Additional thoughts on referendums

I apologize in advance if you were one of the few people who read my first post on this subject over a year ago, as this re-hashes much of what I said there. But I feel compelled to post about it again in light of a MyToba column wherein Spencer Fernando argues for holding a referendum…

Giving blood: NOW 20% TECHIER!

Today was the first day of a new computerized check-in process at Canadian Blood Services. By chance, I happened to pick today for one of my approximately twice per year donations and had a chance to try it out. It was high time for an overhaul of a process that was still mostly paper-based and…

A theory about the Hydro land deal

News broke this past week that Manitoba Hydro disputed the independently appraised value of the land that the City of Winnipeg needs to purchase from Hydro for the new Rapid Transit corridor (or rather, the completion of the existing corridor). The appraisal pegged the value at $4.6 million. Hydro says it’s worth $34 million. They…

MB election thoughts in point form

In this, my laziest blog post ever, I bulletize some thoughts about the Manitoba provincial election from the comfort of my Best Western hotel room. GENERAL As stunning as this defeat was for the NDP, it could have been stunninger. (It’s my blog and I can make up words if I want to). The Liberal…

The Tank is Obsolete

Welp. That’s it for another Winnipeg Jets season. It was a rebuilding year for the team, which sent off Captain Ladd and promoted numerous prospects to the big leagues. The young lineup and key injuries (and too many penalties and a terrible PP) contributed to missing the playoffs, and at one point flirting with the…

The stimulus spending myth

By now most swing voters in Manitoba have made up their minds to vote for somebody other than the NDP, and are reviewing their options among the remaining parties. If there are any non-diehard NDPers that are still leaning towards voting for the incumbents, it may be because they buy the NDP’s message that we…

Today’s NDP: Strong On Yurts

I sometimes feel bad for the Manitoba NDP party. After 16 years in power they have mangled almost every portfolio so badly that they have very little to brag about. They want to be the party of health care, but after dumping hundreds of millions into the health system, wait times are the worst in…