Once again, Tim, your sloppy attempts at so-called journalism have led you astray.
This line: "Similarly, if the Halifax yard lands one of the ship building contracts, it absolutely will result in big increases in local employment over the term of the contract, say, the next four years, safely past the next provincial election. But what happens after that?" is utter bullshit, dude.
CHECK YOUR FACTS. The big contract is for 12,000 jobs for 35 years - yes, a generation. Kinda shatters your argument about limited economic development, doesn't it?
For fuck's sake man, get it right for ONCE.
Wow. Great post. The only new info? That the weather forecast looks good. Rest is a boring rehash.
Now THIS is a good story that tackles the real issues in play. Well done, Tim.
And Tim Bousquet strikes again. The real issue here is that unless a hurricane wanders past, there's fuck all surf in N.S. in September. This "classic", which Jackie Barkhouse laughably described as one of the major stops on the tour (bwahahahahaha - can't stop giggling at that one, Jackie), promises to leave egg on the province's face because the surfers will likely come and go not having seen waves bigger than three or four feet (if they're lucky).
Instead of examining that issue, Bousquet focuses on the non-legal standing of the CSA (who fucken cares? What difference does it make? Bousquet doesn't answer that question - in fact, he asks it in this piece and doesn't have an answer - quality writing, Tim!).
Then he goes for the Watergate-esque "public intoxication and indecency charges" angle and comes up with...what? One drunken Australian acting like an idiot, once? Tell me, Tim, is that all you could get? How is that likely any worse than any sporting event/concert that comes to town? Simple - it isn't.
Running out of steam, Bousquet stumbles over the line with the "money, money" stuff - possibly the only semi-legitimate aspect of this laughable story. But by then he's realized this story's a stinker, and it's Friday, and it's time to rush off to the pub, so he gives up.
Tim, you have uncovered some good stuff in the last few years. But you're also incrediblyfast and loose with the facts and sometimes hunt for a scandal that isn't there - and then report one anyway.
The funding angle? Sure - write till your fingers bleed; rage into the night. But these other so-called "areas of concern" are b.s. - and you know it.
Oh, and by the way, I have to make one other point: this line - "I'm told they're a privileged, self-centered lot, and at best rowdy" - stinks to high heaven. Your writing shows you know fuck all about surfing or the surf community. Don't try and shroud your lack of knowledge by crudely and falsely insinuating you have some sort of inside "scoop". Leave that to Andrew Krystal et al.
Ah, no, John Wesley Chisholm, Tim does link the issues. His exact words, in Para 1, read: "A lot of people in Halifax want the city to build a new stadium---but at what cost? Should we get one even if it means flirting with potential payola, kickbacks, graft and bribery?"
Now, that may not be an explicit link, but to anyone with more than a Grade 4 education, it's obvious where he's trying to go.
The point of an editorial is to take a stand on an issue and clearly enunciate why your argument makes sense. It's not about ducking and weaving around the issue, or making dubious links between unrelated issues because it's a sexier read, then later trying to back away because the logic simply isn't there.
There are two issues here: a stadium, and the ethical issues surrounding FIFA. Pick one, and write about it - don't do a half-assed job on both.
P.S.: Tim is the king of negativity on any (and often every) issue of the day, so please, don't lecture others about playing the "negativity card" as as a sign of intellectual immaturity. Sometimes, the shoe fits - it certainly does on this piece of work.
And by the way, your condescending, wannabe-intellectual writing style is pompous tripe. Humourous? Yes. Smart? Not so much.
Sometimes less is more, Mr Chisholm.
Wow. Negativity 101 from Bousquet - and he's dead wrong to boot.
Question, sure...but to draw this parallel of corruption between FIFA and the construction of a locally built built stadium is utterly ludicrous. As "Joseph Howe" says, quite the straw grasping there Tim.
Constant, over-the-top negativity does eventually just become white noise, ya know.
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