or just plain dumb!!
soowat 1/13/2014 12:12:35 PM Report

Rw Your 11:53:16 AM post pretty much sums up my attitude toward this issue
flyhawk25 1/13/2014 12:14:15 PM Report

I give Young's opinion the same weight I do Charleton Heston's when he used the bully pulpit to praise the NRA.
They are celebrities not experts.
Grump 1/13/2014 12:27:35 PM Report

rw I thought Francis was the only living Pontiff but there you are as large as life and twice as wrong as usual.
Grump 1/13/2014 12:27:37 PM Report

rw I thought Francis was the only living Pontiff but there you are as large as life and twice as wrong as usual.
Zing 1/13/2014 1:05:32 PM Report


"teenagers and adult dullards"

I find the adults to be the best employees and sometimes they work just to get out of the house...almost volunteering their time at the fast food restaurants.

The authour of that piece is insensitive to say the least. IMHO

right wing 1/13/2014 2:07:41 PM Report


You are behaving just like one of the groupies.
So if you abuse drugs and alcohol it's all good as long as you don't crash your car or abuse your wife.
What a maroon....
Spellchecker 1/13/2014 2:12:00 PM Report

Zing, I was a little offended by that remark also but the point was that by demanding the doubling of wages it is hastening the takeover by robotic means and will result in more job losses.

I also know people who must resort to the low paying jobs and I don't regard them as dullards. It's just an indication of the way our society is deteriorating when all the good jobs are disappearing. It's the giant sucking sound that Ross Perot warned us about.
flyhawk25 1/13/2014 2:14:55 PM Report

Two lovely indictments of both the rail industry and Alberta's destruction of habitat to get at oil sources.
The tank car leasing firms have known about the issue of outdated tank cars for three years and done nothing.I'm assuming they're waiting for a government subsidy.
But Alberta's destruction of habitat was done with the full knowledge of the politicians.
So much for governments meddling in free enterprise.There's a pattern there and it does not meet the smell test.
Spellchecker 1/13/2014 2:16:06 PM Report

Thanks for having a look at it. The guy makes a lot of sense in his Burning Platform site.
Spellchecker 1/13/2014 2:19:21 PM Report

No political bias there in the Burning Platform. He recognizes the whole political and crony mess for what it really is.
mallet 1/13/2014 2:37:53 PM Report


I see that the Canadian Banks are going along with the FATCA for those dual citizens of the US of A. I had a neighbour a few years back who was caught in that muddle. Just another rule made by Lawyers for Lawyers and Tax Accountants, this must be the future job for people that governments are trying to solve the unemployment problems with. What upsets me is that this is a sledge hammer to crack a walnut sized problem, but no mention is made of corporations which trade in one country but register in another. The U K has tried to get a handle on that problem but so far seems stymied by different country rules and regs. The other thing is why should the banks be the Revenues Dept policeman, surely the State Dept has the passport information of the US citizens they want to catch, and they already have legislation in place to track deposit amounts over a certain amount!!
Zing 1/13/2014 2:41:08 PM Report

We have a steel plant which produces plate steel right here in the Soo. Why not make upgraded tanker cars here too?
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 3:01:04 PM Report


There is a difference between using and abusing.

Besides, it's all moot. I still trust him more than Harper. He's using his own money to fight for his cause. Harper is using my money to fight for his cause. That should make a significant difference, even to you. Or, it should. But, it's called integrity, a quality sorely lacking with Harper and his base.

And here I am, pushing that string uphill, once more.
mallet 1/13/2014 3:08:36 PM Report


A very simple answer, we do not have a facility that makes tanker cars, the cost to ship plate to the facility that makes them is cheaper than building a plant here as it already exists. This is a rather specialised company and the rate for repair/renew is probably as limited as for rail track that Algoma used to produce, but for which there was a limited market. Also where would you build such a facility, could be out the west end somewhere I suppose, unless some "NIMBY's" would object rather have "green solar panels" they do not make noise after all. (sorry could not resist that)
BIG BROTHER 1/13/2014 3:44:04 PM Report

Neither one is an expert in their given cause. They likely select the experts they would follow. I'll take David Suzuki over Rush Limbaugh, thank you. Heston was likely being reimbursed for his endorsement of the NRA cause. Neil is using his celebrity status and his own money.
Zing 1/13/2014 4:07:07 PM Report


The tank car industry can't keep up with demand the way it is right now. They're doing retrofits, reconditioning, and manufacturing....there is a three year wait for cars.
I bet Essar could cash in...hey they can use my backyard so long as we get some people back to work.

