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Column: GPS needs a local app for visitors

-by Frank Macdonald

    For people dependent upon GPS to get from A to B, the digital co-pilot is a handy tool. Until it isn’t.
    The urban stories/legends around GPS misdirection are multiplying. Someone is instructed to turn right by the device instead of left, and winds up in a lake. People have been directed onto runways and railway tracks. There are stories of south becoming north, of west becoming east, of highways disappearing altogether. Frequently these tales of misdirection have to do with people who are familiar with street signs and numbered housing, people who venture off into the wilds of rural wherever, and becoming hopelessly mired in some farmer’s pasture. Google Maps doesn’t always get it right.
    Last October, we had family visiting us from Ontario for Celtic Colours. Tickets to various venues were wisely purchased online in July. Delaying the purchase of tickets for the popular October music festival can result in a lot of Sold Out signs when you do go to buy tickets. The biggest problem with this otherwise wise practice of early ticket-buying is that far-away fans of Celtic Colours study the venues they wish to attend, then buy the tickets.
    They purchase tickets online while being relatively, or wholly, unaware of Cape Breton’s geography. They are perhaps purchasing their tickets while consulting a map of the island, a map on the screen of a smart phone upon which Inverness and Ingonish are practically neighbours. So they wind up with accommodations in Inverness and tickets for concerts in Ingonish or St. Anne’s or Meat Cove.

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Letter: Postcast CBC

Dear Editor,

    If the aim of the CBC is to keep the general population informed about the Equalization issue exactly comparable to the government’s explanation, it did accomplish that with its recent postcast and news item:  
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/6-communities-rely-most-on-money-from-the-equalization-table-1.4722202.
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/nsinfomorn-UzdKgDpL-20180627.mp3.
    The public, however, because of the volunteer committee Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness has already been informed via social media information, the Cape Breton Post and Inverness Oran that was not presented in the CBC’s supposedly unbiased reporting.
    This relevant fact being that approximately 26 per cent of the total yearly Equalization payments of $1.8 billion has a municipal connection, which none of the politicians want to admit.
This was confirmed by former Nova Scotia finance minister Maureen MacDonald on March 8th, 2013, which states as follows:  “Deficiencies in fiscal capacity related to property and miscellaneous revenues form a significant part of the total Equalization program in most receiving provinces.  At 26.8 per cent in 2011-12, Nova Scotia’s fiscal capacity deficiency related to property tax and miscellaneous revenues is comparable to that of other receiving provinces.”  Further, a reply from the federal department of finance stated that it was “approximately 26 per cent.”
    The CBC’s report has done a grave disservice to the many municipalities that are the subject of underfunding by the government’s inadequate provincial equalization grant that is now, apparently, under review.

Yours truly,
Charles W. Sampson
Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia

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