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A brief thought today on the debate in the US over what reforms their health care system should have:

While I think it’s great that CNN (and Rick Sanchez) are giving Canadian politicians like Ujjal Dosanjh face time on their network and a chance to refute Republican and conservative fear-mongering over the Canadian health care system that have popped up of late, no one seems to have mentioned or seems to realize that the health care reform and system that Obama is proposing – even with a “public option” included in it – is not even close to resembling the Canadian system

So, the next time a Canadian representative like […]

Like we didn’t see this coming…

The social conservatives in the Harper caucus (which is basically 95% of that caucus) get thrown a bone to assuage their restlessness over the government being seen as supporting the Toronto Pride Festival:

A gay and lesbian arts festival that was told it met all government criteria under a new tourism stimulus program learned today it was rejected for funding. The news arrived at Montreal’s Divers-Cite a few weeks after tension swept the Conservative caucus over funding for Toronto’s Pride week, and just days before the beginning of their event.

And this was weeks was after this group defended the Conservative government over how fairly they’d been treated with past […]

Should local riding associations be doing more in between elections to get their point of view out to the public?

I don’t often do a lot of “wonkish” blogposts on here with regards to the inner workings of political party and whether something (like the political culture of the members) should be changed or not, but in light of a recent situation, I thought I’d do such a post on the topic today. […]

Despicable. Disgraceful.

That might be understating what the Conservative Government’s position was with regards to Abousfian Abdelrazik. This government was more then willing not to lift a finger for a Canadian citizen, if the Sudanese government decided to make Abdelrazik disappear, permanently.

I hate to think this statement over here is true…

If you leave the country and a foreign police force accuses you of something, you’d better hope that you are white and born in Canada or you’re going to be on your own. Because if you are Muslim or Muslim, born in Canada but your foreign-born father was a bad guy, or African, the Government of Canada is going to […]

“Pay as you save” concept from Britain an environmental idea worthy of consideration.

I was alerted to this article in the BBC a few days ago, thanks to CuriousityCat, who advocated the Liberals should consider making this idea part of their platform plank to do with the environment in the next federal election.

The idea is being put forward by an organization in the UK called the UK Green Building Council, which focuses not on business or industrial emissions, but on cutting down on GHG emissions from homes – over 27% of CO2 emissions in the UK come from energy that is used to heat and light homes – a figure that surprised me a bit, and makes me wonder if the […]

Saturday snippets

Some stories that caught my eye today:

– The world’s oldest man and one of the last World War I veterans, Harry Allingham, has passed away today, a month after his 113th birthday. That’s a pretty remarkable life. I see from the article that there are 2 remaining World War I veterans alive in Britain. Canada has only 1 World War I veteran left that is still alive: John Babcock.

– When Rocco Rossi became Liberal Party National Director, you knew he’d bring some much-needed fund raising prowess to the LPC. This new venture he’s doing is something really unique: On July 23, he’s paddling from Kingston to Ottawa in […]

The Ontario Government needs to have rebates for all green cars, not just one brand.

I’m going to have to take issue with Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario government for seeming to favour one car company over all others, where it comes to this new rebate to buy “green cars”. I’m pleased that McGuinty is doing this rebate, but he needs to do it for all companies and all brands of green cars, and not trying to favour one type of green car and one specific car company. This is what the government of Ontario seems to be doing, as this Toronto Star editorial points out:

Why, for instance, is the rebate just for electric cars that are recharged by plugging them into an […]

Nobody could have predicted this…

You might remember that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told the media a couple days ago that he thought it unlikely the European Union would step in and grant the Czech Republic’s request for imposing visa requirements on Canadians to enter all 27 EU countries, in retaliation for Canada making that required of Czech citizens trying to enter here.

It seems Minister Kenney’s optimism might be a tad misplaced:

The Swedish presidency of the European Union threatened retaliatory action toward Canada on Wednesday over new visa requirements for Czech citizens, as broader government plans to overhaul the refugee system drew widespread criticism. Critics and experts said Canada has sparked a “visa […]

Canadian government “targeting the hypersexualization of girls”

This is the government’s words, not mine. Courtesy of Susan Delacourt, here’s a couple of excerpts:

The Government of Canada is pleased to provide support to Regroupement des femmes de la région de Matane for its project, Et toi ton couple, ça clic? (So, Are You Clicking as a Couple?). This project aims to promote equitable, non-violent behaviour in the romantic relationships of adolescents by targeting the hypersexualization of girls as a root cause of dating violence. The Honourable *Helena Guergis*, Minister of State (Status of Women) made the announcement today…”Research shows that hypersexualization puts pressure on girls to engage prematurely in sexual activity and also promotes violence in intimate […]

The Canadian Privacy Commissioner doesn’t like Facebook (or its privacy settings at least)

This is a topic that’s a bit different from what I normally post, but as I’m Canadian, and as I use Facebook, and as this deals with Facebook and the Canadian Privacy Commissioner, I thought this was a pretty interesting story:

Canada’s privacy watchdog says Internet phenomenon Facebook breaches the law by keeping users’ personal information indefinitely – even after members close their accounts. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says the popular social networking site should hang on to the data only for as long as truly necessary. She urged the site to remedy the privacy shortfalls, raising the possibility of legal action if it doesn’t comply. Facebook, which has nearly […]

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