DID HE REALLY SAY THAT? Health
Minister Adrian had a message that anti-mandate convoy protesters’ actions are beyond unacceptable. “It is not freedom to attack other people’s freedoms and rights and the expression of your own desires,” he said. “When people
yell freedom but systematically impede other people’s freedoms, whether it be journalists, whether it be citizens in their homes, whether it be students, it is and will always be completely unacceptable,” Dix said. That same judgment has been levelled
back at Dix in the past two years of restrictions, shutdowns and mandates. It’s moralistic. How tone deaf can a politician get? Freedom means putting up with opinions which may be unpopular. Dix’s view doesn’t make it right just because he
disagrees with someone, it just makes it his view. Also, have we as a society or culture ever determined who should have the ominous role of deciding acceptability?
IT EVER CROSS YOUR MIND how many of the world’s needy could have been housed and fed with all the money obscenely flushed down the drain with the Olympic Games? Really, think about it.
HAVING SERVED IN OFFICE, I have learned that no projects ever go away, no matter
how often they are rejected. I was a Nanaimo Regional Board Director almost a decade ago when a number of region residents made a play to stay in the dark. Well, it’s back, the RDN is looking at minimizing light pollution over the district. As is always
done, a study is ordered and the long dance begins. Suggestion – look up the study that was done the last time around.
OLD GORDY DODD – We keep seeing harbingers of spring, but those harbingers have done very little for people who don’t have the bare necessities of life, especially a way to keep warm. Gordy Dodd, chief TV star and founder
of Dodd’s Furniture, has been a part of the community for 45 years. If you can help, Gordy's gang are looking for donations of winter coats, jackets, toques, gloves and scarves all month at the three Vancouver Island locations. until February 28.
STEVE FONYO, who ran
across Canada with a prosthetic leg, died Friday at age 56. His partner Lisa Herbert told Global News they were in the Vancouver area to have his prosthetic foot repaired, when he died just after midnight. “He had the biggest heart and he loved people.
That’s why he did what he did,” she said. He was living in Powell River in recent years, where she said he was happy.
NO INSTANT FLIP OF THE SWITCH – British Columbia’s nurse training programs got a shot in the arm on Friday when the government announced 602 new nursing seats will be added to public post-secondary institutions. That’s
a good start for the B.C. Nurses' Union. This will include seats for 362 registered nurses, 40 registered psychiatric nurses, 20 nurse practitioners and 180 licensed practical nurses. You can’t go anywhere fast if you don’t have a starting
point, and this looks like a good one.
SUNSHINE . . . great news. Coming with it are lower temperatures and strong winds for our area. Have a great Family
Day today and charge up for the start of the new week by tomorrow.