Friday, December 31, 2004

Force = Democracy in Canada??

Happy New Year? Fine me you thugs!

Canadians should be forced to vote in federal elections or face a hefty fine, a Liberal senator is proposing in draft legislation. Mac Harb has tabled amendments to the Canada Elections Act that would require all eligible voters to cast ballots. His bill, S-22, has cleared the first of three required readings to become law.

"Despite its name, mandatory voting will actually enhance Canadians' rights in our democratic society," Harb said in a prepared statement.

"Low turnout rates disenfranchise the most vulnerable in our country and this legislation will boost the legitimacy and efficacy of our democratic institutions."

Harb's bill also proposes the ballot have an additional "none of the candidates" option if voters don't like the choice of candidates.
Unbelievably, it would seem that only Maria McClintock of the London Free Press has reported on this proposed legislation. A google search brings up the draft of the bill from the parlimentary website and the free press article. Maybe I am missing something, but this seems like a potentially serious violation of personal freedoms and hence something that I would have thought would be reported in sources of mainstream and 'lowstream' media alike. Anyone remember Communist Russia?

On the subject of mandatory voting, I submit the following excerpt, courtesy of Libertocracy,
All political-states, (being the monopolization of violence over a given territory and its people) must manufacture legitimacy, because no one in their right mind would surrender their freedom and consent to be robbed, enslaved and continually victimized by a criminal organization who is at war against their fundamental human rights and will destroy the lives of those who dare to be free. The appearance of legitimacy under monarchist and theocratic regimes traditionally came from the myth of a divine being who put the tyrant on the throne and spoke for the people by presuming to give their permission to be his slaves. Once the divine right myth was shattered, aspiring tyrants had to invent new lies to deceive the people and manufacture new illusions of legitimacy. The illusion of legitimacy of the so-called democratic and republican "consent of the people" systems comes from the point of a gun, only the tactics and lies that are used are different.
   While under a dictator, the people know that they are slaves and the dictator is their enemy, they can then cooperate to overthrow the dictator and liberate themselves. However, the victims of democracy are deceived into thinking that they are the government and every atrocity perpetrated against them is with their consent. Democratic regimes are more aggressive in corrupting the hearts and minds of the people in turning them into millions of little dictators who continually work to coerce others into submitting to a system ruled by avaricious savages who fight for power to impose their opinions on others and rob their neighbors to fund their own preferred agendas. Democracy knows no limits to the intrusion on the individual's body, behavior or even one's mind, a democracy, in fact, acts as a poisonous religion that seeks to contaminate the souls of its victims and destroy the resistance of individual freedom and conscience. In democracies' war against the individual conscience, it is not enough to merely force the subjects to submit to mob rule at the point of a gun, democrats have more contempt for the individual than most monarchs who simply wanted to force the subjects to work to serve royal power, while democrats want not only that, they want the minds and souls of their victims as well by forcing them to consent. While a slave master forces the body of the subjects to work, the democrat primarily attacks the mind of the subject to control thought and behavior, with physical slavery being the secondary manifestation of the tyranny over the conscience. While democracy attacks all individual rights, the next step in democratic tyranny is to go beyond mob rule force that allows individuals at least the dignity of choosing not to participate in the indignity of voting to select their masters, to manufacturing artificial consent by forcing the subjects to vote at the point of a gun. That's what some democratic tyrants now support, mandatory voting, rounding up subjects and marching them to the polling place and forcing them to choose their masters. This seemingly most undemocratic action is seen by the democrats as a way to develop democratic participation in the political system. Several countries enforce mandatory voting, which makes their corrupt masquerade of a government completely illegitimate.
Update: The Toronto Sun and The Ottawa Sun have printed the story.

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Now that is dedication

Courtesy the Monger, this is a remarkable and funny story of clandestine engineering.

Thank you Internet, and thank you for Gods Of The Copybook Headings, too. Start at the top and just keep scrolling...

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Subtle cultural influence?

Maybe I am blowing smoke into the wind here, but I happened across the following definition of 'effected' via hyperdictionary:

Definition:[adj]  settled securely and unconditionally; "that smoking causes health problems is an accomplished fact".
Synonyms: accomplished, established, settled
I propose the following example for the meaning of the word 'effected' and the corresponding synonym accomplished: "It is an accomplished fact that cultural preoccupation with safety and health is a smoke screen for control and domination".

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Better buy a muffler for that thing...

MONTREAL -- The provincial government and the mayors of 18 municipalities plan to appeal a Quebec Superior Court ruling in favour of a group of Laurentian-area residents who said they were victims of excessive noise caused by snowmobiles.

Justice Minister Jacques Dupuis said in a statement Wednesday the appeal will contest the multimillion-dollar damages granted because the snowmobilers participate in their sport in good faith. He said the court did not properly consider the proximity of the residences to trails - some as close as 10 metres - and the fact that some homeowners were well aware of the situation when they bought their property.

The mayors voted in favour of appealing the decision because they say the economic impact of the judgment is too important to ignore.

Quebec has a network of trails extending 33,700 km and the sport brings in an estimated $1.5 billion to the tourism industry. There are 231 snowmobile clubs.

Quebec has already tabled legislation banning lawsuits against snowmobile operators for the next two years. The law would prohibit legal action based on disturbance, noise and odour complaints linked to the use of off-road vehicles including snowmobiles.

The legislation would give snowmobile operators time to find other trails that aren't close to homes.

The recent judgment said the local residents who live within 100 metres of the offending trail north of Montreal will be entitled to $2,400 a year, retroactive to 1997.

The provincial government and the local municipal authority will have to share the costs, the judge ruled.

Everyone wants a piece of the pie. It is taxpayer money which is used to pay for such absurd rulings and to compensate whiners who should have known better than to buy a home near snowmobile trails - maybe the affected taxpayers should sue the government right back - afterall, most of the money used to meet the conditions of the lawsuit is not taken from snowmobilers - that is, there is no direct correlation between the accused and the people who pay compensation. Better yet, why not just ban snowmobiles because common courtesy and peaceable resolution of such disputes is out of the question I suppose?

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

London England, or London Ontario?

At the risk of giving the Ontario Cartel any ideas, I reproduce this post, courtesy of Nanny Knows Best.

I wonder how many children have been strangled by tinsel? Perhaps tinsel is a bigger threat to multiculturalism than it is to the necks of young children? As usual, it would seem that the enforcement of safety is used to further the aims of the nanny state.

Nanny's friends at Chipping Sodbury school, in Gloucestershire, managed to ruin their pupils' Christmas this year.

The school decided that the traditional wearing of tinsel, around the necks, by the pupils was in fact dangerous; and therefore banned it, citing "health and safety grounds".

It seems that, according to Nanny's friends there, the tinsel presents a strangulation risk.

If that is the case, why does the school uniform include a tie?

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

What? I get today off too?

Courtesy Instapundit:

Washington, DC - Pointing to the devastating weekend Indian Ocean tsunami that left over 24,000 dead, an international blue ribbon committee of climatologists and ecoscientists today issued a stark warning that man-made pollutants have increasingly "make water spirits angry."

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Although they disagree on the precise causes of the wrathful spirit world, scientists were largely unanimous in recommending immediate global regulatory action. Remedial steps suggested in the report include ratification of the Kyoto treaty, elimination of automobiles, volcanic altars for virgin sacrifices, creation of a sustainable urine-based economy, and improved faculty dental benefits.

"If not act now, it too late," said report editor Paul Erlich of Stanford University.

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Friday, December 24, 2004

Skulls and bones

The excellent Justzumgai puts the Newfoundland flag flap in perspective:

Would you care if the Rock Machine refused to display the Hells Angels colours in a dispute over the control of hookers and cocaine distribution?

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Top court to rule if Kemosabe a racial slur

HALIFAX -- Canada's highest court has been asked to overturn a ruling that the term "Kemosabe" wasn't overtly racist when used to address an aboriginal woman in Cape Breton. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission said yesterday it would take the unusual step of asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal over a word used by the character Tonto in the old TV series The Lone Ranger.

The commission argues an independent human rights board of inquiry and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal erred by saying the word wasn't "notoriously offensive" and that the woman should have "clearly" objected when her boss referred to her in that way.

The original complaint came in 1999 when Trevor Muller, the owner of Play It Again Sports in Sydney, N.S., and his father Ronald Muller, referred to a Mik'maq employee, Dorothy Kateri Moore, as Kemosabe as she went about her work.

"We have seen that agreement on that complete ethical plan, that all-comprehensive system of values which is implicit in an economic plan, does not exist in a free society and must be created. But we must not assume that the court will approach its task aware of that need, or that, even if they were aware of it, it would be possible to create such a comprehensive code in advance." declared Moore last night.

Moore, 38, went to the province's human rights commission after quitting the sales job, arguing the term -- dreamed up by script writers of The Lone Ranger -- was used in a demeaning way.

The board rejected her complaint in February, and its decision was upheld by the Appeal Court on Oct. 29.

