The three 2000 debates of GW Bush with the mad Al Gore are available on C-SPAN.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
The three 2000 debates of GW Bush with the mad Al Gore are available on C-SPAN.
You should have seen Teresa Heinz Kerry glower as she and Laura Bush were brought into the hall.
Did Kerry really just complain that Bin Laden escaped Afghanistan because Bush "outsourced" the attack on Bin Laden to the Afghan militia, away from the finest military in the world, the US?
The same man wants the UN to take over Iraq.
Oh my God, Kerry's serious putdown of the coalition countries apart from Britain. Utter dismissal of their contemptible ripoff few hundred on the ground.
"New Credibility" --> band name
Kerry always looks at the moderator, never the camera. Bad. Bush looks into the camera as punctuation. Good.
Update, 10:30 -- Kerry looks into the camera through his closing statement.
Spacey S&M vedette/news hound Cameron Diaz' thoughts on the crucial issues of the campaign.
More evidence that the old saw, "Democrats are the evil party, Republicans are the stupid party" needs serious rebalancing.
(P Diddy? Why didn't they have that animated whale from that kid's show on to speak bravely against Republican warmongering and bigotry too?)
CHRW 94.9 is well known in London as the best radio in the city.
Much like the blogosphere, CHRW is open to anyone with a good idea. If you are in London looking for a fun and rewarding hobby, you can't do much better for my money than volunteering there.
In the latest edition of CHRW 94.9's Audiozine series, this one all about blogs, the adorable and talented Jessica interviews John "Hindrocket" Hinderaker of Powerline about the history and effect of the whole wonderful Rathergate story.
Listen to it here!
It's budget time and the swine are now to receive a 2.7% pay hike. But no worries folks, Councillors aren't greedy:
That's the raise determined by a policy adopted several years ago to give council automatic raises tied to the average labour increase or rise in the consumer price index, whichever is lower.
The boost pushes the salary for councillors' to $29,632 from $28,853 and for controllers to $37,040 from $36,066.
Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell's salary rises to $46,440 from $45,219 and Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco's to $92,314 from $89,887.
Asked if council earned the raise, DeCicco first chuckled.
"I guess some members of council would have different views on this," she said.
"But the reason this process is in place . . . is it takes it out of our hands and puts it into a totally objective process."
Council members received increases in each of the previous five years, including 0.9 per cent in 1999, 1.63 in 2000, 0.8 in 2001, 3.1 in 2002 and 1.1 last year.
The mayor defended the hikes.
"Clearly, if you look at the adjustments we've had over the last few years, it's always far lower than what most unions or associations are getting."
I guess these shameless bandits weren't inspired by Mr. Millionaires recent rejection of a pay raise
CTV's Ottawa bureau chief Craig Oliver says Martin likely recognizes that he needs an experienced governor general in place, should a constitutional crisis arise.
"Minority government can be unstable. They're always on the brink of an election," Oliver points out. "It isn't the time to put in an inexperienced governor general."
"Ms. Clarkson could become the most important person in the country. She might have to make some very important judgments."
But I thought Ms. Clarkson was above politics?
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Ontario gourmands are smacking their lips in protest over a new provincial regulation banning the use of fresh fish in raw dishes.
Affecting such menu items as tartare, ceviche, cold smoked fish and the popular Japanese delicacy sushi, the province has enacted a new regulation that forces chefs to use fish that's been previously frozen.Ontario Ministry of Health officials are concerned that, otherwise, unwitting patrons could be served with a portion of a parasitic roundworm sometimes found in wild ocean fish.
Under the new law, a first in Canada, fish destined to be served raw must be frozen to minus 20 degrees for seven days or minus 35 degrees for 15 hours.
And just you never mind that instances of roundworm are very rare:
Dr. Jay Keystone, for instance, says that in his practice at Toronto general Hospital, he's never seen a case.
"I've been doing tropical medicine, parasite disease for 28 years, and in all that time I have not heard of a case, nor have I seen a case."
The Ontario government is now poised to ban junk food from all vending machines in Ontario Schools. The food fascists take another step forward. Next, they will extract fees from parents to provide government issue lunches for kids, hence effectively banning all food brought in from the outside
Schools in those boards still have vending machines in place selling chips and chocolate bars and [Education Minister Gerard] Kennedy said he wants them to get rid of the junk food quickly.
"I think voluntary is taking too much time,'' he said, partly because some schools are waiting for vending machine contracts to run out or don't want to lose the revenue they receive from them.
[. . . .]
Kennedy said regulations will be coming in the next few weeks, including nutritional guidelines spelling out what food items can be sold in school vending machines.
"We're doing this because we want some consistency,'' he said.
In the name of Public Safety, we will violate your privacy and steal your money......
City to examine cameras, radar at intersections
JOE BELANGER, Free Press City Hall Reporter 2004-09-28 02:23:34
London will take a close look at the use of red-light cameras and photo radar at intersections. City council's environment and transportation committee voted last night to have staff prepare a study on the issue, including costs and benefits.
And how much does the study cost I wonder? It is doubtful the city would even recover the cost of the study, let alone the cost of the spy cams.
Police Chief Murray Faulkner urged the committee to give the cameras thorough consideration.
"I find whenever police seem to be looking for different technology . . . the reaction often is 'Why not just hire more police officers,' " Faulkner said.
"Well, the reality is I can't keep every police officer on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"This technology works 24/7."
And of course, the incidents of red light running in London have reached astronomical levels! Are you suggesting that the police will actually start going after real criminals rather than petty law breakers? Likely the police are in for a cut of the loot too.
Committee chairperson Coun. Roger Caranci reiterated his support for the cameras, even though fine revenue won't fully offset costs.
"This is not about cost recovery," Caranci said. "We don't put cost recovery (as a condition) when we install a barrier to stop cars going down an embankment. This is about safety."
Like so many other Guardians of public interest, Caranci doesn't care how much taxpayer money the city has to steal to pay for public surveillance.
Under the red-light camera system, cameras mounted on traffic signals take photos of vehicles at an intersection as the signals turn red. Photos are analysed by officers for violations and tickets are issued to vehicle owners.
To help ease the cost burden, the city is also examining the possibility of "piggybacking" with Toronto and other municipalities to buy equipment -- up to $200,000 for each unit -- and sharing administrative or operating costs.
Toronto is seeking partners to share the cost of analysing photos and issuing tickets. It has already set up a section to do that in its police operation.
Pledge your alligence to the Union! Plead your case in vain - we got you on camera!
London has 360 intersections with stop lights.
So, if all the traffic lights in the city were equipped with spy cams, that would translate to $200, 000 X 360 = $72, 000, 000 + administrative and operating costs. Sounds like a good deal!
Faulkner said intersections with a high number of accidents would be targeted.
These could include Wellington and Commissioners roads, where there were 103 crashes last year, or Highbury Avenue and Oxford Street where there were 117 last year, he said.
"That's just two intersections where I think there could be significant savings (in police time and injuries), so I hope the committee looks at this favorably," Faulkner said.
Coun. Susan Eagle asked staff to analyse the costs and revenues and estimate the effect of cameras on reducing accidents.
The report is not expected before next spring, staff said.
Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen was the lone committee member to oppose the proposal.
"I don't think we're in a financial position at this time to look at it," he said.
Last month, the province gave municipalities permission to install red-light cameras at intersections after a Toronto pilot program showed a reduction in injuries and deaths.
Queen's Park also has hinted photo radar may be allowed.
Municipalities can keep the $190 fine for red light violations, but city staff say such revenue would only partly offset costs.
The report to council noted the Toronto pilot at 48 intersections showed "angle"-type collisions declined, with a seven-per-cent drop in injuries and deaths. But rear-end collisions jumped, with an 18.5-per-cent increase in crashes causing property damage.
Now this is where the police cash in - more rear end crashes = more fines issued. Maybe the insurance companies are in on this too
City engineer Peter Steblin speculated the rise in rear-end collisions is a short-term problem because drivers will make more sudden stops.
Staff also reported the city is making progress on a $2.3-million program to improve the city's synchronized traffic lights. An estimated 150 intersections will be completed by year-end, the rest next year.
That's rich!!! The city has been talking about this for months - Read some mayorial propaganda from way back in April.
Frequent red lights caused by poor synchronization are often blamed for boosting driver frustration and violations of red light laws.
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
Just ask London drivers what they think about the traffic and roads in London!
Apparently a London Free Press exclusive -- lucky Londoners . . .
