The Gulf Oil spill has been a much publicized disaster. While most are aware there will be devastating effects on the offshore drilling in the gulf, not all may be aware of the effects it is having closer to home. Senator Debbie Stabenow has called for a stop to Canada’s drilling in the Great Lakes, and wants to check what safeties are in place.
While Canadians can drill, Michiganders can’t due to a state ban. According to the Petoskey News, Stabenow addressed the question of whether or not the ban would be repealed as the dependence on oil increases: “It’s very good we have a president that understands the Great Lakes. So, I’m confident that the ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes is going to stay in place.” Oh great, that’s comforting…
In fact, it is possible that instead of being loosened to allow more drilling to respond to the growing demand for oil, the ban may become permanent. This could come to a vote before Michigan voters in November. If it is passed this “no drill” ban would be added to the Michigan Constitution. It would be the first Great Lake state to do so.
Of the seven states Michigan shares the Great Lakes with, only three others prevent drilling. Canada currently has 500 offshore gas wells in Lake Erie and allows both onshore and offshore drilling.
In 1931, the sun never set on the British Empire. For all its glories and failures, the Empire’s time had practically come to an end. Confederacy would soon take the place of empire. Read more on Landmarks of Liberty…
Carpooling is a favored method of transit among poor college students, and gives consumers a way to minimize their carbon footprint and save money. The clever guys at PickUp Pal decided to capitalize on this by offering an easy venue for would-be ridesharers to advertise their transportation need or availability. Their organized system has the added bonus of reputational ratings, which offer accountability not afforded to the hitchhiker with a “California or Bust!” sign.
“It is hard to see how such a thing could be anything less than a nifty social benefit of the Internet,” reads an editorial in Canada’s National Post, “but in Ontario, it is considered illegal.” That’s right– carpooling in Ontario is only legal if it involves commuting from the suburbs to the city for work purposes, according to the Ontario Highway Transport Board’s curious definition of “public vehicle.” You see, public vehicles must be operated only by specially licensed individuals. The driving force behind the broad definition? Bus operators who fear competition!
Now PickupPal, which has an estimated 15,000 registered users in Ontario, has become popular enough to attract the attention of intercity bus firms. They claim that allowing money to change hands between consenting individuals for inter-municipal trips makes the site illegal — in essence, that it makes PickupPal a bus service.
Lest you think such silliness is confined to our neighbor to the north–think again.
–Lauren M. Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern
Note to self: When setting up a business in Canada, check background of any accountants encountered through state-subsidized employment programs.
Gwen Patrick did all the accounting for Falcon Compressors Inc., the company she owned with her husband Dennis, until a medical emergency left her in a coma. After her recovery, the couple faced no choice but to hire out their books, and they turned to a government-subsidized employment agency for assistance.
Unfortunately for Falcon, the person referred to them a year ago was Kathleen Holyoak-Marion, 36. Operating for years under a number of aliases, Holyoak had a long criminal record for fraud-related activity.
The Windsor woman had been barred by a judge’s order at the time of her Falcon hiring from holding any job involving corporate bookkeeping or accounting, part of her bail terms of release pending the latest fraud charges she was facing.
Holyoak-Marion wrote herself 111 checks and has been ordered to pay the Patricks and their clients more than $100 thousand in restitution should she ever find legitimate income, in addition to her 12-month jail sentence.
As to why the Patricks hired her in the first place:
“I was stupid. I trusted this government program,” Patrick replied.