It's been a strange fortnight, punctuated by unprecedented power-outage and startling late-summer heat here and in Europe, fueling fear that France's vineyards may not survive what the French now term "le canicule" -- the dog day that can kill.
Few commentators link Can-Am electric woes and our shared dependency upon Middle Eastern Oil and nuclear reactors of dubious merit. Few note that the system, as constituted, is as anachronistic as its antiquated circuits. How--for starters--can power company monopolies from the "old" culture work in our global free market economy?
We also see Canada carrying George W. Bush's burden in Afghanistan, pledging to help rebuild that benighted (and forgotten) land. Rebuild how? What? What sort of nation does the U.S. envisage to replace warlords and the Taliban? And Iraq? And the Saudis?
In Canada, Jean Chretien played golf through the outage, Ernie Eves and his Tories flip-flopped on barbecues, and Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman whined. The politicians recall California during the Enron crisis. Smaller centres were left pretty much on their own.
Now we behold the gubernatorial recall circus in California, proving again--as Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger knows--these days anyone can run for office.
So, why not here? If I run for mayor…
These are modest proposals. We are fortunate that they are.
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