Archives for: February 2011

Breast Milk Into Ice Cream!

February 28th, 2011
London Metro Police have raided a storefront where ice cream made from human breast milk is being sold by the ounce, and not cheap by any stretch. When I mentioned this story to a close colleague, his first response was what about using it for babies wh… more »

Divisions Within Divisions!

February 28th, 2011
What's surprising about this piece is that little old Bountiful, while a breakaway from mainstream Mormonism, is itself deeply divided over what constitutes the correct way to live according to the dictates of one's conscience. Generally speaking, this… more »

Let's Wait and See!

February 28th, 2011
What is truly amusing about a lot of these sour comments is that they come from people who support a party that has no grip on power or a chance to make a positive difference in people's lives. Bad mouthing, instead of constructive criticism, becomes th… more »

Russell Bishop's "Workarounds that Work" The Art of Troubleshooting at the Corporate Level

February 28th, 2011
This is one book that could be useful for any number of involved social situations we may find ourselves in during the course of our daily lives. While Bishop, an editor for the Huffington Group, confines most of his remarks to the corporate boardroom w… more »

Put the Brakes on Future Spending!

February 28th, 2011
The latest news from Kevin Page, the Parliamentary auditor, is that the deficit could drop by as much two billion dollars going into the budget release next month. As a Canadian taxpayer, I am grateful for such positive news, given the fact that it has… more »

Peter Hitchens' "The Rage Against God" - A Poignant Counterpoise to Christopher

February 27th, 2011
To rail and rage against the existence of God is to invariably fall back on trusting one's own instincts for what is right and wrong. In "The Rage Against God", The British journalist and Christian apologist, Peter Hitchens, has produced a very clearly-… more »

To All the Naysayers!

February 27th, 2011
The BC Liberals will win the next election as long as they can keep the coalition together. As of now, the BC Conservatives are not an issue. Having said that, Clark would be well advised to keep the conservative element in the party happily engaged. I… more »

Clark is Premier!

February 27th, 2011
I finally got my PIN to participate in the online leadership vote for the new leader of the BC Liberal Party who has the right to become the 35th premier of the province. Considering that thirty-five thousand chose not to vote, many would question my de… more »

An Odd Comment!

February 26th, 2011
President Obama made a public appeal to Moammar Gadhafi today to step down immediately as president-dictator of Libya because he has lost the confidence of the people to rule. He went on to say that once a leader resorts to violence to retain power, he… more »

Still Waiting!

February 26th, 2011
I am supposed to be a validated, card-carrying member of the BC Liberal Party who should have received his PIN long before now but, as of Saturday morning, 8 a.m. PST, the Party Helpline doesn't know when it will be sent my way. Oh well, not to worry, i… more »

Nothing Perfect About Democracy!

February 26th, 2011
One thing democracy has not done as the greatest ongoing and ever-changing experiment in modern political and social expression is remove the nagging sense of distrust between individuals and groups who can, at best, only agree to disagree. Schlesinger… more »

Hardly Up and Running!

February 25th, 2011
The BC Liberal Party is getting to launch its new leadership voting system tomorrow and already things aren't looking great. For starters, as a member-in-good-standing, I don't seem to even come up on the party rolls in terms of qualifying for the all-i… more »

What are our choices?

February 25th, 2011
While I am somewhat opposed to oil tanker traffic along the BC coast, I have to be realistic in recognizing that there are no other ways to get the crude to the Lower 48 at present. I suppose everything's fine until that first catastrophic oil spill. Th… more »

Nobody Really Likes the Extreme Cold!

February 25th, 2011
It is another one of those bone-chilling nights in the BC Interior. I just stepped outside to plug in the car and felt the cold penetrate my clothes within moments. Minus twenty-five with a wind-chill factor of several degrees lower. This is killer weat… more »

Get It Straight, Julian!

February 24th, 2011
As of today, a British court has ruled that Assange, that international bete noire, can be extradited to Sweden to face sex-related charges. Julian, it is not the Swedish court system that is potentially on trial here: it is you. Face it, appealing to t… more »

A Plan in Mind for Such a Time!

February 24th, 2011
Typical of the oil industry when it decides to operate on foreign soil. History shows a chronic unwillingness to have a plan at the ready to leave the area if life becomes politically unstable. Why aren't foreign oil companies, the beneficiaries of bill… more »

What's the Real Motive?

