Archives for: March 2010

What's Going On In Chechnya?

March 31st, 2010
Not much has been said in the blogs so far as to the strategic importance of Chechyna to the Russians in their effort to maintain a grip on the oil fields of the Caucasus. This region represents a critical Russian outpost in Moscow's efforts to continua… more »

When Your Best is Not Good Enough!

March 31st, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, as my interest in the approaching baseball season began to pique, I saw a short clip on the evening news about Jeremy Reed's efforts to make the Toronto Blue Jays' roster. Talk about a story of pure inspiration. At 28 years of age… more »

The Real Reason for Closing Schools

March 31st, 2010
If the truth be known, all six of these country schools should have been closed a couple of years ago because of declining enrollment. If my school district is anything to go by, local educational authorities move arctic slow when it comes to implementi… more »

Another Rogue Gets Away!

March 31st, 2010
So former Constable Greg Smith finally quit the Victoria Police force just in time to avoid prosecution for several serious assaults of and threats to his wife. There is also the blemish on his record of service involving the questionable handling of a… more »

Helena Has Trouble Grasping Reality

March 31st, 2010
Helena Guergis, Jr., Minister of Women's Issues in the Harper Cabinet, is in trouble again, three weeks after flipping her biscuit at the Charlottetown Airport. Apparently, one of her aides recently sent in some phony letters from her constituency offic… more »

Hillary Being Hillary, Part 2

March 31st, 2010
At the G-20 Foreign Ministers's Conference in Ottawa this week, it seems that Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, will get the final word of the issue of maternal rights in foreign aid packages emanating from this group. Contraception and access… more »

The Playfair Charade!

March 30th, 2010
Come now! This was all a cheap publicity stunt for the fans. It was hard not to notice the Abbotsford player on the bench to the right of Playfair having a good laugh over it all. If this is the Vince McMahon-style gimmickry the American Hockey League w… more »

A Housing Crisis in Canada?

March 30th, 2010
A recent study on low-cost housing availability across Canada suggests that 20% of its people can't afford the costs of owning a home. The report went on to posit the notion that only the private sector in these tough economic times can answer to that n… more »

Hillary Being Hillary!

March 30th, 2010
There is something about Hillary's latest manner when it comes to questioning the resolve of America's partners like Canada in ventures such as Afghanistan that truly bothers me. From the sounds of things, she wants us to continue the fight, even though… more »

Africa's Black Hole

March 29th, 2010
The Lord's Resistance Army - this crackpot, tribal group of wandering Ugandan terrorists - have spread their tentacles out into neighbouring Congo and slaughtered over 300 civilians in a recent attack on some villages. What amazes me about this story is… more »

Now We Know!

March 29th, 2010
What's new about this week-end Liberal makeover in Montreal? Nothing except that the party has been exposed for having no principles or policies worth talking about. For the last few decades, this national party has been running on political fumes and o… more »

Ed O'Loughlin's "Not Untrue & Not Unkind" - Journalists Reporting on Each Other

March 28th, 2010
I picked up this novel from the local library thinking it was going to offer some great insight into the inner workings of the modern journalistic world as it tangles with monumental issues that plague the human race: war, famine, racism, tyranny, disea… more »

A Bleak Future for the Canadian Worker!

March 27th, 2010
So some of Canada's sharpest minds, including Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, have gathered in a ballroom of a luxury Montreal Hotel to discuss the future of the Canadian economy. One of the keynote speakers, former governor of the Bank of Canada, Dav… more »

Tim Cook's "Shock Troops" - Seasoned Fighters

March 27th, 2010
It didn't take me long to get into the second volume of Cook's history of Canada's role in WW I after having enjoyed the first one. Once again, Cook does a splendid job in exploring the nature of Canada's war effort from all perspectives: the common sol… more »

An Indefensible Position!

March 27th, 2010
I'm not quite sure how the Catholic Church can continue to ascribe the title of "His Holiness" to a pope who may have turned a blind eye to or covered up the practice of pederasty in his clergy. It is this credibility gap that is now beginning to bother… more »

Caught Red-Handed!

March 27th, 2010
The cops have finally caught the couple/parents responsible for heisting $3k worth of DVDs and Blue Ray technology from an electronics store in the Lower Mainland. This pair definitely ranks up there as your dumb criminal type. As for motive, I now see… more »

A Reprobate Church!

