The August 1997 Earth is Flat Award

A celebration of the inane, insipid and asinine...

When Enter Stage Right was a column at a university newspaper, some of my favourite targets were the professors at the school. Rife with liberals, socialists, and a few died in the wool Communists, Laurentian University provided many candidates for the prestigious award.

This month ESR has trolled a little further than my old alma mater, preferring to go to the University of New Brunswick to deliver the Earth is Flat Award to Lynn McIntyre for her study of breakfast and lunch programs in Atlantic Canada.

McIntyre, after revealing that the programs were used 3-to-1 in some cases by parents who were far from poor, but just didn't have the time to feed their children in the morning, called for a universal approach to the programs.

Even after admitting the programs were being abused by everyone, McIntyre had the gall to ask for more such programs!

Unlike cafeteria meatloaf, this award has plenty of meat! Enjoy Lynn!

Wait! Here's another!

Mel Lastman, Toronto area politican, recently announced that he wants a $20 per household "poverty tax". Lastman believes that the new tax would alleviate the problems of the poor.

Wait a minute. Are we expected to believe that a $20 per household tax grab would solve the problems that welfare and other social programs have only excerbated? Just when will politicans learn that their half-baked solutions just don't work. If Lastman wants to help the poor of Ontario, then he should begin advocating massive tax cuts and anti-business practices.

The Earth is Flat Award costs a lot less than $20 so here's one for Lastman!

The August 1997 Vinegar in Freedom Award

There is an old Serbian proverb that says vinegar in freedom tastes better than honey in slavery. This award is meant for events and people I consider to be positive.

This month's freedom award goes to a union!

I don't suppose it's any secret that unions aren't favorites of ESR, but sometimes they perform a valuable service, one that others are afraid to. The service is speaking out against something that is wrong, in this case, against economic terrorists.

As you may have saw in the piece about this incident, some members of the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada, Local 1-71, got feed up with Greenpeace blockading forests that they were to log. Turning the tables in a manner so delicious, the union blockaded Greenpeace's ships, not allowing them out of a harbor until they agreed to compensate workers for lost wages thanks to the Greenpeace blockades. Though Greenpeace managed to sneak out in the end, IWA-Canada made their point.

The logging company and its workers have the right to pursue their livelihood without economic terrorists supported by foreign money from stopping them. It's about time someone stood up for themselves.

To the members of IWA-Canada, a Vinegar in Freedom Award!

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