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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
7:54 am
Voting ABC is as easy as 1-2-3
Here are some basic ABC guidelines that will work wonders if we're all on the same page:

1. If you live in a riding that went Liberal, NDP or Bloc in the last election, vote for that party.
2. If you live in a riding that elected a Conservative, vote for the party that came second.
3. Vote for Elizabeth May if you live in her riding.

Now get your family and 10 friends to do the same. Let's vote out the Regressive Conservatives!
Saturday, January 26th, 2008
4:30 pm
The Importance of Remembering the Past
I remember riding the subway one day back in the late 1980s and noticing just how many of the people around me were not white and for whom English was not their first language. Mulroney had opened the immigration floodgates, the results were beginning to be visible (as it were) and I was beginning to worry.

"We're taking in too many people, from too many places, too fast," I said to my friend John. How could such an influx be integrated into our society? I wondered.

John suggested I was being an idiot and possibly a racist, to boot.

He was wrong about my racism, but right that my fears were misplaced, as the subsequent 20-odd years have amply demonstrated.

During that time, immigration to Canada - and especially to Toronto - has continued apace, and yet the sky has not fallen.

But the worries I expressed some 20 years ago are still being expressed. Which brings me to the January/February issue of The Walrus and editor Ken Alexander's a-historical column, "Puzzling Ethnicity", in which he makes the startling observation that immigrants tend to settle near one another and, in a bizarre twist of logic, blames this process on the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Read more.Collapse )
Friday, January 25th, 2008
9:33 am
Help! It's Murder!
Can someone please point me to a source for murder statistics in Toronto? Preferably a simple chart, showing the number of homicides per year, going back 20 or 30 or, ideally, 40 years? I've spent the past hour and a half with Google and have gotten nowhere.

I anyone can help, I'll be eternally grateful
Friday, August 24th, 2007
6:07 pm
Michael Ignatieff: Political Naif or Lying Sack of Shit?

Lies, Damned Lies and The Apprenticeship of Michael Ignatieff:

His Mistake, Our Fault

Image copied from the MP's website.

Nobody likes to be held in contempt; nobody wants to be lied to. When an ambitious sitting politician does both, especially in the guise of self-criticism and self-reflection, the contempt is wondrous to behold and must be noted, even by those who are not members of Canada's "natural ruling party".

In the August 5th, 2007, issue of The New York Times Magazine, Micheal Ignatieff has revealed what I have suspected since his odious final campaign speech at last December's Liberal Party leadership convention: that he holds the general public in contempt and that he is a liar, if only by omission. read moreCollapse )

Monday, February 26th, 2007
6:32 am
Lousy Journalism, Lazy Journalism
This story both delighted and irritated me.

In a nutshell, a Muslim girl was thrown out of a soccer tournament for wearing a hijab - apparently the headscarf is banned by the Quebec Soccer Association on grounds of safety, "...to protect children from being accidentally strangled."

I'll leave the question of the risk of being strangled by a hijab during a soccer game to the experts. But I want to talk about is the story itself - or rather, about how it was written.

Most of it was told as a human-interest piece - how the girl felt, how the coach felt, how the girl's team-mates felt. The girl's team withdrew from the tournament in protest, apparently with the full backing of the team itself.

To me, the real story here was alluded to in the second paragraph and then never mentioned again.

Calling the rule banning the headscarf worn by Muslim women racist, four other teams followed Asmahan Mansour's team, the Nepean Selects from Ottawa, after she was thrown out for running afoul of a Quebec Soccer Association rule.

That sports leagues have rules about proper attire is not news. That a team withdraws from a tournament because one of its players was ejected is minor news. That four other teams in the tournament also withdrew to support another team's player is interesting news.

Why no interviews with players from other teams?

The CBC's headline was, "Muslim girl ejected from tournament for wearing hijab". Shouldn't it have been, "Four other teams support Muslim girl's right to wear hijab"?

That's the story! Jesus, somebody get re-write on the phone ...

Crossposted to canadadebate, canadakicksass, canadian, canpolitik and to rantrave.
Sunday, December 24th, 2006
9:23 pm
The Filthy, Secular, CBC
I am a atheist, laughing at the idea of god from the first time I heard the concept. Worse, I am a leftist - a "social democract" some days, an "anarcho futurist" on others.