According to writer/philosopher (check under philosophy, good grief!) Peg Tittle, a northern Ontario academic charged with destroying young minds, people are worse than dogs. While many municipalities license dogs, they don't bother controlling the dogs' sex lives. It seems funny to read this article, but then again the income tax, socialized medicare, and the gun registry would have at one time seemed absurd and laughable. Straight from the social engineers' mouths comes an idea that betters Hitler's plan to breed super-Aryan babies. This is the closest I've ever seen to somebody advocating The Handmaid's Tale as a manifesto.
You need a licence to drive a car, own a gun or fish for trout. You don't need a licence to raise a child. But maybe you should.
At least that's the opinion of Peg Tittle, a who has edited a new book of essays called Should Parents be Licensed?
"I don't think the creation of life should be chaotic, unplanned, accidental or passionate," says Tittle. "Sex can be all that -- but not creating a life."
[. . .]
"There should be some notion of responsibility, intentionality and deliberateness," she says.
[. . .]
Anyone who attended this week's domestic violence conference at the London Convention Centre (or anyone who follows the news) would know one painful fact: There are a lot of broken people out there.
And a lot of that damage -- damage that is, in many cases, largely irreversible -- occurs during the first few years of a child's life.
Indeed, a new study at the University of Western Ontario pegs the financial costs of child abuse in Canada at more than $15 billion, including more than $1.1 billion in social services, $600 million in judicial costs, $222 million in health costs and almost $24 million in special education services.
[. . .]
Tittle suggests potential parents should meet some minimal requirements: They must be 18 or older, they must not be addicted to drugs or hooked on booze and they must complete a course in child development.
Tittle also agrees with one of the essayists in her book, who suggests that adolescents should be required to submit to a contraceptive vaccine (a concept Tittle says is more dependable than current contraceptives and which, she suggests, would be technically feasible if only enough money were poured into research).
"There should be some notion of responsibility, intentionality and deliberateness" and if there isn't, we'll legislate it! There's a wealth of policy directives suggested here, all assuming that people are poorly herded cattle. And the cattle herders better do something about it! There's a big jump here in associating the "laissez-faire" attitude toward creating life and child abuse. What about all of us who were never abused without a licensing system? The broken people that are referred to here (and I can't imagine how on earth they came up with a monetary figure for child abuse) are the jumbled pile of cattle carcasses upon which the social construction workers and managers stand to harangue those folks that actually can and would like to get on with their lives. But there's no money in that for academic busybodies paid with taxpayer dollars.
Dr. Tittle is reasonable, however:
She says she's wary that licensing parents could lead to licensing only certain kinds of parents -- such as only those who are white, rich, Christian, etc. And she insists most parents would meet -- and indeed welcome -- such requirements.
"We don't have to license only the best parents," says Tittle, who is childless by choice. "We just have to not license the worst."
For some reason it doesn't come as a suprise to me that she is childless herself.
In short, those of us who have purpose and value in our own lives have no need of kids - or heaven. Those of us who don't, pass the buck. -- from Pronatalism, another screech by Peg Tittle
I am grateful that some children have been spared that.
The London Free Press gracefully gives somebody a chance to make a forceful rebuttal:
"You can't mess with this," says Karen Goldthorp, who helps parents hone child-raising skills with her Stratford-based company, Keys in Developing Solutions (KIDS). "This is the way it's supposed to be."
Gee, thanks for standing up for us! Oh well, we might as well leave the words to these idiots and the rest of us can get into action creating unlicensed, chaotic, unplanned, accidental, passionate, laissez-faire families.
This line of thinking was a long time coming it seems. Peg Tittle slimes the profession of philosophy in the Philosophy Cafe, and offered up this in an anti-insurance polemic way back in 2000:
But I'm beginning to think this whole privatized parenthood thing is not such a good idea. Perhaps we as a society should take on the responsibility for their support - right from the beginning. (But then we'd have to have the right to provide some input into that beginning in the first place...)
By the way, Peg Tittle also doesn't think too much of men (why don't we just license all the males) or the marketplace. If I had such an optimistic view of humanity, I'd probably want to license the whole lot of them too.
The reason the human species will not survive is simple: the males can't help playing King of the Castle
[. . .]
The end result to this deadly game they play will be the same, whether it's achieved by genocidal war, environmental destruction, or the global marketplace: loss of diversity. It's the kiss of death for any, for every, species. (Unless, of course, some Nero goes nuclear first.)
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
A very timely criticism of the Slithering Scourge - It seems some folks are paying attention to the latest health care scandal in Ontario.
Ian from Ianism:
"And of course, Ontario is such an equitable place. We're so equitable here, we even put up liars such as Dolton McSquinty. We're just such a .. you know.. fair bunch of people. It's just so much more equitable for the average family to have to fork out an extra $900.00 a year, when we were promised that would NOT happen - but we can't spend $200.00 for medical testing, whether we want it or not. What a wonderful definition of the word "equitable". I like it! I'm going to use that to fight my next speeding ticket."
Read the whole fisk
Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Maybe I missed something, but George Ssslitherman's loathsome, cynical, vile, greedy audacity right in the face of worrying and suffering people had me thinking there might be lots of great commentary on His Viperious Majesty, but his "this is our gang's territory, you punk south siders" blathering went down pretty quietly.
Perhaps my search terms were wrong and I missed a meme that has him in the guise of a cockroach instead of what seemed intuitive to me, a snake.
Freeway to Serfdom makes the wait all worthwhile.
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, September 28, 2004
One problem with making it someone's frigging job to seek out and prosecute "hate crime", i.e., thought, is that you occasionally end up accusing innocent people of racism, a despicable trait, on the basis of another's weird paranoid trip.
In her complaint, Burpee wrote Kopala was a dangerous man who had spread hate, damaged her reputation and created fear in the workplace for black people like herself.The visitor from the Bureau paused as she saw the inimitable investigator's eyebrow arch, his nimble mind absorbing her explanation. Holmes puffed on his pipe thoughtfully, staring off into space. "Watson," he drawled in a particularly resonant tone, "what do you make of this woman's story?"
Burpee wrote she had no witnesses who saw Kopala engaged in racist activities, but suspected cafeteria staff when an anti-racism poster was thrown out at a time in the morning when few people use the cafeteria.
"This left me with the cafeteria staff as prime suspects," Burpee said in her complaint.
"Well, to be entirely frank with you, old boy, it sounds, rather, like she's completely f..."
Holmes cut in, rising swiftly to his feet and donning his topcoat. He was half way out the door before I could react.
"Obviously the hatemonger is still out there. Pack your pistol, man, and send a cab to inform the Inspector that his Commission's been barking up the wrong cafeteria table leg again!"
And what is this:
Burpee accused Kopala of smearing her reputation by telling her assistant she had removed the posters herself.She is accusing him of...
Does anyone know:
1. What was on the posters?
2. What was on the hate literature?
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
Subscribe to National Geographic Comrade
Different scientific communities compete with each other for a finite (but large) amount of our tax dollars, and no one ever won out by saying his or her issue was not the world's most important problem. That makes great copy for Washington's other lobbies, like the National Geographic Society, now crusading against obesity and global warming.
Posted by Lisa Turner on Monday, September 27, 2004
Imagine film reels of every grieving mother of every lost man asked what she thought of Roosevelt's war. If ersatz documentarians mocked the President for taking the war to Germany and not to Japan. If conspiracy theorists in university lecture halls insisted Roosevelt knew in advance of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If the whole war were blamed on a "cabal" of influential Jews. If everything from Roosevelt family commercial interests to oil in the Caucasus was cited as the real reason for the war. There is, of course, no need to imagine people who would make such claims: they were Nazis and their apologists. Only in those days Nazi press credentials were not lauded in leftist documentaries lecturing us on the perfidy of capitalism and the romantic nationalist cause of Adolph Hitler, "spiritual leader" of the German people.
Read the whole thing.
It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that skilled people can do way better down south because of lower taxes and a more entrepreneurial spirit. We all love to apply our skills and talents for the benefit of Slitherman De Cicco Inc.
This linear, simplistic stuff about socialism destroying wealth and chasing away the minds that create it might be the sort of thing that would be obvious to a bright ten-year-old, but we Canadians are smarter than that, right?
Nope, it's all just coincidence that people aren't having kids they can't afford. Outmoded cynics whine that socialism destroys motivation and hence opportunity, and chases away the coldhearted productive selfish people, but just look at all the generous opportunities for them to work in government-funded anti-poverty programs out there! We have studies and statistics galore to muddy the clearest water.
Obviously we need more data. We need a study and at least five or six task forces!
