Tuesday, November 10, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“The police office is not the
place for him. It’s not his
place of business.”
- Councillor David Cole  
- on the bylaw officer’s   


A Fragile Lens- Nathen GallagherA few odds and ends for you this week.
First, you may have noticed in last week’s paper that a few of the stories were written by “Pass Herald Staff” rather than yours truly. This is not, as you might have imagined, the result of a fascist uprising against your favourite reporter, but rather the result of my five-day battle with horrible illnesses.
I came down with some mild flu-like symptoms in late October, and with the whole H1N1 thing, I played it safe and worked from home just in case. The flu-like symptoms cleared up after a couple of days, so I’m fairly certain it wasn’t that dreaded porcine disease.
But just as I was recovering I was nailed with a pretty horrendous case of food poisoning. I’ll spare you the lovely details, but let’s just say it was one of the most profoundly unpleasant experiences of my entire life.
Thankfully, I am now fully recovered and back to the old grind.
Second, two issues ago I reported in my council news section that the mayor could not make council’s chosen date for a planning session on the Crowsnest Centre because of mayoral duties elsewhere. I’ve since learned that the mayor is actually attending a convention for members of the Conservative party in Alberta.
While provincial politics and our community’s relation to them certainly do provide a benefit, and involvement in such is likely something any mayor should attempt, this is not, strictly speaking, an official mayoral duty.
I wanted to clear that up, as some people have expressed displeasure with council’s decision to hold a Centre planning meeting when the mayor is out of town.
Third and lastly, Halloween. Specifically, costumes. Even more specifically, costumes on dogs.
Costumes on dogs, you ask? Yes, costumes on dogs.
This appears to be a growing thing, and I must lead a life sheltered from the ins and outs of dog fashion, because it’s not something I’d even considered before.
I’m not sure why I hadn’t considered it –– after all, clothes on dogs is far from a new thing, especially on smaller dogs. If dogs can wear clothes like people sometimes, why not let them take part in Halloween as well?
It’s frankly brilliant, for several reasons. First, it gives the dog something to do (admiring itself in the mirror, perhaps, or chewing on its superhero cape) besides barking at trick or treaters. Second, if you take your costumed dog trick or treating with you, you can snag extra candy, because who would turn down a cute, costumed dog? And finally, if you saw a pug dressed as a lobster coming toward you (see photo below), wouldn’t you want to give her all the candy you could spare?
Several costumed pooches visited the Pass Herald during the Main Street Halloween event, each cuter than the last. Soon, I feel certain, this costumed epidemic will sweep the globe. Dogs will have their own costume parties, their own prizes, and before you know it they’ll be able to blend in among us, disguised as tiny humans.
You’ve been warned.
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