Mayann Francis, the human rights commission's chief executive, said the commissioners decided to appeal within days of reading the Appeal Court's decision.

"The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the values they have always held, but which were not properly understood or recognized before." she said in an interview.

"The most efficient technique to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning."

Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as the complete perversion of language, the change of meaning of the words by which the ideals of the new regimes are expressed.

Hat tips LFP and Road to Serfdom.

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Liberals: We're not quite the mob, but we're on each other's speed dial.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Universal Child Care Comics, Fragment 3

Another scan from the rare and very fragile partial copy of "Universal Child Care Comics" we found discarded amongst some empty pill bottles and condoms outside an abandoned family doctor's practice:

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This year, don't forget the reason for the season - the URBAN PLANNER!

The East Side Story, a community newspaper dedicated to keeping East Londoners in their place and being happy about it, reports on the efforts of public school educators to make sure future generations know who's in charge!

Lorne Ave. Students Celebrate World Planning Day

In the energized environment of the Lorne Ave. Public School gym, plans are unfolding nicely. Mr. Hodgkinson's Grade 8's have created a collage of photographs that they have taken of their Old East Village neighbourhood.

Mrs. Asen's Grade 3's have constructed 3D buildings of cardboard. Soon, the streets of a map that covers a section of the gym floor have come to life with a library, a church, a grocery store, a college, a fire hall (with a fire truck at the ready) and an apartment complex.

Today's activities are in recognition of World Town Planning Day, which highlights the impacts of planning on many aspects of our daily life. Making this day extra-special are members of the City of London Planning Division. They have teamed up with the students for a morning walking tour of the local neighbourhood, pointing out many unique features of its history and development.

Grade 3 and 8 classes then return to the school to complete projects for this afternoon's display.

Principal Gary Simpson welcomes visitors. They include members of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (O.P.P.I.) along with Thames Valley District School Board Director of Education Bill Bryce and representatives from the O.E.V. B.I.A.

John Fleming, Manager of Planning and Development for the City of London congratulates the students on their participation in the day's events and offers these encouraging words:

"Your neighbourhood is a special one ... it's a heritage neighbourhood, [with] all kinds of unique buildings. It really is a cool place that you guys should be proud of."
Wow, kids, this guy is really cool -- he speaks just like a regular guy! "Enjoy your servitude, kids!"
While World Town Planning Day has successfully introduced the students to the importance of planning, it has also served to acquaint them with the ongoing revitalization process in their Old East Village community -- teaching them that they too, can be "part of the plan."
The festive day went off without a hitch, except for a minor incident when little Billy was informed by the big men in black suits and sunglasses that he couldn't take home his drawing of a town to his mother as it was property of the state.


So when Daddy complains about the bureaucratic red tape required to just do an exterior renovation on his heritage home, just tell him what you learned in school. And call the police . . .

© 2004 East Side Story. Published December 2004, vol. 9, no. 12.

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GCH

Honestly, what could Stephen Harper do that is worse than acting as pimp for the mob?
Thank you Publius.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Why not ban coffee and pop too!?

Once again, Health Canada is flexing its muscle. This time energy drinks, in particular 'Red Bull', are under investigation.

Health Canada says it's now looking into three reports of adverse health effects from consuming the drink.

"The whole situation is under review right now," said Health Canada's Natalie Lalonde, opening up the possibility that the drink could be banned in this country as well.

At about $3.50 for a can, Red Bull is an expensive drink. But the owner of a downtown Toronto variety store says Red Bull quickly replaced Coca-Cola as his number one seller.

The can may be small, but it packs a big caffeine punch. One serving has the same amount of the stimulant as a large Starbucks coffee.

[. . . . .]

Ciaran Persad did exactly what you're not supposed to do with Red Bull -- he drank it while working out.

"A lot of strange things happened actually," Persad said. "I got some strange muscle twitches in my arm."

The University of Toronto's Ahmed el-Sohemy says he's not surprised. A gene-diet interaction specialist, el-Sohemy has been studying the effects of caffeine on the human body for years.

"I think it's dangerous to market a product as a sports drink that has these ingredients in it," he said.

Red Bull is the best-selling energy drink in Europe, where retailers sell 1.6 billion cans each year. But, Canadian consumers will have to wait for the results of the Health Canada review to find out whether the drink will stay on the shelves in this country as well.

Well, if it makes you feel funny, don't drink it! Other studies suggest that the supposed effects of energy drinks are exaggarated. Canadian hysteria rears its ugly head yet again.

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A very costly decision

Soon enough, government sponsored child care will become an entrenched 'right', just like health care. Those of us who protest will be labelled as callous and inhumane. Never mind that there won't be money left for adults to feed themselves and look after their own families - better off demanding that your neighbour pay for your children.

Thousands of London families could end up on child-care waiting lists if the city doesn't buy into a new program, city council was warned last night. Coun. Susan Eagle told councillors child-care experts predict thousands more London families could become eligible for subsidized child care under new regulations that take effect next year.

The new rules ease financial restrictions and could fuel demand, Eagle said, as city politicians consider a recommendation to turn down $1.6 million in federal child-care funding in a dispute with the province.

"We need those child-care dollars," Eagle said later in an interview. "We can't solve this problem at the expense of our children. Without that (federal) money, it means families becoming eligible will now be put on waiting lists."

[. . . . .]

Controllers are upset the province is insisting municipalities put up 20 per cent of the total funding, even though all the money is coming from the federal government.

The new federal funding could provide spaces for about 100 additional children.

That is in addition to the $363,000 the city already added to its child-care budget in September to get $1.8 million in the first wave of federal money.

City council will vote on the board's recommendation at budget meetings next month.

"I want people to understand we have not turned down this money," Coun. Cheryl Miller said.

Others council members said although they understand the conflict with the province, they want the city to pay the 20 per cent to get the child-care dollars flowing to families and battle the province later.

"At the end of the day, I hope we put the children first," said Coun. Sandy White.

"It's funding that is long overdue. Just today, I talked to two moms who were offered employment and had to turn it down because they don't have (affordable) child care."

At risk of sounding callous, perhaps you shouldn't breed until you can afford to pay for childcare. As usual, the notion of incentive and responsibility falls on deaf ears in this country. There is always going to be someone worse of than me, but I fail to see why I should fall further into poverty to pay for my neighbour's needs. What ever happened to freely given charity, and family aid and love? May as well set up the ration line now - let us get rid of money altogether. Let the Susan Eagles and Sandy Whites of the world decide what is in the best interest of society.

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What about second hand radiation - you can't see or smell this poison!

Mobile phone radiation harms DNA, new study finds

MUNICH/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — Radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA in laboratory conditions, according to a new study majority-funded by the European Union, researchers said on Monday.
The so-called Reflex study, conducted by 12 research groups in seven European countries, did not prove that mobile phones are a risk to health but concluded that more research is needed to see if effects can also be found outside a lab.

The $100 billion a year mobile phone industry asserts that there is no conclusive evidence of harmful effects as a result of electromagnetic radiation.

About 650 million mobile phones are expected to be sold to consumers this year, and over 1.5 billion people around the world use one.

The research project, which took four years and which was coordinated by the German research group Verum, studied the effect of radiation on human and animal cells in a laboratory.

After being exposed to electromagnetic fields that are typical for mobile phones, the cells showed a significant increase in single and double-strand DNA breaks. The damage could not always be repaired by the cell. DNA carries the genetic material of an organism and its different cells.

"There was remaining damage for future generation of cells," said project leader Franz Adlkofer.

This means the change had procreated. Mutated cells are seen as a possible cause of cancer.

The radiation used in the study was at levels between a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of between 0.3 and 2 watts per kilogramme. Most phones emit radio signals at SAR levels of between 0.5 and 1 W/kg.

SAR is a measure of the rate of radio energy absorption in body tissue, and the SAR limit recommended by the International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection is 2 W/kg.

The study also measured other harmful effects on cells.

Because of the lab set-up, the researchers said the study did not prove any health risks. But they added that "the genotoxic and phenotypic effects clearly require further studies ... on animals and human volunteers."

Adlkofer advised against the use of a mobile phone when an alternative fixed line phone was available, and recommended the use of a headset connected to a cell phone whenever possible.

"We don't want to create a panic, but it is good to take precautions," he said, adding that additional research could take another four or five years.

Previous independent studies into the health effects of mobile phone radiation have found it may have some effect on the human body, such as heating up body tissue and causing headaches and nausea, but no study that could be independently repeated has proved that radiation had permanent harmful effects.

None of the world's top six mobile phone vendors could immediately respond to the results of the study.

In a separate announcement in Hong Kong, where consumers tend to spend more time talking on a mobile phone than in Europe, a German company called G-Hanz introduced a new type of mobile phone which it claimed had no harmful radiation, as a result of shorter bursts of the radio signal.

Contributing: Doug Young in Hong Kong

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Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Social Engineering in Ontario

Hat tip: The Last Amazon

Premier Dalton McGuinty plans to put respect on the curriculum in Ontario schools in a bid to teach children "from the four corners of the world" a common set of values.

