Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

MacKay displays ‘bully mentality’: judge, Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ottawa Citizen
By: Andrew Seymour
Date: 2013-12-18
An Ontario Court judge said Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s suggestion that poor criminals could sell their belongings to pay the government’s mandatory victim fine surcharge is disappointing, and suggested the minister spend some time in a courtroom.
“You have to understand these people have nothing. That’s the tragedy,” said Waterloo region Ontario [...]

Deceptive Conservative Policies

Monday, September 30th, 2013

When is the Canadian public going to understand that the Conservatives do not have good economic policy? Somehow they are continuously recognized as the party best suited to manage our economy. Opinion polls often find that a large portion of Canadians tirelessly vote Conservative solely for this fact. Especially for those not following politician’s platforms, [...]

SARS doctor Donald Low posthumous plea for assisted suicide

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Published Sept. 24 2013
In an impassioned YouTube video shot eight days before he died of a brain tumour, Dr. Donald Low, the microbiologist credited with guiding Toronto through the 2003 SARS crisis, makes a final plea for Canada to change the law to allow assisted suicide.
“I know I’m going to die, what worries me [...]

Mike Duffy scandal finds the Tories is a moral maze without a compass

Friday, May 17th, 2013

BY Penny Collenette
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 16 2013, 7:18 AM EDT
Like children lost in the maze of a glorious English garden, the public office holders of both the Prime Minister’s Office and the Senate can’t seem to find their way out of ethical messes.
Values and ethics are difficult, philosophical subjects at [...]

Kevin Page: Why being Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer ‘may have saved my life’

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

By: Kevin Page
Published on Mon Apr 01 2013
My name is Kevin Page. I was your parliamentary budget officer for the past five years. I am Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer. It was an extraordinary opportunity. It was a job nobody wanted, including me. It was the best five years of my public service career. [...]

Federal Budget 2013: Five myths of Conservative budget-making A look at the Conservative record, by Les Whittington (Toronto Star)

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

By Les Whittington, Ottawa Bureau reporter, Toronto Star
Published on Wed Mar 20 2013
Five myths of Tory budget-making:
No Tax Increases: While Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has refrained from across-the-board income tax hikes, the Harper government has quietly tapped into Canadians’ wallets in the form of payroll tax increases. As a result of changes that took effect on Jan. [...]

Senator Jaques Demers

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

“In an ideal world” is the opening sentence in an article written by Lysiane Gagnon in todays’ Globe and Mail. 

Clearly Ms. Gagnon lives in such a world.  In that world, everyone is apparently literate.  Those who are not, are dismissed as a disgrace.  If Ms. Gagnon wrote this article to shock then she was [...]

Tory MP awards Jubilee medal to incarcerated anti-abortion activist

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Despite the denials of the Conservative Party, this is their underlying reality.

By Glen McGregor, The Ottawa Citizen October 22, 2012
OTTAWA — An anti-abortion activist who is currently in jail in Toronto has received one of the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee medals intended to mark “significant achievements” by Canadians.
Mary Wagner, 38, who has been [...]

Article: Of mice, men, and tap-dancing chihuahuas

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The article below was written by Michael Harris and was posted on iPolitics on Wednesday May 30, 2012.  I found it very interesting and I hope you will as well.
Of mice, men, and tap-dancing chihuahuas
iPolitics Insight
Posted on Wed, May 30, 2012, 5:07 am by Michael Harris

The dudes in the Ministry of Fear, alias the [...]

Bill C-59, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accelerated parole review) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Quelle surprise!   
The anti-coalitionist Stephen Harper formed a coalition to pass bill C-59.  And who did he join up with this time?  … The feared Bloc Quebecois, separatists, the anti-Canada party.  Is it not strange that when it suits his purposes, Harper will climb in to bed with anyone to form the hated coalition?  If others [...]