Some Things Make You Shake Your Head

The Canadian Club Heritage building is seen in this file photo from 30 July 2014.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Canadian Club Heritage building is seen in this file photo from 30 July 2014.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Here are some looks at items which are exclusive to the once rosy city or the surrounding region.

Just as the interim mayor of Windsor, Drew Dilkens, plans to erect a statue to Hiram Walker, the company which now owns the venerable distillery announces it is closing the Canadian Club Heritage building on Riverside Drive. It was built over a hundred years ago to house the headquarters of Hiram Walker and Sons and has been a tourist attraction for a number of years.

Ontario’s Electricity Distributors Association praised EnWin for being one of the first utilities in the nation using drone technology to make power restoration work more cost-effective and safer for employees. At the same time a city councilor, claiming safety as an issue, wants to ban drones in city parks.

In the west end a plan to repurpose the historic fire hall into a library will mean fiddling with the building’s most prominent feature; the hose tower. A local political observer, David Hanna, wrote on Facebook about, “… a slight difference of opinion between the Windsor Heritage Committee (now a subset of the Planning, Transportation and Heritage Standing Committee) and the WPL.”

WHC likes the vertical side tower, WPL likes the slanted side tower … The proposed glassed tower top of the former firehose tower will certainly become an iconic beacon for the neighbourhood – however it appears to be considered optional – dependent on sufficient funding.

The media were all abuzz February 9 with five jobs being created by a UK company arriving in Tecumseh. The region’s economic development office has a staff of 18. Since the arrival of its new leader, Stephen MacKenzie, in August, the ratio of workers to jobs created is three to one.

Only in Windsor would such dismal performance be acceptable.

Televised reports of the announcement stressed the new company, CX North America, will help the local greenhouse industry ship its products to market. Obviously, someone forgot to explain to the newcomers about the industry going out of business, at least family-owned growers are under new cost pressures.

It is all part of the devastation of Ontario by its tough-on-industry premier, Kathleen Wynne, and her crushing taxes and draconian natural gas and hydro rates. They’re all a part of her green program in which money is sent to California.

On February 7, tomato grower Gerry Mastronardi told the CBC Wynne’s new cap and trade tax is killing the town’s family-owned growers. He talked of advising his son to, “… start looking at other careers as there was no future, in the business which he says might not survive.”

Wynne is hitting the industry where she knows it hurts; in the pocketbook.

Mastronardi reported, “… his annual bill of around $120,000 for natural gas heating will double to $240,000.”

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