Thursday, October 15, 2009

Smoke cops invading truck drvers' homes

Oh, I ain't gonna laugh if I hear of smoke cops invading trucks cause the drivers are smoking in their homes. Although the truck is still considered to be a workplace.

I just hope the smoke cops don't laugh if they ever see a truck driver pull a gun out in his truck/rig!

Oh I know VERY well why tobacco ain't banned, although it ain't as deadly as most folks make it sound It ain't banned cuz (in street terms) cigs are like politicians and antismoking groups (like the ACS in the USA) asking smokers and clerks who sell the cigs "Where are the diamonds at?" Cept in this case, the "diamonds" are the money politicians and anti-groups are owed when legal tobacco sales are made.

When ILLEGAL tobacco sales are made, the "diamonds" go to the cig dealers underground. And politicians and anti-groups get mad when they hear of illegal cig sales in the streets, and smokers buying cigs online for dat matta. They get just about as mad as an assosciate getting peed off at a failed robbery attempt. Or if he doesn't get enuf money from the victim(s).

Would a politician or anti group get SO mad at illegal cig sales/online cig sales, they would go as far as killing the smokers/dealers in order to get the "diamonds" they want? I dunno if a politician would go as far as dat. Good luck in trying to track down every smoker/dealer with "illegal cigs!" Dat's different from going afta like a gang group in a hood. LOL!!!

But yeah, truck drivers pulling out guns when smoke cops invade their work areas and authorities cracking down on at least the illegal cig dealers so politicians and antis can get their share of the diamonds instead of banning tobacco? Me can see BOTH of those happening!

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The provincial government's spineless, hypocritical crusade against tobacco companies and smokers is now going after long distance truckers, the hardworking guys and gals who drive rigs with a sleeping compartment behind the front seat.

Under the blurry eyes of the beefed up smoking act, the sleeping compartment makes the cab a workplace ... and it is illegal to smoke in the workplace.

Several tickets have been written out by police officers with too much time on their hands but each was thrown out by a logical justice of the peace.

That changed last week when a southern Ontario justice of the peace, no doubt appointed by the McGuinty government, convicted a trucker of smoking in his home-away-from home (aka workplace) and fined him $300.

The next step could be going after people who work out of their homes.

Don't laugh.

Who ever thought the day would come when truckers would be treated like criminals for lighting up in their vehicles?

Meanwhile, McGuinty and Co. is suing the tobacco industry for billions, all the time willingly taking billions of dollars from the same tobacco companies.

The cruel fact is that if those billions of dollars in tobacco taxes stopped flowing into government coffers today, it would create a cash flow crisis.

Once again, why not ban a product that is bleeding the health care system of precious dollars and killing people?

Or is this a case of having your cake and eat it too.

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* Why would city council agree to put a new base for the city's ambulance fleet farther away from the bulk of the city population?

Council has agreed to build the new paramedic/ambulance station in the Industrial Park, almost at the city's easterly limits.

This makes little sense.

For routine calls it doesn't make a difference where the ambulance leaves from, but in emergencies where minutes can make the difference between life and death, it makes a big difference.

That would be akin to moving the only fire station to the edge of the city limits, farther away from where 95% of residents live.

Strange, or maybe it isn't, there was much more concern around the council table about putting the new sports centre in a central location.

* When I have to turn on my furnace on Oct. 9, I have a harder time believing in global warming.

* Two sets of statistics that don't jive: unemployment in the city has plunged from one of the highest in the country (21%) to one of the lowest (around 6%) but the number of citizens using the Agape food bank has soared to all-time highs.

* Might be able to take the soccer out of the boy but you can't take the boy out of soccer. British-born Coun. Denis Carr spends most Saturday mornings during the soccer season glued to the television set from 7:30 to noon watching live games from Great Britain.

* It's not correct to suggest that the non-bilingual jobs being offered by the new federal call centre will be for Englishspeaking persons only. Bilingual people (francophones and anglophones) who speak both English and French will be able to apply for both sets of jobs. If you are fortunate enough to be bilingual, you get a shot at both the bilingual and English-only positions.

* Good for the NDP for joining the Conservatives in fighting McFibber's harmonized sales tax.
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