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View Room Comments for Wednesday, Mar. 26 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 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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Grump 3/26/2014 6:26:45 AM Report

Good morning everyone, a tad cooler again this am. Have a great day all.
Grump 3/26/2014 6:26:53 AM Report

Good morning everyone, a tad cooler again this am. Have a great day all.
David Poluck 3/26/2014 6:58:57 AM Report

Good morning Grump! It's hump day!
Can we stop already with the cool -26 cool mornings...

Bobby Nerves 3/26/2014 7:20:55 AM Report

Good morning. Good to see changes on Queen St. East.

I do not favor bicycle lines, but must be a good reason for it.

Bobby Nerves 3/26/2014 7:22:49 AM Report

Poluck, tonight is the first mayoral debate in TO. Don't miss it.
BIG BROTHER 3/26/2014 7:26:59 AM Report

Good morning.

I've read Out of Black Spruce. Very good read and written in an unusual style. I don't know the literary term, but it was written from the perspective of two different 1st. person characters.

And rw is correct....The Orenda won the Canada Reads selection. That is on my summer to do list.

There is another Native Canadian author....Richard Wagamese. His books, The Keeper 'n Me and Indian Horse, which is another well written biography about a young Native boy, who excels at hockey. It is hockey that provides him with his connection to the white man's world and helps him escape from his tragic situation at the Residential School.

It seems there has been an explosion of well written, almost, seemingly first hand accounts of life in the Residential Schools. How the children weren't welcome back home, nor were they welcome in the white society at large.

They are heavy hearted books, but society has a responsibility to try to understand the plight of the Native People before we can judge them with our European values and Christian mores.
Javaman 3/26/2014 7:31:25 AM Report

The bears got up...yawned...checked our snowy forecast and went back to bed for 6 weeks. THEY are the smart ones.
Just Curious 3/26/2014 7:32:28 AM Report

David, was just reading your post outlining bicycle laws. I haven't seen a bicycle in town anywhere, including anything Andre rides, that fits in those laws. Downtown here there is a constant parade of bikers going the wrong way on Albert and Wellington and riding on the sidewalks. I walk the dog all the time down here and I have to say that only on rare occasions have I been forced to step aside for a biker. Most are considerate and move to the bricks when passing and the way some idiots drive on these streets I don't blame them for riding the sidewalks. I tend to ride the back streets and alleys as much as possible when I'm out.
bounder 3/26/2014 7:34:30 AM Report

in answer to your questions , I never put much seriousness in all the jabs given or taken, chuckle time.
No I never read Boyden ,I use to read everyday until I retired from my regular job, then I started working long hours 12 to 13 hrs a day for months on end one stretch was for nine months and got out of reading during that time, I was to tired.
I will look into that book and read it, thanks for the info.
There's no claim to my heritage it's documented.
David Poluck 3/26/2014 7:53:11 AM Report

JC, It sprung from Sam C's comments on education of the motorist.

The highway traffic act as written does not give any special preferences or allowances but an equal way for both to share the roadways.

There are many cyclists in our city that follow the rules of the road but like motor vehicle operators there are many that don't.

Sam was is important but also there should be from police equal enforcement of the laws.

Ideally it will make it safer for all concerned.

Wisenheimer 3/26/2014 8:01:27 AM Report

Bike lanes are nice. So are car lanes.
Might want to throw a few bucks at the latter, if there's any left.
Just Curious 3/26/2014 8:06:05 AM Report

David, when I was about10/11 years old a bicycle licence was required and also lights at night. I lived in a small village in a rural area and had my bike taken by the OPP several times for non-compliance. Walking home once late at night past 2 graveyards after having it taken was enough to get me to put lights on it...:)
Wisenheimer 3/26/2014 8:21:22 AM Report

The City wants to change the name of Fairview Ave. to St. Patrick's.
Wants to know if there's a problem with this.
Well, there's already a Patrick Street, and unless the patron saint of Ireland is personally lobbying, it seems like another bonehead idea.
Wild Turkey 3/26/2014 8:35:44 AM Report

Quote of the day--"Some of my best friends are Ukrainian"---Seems like a lame reason to fashion Canada's foreign policy.
Wisenheimer 3/26/2014 9:31:30 AM Report

Washington Post .. " Harper at his best standing up to Moscow".
Feel free to rant, rage and spew partisan potty talk and insults.
Look, Stats ... want to lead off ?
T-rat 3/26/2014 10:01:44 AM Report

Long, brutal, cold winter! Sky rocketing energy costs! This should make your day.