McGuinty said the introduction of character education -- to teach respect, honesty, fairness and responsibility -- would not have prevented a recent spate of violence among Toronto high school students. But it would lead to a more cohesive society.

"If you ask parents from all backgrounds, they'll tell you the same thing: they'll say yes, I do want my kids to be respectful of themselves and of others, I do want my kids to take responsibility for their actions, I do want my son or daughter to demonstrate honesty. Those are fundamental values that are respected by all parents and society," McGuinty said.

"And our responsibility as a government is to -- a bit more formally -- inject that into public education."

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McGuinty rejected suggestions that his government is prone to social engineering, however. Ontario Liberals have introduced legislation banning pit bulls, forced elementary schools to stop selling junk food and mulled an end to fresh sushi.

Critics pointed to character education as yet another example of the government's interventionist legislation.

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Education officials said Friday that a character and citizenship work group would present boards with a policy in September 2005. They would not say when it was slated to enter classrooms.

During the September 2003 election, the Liberals said curriculums would be developed at the local level to allow unique community values to permeate into schools.

"It is not about government imposing a set of moral standards," the Liberal campaign document states.

No, it is about control. And greed, theft and dishonesty.

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National Health Party of Canada

Apparently, two out of three people in Canada haven't lined up for their government recommended flu shot. This is especially perplexing to the experts, taking into consideration the billions of dollars spent on propaganda campaigns to sway public opinion and on free vaccination clinics.

"A while ago everybody was talking about the flu shot as if there wasn't enough to go around, that would be a major problem," pollster Bruce Anderson said.

"But there is enough (vaccine) here and the majority aren't doing anything about it," he said. "Governments have been promoting this, in some cases it's free, the flu is a pretty common feature of the Canadian winter -- and here we are heading into the season and still a majority haven't got it and aren't planning on it."

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But Statistics Canada found 25.8 per cent of Canadians got a flu shot in 2001, and 26.6 per cent in 2003, suggesting the public information campaign is having a modest effect.

The trend is "directionally correct, but it's certainly underwhelming," said Dr. Mary Vearncombe, medical director of infectious diseases at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital.

"From my point of view, it's depressing. I'd like to see a much broader uptake in the general population, something closer to 70 per cent."

Ontario is the largest jurisdiction in the world to offer free vaccine to all residents, and the province's 44 per cent inoculation rate was the highest by a wide margin in the Decima survey. Atlantic Canada was next at 35 per cent, with the other provinces in the mid to high 20s.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has recommended Canada become the first country to vaccinate all residents older than six months.

Your body does not belong to you, according to the health experts. Is the task force suggesting that vaccinations be forced onto residents older than six months - how else are we to understand their recommendation?

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The 11th Edition of the Red Ensign Standard

Damian Brooks over at Babbling Brooks has just raised the 11 edition of the Red Ensign Standard.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

National Socialist Party of Ontario wages war on smoking

Substitute the word Liberal in place of the word Nazi and the word Ontario for Germany - anyone feel uncomfortable right now?

Words of warning from Reason.com.

.....the Nazis' focus on the threats that risky habits pose to "public health" makes perfect sense in light of their collectivist ideology. "Brother national socialist," said one bit of Nazi propaganda, "do you know that your Führer is against smoking and thinks that every German is responsible to the whole people for all his deeds and missions, and does not have the right to damage his body with drugs?"

Smith adds: "Clearly there were considerable links between the promotion of particular lifestyles and the racial hygiene movement. Tobacco and alcohol were seen as 'genetic poisons,' leading to degeneration of the German people."

The point, I hasten to add, is not that today's "public health" paternalists are Nazis. I am not suggesting that everyone who hates smoking is just like Hitler. But there is an unmistakable totalitarian logic to the notion that the government has a responsibility to promote "public health" by preventing us from engaging in activities that might lead to disease or injury. The implication is that we all have a duty to the collective to be as healthy as we can be, an idea the Nazis embraced but one that Americans ought to find troubling.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Fantino to get 'sensitive' with gays and lesbians

Toronto police to face gay-sensitivity training

This is an important issue which shouldn't reduced to sexual orientation - human rights are not supposed to be limited to one's sex life - by expoloiting this issue of sexual orientation we seem to forget that no one, not even white male heterosexuals should be subject to intrusive police behaviour.

What an absolute waste of money. Does anyone really believe this punitive approach is going to make things better? Sure it might encourage police to be a little more cautious in persecuting gays (hey, many already wear latex gloves when policing AIDS rallys) and lesbian because I don't imagine too many of them want to sit through 'sensitivity' training a second time. This is big city tokenism at taxpayers' expense.

'Vindication' All officers will be taught under settlement in lesbian bathhouse case

By KIRK MAKIN
JUSTICE REPORTER
Friday, December 17, 2004 - Page A1

TORONTO -- All current and future Toronto police officers will be given gay and lesbian sensitivity training under an unprecedented settlement of litigation that erupted after a controversial bathhouse raid in 2000.

The Toronto Police Service will also pay $350,000 to a group of lesbian complainants, The Globe and Mail has learned. The money will go toward specific charities and to cover legal fees.

The unique settlement ends one of the most controversial events in the fitful history of relations between Toronto police and the city's thriving gay community.

Under the deal, everyone on the 7,260-member force -- from rookie constables to the chief of police -- will be required to take training that pays particular attention to searches involving the gay, lesbian and transgendered communities
The agreement was approved in camera by the Toronto Police Services Board yesterday and is expected to be finalized today.

The settlement of the civil suit will not be complete until it receives court approval.

"It feels like the end of a very long journey," said J.P. Hornick, one of the complainants. "It has been a gruelling process. On a personal level, I would have to use the word vindication.

"The sensitivity training will happen at all levels -- not just officers on the beat, but the top brass as well," Ms. Hornick said. "The larger battle here is for the police to understand the community they serve. That is the most important and exciting part for me."

On Sept. 14, 2000, several police officers raided a special event known as the Pussy Palace, a lesbian bathhouse, in which 355 scantily clad women were gathered.

When the party was in full swing, two female police officers first slipped inside to check for possible liquor violations, then quickly summoned five male officers.

The fact they sent in predominately male officers to raid an all female bath house is not an issue of sensitivity to sexual orientation. Seems to me that it comes down to something they teach well before forth grade with the use of seperate change rooms and same sex teachers only being allowed in each.

The officers allegedly entered private rooms and lingered in areas where the patrons' nudity was most evident, including "the sling room" and "the photo room."

Complainants alleged that their feelings of violation and intimidation were akin to being strip-searched.

The Toronto Women's Bathhouse Committee launched a human-rights complaint, and several of its members also initiated a $1.5-million class-action lawsuit.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission announced last fall that it would hold a rare public hearing into the incident -- apparently the first time police had faced a hearing over alleged misconduct in carrying out their duties.

The inquiry could have taken up to two years and involved testimony from dozens of witnesses.

As part of the pending settlement, the complainants have agreed to drop the human-rights complaint and their lawsuit against the Toronto Police Services Board.

Hart Schwartz, director of legal services for the rights commission, said last night that he could not comment on any settlement until it has been finalized.

A lawyer for the complainants, Frank Addario, said he was not authorized to comment. Lawyers representing the police were also unavailable for comment.

Held under a special liquor permit, the Pussy Palace party was the fourth such event to bring lesbians together "to have fun and explore sexuality in a safe and supportive environment."

Police charged two organizers with six liquor violations, including three counts of permitting disorderly conduct.

In 2002, Judge Peter Hryn of the Ontario Court stayed the charges, ruling that the defendants' right to privacy had been seriously violated in a situation that involved no urgent police action.

Which, again, is not an issue of sexual orientation but one of police protocol.

Madam Justice Janet McFarland of Ontario Superior Court later charged a jury at a defamation trial connected to the raid, stating: "It is no part of a police officer's job to breach the Charter of Rights of any citizen. To do so is misconduct of the most serious kind."

Several officers named personally in the complaint told the rights commission that they mounted the raid after receiving two anonymous complaints alleging drug use, physical violence and inappropriate sexual activity.

Ms. Hornick said last night that she attributes the agreement to a new atmosphere on the services board created by Mayor David Miller.

"Things have changed dramatically under Mayor Miller," she said.

"Before this, there was a real reluctance by the police to look at themselves."

C'mon, after all the years Fantino spent persecuting the gay and lesbian community in London as chief of police, do you really think doing time in Tolerance Camp is going to make him more sensitive to the needs of anyone?

© Copyright 2004 Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Simple solution to the day care funding situation: Don't breed unless you can afford to.

While it frightens me to agree with any member of the board of control on anything, I agree London should not put forth anymore money toward child care. Of course, I suspect their reasoning has more to do with their desire to control the city coffers (your money) than a moral outrage at the idea that you are paying for irresponsible absentee parenting. The idea that anyone would be willing to sentence a child to spend its most formative years in a government institution indicates unforgivably poor parenting skills.

