Left to decay?

Does anyone know what is happening to the Canadian Hotel? Sometimes I sit in my car waiting for the lights to change and gaze at the quite ornate exterior wondering and thinking what a handsome building it must once have been. It was badly damaged by fire and there were plans, long ago in that... Continue Reading →

Where is the vision?

  The summer saw some cruise ships and the ferry from Dockyard to St. George’s did bring people, but the Old Towne still seems to be suffering. There is no new news on the hotel at Fort St Catherine and there has been nothing in the news about any new initiatives to tempt either visitors... Continue Reading →

No. 11

My sincerest sympathies are extended to the family of the young lady who died this morning after a road crash. It is the 11th death on the roads of Bermuda this year. Eleventh! As I have said before, and I will keep saying, if the deaths and the casualties taken to ER were the result... Continue Reading →

Has this been thought through?

  There is no harm in analyzing how a $50m annual cost can be reduced and efforts to get people back into work must be applauded. But Sports Minister Zane DeSilva’s remarks on reviewing Financial Assistance provided little clarity on how it will actually be done and risked stigmatizing – and worrying -  a large... Continue Reading →

Death by committee?

I use the phrase to summarise how good ideas can be strangled at birth; how actual decision making can be effectively halted and how “initiatives never become reality because of the stifling effects of the bureaucratic process”. The recent Throne Speech listed a lot of new committees, authorities (another name for a committee), think tanks... Continue Reading →

A moral obligation

It must be groundhog day, no? It sure feels like it. One paragraph on page 14 of the Throne Speech says: The menace of drunk driving on our roads is one that can be difficult to curtail given the proliferation of alcohol versus our available enforcement resources. This Government will not tolerate impaired driving. Sobriety... Continue Reading →

Shut that Gate!

New MPs have hardly had time to warm their backbench seats and already the mud-slinging has started. As I have mentioned before here, it is all too often the politics of the playground. And, if there is evidence, produce it. We haven’t had a ‘…gate’ for a while, so let’s call this FourSeasonsGate, or maybe... Continue Reading →

Guts and vision?

Do you remember all those years ago, when the Pew Institute brought us the idea of the Bermuda Blue Halo? What was it? It was basically a giant marine reserve reaching out to the limit of the Island's Exclusive Economic Zone. It was greeted by huge waves of skepticism and not a little anger. “Who... Continue Reading →

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