Check Christina Blizzard column in today's Toronto Sun about the infamous multi-billion dollar Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) foisted on us by Harris and his Tory cronies and then shoved further up our collective butts by McGuinty and now Wynne and their Liberal crooks.

In essence:
- The original DRC caused by Harris breaking up Ontario Hydro was $7.8 billions. That was 15 years ago.
- By 2013 the government(s) had collected $10.6 billion
- Today the Wynne lying-Liberals claim we still have to pay off another $3.9 billion.
- Oh, ya did they forget to mention that they added to the DRC in 2009 when they 'borrowed' $4 billion to add to their crooked budget -- a fact not revealed until the auditor found it in 2011?
- They screw us to the tune of $1 billion/year DRC at a rate of 0.7 centskWh and to add insult to injury we pay HST on top of that!!!

Don't know how Orazietti sleeps nights. Guess his dreams about his eventual gold-plated pension when he and the fiberals get the boot is all the comfort he needs.

I wouldn't mind paying a bit more on my monthly hydro bill as long as it was used to for the electricity to power up the chair that these a-holes should all be strapped into.
mallet 3/26/2014 10:15:40 AM Report

T Rat..

I would willingly pay the DRC if they would remove that delivery charge.. I have paid for that line many times over, and still have to get nasty with them to come and clear the line of trees that should be cut away from it. They originally put the line close to the cottages so the people didn't have to put in the additional poles like you and I had to do. The last outage lasted so long because they had to walk the line on snowshoes, through peoples yards who are not there in winter and no snow clearing done... They (AP/GLP) should have put the lines next to the road like in our area..
flyhawk25 3/26/2014 10:22:24 AM Report

I like the plan for Queen St.It might even slow down the speeders between Pine and the golf course.
And the bike lanes make sense. A whole generation is on bikes and it is a win/win situation.
mallet 3/26/2014 10:36:44 AM Report


I do not know if you followed the matches yesterday, but Leicester nearly came a cropper, only scoring in the extra time to level it out for a draw, and are now only 3 points clear, but with a game in hand and they play the team directly below them saturday away at Burnley, lose there and they could drop into second place... maybe not over till the fat lady sings as they say...
soowat 3/26/2014 10:46:59 AM Report

It's 10:44 am! I live in the east end! No brown water! Yea!

Reference to PUC advisory from yesterday
Big Bad Bob 3/26/2014 11:15:16 AM Report

I am steeped in nostalgia today. On the up side, I am happy to note that in my home town the outdoor rinks are still well cared for and obviously cherished. They are amongst my fondest memories, particularly Central Park as it was known in my day and now bears the proud name of my former neighbour and younger neighbour and King Edward schoolmate, Phil Esposito. On the down side, I am saddened to learn that Étienne Brûlé school, King Edward’s successor, may be doomed. Let me remark that, under R.M. Rogers its Principal, the latter was a real school of a kind that they just don’t seem to make any more. My contemporaries and I will surely never forget it no matter what the future brings.
djjazz09 3/26/2014 11:18:05 AM Report

Well Bobby I hope you never have to experience riding the streets of this city and have to put up with a small percentage of drivers who do not care for your safety.
What is needed is more bicycle lanes whenever new construction is done to make this city more bike friendly.

Have a nice day
gcubed 3/26/2014 12:27:43 PM Report

Perhaps one advantage to having bicycle lanes is that, in winter, the snowplows would have a place for snow banks instead of encroaching on the traffic lanes.
irishfey 3/26/2014 12:41:12 PM Report

I remember quite a few years ago, some person of the " high uppers" made a statement of ,that the poor folk could eat tuna and kraft dinner as it was cheap and good for you. Anyone else remember that ? Have you priced out the tuna lately? Can"t find one under 4 $$ or so. . wonder what Harper, J.T and Wynne etc. have for supper, and if they turn down their heat to save the cost... was just wondering about this is all.....
Bobby Nerves 3/26/2014 12:52:57 PM Report

djjazz, yes, I understand it from your side. I used to bike 12 kilometers to work in the morning and 12 back in the afternoon. Toronto had the lake shore path and I had to get on the street, all with heavy traffic but I managed to bike and never had a problem.

The difference is the drivers in this city, I'd learn to respect a bicycle or a moped/bike ahead of me and consider it as a large vehicle with the difference that the bike/moped/bicycle could make an unexpected maneuver as the perception of the road is different than the perception for a car/truck driver.