Day-care fight splits council

PATRICK MALONEY, Free Press Reporter 2004-12-17 02:04:02

London's day-care funding battle with the province appears to have divided a city council that will have to settle the thorny issue next month. Council's board of control, in a budget move aimed at sending a signal it objects to growing provincial costs downloaded on to the city, is recommending council reject $1.6 million in federal day-care money from Ontario because the province insists London put in another $450,000 to access that cash.

But a Free Press survey of the 14 councillors indicates roughly half oppose the recommendation or are leaning that way, the other half in support.

All five controllers back the call, meaning it could pass when council mulls the board's budget recommendations starting Jan. 10 -- unless the city or province backs down.

"We like to take advantage of these opportunities, but you can only manage within your budget," said Coun. Rob Alder, adding it's "entirely appropriate" to walk away.

But other councillors -- while cautious about a tight budget threatening a 7.7-per-cent property tax hike -- say the city can't turn down the child-care cash.

"I'm supportive that we have the money for child care," Coun. Susan Eagle said. "I don't think it's a fair (provincial) request, but we can't deny our kids."

Yep, just give her money to spend, and she'll spend, spend, spend. Especially if it's not money she earned herself, she'll always find a good cause. And who would deny the children?

Coun. David Winninger agreed.

"I support standing up to the province on all of these downloading issues, but I really can't accept standing on the backs of children (and parents) who need child care," Winninger said.

The C word again . . . The telefundies always evoke 'the children' when all else fails to bleed a few more dollars out of little old ladies too.

"What I'm concerned about is where (the board) is picking its battles. When it came to their pals on the police force, they didn't stand up and object (because of costs related to downloading)."

That's because the police officer is your friend, especially if you are a politian.

The funding at issue is entirely federal, but is being funnelled through the provincial government.

Ontario wants London to chip in $1 for every $5 it receives, citing a cost-sharing agreement struck in 2000.

But Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell, city budget chief, is hoping for an Alberta-style system in which the money flows to municipalities with no strings attached. Otherwise, it's just another example of the province downloading costs to cities, he said.

Labour Minister Chris Bentley of London called board of control's recommendation "shocking."

Most councillors say the province is putting the city in a bind by insisting it pay 20 per cent.

"It's despicable that the province puts municipalities into this position," Coun. Cheryl Miller said.

"If you're given a cheque, there should be no handling fee from the provinces."

Ha, ha, did you think the Liberal mafiosi limited their extortion activities to the federal cartel?

Added Coun. Judy Bryant: "I'm very disturbed by the province putting us in this situation. It's terrible."

Though Harold Usher plans to vote against the board's recommendation, he said he hopes the province will stop downloading costs to cities.

"The province has to look at themselves and say, 'We can't do this to the municipality.' It's a very unfair deal," he said.

The issue blew up at Queen's Park Tuesday when NDP Leader Howard Hampton derided the 80-20 cost plan and demanded the government add a promised $300 million to child care.

C'mon Howy, you can't expect a Liberal to keep a promise? Why, to think you are that naive is "shocking".

But the government countered provincial gas-tax money earmarked for public transit will ease municipal budget crunches and allow increased child-care spending.

Guess you should have seen it coming when they let you have that deal, eh? What other downloads will be covered by the gas-tax money in the future?

Susan Gregory, director of Growing Concern Child Care in London, expressed concern over the board's recommendation, which she says would deny parents and caregivers much-needed dollars.

For Julie Fowler, who has a two-year-old son in that day-care centre, the answer is clear -- council should accept the province's deal.

"It would take some of the burden on the families, for sure," she said this week. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

Can't afford the gas for a Caddy, don't buy one. Can't afford a child, don't have one. Period.

Copyright © The London Free Press 2004

Update: In the name of the children, let us create a legacy of debt. Once again you must give up your freedoms and income in the name of the children.

"The optics probably aren't that good because it's Christmas and any perception that you're withholding funds for children is not going to play very well with the public," Paul Nesbitt-Larking, a political science professor at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, said yesterday.

"It's certainly something they'll have to handle very carefully."

It appears they are.

"You're never going to win when you're fighting with little kids involved," Controller Bud Polhill said yesterday.

"I think we are going to have to find the money. I said from the start I'm uncomfortable supporting this thing."

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Second-hand Stupid

Let me be among the first to propose subsidies for bars and taverns affected by upcoming hysteria-based provincial sabotage of their businesses. Why should all the benefit of harming businesses and destroying low-paying employment opportunity go to those who administer and deliver "social services"? This is an opportunity to create more high-paying positions dedicated to spreading the wealth around.

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On voting for Conservatives and others "fully committed to the Health Act"

"The way to get rid of corruption in high places is to get rid of the high places."

- Tim Wheeler's Law

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Conspiracy Generator

Thanks to Japnaam Singh for drawing attention to this do-it-yourself "Bush Hating for Dummies" game.

Look, we made our own conspiracy!

George W. Bush lowered taxes so that The Jews, white men, SUV owners, and gun owners could steal from minorities.

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Do as I say, not as I do

Health minister winded by one flight of stairs, to take up jogging

Yeah, yeah, promises, promises - no doubt he'll have a new portfolio before he breaks his shoes in.

Thu Dec 16,12:58 PM ET

OTTAWA (CP) - Just because he's federal health minister, doesn't mean he's healthy.

In fact, Ujjal Dosanjh admitted Thursday - between gasps for air - that he's out of shape. The 57-year-old British Columbia MP huffed and puffed his way through an answer on same-sex marriage as he entered a cabinet meeting. He'd just climbed one flight of stairs when he paused, out of breath, to answer a question on same-sex marriage legislation.

"Ha, ha (coughing sound) I'm out of shape here, ha ha," he began.

It was suggested that as health minister, he really should be in better shape.

"I know (wheezing sound) I have to (gulping sound) start jogging."

The stairs Dosanjh had climbed are the same ones former prime minister Jean Chretien, who'll be 71 next month, used to bound up two at a time until last year.

For the record, Dosanjh finally got out the answer on same sex marriage by saying he's always favoured equality in all things.

So tell me then why you don't ride public transit (or better yet, walk) to work and fly economy class when jet setting across the country? Or are some folks more equal than others?

Copyright © 2004 Canadian Press

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Public Health to Trump Property Rights in Ontario

More on the proposed anti-rights bill:

Mark Mishriky is fuming over a proposed law that would banish smokers from patios -- like the one he just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars adding to his downtown bar. Mishriky, who has owned GTs at Richmond and York streets for 17 years, was stunned last night to hear the province had announced an anti-tobacco bill that would ban smoking in all public places, including enclosed outdoor patios.

"It's not right," said Mishriky, who bought and renovated the old New Yorker theatre next to his bar to meet requirements of London's smoking bylaw, which would be overtaken by the new law.

"We had to buy a building, gut it. . . completely restructure it and rip the roof off.

"They forced us to spend a whole pile of money. Now (they're) turning around a year later and saying, 'All that money is spent? You can't use it.' That's ridiculous."
And you guys didn't see it coming? This is where compliance gets us. I am glad to know that I will be able to breathe easier in that underground parking lot though..
Health Minister George Smitherman said the bill aims to prevent exposure to tobacco smoke provincewide.

"The bill . . . would protect all Ontarians from the deadly effects of cigarette smoke, whether they are in their office, at a restaurant, in the laundry room of their apartment building, on the floor of a factory, in an underground parking garage or at a shopping mall," Smitherman said in the legislature.

"In other words, unless Ontarians want to be exposed to cigarette smoke, they won't be."

[. . . .]

If smokers are banished from bars, Peel said, they'll smoke at home, "moving the problems from the pub to the home."

The law would still permit hotel guests to smoke in designated suites and residents in long-term care facilities to light up. But it stops short of banning smoking in private homes.

"If you want to smoke at home, we're not going to stop you," Smitherman said. "We would obviously encourage people with children to step outside to smoke, but we will not legislate this point either."
Oh you aren't going to 'stop' smokers, but you sure are going to make it difficult and unpleasant for them to enjoy their cigarette. I'd like to blow smoke right into your eye Slitherman - I guess your shit doesn't stink either? Note the use of the words "not legislate this point either" - yet. It is coming folks, and it will start with the prohibition of smoking in cars, then it will shift to private residences - that is, if they don't ban the sale of cigarettes in Ontario first. Yesterday's Free Press Article concerning smoking in mental-health institutions also hints at such a ban. In a comment to Mapmaster's post, Basil draws attention to this little tidbit from the article,
A lot of people think that because the funding is from the (Ontario) Ministry of Health, that all these places are smoke-free," he says. "Well, that's not the case. They're just essentially private homes in the community."

'There are no bylaws prohibiting smoking in private residences. And Lounsbury says he can't withhold housing from someone just because they smoke.'
and then goes on to make this comment:

"Might this be an excuse for legislation of smoking in private residences? A surveyor called me recently on behalf of the London Middlesex Health [control] Unit. One of the questions about smoking focused on whether I allow smoking in the presence of children in my residence . . ."