March 27th, 2010
The French bishops have now come out in a missive to the Pope denouncing the shameful acts of the clergy that have recently come to light within Catholic circles. These guys forget that when they deride the actions of the general clergy they are also in… more »

A Courageous Decision!

March 27th, 2010
While I applaud the Inuits' decision to retain the ban on alcohol consumption in their Labrador community, it is obvious to see from the inebriated state of several of its members at that all-important public meeting a couple of days ago that enforcing… more »

Short-Gap Measure At Best!

March 27th, 2010
From what I can gather, this latest bailout is nothing more than a case of temporary mortgage consolidation and relief: four to five months breathing space in order to get one's house in order. If this measure is to save the US housing sector from furth… more »

A Cash Cow for Teachers!

March 26th, 2010
Morality aside, I applaud this investment move as long as it secures the value of teacher pensions. All big pension funds take on new investments to improve their bottom line in readiness for the big surge in baby boomers retiring over the next several… more »

A Pointless Gesture!

March 26th, 2010
I see that the French Bishops have sent a joint missive to Pope Benedict expressing their deep sorrow over the latest lamentable revelations about sex abuse in the church. All fine and well but if the French bishops are so broken up by this terrible sta… more »

Frum Dumped by Fellow Conservatives

March 26th, 2010
Frum is learning the hard way that even Conservatives have their fanatics and that being a spokesman for a cause doesn't mean one has the right to speak one's mind. As a conservative, I find the present Republican party a scary movement that is moving t… more »

Tim Cook's "At the Sharp End" - Easily the Best Account of War Out There

March 26th, 2010
When you first pick up "At the Sharp End" you'll be amazed at how much this definitive two-volume history of the Great War reads like a carefully choreographed, personal narrative of a typical soldier on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918. That's b… more »

In Pursuit of the Prey!

March 25th, 2010
When will the likes of Mulcair and his NDP hounds realize that Harper is only playing with them by refusing to divulge documents that he considers to be of top national secrecy. Harper probably knows that the documents in question reveal little that isn… more »

The Trouble With This Report is . . . .

March 25th, 2010
Talk about hypocrisy writ large on the political screen. There is the Fraser Institute - the beacon of economic, right-wing fundamentalism - accusing the Harper government of not effectively disbursing its stimulus money across the economy during these… more »

Somebody's Nose is out of Joint!

March 25th, 2010
It seems that the NHL brass have gone ahead and passed a rule forbidding the lethal practice of blindsiding an opposing player during a game. You would think that this would be an issue that could bring both sides - the owners and the union - together f… more »

Down to Nothing!

March 25th, 2010
We only begin to appreciate how far threadbare and dispossessed posers like the Blacks have truly fallen when their property holdings have been reduced to one home. Who knows how long that will last; before too long, Barbara might be calling a room at t… more »

Greece on the Edge

March 25th, 2010
I suspect that a few other Mediterranean-type nations will soon be lining up for a bailout/rescue plan. What makes this so intriguing is that the panic factor has now switched to the EU, which obviously doesn't want to have to deal with this member-coun… more »

The Liberals Going Nowhere Fast!

March 25th, 2010
The Liberals are the party in crisis. Continued languishing in the polls suggests that a crisis in leadership is in store for this party that is seriously adrift on a wide range of issues. Until they get traction on policy and deal with their unpopular… more »

The Night of the Long Knives Revisited!

March 24th, 2010
So the Liberals failed to get their motion to include contraceptives in all Canadian foreign aid packages in the future, considering that the party whip was ordered to make certain that everyone in the caucus was there to vote at the critical moment. A… more »

Justice Will Prevail!

March 24th, 2010
I think the obstruction charges will carry the day when it comes to dealing with Cpl. Monty Robinson. All my loathing for the man has long ago peaked and then dissipated with the conclusion of the Robert Dziekanski inquiry. Though the coroner's report o… more »

A Strategy that Backfired!

March 24th, 2010
A supposedly big showdown in the Commons tonight over an opposition motion to have contraceptive measures included in the government's foreign aid policy. What makes this so controversial is that it is a potential wedge issue, albeit for the wrong party… more »

There is a Limit to Public Health Care for the Elderly?

March 23rd, 2010
Another potential horror story has emerged from the Fraser Health Authority. This time, it involves questionable health care for the elderly and the dying. The person in question was an elderly man who had both legs amputated because of the threat of ga… more »

The Need to Defend Oneself!

