Extra, Extra: Beer Store Shenanigans, the High Cost of Electricity, and Rescued Kittens
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Extra, Extra: Beer Store Shenanigans, the High Cost of Electricity, and Rescued Kittens

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  • The Star today reported on “the secret details of how Ontarians are being hosed by The Beer Store with the wilful involvement of elected officials.” The Beer Store and the LCBO reportedly entered into a “mutual non-aggression pact” 14 years ago—one that constrains competition and means that customers have ended up paying more. Why did the LCBO enter into such an agreement? Apparently it had something do with “direct orders” from the government of then-premier Mike Harris.
  • And it’s not just beer that Ontarians are paying more for: Ontario’s auditor general reported today that we’ve been paying billions more for electricity than we should, thanks to a misconceived smart meter program and the fact that the province has been paying power generators rates that exceed the market price.
  • For some reason, this world still contains people capable of tossing a kitten out of a moving car. Thankfully, this world also contains emergency department nurses who catch sight of such a kitten lying on the road, stop their cars, scoop up the cat, and then monitor its condition while singing to it on the way to the Humane Society. Let us all give thanks for Mandi Howard, who did all of those things—and who’s now poised to give the tiny creature she rescued a permanent home.

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