Health Minister Dave Wilson says it's money well spent. I call it a waste of taxpayers dollars. Wilson's defending the money the Dexter government spent rolling out its new strategy on childhood obesity. It apparently has a strategy for everything these days. CBC, through a Freedom of Information and Privacy Act effort, received documents showing the N'Dippers spent nearly $156,000 on the program. The strategy, called Thrive, was unveiled in June. It involves mostly a website, a social media strategy and some videos. Wilson says they're getting the message out on the issue and this program will make a difference. I'm in the news business, and I've never heard of Thrive. It's just more spin anway, letting the government claim it's doing something about overweight kids. Don't you think the money would be better spent, and have more of an impact, on salaries for gym teachers or money for more physical activities?
City taxpayers spent over $300 million on our new, high-tech sewage treatment system and today I read Halifax Water is hoping some rain will deal with a stink in the downtown in recent weeks. It's not the first time the downtown's had a smell issue. The explanation this time, according to Halifax Water, is a pooling of sewage at some low points along the harbourside and a heavy rain will help wash it away. The heavy rain of course also results in a sewage overflow, forcing the shutdown of the Black Rock and Dingle beaches. That's some system we have.
Innocent until proven guilty, I know, but still, you have to shake your head when you hear the kind of news we got yesterday on charges against a Halifax father. His 6 week old child is fighting for his life at the IWK today and his dad is facing charges of aggravated assault. Philip Bowden's been remanded until a bail hearing Friday. A very disturbing case says Halifax police constable Brian Palmeter. Indeed.
Happier news about Buck the dog. He's the young dog found with some 50 pellets in his head and is now being cared for at the Bide Awhile shelter in Dartmouth. Executive director Darrold Gould tells me Buck, while blind in one eye as a result, 's doing very well and he's had lots of offers for adoption from as far away as British Columbia. Unfortunately, we might never know what idiot decided it would be fun to fire a shotgun at the dog and then abandon the animal.
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