February 23rd, 2011
EU leaders are asking the international community to underwrite a financial agreement with the Egyptian government in order to get it back on its financial feet. I suspect that this call to float some new loans for a virtually bankrupt state has an ulte… more »

Carol Shields' "Unless" - The Feminine Identity in Crisis

February 23rd, 2011
The message that the late Carol Shields seems to convey to Canadian women in this posthumous novel is that they are non-entities unless they discover and answer to those important qualities in their lives that represent the creative, the personal, and t… more »

Flake on the Run!

February 23rd, 2011
There was one role that I will always remember Quaid for and that was the role of the demented father in "Parents". Nothing has changed very much over the years. Randy and his kind will always be away out there writing their own scripts as to how the wo… more »

Time to Take a Second Look!

February 23rd, 2011
I see that Ignatieff is not all that concerned about his party being down in the polls for the umpteenth time running. Apparently, he lives for the here and now and his ability to connect with small groups in a room or at media scrums. Granted, polls ar… more »

The Fall of a Kook!

February 23rd, 2011
Muommar is going down big time. Colonel Gadhafi, Libya's long-time tinpot dictator, has finally met a physical force that is equal to or greater than any he can deploy: unemployed youth and the disaffected poor. If he decides to try and split the countr… more »

A Pig in a Poke!

February 23rd, 2011
Now the bragging starts. One week into his pitch to sell off the majority of Olympic Village condos at red-hot discounts, Bob Rennie claims that he has sold more than half of them pending bank financing. Lest you forget, Condo King Bob, all you're selli… more »

Disgusting!

February 22nd, 2011
Shut it down! Bountiful is getting out of hand. The latest news that young underage girls are being taken from there to Colorado City, Arizona, to be married to elders in the FLDS movement is proof enough that something very illicit is going on and need… more »

The Race is Virtually Over!

February 22nd, 2011
After watching last night's Ipso Reid polling results on the leadership race, I would say that Clark has got this race wrapped up. The party internal numbers are just too formidably in favor of Clark to ignore. She has at least 50% of party support, and… more »

Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants" - The Altering Power of War

February 22nd, 2011
One of the truly gigantic forces of change, especially in modern history, has to be war. Ken Follett's recent historical novel, "Fall of Giants", is proof, once again, that people and their values are never safe when they come through the great wine pre… more »

Fair Exchange is No Robbery!

February 22nd, 2011
I see another wealthy Chinese white-collar criminal is seeking asylum in Canada. How about getting together with the Chinese government and effecting a deal: one of theirs in return for one of ours. There are a couple of notorious Canadian-Chinese crimi… more »

International Justice Now!

February 21st, 2011
Maybe the time has come when all the nations will agree on at least one thing: that there is no safe haven for dictators if they fall from power. Ben Ali, Baby Doc, Mubarak, Idi Amin, Gadhafi, Charles Taylor or whoever, must begin answering for the crim… more »

Bettman the Bully

February 21st, 2011
NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, is at it again. He seems to make it his job to go around small-market cities in Canada promoting the need for them to build modern and better equipped facilities as a guarantee for keeping professional hockey alive in the… more »

Katrina, aka Ruby the Moroccan Belly Dancer

February 20th, 2011
It is obvious that this young nubile girl is lying about her relationship with Silvio Berlusconi. Semantically, she would like us to believe that she took gifts from the most powerful man in Italy for anything other than sexual favors. What makes this l… more »

Selecting a Leader!

February 20th, 2011
According to pollsters, Christy Clark is the frontrunner for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party and the premiership of the province. What this means is that while she may have up to a ten point lead, anything can happen between a first and final rou… more »

Ernie J. Zelinski's "How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free" - Take a Walk on the Wild Side

February 20th, 2011
This book has turned up twice in the past week in my school staffroom. Maybe it has something to do with a number of teachers retiring in June, and somebody has cottoned on to the idea that some of us need to get ready for the next chapter in our lives… more »

An Interesting Federal Statute!

February 19th, 2011
It looks like Harper has the support of the Bloc in Quebec to get his law and order package through the House. The centre piece here is the law that would protect people who make citizen's arrests from being prosecuted for using excessive force. Remembe… more »

Gordon's Swan Song!

February 18th, 2011
Best wishes for the future, Mr. Campbell. While I have not always agreed with your decisions as premier, I have found you to be a honorable and decent leader. Tough jobs usually demand tough-minded people, and you more than adequately meet that descript… more »

Not Much of a Deal!

