Sunday, November 30, 2008

Coalition Government

This is not a front to our democracy; it is part of our democracy. In a minority parliament, the majority opposition has the option of a coalition, if the members of the opposition parties have lost faith in the government. Remember, we have so many different ridings in Canada with an election in each one as a result Canadians voted in only the member representing their riding. You cannot say that playing by the rules (as set out in the constitution) are damaging the democratic process but instead democracy is fully functional.

Key Point - each riding holds an election... if the majority of members representing each riding decide to have no confidence in the government.. democracy works!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

An Idea.

I was thinking to myself about how people attach themselves to product, campaigns and organizations which lead me to conjure up an interesting product idea. In thinking of how people like to keep photo albums, both online and in print, I thought it made sense for facebook to begin offering users a detailed account of their facebook existence. It wouldn't get too involved in copyright violations so long as users controlled the information. So instead of selling information about your life back to you, facebook could link you to innovative web 2.0 websites that could help you create a print scrapbook or pdf of the last 5 years of your life from the perspective of facebook. Its more detailed than your credit card history! Its like a time capsule for most of us, in which we contribute our thoughts, ideas, photos, videos, web clippings and causes (1,000,000 AGAINST THE NEW FACEBOOK LAYOUT! included) maybe subconsciously in an effort to leave our mark in the world, in some sort of digital sense. Your Blog Book(.com), think about it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

With a few days left....

I spoke earlier about seeing into the soul of the leader and I still maintain that we will never know until the election is over (hindsight is 20/20). But if I were to stick my neck out and make some sort of analysis, I would say that we saw into Dion during the debate and we saw into Harper both in the debate and in his interview with Peter Mansbridge that he is mostly is concerned with his image as though he was your financial advisor, not your wholistic federal government leader. The Prime Minister of Canada should have a wholistic approach to governing and should demonstrate that if he/she were Prime Minister that they would show leadership on all fronts. Consider the job of the Prime Minister - he/she is the primary advisor to the Governer General and he/she leads a group of ministers that represent the different aspects of the Canadian landscape. The Prime Minister is not the industry and finance minister, he is the minister that consults with those ministers and is the figurehead for all of them. Harper appears to favour only a selection of those portfolios and it is apparent in his platform.

So being a figurehead means something but ultimately, what really matters? The answer: Good policy. I study policy and write most of my essays on different policies and with that in mind, I will vote Liberal because they offer sound policies that have been touted by repsective experts. Conversely, my essay work has torn apart Harper's policies and it was too easy to do so. So vote based on sound policy arguments, not speculation and an unwillingness to pay for a quality future.

I hope whomever reads this goes out and votes because it counts, it feels good and be grateful that you can! Other developing nations aren't as lucky as us.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Catch a glimpse into a leader's soul

I was listening to CBC's The National, which is exceedingly brilliant - an election must-see. Anyway, it mentioned the idea that Canadians would, as during previous elections, reach a certain point in the campaign whereas they catch a glimpse into the soul of a particular leader. It sounds a bit wonky but consider this... As a general public, in some fashion, the segments of the population who actually bother to vote, not only recognize that an election is underway but also spends time witnessing the different leaders present themselves. A moment comes when a large part of Canadians set their minds onto a particular candidate, you could maybe call it a tipping point. Jean Chretien experienced such a moment during a campaign in 1993; Conservative attack ads were released that appeared to focus on Chretien's mouth that had been distorted by polio when he was a child. Chr├ętien replied while speaking in Nova Scotia, "God gave me a physical defect, I've accepted that since I was a kid." Almost as though he were comparing the Tories to school children he went on, "When I was a kid people were laughing at me. But I accepted that because God gave me other qualities and I'm grateful." The speech moved some in the crowd to tears but it also cut nicely into sound bites on the evening news, which was hugely effective in sky-rocketing his popularity numbers among Canadians. As though Canadians, saw into his soul that moment and caught the interest and attention of the voting public. This effect can boost, solidify or even deflate and ruin a leader's reputation. I am not going to even try to predict that moment but if it were to happen this time around, wouldn't it be swell to catch it in the moment?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Oh I love Canada.

I just about fell out of my chair laughing histerically. I just read that the highest rated entry for the CBC's new theme challenge is also the most frightening but so amusing at the same time. Described as "A beautiful theme encompassing the heart of hockey," the clip below really shows how enthusiastic fans are about having to choose another theme, doesn't it? ;)









Omar Khadr

The following video is heartbreaking but I feel as though that it is one of the most important things to witness, if you are a compassionate Canadian that believes children of war should not be held unlawfully in an illegitimate prision without a proper trial. Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen like you and I except, he was born into a family with strong terrorist connections. He was 15 years old when he was captured by American forces in Afghanistan and has been accused of killing an american special forces soldier. No matter how shady the circumstances in which Khadr had found himself, he was just a kid. Articles i've read show his desparate desire to lead a normal life in Canada. I believe that strong political pressure from the Canadian government is needed to extract Khadr from Guantanamo Bay and have him face trial in Canada as a citizen of Canada. So far, Harper refuses to allow this to occur because he is does not want to disrupt or anger the Bush administration (who fully supports Gitmo). A supporting article from Globeandmail.com... Click Here

"The prime minister is in touch with our feelings."


