No Dogs or Anglophones



Thanks for the Memories....

For over four years I've written this blog in an effort to fulfill an inner desire to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you.

From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.

But all things come to an end.

With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.

Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?

Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all  Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.

Too harsh?
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.

I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.

Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.

As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.

To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.

I would never have come this far without you.

and so I fade to black....

I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.

Thank you all once again.....
PHILIP BERLACH

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 5:23 am

Justin Trudeau



The clock is ticking…

This is it… Your last chance to join 6,791 Canadians who have donated to this fundraising drive. Today is also your last chance to win the […]

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 7:24 pm

Ezra Levant



New terrorism handbook

Some Canadian Islamic groups and the RCMP have released a handbook hoping to curb the radicalization of Canadian Muslims.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 10:33 pm

Scott's DiaTribes



Women in Politics Brantford Conference Recap (with pictures)

On Friday, I had the privilege of being an accredited blogger/observer at a Women In Politics Conference in Brantford. Its goal was aimed at encouraging young women to run for office – whether that was federal, provincial or municipal. The idea behind this was started by a Grade 12 high school student named Gabrielle Cotton, who decided after talking with a local counsellor that something like this conference was needed to try and spur interest among young women, and she went ahead with some help to organize it (you’ll find the initial story about the planning behind this conference at this story in the local Brantford press). I wasn’t really [...]


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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 9:43 am

Dawg's Blog



Godwine's law

Somehow I accidentally stumbled on this G&M article on the apparent popularity of Canadian icewine in Asia, and while I suspect that any comment thread that comes here will eventually descend into a discussion of booze (Godwine’s law?), what...

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:13 am

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff



Gasland Part II – Fracking Hell

Watched “Gasland Part II” [9/10] on HBO on demand, and it is something you have to see. The case it makes against fracking is a very strong one, and it shows the depths of corruption in the US system that has allowed the poisoning of water tables across America. == And on a different note, […]

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Posted on 26 September 2014 | 12:48 am

Erich the Green



How your business needs can support our community's wholeness

Many elements go into a successful community. Of course, a proactive environment for business is important, with jobs and incomes and profit and all those other good things, along with supplying the goods and services we need.
But there are also many important aspects of community that come from the volunteer or non-profit sectors, where people donate their time and effort to worthwhile projects and enterprises work on the principle of serving rather than financially enriching their backers.
You can see the Heart of Barrie from CWC
The Community Wholeness Centre (CWC) is that kind of project. Founded by Yolanda Gallo and a team of volunteers late last year, CWC is still expanding under Yolanda’s executive directorship, where she is charged with mobilizing the community to embrace the CWC’s opportunities. Located in the heart of Barrie, CWC is a conference and business centre combining office space rentals and meeting facilities with a new grassroots model of self-sustainability for Barrie’s volunteer headquarters.
If you are planning a trade show or need a facility, this location offers ideally-located space that can accommodate up to 350 people in various configurations using a gym, a large kitchen, boardrooms and meeting rooms. There is also private space available for short-term or long-term rental. To date, 9 community groups are calling CWC home. What makes this business model unique is that all of the rental fees are reinvested back into the community.
Guided by a business advisory committee of local experts knowledgeable on entrepreneurialism, volunteerism, marketing, and growth, CWC has leveraged approximately $30,000 in donated materials, supplies and services from local supporters like Tile Master, Giant Carpet, Barrie Trim and Moulding, Sue Kay/Allandale Decorating, Hunter Electric, Kwik Kopy, Moore Packaging, Horizons, Simcoe North Visual Printing, Artistic Frameworks, Lloyd Management Services to name a few, as well as a similar amount of financial investments by key affiliates and up to 25,000 volunteer hours to renovate, decorate and run the day-to-day operations of CWC.

From a facility rentals perspective, not-for-profit groups will find very reasonable rates for their facility needs. Businesses can co-locate their office in a supportive, holistic environment for their staff and clients.
Do you already volunteer in the community, or would you like to? As a home to Barrie Volunteer Headquarters, CWC will serve as a clearinghouse for volunteers with an objective to support all not-for-profit organizations by providing volunteer intake, screening, obtaining police record checks, training, mentorship, networking, and free rewards. A benefit for volunteers is that they can treat themselves to free services like Spanish, music, martial arts or meditation classes offered by the CWC, to restore their energy so they can continue to serve.
If this initiative sounds as wonderful to you as it does to me, there are several ways you can connect and show your support. Rent office or facility space for your business or events. Host or attend the scheduled trade shows. Register as a volunteer. Provide financial or in-kind support to help build a legacy for our whole community.
I believe Barrie can be a more complete and resilient community if we focus on this kind of “paying it forward” initiative, don’t you? For more information email admin@cwcbarrie.com, telephone 705-733-5683 or visit www.wholenesscentrebarrie.com.

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "Would you like to volunteer in our community?"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.

