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Harper, the Grinch, Scrooge – separated at birth?

My comparison comes a couple days removed from when Harper actually said this, but I think the comment he made on refusing to expanding EI benefits during these troubled economic times is worthy of Grinch comparisons, or Ebenezer Scrooge, for that matter:

“We are not interested in making it lucrative to pay people not to work, it’s not what this government is about, that’s not what the taxpayers expect us to spend money on…not making Employment insurance more generous”

Now, I could repeat word for word what Steve said at his post about this rather dumb remark (and I still recommend that you do read it) , but […]

“Snow-mageddon – Wave 2”? (and other random thoughts).

Well.. Snow-mageddon, Part 2 is imminent 🙂 Currently at the Environment Canada page, a winter storm watch has been issued for Southern Ontario:

Yet another blast of snow and wind on the way.. Next winter storm in the series tonight into Sunday..This winter storm is expected to have an expanding and intensifying area of snow as it moves into southwestern Ontario tonight and then races into remaining regions overnight and Sunday. Snowfall amounts will range from 5 to 15 centimetres over southwestern areas and near 15 centimetres in the Golden Horseshoe area and ski country. Higher snowfall amounts are quite possible this time over eastern Ontario as the storm intensifies […]

“Snow-mageddon”

I’m just sitting here tight as the second snowstorm this week pounds Southern Ontario of what Environment Canada famously warned could be “snow-mageddon”, as a 2nd snowstorm this week comes through the area, with 2 more predicted for Sunday and for Christmas Eve.

I must say that it’s very nasty out there with the snow and howling winds making visibility nil. I just went out to spread some more birdseed under the feeders for the birds, and I can honestly say without exaggeration that I was in near-blizzard conditions. I think it was a good call for all buses and some schools to be cancelled today.

UPDATE: Here’s what “Snow-mageddon […]

Scientists: “We hate to say we told you so, but we did”

Predictably, the unusual and extreme weather this past week (as illustrated by this amusing picture over at BCL’s of it snowing in Las Vegas) has Kate and her Cultists at Small Dead Animals shrieking about how this disproves global warming. Actually, it disproves nothing of the sort. “Global warming”, as has been repeatedly said by scientists, isn’t just a matter of every place on earth getting warmer all of a sudden; the climate change it produces was predicted to contribute to more extreme weather conditions, and I think there’s been ample evidence of that over the past several years. Furthermore, as meteorologists point out, the increased water vapour in the […]

That’s one way to stop a market slide..

.. just kill the system so no one can trade. I don’t know why no one thought of this earlier:

The Toronto stock exchange is dead in the water an hour after the trading day opened, meaning investors can’t buy or sell on the country’s largest market. “We’ve halted the Toronto stock exchange and TSX Venture Exchange and we will update you as soon as we are able,” said Caroline Quick, director of communications at the TSX. “It’s a technical issue”, she added, declining to elaborate on the nature of the problem.

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.. Say no more.

Update: Haha. Tyler thinks Harper has gotten control of the TSX’s […]

Sobering numbers

We have this to consider today – a report on what if the Big 3 automakers were to go belly-up:

The report paints a gloomy picture if the Ontario, federal and U.S. governments do not bail out the automakers.It warns the collapse of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler would send lasting shock waves through the economy, and that Ontario alone would lose 517,000 jobs. If auto output by U.S.-based manufacturers in Canada was cut in half, at least 157,400 jobs would be lost right away, 141,000 of them in Ontario.

In addition, the Conference Board of Canada has released its own report on what the stimulus package for Canada needs […]

..And the winner for most bizarre statement in 2008 from an anonymous Conservative staffer is…

…this one:

“Suffice it to say that my boss, like most ministers, is probably shocked by the number of people emailing him to patriotically offer their service to their country by deigning to accept a Senate seat,” said one political staffer.

So, there you have it. In Conservative-land, if you’re questioning human rights abuses in Afghanistan by their security forces with prisoners that we’re handing over to them, you get attacked as being allies of the Taliban. However, if you send in a request to become a Canadian Senator in order to help Harper and the Conservatives stack the Senate with their cronies, you are a patriotic Canadian doing your […]

Dear Jim… (the Liberals write the Finance Minister a letter).

An interesting piece of email dropped into my mailbox this AM. In advance of an apparent meeting with him today, John Mccallum and Scott Brison released an open letter they have written to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, which was sent to him on Friday, giving some hints as to what they’re looking for in the January Budget.

The first thing that’s apparent is they’re demanding that Flaherty produce “real” budgetary #’s, rather then the ones everyone felt were being fudged in the now infamous economic update:

If the Liberal Party is to be actively involved in the budget process, the first thing the Liberal Caucus and all Canadians need to […]

I endorse Mike Duffy going to the Senate as well.

So courtesy of Mr Bowie, we find out that Stephen Taylor, mastermind of the Blogging Tories, has endorsed the Duffster getting a Senate seat appointment – courtesy of Mr Harper’s “I must destroy the Senate (and my principles) to save it (and them)” manoeuvrer, when he does his rumoured 18 Senate appointments sometime in the next month.

I actually will join Stephen in also endorsing Duffy getting a Senate seat, because it means the show Duffy hosts might actually get a host/hostess whose Conservative biases are a tad less evident. However, I’m not sure Jane Taber (who I’d guess would be first in the running to replace Duffy if his […]

Who gets fired this time over Chalk River’s shutdown/isotope shortage

Courtesy of Runesmith, we find that Chalk River is having more trouble:

Isotope shortage to delay medical tests across Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s doctors have been told to rush patients into clinics this weekend if they need tests or treatments requiring the use of medical isotopes, Canwest News Service has learned. More than half the world’s medical isotopes are produced by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., at its Chalk River, Ont., facility. That Chalk River reactor, known as the NRU, was shut down for more than a month last November, sparking a global medical crisis and a domestic political crisis. Production at the NRU has been interrupted again this month […]

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