Einsiedeln Abbey Church: Baroque Survivor of the Reformation
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 11:00 am
Tom Mulcair launches his 'campaign for change' from across the river
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 3:13 pm
Trudeau opens Liberal campaign in Vancouver
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:47 pm
Stephen Harper campaigning on experience, economy and security
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 10:37 pm
AT&T's first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo
Posted on 3 August 2015 | 4:01 am
Sun's out, guns out: 19th century military re-enactors have a blast at Bytown Days
Posted on 1 August 2015 | 11:15 pm
Government of Canada Partners with Rotary Foundation Canada to Eradicate Polio Worldwide and Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries
Posted on 1 August 2015 | 11:06 pm
A Close Look at the Connectivity of a Single Brain
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 1:54 pm
The Bunny in Winter
Posted on 1 August 2015 | 2:00 pm
The 2015 federal election campaign is underway. What changes?
Now the campaign is underway, parliamentary committee work is on hold
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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:07 am
Another Reason Donald Trump Would Make a Lousy President
That siren sound of the self-made man is alluring. We'd all like to believe in the myth of the free enterprise white knight brandishing his capitalist sword to slay the bloated dragon of overgrown government. But that's not how the world works. Here is my cautionary tale about the false promises of the entrepreneur turned politician.
It all started nine years ago in my hometown of Ottawa. City politicians had been unsuccessfully struggling to bring in a budget with no property tax increase.
Then along came Larry O'Brien, a local high-tech multi-millionaire, who decided to run for mayor. Mr. O'Brien said he intended to run the city like a business and he guaranteed there would be no tax hike. At the same time, he pledged to kill a recent deal to build a light rail line.
The other candidates warned voters that O'Brien's promises were unrealistic but the lure of no new taxes was too much to resist. The electorate soon came to regret their choice as one by one Mayor O'Brien's initiatives failed.
His first action was to convince councilors to vote with him and cancel the light rail contract. The immediate effect of that decision was to invite two lawsuits from the companies involved which resulted in a $36.7 million payout.
The long-term effect was even worse. If the contract had proceeded, Ottawa would today have at least one major light rail line and probably be well on its way to a second.
Instead, almost ten years later, we still have no modern mass transit system. Luckily, a new politically-minded mayor and a savvier city council had the foresight to go ahead with a light rail line. By 2018, the city will finally have the first link in a modern transit system -- only a dozen years late thanks to Mr. O'Brien.
The rest of O'Brien's tenure was filled with quixotic attempts to bring the annual tax increase down to zero. Initially, he almost made it but at a severe cost to basic city services and eventually he raised taxes.
Throughout his tenure, O'Brien stubbornly persisted in his "businesslike" approach to governing. However, what he failed to recognize was that politics is not business. As the mayor, he was not the CEO of Ottawa; he was simply first among equals on a large, unruly city council.
O'Brien couldn't simply order things to be done his way. He had to engage in that messy process called democracy. He also finally had to realize that, for the most part, government services are not the same as business services. Governments don't operate in a competitive, free market environment; they generally provide basic common services that all citizens require.
Not surprisingly, O'Brien's windmill tilting and his nascent political career came to an abrupt end when he was soundly defeated after one term in office.
Luckily for Ottawa, its citizens were not entirely naïve. They had been fooled once and chose not to be fooled again. They replaced O'Brien with a career politician who didn't promise no tax increases, didn't incur giant penalties for broken contracts and addressed the issues of mass transit, basic services and infrastructure repairs.
American voters would do well to learn the lesson that we learned the hard way here in Ottawa rather than have to re-learn it from the likes of Mr. Trump. Governance is not like The Apprentice. It's not a dictatorship run by an all-powerful CEO. It's democratic, complicated and messy and it's the electorate who does the firing.
My advice to the American voter? Choose someone with political experience and tell Donald Trump: "You're fired!"
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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 12:20 am
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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 5:39 pm
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Posted on 31 July 2015 | 4:01 am
Viking Star abandons cruise in Tallinn
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 3:34 pm
5 landmarks that light up in Toronto at night
Toronto is dotted with landmarks that'll help you orient yourself no matter what state you're in by the end of the night. Many are distinctive to the neighbourhoods they're located in, becoming sources of pride to those who pass by them on a daily basis.
Here are some notable landmarks that light up in Toronto at night.
It's our most iconic symbol and you can see it from far, far away - even in the nether regions of the GTA. While most of us think of it as a tourist trap, we were all still amazed and delighted by the spectacular fireworks show it provided during the Pan Am Games.
Bloor Viaduct Luminous Veil
Architect Derek Revington designed the Luminous Veil as a safety barrier and the city installed it back in 2003. Now, it has finally been lit up thanks to the Pan Am Games.
