Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sept. 18: "Rosie the cat finds a home"

This is a a big story on p.1. And it has a picture of 'Rosie' for those who have never seen a cat. There's also a picture of a man tossing a frisbee for a dog - for those who have never seen a man, a frisbee or a dog. Also, "Murder trial jury selected"  Well, yes. That's the way the justice system works. So?

The latter story also has a picture of the defendant with his mouth open. It's the same picture as the one they ran yesterday.

This is elementary school stuff. - except that elementary school child reporters would look  for something more interesting - like "Drunken teacher dances on desk".

There is very little in section A that anyone needs to know. Rising gas prices are still only the early signs of what is going to hit us with one hell of a shock. We live in a city designed for travel by car. City planners are encouraging that by allowing for more parking downtown. Where are the reporters which should be preparing stories about what the rest of the world is doing in the face of this crisis?

Where are the stories on, for example, how cities in China are limiting the number of cars permitted in their streets, how cities around the world are coping with the challenges of mass transit, how they're all trying to get away from reliance on the internal combustion engine, how they are redesigning their cities as walking cities?

Meanwhile, Moncton's vision of the future so far consists of installing parking meters on Main, and building new schools in sites as remote from where people live as possible. This is a city that gets very excited about attracting new business. But it shows not the slightest concern about how people are going to live in this city. And The Moncton Times and Transcript seems blissfully ignorant of all this.

NewsToday is a bare two pages. And there is nothing in it we did not know yesterday from radio and television and google news on the computer. It must be a good 25 years ago that I attended a conference of journalists on how to make print news competitive in a world that also has universal access to radio and TV that deliver the same news much earlier. There are ways to be competitive. For a start, radio and TV are more limited in the ability to provide useful analysis of the news. (Two minutes on air is a long time. On TV, twenty seconds can be a long time.)

And that was a  conference 25 years ago. Actually, we've had TV for almost 70 years, and radio for almost a hundred. The Moncton Times and Transcript is still a newspaper of a century ago, but with less in it.

There's a bitterly amusing item on p.2 of NewsToday. A couple of professors report "N.B. ranks at top in corporate tax report." Does that sound good? Well, what it means is that NB charges the lowest taxes in Canada on corporations and the wealthy and, as well, as offers them the best tax avoidance schemes.

That might go some considerable way to explaining our debt, and why schools have to waste their time on fund-raisers so they can operate, and why parents have to pay school fees and buy supplies for them

N.B. ranks at the top in corporate tax report? That's like saying N.B. ranks at the top in easy bank robberies.  Interesting how editors choose their words.

The editorial beats another, aging drum. Moncton needs a Canadian Football League team. (People as far away as Halifax think so. Trouble is, you need to convince people as far away as Toronto. And you have to convince a lot of people as far away as Halifax that's it's  worth driving three hours each way to see a game. This is a bozo scheme that ranks with the "events centre".)

These big events sound nice. But I have yet to see figures on how much they cost to stage - and  how much of the money they attract actually stays in Moncton, and who it is that really profits from out generous sponsorship.

Norbert has a decent and sensible column. I wish he could learn to write, though. The topic is the film that has led to rioting in Moslem countries. But he doesn't say so until halfway through. And that means that an article worth reading will be missed by the many people who will lose interest before they get that far.

Good column by Alec Bruce. Well written and well worth a read - particularly since it deals with an important, local news item of last week that the Times and Transcript still hasn't reported.

Alan Cochrane contributes a must-read column for all those who care that Christmas is the day of lowest water use in Moncton.

Louise Gilbert has some interesting thoughts on how to age gracefully. Alas! I was never even young gracefully.

There's an interesting Letter of the Day from Desmond Bird which deals with military purchasing, and our air force. We don't build our own aircraft. Nobody knows why not. And, of course, it has never occured to the TandT to ask why not. Bird focusses on Sweden which has a long history of making its own military equipment - and some very good equipment, though Sweden is much smaller than Canada. Why doesn't Canada do it for a new fighter plane? My guess is the US aviation industry doesn't want competition. And that's what it told John Diefenbaker just before he canned the Avro Arrow.

In general, this edition is a pretty drab one, even by the standards of The Moncton Times and Transcript.  The news part is particularly stinking.

Estimated reading time for all that is worth reading? Five or ten minutes. Tops.


  1. And still: no "news" on the Museum, you know, "that" uncompleted building on Mountain Rd. Where, one would *suspect*, the money ran out 2 months ago, when all work came to a screeching halt?
    BUT: it has a revolutionary "new" design.
    (maybe they can suck another million out of the feds?)

    The Highfield Square pollution "secret" continues.....

  2. my request for "right to information" is in. we'll see.....maybe.....