Just Curious 1/13/2014 4:21:41 PM Report

Lots of places on Essar property that could be utilized for building tank cars, lots of empty buildings with rail access. The only problem I can see would be that the noise would keep the older employees at Essar awake during their shifts....:)
steelworker 1/13/2014 4:27:17 PM Report

Ha ha ha...retard.
shakespeare 1/13/2014 4:44:45 PM Report

Good one, JC!
It's interesting we learn a little about posters on here and wonder if we would have an inkling if we ran across them in town. I am curious after overhearing a conversation in the liquor store in the Station Mall between a friendly and witty guy wearing a back pack, around 70, with an equally friendly sales assistant. I was behind him in line. We were both obviously buying for others. This was around 12:30 pm. Any takers?
Just Curious 1/13/2014 5:01:29 PM Report

No , it wasn't me Shakes ,altho I would really like to meet some of the folks I talk to on here. I was there about 1:30(picking up for a friend,... really) and the girls there know me,if not by name, at least enough to harass me.. Love it..Haven't been to the Churchill beer store for ages and last week one of the girls asked me for ID, Almost pissed myself laughing and so did she.. How they can remember someone with all the people they see every day is beyond me ./ I was good in my day but some of these people are amazing.. And by the way, I see my point got across about the sleepers at the steel plant. Even my typing woke up steelsleeper...:)

steelworker 1/13/2014 5:09:55 PM Report

Howzabout I call you at three a.m. to let you know how i'm sleeping.
Just Curious 1/13/2014 5:20:45 PM Report

And by the way, Oldie, after having read your response to mark Barsanti's letter, I officially hand over my title(assumed)of miserable old Bast##d to you. You have far out stripped me in not being in favor of anything remotely concerned with the forward movement of the world, not just our city. While I tend to get pissy-faced about snow removal and hookers running amuck in my area, you win simply because you won't give an inch about anything, no matter how much proof is put in front of you. Your approach of "screw you. it was OK when we had a milkman" is so steadfast that I admit defeat.,. Besides, this fecking(sorry, Irish)headache I get trying to argue with you is killing me.. Not all drugs are covered at 65..:)
SuperiorNorth 1/13/2014 5:30:31 PM Report

Wondering if the Sault can cash in on any of this -- would be a natural fit with Essar, U.S market access... Hayes? Orazietti? City council? anyone listening?
mallet 1/13/2014 5:44:54 PM Report

J C..

I am sure that some could be used. I have not been in the plant for some 20 years now, so I do not know what is left as far as manufacturing type plants is available. I do know from my son in law that they were dismantling a lot of buildings that were surplus to use to save on taxes. Would this be feasible, no doubt, would the company require help financially, most probably, would governments help, probably unlikely, would council help, I do not know, they are your councillors, I live in an unorganised area.
Just Curious 1/13/2014 5:53:25 PM Report

mallet, the way most things go, I think I live in an unorganised city....LOL..
mr.monty 1/13/2014 5:58:24 PM Report

I am sure they could make rail cars at essar. someone out there has a new welding machine essar can rent!
Just Curious 1/13/2014 6:13:44 PM Report

Steely, set your alarm...LOL..:)
shakespeare 1/13/2014 6:28:59 PM Report

I remember when I first emigrated and worked during my nuptial summer in #2 Lime Plant, my colleagues/bosses would bring in camp beds and in between naps would use the material and make patio stones that they would smuggle out.
I'm sure that times have changed and that steely finds time to do a little work, during his nap ... I mean shift!
JC the person in question purchased a $14.95 bottle of rye.
Just Curious 1/13/2014 6:30:00 PM Report

Good one , mr monty...Lmao..
And Steely, don't get me wrong. I worked for Stone and Webster years ago at the plant and the word was get your steel you needed for the night or do without. You couldn't find anyone awake or make any noise in the steel dept after 9 o'clock. Went in once and got chewed out like crazy..Friend of mine walked around for 2 days with a bale of gloves in one hand and a clip board in the other looking for an outboard motor for his boat. Used to be 3 guys on duty in the old rail mill, two to work and one to cook supper.. Don't try to tell me that wasn't the way it was, I was there. When I worked for Steel City hauling steel out of the plant, if you wanted a pop out of a locked fridge they put out a call for the guy with the key on the intercom.. That was his friggin' job at the plant, to unlock the machine, get you a pop, and go back to sleep..Worked for Total Weld on weekends at the plant.. Our job was to be there to do the work the on-duty welder that worked for the plant didn't want to do in case he might have to get dirty.. Our trucks went in empty every morning and came out every night loaded to the ass with supplies. The employees at the plant were their own worst enemies...
Just Curious 1/13/2014 6:34:17 PM Report

Wasn't me Shakes, mine (for my friend)cost 36 and change.....LOL...:)
Just Curious 1/13/2014 6:41:32 PM Report

And as an after thought and then I will get off, I promise; one of my ex-wives used to tell me her husband had to build an exact replica of the bench he used to sleep on at the plant for his kitchen 'cause he couldn't sleep on his bed in the afternoon on his days off... True, he admitted it to me himself.. Said he had never had a job in his like it...:)
shakespeare 1/13/2014 6:48:33 PM Report

sorry, JC. I guess my sleuthing and analysis are not up to scratch! Interestingly, there is someone who has has a similar recent background to yours (as you have divulged over the last while.)
David Poluck 1/13/2014 6:48:34 PM Report

Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the south-land
I miss 'ole' 'bamy once again
And I think it's a sin

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around any how

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how bout you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
theprotector 1/13/2014 7:14:32 PM Report

steelworker? ??ha thats like asking the lunch lady to do open heart surgery!
mallet 1/13/2014 7:30:26 PM Report

D P.