March 23rd, 2010
In the Metis community of Cadotte Lake just north of Peace River, Alta. three young Metis brothers jumped and beat up two of three police officers sent to investigate a domestic dispute. In the process of the altercation, one of the attackers took poss… more »

Now Comes the Matter of Paying for It!

March 22nd, 2010
Great Day as long as Washington has a way of paying for this very expensive item without further burdening the middle-class taxpayer during these tough economic times. By the way, the US is not even close to offering socialized medicine like we have in… more »

The Time Has Come for a Different Kind of Common Sense!

March 21st, 2010
If working or playing the back country wasn't extreme sport till now, this winter has changed all that. It seems that more and more of this foolhardy breed is openly accepting the risk when confronted with the dangers. If this is the trend, the BC gover… more »

The Passing of Health Care

March 21st, 2010
Obama finally has the focus he wants on health care reform: them (Corporate America) versus us (the people). While this is not totally what he wanted in terms of a radical overhaul, at least it will plug all the remaining holes by providing coverage tha… more »

Minority Governments More Controllable and Accountable

March 21st, 2010
Frankly, I like the present minority-style government. With the present badly-divided opposition, the government can steer through parliament big-issue legislation that represents issues that pertain more to the well-being of the country than a right- o… more »

Ann-Marie Macdonald's "Fall on Your Knees" - A Complex Story Full of Raw Emotions

March 20th, 2010
In this multi-layered novel about life in early 20th century Cape Breton Island, Macdonald treats her readers to a vivid and colorful look at a traditional east coast society torn between the security of the past and the promise of the future. In the st… more »

The Pounds Are Coming Off!

March 20th, 2010
I am now into my seventh week of exercising and dieting, and the results are starting to show through. To date I have lost up to eighteen pounds from working out on treadmill, exercise bike, and road bike for ninety minutes every day. As for eating, I h… more »

Robert Harris's "The Ghost" - The Truth Shall Make You Free

March 20th, 2010
In "The Ghost" the popular writer, Robert Harris, takes his reader through a suspenseful and chilling tale of political intrigue, international war crimes, shady characters, conspiracy plots and moments of raw courage. This novel has some appealing feat… more »

Bring Out the Violins - Part II

March 19th, 2010
In defense of the European Courts, with all the fluctuation in currencies going on around the world, it would be next to impossible to set an indexed rate for over 40k Britons and expats living abroad. For those of us who have to bite the bullet on this… more »

Not All It's Cracked Up to Be!

March 19th, 2010
The time has come to close the serious gaps in private health care coverage in the US. However, what I see as the proposed legislation is hardly radical and revolutionary: from those who can afford to those who can't is what drives this initiative. The… more »

Bring Out the Violins - Part I

March 19th, 2010
The main European Court have delivered its long awaited verdict on the case involving the indexing of British pensions for those living outside the country, and it wasn't favourable for the petitioners. It appears that those ex-pats living in places lik… more »

A New Chapter in American-Israeli Interests

March 19th, 2010
The days of having America as a trusted ally are over for Israel, and it knows that better than anyone else. When Clinton starts turning up with an international cadre of so-called diplomatic heavy weights who don't always have Israel's best interests a… more »

Timely or Ludicrous Advice?

March 18th, 2010
Former governor of the Bank of Canada has just finished a report for the Canadian government on the future state of public and private pensions. One of his major recommendations is that Canadians might be well positioned down the road if they begin savi… more »

The Latest National Poll!

March 18th, 2010
I am one who wants to keep the status quo only because there is little to complain about and the Harper agenda seems to be working, touch wood. Besides, the opposition hasn't given me any reason to change my political allegiance. As pollster Allan Gregg… more »

The Cesspool Deepens!

March 17th, 2010
As a life-long admirer of the Vienna Boys choral music, I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of these latest allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct. It seems that this whole issue of sex abuse of children in institutional settings is taki… more »

The Government on Facebook!

March 17th, 2010
I knew there was a reason why a bunch of strangely friendly invitations have started cropping up on my Facebook - nefarious, prowling types who have a CIA or Secret Service look about them and might be up to no-good. To avoid falling into their evil clu… more »

No Indexing for British Pensions Abroad

March 17th, 2010
Not the kind of decision many ex-pat British pensioners, including a close relative, were looking for. A close friend even went as far as to recently buy back eight years of his pensionable earnings in order to top it up. Now he is losing up to $300 a m… more »

The Future for Tiger!