A couple of weeks ago, some judge in Ontario declared that a Christmas tree in the main entrance to her courthouse was an affront, of some sort.

A number of times, over the last few years, a good friend of mine - albehim, a conservative, religious, friend - has bitched about the securalism of CBC Radio, a sewer-ful of atheist and leftist nonsence.

And yet, he is not the rabid neocon the first three paragraphs may suggest to you he is; no more, than the fact I am not a fan of the current US or Israeli administrations makes me "anti-American" or "anti-semitic".

My friend, a serious Christian, wonders why his tax-dollars don't pay for more than 1 hour per week - on one of three radio channels - of our country's Public Broadcaster don't deal with with religious issues.

Rhetorically, he was right. Religion - serious religion - is intensely personal. Given that I (and the CBC) live in Canada, it is not even remotely clear whether "Regigion" is in favour of, or opposed to, gay marriage - Which churcyh are you asking? Which husband, which wife?

And yet, even such a "politically conscious" (if not - thank "god" - "politically correct") institution as the CBC has a sense of perspective.

I repeat: I am an atheist. Your Christ-son-of-God-@ct is nothing to me but a pretty story.

Well, and a pretty story that was written really well.

And which story was one of the basis of my civilization.

Point being. That hideous, secular beast, the CBC has nearly blanketed this 24th of December Carols, with Bible Readings, with all sorts of CHRISTmassy programming.

And good on them.

I am not a Christian, nor am I an apostate, but that tradition is mine, as it is for most of the people in this country.

But you know what? Most of the people in this country are (at least vaguelly) Christian. It is appropriate - it is right - that that tradition is acknowledged by the public's broadcaster. CBC Toronto's Metro Morning works day and night to seek out Toronto's multiplicities of race, creed and religion - because of Metro Morning, I know when Kwanza is happening, when Jews light candles, and when Muslims won't eat while the sun is astride the horizon. But for a couple of days, it is right to acknowledge the majority culture and celebrate that tradition.

Like I said, I am not a Christian. From what I have read, I see no reason even to believe there was, around the year 0, a baby born who would become a great teacher; there is no tangible evidence for the existence of Jesus at all.

But most people in this country think I am wrong. And yet, they are not telling me that I shouldn't think they are wrong. They don't even want me to march in their parades.

But if it hasn't happened yet, someone is going to write a Letter of Complaint because the CBC is playing "holy music" tonight.

And when that happens, I will join with the Christians and say, "Bugger off."
Saturday, March 11th, 2006
3:02 pm
All Hail the Conservatives
As stolen from the rick_mercerblog photo contest. 

I am amused.  VERY amused.

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
11:30 pm
Cartoon Fury
This started as a comment to the last post in this community, but it got so long, and I got away from their original topic a few times, so I just decided to make it a full post.

I have my opinions about the cartoon situation; while I carry what the previous poster defines as the "western attitude" that it's just a cartoon, I still think it was inapropriate. I'm all for freedom of speech, but I'd like to know what happened to that little thing called Tact. That cartoon was completely unescessary, but at the same time, so is the reaction. You rememeber when you were little and your parents told you to ignore the kids who were being bad, they were just doing it for attention? Well, that's the cartoonist got LOTS of attention didn't he? I think the people who are all up in arms and actually feeling sorry for the publication of those cartoons aren't the people who should. The people who feel for the muslims in this cause were already sympathetic, already not prejudice people. Meanwhile, there are lots of people who are thriving off this situation, lapping up every minute of it. The whole thing is ridiculous. The article shouldn't have been printed, but the people who printed it will never admit that, no matter how much rioting happens. The people in the riots will eventually need to accept that there will always be ignorant people in the world, and violence will probably feed the ignorance more than stifle it. I mean, look, they printed a picture which depicts a major muslim figure as being violent....and now hundreds of thousands of muslims are reacting violently. Doesn't anyone think that the cartoonist is relaxing somewhere right now, sitting back, laughing?

