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Wet Weather Weird, Wealth Winging West, Wireless Windfall Wow

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This year to date has seen the wettest June and July ever in Toronto, and we’re only a couple of centimetres of rain away from breaking the rain record for the whole summer. That should shut up the “global wetting” skeptics.
The newly populist Dalton McGuinty did some rabble-rousing in London Ontario yesterday, urging Ontarians to protest the fact that the national wealth equalization system sucks some $21 billion out of our increasingly penurious province each year. Much of that money goes to oil-rich provinces where the hobos wear cashmere sweaters and drink aftershave from jewel-encrusted goblets.
The feds apparently don’t know what to do with that $4.3 billion haul from the recent wireless spectrum auction. Possibilities include paying down debt, tax cuts, or a colossal gold statue of Industry Minister Jim Prentice at which representatives from wireless companies would annually be required to sacrifice a goat.
Peel Police have found “suspicious meat” in a second park in Mississaugua. You know, back in the day when we found meat in a park we knew we could trust it.
Former Golden Girl Estelle Getty has died at the age of 84. Sad, of course, but you didn’t know she was still alive, did you?
Photo by Flickr-man from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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  • Gauldar

    Peel Police have found “suspicious meat” in a second park in Mississaugua. You know, back in the day when we found meat in a park we knew we could trust it.

    I miss those days. :(

  • pman

    Premier McGuinty’s claim that the government in Ottawa takes around $20 billion a year out of Ontario has been supported by both the C.D. Howe Institute and the Conference Board. This is enough to fix our health care, infrastructure and education deficits. But nothing will change unless we – and this means you – start voting for MP’s who will represent Ontario’s legitimate interests to Ottawa, instead of the reverse.

  • Ben

    We’ll be a have-not province soon I hear.

  • David Newland

    Somebody told me in a bar last night that the global warming guys have predicted this wet spell all along.
    This is perfect: if it gets hot, it’s because of global warming, as predicted. If it gets cool, the same is also true.
    Personally I prefer this wet, cool global warming, since it seems to do a better job of filling up the Great Lakes. But that’s just the skeptic talking.

  • Vincent Clement

    Ben: If we ever became a have-not province, the cruel irony is that the Federal government would transfer a part of that $20 billion earned in Ontario to the Ontario government. Essentially, we would be paying ourselves.
    But that is unlikely to ever happen. The equalization formula will be changed to make sure that Ontario will never see one penny.

  • bikezorz

    Why has nobody commented on how awesome the header is for this post?
    It’s simply awesome.