February 18th, 2011
So Mr.Rennie is taking over the sale of the Millennium condos at the old Olympic Village site. Lots of luck on that one. At a 30% discount they are still too overpriced! This project looks like a hard sell in a soft market. Too little for too much means… more »

Teacher in Trouble

February 18th, 2011
Certain testimony is emerging from the trial of a Vernon teacher on sex charges that seems to define the true nature of her problem. From what I can gather, this teacher has been charged with related sex offenses against students. The evidence so far wo… more »

The Staggering Cost of Keeping a Family

February 18th, 2011
According to the Vanier think-tank, recent data show that Canadian debt per income has reached a new high of 150%. No wonder family sizes are shrinking. If people continue to doubt the truth of the claim that families are under siege, there it is in bla… more »

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Complements the Novel Well

February 17th, 2011
I watched this movie recently and found it to be a worthy companion to an already outstanding modern novel. Nothing like being able to visualize a well-crafted crime thriller with all its drama and suspense. Here are some of my observations about this p… more »

Derailing Railgate

February 17th, 2011
There is a group of fanatical anti-government types out there who just don't want to accept the word of any inquiry as to its findings on BC Rail. Because the original trial involving Basi and Virk ended before all the evidence was deponned, many still… more »

A Misguided Minister Misguiding!

February 17th, 2011
I guess the Harper government has the ultimate executive power to overrule an agreement between parties such as the one between Kairos and the Department of International Cooperation. For those who believe that the document in question is a binding civi… more »

Vancouver is not a Basketball Town!

February 16th, 2011
It looks like the majority owner of the Vancouver Canucks, Aquilino, is hoping to acquire the New Orleans Hornets and move them north to Vancouver. Not so fast, I say! It has taken me all these year to get over the disappointments of the last fling wit… more »

An Open Letter to Friends!

February 16th, 2011
Tom and Dawn, Is America truly a Christian nation because its Constitution acknowledges God. While I have great respect for the depth and breadth of Chuck Colson's thinking on spiritual matters, I don't give much for his view on the American constituti… more »

Massimo Carlotto's "Bandit Love" - A Nasty Thriller

February 15th, 2011
This being my first Carlotto novel, I was quite unprepared for the fast pace at which it moves. As the big theme or idea rapidly emerges in the plot, the novelist takes his reader through a maze of nighttime, sleazy barroom scenes where organized Italia… more »

The Undressing of the Man!

February 15th, 2011
Italian politics never knows a dull moment these days as long as Silvio is in charge. As Italy's leading cock on the walk, Silvio has an explanation for charges of immorality that might dog his public career. Either his political enemies have it in for… more »

Be Careful What You Change!

February 15th, 2011
What International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda did when she altered a signed document granting money to a faith-based group operating under the auspices of CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) was morally and technically wrong. She claims t… more »

Authority Trumps Democracy!

February 15th, 2011
Less than a week after Mubarak's summary removal from office as president of Egypt and the army has started to dismantle all vestiges of the old regime. No parliament, no president, suspension of the constitution and the elimination of all public strike… more »

Great Performance, Boston!

February 14th, 2011
Once again, the Heat come up short when it comes to beating the big teams. They had a chance to put a banged-up Boston team out today but couldn't get it done for several reasons: weak bench support, anemic offensive output by the starters in the last t… more »

People Have the Right to Refuse!

February 13th, 2011
I don't why there is so much flap over the passing out of Gideon bibles to children in public schools. This service has been available for nearly a century and little opposition has been raised until now. I am led to believe that the Gideons follow the… more »

Mubarak's Billions?

February 13th, 2011
I wouldn't be a bit surprised that a lot of Mubarak's money came from illegal commissions skimmed off government contracts with the private sector and foreign governments such as the US. This is, perhaps, the time for the US to come clean and seize the… more »

Eric Metaxas' "Bonhoeffer" - A Prophet in His Own Country

February 13th, 2011
This is the first biographical account of Bonhoeffer's life I have read that truly pulsates with purpose and vitality. While other presentations may have effectively covered Bonhoeffer's theological views and his dogmatic opposition to the German Nation… more »

The Polls Are At It Again!

February 13th, 2011
Thirteen points ahead in the polls and the Harper government must be doing something right in its efforts to hold on to power. Perhaps, these good numbers are getting better because a greater number of Canadians, like myself, are confident that this gov… more »

A Democratic Statement!