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Bullies II

Mark Mishriky is fuming over a proposed law that would banish smokers from patios -- like the one he just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars adding to his downtown bar. Mishriky, who has owned GTs at Richmond and York streets for 17 years, was stunned last night to hear the province had announced an anti-tobacco bill that would ban smoking in all public places, including enclosed outdoor patios.

"It's not right," said Mishriky, who bought and renovated the old New Yorker theatre next to his bar to meet requirements of London's smoking bylaw, which would be overtaken by the new law.

"We had to buy a building, gut it. . . completely restructure it and rip the roof off.

"They forced us to spend a whole pile of money. Now (they're) turning around a year later and saying, 'All that money is spent? You can't use it.' That's ridiculous."
Using my amazing psychic powers, I foretold this when you obeyed the ridiculous London anti-smoking bylaw: that you guys would be screwed by these bigots if you sucked up to them rather than standing up for your livelihoods with passive civil disobedience. 33% ventilation would soon enough prove insufficient to cope with the terror of second hand smoke.

Why would these energetic bigots stop, when you have shown that you will roll over and let them run your business for you? And spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in their economy for no good reason other than obedience to an immoral law?

I'm amazed by how the collective head is so muddled that people get into a big dither about men having the right to marry, while fundamental property rights that a five year old understands are tossed aside with the stroke of a pen by someone who has never held an honest job or met a payroll. I don't understand you people at all.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Red Ensign



I can't speak for all the members of the London Fog, some of whom think I lean a bit too far towards being a conservative, but the flying of the Red Ensign on this blog has taken on even more significance to me lately with all the attempted slander of the old flag that has been going on. By and large, I think the Red Ensign stands for, yes, conservatism -- an unwillingness to throw away sensibility in the form of tradition for cheap, tawdry fashion, marketing and political domination by a political party that wants Canada to be weak. I esteem the Red Ensign for both positive and negative reasons then -- positive because it stands, in my mind anyway, for many of the virtues of the people who created this country and made it strong and free -- and negative because it is a refutation of the wretches who are tearing it all down for no reason except power.

Trudeaupia says it all here and here . . . much better than I ever could. Thanks.

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The weak shall inherit the province

Hmm . . . At the risk of using the mentally ill to make a point . . . but that's what the Free Press writer is doing here. And what the politicians are always doing, using the weakest in society to bludgeon the healthy majority with rules and regulations. If we were to just substitute "Liberal voter" for "Donna" in every instance in this article . . .

About five months ago, a smoker moved in. "She can't tolerate the smoke" . . .

[ . . . Donna ] says she's been suffering from agoraphobia -- an abnormal fear of open spaces or public places -- since childhood. She says she has spent much of her life in various mental-health institutions.

[ . . . ] The 38-year-woman says she complained many times . . .

"And every time, the response was, 'If it makes you sick or you don't like it, move out,' " she says.

Donna says WOTCH offered to place her in an apartment, but she says she can't cope with that now.

"Because of the panic attacks," she says, "I got so afraid of everything that I couldn't leave my bed without totally freaking out."

She says the second-hand smoke just makes things worse.

"I'm agoraphobic, so I can't even stand on the front porch and breathe fresh air," she says. "And there's the anxiety of them (WOTCH) always threatening, 'If you don't like it -- move out.' "

[ . . . ] The director of property management for WOTCH says the group has moved Donna three times in attempts to accommodate her needs, but "she has never been able to live with anybody -- smoker or non-smoker."

[ . . . ] "This woman wants a degree of control over her environment that we just can't guarantee."

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The mathematics of funding according to the Liberals
(Have they changed the curriculum yet?)

The board of control taking a sensible and responsible position protecting the taxpayers' interests? Let me sit down for a moment . . .

London's battle with the province over child-care funding erupted on the floor of the Ontario legislature yesterday.

[ . . . ] Although entirely funded by the federal government, the province -- which dispenses the cash -- insists London spend $1 for every $5 it gets.

"The premier appears to be taking credit for the child-care funding," Gosnell said.

"It's pretty disingenuous to claim credit for something that is federal money and then put strings attached to it that creates a greater burden for London taxpayers."

[ . . . ] The board argues the child-care funding is federal money and should flow to municipalities with no strings attached.

But the province demands municipalities pay 20 per cent, based on an 80-20 cost-sharing agreement struck in 2000.
Wait a second, I thought it was $1 in municipal money for every $5 of federal money? That would be an 87-13 cost sharing program. How am I supposed to believe anything in the London Free Press when they make this kind of mistake? (Not that I would really believe them anyway.)
McGuinty, echoing Labour Minister Chris Bentley of London, said the province eased pressure on municipal budgets by giving them a two-cent-a-litre share of the provincial gas tax to fund public transit expansion.

"It means that money that might otherwise have gone (to transit expansion) is available for child care. That is exactly what it means," McGuinty told Hampton.
The province is playing a terrible public relations campaign with the citizens of Ontario. They are in big trouble and they know it -- budget time in the spring should be interesting. We should soon expect to see the province floundering in debt and a weak economy, so they expect a little credit for another European-style bloated bureaucratic penny-candy bag for the people. It's not even their money and they're telling people how they can get it. That sounds like the Liberals -- it's all about control.

The fairly modest proposal (in financial terms) of the federal Liberals to start a subsidized daycare program has already opened up a nasty can of worms, and I'm not talking about squabbling between different levels of government (although that is bound to happen in the constitutional mess we live in). What's happening is that it's already become a HUMAN RIGHT! Rats.
"There are a lot of people who are angry and they're actually more disappointed because they have a pressing need for child-care spaces and they thought they were going to be able to provide more," Hampton said.

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Bullies

Yesterday, Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy announced an anti-bullying hotline, video cameras, a safety audit of every school and new anti-bullying programs are coming to the province's schools.
It seems like a real stretch to me to think it's optimal to mass-institutionalize humans in an artificial environment during their formative years. In my opinion, kids ought to be out learning skills and interests from people in their communities, finding their gifts, and building ties with people doing real, useful, and interesting things for a living. That might include formal schooling, at home or arranged with someone else. But I probably would not choose Thames Valley style. In fact I am doing my second-best not to have a child, until I can afford a better education, by my evaluation, than what the public schools offer.

Of course, those of you who see it differently can always go ahead and buy the services Kennedy is selling. If you cover it out of your own pocket as a consumer, I would never stand in your way as you try to pay for video cameras to monitor what happens when you bore your kids out of their minds, or confine kind young people alongside incipient criminals like the bullies in this unfortunate case. I don't think it's a very nice thing to do -- but I'm already prejudiced in favour of books, or hiring a few dozen Latin teachers, rather than paying someone to come up with the three B's of Bullying. To each his own: I would never impose my one-sided and idiosyncratic definition of education over your stated preference for surveillance and social work.

If you believe in these schools, you can absolutely pay to address fundamental character flaws and bad values with presentations and workshops from expert strangers. I think that learning marginally more math is more valuable than learning marginally more slogans, so that's what I would choose.

I don't think the public school is a good method of shaping character and a proper esteem for learning, for many of the same reasons why McDonald's makes bad food and I don't have a doctor. Now, that's just my evaluation, and again, it's fine by me if you would prefer your kid to spend time with the human rights expert rather than the calculus teacher. Let's both choose what we want, like we do at the supermarket. Then, best of all, we can compare notes and innovations, and figure out what works best for each of us! I'm so glad I ran into you on the way home at lunch time.

What? I... oh, I can choose a different kind of school, but if I do, I have to pay for the public schools too?

That's not fair! I wouldn't make you pay for the educations I buy. I thought we were peers, friends! We can both seek what we want...

..and, hey, wait a minute, I don't even have a kid!

Ow!!

OK! Stop pushing me. Yeah, I already know there are way more of you than of me, you don't have to tell me. Cheez. OK, fine, here, take my lunch money.

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And don't forget your helmet!

Let me count all of the reasons why the people of Ontario should not have voted for the Liberals - mind you, I think I would run out of numbers in the process. Maybe it is just holiday stress, or perhaps I need more sleep, but I couldn't even get through the London Free Press this morning which usually takes me all of 10 minutes. I also made the mistake of looking at the front of the Red Star before my morning cup of coffee had properly kicked in.

The front page story in both of these vehicles of hysteria public education concerns the proposed discriminatory anti-smoking legislation in Ontario. Apparently just looking at a pack of cigarettes can cause harm to unsuspecting minds, for if the bill passes, it will be illegal for retailers to display tobacco products. In the future, perhaps even the dirty evil smokers, threats to public health that they are, will be forced under threat of fines - or even arrest - to conceal their cigarette packages too. Mind you, there won't be anywhere left in public for them to smoke anyway, so I guess it really won't matter.

I suppose just looking at a gun, or a knife or a bottle of beer can cause mass violence and addiction too. What about that Big Mac and those chips - don't they contain trans fats? I demand that all merchandise be concealed behind black "power walls" unless given the stamp of approval by the authorities. It is in my best interest afterall.