Done -- valet parking, early morning mimosas and croissants all around. Prosperity here we come!
The study concludes that aging of Canada's population is only one of several factors that could lead to serious skilled labour shortages in coming years. Other factors, such as working conditions and length of training and education, could be just as important, if not more so.
"A variety of factors influence the availability of skills shortage and it has to be addressed to keep our economy vibrant," Kime said.
Early warning of an 8% tax increase! What a relief it will be when it only amounts to 5%, or whatever they're highballing us on.
As my fellow London Fog editors pointed out, this is the same tactic they used last year with their "11%" to defuse outrage. It's also used by the Liberals to mollify anger about yearly budget and tax increases. "Early estimates" put the tax increase at 8%, but they will diligently cut to the bone if necessary to deliver the "meagre" 5% or 6% increase that is already planned.
I don't see a 5% or 6% increase in my paycheque this year, but then again, I produce actual goods and services that people voluntarily consume.
Londoners will face a tax hike of more than eight per cent, unless city council sharpens its budget knives, says city budget chief Tom Gosnell. Taxpayers face the increase in property taxes in the 2005 budget, which may be finalized by year end, as department spending increases, downloading and special capital projects combine to push city spending higher.
Yeah, but it's the people who can afford a $250 night out at the stupid arena who count. Let everybody else subsidize the entertainment of the well to do!
Sunday, September 26, 2004
People are so goddamned weird these days...
Tens of thousands of Royal Bank Canada employees are being asked by bank management to display the Rainbow Triangle on their work desks. In early September, RBC employees arrived at the office to find the directive on their PCs. "The RBC Safe Space (program) is a visible, non-threatening way to show that your desk, cubicle or office is a "safe place" for gay men, bisexuals, transgendered and lesbians," employees were told in the first edition of the bank’s online newsletter, Rainbow Space...Rumour has it the Royal Bank were also going to celebrate watersports, but the focus group objected to service charges being raised for carpet shampooing and damaged keyboards.
...Although it has a Core Value policy in place, RBC does not seem to have moved any other vulnerable groups under the corporate umbrella of its Safe Space Program.
Following up on the charming and compassionate George Ssslitherman, capo di tutti capi for Ontario's medical monopoly, I found this tidbit from earlier this month:
Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman yesterday became the latest member of the Liberal cabinet to face accusations of selling access to party donors. The Simcoe North Provincial Liberal Association is advertising an "exclusive 2 1/2 -hour opportunity to network" with Smitherman, described on an event brochure as "the person most responsible for the future direction of health care in Ontario."Life Line, you didn't greassse the right palmssss with your "snake oil". Health care in Ontario is run by an incompetent but highly profitable monopoly that is being very careful to ensure that it stays a monopoly.
It's just business, guys, don't take it personal-like.
"These companies prey on fear. They create business by generating a sense of need around services," he said Saturday from a long-term care facility in Brampton, Ont., west of Toronto.And that is a business model that only good Liberals like this guy get to use.
Human rights get zero respect here at the London Fog. Anyone with an ear for Orwellisms would be suspicious of an enterprise with such a name, prima facie, especially when it's revealed to be the bu$ine$$ of academics and lawyers.
Human rights is easy money. Hell, I did some primo human rights advocacy this weekend.
I have these three friends Alan, Bill, and Charles.
I told Alan that someone overheard Bill calling him a dick. I told Bill that Charles tells anti-Billian jokes when he thinks he isn't in mixed company. Then I put posters up outside of Charles' house with a message intended to inform the Alans of the world that, whatever the outmoded Alanian culture may say, Charleses are people too.
Then when everybody started suspecting each other of being jerks, I helpfully stepped in and offered to mediate their grievances, for a six figure fee of course. Sometimes it feels good to make the world a better place.
So it's pretty funny to see lawyers fretting over the loss of credibility to their version of the scam.
"Human-rights issues are very important and there needs to be confidence in human rights officers. If this person brings a complaint that is found to be of insufficient merit, it may bring into question their judgment in the role," said (UWO law professor John) Craig, who also has a labour law practice in Toronto.Sure, it's like a travelling snake oil salesman getting caught filling his bottles in the local river. Makes them all look bad.
You guys need to be smarter and stick to ruining the lives of people who can't fight back as well -- guys like Elijah Elieff.
Susan Eagle must be rolling her eyes at the petty amateurishness of this whole case.
"There may be an issue of unfairness that is not a human-rights complaint, but it needs to be addressed. They now have to think of healing and rebuilding credibility," he added.Don't worry about that. You have never earned any credibility among people who have a clear and grounded conception of what rights are. That's because the rights we all have, to liberty and property, are in complete opposition to your "human rights" theology, John. And we don't need the likes of you to secure those rights -- we have them with or without your silly inquisitions.
"This position has been under a hot light since it it was formed. It may not have the broad political acceptance to be effective . . . At the end of the day, the advancement of human rights is only as strong as those who advocate for it."And so it is with the opposite side, the cause of Liberty.
To that end, the London Fog is here to undermine human rights throughout all of southwestern Ontario.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Londons top 10 killers
You can influence how, when you die, health officials say
And the earth is round too! Wow - I learn so much from the Londoner!! Thanks for filling my blue box each week. And I am sure I will thank you even more when the city imposes a weight restriction = more cost to me - on blue box pickup.
By SEAN MEYER The Londoner
In 2001, the last year for which records are available, 528 women and 515 men died in London from some form of circulatory disease, making it the citys top killer.
And this wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that everyone drives everywhere?
Another 844 Londoners died that year from some form of cancer, making it the number two killer. Respiratory diseases claimed 251 victims, for number three.
Of course the smoking bylaw will improve this statistic
Death is inevitable, but you have some control over how and when you die, health officials note. Lifestyle is important but so, too, is education and even geography.
Thanks for your profound comments - cut the shit and get to the point
Ruth Sanderson is an epidemiologist with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. She says the cause of someones death is not in many cases the most significant issue.
Okay, well, as far as I see it, if you're dead then you are dead. That is the most significant issue.
"When it comes to the cause of death, what gets coded on the death certificate, thats not as important as focusing on the issues that lead to their death", she says. "We all die of something. But its more important to know what led to someones death. Thats often what needs to be looked at rather than what ends up on the death certificate".
The punch line is coming.......
In 1999, Canada prepared a report on the overall health of Canadians. In the reports executive summary was a story about a young boy named Jason who ended up in the hospital.
Ms. Sanderson says the story shows how important it is to follow the so-called, upstream issues that led to the need for medical attention.
The story goes as follows:
Why is Jason in the hospital? Because he has a bad infection in his leg.
But why does he have an infection? Because he has a cut on his leg and it got infected.
But why does he have a cut on his leg? Because he was playing in the junk yard next to his apartment and there was some sharp, jagged steel there he fell on.
But why was he playing in a junk yard? Because his neighbourhood is run down. A lot of kids play there and there is no one to supervise them.
But why does he live in that neighbourhood? Because his parents cant afford a nicer place to live.
But why cant his parents afford a nicer place to live? Because his dad is unemployed and his mom is sick.
But why is his dad unemployed? Because he doesnt have much education and he cant find a job.
The story, Ms. Sanderson says, is important because it makes people think about what caused Jasons infection to happen and could lead to solutions that would have prevented the injury from ever happening.
... and the solution? Look after us almighty Government! Protect us from ourselves! Absolve us of responsibility! Pretty Please!!! We will give you more of our hard earned dollars!
"You have to look at why he ended up in the hospital. If there had been a better park, with supervision, he wouldnt have been in the junk yard, he wouldnt have gotten cut," she says. "There needs to be attention at all levels of society, of government. And the one issue is physical activity. Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice that can lead to healthier people, fewer trips to the hospital and reduced costs for health care."
Once again, we need big brother to make sure nothing bad happens. In this society, one accident leads to safety measures for all!
And Ms. Sanderson says its not just a healthier lifestyle that Londoners, and all Canadians need to focus on, but a more positive one as well.
OKAY! Let's get positive! I'm positive I want to stay away from you. Maybe we could join The Church of Scientology But onward to the Spartans!
"If we can all get more active at whatever level that may be, and get away from being so weight-focused, that would be a good start. You dont have to look like a track star to be physically active," she says. "But being active, eating well. Rather than focusing on what we shouldnt be eating, the focus should be more on what we should be eating. We need to focus on living life as well as we can for as long as we can."
In recent years, Ms. Sanderson says obesity " both in children and adults " has been a big focus by both the media and society in general. And that problem, she adds, started when a focus on physical activity in the schools first started to erode away.