February 13th, 2011
Great move! Long overdue. A special gathering of BC Liberal delegates have passed a motion adopting a new voting system for selecting a party leader. While it will still be one vote, one member, the final totals will be tallied on a riding by riding bas… more »

Pathetic, George

February 12th, 2011
Two weeks away to the big vote for the new Liberal leader and the premier of BC. I've made up my mind long ago, though I don't know if candidate Abbott believes that yet. I received a two-page form letter from him yesterday pleading for my vote on Febru… more »

A Practical View of the Polls

February 12th, 2011
The latest national weekly political poll is out, and it has the Harper Conservatives increasing their lead over the Ignatieff Liberals by almost 13%. I would assume that this surge is in large respect to a combination of relative factors: some fairly d… more »

How Much Do We Really Know?

February 11th, 2011
If we were honest about this latest development in Egypt, none of us really knows how this story will eventually play out. Let us at least pray that the forces of chaos and civil unrest are kept in check as Egypt searches for a more democratic form of g… more »

Jean Lemire's "Antarctic Mission" - A Spacious Landscape

February 11th, 2011
An international team of scientists and filmmakers ventured into the Antarctic archipelago in 2008 to investigate and capture on film some of the possible affects climate change was having on the wildlife - namely the various penguin and albatross colon… more »

What is the cost of a federal pardon?

February 11th, 2011
The Federal Parole board is considering raising the tariff on pardon as much as four-fold to cover some of the new administrative costs involved in the hearings that go with the application. As far as I am concerned, the fee is incidental. It is the oth… more »

The Transfer of Power?

February 10th, 2011
The lid is about to be lifted off Egypt's political pressure cooker in an attempt to defuse a lot of pent-up steam that has been building over the last few weeks. It seems that the nation is seriously divided between the over and under forty age-groups:… more »

Pack Up Your Tents!

February 10th, 2011
I say to the freedom fighters who are still crowding the streets of downtown Cairo, "Smarten up guys!" Heed the warning of the Egyptian government and disperse before the tanks come rumbling in and unceremoniously end your little uprising. You have made… more »

A Plug for the Public School System!

February 10th, 2011
As a Christian teacher in a public school system, I believe in the separation of church and state because it is the best way to allow individuals to pursue their own faith without being hounded or coerced by others. Even though some parents in my commun… more »

Henning Mankell's "The Man from Beijing" - An Unfortunate Flop

February 9th, 2011
While this novel contains occasional moments when the reader feels that the storyline is actually heading towards a reasonable resolution, for the whole part it is poorly designed and executed as a piece of literature. Here is a list of problems that ma… more »

The Gig is Up, Julian!

February 9th, 2011
The fact that Assange's lawyers are now admitting that they are up against some pretty stiff opposition in the form of a well-funded legal team from the Swedish government indicates that the fight to keep their client out of prison may be over soon. Ass… more »

The Way is Clear!

February 9th, 2011
Fabulous news! The US Department of Transportation has finally released its report on the causes of accelerator malfunction in late models Toyota Camrys and Corollas. They have ruled out any of the problems as being anything but mechanical in nature. If… more »

What The Fraser Institute Is Up To!

February 8th, 2011
Here are some of the educational issues the Fraser Institute has sided with over the years: a. standardized testing; b. merit pay; c. privatization of education; d. increased funding for better-performing schools; e. the teaching of the essentials;… more »

So Much for the Ratings!

February 8th, 2011
All the Fraser Institute's annual report on school performance tells me is how schools do on standardized tests as they relate to foundational skills. If you were a parent hoping to place your child in a private school, you would certainly be advised to… more »

Legal Wranglings With a Purpose!

February 8th, 2011
It looks like Julian Assange's legal team is prepared to do anything to keep him out of the clutches of the Americans and their so-called policy of rendition. Even though Sweden would not likely bow to a request to extradite him to the US, his lawyers w… more »

Ravi Zacharias' "Has Chrisitanity Failed You?" - A Thorough Treatment of Christianity

February 7th, 2011
This is the first full study by Zacharias that I have read, and I am fully impressed with the man's grasp of Scripture and views on what it means to be a Christian. As an Oxford scholar and highly acclaimed Christian apologist, he takes a very down-to-e… more »

Packers vs. Steelers: Too Close to Call

February 6th, 2011
Minutes before the game starts, I still am undecided as to how the Super Bowl will play out. Of course, I badly want the Packers to win but, based on the position-by-position analysis, I can't categorically say that they will or they should. The attitud… more »

Egypt Can Choose!

