Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BEGUILED BY A GULL

The sultry long days of August make for some pretty slow news days!

That is evident in the foolish, non-stop coverage that some media outlets in the city are providing to the plight of a lone seagull that's wing got caught Thursday on a spike on the top of St. Patrick's Church. The rat with wings died on Sunday, still stuck to the rod.

Residents of the neighborhood are expressing concern that more was not done to alleviate the suffering of the sea gull, or rescue it from the precarious perch atop the church. In all fairness, I did not have to listen to the gull suffer, flapping its wings in futility as it baked in the summer heat without a drop of water! It was an agonizing death.

Critics say the fire department, animal control and the Provincial wildlife service could have done more. It makes me think of the ancient paradigm about a falling tree in the woods. If no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound? On the other hand if a soldier dies alone in the desert, does he die? Just because no one saw it, doesn't mean it didn't happen!

In this case the bird did die! I am confident that had wildlife shot it to put it out of it's misery, someone would have been critical of that. Certainly, suggesting that a person put their life on the line to crawl up there and remove it is the height of foolishness.

I do not think that the public are so focused on the issue that is demands the coverage that it has gotten for the past five days! It must be a slow news days for the assignment editors. Surely, there are more newsworthy stories that deserve air time than the plight of a seagull.

What about homelessness in the city?  The ongoing crisis with urologists in the province that is causing pain and suffering for real people! or the potential cuts to career employment centers across the province which could impact access to Employment Counseling Services,  Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities; Employment (wage subsidy) Programs; Community Partnerships and Youth Services.

It is all a bit silly and foolish, if you ask me.


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