"There was a push 20 years ago for better reading and writing skills, and that was very important, but other things started getting left behind. To find more time for reading and writing, time was taken away from phys ed.," Ms. Sanderson says. "So now we have to put the focus back to more of a balance between schooling and physical activity. Saying we have to get kids, get people of all ages off the couch is insightful, but we have to make it easier. That involves changing the ways people think, the choices they make."
........ never mind education. As long as the vassals are in shape. It may be necessary to draft them one day. And when they are sent to the gulag, we want them to work productively and efficiently with minimum government standard rations.
Smoking is one area she says a slow process of changing the way people think has made a big difference.
"You have to change the environment, change the cultural influences. Now we have a bylaw in London about not smoking in public places and you see fewer people smoking," Ms. Sanderson says. "If kids, for example, see other people being more physically active, they will be more inclined to follow that example. London has been good at starting that change. The enormous support for organized sport, the programs that are available as incentives to get active. Thats changing the way people think. It will take time, but a healthier lifestyle is a change that takes time."
..... Fewer people are seen smoking because tyrants like you prohibit the number of places people can smoke. On the other hand, the evil smokers are perhaps seen more often - and I will include myself in that equation -as they are forced out onto the street where everyone throw stones at them. Let the witch hunt continue!
While cultural shifts take time, Ms. Sanderson points to a pair of examples as to how changes in lifestyle can happen.
For example, 50 years ago, people were looking for ways to sit down and take a break from their job while today more and more people are looking for ways to get up and not sit at a computer screen all day. Also, she points out that a mere 10 years ago, nobody would think about buying bottled water while its practically a common practice by many people today.
"Those are examples of how people can shift their thinking over time, how cultural shifts can happen," Ms. Sanderson says. "If we can continue to promote physical activity to the point where that kind of change happens, great things can happen."
In preparation for the Labour Camps, physical activity and 'proper' nutrition become mandatory.
A more physically active lifestyle will go a long way to keeping Londoners healthy, she says. However, she adds a healthy community makes a big difference as well.
"From a public health perspective, we find a strong sense of community belonging is important. If you live in a community with support, with programs, we find people feel better about themselves. We all feel healthier. We know feeling isolated can impact on physical health, on mental health. (But if we feel we are in a strong community which provides support to not just ourselves, but to others as well,) if we feel like we are making a difference in our community - that goes a long way to improving overall health."
..... Clearly, these people were brought up watching the guardian of public interest, Barney the Dinosaur.
© 2004 The Londoner
Posted by Lisa Turner on Saturday, September 25, 2004
There's an entertaining Sims 2 story at Something Awful.
Pedal to the metal, chauffeur, there won't be any lobster tails left at the global warming conference if I don't get to my private jet right away
Chickens Little and Foxies Loxy alike should check out the new Uncommon Knowledge.
It's on "The Lord's Judgment In Fire And Brimstone", now d.b.a. "Global Warming".
UPDATE/BACKDATE: The very term "affirmative action", is a perfect example of political marketing of foolish ideas by way of great-sounding names (also see "human rights", "progressivism", "universal health care", "peace keeping", and so on.) See Thomas Sowell in another recent episode, speaking on the history of racial quotas world wide.
I read in today's Post (no link) that it was my employees at al-Sibisi that raised the issue of the Post replacing al-Reuters' second- and third-order euphemisms "militants", "activists", "grievance bearers", and "unidentified persons of aggressive disposition".
The Post decided to go with the first-order euphemism "terrorist" to describe people who saw necks, which must have seemed awfully gauche to your typical nuanced CBC News fruitcake.
Wow! What a story! Let's run with it!
I keep trying to fire those people, but they're too busy, trembling their lips over the sad life story of the latest
homicide bomber anti-occupation militant, to read the pink slip.
Naturally, there are exceptions to the new rule:Like energy, bigotry is neither created nor destroyed. The fashionable targets for it just change.2(2) Nothing in this Act affects the rights of aboriginal people respecting traditional aboriginal spiritual or cultural practices or ceremonies.Why? Either it's bad for you, or it isn't. Make up your smarmy, fearful, politically correct minds. "Cultural practices"? What the f---? is a "cultural practice"? Isn't smoking one of those? I guess it depends on who's on the end of the pipe.
A conservative white male smoking a cigarette
VDH has a fine piece on Dan "I Am Not A Crook" Rather and the passing of the Greediest Generation's control of the media:
Rather's now-ossified generation came of age in the heady Vietnam era, on the apparent premise that Main Street, USA, and the Kiwanis had given us Vietnam, Watergate, racism, and the other isms and phobias — and that only hip, swashbuckling 60s-types could tell the American people the "truth" about what the "establishment" was up to.
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
Cause children make good propaganda tools
We're coming now, we're coming to reward them
First we take the media
Then we take the schools
Well, look at it this way, at least only 1/6th of the world's population is into sawing the heads off of the infidel.
The second best takedown of every sensitive and multicultural Canadian's favourite fascist.
Che Guevara appears on the tshirts of countless conformists who don't have the stones to go all out and wear unpopular mass murderers. Please, people, show some originality, and switch to a high-pass-filter pic of Eichmann or Yagoda. All the romance of brave totalitarian resistance to liberty can be yours in 100% cotton!
Hell, Paul Bernardo, or even little Jeffrey Dahmer, would at least show a little bit of revolutionary rebelliousness on your part. But you'd probably stick to Charles Manson because Bono or somebody said he was cool.
Anyways, the Slate piece aside, the very best takedown of Che Guevara occurred in Bolivia some years back:
Here are some nice ones!
I have my eye on the one that reads "Infidel".
"Human rights" specialist. My Commie/English translator is a bit rusty this morning, but I think that translates to a "producing less than nothing and bothering honest people" specialist.
Anyways, the bitch gets to keep her phony baloney job and stay on my bread line by order of those wise guardians of human rights and dignity, city council. Feh.
And $130,000 to some lawyer to draft an "anti-harassment policy"? As headsonpikes wisely said, "Lawyers are the commissars of (North) American Socialism".
Rights specialist remains on job
However, some council sources say she's on the hot seat.
JOE BELANGER, Free Press City Hall Reporter 2004-09-25 02:33:18
London's human rights specialist remains on the job despite the dismissal of race-related allegations she made against city hall's chef.
Councillors emerged yesterday from a 40-minute special meeting behind closed doors saying little about the five-month controversy. "I'm limited by the law about what I can say," Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco said. "We're satisfied now this issue is closed for us and we have followed procedure to the T." But council sources expressed doubts about Joyce Burpee's future in the job, though none expect her to depart anytime soon.
Burpee, hired in January as the city's human rights specialist, complained in April that chef Adam Kopala poisoned her work environment by circulating racist hate literature and removing anti-racism posters from the cafeteria.
Kopala, employed by the contractor that runs the cafeteria, was reassigned to another location. But he will be back Monday after an independent investigator concluded he didn't violate the city's harassment and discrimination policy. Kopala has declined requests for interviews.
His lawyer, Bob Wood, has said he doesn't know if Kopala will take legal action.
"They have accepted the investigator's findings and I think that's the right thing to do under the circumstances," Wood said yesterday. Several council members contacted privately wouldn't discuss the issue.
One source close to the issue raised questions city officials declined to answer yesterday. "The important questions are whether the initial complaint was based on substance with evidence available and, if it wasn't, why is this person still in the position?" he said.
"Another question is whether the action she took made the situation better or worse."
A few council members offered differing opinions about Burpee's future.
"I don't expect to see anything change in the near future," said one council member, adding the major doubts concern the position, not the person.
Another councillor said the issue is done.
"And if there's anything else being done, it'll be handled by (city manager) Jeff Fielding, then go to board of control." Some council members privately speculated Kopala's exoneration would put Burpee on the hot seat. But Fielding confirmed Burpee remains on the job.
The cost of the probe is sure to cause concern, though the final tally remains unknown. Because Burpee couldn't investigate her own complaint, the city retained London lawyer Marg Szilassy, who was paid $130,000 two years ago to draft an anti-harassment policy.
The Free Press has been unable to obtain a copy of her report, which was apparently completed three months ago.
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Friday, September 24, 2004
Are private MRI clinics legal, then? If they were illegal, wouldn't the government be allowed to shut them down rather than buying them off of the owners? I think I just found a new way to make money -- build myself a private MRI clinic and wait for a panic-stricken union-kowtowing government to pay me an overinflated price just so they can say they are protecting public health care (in the meantime, I don't think I dare get sick in this province)
Dalton McGuinty burnished his credentials as a guardian of medicare today . . .