I heard that if you played those songs backwards you could get your truck, dog and wife back if they wern't no longer around... say it isn't so.... PLEASE... LOL
flyhawk25 1/13/2014 7:35:31 PM Report

The wind is gusting tonight between 30-50.
This after a thaw and now a freeze.
Anyone want to bet that the
PUC are looking up 'Excuse No. 13' for why the power will go off?
Am I cynical?
fullstringer 1/13/2014 7:38:35 PM Report

Well lo n behold? The comments section for the goobly gob story about Canadian Tire has been closed.. Little wonder as Canadian Tire service shop is a joke and the comments probably affirmed that. Sootoday wouldn't want to let these comments disturb a potential advertiser? LOL What a joke this site is. I do get entertainment though?
Just Curious 1/13/2014 7:48:09 PM Report

'Stringer, had no complaints about the new place, just the old.. Kinda like the way the new one is going, wish our city council could get there act together in the same way...
66cherokee 1/13/2014 7:56:38 PM Report

Did anyone listen to the news tonight. The Provincial Liberals are talking and probably planning on adding a 3 to 10 cent a litre tax on gas to pay for Toronto infrastructure. I am going to write my MPP and the Premier and let them know that I will not be voting for the Liberal in the next Provincial elections. Why should we in the north pay for Toronto's problem. It's theirs, so let them pay for it, be it more gas tax in the GTA area only, or tolls. I don't really care. I want my gas tax to pay for infrastructure for the north. Another GREAT idea from the people of southern Ontario.
Mr. Poster 1/13/2014 8:24:59 PM Report

FLY...TONIGHT A FROZEN TURKEY WILL HIT A POLE ON YOUR STREET.,,,power down my friend.Next power interruption might just be that dirty old NIGHT HAWK.
Spellchecker 1/13/2014 8:37:37 PM Report

LOL @ Just Curious. Welcome to the club, JC. Right wing and I have had rides on Oldie's carousel too. I also admit defeat and won't get involved in it anymore. As you have discovered, the last word will be Oldie's.
cathyh 1/13/2014 8:48:43 PM Report

Did anyone listen to Deepak
Chopra's explanation as to why some people in the Toronto area didn't get their mail for 2 weeks during the ice storm. Canada Post was under staffed according to him, the CEO. He still gets his $300,000.00 bonus even though Canada Post has to stop house to house delivery because their losing too much money. Did you know that he was the former CEO of Pitney Bowes Company, the same company who is "modernizing" Canada Post with their technology in the billion dollars range. Did you all know that when the super postal boxes come into service each one of us will have to buy a lock and key for $35, the current rate, and if we lose same we have to pay replacement fees. We will be the only country without mail service to our homes. All the managers at Canada Post received bonuses for their management prowess even though its said the company lost money. I wish I could swing a job like that.
Just Curious 1/13/2014 10:39:36 PM Report

cathyh; get into politics,hon...:)
Wisenheimer 1/13/2014 10:50:46 PM Report

Some facts for lefty maroons.
Top car at todays Detroit Auto show ... Corvette Stingray.
Top truck ... Chevy Siverado.
16 million cars produced in 2013.
16 million more in 2014.
All have gas tanks.
300 million more on the roads, with gas tanks.
Electric cars, the Volt and Leaf make up 1/10th of 1% of sales.
Volt starts at $39,000.00 U.S. The Chevy Cruze, a Volt, without the electrics starts at $17,000.00
Quote today from P.M. "Rock Stars don't need our oil."
But we know who does.
Perhaps it's true about "the needle and the damage done".
atticus 1/13/2014 11:53:31 PM Report

Just C: I walked Queen St. E. Sat morn, Sun afternoon, Monday morning and Monday late afternoon. Horrible beyond reproach. Death defying actually. Walked it tonight ... perfect. They did a great job here. I hope that you have it too.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/14/2014 12:06:21 AM Report

Lol -- he had control because he had
$$$ -- wow guys! So it's ok for him but you guys wanna linch anyone on police-beat because they are fully controlled by their addiction? Neil Young had $$$bucks$$$ to support his 40 year addiction. Do you really think we would be still seeing him now--music or polital crap lol -- if he didn't need the $$$??? Every interview -- every lecture/speaking event -- do you NOT think he his getting paid?? LOL- if you think he's doing it outta genuine care compassion concern!
right wing 1/14/2014 10:20:24 AM Report

Tag...B.B. sure does believe it....
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