HEAT WARNING! (From the Bard)

(Alert issued by Environment Canada for Humber Valley,
July 17, 2018)
The sun now shines in Newfoundland,
Two-months of summer is at hand
Where many move at winter times
To warm their bones in hotter climes –
As Humber Valley holds hot air
An alert is issued to take care.
It happens every summer –
‘Some muggy!’ and ‘some hot!’
In late July and August,
Nerves with thunder shot.

 And most embrace the heated blast.
What has changed from summers past?
You’d think they’d issue words of praise 
To thank the
Gods that temp. has raised.
Heat warning! – stay cool, drink lots of water, 
and pets out from your auto – 
Take breaks when working in outdoors – 
Environment Canada issues rules
The media blares potential harm
And causes public much alarm:
“The end is nigh” – the weather dire:
Too dry, too wet, too cold, too warm.
Frightening folks, that if perspire
From outdoor work, they might expire.
The warnings only serve to chill
Common sense that’s scarce to fill.
Their time could well be better spent
To issue warnings and alerts:
‘Hot Air’ on Confederation Hill
That raises cost-of-living bills.
John Tuach
Pynn’s Brook
July 18, 2018


Having survived in spite of themselves, in Opposition the Tories have been lazy and uninspiring.  The fact that it is summer, and the House of Assembly is closed, admittedly makes their job tougher, except that the Party’s manifest weakness is not a seasonal problem.


He was an exceptional person. A gifted intellect for sure; irascible and argumentative, too. What endeared him to many was not just that he was analytical and insightful, but that he was honest and forthright. He was a public policy wonk; resource policy interested him most. He loved to travel and read; people, with something to say, were always important.


I must say that after the Muskrat Falls fiasco, I thought our government had finally learnt its lesson and would not to rush into another such scheme where calling it “green” was enough to suspend all critical analysis.


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