I don’t like heat. It makes me irritable and extremely impatient. Worst of all, it makes my very – very – lazy. I simply don’t want to do anything. Not even write.
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I spent some time sitting by, and wandering around, Dow’s Lake today. My plan was to just relax with some music, a book, and enjoy the distraction of runners, walkers and rollers. As it turned out, I didn’t get any reading done at all. As soon as I found a bench and sat down, I noticed the gently rolling water, the immaculate shoreline, the birds, the trees, the sun giving the lake an electric sparkle, and all the people enjoying one last day in the sun before returning to five days of office life. I forgot all about my book and spent my time taking wholly inadequate pictures with my phone. (You can see the rest on my Facebook profile.)
Other cities have other rivers, other canals, other lakes – but none of them are like ours. Ottawa’s outdoor life is distinctly Ottawa; it’s conservative, subdued, and definitely understated. It doesn’t have extremes of height, flatness, or vastness. But if you stop for a moment and really let it surround you, it can be as beautiful as any part of Canada.
Oh, and just as buggy too.
I’m all for making life simpler for voters. And having the same boundaries for both provincial and federal ridings certainly helps make things easier. But it’s not worth it if it means adding politicians. Our system of government is based on the idea that my representative gives my concerns a voice. He is able to do so because his voice is one in a few hundred, rather than one in 30 million.
But for every new seat we add in the legislator, we diminish the voice that each individual representative has. Not to mention the immediate salary cost of the new positions, as well as the long term pension and benefits costs as well.
No, if anything Ontario needs fewer politicians – less money, more effectiveness.