Step aside, no bias to be seen here . . .
[ . . . ]
"I happen to believe ... that the arrangement we came to is a reflection of our confidence and maturity as a country. It is no skin off our nose if we can find an arrangement that accommodates Quebec's particular needs and desires."
Again, please step aside, there is no patent nonsense and jibbering Liberal self-flattery here! If you do not step aside, I will have to place you under suspicion of being an ideologue.
Thanks again to the Red Star for the slight elevation in blood pressure. Do I need an MRI for that?
Posted by MapMaster on Friday, September 24, 2004
We live in a sick, sick province.
When will there be trials for these people?
Smitherman admitted that Ontario's medicare system has its ``challenges," but said U.S. corporations have no business trying to sell health care to Canadians because of "the extraordinary inequities that exist in the United States."You are the sickest creep of all today, George Slitherman.
I'd ask my doctor for a second opinion, if it were still possible to get a doctor in this city of 350,000 people.
Posted by Mike on Friday, September 24, 2004
City hall continues to chase its tail behind closed doors - let's hire some consultants to measure the radius of the circle!
City chef exonerated on racism allegations
JOE BELANGER, Free Press City Hall Reporter 2004-09-24 02:13:20
London city hall's embattled chef says he'll be back on the job Monday after being cleared of racism-related allegations levelled by the city's human rights watchdog. The exoneration of Adam Kopala could spell trouble for human rights specialist Joyce Burpee.
"The independent investigation has determined that none of the allegations against me of conduct contrary to the city's harassment and discrimination prevention policy were established," Kopala said yesterday.
Burpee complained in April that Kopala poisoned her work environment by circulating racist hate literature and removing anti-racism posters from the cafeteria.
Burpee concluded Kopala "is connected to this hate activity and that he is dangerous."
Kopala, employed by the contractor who operates the cafeteria, was reassigned to another location.
Burpee cannot investigate her own complaint.
As a result, the city retained London lawyer Marg Szilassy, who was paid $130,000 two years ago to draft an anti-harassment policy.
The Free Press was unable to obtain a copy of the report, which was apparently completed three months ago, but not released publicly.
City manager Jeff Fielding said yesterday he won't comment on the issue until after a closed meeting with council today.
Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco said she also will wait until council meets today.
That could be a raucous session of council.
Some council members, among them Coun. Ab Chahbar, previously questioned whether Burpee should keep her job if the allegations were unfounded.
"I haven't seen the report and I have no information other than what you're telling me, so I can't comment," Chahbar said last night.
"But the comments I made in the past I certainly stand behind. I don't want to talk about anybody's future at this point.
"But London city council is certainly owed an explanation and we'll have to make recommendations that must be made, need to be made."
Coun. Bernie MacDonald said he's anxious to see Kopala back. But MacDonald said he's concerned it's taken so long for details of the report to become public.
"I guess people will have to step lightly when they're criticizing people. You can't go off accusing people unless you have the facts," he said.
Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell said Kopala will be welcomed back. "Hopefully, this is a matter that's behind us now and everybody can back to business," Gosnell said.
Kopala's lawyer, Bob Wood, said he doesn't know if Kopala will take legal action.
"I think he does have the right to sue," Wood said, adding Kopala is anxious to return "and begin serving the people there again."
"He's a reasonably strong and fair-minded individual, but a charge like that takes a toll on anybody," Wood said.
The human rights specialist's job has been the focus of controversy the last few years.
This week, Bob Wright, a London-born lawyer working in Toronto, filed a human rights complaint alleging the city didn't offer him the specialist's job because of his gender. The complaint was based on allegations by Coun. Fred Tranquilli that some members of council pressured staff to hire a woman -- an allegation denied by staff.
The city first came under fire in 2002 for failing to hire a specialist two years after agreeing to do so.
The specialist eventually hired stepped down after nine months, citing interference by senior managers.
Soon after Burpee was hired in January, controversy erupted over how much time she spends at city hall and over the complaint against Kopala.
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
The man who wants taxpayers to pay for sex changes vows to stop evil profit driven company from providing efficient healthcare services
Minister vows action on U.S. diagnostics
CP 2004-09-24 02:13:07
TORONTO -- A U.S. company that charges up to $200 for medical tests covered by medicare should understand "they're not welcome here," provincial Health Minister George Smitherman said yesterday. "I'll meet them at the border or confront them where they are," Smitherman vowed as he pledged to stop Life Line Screening of Cleveland, Ohio, from running one-day diagnostic clinics in the Hamilton-Niagara area.
"We send that message to that provider and any other."
Smitherman said sections of the province's Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act, which were to be passed into law in the coming weeks, would be rushed to the cabinet table to deal with companies like Life Line.
"I'm going into cabinet in a couple of minutes to get those sections proclaimed now."
Life Line uses vans to bring in portable Doppler ultrasound machines from the U.S. and uses them to screen patients for vascular problems that could lead to stroke or coronary artery disease, it's been reported.
The company's website boasts it is "the nation's leading provider of preventive health screenings" for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis.
The health minister said he wants the Ontario public's help in the fight against an invasion of profit-driven medical corporations from south of the border.
"If anybody finds out about this stuff, you call that in," he said.
"We have a quick response capacity, and we will stamp these out. We will protect public medicare in the province of Ontario."
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
Posted by basil on Friday, September 24, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
New carb rules criticized
The people behind the Atkins diet don't like the proposed label changes.
BRUCE CHEADLE, CP 2004-09-23 02:55:31
OTTAWA -- A hardline government stand on carbohydrate claims for new Canadian food labels has prompted a sharp retort from the purveyors of the Atkins low-carb diet. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are telling food producers that new labelling regulations will eliminate all references to low-carb benefits.
When the rules take effect next year, carbohydrate content must be listed on the Nutrifacts table on all food and beverage packaging. But other carb-related claims, including in the product's brand name or trademark, will be prohibited.
The regulation could affect hundreds of new products coming on to the market to capitalize on the low-carb diet movement, led by Atkins Nutritional Approach.
"I take exception to saying there's no science to this approach and that it's unhealthy," Colette Heimowitz, an Atkins vice-president, said yesterday from New York.
"It takes big government agencies a while to embrace the research. But at least acknowledge the research that has been done in the last three years."
The company issued a news release contending 37 different studies have shown that "controlling carbohydrate intake is key to healthy nutrition, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and to good overall health."
Health Canada says it is simply following the guidance of the U.S.-based Institute of Medicine, which in 2002 recommended 45 to 65 per cent of a person's daily caloric intake be from carbohydrates.
"There are no recommendations to decrease carbohydrate intake. All recommendations are that carbohydrate is the major source of calories in the diet," said Christina Zehaluk of Health Canada's bureau of nutritional sciences.
"Therefore, based on that science -- based on those dietary recommendations -- it was considered inappropriate to have claims which highlighted foods that were low in carbohydrates.
"For the general public there's no need to reduce carbohydrate intake, or look for foods that are lower in carbohydrate."
Because they imply carbohydrate benefits, said one official, trademarks such as Unilever's Carb Options line likely will be prohibited when the regulations take effect Dec. 12, 2005.
One group potentially affected by the changes are diabetics. Peter Hope-Tindall of Toronto says the low-carb diet craze has made his life easier in grocery store aisles.
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
Cote urged council to go a step further and establish a fund to buy land for projects well in advance of construction - Hume agrees
It's budget time - make your alliances now!
Northwest library site on $68M city wish list
Joe Belanger, Free Press City Hall Reporter 2004-09-23 02:55:45
Land for a new library in London's booming northwest is on the wish list of $68 million in city hall capital projects for next year. The cost of growth -- need for a library, fire protection, recreation centres, public transit, roads, sewers and water -- was the major theme as city council started to set priorities for next year's capital spending projects.
"There are a lot of great projects on the list, but we have to make some tough prioritizing decisions and stay within our ability to afford them," said Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell, the budget chief.
Council has already set a 2005 capital spending limit of $30 million.
But that will be a challenge to reach since senior administration is whittling away a second list of minor projects totalling about $56 million.
Council meets again tomorrow to set its capital spending priorities. Final cuts will be made during budget talks that start next month.
Topping the list of big-ticket items is a proposed $10-million, multi-purpose community centre in north London.
That's followed by an unexpected, $7.1-million project to widen Fanshawe Park Road from Hyde Park to Wonderland Road five years ahead of schedule due to the area's commercial boom.
