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Ontario to legalize tailgating at sporting events!

 

“ This is the just government treating adults like adults.”

 

Outside sporting venues in Ontario, you will no longer have to worry about being tossed in the clink for having a drink.

The Ontario government is about to make it legal for teams to allow, U.S.-style tailgating outside stadiums and arenas.

Fans will be able to bring their own booze to games and sit beside their parked vehicle and drink and BBQ their own food — just like they do at professional and college games in the U.S.

“This isn’t all of a sudden going to be the wild west,” an Ontario government source told The Toronto Sun.

“You can do your BYOB tailgating, but obviously all the laws still apply. (The police) will still be checking for drinking and driving, they’re still going to be doing all the social responsible things. Adults know they can’t drink and drive. Adults know they shouldn’t consume too much. Some people could get carried away, but that’s going to happen whether you have tailgating or not. 

 

https://torontosun.com/sports/baseball/ontario-to-legalize-tailgating-at-sporting-events

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Tailgating has been an Ontario recreational pursuit for years. Just drive a motorcycle across the province and prepare to be amazed. None of the "give me a carbon tax and save the planet" voters drive at 90K either.

 

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This is from a grade 12 student who has already published a book.  Highlights are mine for emphasis...

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss...

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/satheesh-a-high-school-student-analyses-the-2019-ontario-budget

 

Last week, the Ontario government released its first budget, with the tagline “Protecting What Matters Most.” I recently turned 18 and, as a new voter, I thought it would be important to study this budget and understand how it works. However, it brought me to a lot of unanswered questions and logical fallacies.

Premier Doug Ford promised throughout his campaign that cutting Ontario’s $15-billion deficit was a key priority. Yet this new budget spends a record $163 billion, overtaking the record from the previous Liberal budget by $5 billion. In addition, there are tax cuts of different sorts, one notable example being the faster write-offs on capital investments for business, which could mean $3.8 billion in corporate tax relief over several years.

Taxes are a primary way through which a government raises money. Somehow the government seems to expect that increasing spending to record amounts and reducing the amount of money coming into the system will fix the deficit. I am no economist but there is something wrong with that picture.

Also, the budget was described as “Protecting what matters most.” What “matters most” was described by President of the Treasury Board Secretariat Peter Bethlenfalvy as education, health care and social services. At first glance, it looks like the budget does this, with year-over-year increases in the amounts dedicated to these sectors. However, a deeper dive reveals that these are only cuts in disguise.

The rate of inflation, a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services over a period of time, in Canada is about 1.9 per cent. However, the increase in spending annually in the Ontario budget on health and education is less than the rate of inflation, at approximately 1.6 per cent. This isn’t even accounting for population growth. Despite the surface appearance that the budget is supporting key services such as health and education, it is actually making cuts.

Despite there being a $1-billion increase in the amount of money allocated to education, the amount is actually $6 billion short of what it takes to keep up with inflation and population growth. There will be nearly $700 million in cuts towards post-secondary education alone.

Think of it in terms of a simple input-output system. There is already a $15-billion deficit within the system. To fix the deficit, one must logically increase revenue, and make sure that this increase outpaces the rate of inflation. However, this budget does the opposite. When this continues, the deficit will increase, propagating a vicious circle.

When the next government is elected, it will promise us a way out of this vicious cycle. However, what is actually required for that – namely higher taxes to increase the input of money into the system – is not attractive to voters. Few politicians have ever won elections promising increased taxes.

We elected a government that made all the right promises to get votes, and now we realize that it is “too good to be true.” There is no logical way to execute on these promises. Next time, when we elect a government, we should be proactive in dissecting its claims and ensuring that logic prevails, rather than accepting surface-level, fundamentally illogical promises purely intended to get votes.

Anand Satheesh is a Grade 12 student at Longfields-Davidson Heights High School in Ottawa. Anand published his first book Emerson For The Digital Generation: Secrets of Unparalleled Success and Happiness From the Timeless wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson in June 2016. Email: anandnepean@gmail.com.

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Expectations that Ford can correct 15 years of Liberal destruction overnight are downright idiotic, even delusional. Typical negative Liberal BS talking points. This  student should study history instead of English.

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Speaking of history, name me an Ontario government from recent history that hasn't raised the debt.

