Monday, November 9, 2015
Catherine McKenna, the newly-minted Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, is learning just how dirty governing can be. In her first major decision as a member of Justin Trudeau's Liberal Cabinet, she held her nose and effectively gave the city of Montreal permission to release 8 000 000 000 litres of raw sewage into the Saint Lawrence River. Staying true to the second part of her ministerial title, her approval is sure to change the downstream climate of this great river, especially for the unfortunate birds, fish, seals, and cetaceans who will be inundated with human waste. As the new Liberal government of Canada has already begun to learn, sometimes government stinks.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Early this morning (November 2, 2015), the Kansas City Royals bested the New York Mets by exploding for five runs in the 12th inning. When I was a kid, the Royals were the enemy for beating my beloved Toronto Blue Jays in 1985, denying my home team its first opportunity to win a World Series championship. When the Jays won not one, but two, World Series back to back, in 1992 and 1993, forgiveness began to take root. This year, I found myself cheering both the Jays and the Royals. In the end, I was delighted to watch the Royals win their second World Series championship, showing more grit, determination, and sheer joy than I remember seeing in any professional baseball team. My Royal pain transformed into Royal treatment. Congratulations, Kansas City Royals, on being 2015 World Series champions!