The proposal to budget $700,000 for land and design costs for a library in the city's northwest sparked discussion about long-range planning.
Although the new library is four or five years away, the city should buy the land and get designs started now, London library chief executive Darrel Skidmore said.
Skidmore asked for $700,000 to buy land and design costs.
"The bottom line is we can't afford to have another situation like Westmount where you have a mature community and you need to find land," he said.
Vic Cote, the city's general manager of finance and corporate services, supported Skidmore's suggestion.
But Cote urged council to go a step further and establish a fund to buy land for projects well in advance of construction.
"Quite often, when we approve a project, it doesn't give us a window of opportunity to buy at the best price," Cote said.
The idea was also embraced by some council members.
"It's a land bank strategy that makes a lot of sense," Controller Gord Hume said.
Also looking for big bucks are London police.
Chief Murray Faulkner asked council for $6 million to get started on the $28.3-million expansion to the force's Dundas Street headquarters unveiled last week.
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
Gosh, The environment is sure to improve now!!
Proposal puts lid on garbage
The province wants cities to divert most of the trash or pay a price.
JONATHAN SHER, Free Press Reporter 2004-09-23 02:55:47
Londoners may be forced to put out less trash -- or pay more -- if the province follows through on plans to sharply stem Ontario's garbage flow. Sorting food waste from garbage, for separate disposal, could also become a new London reality.
"Radical changes" can be expected if Queen's Park requires cities to divert 60 per cent of trash to recycling or composting, warned Jay Stanford, the city's waste manager.
The debate at Queen's Park on forcing more conservation comes as London city hall contemplates how long its own landfill will last and what it might do to extend its life.
The proposed provincial waste-diversion standard, the subject of a study to be released next month, is nearly double what London diverts -- 35 per cent.
In January, city council rejected a plan to charge residents who put more than two or three bags on the curb.
But now, anxious about possible provincial changes, council wants staff to explore another option -- simply limiting the number of bags to two or three.
Anyone with extra garbage bags would have to take them to the dump themselves and pay a fee as well, Stanford said yesterday.
That measure alone could cause Londoners to divert two to five per cent more of their garbage, he said.
Such measures have to be considered, said Coun. Roger Caranci, who chairs the city's environment and transportation committee.
"We're going to have to look at that again this year very seriously," said Caranci, who supported the user-fee plan earlier this year.
Some residents will be upset if charged for garbage pickup, but the new provincial legislation could include penalties that make it even more expensive not to, he said.
City staff will report on bag limits in the next two months and the legislation could be in place early next year, Stanford said.
In the meantime, the city must push ahead with plans to create more landfill space -- either by expanding its existing site in the south end or acquiring a new site, Stanford said.
While the existing dump isn't expected to be filled for 17 to 20 years, Ontario is littered with cities that waited too long to plan ahead, the most notable Toronto, Stanford said.
When Toronto ran out of landfill space, its disposal cost per tonne of garbage more than tripled to $55 from $15.
Caution dictates the city pursue expansion or a new site now, with one option being land the city bought a decade ago immediately east of its landfill, Stanford said.
"If we don't find a long-term solution, we will find ourselves in the same position as Toronto with no home for our garbage," he said.
If the city expands its landfill, it would extend its lifespan another 25 to 40 years, he said.
London businesses have increased their use of the landfill since city council slashed its dumping charges in June.
While it's too soon to know the long-range impact of the change, so far, the flow of business waste is up substantially, from 20 tonnes a month to as much as 2,000.
That's on pace with projections that the initiative would bring $7 million in extra revenue and reduce the landfill's lifespan by about two years, Stanford said.
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
On Shotgun, Alan Rockwell gives a sad example of why Canadian politics is so deadly monotonous.
You can vote your way into socialism and its attendant nonsense such as "official multiculturalism", but it sure seems like a one way door as far as electoral politics is concerned.
Save us, O Internet!
Posted by Mike on Thursday, September 23, 2004
We need groups like this in London!
If property rights were in our Constitution we wouldn't have DFO officers
sneaking up and down our ditches, looking for manure runoff while cities
like Kingston purchase permits to dump sewage by the swimming-pool-full
into our Great Lakes. We wouldn't have MOE inspectors keeping
surveillance on manure piles and sawdust heaps while the smog level in
Toronto pollutes a radius of 100 miles from the city core. And we wouldn't
have greedy municipal governments reaching into our pockets and increasing
their tax revenue by 90% in a three-year period; and you have to pay,
because if you don't pay your taxes they simply take your land
[. . . . . ]
So, we're going to supplement and improve the democratic process by giving
our politicians the direction they need, and I really feel they want. How
can they say "NO" if we don't attend council meetings? How can they say
NO to the stupidities that the provincial and federal governments keep
dumping on us unless we tell them "Stand up and say NO, we're behind you."
You know, there's an expression they use in the Caribbean: "Do not be
surprised when you put a pig in your palace, if it continues to act like a
hog." At first glance this seems to be a not-too-gentle poke at
politicians. It's not. It points the finger right at us.we get what we
deserve, and we get bad government because we don't get involved, because
we think that that X on the ballot is all we have to do.
Now, our Directors along with several other members have developed a plan
of attack: I guess it would be called something nicer in government lingo -
goals and objectives perhaps. We are committed to stopping the Smithfield
Hall project in South Glengarry. Neither the municipality or the province
should be spending our taxes on projects like this, especially after being
hit with a health care surcharge that is going to cost the average
Glengarry family another five or six hundred dollars a year. We are
committed to stopping the appointment of a salaried emergency services
co-ordinator in North Glengarry; we feel that emergency response should be
coordinated by the fire department, police and ambulance services; we pay a
huge portion of our taxes to protection of persons and property. There is
no good reason why emergency response procedures are not drawn up and
continually evaluated by these professionals. And I can back this
contention up by reference to the Police Services Act and the attendant
Regulations that deal with Adequacy and Effectiveness Standards. And
finally, we are demanding that municipal tax revenues in North and South
Glengarry be "rolled back" to 2001 totals.
[. . . . . .]
And if you don't think there is any cause to be concerned about intrusive
governments, think of this, and think of what it has cost you. Twenty
years ago I could go hunting groundhogs without worry of Criminal charges
because I didn't have a stupid white sticker stuck on my Dad's .22 rifle.
Twenty years ago I could put in a septic system for less than $2,000, not
$15,000. Twenty years ago I could buy a beef and have it slaughtered and
butchered without the government taking care of me. And if there is anyone
here tonight who would rather buy inspected beef, that's fine, I support
you to - it's all about choice. Twenty years ago I could buy eggs from my
neighbour and I didn't need the government to save me from God-knows-what
by having then graded. And twenty years ago, if anyone would have told me
that, one day, governments would be monitoring the water use from private
wells and were thinking about taxing folks for overconsumption; I would
have laughed in their face. Think about that and the direction we're going.
Jamie MacMasters address to the GLA innaugural meeting
Green Valley - 16 September, 2004
Read the whole beautiful post, courtesy of Ianism
Thanks to The Tiger in Winter for this weeks edition!
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Thank goodness we have more fundamentalist extremists than homeschoolers - oops, I forgot that they're the same thing!
Our enemies are Islamic extremist murderers. Except if you happen to attend the Muskegon County, Mich., schools, where the menacing faces of terrorism belong to parents who make untold sacrifices to give their children the best education they know how by schooling them in the loving environment of their own homes.
Michelle Malkin reveals blind prejudice on the part of the publicly funded education industry. Would you really want to send your kids to these schools? I guess you'd better or they might become terrorists!
After you've digested that, check out the damnable hypocrisy of the public school teacher unions . . .
More than 25 percent of public school teachers in Washington and Baltimore send their children to private schools, a new study reports.
Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.
Thanks to Ianism for this juicy bit from the Washington Times. Check out the full story here, and thanks for looking.
However, Barr warned that many member nations, including the UK, Netherlands and India, want to set up a legally binding protocol requiring all U.N. countries to start registration of firearms.
More frightening dirt about the United Nations . . .
When Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin goes before the general assembly of the United Nation to talk about revamping and saving world poverty with an international tax today, the global village should take him with the proverbial grain of salt.
Like his mentor Maurice Strong, Martin’s pet project is to revamp the UN to make it more effective. Revamping the UN is a job assigned to Strong at the formal request of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Kyoto architect Strong, who chaired the 1992 Rio conference on global warming, is the man Annan most trusted to get the job done.
