I apolotize. The Moncton Times&Transcript did run a report on the coming meeting on fracking - sort of.
It's headed Alward remains open to refraction. (Of couse. Alward remains open to anything he's told to remain open to.)
"We are doing the work," he said, "that we need to do to ensure that we have the regulatory system in place to assure New Brunswickers that we make sound decisions."
We don't yet have such a system? But the exploration has been going on for years. It's going on now. And we've been allowing it go on without adequate regulations in place? Have we even begun the environmental studies that are essential to decide on regulations?
The public is barred from the meeting. So is the press. But that doesn't matter. The press will publish whatever it's told to publish, there or not. The meetinig is just for stakeholders. We aren't stake hokers.
We're just the rabble who have to live in this environment. So much for Alward. the man who listens to the people.
In the time I have lived here, I have experienced only two premiers, Graham and Alward. Have they all been such kissuppy twerps?
Still, it's an important story. So why is it on page 3? Well, only the really big news gets on p.1 There, Brent Mazerolle pours his reportorial skills into a question that will profoundly affect our lives. Are bicycle lanes a good idea? Hint: in The Netherlands, which is densely populated and heavily reliant on cars, the whole country is covered with bicycle lanes, real bicycle paths, in fact, that are quite separate from the roads. Way to plan for the future, Moncton.
Page one also had another big story that squeezed out fracking. NB lliquor is going to hold a beer sale. That's an important story, I guess, but it's too late for most of the grad proms.
Oh, p.1 also was needed for the daily plug for U2.
Unless you really, really care that the Bluejays beat the Braves, and you really, really need to know that today it actor Ted Shackleford's birthday, you can now skip to the editorial and op ed pages.
The editorial, Lord love a duck, is about the bike lanes again. So is the cartoon. That's bad sign. Good cartoonists thrive on a sense of rage and independence. And they most certainly don't kiss up to the editor every day. de Adder is a good artist, very good, indeed. But he'll never be a good eidtorial cartoonist until he speaks for himself. Of course, there's every chance he will be a gtreat cartoonist just within New Brunswick - just the same as Alward is a great premier.
Jody Dallaire provides her usual best on the women's movement. This one is an unusually important read, even by Dallaire's standards. Pay particular attention to paragraphs 3. 13, and 18. They reflect ideas that New Brunswickers desperately need to understand.
The block buster is Alec Bruce's column. It's in reponse to findings by scientists that the world's ocean's are dying, and fast. That's the message of a report that made world news everywhere - except in Brunswick media. When life in the ocean ends, we end, too. And the likelihood is it will happen within the lifetimes of most of us. And that's not even factoring in the effects of environmental change on land.
As things are, it is likely that our "stakeholders" will pooh-pooh the idea, tell their news media to do the same, and order the Alwards of this world to forget about it. That's why The Moncton Times&Transcript was so excited about bicycle lanes and beer sales that it didn't have room for the story.
As to the stakeholders, something unpleasant happens to people who have almost unlimited power. They believe they have a right to it; and they close their eyes to the consequences of power. It's called megalomania. The only concern is for themselves; and they think they are gods.
The Roman emperor caligula thrust a beard of gold wires into his face to show the world he was a god. When a storm at sea made him sick, he ordered his armies to lash the waves as punishment for the sea..
As Gods, megalomaniacs have no need of conscience. They kill, torture, impoverish by the millsion - and have the right to because they are gods. Stalin, Hitler and Mao tse Tung were gods who killed almost a hundred million with no regrets.
The rulers of the great European empires killed, tortured and enslaved uncounted millions. They still do in places like Congo.
Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon had not the slightest qualm of conscience in killing a couple of million Vietnamese,most of them civilians, poisoning the land, and beginning the killing of 200,000 Mayans. Bush was proud of setting a record for executions when he was governor of Texas. He cheered when over a million, mostly innocent, Iraq men, women and children were killed. Nor was there any Christian regret from t he real president, Dick Cheney, whose oil money was enough for him to justify any brutality.
Harper feels no guilt in sending Canadians to kill and be killed in Afghanistan and Libya - though he knows that both wars have nothing to do with defending anybody. Nor does Obama have qualms. He knows the Afghanistan war is lost. But Americans, Canadians and others will stay there to be killed an be killed until he can make an exit that makes him look good. Obama is also the man who allowed other gods, bankers, to give each other $139 billion dollars in taxpayer's money as bonuses for causing the recession. At the same time, he cut one and a half million destitute Americans from national assistance.
Megalomania is bred by power, by wealth, by a sense of class privilege. In 1920 or so, Henry Ford called a conference of rich people he knew to tell all the world governments how the world should be run. None of them had the slightest qualification to do so. But the world press, mostly owned by other megalomaniacs, covered every word like gospel. (Ford later founded a virultently anti-semitic newspaper, The Dearborn Intelligencer; and he also became a major contributor to Hitler on the latter's rise in politics. Until 1942, Hitler kept a huge Portrait of Ford in his office.)
There's megalomania and arrogance in New Brunswick, too. You know it. It takes some arrogance for an unelected person to tell the world he has formed a coalition with the government. (And a pretty gutless premier not to tell him to get lost.) It takes an arrogant group of business leaders (with a few academic and other flunkies) to announce that they have formed a group to plan the economic future of the whole province.
So much for democracy.
If we have any hopes or plans for our children (perhaps even for ourselves) we have to wake up now. The megalomaniacs have to be told this is a democracy in which we all have equal rights. Mr. Alward better be told that he bloody well better listen to us - and not just in some mickey mouse town hall meetings.
Now, read Jody Dallaire's column again. We don't have much time.
And we have no choice at all.