Some reporters need to get feedback and this is one of them (Aug./Sept. 2016)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

For the most part, the Landowners are very respectful of all citizens of Ontario and recognize that although we have different lifestyles, different goals and different issues with government, we are all the same when it comes down to our home and family. We all need energy to turn on the lights, heat and cool our homes, cook our meals and help us stay informed with our computers, radio and TV’s. That doesn’t hit me as something close to the ultimate sin, but some people would disagree.

Take for instance, Madeline Ashby, a strategic foresight consultant and novelist living in Toronto. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 she wrote a column in the Ottawa Citizen where she concluded that mankind was truly culpable when it came to global warming with our fracking causing earthquakes and carbon release, and our extended lifespan because of modern science that has us living too long and causing more damage to the planet as a result.

She says “now it is time to change it back”. Does that mean she wants people to stop taking insulin, or antibiotics or stop washing the surgical tools so that we jump off this merry-go-round sooner, so as not to create more global warming?

She used Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Throne Speech to prove how much we need more power, not heeding the facts that we have to pay the USA and Manitoba to take our excess because we are only using a little over half of what we can produce. She trashes the people of Ontario for their NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) when they complain about windmills beside their houses, but conclude it is only because they make them feel guilty and ashamed of the fact that they are alive and do enjoy having lights and being warm in winter.

To conclude, she plays the good old country girl card, where she says “let me share some country wisdom as someone raised in semi-rural western Washington, where the trucks still have gun racks” and then she spouts what she thinks of as an endearing Redneck quote that says “suck it up, Buttercup”. She says being part of a community requires sacrifices and if you don’t like it, go back to the wilderness.

Now I wonder what kind of strategic foresight she would propose for the 60,000 people who had their hydro turned off in 2015 for non-payment, or for the 567,000 people who were in arrears at the end of 2015, according to data released on August 17th, 2016. How many families had to cut back on good food to pay for the Green Ideas put forth by people in a place of power with their bellies full and their air-conditioners on high? Wynne’s rebate of $150 to help reduce the pain of homeowners who’s bill has increased by $2000 in the past couple of years is a joke and Madeline Ashby’s scorn of the good people of Ontario does not resonate in the country or city, as wisdom.

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Some reporters need to get feedback and this is one of them (Aug./Sept. 2016)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

For the most part, the Landowners are very respectful of all citizens of Ontario and recognize that although we have different lifestyles, different goals and different issues with government, we are all the same when it comes down to our home and family. We all need energy to turn on the lights, heat and cool our homes, cook our meals and help us stay informed with our computers, radio and TV’s. That doesn’t hit me as something close to the ultimate sin, but some people would disagree.

Take for instance, Madeline Ashby, a strategic foresight consultant and novelist living in Toronto. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 she wrote a column in the Ottawa Citizen where she concluded that mankind was truly culpable when it came to global warming with our fracking causing earthquakes and carbon release, and our extended lifespan because of modern science that has us living too long and causing more damage to the planet as a result.

She says “now it is time to change it back”. Does that mean she wants people to stop taking insulin, or antibiotics or stop washing the surgical tools so that we jump off this merry-go-round sooner, so as not to create more global warming?

She used Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Throne Speech to prove how much we need more power, not heeding the facts that we have to pay the USA and Manitoba to take our excess because we are only using a little over half of what we can produce. She trashes the people of Ontario for their NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) when they complain about windmills beside their houses, but conclude it is only because they make them feel guilty and ashamed of the fact that they are alive and do enjoy having lights and being warm in winter.

To conclude, she plays the good old country girl card, where she says “let me share some country wisdom as someone raised in semi-rural western Washington, where the trucks still have gun racks” and then she spouts what she thinks of as an endearing Redneck quote that says “suck it up, Buttercup”. She says being part of a community requires sacrifices and if you don’t like it, go back to the wilderness.

Now I wonder what kind of strategic foresight she would propose for the 60,000 people who had their hydro turned off in 2015 for non-payment, or for the 567,000 people who were in arrears at the end of 2015, according to data released on August 17th, 2016. How many families had to cut back on good food to pay for the Green Ideas put forth by people in a place of power with their bellies full and their air-conditioners on high? Wynne’s rebate of $150 to help reduce the pain of homeowners who’s bill has increased by $2000 in the past couple of years is a joke and Madeline Ashby’s scorn of the good people of Ontario does not resonate in the country or city, as wisdom.

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