We'll go quickly through the Irving “news” of the day.
The lead story on P.1 is a real, lead story. It's about a daycare which was closed abruptly, and done in such a secretive fashion by the government that we are left wondering what this is all about. Employees were fired; parents were in a quandary – and nobody seems to know what it's all about. Underlying it all is a hint that the provincial government was very slack, indeed, in dealing with the situation – whatever it is. We should be demanding a full explanation – and soon.
Below it is another black eye for the provincial government as two schools in the Moncton area that were undergoing renovations were not ready for the new, school year. That suggests either poor planning or not giving much of a damn.
But those two stories are pretty much it for all of section A news.
The Oland trial is on p. 1, and I can see we will be getting day by day front page coverage of this. And that is just sensationalism. More to the point would be a story on why JDIrving Ltd. paid a large settlement for the Lac Megantic disaster. As a rule, innocent billionaires don't pay large settlements.
In other fast-breaking news, a local village misses its grocery store which closed. Volunteers are helping to lay fresh sod in a local park. And there are two photos to show us what volunteers laying sod look like.
The editorial shows its usual courage in tackling a subject of great importance and controversy – the restoration of the former Moncton High school building. The is crucial, says the editorial because---because –- well –-it's old. And maybe we can do things with it like---well--you know….
Norber writes a column about how unpopular the provincial government is because it has not solved our economic problems. In the same column, it's obvious that Norbert doesn't have any solution, either. And both he and the government suffer from the same problem. In the minds of both, there is no room for looking at the role of the very rich in creating our economic problems.
Rod Allen writes about the local wine industry but, alas, has nothing to say. Surprisingly, even Alec Bruce has nothing to say.
Section B is worse.
The banner headline for Canada&World news is that the province of New Brunswick is hiring a physician recruitment co-ordinator. Now, I yield to none in my admiration for governments that hire physician recruitment co-ordinators. But I would humbly suggest this is not a major item of Canada or world news.
Most of the front page is covered with photos and a story about the murder of a father and his two-year old daughter in Alberta. This was also front page of this section yesterday. They're milking this story – and that's sensationalism
On B2, the big flash is that some streets and houses in Havana are being cleaned up in preparation for a Papal visit. This, its seems, is the most important news coming out of Cuba. It's worded to give the impression that this is all part of a typical and evil communist plot. ( Lord, I wish these journalists would learn what 'communist' means.)
In fact, it's not unusual for host countries to do this sort of thing. And it's surely not the most important thing to know about the Papal visit. And, if they have space to run this nothing story in the paper, how come they can't find any space for stories about the poverty and brutality – and murder – imposed on much of South America by Canadian and American capitalists. (Of course, they'd first have to look up the meaning of capitalist.)
Funny – there are almost never any stories about South America or the Caribbean states, though all of them are blessed with North American capitalism.
Then, on B6, of 'Canada&World” news, there's “Air Canada pilot diverts flight to ensure dog's safety” Ah-h-h.
Oh, and there's also a big story that Harper may go to the Supreme Court to ensure that devout Muslim women remove the Nigab that covers their faces. He says we have to see their faces to be sure of their identity. Damn right. They could really all be terrorists. (Uh – what do terrorist faces look like. And, anyway, how would removing the nigab improve the judge's knowledge of who they are? After all the citizenship judge who hears the oath has usually never seen the person before.)
No. I think Harper has the right idea; but it needs development – something like...all people taking the oath of citizenship should have to take it while naked. (And we could charge admission for spectators.)