On another note, I have to say that I am also pretty much disregarding any riots as being relevant, because it seems like riots are happening more and more often lately, regardless of the cause. A few weeks ago they showed an accident on the news...I forget where, somewhere in the middle east, a bus blew up. Someone had taken a small gas tank (similar to a propane tank) on the bus to have it refilled, and it tipped over and exploded. They showed the scene, there was an angry mob surrounding the bus, chanting, yelling, waving signs. Police pushing them back. If it weren't for the charred remains of the bus in the foreground, I would have thought I was still watching footage of the cartoon riots. What could they possibly have been chanting for? It was a car accident!

I used to be a lot more of an activist, but lately, realism is setting in. The reality of the matter is, hundreds of Muslims protesting violently will do a hell of a lot more harm than good to their image and cause - especially in the Western World - no matter what that particular cause happens to be.

And as for stopping the next war? I think it's already begun. I'm gonna stay the hell out of it.

Current Mood: frustrated
8:01 pm
The Drums of War Sound a Seductive Rhythm

Over the past couple of weeks, the sight of thousands of (mostly bearded, mostly male) Muslims brandishing signs saying, "To hell with your democracy!" and "Death to those who insult Islam!" has been doing its job - not only to goad Muslims into a war fever, but to goad us, liberal-minded, cosmopolitan Westerners, into it as well.

While the Pentagon's war-drums throb in the background, propagandists like Ann Coulter are seizing the opportunity with both hands. Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush must be shaking their heads at their luck - Muslim fundamentalists leading their followers into the streets are just the ticket to get wavering Americans (and other Westerners) back on side.

Don't get me wrong. I too felt the visceral terror at the sight of those thousands of people, marching, throwing stones and fire-bombs, all because of the publication of a mere dozen cartoons in one magazine in one small, European country.

What's wrong with these people? I wondered, This is nuts!

Cross-posted to my website and my own journal, or read more here.Collapse )
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
7:36 pm
Conservatives at the Gates! (But Be of Good Cheer)
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

Winston Churchill

As that brilliant, complex hero and villain of the 20th century implied, democracy is seldom pretty, let alone inspirational, but it has the virtue of providing for a change of government without blood flowing in the streets.

We've had almost a week to digest the results of our recent federal election, so let's take a deep breath, then open our eyes to our new situation.

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister ...

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
12:26 am
chuo 89.1fm's "What The...?" recommends that you rob the vote this Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm!!!
This country needs a little change - we can all agree on that; the political machine is dirty and some cleaning out is definitely of order.

But the two least unpopular options are both sketchy at best: one is so riddled with overuse and abuse that cracks are showing everywhere, while the other hides well-documented horrors behind the mask of a well-orchestrated makeover.

The clutches of power

And that's the problem isn't it? Everyone is acting as though there were only two parties - as though our country were divided into two parts (like our southern neighbours are). We have a broader range of political expression, yet we're consistently reducing ourselves to less than what we are - a multiplicity that is envied the world over.

Instead, we consistently turn to thieves, liars, and cheats to take hold of our daily lives - of our very existence. Either we blindly ignore the many alternatives, or we try to vote 'strategically' - which is probably the most ridiculous tactic ever.

We here at "What The...?" suggest that we should cancel our votes - instead of giving power to those we loathe and/or distrust. If everyone did this instead of not voting (or voting for the least worst!), we'd be sending a pretty clear message to the powers-that-would-be that we still care about our country and our future - but we feel that none of them are making the cut.

So let's rob them of our votes - and maybe then we'll finally see a few much needed improvements!

And it is in this spirit of total bewilderment and utter frustration that we have put together a medley for our times; from freedom of choice to dishonesty and empty promises, we've dug up what we feel are the most appropriate anthems for this week's electoral shakedown.

And, although many of us are sick of hearing about the elections by now, it would be pretty much unforgivable to miss out on a show that manages to put A Perfect Circle, Arcadia, Gene Loves Jezebel, Headstones, Jane's Addiction, Killing Joke, Annie Lennox, Love And Rockets, Megadeth, Midnight Oil, New Order, Sarah Slean, The Hidden Cameras, The Music, The Sammus Theory and The Sex Pistols together on the same unforgetable bill.

So, whatever you do, make an effort to vote and then tune in this Monday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm (eastern) to get yet another fresh perspective from CHUO 89.1FM's "What The...?" - the only Radio With Multiple Personalities!!!