February 6th, 2011
The entrance of the Muslim Brotherhood into negotiations is only the thin edge of the wedge. Like Hitler in 1933, this group has wiggled itself into the picture in a way that does not augur well for the future of Egypt. The political floodgates are abou… more »

The Need for True Competition

February 6th, 2011
The only answer to the shortage of bandwidth in Canada today is to overhaul some of the key provisions of the foreign competition laws so that offshore companies can come in and bid on more available bandwidth. I don't know how else continued shortages… more »

Parlez-Vous Francais?

February 6th, 2011
Maverick Quebec Tory MP Maxime Bernier has publicly denounced his province's need for Bill 101, the controversial law that affords the French language special status in its culture. Have we finally seen discipline break down in the Tory caucus? Is it re… more »

Just a Reminder, Hillary!

February 5th, 2011
Clinton, stop propping up corrupt governments regardless of how convenient it may be in the short term. Riding the tiger may look great until you have to get off. If the US can't switch tigers quickly, it stands to be the biggest loser in this gathering… more »

Higher Fares to Float Your Boat!

February 5th, 2011
The time has come to put a stop to these creeping fare hikes in the BC Ferry system. Every time the corporation talks about rising costs, fare rate hikes get immediate attention. This is a public service that is so bloated with cost overruns and ineffic… more »

The Razzle, Dazzle of Records!

February 5th, 2011
I am not impressed with anything LeBron attempts to do on the court. Any reportage on LeBron is exclusively about LeBron and nobody else. In this game with the Magic - a team known for playing fire-bucket or one-way basketball - every last sentence was… more »

Clear Up the Confusion or Else!

February 5th, 2011
Harper, stop politicizing the CRTC. As a moderate Internet user, I don't want to be paying higher rates because others continually exceed their cap by megabytes of downloaded material. Until you are willing to bring in foreign competition and are prepar… more »

Not A Great Move

February 5th, 2011
The BC Ministry of Education is hoping to introduce a whole schwack of new language courses into the high school curriculum with the idea in mind of removing the special status that has been reserved for French. Since most universities don't require a s… more »

A Reason Not To!

February 4th, 2011
Somebody in the Norwegian Parliament has forwarded Julian Assange's name for consideration by the Nobel Committee for this year's peace prize. What's really scary about this nomination is that anyone like Assange can win it, especially when the committe… more »

The US Eager to Switch

February 4th, 2011
The US has only propped up Egypt these many years because it represents a mutual agreement that is advantageous to both countries: the former gets a much needed ally in the Middle-East other than Israel and the opportunity to solidify peace between thos… more »

Competition Tempered by Regulation

February 3rd, 2011
It looks like a fight is brewing between the Harper government and the CRTC on deregulation of the sale of surplus bandwidth to smaller companies. The majors like Bell and Rogers have now successfully appealed to the CRTC that the discount rates on the… more »

The Conservatives Are It!

February 3rd, 2011
If you haven't guessed it by now, yes, I am one of those fiscal conservative types who would vote for the Federal Tories in a heartbeat only because I have no other choice, and I hate to park my vote when there are so many political issues that directl… more »

Defintion of a National Hero!

February 3rd, 2011
I would have no qualms about endorsing Tommy Douglas and Terry Fox as true national heroes for what they did to change Canada for the better. Because of these two men, our personal health has been enhanced through coverage and medical research. That, of… more »

All or Go Home!

February 2nd, 2011
If this Egyptian revolution is going to succeed, it has to go all the way and toss out Mubarak and usher in some popular government that starts to address the long-standing ills of the people. If it fails to do that, the game is over and any chance of r… more »

Retiring in June 2011

February 2nd, 2011
Now that I have decided to finally pack it in and retire to sunnier climes, a number of realities have begun to kick in: A. Getting used to the idea that my lifestyle and earning power will change somewhat in the years to come; B. Clearing out my clas… more »

The Heavy Hand of Revolutions!

February 2nd, 2011
Egypt is where it is today because of its leaders' inability to control food prices and ease poverty. For so many years, this Middle East nation has been able to quell any opposition to its authoritarian rule by beating back demonstrations, stamping out… more »

How Good Are the Celtics, or How Bad are the Raptors?

February 1st, 2011
We're now in the heart of the season, with a tough grind ahead for those who still want to keep or improve their ranking for the playoffs. The key games for the Celtics now are those against major rivals in their conference and division. While yesterday… more »
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