Last year I posted my personal wish list for 2022. I promised to let you know which of my wishes came true and to write another wish list for 2023.
Here's how my 2022 wish list turned out:
In 2022, I wished for COVID-19 to fade away like a bad dream. That was unrealistic. It's going to take time and patience, The right-wingers and anti-vaxxers have held back progress. Every day, however, scientists are working to find ways to deal with the mutations and variants of this terrible affliction.
I hoped that Doug Ford's Progressive? Conservatives would lose the Ontario provincial election, on June 2, 2022. Well, that didn't come true. Unfortunately, Ford won a majority government, with a 40.8 per cent share of the popular vote. Ford is planning to build Highway 413,
Ford's folly will be an environmental disaster. Here's why:
* It will add millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, resulting in over a billion in damages from pollution.
* Highway 413 would pave over many hectares of Ontario's prized Green Belt, including some of the province's most productive farmland.
* According to an expert panel study, Highway 413 would only save drivers in the area a mere 30 to 60 seconds a trip.
* Highway 403 is expensive. It will cost taxpayers billions of dollars and divert money needed for public transit. It will destroy heritage sites and Indigenous land.
Like most people, I hope for an end to the horrible conflict in Ukraine, which has caused untold suffering and destruction. I also hope for further waning of the pandemic. It is still with us, unfortunately, and will not disappear overnight. However, I hope that that scientific advances will eventually put an end to the nightmare.
I hope Premier Danielle Smith's United Conservative Party (UCP) is defeated in the next provincial election in Alberta. The election is scheduled for May 29, 2023. I am opposed to Smith's policies and I don't like her Alberta Sovereignty Act.