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No surprise here

Harper sees no electoral benefit to aiding cities – outside of Calgary and Edmonton, the Conservatives popularity in Canadian urban centres are low- and he obviously feels that he won’t receive any tangible electoral benefit from sending them aid, so it’s no surprise he would reject financial aid for the cities.

Harper doesn’t believe in government investing to aid cities – he believes the magic answer is to have a low corporate income tax rate, and that will magically solve the problem. Tell that to the people of London Ontario, who are still struggling to fix a massive sinkhole in the downtown caused by aging water mains and pipes breaking, […]

A welcome upgrade

This is a few days late after the fact, but an event I didn’t think we’d ever see has come to pass. Warren Kinsella’s site now has permalinks to his blog commentary, so anyone can now directly link to all those musings that seem to get someone into a lather or an uproar on a daily basis. Not only that, he has RSS feeds enabled as well!

The other thing I like is the new spiffy look for his blog. My compliments on the changes.

It’s obvious the Islamofascists are in control of the 4th Estate

When the right-wing Sun Media newspaper chain finds Rachel Marsden too extremist even for their tastes, you know there can’t be any other explanation then this (if you’re a fan of hers, that is).

Of course, the other explanation is that even the Sun knows when the line of decency has been crossed.

Canada drops in gender equity rankings for 2007

I noticed this as I was browsing around the web:

The (World Economic) Forum compared four areas: differences between men and women’s salaries, access to education, political representation and health including life expectancy…Canada fell back four spots to 18th.

I suppose one consolation is we’re still ahead of the US, which fell 8 spots to 31st. Still, the fact we’re apparently regressing when it comes to this should be a bit concerning. Political representation or lack thereof for women here is not a surprising one – that has long been a feature of our current electoral system, and it will not be fixed until that is addressed. The inequity between […]

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

I have to disagree slightly with Impolitical. I don’t think Jack Layton and the NDP are being used at all by Harper. I think they’re using each other in another partisan attempt to embarrass the Liberals over this motion to hold a referendum to abolish the Senate (which would have no legal standing, since it requires the majority of provinces and the feds to agree to make such a change). I think Jack was well aware that Harper and the Cons would probably support this motion when he put it forward. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a not-so-disguised joint effort – even if not formally talked about by the […]

Wednesday Bits and Bites

– A few of you have written me congratulating me for being a nominee for Best Canadian Blog in the Weblog Awards, including from some I wouldn’t expect to receive congratulations, so I’m writing thanks. I don’t expect to win, mind you, but being nominated is nice.

– Alzheimers is a terrible disease. I think it’s worse on the family members of the person who is afflicted with it then on the actual person who has it… that observation I make watching what my mother has had to deal with in trying to take care of my grandfather’s affairs and fielding mini-emergency calls from the retirement home.

– I’ve […]

And it gets worse…

Another open hint that if the Cons. had their way, capital punishment would be put back on the books here:

The Conservative government will not co-sponsor a United Nations resolution calling for a global moratorium on the death penalty, breaking with a nearly decade-old tradition.

Their excuse?

“There are a sufficient number of co-sponsors already, and we will focus our efforts on co-sponsoring other resolutions within the UN system which are more in need of our support,” said (foreign affairs spokesperson) Catherine Gagnaire.

Now, with that explanation, you’d think co-sponsoring a resolution was some highly complex process, and maybe there’s some merit to the reply that many other countries are […]

My views on capital punishment have been with me for awhile.

I thought I’d do a brief posting here to explain that my views on capital punishment (and I am obviously anti-death penalty) are not based on partisan politics, though with many of the Conservatives on the other side of the issue, it has evolved into that. I have long held that the death penalty is morally wrong on religious and ethical and philosophical grounds. I’d be attacking the position of whatever party happened to be in power if they ever mused about bringing it back.

This is also why many of my writings this week on this issue of not seeking clemency for Canadians facing the death penalty abroad are […]

Human rights groups win court case: Cons will be forced to defend Afghan detainees transfers in court.

Another shining example of our judiciary refusing to be intimidated by the government and showing both its independence and its belief that human rights are very important and should not be so easily quashed as a government (particularly this Con. government) would like. A lawsuit launched by Amnesty International and the BC Civil Liberties Union arguing that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is being violated when handing over prisoners to Afghanistan is being allowed to proceed to a full hearing:

In a decision released Monday, Justice Anne Mactavish of Federal Court rejected a motion by government lawyers to quash the suit and ruled that Amnesty International and the British […]

Cons. found little support for capital punishment in polling

Some encouraging news today that Canada today is not the same as the Canada of the 1950’s; support is very low for a return to capital punishment (much to the probable dismay of the dinosaurs in the Conservative Party, who were sniffing around for an issue to use, by the looks of things):

The Conservative government found that just one in five Canadians supported the death penalty as a criminal deterrent in a survey it commissioned this summer in support of its justice policies.

That lack of support in Canada didn’t stop the Cons from their “no asking for clemency” for Canadians sentenced to death abroad, of course (which as […]

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