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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Downward is Heavenward

Remember last week when I told you about TVO's current affairs program The Agenda coming to Windsor for a live broadcast? Well, they came and went, and the crew of the Lance Out Loud was there to catch it.



I find the comments made by the lovely [and coordinated] hosts interesting. I met up with my old friend, journalism classmate and former Lance contributor Melissa Pulleyblank, who recently moved up this end of the province, following her dream to get into the head office at McDonald's Canada [don't snicker, she makes an aight salary and gets benefits and stocks]. So how was she enjoying her flight from the Rose City, something she had dreamed about since she was a teenager?

Hates it. Wants to go back in December.

We talked a lot about Windsor yesterday, and I made pretty much the same point that MFA student Justin Langlois makes, encouraging a Windsor that can create a viable and sustainable economy focused on art and culture. My theory, completely uneducated obviously, is that the idea that the Big Three are going to swoop in and decide to start making hybrids in Windsor is optimistic at best and delusional at worst. This is forgetting that Ken Lewenza Sr. is now heading the CAW [and how did that happen, anyway?]. I fear that ship might have sailed for the city, despite the bottomed out real estate. Between the potential GM/Chrysler merger and the current state of the economy that sees companies holding on to all the cash they can get, things are probably headed downward for awhile. But I do think the city can withstand these challenges. I just hope there's people left there to help with build it back up.

Speaking of tightening belts, I see that 'oversight committee' for The Lance finally got up and running, fulfilling one of Justin Teeuwen's administrative dreams [and probably Coffin for that matter]. The UWSA it's purpose is not editorial, more fiscal, to make more transparent how the paper spends its money.

Damn. Nice knowing you, Windsor.

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