Today, I had to shovel to get my car out, then wade through some knee-high, white stuff to get to my copy of The Moncton Times and Transcript. It was lucky I found it because the TandT cleared up the mystery with all the details I needed to know. Apparently, it snowed yesterday.
Yes, it did. The front page has a picture of a car with white stuff on it - just like my car had - and an alert reporter had written in the caption that this stuff was, indeed, snow.Further details took up half of page 8. Then, for those who still had doubts, p. C8 had a full page of photos of people walking in snow and, oh, just everything. The pictures were almost all of downtown Moncton; but they said it snowed all over the city. Perhaps we'll get those pictures tomorrow.
Well, all newspapers have that habit of telling us the obvious. The TandT just wastes more space on this sort thing than a serious paper would.
Then it gets back to its normal job of pimping.
Today, it pimps for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers - with a fetching picture of one of the associations many Vice-Presidents, David Pryce. And why is there a picture of the eye-turning David Pryce in the TandT? And why is the article made up of quotations from David Pryce?
That's because the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers told the TandT to do that. And that just might be connected to the fact that the owner of the TandT has some interest in shale gas.
The thrust of Mr. Pryce's comments is that the petroleum industry really, really, really wants the people of New Brunswick to like it. But they are also really and truly concerned that drilling for shale gas should have strict, strict rules (which people like Mr. Pryce are willing to draw up just to show how sincere they are.)
The industry is so sincere, it really wants to inform people - you know, honestly and impartially - so they can decide. After all, the truth is that shale gas drilling has been proven to be perfectly safe wherever its been done.
What a cheap piece of lying propaganda for a newspaper to put on its front page!
The industry wants strict rules? Then it must be awfully angry at NB governments for not drawing up any strict rules, and for not enforcing the few rules it had. Considering they've had ten or more years of this insolent neglect by NB governments, I'm amazed that the industry is giving NB another chance.
And they want us to get accurate information? So why haven't they been giving it for the last ten years? Too shy?
And I'm surprised that Mr. Pryce is talking to the Times and Transcript (or any Irving news source) at all, since they have all been distinctly vacant in their reporting on shale gas.
"Shale fracking can be done safely: spokesman" isn't news. It's a hooker's pitch. A truer headline might have been "Don't worry, honey. I get regular checkups."
Solid columns by Alec Bruce and Jody Dallaire on the editorial and op ed pages. The latter, speaking on pay equity for women, noted that some fields get low pay because they're thought of as women's fields, and for that reason are deliberately low paid. The origin of this belief lies in the general view in our past that women were inferior to men. (That's why they couldn't vote. That's why it was quite legal in Canada well into the twentieth century for a man to beat his wife in order to discipline her.)
Teaching had been a man's field in the early days. That changed with the growth of public schooling, and the need for more teachers, a need that had to be met while keeping the education budget low.So that's when school boards turned to women teachers - though at lower pay than the men. It was a practice that was common at least into the 1960s. It was even worse for non-white women in Canada. Most of them couldn't get teaching jobs at all until 1960 or so. And few women, of any colour, could even hope to be a principal until recent times.
(My first teaching job, a grade seven class, paid me 2700 dollars a year. A woman with the same qualifications as mine got 2400. The principal assured me this was fair because men were the ones who had to pay for dates.
I should have been so lucky.)
The op ed commentary by the staff writer, this time Rod Allen, is as trivial and pointless as all such staff-written op eds.
Tomorrow's headline - "Monctonians shovel out from heavy snow." (I shall be available for photgraphs.)
Oh, yes. This is the Thursday edition when the TandT announces events of the coming week. The Moncton Library submitted the name of a Current Events group I host at the library the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The library's annoucement was printed though - as usual - with the Current Events group omitted. (Maybe I should ask the owner of the paper to give the editor a call. You know, just as if I were, say, a spokesman for the petroleum industry,)
Anyway, come to the library on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 pm. I'll open with some brief comments on the news, then we'll shift to general discussion. I'd be delighted to see you.