International Taxation by the UN
Drive Clean program slagged in paper probe
CP 2004-09-22 03:44:11
HAMILTON -- Ontario's Drive Clean program is fraught with cheating and has cost motorists more than $1 billion over the past five years to provide air quality improvements that have been overstated, the Hamilton Spectator reports. A Spectator investigation of the province's emissions-testing program suggests it forces millions of drivers with clean cars to pay for tests they are certain to pass in order to find a few polluters.
It also found that crooked garages sold fake certificates showing ineligible vehicles have passed testing, prompting Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky to announce a crackdown on the program.
"We do take fraud very seriously," the minister said Monday, acknowledging that the program is "not perfect."
An undercover investigation by the newspaper found some garages manipulated tests and cars to help them pass. In the last two years, an average of two Drive Clean test facilities a month have been suspended or ejected from the program.
"We intend to monitor that in a more robust way," Dombrowsky said. "We will redouble our efforts to inspect these facilities."
The program currently has 25 inspectors doing spot checks at Drive Clean test facilities.
Dombrowsky said she has asked ministry officials for a report on the irregularities brought to light by the Spectator investigation. She said there are 1,700 Drive Clean centres and less than two per cent have been suspended or dropped.
The Spectator report said that when the program finds polluters, many of the worst ones stay on the road.
Since the 1999 start of the program -- which measures emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons -- Ontario drivers have spent about $435 million on test fees and $690 million for Drive Clean repairs, including taxes. The initial test costs $35 plus GST, and more for retests and repairs.
"I just think it's another cash grab," Hamilton resident Sue Brown said.
Cars more than 20 model years old are exempt from Drive Clean.
Copyright © The London Free Press 2004
Dickson insists her daughter has been denied the special services to which she is legally entitled.
"It's turned into a political war," says Dickson, a single mother of three school-age children. "Maybe it would be easier if they'd just put us in those head-and-arm locks and stone us from the side of the road."
In addition to keeping her daughter at home, Dickson has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Dickson says school officials have repeatedly said Jessica's main problem is she needs fresh batteries in her hearing aids -- a claim she dismisses as ludicrous.
Dickson adds she has looked into enrolling Jessica-Lynn at the Robarts School for the deaf, but was told her daughter might have problems because most students there employ sign language and Jessica-Lynn does not.
Jessica-Lynn wears hearing aids and reads lips.
Dickson says she wants to transfer her daughter to another public school, but board officials have told her Jessica-Lynn can't be granted a referral to another school unless she is attending classes.
In the meantime, Jessica-Lynn stays home. She is not doing school work, but she sometimes writes and draws.
An excerpt from Ian Gillespie
The spokesman for the world's dictatorships and theocracies on the sawing off of heads:
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned the taking and killing of hostages in Iraq. But he also said Iraqi prisoners had been disgracefully abused, an implicit criticism of the U.S. treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib.
“No one is above the law,” Annan said. “Again and again, we see fundamental laws shamelessly disregarded — those that ordain respect for innocent life, for civilians, for the vulnerable — especially children.”
And global warming! And don't forget second hand smoke!
hat tip: LGF.
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Police budget meets target
Council had asked for a spending increase of no more than 5.5 per cent.
KELLY PEDRO, Free Press Reporter 2004-09-22 03:44:28
A proposed $63-million operating budget approved by London's police services board yesterday hits the city's magic number for modest budget hikes. The city had asked the board to limit its budget increase to 5.5 per cent.
The budget will go before city council early next year for approval.
The spending increase comes from personnel costs and the addition of 24 new positions, counting both officers and civilians.
Among the highlights are:
- Fifteen new frontline officers costing $368,858.
- Three civilians and two officers to work in major-case management, which will be required by the province in January, at a cost of $208,854.
Increases in personnel costs make up $3.1 million of the increase, compared to $1.8 million last year.
"This is a very reasonable budget," said police Chief Murray Faulkner, calling it a "win-win" for the force and city.
"There's nothing more that we can cut here."
The budget represents six months of behind-the-scenes work.
What started out as a more than 10-per-cent rise was whittled by almost half, said board chairperson Jan Richardson.
"This is the hardest budget we've had to face," she said.
The board has not always agreed with the city's directive to limit budget increases.
Last year, when dealing with its 2004 budget, the board approved a 6.2-per-cent increase. That was despite a city request for the force to limit its spending increase to 3.6 per cent.
A year earlier, the board turned in a 7.4-per-cent increase when the city had wanted additional spending held to no more than 3.2 per cent.
But Richardson said the approach to the 2005 budget was different.
"The board took a very strong position this time to be considerate of council's directive," she said, because council gave the force the money it needed to hire more officers.
Under its initial business plan, the force wanted to hire 85 officers over three years.
The board has decided to stretch out that hiring by one more year.
Last year and this year, the force hired 56 new officers in total.
It hopes to hire 15 more next year and possibly another 14 in 2006 to meet its hiring target.
Yesterday, the board also approved a proposed $8.2-million capital budget for 2005.
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CRTC looking at Net phones
CP 2004-09-22 03:44:48
GATINEAU, QUE. -- Are Internet phone calls a new frontier or just a technological tweak for an old service? That was the question before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission yesterday as it opened three days of hearings into the possibility of regulating such calls.
The hearings have drawn 31 groups, ranging from communications giants such as Bell and Rogers, to high-tech upstarts such as Telus and Vonage, already pushing ahead into Internet voice services. There also are consumer groups urging a cautious, rule-driven approach to the technology.
Charles Dalfen, commission chair, told the opening hearing that the agency is inclined to look at these services, known as Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP, as just a kind of updated phone service, which should be subject to the existing regulatory framework.
"A principal issue in this proceeding will be whether this preliminary view should be adopted or whether a different approach is warranted," he said.
Brook Schulz of Vonage Holdings Corp., one of the pioneers in the field, urged the commission to leave the companies and the marketplace alone.
"Let the customer choose," she said.
Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., however, said it sides with the commission's preliminary view of applying the existing rule framework.
The commission is concerned about security measures -- protection against hackers and the like -- as well as 911 emergency services and access for the handicapped.
The companies mostly said they are working on these problems. The 911 angle is tricky, for instance, because a subscriber may tap into the Internet from anywhere. If they call for help, how do you locate them?
Bell asked the commission to stay out of price-setting for Internet calls.
"Our fundamental belief is that the economic regulatory framework for VoIP must be built on principles that allow open, dynamic competition to continue to flourish," said Lawson Hunter, executive vice-president of BCE, the parent company of Bell.
That approach will encourage experimentation and innovation that will produce the best and cheapest services, he said.
Bell also argued that previous CRTC decisions to steer clear of setting rules for the Internet have helped consumers and the agency should follow that precedent.
"You demonstrated great insight when wireless and new media on the Internet emerged," he said.
First of all, how much will this ridiculous labelling system cost, and secondly, why don't they put warning labels on margarine, and pop, and chips, and candy, and beef and tofu ........ and whatever else. Half a century of the government telling people how to eat properly (i.e., Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating -- remember being indoctrinated in that when you were a kid in our public schools?) has led us to an epidemic of morbid obesity and degenerative disease. Anybody who listens to our government and acts accordingly hasn't been paying attention.
No-carb food rules coming
Health Canada says no evidence supports low-carb diets.
BRUCE CHEADLE, CP 2004-09-22 03:44:53
OTTAWA -- The federal government is putting Canadian food producers on a strict carbohydrate labelling diet that could knock a number of new product lines off grocery store shelves next year. Health Canada says there is no scientific evidence to support low-carb diets, such as the ubiquitous Atkins diet, and the absence is reflected in new rules on labelling that come into effect in December 2005.
"There was -- and still is -- no reason from a nutrient point of view to be concerned with the amount of carbs that we eat," said Carole Saindon, who was speaking for Health Canada.
So when Health Canada published its new regulations last year, carbohydrate claims were ruled off-limits for future food and drink labels.
"Low fat is one of them, low sodium is one of them, but low carb is not," said Saindon.
The restrictions, which come into effect next year for large companies and in 2007 for producers with revenues of less than $1 million, don't stop there.
An information letter from Health Canada has informed the industry that "express or implied representations" are prohibited.
"This means that other statements about the presence or absence of carbohydrates, including the use of brand names and trademarks, are subject to these regulations," says the letter.
The rule change comes as thousands of new low-carb products are being introduced in the United States, many of them spilling over into Canada.
In April, Unilever Canada launched a 22-product Carb Options line following a January launch in the U.S.