Also, name me the Ontario governments that spent it on improving quality of life and not on corporate welfare.

They all spend, it's who they spend it on that is most important.

 

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Dug Fraud once again to cost the taxpayers of Ontario hundreds of MILLIONS!

Doug Ford's beer promise could create hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties

Ontario taxpayers face footing the bill for hundred of millions of dollars in penalties if Premier Doug Ford forges ahead with his plan to allow convenience stores to sell beer. 

In its budget tabled last week, the Ford government reaffirmed its pledge laid out in its throne speech and promised by Ford during the election campaign to throw open the beer retail market to corner stores and big box stores. 

Trouble is, there's a big catch stopping this promise from becoming a reality.

A contract between the province, The Beer Store and three big brewers, in place until the end of 2025, limits the number and type of retail outlets that can sell beer in Ontario. Allowing the province's 11,000 convenience stores to sell beer would breach the contract. Any breach of the contract's key terms is subject to penalties.

Beer industry sources tell CBC News the penalties would be significantly more than $100 million, likely running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

It's all laid out in the contract, a publicly available document called the Master Framework Agreement, signed in 2015 under the then-Liberal government. A close look reveals ironclad provisions that stop the government from simply legislating its way out of the deal without compensating The Beer Store and the breweries.  

The agreement is "a legal, valid and binding obligation enforceable against the province." 

The contract gives The Beer Store and the brewers the right to "remedies" including a "monetary award," even if the deal is breached because of changes to provincial legislation. 

That compensation must be awarded regardless of "the status of the province as the Crown" (in other words, the government can't exempt itself from liability).  

How much compensation? The document says an arbitrator must calculate the monetary award "on the basis of the normal principles of damages for breach of contract." 

That means the big brewers would have to be compensated both for the immediate losses they incur when the contract is breached and for ongoing losses over its duration. 

Sales from The Beer Store and brewery outlets are running at $2.3 billion a year, according to the latest figures from the province. More than six years remain in the contract.

Simple math tells you that eating into even a small percentage of the breweries' revenues would add up to big money, and therefore a big penalty to the province.

The brewers could argue the province is responsible for their increased costs to distribute beer to 11,000 additional locations.  The government could face compensating The Beer Store for severance pay to lay off any of its 7,000 staff and fees to terminate leases on any stores it's forced to close. 

The Master Framework Agreement required Labatt and Molson to freeze the price of their most popular products for a year after the deal was signed. The contract also required The Beer Store to spend $100 million by 2018 to "improve the customer experience" in its outlets.

That provision alone is why industry sources say the province would be on the hook for far more than $100 million in compensation if it violates the contract. The company spent the money believing that the retail landscape and its business model would be guaranteed to stay the same until 2025.    

The Beer Store and the brewers are in hush-hush talks with the government about the contract. 

"The discussions are aimed at reaching a mutually agreeable amendment … to improve customer convenience and choice. We cannot disclose the details of these ongoing discussions," said an official with The Beer Store in a statement emailed to CBC News on Wednesday.

"We're going to continue to consult right across the industry over the course of the summer," said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli in an interview Wednesday at Queen's Park. 

"I think the premier was pretty clear during the election and since that we want to put beer and wine in corner stores, big box stores, and more grocery stores because we want to offer people more choice and convenience." 

Asked whether it would be worth paying hundreds of millions in compensation to make that happen, Fedeli replied, "Well, we don't make any presumptions."

How the beer battle plays out will have political implications for Ford, who talks often about respecting the taxpayers and who — even though he doesn't drink — made a "buck a beer" floor price a signature of his campaign.

Beer in convenience stores certainly won't be cheaper than at The Beer Store, where the brewers set the price. 

It's also hard to see how Ford can sell his voters on paying out hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to get beer into corner stores. That is, unless he can paint "Big Beer" as the bad guy.

That's a little harder now that The Beer Store is no longer just owned by the big three of Labatt, Molson and Sleeman. It counts 31 brewers, including craft beer makers, among its shareholders. 

Ultimately, there remains another political tactic Ford could employ. He could try to pin the blame for the costs on Kathleen Wynne and the previous Liberal government for signing the beer agreement in the first place.

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Could could could....but the last line of the article is most telling.....why would Wynne hand over the monopoly to the brewers for another 10 years??  

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