I found a great article by a journalist who wrote for the Ottawa Citizen. It is simply amazing and you should probably read it. The prime minister is in touch with our feelings.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Speechless.

I stumbled across a liberal blogger that really nailed how I understand the Conservative Party of Canada. Click Here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Do you agree?

"I am convinced that far too many political elites underestimate Canadians," Dion said in a recent speech. "When you speak to the minds and big hearts of our great people, good policies translate into good politics."

Another appalling move by the conservatives, a tasteless attack on an initiative that came under the Bob Rae provincial government in Ontario. Aaron Wherry, a political blogger at Macleans wrote an interesting post about how most often pandering ends up offending. The program under scrutiny called 'Fresh Arts' which was "part of a larger initiative by the ill-fated Rae government called Jobs Youth Ontario," provided public funding for arts projects. Particularly, hip-hop.

Kardinal Offishall talked about it in an interview.

“In the aftermath of all the kids rampaging downtown following the Rodney King verdict in 93, the Bob Rae government stepped in with some funding for youth-oriented programs like Fresh Arts. That’s really how Saukrates, Jully Black, Baby Blue Soundcrew and I got our start. It gave us something useful to do."

“We were able to go to radio stations and recording studios and see how engineers and producers worked behind the scenes. Many of us had never been inside a studio before, let alone recorded a song in one. Through that program we also got to promote our own events, from making the flyers to doing radio promotion, everything. I can’t begin to put a dollar value on what I learned"

It is truly an interesting idea that I didn't even know about but it certainly appeared to have an impact.

I cannot believe that the conservatives are so tasteless with their attacks that you gotta step back and say "Are these the values and attitudes that our governing party has regarding black culture at large? Using stereotypes simply for "political pandering" Please take a look at the item posted on the Conservative website. Click Here.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

uOttawa strikes again


So it appears as though University of Ottawa is getting more press with regards to internet law issues. Previously, as heard on Search Engine, Michael Geist, a law professor at uOttawa had brought the issue of copyright legislation to the forefront of many internet users minds and LCD screens across Canada with his Fair Copyright for Canada website and facebook group. It seems uOttawa students are now on the scene now about facebook's privacy policies in our university's 'take no prisoners' activism for internet democracy.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Myers, The Leafs & Funny

Holy Crap Batman,
I never thought that I would see the day but the Toronto Maple Leafs are the feature of Mike Myers next movie called 'The Love Guru.' Justin Timberlake is starring as Jacques Grande, a Quebecois hockey player. WTF? I suppose Mike Myers has so much confidence from producers, he can pretty much do whatever the hell he wants and it will sell.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Not So Crappy Alternatives


I cannot stand iTunes. The program is "compatible" with Windows but it is big and bloated. Despite its flashy appearance and trendy reputation, iTunes is hardly worth the huge amount of system memory that it takes up. It seems that I have to scour the web once every two months in order to find programs that are worth installing. Thankfully, I have found a site that not only agrees but also does all the work for me. (Photo: Mozilla's Songbird)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Health Minister on Drugs.....?


I work at Bridgehead on Bank/Gilmour and we know our fair share of friendly neighbourhood crackheads. Hell, we introduced a key system to our restrooms for that very reason. I personally have met a few really nice homeless guys and gals (like the dude with the carved stick/staff or the guy who sells spoken improv poems for a $1) but we also know some really sketched out wanderers. Anyway, I am a big supporter of initiatives to help get people off the street and off hard drugs but who isn't? It appears Minister of Health Tony Clement, despite several independent reviews showing positive results, thinks progressive initiatives aren't so great. In Vancouver, a pilot project called Insite, seeks to "reduce the harm associated with injection drug use to individuals and the community." Ignoring my unscientific and non-professional opinion; there have been "22 peer-reviewed papers published on the program and they have all shown a positive benefit to users, such as reduced rates of transmission of HIV-AIDS and greater use of rehabilitation services." Problem? Apparently, its not enough for Health Minister Clement, which has led to his apparent ideologically inspired muzzling and misrepresentation of research findings. Lame.

Bitter Battles


I found this amazing article that sketches the scene of "a rhetorical smackdown" between two MPs --> Conservative Jim "The Fiery Irishman" Flaherty vs. Sauga Liberal Omar "Sqeaky" Alghabra. It was pretty funny. Until I really started following the stories that were floating around Parliament Hill, I never picked up on the small battles fought out between MPs. Question Period only a boring (but semi-intelligent) exchange about policy?... Not Always. Sometimes, you see important people like the Minister of Finance get pwn-ed. (Photo: Macleans - CP/Tom Hanson)

The Democratic Race in Seven Minutes

Fallen behind in the American Democratic nomination? Well, fear not. There is a video posted by SlateV.com that sums it all nicely to get you all caught up.

Welcome


I'll be posting stories that I have picked up from Canadian/International new sources, other bloggers and personal experience. Enjoy.