Please note that "What The...?" can also be heard on the web via chuo.fm

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
3:09 pm
Harpers Secret Agenda revealed!!
Ok not really, but this still pisses me off.


And indeed, it is true, Harper is ending his speaches with "God Bless Canada"
Just forget about everything else, thats not the point of this post. But honestly now, "god bless canada"?!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
8:55 pm
Hello All,

First time poster in most of these communities (love them BTW)! Anyhoo, I was wondering if anyone knew of some specific policies that were being debated in the current election. Descriptions of reforms and principles are everywhere but I’m having issues finding specific mentions of ‘X-policy’. Do you know of any? Any help would be appreciated!

X-posted in lots of ‘Canada’ LJ’s
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
1:38 am
need someone to bounce ideas with
I want to bounce ideas off of someone who is open-minded and in favour of the idea of a Youth Based Provincal Party.

I'm talking, people under, let's say 30 who are interested in politics who are interested in stirring up the legislature, and in future, parliament.

Now I'm not looking to form a political party over night, I know it's a long road and a lot of member gathering, this may turn out to be just a kick ass fanclub of Politics and like minded individuals, but I am looking to bounce ideas off of someone who would be in favour of a youth party.

Living in B.C. is an asset
Web design talents also an asset.

Please either e-mail me (outofthedark@gmail.com) or reply to this post

*if this isn't cool let me know and I'll gladly delete*

x-posted to anywhere I could find where canadian youth & canadian politics followers congrigate
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
4:24 pm
Ontario high school students who drop out won't be allowed to get their driver's licences under a law to be introduced Tuesday.

The legislation is designed to keep students in school until they're 18 so they can graduate. Roughly 45,000 Ontario high school students, or 30 per cent, leave each year before graduating.

Read more here:


Although it's harsh, I actually support it. I'm thinking of many classmates who wouldn't be driving today if this law had been implemented when I was in high school. Thoughts?


Current Mood: curious
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
7:48 am
The U.S. is broken...
I swear...I've been sick for 3 days with an ear infection...and watching almost non-stop coverage of CNN.

There are only three types of people in the U.S. if you go by the interviews.

1. People who are smart enough to be concern about the important things, survival, saving people, helping other people, and rebuilding. These are the people INVOLVED and HIT by the huricaine

2. People who criticise the current federal government, it's policies, and place blame on them for budget cuts to the levees and not responding fast enough to help. ie: Democrats. They will also call anyone not agreeing with these sentiments neocons, conservatives, etc.

3. People who would never criticise the current federal government and appreciate whatever help is finally coming and even applaud it, don't blame the policies of the feds for nature's wrath. ie: Republicans. They will also get defensive and call anyone in group 2 "shamefull for making this tragedy a political issue".

Eventually group 1 will get back to their regular lives, it may take time, but eventually they will go back to their usual lives. Being part of group 2 or 3.

There's just something wrong with that.
Saturday, July 2nd, 2005
6:13 pm
OMG Canada Day
Im a deprived Canadian! Not in the country for our wonderful July 1st. Blasphemy, I know.

Please, make me feel like I was there the whole time, tell me stories about what you did, the fun you had (or did not have). All across Canada, what did people do?
Friday, June 24th, 2005
10:47 am
Father: what political party do you lean towards?
Son: the NDP of course
Father: I see, well you'll mature soon enough
Son: what?
Father: Well every teenager loves the NDP. Then they grow up a bit and love the liberals. Thats why they're in power right now. And then they hit the peak of their inteligence and vote for the conservatives.
Son: so basically Im imature and your mature
Father: exactly.

What say you?
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
11:10 am
How long til Live 8 tickets are on EBay?
So with Live 8 tickets being given for free on Thursday, limit 2. I suspect that by oh...10:01am there will be several pairs for sale on Ebay or elsewhere. The London show has already shown this to happen almost immediately.

Scalpers taking advantage of free tickets for a CHARITY event should be damned to hell. The part where they roll people around in broken glass naked and then throw them in lemon juice pools.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
2:21 pm
Im not sure if you've been following this story or not, but this is disgusting. They wont let him out because they would be admiting theyre wrong. Now they're destroying this kids life.

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