Tough new anti-smoking legislation to be introduced today in Ontario will include a provincewide ban on in-store cigarette displays in an effort to hit the tobacco industry where it hurts, CP has learned. The long-awaited Liberal ban on smoking in public places and workplaces will also aim to make it illegal for merchants to display tobacco products in Ontario, home to an estimated 40 per cent of Canadian smokers.

"You can fully expect to see that in there," a source familiar with the legislation said yesterday.

If passed, the legislation would make Ontario the third province after Saskatchewan and Manitoba to try to ban display of tobacco products, including the so-called "power walls" that serve as a backdrop to counters at convenience stores and gas stations across Canada.

[. . . . .]

The legislation is designed to eliminate the "patchwork" of municipal bylaws governing smoking that currently exists across the province, said Health Minister George Smitherman, whose ministry drafted the legislation.

"We're going to move forward with a consistent bill that works across the province and eliminates the patchwork quilt," Smitherman said.

Nor will the bill contain any exemptions for certain businesses that are closely linked with smoking, such as casinos and legion halls, Smitherman hinted. "I've been very, very clear that this is not a piece of legislation that should be characterized by exemptions."

Smitherman said the province is looking at additional ways of curbing smoking in Ontario by encouraging people to quit, such as providing coverage for nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation aids under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

The smokers cost the health care system and hence the taxpayers, so let us throw more money into the system to 'treat' these addicts. Good reasoning Mr. Slitherman. There is only one way in Ontario - the Liberal Way!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

You can grow 'em but you cannot harvest them for fear of life imprisonment

Nice post over at Vice Squad

An excellent summary of the absurdity and hypocrisy regarding the drug war in Britain, with a focus on the laws surrounding magic mushrooms. Interesting twist on the marijuana laws in Canada - you can possess small amounts with relative impunity - apparently - but if you grow it or sell it, off to the gulag with you.

[Magic Mushrooms] are legal to possess, to grow, and (less certainly) to sell as long as they are not 'prepared'. Why? The reasoning is that they are 'natural', so possession or consumption alone can't be illegal. But any 'preparation' might convert a mushroom seller into a supplier of a class A drug, for which life imprisonment is a possibility. (Perhaps this is why the mushrooms are magic -- they lead the law to hallucinate.) So now there are lives at stake with respect to precisely what it means to 'prepare' the mushrooms. If any packaging or weighing or cultivation is deemed to be preparation, then the mushrooms will effectively be illegal.

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The whole situation is in a muddle. Customs and Excise declared that mushroom sales were subject to the value-added tax, but had to back away from that determination when the police were trying to make some of these sales illegal. (Vice Squad has mentioned before the possibility that taxing an illegal good can pave the way to its legalization.) One Labour MP, quoted in the Guardian article, sums up the situation this way:
"It's crazy: if you pick them, that's legal; if you keep them overnight, that's illegal because they dry out. The effect of magic mushrooms is minor compared with other drugs. There is a market for them and it would be better to allow it to operate. There are plenty of medicinal drugs that cause far more damage than magic mushrooms. But there are no signs of any intelligence in drug policy from the government. When they say the word 'drugs', you can be sure that the word 'tough' won't be far behind."

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Lawlessness in the saddle of the high horse

The lawlessness of the left isn't confined to Ontario. I guess taxes have been institutionalized as a morally acceptable means of theft so logically outright robbery is on a higher plane of virtue yet . . . I hope John Clark doesn't read this, his band of thugs will get even more ideas.

Italian anti-globalisation activists helped themselves to a gourmet meal, leaving nothing but a thank you note telling the restaurant owner he was the victim of "collateral damage" in their fight against war and poverty.

[ . . . ] The restaurant was chosen because it had hosted delegates at a Nato conference last month. "Consider this 'collateral damage', as [President George] Bush would say as children die in bombing raids," the letter said.

A thousand people from the group invaded a supermarket in Rome last month, taking goods without paying.

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Monday, December 13, 2004

Watching the grass grow

City hits pesticide stalemate

The group got tripped up over the definition of infestation -- is it bugs or weeds?
NORMAN DE BONO, Free Press Reporter 2004-12-13 02:03:57

A city-appointed committee that studied the lawn-spraying controversy for two years has been deadlocked by one, little creature -- a bug. And that has city councillors who were expecting some guidance from the experts more than a little disappointed.

The city's steering committee on pesticide management has issued a report stating it was unable to come to a consensus on recommendations for a bylaw.

"We're back to where we started," said a disappointed Coun. Fred Tranquilli, head of the environment and transportation committee.

"This provides no guidance and direction.

"We went to great lengths to develop this committee of stakeholders, industry people and this is not what I was hoping for," Tranquilli said.

"We really gave them free reign, a lot of time and infinite staff resources from environmental services to parks and recreation. I know this is a passionate issue, but I think there could have been some consensus."

Council will look at the committee's report tonight.

"This disappoints me," said Controller Gord Hume.

"These people are experts, they are very knowledgeable, and while they have diverse opinions, I would have thought they'd have sorted this out."

The final hurdle for committee members, made up of industry professionals, chemistry professors from the University of Western Ontario, environmentalists and health officials, was a clause stating that while spraying should be banned, it will be allowed where there is an "infestation."

Environmentalists and anti-spraying activists suggested an infestation should be defined solely as insects.

Others, however, including lawn spraying businesses on the committee, want that definition to include weeds.

"That's the heart of the problem, just one word, insect," said Sam Trosow, member of the London Coalition Against Pesticides. "We were arguing over the definition of infestation."

If that is widened to include weeds, then any bylaw will become unenforceable.

It would also be pointless, he believes.

Adding fuel to the fire, the chairperson of the committee, Patti Turner, has come under scrutiny for being an employee of a chemical business and a resident of Kitchener.

"She is a regulatory affairs manager for Crompton Canada, and she doesn't even live in London. She should not have been the chair," said Trosow.

Turner could not be reached over the weekend for comment.

Coun. Rob Alder, who sat on the committee, said it is unfair to suggest the committee has not done its job. They helped develop education programs before taking on the bylaw issue.

"I think the pesticide committee accomplished a great deal. They should be commended," said Alder.

He also defended Turner, saying that when the committee was being formed, it was impressed by her industry knowledge.

Wow, no doubt.

In hindsight, it may have been better to choose "a more neutral" chairperson, Alder said.

The city has proposed a bylaw that would ban pesticide use by lawn care businesses, as well as homeowners.

It is likely the city will refer the matter back to staff, which will study the report for a final bylaw recommendation, Tranquilli said.

So don't worry about any new anti-lawn by-law being passed before your spring spray.

Copyright © The London Free Press 2004

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Marketing Plan B: Cost-Effective Socialism!

The Monger gives Canadians hope in the millenia-old paradox that has plagued polities since democracy was first conceived: how to vote one's way out of the inevitable collectivist outcome of democracy.

I don't kick at that kind of football. The CPC do not know their place any more than Liberals do -- they just haven't had the opportunity to build up their network of corruption yet. With so many billions pouring into the government, what remains of my money is not on getting angels into office who will somehow be able to resist that kind of wealth and power. Fabianism is a one-way street -- cause all the FREE STUFF is downstream.

As I see it, rather than supporting a CPC that sees their peer humans as objects to be preserved with their magical powers of law and regulation, it would be far more constructive for sympathetic readers to run as candidates themselves. Use the debating platforms to ruthlessly question the premises of the tripartite Socialist Party. It's really, really fun to make these people lose their cool, and know that they are transparent to us. It just takes one person on a stage.

Your progeny will be ripped off anyways.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

"He got a real pretty mouth . . ."

Animal rights activist wants to live like a pig

An Australian animal rights activist wants to live like a pig for three weeks.

Ralph Hahnheuser has challenged commercial piggeries to put him in a sow stall for three weeks.

Mr Hahnheuser, from Animal Liberation of South Australia, wants to bring attention to piggery conditions.

During his three weeks, he expects to suffer pressure sores and pneumonia, like many pigs in the cramped pens.

"But I'll be fortunate in that I'll be monitored routinely and if things become completely unbearable, I will be able to pull out of it," Mr Hahnheuser told the Herald Sun.

"The best a pig can hope for is a bullet in the head."

Mr Hahnheuser said sow stalls are two metres long by just 60cm wide, giving pigs no room to turn around.

"This is not something that should be done willy-nilly," he said. "The point of this is just to show what condition the pigs are kept in.

"To give them no straw, no bedding, no nothing is totally reprehensible and there's no excuse for it."

But his stunt may never happen - he has yet to find a piggery that would agree to his challenge.

Copyright © 2004 Ananova Ltd

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New special interest group emerging - like, totally!

Blonde jokes to be banned?

Blonde jokes are set to be banned in Hungary after blonde women staged an angry protest outside parliament.

The protestors handed in a petition claiming they were being discriminated against in every walk of life by bad taste blonde jokes.

And spokeswoman Zsuzsa Kovacs said: "Blondes face discrimination in the job market, in the workplace when they get a job, and even on the streets.

