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Some more Remembrance Day stuff. Remembering George Swance.

This is something my family has saved for many many years, and I thought it would be appropriate to post it on Remembrance Day:

This was written by Private George Swance, Canadian Army. He died on April 10, 1917 during the battle of Vimy Ridge, at the age of 25. The bloodstained letter was found on his body when he was found on the battlefield in France. The Madeline in the letter is my great-grandmother to be, about 16 at this time. The Lurene is her 12 year old sister, and Valeria was the oldest. My great-grandfather was a close friend, which was who George addressed this letter to, […]

A change of URL address for my blog

Hi folks: As I mentioned over at my old site, I’ve changed servers and host and I have a new URL (the reasons for that can be found at the blogpost over there).. so for those of you who bookmark me, please change your bookmarks and URL for me accordingly.


On this Remembrance Day, my thoughts turn to my 2 grandfathers (both still alive) who served in the army and air force respectively for Canada in World War 2. It’s not hard to remember this for me, as my 1 grandfather is now finally in the Veterans Hospital, and his Alzheimer’s has progressed so that most of his remaining memory comes from the the 1940’s when he was overseas.

Remember them all today at 11 am.

It’s time to declare my support….

…for the new Speaker of the House!

Oh, you thought it was going to be for a Liberal leadership candidate? Sorry about that.. but I’m a declared neutral in this race and will be for quite some time to come until I see all the candidates and all their positions – particularly on party reform. I may not endorse anyone, but there’s time to decide that yet.

Oh.. about the Speaker. I see James is putting up a spirited defence of Peter Milliken, who’s been the Speaker for a few years now. You can read his reasonings there. Personally, I don’t particularly have a pro or anti-Milliken bent. If he […]

A Prog Blog vblog

At the recent Progressive Bloggers post-election meeting in Waterloo, Garry Wise (who when he isnt blogging is a lawyer) did a vblog (video-blog) with a few of the Progressive Bloggers who were in attendance there. This was a couple days prior to the US Presidential Election, so what they had to say about the US Election and Barack Obama and what was ahead for the US is very interesting a couple of days before Obama was elected.

Check out the vblog here at Garry’s blogsite.

PS – I should remind Garry he was an Obama sceptic 🙂

Must be a slow political weekend or something.. least in Canada, because I’m not sure I get why all the guessing over what Liberal leadership candidate Warren is going to pick.

With all due respect to Warren, does it really matter THAT much who he endorses, Liberal bloggers? Because, I really am amused by some of the Liberal blogs folks and the attention being hung on every written word of his, trying to get a hint of who he might or might not endorse.

Stay out of the South for a bit, Obama.

I don’t think Obama should be travelling to the Deep South in an open motorcade any time soon:

Sales of rifles, pistols and ammo are surging in parts of the United States, as many gun owners fear President-elect Barack Obama’s administration may seek to tighten ownership of certain weapons. “The day after the election, I had many more calls than usual from people looking for semi-automatic rifles,” said David Greenberg, the owner of the Second Amendment Family Gun Shop, in Bisbee, Arizona, who sold out of AR-15 rifles in recent days. “There seems to be a fear they will be banned, and it’s fairly likely,” he added. “Obama and Biden […]

Reading between the lines: Did Obama brush aside Harper’s environmental proposal?

An interesting diary over at Talking Points Memo on this topic attempts such an analysis from reading the quotes of Harper in the media over the last week before and after talking to Obama:

Interestingly, on their conversation regarding climate change Harper said: “The new president has expressed a desire to participate fully in global efforts to fix the problems of greenhouse gases.” I stress “global” since it appears to be a subtle shift from statements made by the Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon earlier in the week that indicated the Canadian desire to pursue a “North American” approach. My initial concern was that Harper would use some regional scheme to try and rope Obama into following the obstructionist stance he pursued at last year’s UN meetings in Bali. Is Harper’s characterization of Obama’s commitment to “global efforts” an indication that he was cool to the Prime Minister’s position?

That’s a very good question. We probably won’t really know until President-elect Obama is sworn in on January, though as I said, his picks for the EPA and whether or not he decides to add Al Gore in an environmental role in his administration will be telling hints whether he thinks Harper is trying to play games with the environment. Under no circumstances does Harper want Big Oil losing a bit of their multi-billion dollar profits to, you know, actually having to do something substantial to cut down on GHG gases, and have Canada commit to fighting something that is a question still whether Harper actually believes is a problem or not (“so-called Greenhouse Gases”, as he has said).

Personally, I hope Obama and whoever he puts in there – be it Kennedy and/or Gore or others – tells Harper to stick it, and get back to them when you have a real climate change fighting plan, rather then the “complete and utter fraud” of one (quoting Al Gore) that he has put in place now.

[email protected] 4:28pm: Good point from my comment section about what Obama is proposing at his site for the environment:

You might want to take a look at President Elect Obama’a new web site..If Harper has he’s probably having conniption fits already. Not only does Obama’s plan propose a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits in order to give American families tax rebates, he also wants to enact serious cap and trade measures, end American reliance on imported oil (particularly “dirty oil”) and invest in green technologies. The program reads very much like the Green Shift

Those cap and trade measures are calling for GHG emissions to be reduced by 80% when 2050 rolls around. Those aren’t using “intensity targets”, I can tell you. Those are hard caps. I think Harper is going to have a pretty tough time convincing Obama and his administration to exclude the Tarsands from any new US tough climate change laws – when its responsible for a lot of the GHG emitted up here.

Spot the differences between Obama and Harper’s reaction to the economic crisis.

Barack Obama said this today at his first news conference as the President-elect said this about more grim figures for the US economy:

Obama said that, if the lame-duck Congress fails to pass a stimulus package before he takes office January 20, passing such a package will be his first move…He said the country must deal with several immediate challenges. Obama said a fiscal stimulus plan to jump-start economic growth is “long overdue.”…The president-elect also said he would make it a high priority to work on additional policy options to help the struggling auto industry.

Note the key phrases; stimulus package, assistance to the auto industry.

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Well said, Charlie Gibson.

I just wanted to highlight one thing I saw on the US Network coverage on US Election night that struck me as a pretty poignant comment from Charlie Gibson, who was anchoring the ABC News coverage., which probably a lot of people didn’t see, as they were probably tuned to either CNN or MSNBC.

Charlie’s occasionally come under some heat from some Obama and Democratic Party supporters in the past, but I think what he says starting at about 1:03 into this about what is said in the US Declaration of Independence, and how Obama’s election has helped bring Americans closer to the meaning of the document, is probably […]

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