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IF THERE IS INDEED A LABOUR SHORTAGE IN LONDON, THEN MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD LET THE PEOPLE AT THE FOOD BANK KNOW ABOUT IT
Food bank opens new depot
DEBORA VAN BRENK, Free Press Reporter 2004-09-22 03:44:57
The London Food Bank will inevitably need more donations as new neighbourhood depots open around London, organizers of the latest neighbourhood centre said yesterday. The Northwest London Resource Centre officially opened a new food-bank depot at the London Aquatic Centre yesterday.
It's a deliberate step to "move food to the people rather than people to the food," said Chris Romard, chair of the Northwest London Resource Centre, which co-ordinates the depot.
The depot is the third to open in the city this year. Two more are set to open next month.
Increased accessibility will in turn put more pressure on the London Food Bank as a central distributor and co-ordinator of emergency food to Londoners, Romard and others said yesterday.
The food bank, which supplies 25 area agencies including the depots, recently moved to a larger warehouse.
Valuable as the agency's work is, the basic causes of poverty and food insecurity have yet to be addressed, said food bank director Glen Pearson.
"I'm concerned about it, to be truthful, because I'm not so sure that's the way society was intended to work," Pearson said.
"At some point, we'll hit a wall and we're getting pretty close. That concerns me."
Just this week, the London Food Bank had to turn down an agency's request for aid because the supply of food donations just wasn't there.
Mary Yanful, project manager co-ordinating the depots, said tough times are bringing to light a chronic shortfall in security nets. "Now it's not emergency (aid) any more, it's supplemental."
The Northwest London food depot is open one Tuesday a month to people with postal codes starting with N6G or N6H.
That takes in a large geographic and demographic area, including Masonville and Limberlost.
"We cannot judge neighbourhoods' needs on perceived affluence," Romard said.
Area resident Mona-Lisa Cassidy, injured in a serious accident years ago, said stereotypes of the area hide the fact many of her friends are working more than one job and still struggling.
"Unfortunately, the type of money they make is not enough to help them move 'across the street.' "
Whether under-employed, on disability benefits or Ontario Works payments, people are finding that rent, food and utility costs are increasing faster than income, she said.
Cassidy said volunteers at the local resource centre give it a family atmosphere that makes it easier for hungry people to swallow their pride and seek some help.
"Northwest London is a huge community with huge spirit," she said.
Other food depots augmenting the main warehouse on Leathorne Street near Adelaide Street are at 910 Huron St. at St. Lawrence Presbyterian Church and the New Life Centre on Adelaide Street near Hamilton Road.
Set to open next month are depots at Kinsmen Recreation Centre off Barrington Avenue near Wharncliffe Road and at Richards Memorial United Church at Edgeworth Avenue near Clarke Road.
NORTHWEST LONDON FOOD BANK DEPOT
Where: London Aquatic Centre, 1045 Wonderland Rd. N.
When: One Tuesday a month. For a schedule, call the Northwest London Resource Centre at 471-8444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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These people have no grasp of how the free market works. If there are good jobs in London, workers will come. If London cannot attract workers, then maybe that is because it sucks!
Program touts older workers
It's part of an effort to find more workers for London businesses.
CHIP MARTIN, Free Press Politics Reporter 2004-09-22 03:44:58
London workers, you're growing older and the people who should be taking your jobs someday aren't being born. So the folks who match jobs with workers are trying to find ways to ensure employers can fill the jobs they have now and will have in future.
And maybe keep you on the job -- if you want to.
The federal government gave that effort a boost yesterday with $85,250 from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for a project called Experience Works.
Bearer of the cheque was Liberal MP Joe Fontana from London-North-Centre, Canada's labour minister.
The contribution will accompany $74,350 from the non-profit sector to help the London Economic Development Corp. deal with London's aging workforce.
It researches, develops, promotes and distributes materials aimed at encouraging employers to recruit and retain workers past retirement age and to encourage older workers to consider staying in the workforce.
The idea is to avert shortages of workers because baby boomers are aging and birth rates are declining.
LEDC head John Kime, whose mandate is to attract new jobs and retain existing ones, puts the problem in simple terms.
"The product we sell is skills," he said. "We are running out of inventory to sell and we should do something to replenish the inventory."
Kime says success in attracting new industries to London has created concern they may not be able to find suitable workers.
He said the LEDC is working on the following initiatives to deal with the workforce challenge:
- Efforts to retain and "re-motivate" experienced workers with programs like Experience Works.
- Matching the training and skills of immigrants already in London to jobs because too many currently have jobs that see their talents and abilities under-used.
- A program to target immigrants in other lands who would like a new start in Canada and have skills needed here. Poland and the Philippines are places LEDC has been looking.
- Soon a similar program -- but targeting skilled workers in other Canadian cities -- will be undertaken through advertising and other means.
LEDC provides figures that demonstrate the city's aging workforce. From 1993 to 2003, for example, the labour force of 15- to 24-year-olds declined 4.36 per cent compared to increases of 16.73 per cent in Toronto, 9.77 per cent in Kitchener and 20 per cent in Windsor. During the same time, the labour force of 45- to 54-year-olds increased in the range of mid-40 per cent in the same centres.
Jeny Wallace, LEDC's director of workforce development, said efforts to keep aging workers in the workforce come at a time when the Ontario government is planning to end mandatory retirement at age 65. A cross-province public consultation comes to London Sept. 28.
"The funding of this project is very timely," Wallace said.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Deal with Sifton Bog deer as necessary, council says
JOE BELANGER, Free Press Reporter 2004-09-21 03:4110
If a cull is necessary to control the Sifton Bog deer population, so be it, city council says. Council last night approved a recommendation to leave the issue to the experts at the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority "to take whatever steps are necessary" to solve the problem.
For the last three years, deer have invaded residential property near the bog, south of Oxford Street and opposite Oakridge Mall in the city's west end, eating homeowners' plants and flowers.
As well, the population -- some estimate at 65 animals -- poses a hazard for traffic.
A committee set up last year to tackle the issue said the area can sustain a population of only eight deer.
Council has grappled with the issue for years, unable to decide on a solution, such as moving the deer, sterilization or culling in a controlled hunt.
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Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Maybe the outsider workers should appeal to the human rights commision - Success = how much you can take from the public pot
City managers get 2.9% raise
The pay increase is retroactive to Jan. 1.
JOE BELANGER, Free Press Reporter 2004-09-21 03:41:09
As London's 550 outside workers wait for a contract deal, their managers were given 2.9-per-cent pay hikes last night. And, in other business, council agreed to pay the legal fees of three councillors named in a human rights complaint.
The 2004 increase for the city's 300-plus managers is retroactive to Jan. 1. Details about benefit improvements were not immediately available.
"We think it's a fair proposal for council to approve," city manager Jeff Fielding said.
Council was not unanimous on the issue.
Ward 7 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen called for a recorded vote and was joined by Coun. Joni Baechler in opposing the raise.
"When we're looking at well over a nine-per-cent increase for taxpayers in 2005 . . . and the people who pay taxes aren't getting that kind of increase. We as a council have to show some leadership," Van Meerbergen said.
But budget chief Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell defended the increase.
"It's less than what we set aside in the budget when our goal was to keep costs at less than a three-per-cent increase," Gosnell said.
Asked if the increase will affect efforts to reach a new contract with outside workers, Gosnell said he didn't think it would.
"I'm not sure it's going to have any impact," he said. "It's the same amount we've already offered the outside workers."
The last contract with the outside workers, members of Local 101 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, expired Dec. 31, 2003.
Talks stalled in March with little or no progress. A key stumbling block has been the city's insistence on a cap on health benefits after a dramatic increase in costs over the last year.
Council emerged from a three-hour, closed-door session yesterday to announce the pay hike. But most of the time was spent discussing the issue of indemnification for three councillors named in a human rights complaint.
City solicitors will represent Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and Gosnell in the complaint lodged by London-born Bob Wright.
The others named are councillors Joni Baechler, Susan Eagle and Harold Usher, and it will be left to city solicitor Jim Barber to decide if outside lawyers must be hired.
Wright has complained to the Ontario Human Rights Commission that he was overlooked for the position of city human rights specialist because of gender.
Also named are the city, former city manager Bob Blackwell and human resources director Veronica McAlea Major.
The action comes several months after Coun. Fred Tranquilli accused Eagle, Usher and Baechler of putting pressure on administration to hire a woman, an accusation denied at the time by Blackwell, who has since retired.
Joyce Burpee, former national chairperson of the Women's Legal Education Fund, with 15 years of experience in human rights issues, was hired to the position last December.
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Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, September 21, 2004