put a sock in it

The Yukon Arts Society wants the cash-strapped city to pony up $5,000 for puppet shows. It’s not a lot of money, but get serious.

The Yukon Arts Society wants the cash-strapped city to pony up $5,000 for puppet shows.

It’s not a lot of money, but get serious.

The society is tapping the city’s Environmental Fund to fly up an East Coast puppet company to give five performances about global warming in Whitehorse elementary schools.

We respectfully suggest, given the amount of pollution jets give off, it would be more responsible to look for puppeteers closer to home.

If kids need to hear about global warming from puppets, better to commission a local troupe to stage something. Keep the money in town.

Better still, save the $5,000 and simply show the kiddies Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Cost: Free from Granger’s Gas ‘n’ Go.

Valleyview’s neurosis

And while we’re at it, Valleyview also wants to tap the city’s Environmental Fund.

It wants $450 for flower boxes.

Sounds innocuous enough. But it isn’t.

We suspect the community association wants to replace the idiotic barricades it places smack-dab in the middle of the road throughout the summer time.

The city should refuse the request.

And bylaw should insist any home-built traffic barriers are removed.

They make traffic flow erratic, forcing drivers to concentrate on missing the unexpected roadblocks rather than the children who run wild in the community.

The loop already has a unique snail’s pace speed limit.

That should be enough.

Last note…

The city did a fine job scraping Logan streets this Easter weekend.

Working the holiday, a city grader operator ran up and down Magpie Road at around 4 p.m. on Monday.

A week ago, cars were getting stuck on the road.

But, following a few days of warm weather, there was clearly nothing left to plow. The street was almost devoid of snow.

Nevertheless, the dedicated city staffer, presumably working overtime, ran the machine up and down the asphalt, plowing a berm the size of a speed bump into the centre of the road.

“You must be kidding,” said one local 10-year-old, gazing at the pathetic mound. “Why did he bother?”

It’s a good question. (RM)