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Journalism or politics?


 

From the recent Ontario election, The Agenda convenes a panel of journalists who decided to run for office.


 

Journalism or politics?

  1. Is it journalism or politics that Liberal Maclean’s decided to wait to write editorial about bankrupt Ontario until after the election? 

    • a)  Ontario isn’t bankrupt

      b)  There were numerous columns on Ontario’s economy before and during the election.

      c)  That election is now over.

      d) This thread is about journalists going into politics.

      • a)  Give it a couple of years
         
        b)  Liberals lied
         
        c)  So?
         
        d)  You are not the moderator
         
         
        TORONTO — Ontario residents could end up paying some of the highest costs for electricity in the developing world because providing wind and solar energy will cost about 40 per cent more than government estimates, according to a new study.
         
        The study found a number of omitted costs of renewable energy that weren’t included in Ontario’s long-term energy plan, which was released last year by the governing Liberals.
         
        The plan underestimates the capital costs of wind turbines, for example, and fails to attach any individual dollar values to specific transmission projects to put renewable energy projects on the provincial grid, the study said.
         
        The plan also lowballs the costs of backing up renewable energy with natural gas-fired plants when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining, saying it will cost $1.8 billion when it will likely cost closer to $9.6 billion.
         
        It also casts doubt on Liberal claims that the Green Energy Act will create 50,000 new jobs.
         
        Premier Dalton McGuinty often touted those job-creation claims during the Oct. 6 election campaign and made frequent stops at plants that manufacture wind and solar power components as he travelled the province.
         
        How the government arrived at that number “has never been explained,” the study said. And creating those 50,000 new green energy jobs will require ratepayer subsidies of about $200,000 a year for each position.
         
        http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111017/ontario-green-energy-costs-study-111017/20111017?hub=TorontoNewHome

        • I repeat:

          a)  Ontario isn’t bankrupt

          b)  There were numerous columns on Ontario’s economy before and during the election.

          c)  That election is now over.

          d) This thread is about journalists going into politics.

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