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Posted on 25 September 2014 | 8:45 pm

Five Feet of Fury



‘A black female friend and I once discussed how our historically unemployed (lazy) relatives often claimed that we were rich simply because we had things that they did not’

Actual black woman Patricia L. Dickson pens an EPIC MUST-READ: A female relative of mine came to live with me for a short time. One day when I came home from work, she asked me where everyone in the neighborhood was. She said that during the day, she would go outdoors looking for someone to […]

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 12:30 pm

A Blog By James Curran



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 12:29 am

Buckdog



Under A Harper Conservative Government, When Canada Talks To The World ... No One Listens Anymore ...


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Posted on 26 September 2014 | 4:35 pm

Mark Steyn



Mann is an Island

Thank you for your continuing forbearance while I attend to some sad personal matters. On a lighter note, the Government of the Australian Capital Territory has been handing out its taxpayer-funded arts grants: Aspen Island Theatre Company: $18,793 to

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Huffington Post



Ministerial Accountability In B.C. Slip Slidin' Away

Batten down the hatches, because this fall it's not just the threat of extreme weather British Columbians need to worry about; MLAs are returning to Victoria for a rare fall sitting of the legislature as well. And if the spring sitting was any indication, don't hold your breath hoping for much in the way of ministerial accountability.

This summer, the Times Colonist reported that B.C.'s Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux had been less than forthright in responding to a question from NDP MLA Carole James over the government's plans to close the Victoria Youth Custody Centre.

Speaking in the legislature in March, Cadieux told James "at this point, we have no plan in place to make any significant changes because we're still looking at what our options are to maintain the best service for the youth that we do have in custody."

Only problem was that Cadieux knew a plan was in place when she stood in the legislature. It only awaited cabinet approval. One commentator summed up the public's reaction to that one pretty well: "The government lied to us? Tell me it isn't so."

Among her cabinet colleagues though, Cadieux wasn't alone in bending the truth.

There was the curious case of Advanced Education minister Amrik Virk who -- in responding to a question posed by NDP MLA David Eby over issues surrounding salary disclosures at Kwantlen Polytechnic University -- stated: "There's no shortage of outlandish comments that I can attribute to the member for Vancouver-Point Grey, and this certainly is another one of those."

One wee problem: Eby was right. And again -- like Cadieux -- Virk knew it when he stood showboating in the legislature. A review ordered by Finance Minister Mike de Jong found that Kwantlen had broken government reporting rules. It also concluded that Virk, vice-chair of Kwantlen's board of governors at the time, knew of the deception.

Then there was the little matter of Attorney General Suzanne Anton's reasoning behind former MLA John Les's second -- albeit short-lived -- patronage gig as co-chair of the government's Earthquake Review Board.

Defending the appointment and the government's decision to forgo government procurement policies that require all contracts over $75,000 to be posted online and open to public bidding, Anton played the "unforeseeable emergency" exemption card, telling the legislature that "we need to be safe in British Columbia. We need to have public safety in place. We need to have citizens ready, communities ready and the province ready in case of a disaster."

Turned out that unforeseeable emergency was political in nature, calling more for spin doctors than first responders. According to documents obtained by the NDP, the government's emergency was a pending report from B.C.'s auditor general on the province's earthquake readiness.

A few weeks before Anton's emergency, Education Minister Peter Fassbender haughtily dismissed opposition claims that the B.C. government had tried to provoke a teachers' strike in 2012 with this gem: "I'm going to try to speak a little slower so the members opposite hear -- actually hear -- the facts of what happened."

The problem with his too clever by half retort was that when he started listing those facts -- ever so slowly of course -- he conveniently overlooked Paul Straszak's sworn testimony. Straszak, then Public Sector Employers' Council CEO, had testified that the government's objective had been to force a strike.

And there was Technology Minister Andrew Wilkinson who informed the legislature in May that the Integrated Case Management system was "actually running very well... We're not aware of any significant problems. The member opposite is so busy trolling for suckers that he seems to have dropped his fishing rod."

Yes, Wilkinson was referring to that Integrated Case Management system, the $182-million one that doesn't work real well to this day.

If there's a silver lining in any of this Virk, Anton, Fassbender and Wilkinson are all rookie MLAs, so here's hoping that their answers were rookie mistakes.

But as B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan noted this past June when he called for Virk's resignation: "I don't know where accountability disappeared in our parliamentary process." Well, as Simon and Garfunkel might say, it's been slip slidin' away.

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Posted on 1 October 2014 | 2:02 am

Fight the Power



"'The Old'"






Hardly Working – What Sort of Life to Live?

by Nick Ford

As originally posted: Center for a Stateless Society
May 3, 2014


My name is Nick Ford and I would like to welcome you to this blog of mine, Hardly Working.

The goal of this blog is to promote a future where none of us will have to work. And by “work” I don’t mean just giving effort, but labor that we give to others under systematic duress. A good example is the workers who work in retail or low-paying jobs because they have no other good options.

