NAFTA redo: first, drug free cattle & …

If dairy is on the table (along with other foodstuffs), the NAFTA players need a level playing field.  That means no drugs at source, e.g., drug free cattle.

Canadians (and some Americans) like to chastise US farmers for the drugs found in US cows.  “The (Canadian) public milk supply is now in danger of being mixed with and contaminated by American milk from cows injected with the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone rBGH (a carcinogen).”

“… we allow (US) dairy corporations to give hormones to cattle that cause them to produce more milk.”

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/05/01/no-to-mixing-american-and-canadian-milk

This drug is banned in Canada and a host of other countries.

However, Canadians (and Americans) are apparently not too bent out of shape that another growth promoting drugractopamine is found in beef, pork and poultry.  It’s used to make animals gain weight without increasing the amount of food they eat.

http://fortune.com/2015/02/13/beef-cattle-growth-drug-safety-merck/

The pork part of the equation is changing through market pressure.

“That’s (China’s growing demand for pork) a bonanza for Canadian farmers, who have almost completely removed the growth drug ractopamine from their pigs’ diet – largely because it is banned in China (the 160th country to do so), which consumes half the world’s pork.”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/canada-beats-us-in-pork-sales-to-china-feet-elbows-and-all/article35200728/

Health Canada and the FDA brought in restrictions in December ’16 to make farmers use of antibiotics for disease prevention not growth promotion.  As the link below states, farmers now need a prescription for “disease prevention.”  However, they can circumvent the need for a script by importing the drug from a veterinarian or medical professional.  This loophole means the new laws may actually increase the use of antibiotics or similar drugs.

Meat in the Age of Antibiotic Resistance

If a market speaks loudly and in enough numbers, suppliers and governments listen, sometimes.  Canadians and Americans should let their local supermarket and representatives know that drug-laden foodstuffs will be left on the shelf.

 

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Surprise, surprise, surprise*

The 2017 budget of the City of Brantford was oh so frustrating.
We had surprises but did our best in deliberating:
4.39% hike for homeowners
7.15% hike in commercial class
2.65% hike in industrial class
It’s a shame (pass me a tissue) but that’s what came to pass.

That was January.  Now its spring.
Surely we can forget all the talk that’s depressing!

Federal Bldg, 60 Dalhousie St, Brantford, Ontario

Oh, look a $1M surplus surprise for 2016.
It’s like magic so forget the fuss.
Let’s spend $16M on new admin. offices
and garages (no, a new city hall
at $15M isn’t enough.)

 

311 St. Paul Avenue, Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com (NOTE UNUSED LAND)

Let’s spend $2M to buy a former public school
for a new fire station because the old one
seems to be sinking.
(What about the cost to renovate?  Don’t worry us with fluff.)

 

180 Greenwich Street, Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

180 Greenwich Street, Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Hey, doesn’t it seem like the Pollution Control building is sinking, too.
Does it seem like its sinking to you?
Yeah. What do they do there all day?  I don’t know.
What about you?  Yeah, maybe it seems to be sinking.
Well, let’s stop the intense deliberating
and decide on how much spending
is needed to get away from the sinking.

Ooo, we’re on a roll …

Oh, look here comes the Landsdowne Children Centre
and Crossing All Bridges folks.

They want to build new digs on the Mohawk-Greenwich land.
Surely we can give away former derelict industrial class land
we cleaned up AND
payback taxpayers the $18M we owe.

Don’t worry another surprise will come
and make us glow!

——

*Props to PFC Gomer Pyle, USMC

 

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Newstainment media’s dysfunction

The Emmy Awards, the Canadian Screen Awards, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards, and the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards should create a new category:  Best News Drama Performance.

Let’s not forget The National Newspaper Awards and The National Press Foundation.  Best News Drama Reporting has a nice ring to it.

Why?  Because the wild speculation that the newstainment media engage in over President Trump’s every move deserves recognition.

Here are some of the words that are missing from their scripts:

“When Trump fired Comey, the press refused to cover Deputy Atty. Gen Rod Rosenstein’s three-page letter explaining in great detail why Comey was terminated. Washington’s press barely covered Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s press conference stating emphatically that Trump released no classified information to the Russians. No press coverage about the fact that no one in the press has seen Comey’s notes or why now, months after the Feb. 14 meeting (in the Oval Office), this leaks to the press.  Anti-Trump members of Congress are more than willing to jump all over wild speculation to indict Trump.”

“Washington’s Press has broken every journalistic principle covering Trump, taking rumors, innuendo and gossip to new heights. Without charged with a crime, the media chooses only to report on wild conjecture about the Comey firing, classified breaches and obstruction charges.”

“No one has seen any evidence that Trump fired Comey illegally, divulged classified information or obstructed justice. Yet the press has charged, tried and convicted Trump without any due process, watching the Washington press act like an angry mob.”

Are we still confused about where the dysfunction lies?

If so, read more of Mr. John M. Curtis’ refreshing words in the link below.

WASHINGTON’S PRESS MOBS TRUMP

 

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Educrats: 36 Superintendents of Education & counting

The Toronto District School Board ‘s (TDSB) Senior Team Leadership Directory lists 5 Executive Superintendents and, count’em, 36 Superintendents of Education.

Holy educrats, Batman!

The 2017 Ontario budget made scant attempt to reduce the bloated civil service.

The cost of educrats is revealed in the letter, “Budget reform needed” linked below.  “I discovered that unelected bureaucrats — principals, vice-principals, superintendents, directors — make 10 to 15 times more than our elected trustees.”

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/04/05/bombardier-baffles

 

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Paved “nature” trails, a golf clubhouse & other burning priorities …

Whether it’s the Grand River Trail Project … (which is going cap in hand to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ontario government.  You may be familiar with the latter.  It takes increasingly more of your cash and spends it on non-priority stuff.)

"Nature" Trail, Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

“Nature” Trail, Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Did you know that portions of Brantford, Ontario’s “nature” trails have been paved.  Hmm, the words nature and paved don’t seem to go together, but we digress.

OR, the absolute, burning necessity for a new clubhouse—new “Athletic Complex” No.7 (if you’re keeping track)—at Northridge Municipal Golf Course …

It was summarily given the thumbs down at a public meeting.  Ah, the wisdom of the people to the rescue.

OR, a “new” Brantford City Hall in the Federal Building …

More wisdom of the people is needed on this one before its too late.

… we continue to be dumbfounded at government’s lack of focus or, perhaps more accurately, awareness (either genuine or fanciful) of what matters in Brantford, and cities in general, NOW.

Hint:  it’s not new paved trails, another “Athletic Complex” or a “new” city hall.

 

Addendum

Brantford Athletic Complexes Tally

1) Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
2) Laurier-YMCA
3) Kiwanis Field
4) Bisons Alumni North Park Sports Complex
5) Bike Skills Park Project
6) Southwest Sports Complex Project

 

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