March 17th, 2010
There's hardly a fairy-tale ending to anything that Tiger does from now on in: touch wood! This man's life has, unfortunately, been been changed to resemble someone in desperate search of a lost love. While I want to give the man a chance to recover his… more »

The Earth is a Trembling!

March 16th, 2010
I woke up this morning to news of another major earth tremor off the coast of California. This must be about the twelfth earthquake worldwide in the last month. Maybe this latest in a series of significant seismic tremors is yet another reminder of how… more »

The War on the Mexican Drug Cartels?

March 15th, 2010
Mr. President, when you declare war on the international drug trade that just so happens to cross your borders, you have to literally get involved. No good just watching from the safety of your side of the fence while the Mexican government forces and p… more »

Chris Hedges's "The Empire of Illusion" - the Real Causes of National Decline

March 14th, 2010
In this series of critical essays on America's current and future national status, Hedges attacks all that its leaders and citizens have come to regard as the cornerstones of its existence. In clear expository fashion, he challenges an assortment of maj… more »

Time to Move Now!

March 14th, 2010
With the latest revelations about Pope Benedict's possible involvement in a cover-up of sex abuse involving his brother comes the need to make some drastic changes from within this supposedly sacred organization if the Papacy hopes to survive the next d… more »

Cavorting with Danger!

March 14th, 2010
With this latest tragedy in Revelstoke with the deaths of at least three snowmobilers at an annual, season-ending gathering at a local mountain, the question, as always, remains: what are people thinking when they take off into the high country during a… more »

Geurgis and Jaffer: Inexcusable Behaviour!

March 13th, 2010
As a strong supporter of the Harper agenda, I have to say I am very dismayed that this family is being seen as representing real values in 21st century Canada, whatever their political persuasion. If Rahim and Helena are typical of anything, it is a ser… more »

The Downfall of a Public Figure

March 13th, 2010
Former national aboriginal leader, David Ahenakew has died. He was the man who was embroiled in a controversy a few years back involving anti-semitic remarks he made as head of the Saskatchewan Union of Chiefs. For that indiscretion, he lost his title,… more »

Conrad Black's "Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom": A Leader in Touch With the People

March 13th, 2010
While I have some reservation about Black's ability to always judge fairly the critical roles of important people in history by his tendency to see life as either right or wrong, it is offset by an appreciation for his passion to create a big-picture ve… more »

Stelmach's Dilemma

March 12th, 2010
Ed's a desperate man these days. He has had to back down on raising provincial oil and gas royalties because the big oil corporations are moving lock, stock and barrel to the Wild Rose Party. If the Tories are seen losing their grip on Big Oil, they'll… more »

America Wants Our Drugs!

March 12th, 2010
Here we go again! Why are Canadian pharmaceuticals and drugs cheaper than in the US? Because they are subsidized by the Canadian public medical system. If we go down this road of opening this market to the US, we end up subsidizing the Americans at grea… more »

The Relative Health of the Economy!

March 12th, 2010
Nations such as Canada often smugly see themselves as comparitively strong as opposed to those countries which are struggling more with key issues like debt management and high unemployment. In a global economy, such an assessment is hardly helpful in d… more »

Fred is Dead!

March 12th, 2010
There'll always be evil out there to contend with. Unfortunately, in this situation, Preston decided to allow it to enter him in such a way as to compel him to commit an irrational act. What we can take away from this senseless act is the continuing nee… more »

Let Justice be Served!

March 12th, 2010
So Swedish officials have arrested an Anders Hogstrom on an Interpol warrant for the arrest of the person responsible for stealing the sign (Arbeit Macht Fret) over the entrance to the infamous Auschwitz camp. This neo-Nazi skinhead will likely be extra… more »

Aspers Back from the Brink?

March 11th, 2010
Before long everyone could be fighting over that proverbial bone in the backyard. Instead of going for the overpriced one with lots of meat on it, like they did a few years back with Conrad Black, the Aspers are now in the bidding for the recycled one t… more »

The Height and Depth of Wealth!

March 11th, 2010
According to a recent press release from those in the know, Bill Gates has been bumped from top spot as the world's richest man. Some Mexican tycoon who has made billions in developing oil and natural gas properties for the Mexican national petroleum co… more »

Hannah Pakula's "The Last Empress", The Woman Behind the Throne

March 11th, 2010
The historian Pakula offers her readers one of the most titillating and exhaustive studies on the life of Madame Chiang Kai-shek to date. In the six hundred or so pages that she devotes to this woman's legendary influence on modern Chinese politics - ma… more »

A Little Bit of a Stretch!

