I was listening to the CBC on the way into work this morning, and heard an interview with a man who is organizing the city's Canada Day celebrations tomorrow. The interviewer asked how much the committee is spending on the fireworks display tomorrow night. His response? In the range of $15-20,000 dollars!
I normally don't attend the fireworks display. The last time I was there I was very upset to see so many people taking their dogs to the event. Many of the dogs were afraid of the loud bangs and were crying and barking. I think it's very unfair to our canine friends to take them to an event like that. They don't understand that there is no danger and that they don't need to be afraid. After making this observation several years ago, I lost interest in gathering with the rest of the city to watch the display.
Since I have little interest in the fireworks, perhaps I'm writing out of turn. However, I can't help but feel that the $15-20,000 could be put to a better use. Think about how that money would help a few of our homeless people put shelter over their heads, or how many meals it could provide at our local food bank.
We live in such a wasteful manner, don't we?