Revisionism At The Star And Other Stories


Tuomi-HeaderHere are a few short items from around town. ‎

Philippa Von Ziegenweidt‎ of the Citizens for an Accountable Mega-hospital Planning Process spent Labour Day attending the popular west side block party on Askin Street. She reported in a Facebook post that few people seemed to know the so-called urgent care centre, planned for the old Grace Hospital site, will not accept ambulances.

“Suddenly that changed the conversation completely. They had no idea,” Von Ziegenweidt wrote. “One of them said if the UCC won’t accept ambulances, the mega-hospital proposal no longer gets his vote. Not that anybody gave him an opportunity to vote, unfortunately.”

It seems people get a little upset when they learn about the plan to remove Windsor’s two hospitals, from the densely populated area of the city to a vacant bean field, and leave little in their place. The Citizens are also giving out lawn signs to help bring awareness to the situation.

On September 6, CKLW had UNIFOR union boss Gerry Dias stressing the current contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 automakers centres around getting new products for Canadian assembly and parts plants, such as the local Ford Engine plant.

In a spirited discourse, Dias sadly lamented the loss of GM’s transmission plant, but did not say why it vanished. Was the reason because failed former mayor Eddie Francis and his inward council did nothing to keep it in Windsor?

It moved to St Catharines. Is it no surprise industrial taxes are lower there compared to those in Windsor?

Speaking of industrial taxes, the new kingpin at the regional economic development office has not once in his pre-assignment banter mentioned the elephant in the room; the one preventing economic development.

Steven Mackenzie has failed to promise to do his best to have Windsor’s council lower its industrial property taxes. Unless he takes decisive action he could be doomed to failure.

If he can’t make the city more competitive on the economic development front, he will end up like all the others before him; the ones who accepted the status quo. They are also the ones known for bragging about all the relationships they built while bringing no new factories to the city.

Mission critical for Mackenzie must be to force the hand of the Francis Council to lower taxes to make Windsor attractive. If this does not happen, the city will find itself spending thousands of dollars employing a nice fellow, but getting the same old same old when it comes to results.

A nice exposure of how the sycophants work at the Windsor Star appeared in its September 7 edition in a report on the Aquatic Centre serving alcohol. The story claimed the downtown pool has a, “… world-class 25-metre pool (that) is well used.”

It is actually a 72-metre pool. No data was supplied to prove it is well used, however.

The paper also claimed the water park part of the, “… facility attracted 120,000 visitors last year.”

A report in the same paper on February 12 talked of, “… paid visits to Adventure Bay dropped 32 per cent last year, from 171,069 paying customers in 2014 – its first full year of operations – to 116,120 in 2015.”

Is this an initial attempt at revisionist history?

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1 Comment on "Revisionism At The Star And Other Stories"

  1. WE all know that the Windsor Star is in the back pocket of our city officials and will continue to print only things they feel are in favour of them. I read the Windsor Square to get the whole story not half of the story.

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