March 11th, 2010
So somebody in the know has found the lost stick and gloves of the 'great' superstar and idol, Sid, the Kid, Cosby. This was no less the stick that put the puck in the net and won the gold medal for Canada in overtime against the Americans. Am I missing… more »

Questionable Strategy!

March 11th, 2010
The latest revelation out of Ottawa concerning the Afghan detainee 'scandal' is that the Liberals may be trying to widen the net by including the Harper government over the issue of possible torture of Afghan prisoners. You see, it was originally a big… more »

In Defense of the Government and the Taxpayer!

March 10th, 2010
Plausible defence if the civil case ever goes to trial. It wasn't as if the government intentionally and maliciously hounded this pair for their religious beliefs. Blackmore and friend knew they were breaking the law by openly flouting it, which means t… more »

The Irish in an Expanding Big Ten, Part II

March 9th, 2010
This story doesn't seem to want to go away. While everyone of importance in the Notre Dame camp, especially athletic director Jack Swarbrick, is trying to play down the notion, conferences like the Big Ten are announcing their intentions to expand well… more »

Smart Move for the Consumer!

March 9th, 2010
There is talk that the federal government might be ready to invite Amazon.com to set up business in Canada, making its present satellite presence with Amazon.ca redundant. Bring it on! The only thing I don't like about Amazon.com right now is its inabil… more »

Time to Leave?

March 9th, 2010
But there are a couple of serious warning signs on the horizon: the pension funds are leading the way in this latest bull in an attempt to recover their losses from last year and pay out a new rash of retirees. Many of the big corporations have started… more »

The Inconvenient World of Telemarketing!

March 9th, 2010
Some Calgarians woke up early this morning to the call of the American telemarketers, pushing some new gadget under the guise of conducting a survey. While it is supposedly illegal to make such phone calls after hours, these guys don't work by any gover… more »

It is Time to Draw the Line!

March 9th, 2010
As a society, we need to be more loyal to and protective of our men in blue. Far too much over-the-top police-bashing going on in the form of blogging these days. It is considered one of society's most dangerous jobs for a good reason. While there will… more »

Sarah in Canada!

March 9th, 2010
At best, Palin will run in 2012 as an independent anyway, so why all the flap? As a political windbag and ignoramus, she has no credibility with the American mainstream Right. Her stance on anything serious like healthcare reform is whatever pops into h… more »

A Solution to Head Checking!

March 9th, 2010
Obviously, some coaches are encouraging their players to conceal their head checking in such a way that it looks like an unintentional, and incidental blow. If professional football can clamp down on helmet-to-helmet contact, why can't the NHL? Establis… more »

The Never-ending Legal Circus

March 9th, 2010
With all the legal frustrations and shenanigans associated with this case to date, Canadians might be allowed a large dose of cynicism as to a possible positive resolution. As one of those cynics, I feel the initial prosecution of the Air India bombing… more »

Ronnie Running Out of Remands!

March 9th, 2010
Ronald Allen Smith, it's time to let go. After all, the Montana courts, while agreeing with you in part, on the whole feel the death sentence is appropriate in your case. Callously killing those two native fellows over twenty-eight years ago underscores… more »

Canada's Open for Foreign Ownership!

March 8th, 2010
This only makes sense. If the world is beating a path to our door for our abundantly cheap natural resources, why not take over our state-of-the-art manufacturies while they're here. After all, the likes of the Chinese need a place to process the stuff… more »

Do We Need A Governor-General in Canada?

March 8th, 2010
Right off the top, yes, we do because she has an important traditional function in our present political system. As a constitutional monarchy, Canada has both a representative of state, which is the governor-general, and a head of government, which is t… more »

Caring for Animals a Reflection of Who We Are

March 8th, 2010
In the latest incident of animal cruelty to be prosecuted in BC, a number of bloggers on the CBC website suggest that it is too early to form an opinion of guilt as to what caused the dog in question to become severely emaciated. For them, it could easi… more »

A Law Suit that Makes Abundant Sense

March 8th, 2010
This past week-end, a Newfoundland judge awarded a medical malpractice case in favour of a New Brunswick woman concerning misdiagnosis of a cancerous mole on her lower body. The judge felt that the plaintiff did not receive timely or reliable diagnosis… more »

New Kid on the Block!

