Sunday, November 30, 2008
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
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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
Friday, July 18, 2008
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
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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
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.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
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
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
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.
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)