Some of our readers are probably not familiar with the details of Canadian politics, but I’m fairly sure we’re all familiar with bullshit, so this situation should be at least a little relatable. Essentially, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney appears to have made promises to the Motor Dealers’ Association of Alberta (MDA) in exchange for a substantial amount of campaign contributions. One of those promises was a proposed ban on “RHD Asian Vehicles.” Also, those contributions may be a dodge of election laws. I know for our readers the proposed ban on right-hand-drive Asian cars carries the most interest. Here’s the specific quote about that from a letter from the MDA to its members regarding their meeting with Jason Kenney: “6) Issues Requiring Government Action - Banning of Imported RHD Asian vehicles - Legislation will be pushed through the legislature.” Now, this line is odd for a number of reasons, mostly because of how … [Read more...] about Canadian Car Dealers Raise Money For Politician In Hopes of Banning ‘RHD Asian Vehicles’
Raising hope cancelled
Candice Williams The Detroit News Published 5:23 PM EDT Sep 17, 2018 Detroit — The owners of the Crowne Plaza Hotel have decided to pull their plans to build a second tower downtown after the City Council twice rejected their request. Instead, they will invest their money in property they own in other states, a representative said. “I just feel unfair treatment from City Council,” said John Sabbagh, general manager of Crowne Plaza Hotel, which sits next door to the proposed second tower at Washington and Jefferson in the downtown. “(The owners) didn’t really have time to sit here to continue battling somewhere where it’s clear they’re not wanted. We own the property next door. We own that parcel of land so we might try again in the future. We don’t know when that’s going to be. There are other items that are going to take priority. A hotel build takes quite a long time, a year, year and a half. We’re going to do a few … [Read more...] about Crowne Plaza Hotel owners cancel plans for second tower
PUBLISHED: 06:01 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:56 25 July 2018 A busy weekend at Ranworth staithe on the Norfolk Broads. Picture: James Bass Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2010 A popular Broads sailing event has been cancelled after new rules on reserved moorings were brought in. Wroxham-based Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust (WYC) usually offers a day of 30-minute trips from Ranworth staithe aboard one of its Edwardian wherry yachts, on the first Saturday of August, as part of a weekend of events. But the Broads Authority has changed its policy by preventing moorings from being reserved to ensure fairness for all in accessing its network of free 24-hour moorings.The Friends of WYC believes the wherries deserve particular consideration, and they want the authority to revisit the policy and consider a compromise so they can return for one day next year. However, they remain committed to the overall weekend, which includes sailing day passengers to and from Ranworth as well as … [Read more...] about Popular Norfolk Broads sailing event cancelled after policy change
David Bauder Associated Press Published 2:30 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 New York – ABC canceled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Barr had apologized and deleted her Monday-night tweet, calling it a “bad joke,” but the damage had already been done. Barr was also dumped by her talent agency, ICM Partners. The revival of the comedy was a surprise smash for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., and was counted on to lead the network’s fortunes next season. Its first new episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television. ABC expected … [Read more...] about ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after star’s racist tweet
As developers flood Baltimore with apartments in response to what they see as an insatiable appetite for new residences, the numbers raise a question: Are there too many?Just over 5,600 residential units, mostly apartments, were under construction in Baltimore and 1,800 more were approved as of April, according to the city's planning department. Another 1,400 units opened just last year, as major projects such as 10 Light St., ICON Residences at the Rotunda, The 501 near the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the first phase of Remington Row opened their doors.Yet the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Baltimore lost 6,700 residents in the year ended July 2016, pushing the city's population to a 100-year low.While developers say they aren't worried, some wonder whether Baltimore's apartment market may become overbuilt. Thousands of new apartments require thousands of tenants — math that seems like a stretch for a city that's seeing population decline, said Owen Rouse, a senior … [Read more...] about Flood of new apartments in Baltimore raises question: Are there too many?