Isn't a bike path, 100 yards south of Queen St.? by the water.
flyhawk25 3/26/2014 1:30:26 PM Report

G3...excellent idea.I hadn't thought of that.
I just bought my son and daughter in law an electric scooter.I only made three 'rules .Always wear a helmet, drive only in the city and stay of it when it snows. They agreed.
We figure they'll save @$100 a month.And it goes 70 km on a charge. Plus it looks really cool.
Bill_the_Cat 3/26/2014 2:17:08 PM Report

fly: The scooter may look cool, but the person on it most assuredly does not. :)
Bill_the_Cat 3/26/2014 2:21:47 PM Report

I am in favour of the bike lanes on Queen. My only concern is getting the carpet marines to school during the 0830-0900 window (merging's a b!tch). Queen is packed as it is with 2 eastbound lanes. It's going to be the Indy500 with only one.
Bill_the_Cat 3/26/2014 2:29:15 PM Report

That would be 'westbound lanes'. Temporary compass failure.
flyhawk25 3/26/2014 2:45:15 PM Report will take a while for the crowd to catch on but with no other lane things will eventually slow down with the lights.
I hope...
Hunter101 3/26/2014 2:48:53 PM Report

Take your time stats.
BIG BROTHER 3/26/2014 3:00:13 PM Report

You're gonna wait a long time for SQ to respond to you. He is never on here during the daytime.
Hunter101 3/26/2014 3:01:30 PM Report

Shucks, I was just about to start holding my breath.
Bill_the_Cat 3/26/2014 3:03:59 PM Report

fly: perhaps some presence from the local constabulary might aid the process...
Grump 3/26/2014 3:48:22 PM Report

Hunter, It's OK go ahead Status won't mind nor do I. Status can send you a smiley face later.
Hunter101 3/26/2014 4:02:18 PM Report

I was going to Grump, and then I saw what prolonged lack of oxygen to the brain does.

It turns you Liberal.
steelworker 3/26/2014 4:31:28 PM Report

You made me blow coffee on my monitor.
Hunter101 3/26/2014 4:37:10 PM Report

As long as coffee is all you're blowing on your monitor, steels. ;)
steelworker 3/26/2014 4:40:00 PM Report

It's pretty high off the floor. :0
Hunter101 3/26/2014 4:41:23 PM Report

Steelworker, please. We're going far too depth into detail already lol.
Wicket 3/26/2014 4:51:22 PM Report

Just came in from travelling Queen - from Pim to Churchill Blvd., the four lanes is down to two, the two sidewalk lanes are down to half and that is with snow removal. Heavy traffic in each direction, both at 2:30, 3:45 and 4:30. Anyone that believes that traffic along Queen has diminished significantly because of the hospital relocation doesn't travel along Queen on a regular basis. So with 3 lanes, the centre one being a turn lane (ya, right, it will be a continuous passing lane with head-on accidents), traffic will crawl with impatient drivers.
BIG BROTHER 3/26/2014 4:58:42 PM Report

Being a swamp dweller, you likely breathe through gills anyway Hunter.
steelworker 3/26/2014 5:03:40 PM Report

What's it like living in a septic tank?
lookaround 3/26/2014 5:23:50 PM Report

I guess you do
Bobby Nerves 3/26/2014 5:25:25 PM Report

Creative policing!
right wing 3/26/2014 5:29:35 PM Report

Changing Queen St is going to amount to diddly squat on its effect to motor vehicle traffic.
It will be a great improvement for cyclists.
Sault Ste. Marie, twenty minutes to everywhere....
Bill_the_Cat 3/26/2014 7:16:43 PM Report

RW: Let me fix that for you-- 'Twenty minutes to nowhere'
Brietsy 3/26/2014 7:27:40 PM Report

I loled at that bobby
Bobby Nerves 3/26/2014 7:37:06 PM Report

The problem with distracting driving (cell/texting)is that the Court will only accept the charge when it's verified, seen directly, for a police officer.

It's insane to drive when impaired or being distracted while driving.

right wing 3/26/2014 8:14:09 PM Report


Sorry you feel that way.
Perhaps a move would serve you better?
Bill_the_Cat 3/26/2014 8:21:18 PM Report

RW: Jesting my friend...well that and a touch of SAD at this time of year.
right wing 3/26/2014 8:54:15 PM Report


I thought so.
...and I get the SAD with the winter we've had.
Lets see what the next 48 hours brings.
atticus 3/26/2014 10:08:21 PM Report

BTC and RW

You too/two need to search utube for

"rick mercer seven day forecast"

That should cheer you up.
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