a three-month investigation, the report by a
joint U.S.-Canadian task force laid most of the blame for the blackout
, which left 50 million people without power, on
Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy's equipment, practices and decisions .
report cited "inadequate situational awareness" by FirstEnergy
employees, who were unaware that line-monitoring software was not
functioning. Another factor was the company's failure to trim
trees that short-circuited three of its high-capacity power lines in
Ohio, the report said."
yes of course Canada would accept the United States' apology
for its chorus of 'Blame Canada' during the Blackout of the Summer of
It would be
the only polite and gracious thing to do. Proper manners and
civility are hallmarks of Canadian society.
most unlike their southern neighbours who are loathe to admit they're
wrong... and even more repulsed to offer an apology.
Canada has learned being the next door cousin to a rich, loud and pompous
brother-in-law often means biting one's tongue in order to keep peace in the
family. You know that kind of relative: drives the newer car,
lives in a more expensive house, only vacations
in the most glamourous fashion and makes sure everybody else knows about
it... in as booming a voice as he can muster. If he's wrong,
everybody knows it but there's never an apology as apologies only imply
weakness and fallibility. Prestige, Power and 'Leadership' is the name of his
And usually clueless. But after a while it grows too tedious to
bother arguing... so smiling quietly and nodding is the best resort.
sure great sport to razz the hell out of him in a Canadian website.
And so I shall.
here. Oh, what's THIS ?? A transborder investigation
committee traced the cause of the Blackout to a power utility in
<<drum roll please>> O
- H - I - O ???
- H - I - O in
Now I could be wrong ( see? A Canadian trait shows through ) but I'm not
familiar with any Province or Territory in Canada called
O - H - I - O .
4m people hit by electricity outage across nine states
lightning strike leaves New York without power for 25 hours
power loss in north-east US and southern Canada hits 30m
Wotta revoltin' development we got here. Imagine. Not only was
the cause of the Blackout due to some inept and incompetent
company, but the AMERICANS
about the problem originating in Canada.
Now to be fair ( hey, another Canadian trait ), Canada did a lot of head
shaking and It's-Not-Our-Fault's during the Blackout as well. Canada
kept saying, "No, the problem isn't with Canadian power producers or
transfer stations... it's with the U.S. side of things". And
Care for some Canadian bacon to go with that egg on the
face? Perhaps a Molson Canadian to wash down that shoe
leather? ( Oh... wait... maybe the beer bottles are covered with Mad
Cow Disease or SARS cooties. Never mind... )
We have a
tie this year for the 2003 Clueless Big Mouths With Chronic Bad Hair Days
Award: the winners are NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYS Governor George
Pataki who've proven without a shadow of a doubt that a suit and tie have
no relevance to competency. WELL DONE GENTLEMEN !! Shooting
from the lip before facts are determined is always a good tactic to win
this esteemed award. But you managed to corner it this year.
constituents must be PROUD of you both. I know Canadians are.
digress. Let's take a look at some of the comments swirling about
during the Blackout, shall we?
blame the government?
Or blame society?
Or should we blame the images on TV?
No, blame Canada, blame Canada!
With all their beedy little eyes, their flapping heads so full of
Blame Canada, blame Canada!
We need to form a full assault. Its Canada's fault.
... Blame Canada, blame Canada!
It seems that everything's gone wrong since Canada came along.
Blame Canada, blame Canada !
They're not even a real country anyway."
Canada " South Park : The Movie
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that why the outage happened
isn't known, its cause was apparently in Canada.
He said the
Northeast power grid is set up to supply power to Canada when it
needs it. He said there was a sudden surge in demand in Canada --
a demand U.S. power suppliers couldn't meet. Computers that
control the grid began shutting down to prevent damage to the
said "there is no doubt" that the demand from Canada
caused the grid to fail. Canadian officials insisted the outage
originated in America. "
16 August, 2003
CNN : 'Lake
Erie Loop' focus of blackout probe
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Explains The Great Blackout Of 2003
At this point we do not know what caused the
Even though it appears as if it did originate in Ohio we cannot rule out the possibility
that it began some place else.
We will get to the bottom
of this and discover what and who was ultimately responsible.
what a JOY it is to have the Large Economy-Sized Mouths of the US
Not only are
they capable of heaping blame where it's not justified, laying
accusations when there's no conclusive proof or acknowledging
culpability without a hint of an apology, it's a delight to know
they're incapable of making mistakes... or even gross incompetence.
that's the bill of goods being shoved down the throats of
The score in
THIS bit of a diplomatic gaffe?
: 1 , U.S. : 0
something tells me the international community already knows the
score given past performances.