Nathan Phillips Square
The rainbow-coloured Toronto Sign is another legacy project from the Pan Am Games. As soon as the city installed it, it became an Instagram legend. And, it ignited quite the debate when Mayor John Tory asked where it should go next.
SkyBridge in CityPlace
The SkyBridge at CityPlace seems to defy gravity. It spawns two storeys and is 130 feet long. If you're wondering how it got up there, you should check out this video of its majestic ascent.
Honest Ed's Sign
There's usually a photographer standing on the north side of Bloor pointing a camera at the gaudy, but beloved Honest Ed's Sign. Though Honest Ed's will disappear to make way for condos at the end of 2016 (RIP), let's hope its sign continues to shine bright.
What did I miss? Add more landmarks that light up Toronto at night to the comments. Photo of the Luminous Veil by Marcanadian in the blogTO Flickr pool.
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 5:14 am
Five keys to staying in power for Stephen Harper
Five keys to staying in power for Harper
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:01 pm
Man suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit by car in Halifax crosswalk
Posted on 3 August 2015 | 2:41 am
Campers forced out as Harrison Lake wildfire flares up; could be human-caused
Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:48 am
Cheat to win, the Harper electoral game plan
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Canada's 42nd federal election kicked off Sunday August 1 with a difference. This campaign will be about twice as long as usual before Canadians vote on October 19.
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 12:12 pm
Historicist: Come Out to Caribana ’67
Festival fever was in the air in 1967. Canada was in a celebratory mood during its centennial year and while most of the action was at Expo in Montreal, the federal government encouraged ethnic groups across the nation to showcase their contributions to a country starting to embrace its multicultural makeup. One such group was […]
Posted on 1 August 2015 | 4:30 pm
We're on Summer Hiatus - No new Podcasts until September
Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:00 am
Does Canada still want Harper?
Posted on 3 August 2015 | 2:39 am
Harper’s economics and geocentrism
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:12 pm
Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?
In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers.
A few years later some of his followers were convicted of infecting salad bars with Salmonella, as well as other crimes: arson, wiretapping, immigration fraud, election fraud and attempted murder.
Posted on 18 July 2015 | 12:11 pm
Osheaga Day 2: Kygo Blows Our Minds, Kendrick Sells Out The Park
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 5:44 am
Canada’s top five warm weather spending habits
Summer is the season Canadians spend the most cash. Find out what we’re spending it on and learn how you can earn some of it back.
Posted on 31 July 2015 | 3:04 pm
Alberta teen rescued in human trafficking arrest
Teen rescued in human trafficking arrest
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:53 pm
‘It’s time to put Quebec back in power': Harper appeals to nationalism at campaign launch in Montreal
Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:30 am
Appeal dismissed in HIV lawsuit against stripper and government
A man who fought the dismissal of a lawsuit against his estranged exotic dancer wife, the federal and provincial government, Toronto health officials and a local strip club, has lost his appeal.
Percy Whiteman, who contracted HIV from Suwalee Iamkhong, his wife, launched the appeal after his $33-million lawsuit was thrown out by Ontario’s Superior Court in 2013.
In the lawsuit Whiteman alleged that the Zanzibar Tavern, where his wife had worked as a stripper, as well as the provincial and federal government, failed to protect him from his wife who was infected with the AIDS-causing virus.
“I have concluded none of the defendants are responsible for Whiteman’s contraction of HIV. Mr. Whiteman was the author of his own misfortune,” Justice Carole Brown wrote in her judgment at the time.
Iamkhong moved to Canada in 1995 after leaving Hong Kong where she had worked as an exotic dancer and, according to court documents, a prostitute. She tested positive for HIV shortly before leaving Hong Kong.
Whiteman met, and later married, Iamkhong while she was working as a stripper at Zanzibar.
They were married for seven years before she told him she had HIV and Whiteman discovered he too was infected.
Iamkhong was convicted of aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing bodily harm in 2007. She was sentenced to two years in prison and deported to Thailand in 2010.
Whiteman’s lawsuit alleged that Zanzibar was liable for Iamkhong’s actions, which exposed the public to her disease, and that government immigration and medical officials failed to protect him by not providing adequate testing when she came to Canada.
Whiteman said he would never have contracted HIV if Canada had started testing immigrants for the infection earlier than 2001.
He contracted the virus in 1997.
The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal of Whiteman’s case on the basis that it came after the limitation period and there was “no evidence” that proved if the actions of the federal government had been different he would not have become HIV positive.
Sal Grillo, legal counsel for Whiteman, was unavailable for comment about any future plans for the case.
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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:36 am
Acer reportedly planning to unveil four new Windows Phone devices at IFA
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 3:58 pm
"Our Early Solar System Harbored SuperEarths" (Weekend Feature)
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 4:02 pm
Mission Impossible Franchise Goes To New Extremes
Posted on 31 July 2015 | 7:38 am