"People are banned from discriminating against Jews, or blacks, so why not grant blondes the same protection."

The petition was handed to the equal opportunities minister Kinga Goncz asking her to investigate whether jokes about blondes fall into the same category as religious discrimination.

The petition was just short of the 100,000 needed to force Parliament to debate the matter but Goncz's deputy who spoke to the crowd pledged the government would act to stop any discrimination.

Blondes - real and bleached - protested outside the ministry as the petition was handed in, waving banners with slogans like 'We're blonde, not stupid' and Love us for our minds.

Copyright © 2004 Ananova Ltd

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"Am not I / A fly like thee? / Or art not thou / A man like me?"

Fruit flies 'prove humans need courtship rituals'

Scientists claim research into fruit flies proves humans really do need proper rituals when it comes to courting.

They say a man's success in wooing may be all down to brain structure, with some born seducers and others fumblers.

The team found a courtship ritual existed among fruit flies, and this may be similar in humans who have the same basic cell structure, says the Herald Sun.

Stanford University's Professor Bruce Baker says under normal conditions the male fly goes through a sequence that involves following the female, tapping her with his foreleg, "singing" by vibrating his wings, and finally touched her before trying to mate.

I've tried this and the ladies usually swat me.

But some of the flies whose 60 cells had been interfered with tried to do all this at once and ended up in failure.

Oh, so that's why I can't get no action - my cells have been interfered with.

"So what normally takes a total of four minutes is reduced to just 10 seconds, and that doesn't work very well," he said.

Nope, can't say I get a lot of second dates . . .

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While others try to redefine marriage to include new and unorthodox combinations, some of us still need a little help finding a more traditional wife

The Bible's Top 5 Ways to Get a Wife

If you're having trouble finding that special someone for a lifetime commitment, read the Bible.

The Web site RaptureReady.com, a bi-weekly reflection on world headlines from a religious point of view, offers a very unusual list of 15 biblical ways to find a wife. Here are five of them. There's just one problem: You might not want to try this in the 21st century.

1. Marry a captive woman.
"Suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman whom you desire and want to marry, and so you bring her home to your house: she shall shave her head, pare her nails, discard her captive's garb, and shall remain in your house a full month, mourning for her father and mother; after that you may go into her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife."
--Deuteronomy 21:11-13

2. Marry a prostitute.
"When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, "Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord. So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son."
--Hosea 1:2-3

3. Find a man with seven daughters and then impress him.
"The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. But some shepherds came and drove them away. Moses got up and came to their defense and watered their flock." When the father found out what Moses had done, he told his daughters to invite him to break bread. "Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah in marriage."
--Exodus 2:16-21

4. Become the emperor of a huge nation and hold a beauty contest.
"And let the king appoint commissioners in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in the citadel of Susa under custody of Hegai, the king's eunuch, who is in charge of the women; let their cosmetic treatments be given them. And let the girl who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti. This pleased the king and he did so."
--Esther 2:3-4

5. A wife?...No!
"I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided...So then, he who marries his fiancée does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better."
--1 Corinthians 7:32-38

So, for those who cannot cope with the implications of the changing definitions of marriage, relax! Let the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual folks tie the knot . . . it will be God's punishment on them here on Earth . . . Why the hell would anyone want to be married anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And this was before they figured out the "payroll deductions" trick

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

I'll go for the spanking instead


"We have to keep the people of Ontario safe. This is what we have to do to ensure compliance and institute a culture of safety in our province," said an unrepentant Irving Halitosis, Minister for Screwing You Over , the provincial ministry responsible for the bill's enforcement. "I mean, you can't have people running around and eating dinner without helmets on. What if a fish stick jumped up off your plate and whacked you in the forehead? It happened to me, and it's not pretty. I was off work for three months."
Read the whole thing at the Hammer . . .

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Friday, December 10, 2004

It all comes from the same pocket folks

Why didn't these parents of autistic children contest policy on the basis of education rather than health care in the first place? Is it a health issue, an education issue, or is it not: "our needs trump yours so give me some of your livelihood"? I don't mean to sound insensitive, but it seems that everytime you contest the claims of people who suffer from misfortune you run the risk of being labeled insensitive. And that's the weapon that is used against those of us who just want to mind our own business. This is an institutionalized weapon -- people use it without even realizing it is a weapon because the shot is so widely dispersed, inflicting small but incremental damages upon whole communities without slaying any one person. As I don't associate with a recognized 'group' or 'union' I suppose I will eventually be driven to the poor house.

There is a glimmer of hope for families with autistic children who were devastated by the Supreme Court's recent decision ruling that provinces are not obliged to fund treatments not covered by the Canada Health Act.

Canadian families with autistic children plan to announce a new legal challenge arguing that an expensive treatment is an educational necessity, not a medical one, experts say.

Now that the ruling has been announced, the door is open for a new lawsuit to be launched, one that could argue that Applied Behavioural Analysis should be funded by the educational system as it is in the United States, experts say.

[. . . . . ]

And just days after the ruling, parents of children with autism presented a petition to MPs asking the Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act to include the therapy.
Oh, so it's still a health issue? But then, 'free' education and 'free' health care are two of the pillars of Canadian mythology. Nothing comes for free except to those who know how to play the system.

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Universal Child Care Comix

Another selected excerpt from a rare copy of "Universal Child Care Comics" (c. 1980).



"...what really went on we only have this excerpt..."

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I wonder

As a man of the capitalist persuasion, can I now marry a corporation? Or are some legal people more equal than others? I can practically hear the hate, the laughter of a society of discrimination, in response to that question.

But don't go shoving your bigoted corpraphobic rhetoric down my throat. And I don't want to hear any hateful code words about "civil unions", or "freedom of contract".

Ontario Corporation 39743920 and I may have a relationship that goes beyond the parameters of your bigotry and unexamined prejudice but that is no reason to keep us apart.

And who are you to tell us that this package from the lightbulbs I bought yesterday does not also belong in our union of love?

If that fuddy duddy priest doesn't get here on time he is so going to hear from Human Rights. I saw that look in his eye.

Update: The Supreme Court, via Colby Cosh, seem to lay down that, where there is disagreement about the definition of marriage, the court must yield.

Hurrah! I disagree with humans not being allowed to share their love with willing, properly regulated corporate entities and cardboard containers of their choosing. Maybe one day I will take the Corporation of the City of London as one of my wives! I know I can change it.

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Fire this person from public payroll mental note #723457

Kathy Shaidle, discussing the idea of arresting Bush on a Texas radio show with the light-absorbing, yet inexpicably sneering dimness that is Professor Michael Mandel of Osgoode Hall. Mandel's specialties apparently include I Know You Are But What Am I Studies, with a specialty in applied He Who Smelt It Dealt It theory.

Hosted by a fellow who could benefit from learning how to lower a fader when rude and arrogant guests talk out of turn to no one's edification.

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When I want advice on what a woman wants in a good fuck I always ask a nun. When I want a good mind fuck I seek out Trotsky's great-granddaughter.

Top U.S. drug-addiction research warns against decriminalizing marijuana07/12/2004 5:52:00 PM

VANCOUVER (CP) - A top American clinical researcher in the field of drug addiction warned Tuesday that decriminalizing marijuana could lead to increased abuse of the drug.

He, he, one must read this until the very end to find the humour in it. To whom does this propaganda belong?

Studies show wider availability of a drug coupled with a relaxed attitude towards it help predict the level of use and addiction, said Dr. Nora Volkow. (CP handout)

Studies show wider availability of a drug coupled with a relaxed attitude towards it help predict the level of use and addiction, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Volkow said surveys indicate that if a drug is considered safe and benign, its use spirals. Drug addiction rates can range from 20 to 30 per cent of users.

"The notion of legalizing and making drugs accessible, what it will do is ultimately increase the number of people that get exposed to the drug," Volkow said in an interview.

"Some of those people will become addicted that may have not become addicted had it not been so easily accessible."

The best examples, she said, are alcohol and tobacco, both widely available and relatively acceptable socially and with the most widespread addiction rates.

The federal Liberal government is mulling the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of pot. The Canadian proposal is drawing frowns within the U.S. government - notably drug-policy czar John Walters - accompanied by warnings about implications at the border.

Volkow, here to speak to people working in the drug-addiction field, said many scientists used to believe marijuana was not addictive.

But she said the pot consumed by the Baby Boom generation had much less of the active ingredient THC - which interacts with receptor proteins in the brain that translate pleasure responses - than the types now available.

"It is this chemical that can lead to the addiction," she said. "When people were taking marijuana in the past, they were consuming a very weak drug.

"The experiences that people may have had - that are now in their 40s and 50s - who say 'I never became addicted to that drug,' that does not necessarily pertain to the type of compound we're seeing today."

Research since then has also revealed a lot more about the effects of marijuana on those brain receptors and how they help regulate things such as memory and learning, she said.

Volkow was appointed in 2003 to head the institute, an arm of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

With a budget of more than $900 million US, it is the world's largest supporter of clinical research on addiction and funds about 85 per cent of studies worldwide.