March 8th, 2010
Are we about to witness a swing in political fortunes in Canada's most populous province? I think not just yet. For things to go Hudak's way, the Conservatives have to have a platform in place - excluding the political rhetoric - that shows Ontarioans t… more »

Living Comfortably with Less!

March 7th, 2010
As my wife and I prepare to move we face a number of major challenges; one of which entails downsizing so that we can effectively move into a condominium half the size of our present domicile. To help make this decision as to what we keep or let go, we… more »

The Art of Selling Your Belongings!

March 7th, 2010
Build in some wiggle room so that the prospective buyer can engage in a little haggling in order to feel that they are reaching a deal. This psychological gamesmanship goes back to the dawn of civilization when our forbearers sold their merchandise in a… more »

Iceland's Fiscal Mess!

March 7th, 2010
Iceland's economy is about to take another serious hit internationally. A couple of years ago, during the heady days of bank deregulation, the Icelandic government sanctioned the creation of Internet banking, offering some unbelievable returns for inves… more »

Mr. Wu Sues, Part II

March 6th, 2010
So there are a lot of people frustrated with the justice system who want their pound of flesh for what was done to Mr. Wu. May I remind those people, having a lynch-mob mentality will not bring justice to this situation any faster. The police are still… more »

Oh, Those Secret Documents!

March 6th, 2010
First Draft: Here we have brewing in Ottawa another political tempest in a teapot - not a cauldron like the opposition would have us believe. The issue in question is the content of some secret government documents on the status of Afghan detainees tha… more »

Mr. Wu Sues, Part I

March 6th, 2010
While I think Mr. Wu, the apparent victim of a vicious beating by the VPD late last year, has a valid reason for suing for damages, I would remind the public that there is due process involved in our justice system. Many of the blogs I read on this issu… more »

A.Y. Jackson's "A Painter's Country" - Reliving a Memorable Life

March 5th, 2010
This is a wonderful little autobiography that gives an account of how Canada came of age in the 1920s with the introduction of the works of the Group of Seven and other innovative artists. A.Y. Jackson's candid, heartfelt story of his life as a struggli… more »

Nothing to Get Skittish About!

March 5th, 2010
Markets build on what they perceive to be good news. Expect these gains to be offset by days when the markets retreat because they don't like the economic numbers. I don't get too excited unless they start rising in response to inflationary forces. R… more »

Changing Our National Anthem?

March 5th, 2010
At least we know now what the government's intentions are. No changes to the existing verses of the national anthem, "O Canada". Once again, the Speech from the throne serves as a very effective trial balloon as to how the government might proceed on po… more »

Brown's Doing Some Last Minute Touch-Ups!

March 5th, 2010
All Gordon is doing at this critical juncture in his political life is making peace with his conscience, so that somewhere down the road history might truly vindicate him for backing the Iraqi invasion. All politicians of note, including Blair and Bush,… more »

No Political Clout Here!

March 5th, 2010
According to Canadian Press, Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff announced today that he doesn't intend to call a confidence motion over the Harper budget. Well, duh, I don't think he has much of a choice in the matter, given his party's present standin… more »

A Very Telling Budget?

March 4th, 2010
With the latest provincial budget delivered in Victoria yesterday, it is plain to see the Campbell government has a plan to keep spending significantly under control. A little money for teachers, nothing new for the civil services, and no new spending i… more »

Writing on the Wall!

March 4th, 2010
I am told by an important insider that BC Hydro is a Crown corporation in serious trouble due to ineffective management presence and poorly-trained in-the-field personnel. Watch to see if Victoria privatizes here in an effort to generate more working ca… more »

Same Old, Same Old!

March 4th, 2010
I know what is the same old, tired-old routine on Parliament Hill these days: the chronic inability of the opposition to come together to take out a government that has only 34% of the national vote. All we hear from Iggy is a sense of forlorn ineptitud… more »

Not a Good Use of Taxpayer's Money!

March 3rd, 2010
I am not sure that antiviral and anti-cancer drugs should be made available to people who wilfully abuse their bodies through illicit drug use. Qualification for drug treatment should only come if the individual has entered a long-term drug rehab progra… more »

Dick Pound's "Inside the Olympics" - Informative and Sensational

March 3rd, 2010
Here is one insightful book that aims at re-affirming the guiding principles of the international Olympic movement while critiquing its major shortcomings. Sure, there are parts of it that may be considered self-serving when Pound appears to be judging… more »
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