The Telegraphed Gazette. 11 March 2014.
Hello folks and welcome to the Telegraphed Gazette for the 11th of March 2014, in the headlines today: Pauline Marois says independent Quebec will have no borders or tolls, the new appointment of Pierre Karl Peladeau to the Parti Quebecois is seen as a double-edged sword, and average student debt difficult to pay off according to a CBC article. Time to start the show.
Premier Pauline Marois told a reporter at a policy unveil that should Quebec become independent, the country will have no tolls or borders imposed upon tourists. While the article is short, the message remains clear: Marois has not given up on independence. Alright well this is definitely the easiest article I have ever had to comment on: she is a lunatic. Having no borders or tolls imposed, are you insane? Right so not only does she put the safety of the country at risk, but also puts the local government’s coffers at risk as tolls and taxes are missed in favour of a few tourists looking to snap a photo or two? Tolling a highway crossing is not unheard of, and indeed the movement of goods and so forth along a more efficient roadway should also carry a fare in order to pay for that road. Now when it comes to the complete removal of borders and tolls, that is entirely up to her and the supposed “independent Quebec,” but where this falls apart is the fact that the newborn nation will be sharing land crossings with Canada and the United States. End result: Quebec has no borders going in, but coming out will be faced with the Canadian and American customs divisions. This just highlights more of the idiocy that thrives within the PQ government: instead of focusing on things like crumbling bridges and damaged roadways along the major highways in the province, they spill all the federal government money given to them on sovereignty campaigns. Oh the price us Canadians pay for unity: the link to the article is located below.
Media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau was recently announced as a candidate for the Parti Quebecois, setting off a hail of speculation and comments as the new member takes to the campaign trail with the rest of his party. Indeed the appointment of Peladeau signals a – supposedly – separation from the PQ’s traditional support base, namely unions and so forth. Quebec’s largest labour federation the FTQ reports that Peladeau is among the worst employers in the province with a record 14 lockouts. Now little is known on my end of this newly appointed member of the separatist party, but from what the CBC article provides he is a charismatic individual who does not like to take orders and says whatever comes to mind. First thought that pops into my head is: “interesting, so this man will either help or hinder – or do both – the PQ party.” Now this move can be seen as a move to appease the business leaders of the province, and promise them a future in the newly independent Quebec – if there was even one to begin with at that. Yet it still remains unanswered: could the PQ have chosen a better candidate than this unsavory individual of whom will cause the PQ to possibly alienate their main support base? Questions left out in the open as this is a wild card when it comes to politics; the link to the story is located below.
Alright time to discuss student debt: in a recent article published by the CBC the average student debt in Canada now rests at $25,000. The article investigates a recent graduate from a community college in Nova Scotia who is reportedly to be part of the “average student with debt” population. However where – in my opinion – the article loses its steam is when they mention this lady’s chosen field of study: photojournalism. First she entered university to become a teacher, then she dropped the idea entirely to become a photojournalist. After graduation she met her husband, married (though it was self-catered), and while her husband works to earn a masters degree in history, she works as a photojournalist and freelance photographer, earning just under $28,000 per year before taxes. This right here highlights one important aspect that is causing this rise in debt: choices. People always love to tout: “I have my freedom to choose! No one can tell me otherwise!” Okay fine go ahead, choose, but you must live with the consequences of those choices. Look at the choice of study this girl undertook: photojournalism. Did she research how much photojournalists make in this country? Did she even bother to compare this to other professions, say a editor, or a typesetter? No she did not, and neither did her husband. While it is sad to see the debt around $25,000 per graduate, the sheer amount of graduates from programs such as history, art history, psychology, sociology, photography, and the likes is staggering to say the least. Why did their parents never tell them that post-secondary education is meant to be a means to help build a successful career, and not some joyride that you take for four years to stack up debt? Why did their parents neglect to inform them that there are alternatives, and that you must strike a balance between practical and enjoyable?
Yes fine go ahead with your freedom of choice, and then realize it was a poor choice, and protest in the streets. This is just disgraceful ladies and gentlemen: if ever any of you are looking into post-secondary, please do the research on the internet for your country of residence to see if the job/profession can earn you enough to pay off the loan, and give you savings to boot. Heck look into military education programs: after all nothing on this earth is free, and there are far worse things – like prostitution – that are used to pay for schooling. Besides the discipline is sorely needed in this day and age, and it will set you above your peers I assure you. The link to this story is located below.
That concludes the Telegraphed Gazette for the 11th of March 2014. Have a good rest of the day, and I will see you next time.