A research psychiatrist, Volkow, 48, has published more than 200 papers and specializes in the study of brain imaging to investigate what role dopamine, the brain chemical that triggers sensations of pleasure and motivation, plays in addiction.

Volkow's skepticism about marijuana is based partly on her experience.

She made her reputation in the 1980s with a ground-breaking study that discovered regular cocaine use caused tiny strokes. Coke was the drug of choice in the go-go '80s, popularly thought to be safe for recreational use.

"I had serious trouble getting that study published," she said. "Nobody wanted to believe it."

The organization Volkow now heads even rejected her grant application. It took the cocaine deaths of two prominent sports stars to alert people that maybe cocaine wasn't so safe, she said.

Those kinds of causal links don't yet exist with pot, she said. But some studies have tied its use to a rise in psychotic episodes and schizophrenia.

The institute is funding research to look at the effects of marijuana in the developing brain.

Volkow told the meeting research indicates adolescent brains are at higher risk of drug addiction because areas of the frontal cortex that affect reasoning and judgment, as well as a deeper region that involves pleasure responses, are not yet fully developed.

Environment also plays a role, she said, because studies show a connection between stress levels and addiction. Poverty itself is not the cause, said Volkow, but the stress of dealing with poverty is.

Despite her concerns about decriminalization, Volkow said drug addiction has to be treated as a disease, not a moral weakness to be stigmatized.

"It doesn't help anyone and it certainly doesn't help the addicted person," she said.

With a lot of criminal activity linked to drug addiction, Volkow said the institute favours treatment intervention in prisons.

A Delaware study found a sharp drop in drug use and arrests among people who went through the correctional system's program and received followup care.

Such programs could be pivotal because in the United States, only about 15 per cent of addicts get any kind of treatment, she said.

Volkow, who had a history of alcohol abuse in her family, was interested in addiction from an early age but never went further than experimenting with cigarettes.

And she knows something about addiction? A person who has not never taken a drink and can distinguish between "enjoyment" and "addiction"? HMMMMMMMMM.

"My French teacher was a smoker and she was very glamourous and I wanted to be like her," she said. "I tried it and I hated it."

No comment

Volkow is the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky. She was born in the Mexico City house where the legendary Bolshevik leader, forced into exile by Stalin, was murdered with an ice axe by a Russian agent in 1940.

Ha, ha, ha , ha , ha ,ha , ho ho ho ho hehehehehehehehahahahahahahahhhahhahahhah!!!!!
Yeah.

When looking for advice in a free society, look no further than the Trotskys!


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Universal Child Care Comix

A surviving page of "Universal Child Care Comics", reputedly self-published around 1980 by a Ruiticus Bloch, RR #24 Tilsonburg. Found discarded outside a boarded up doctor's practice.


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Thursday, December 9, 2004

It's a safety issue - if it cannot be stopped, it will be regulated

Pain patients in London will be able to join a national study to test medicinal pot's safety. It's believed to be the first scientific look at how medical marijuana interacts or interferes with health problems and conventional medicines, said pain specialist Dr. Mark Ware, leading the study from McGill University Health Centre.
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Other studies test how well cannabis relieves pain, which isn't the intent of this work.

Pain researcher Dr. Dwight Moulin of London Health Sciences Centre and Lawson Health Research Institute is heading the London study.

He will work with 50 people who use medicinal marijuana against pain and 150 pain sufferers who don't use pot.

All told, 1,400 chronic-pain patients will be studied at seven pain clinics nationwide.
What are the non-pot using participants using for pain relief - is that not relevant? Is this being taken into consideration?

But, read between the lines and perhaps get a sense of the intent of this expensive study - only 1.8 million dollars funded by Health Canada and ripped from the pockets of us lambs headed to the slaughter. I suspect the outcome of this 'research' will be in favour of government approved drugs. Note that even the marijuana used in the study is grown by Health Canada. Of course, you would want to measure the level of THC for experimental purposes, but I venture to say, based on the scant details provided by the London Free Press, that there is an agenda at work behind this study.
"We're looking to see what the safety issues might be," Ware said.

There's a possibility other medications may interact with marijuana to make some or all those drugs more, or less, effective, Ware said.

Participants will be followed for a year and undergo chest x-rays, memory questions and tests for heart, lung, kidney and liver function.

Researchers hope to emerge with a clearer picture of pot's side effects on people with chronic pain and whether those effects outweigh the benefits.

Conventional drugs are ordinarily subjected to rigorous safety and other testing before being approved for use.

But Health Canada approved the use of medicinal pot more than a year ago.

"We're sort of forced to work backwards" from the normal course of events, Ware said.

The approach may even become a template for testing natural health products, Ware said.
Certainly there is a benefit to understanding the medicinal properties of marijuana, but keeping in mind of course the lack of detail provided in this article, of interest in itself is the way this study is reported on - I smell trouble.

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Why, dat's mighty White 'o y'all!

Property tax hike chopped to 8.9%

In the process of making cuts, board of control sends a message to the province by rejecting downloading.
JOE BELANGER, Free Press City Hall Reporter 2004-12-09 02:52:34

You'll keep an extra $38 in your pocket next year after London's board of control shaved more than 18 per cent off next year's projected property-tax hike yesterday. And in its first day of budget cutting, the board sent the provincial government a message -- back off.

The board refused to foot the bill for increases to conservation authority budgets related to new clean water regulations.

Who need's clean water when we have the JLC?

It's a theme expected to continue today when the board finishes its capital budget and hunkers down to pare London's operating budget.

"They (the province) didn't come and consult us," said Controller Russ Montieth.

"They're just mandating and sending the bill to us. So, we have to push back in other ways."

Uh huh, a process these folks are all too familiar with (mandating and billing others, that is).

Yesterday's cuts reduced a projected 10.9-per-cent tax hike in 2005 to 8.9 per cent, leaving the average homeowner facing an extra $174 hit.

The city's draft budget calls for operating and capital spending of $834 million. Left uncut, it would raise taxes by 10.9 per cent, or $212 for the average home valued at $152,000.

To reduce the tax hike by one per cent requires either a cut of $3.4 million, or an equal amount of extra revenue.

Tax revenue from assessment growth accounted for about half of yesterday's nearly $7 million reduction.

The balance came through cuts to the operating budgets of boards and commissions and the capital budget.

Of the $1.1 million cut from boards and commissions, $304,000 came from the Kettle Creek, Lower Thames and Upper Thames River conservation authorities. Most authority cuts related to new Ontario clean-water rules stemming from the Walkerton tainted-water crisis, when seven people died and thousands became ill after e.-coli-contaminated water.

The London police budget escaped the knife, a proposed 5.5-per-cent boost still intact.

Ha, ha, ha, ha . . . that's right, you always want the police on your side! Especially when you are as greedy and unlikable as London city council.

The force, in a hiring spree, wants to add 15 officers next year on top of 56 hired over the last two years.

The police budget has ballooned by about 20 per cent to $63 million in the process, making it a target for some.

Don't you feel much safer now? Why just last month one of them was freed up from the usual parking lot squat long enough to pull me over and prove he was "just doing his job" by asking to see my ID because, well, you know, everyone is a potential criminal . . .

The police and other budgets must still be approved by city council in January.

Think Anne Marie will wear her hot red firefighting dress for that meeting?

London Transit, getting a $4.5-million injection of Ontario gas tax money to expand service, plans to add five new buses to ease overcrowding on major routes.

LTC general manager Larry Ducharme said he expects to expand service to growth areas in 2006.
The board made some cuts and adjustments to the capital budget but didn't complete the job, which continues today.

Council set a debt limit of $30 million for capital projects, making the selection process tougher.

And,ah,just what happenned to the $30 - $40 million emergency fund set aside last year? Anybody account for that yet?

Deputy Mayor and budget chief Tom Gosnell, who hopes to get the tax hike down to about six per cent, said he was pleased with the progress.

When isn't he pleased with himself?

Gosnell said boards and commissions that felt the budget axe yesterday are likely disappointed, "but the taxpayers would be even more disappointed if we don't get the tax rate down."

Who needs safe water? Wal-Mart and the JLC are what we need for survival. Those Goodamn treehuggers do nothing but impair development anyway. Maybe we can dissolve the conservation authority altogether and funnel that money into London's 151st birthday party next year.

YESTERDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Key cuts and savings in yesterday's first day of budget-cutting at London city hall:

- $267,000 from London Middlesex Housing Corp.'s budget request. The agency argued its budget is too low. It got an increase of about 28 per cent, or $728,000, boosting its budget to about $3.9 million.

- $50,000 from London Public Library's proposed $14 -million budget, which still climbs about 2.2 per cent.

Will they still be able to afford to staff and stock all those wonderful new library buildings?

- $455,000 from London Transit's request, given up due to Ontario gas-tax revenue that instead will fund the transit system's expansion.

- $2 million for repairs and upgrades to non-profit housing was cut in half; the other $1 million will come from expected federal gas-tax revenue, not city taxpayers.

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