These lack of options come from state-granted monopoly privileges like intellectual property to big corporations and licensing restrictions (the taxi medallions being a good example) that make independent work harder to obtain. Through these privileges, corporations have been able to take up far more space in the marketplace than they would be able to normally. Without these privileges we’d see much wider array of economic experimentation: from worker cooperatives, to self-employment and independently contracting individuals. All sorts of possibilities could open up once we abolish the state and actually-existing capitalism and bring our labor more under our individual control and out of the hands of big business or government.

The goal of anarchism and the anti-work position I support is to give tools to all of us that will free us from such systems and relations. I don’t mean that they would be evenly distributed or exist in some perfect equilibrium, but the means of production would certainly be more socialized than it is now – as well as much more accessible by your average individual. This in turn makes work a lot less necessary.

Any labor that exists through either artificial economic or political conditions (i.e. a situation wherein your agency or power is overridden by another involuntarily) must be abolished. That means revoking the monopoly privileges granted by the state and putting businesses on a much more equal footing. Abolishing the state and making tools and wealth more accessible by getting it out of capitalist hands and giving it to the individual are some of the key components of abolishing work.

Getting tools or wealth doesn’t necessitate a workers revolution, some sort of vanguard or any violence on our part. The exception being, if the state decides to attack us on either their own behest or the behest of the capitalist class. No, what it requires is the old Wobbly slogan of “building the new society within the shell of the old” and, then, these institutions would work to, as Proudhon said, “…dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system, by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State.”

Of course, abolishing work is not just concerned with the economic sphere, but also the personal sphere (especially because these two things are intimately connected). I don’t want people free from the abuse of a system of work that is in place, but also from the cultural norms that reinforce the work environment. Cultural norms and attitudes, the Puritan Work Ethic for example, that reduce slackers and people who prefer leisure as “losers” or “deserving” their poverty.

The anti-work perspective, then, tries to criticize economics, culture and both the extra-personal parts of our lives (i.e. our relations to work, our bosses, our co-workers, our wages, the government, etc.) and our deeper personal levels (i.e. our own views about labor, how we view other people, our ethical and meta-ethical beliefs about work or the lack thereof, etc.).

To give an example of the deeper personal realm, a friend of mine recently sent me this link that explains the lives of a few different people. They are extreme cases and there is a ton of possible wiggle room, but let’s have a look at two:

He got up at four and set out on foot to hunt black grouse, wood grouse, woodcock, and snipe. At eleven he met his friends, who had also been out hunting alone all morning. They converged “at one of these babbling brooks,” he wrote. He outlined the rest of his schedule. “Take a quick dip, relax with a schnapps and a sandwich, stretch out, have a smoke, take a nap or just rest, and then sit around and chat until three. Then I hunt some more until sundown, bathe again, put on white tie and tails to keep up appearances, eat a huge dinner, smoke a cigar and sleep like a log until the sun comes up again to redden the eastern sky. This is living…. Could it be more perfect?”

And:

Wallace Stevens in his forties, living in Hartford, Connecticut, hewed to a productive routine. He rose at six, read for two hours, and walked another hour—three miles—to work. He dictated poems to his secretary. He ate no lunch; at noon he walked for another hour, often to an art gallery. He walked home from work—another hour. After dinner he retired to his study; he went to bed at nine. On Sundays, he walked in the park. I don’t know what he did on Saturdays. Perhaps he exchanged a few words with his wife, who posed for the Liberty dime.

I cannot say that either of these lives strike me as “perfect” because of my own individual capacities and skills, but, even so, I’d prefer the first example of a Dutch aristocrat – where naps are available, sleep is as long as I need, I can relax and write when I want to and so on. Sure, the aristocrat has this all in a routine too, but it’s clear that he probably wouldn’t hold to it too tightly. Notice that the aristocrat says he would “outline” and not just simply write his given routine. He naps or rests as he pleases and sees friends as a pastime.

Stevens, on the other hand, has a grueling routine. There’s certainly nothing unethical about what’s going on here, but would it be desirable? Perhaps for some. I know I am not one of those people and I think most people would prefer the first scenario over the second. Discipline is something many of us strive for within many contexts, yet we, often, give ourselves breaks, cut ourselves deals or give ourselves rewards. The second example of living doesn’t seem to ever stop, or reward the toil or give ourselves a few seconds to take in the outside breeze and just breathe.

So while I am, by no means, calling for the universality of the former or the total rejection of the latter (I don’t think having discipline or a routine is de facto bad), I do hope for a time when more of us can claim that we live like the first example.

Except it won’t be the aristocratic class that can claim such a pleasure, but any and all who want it.

No class, but the leisure class!

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Posted on 1 October 2014 | 1:28 am

Andrew Coyne



Andrew Coyne: Canadian television industry fatally lost in the past

Tax it. Force it to carry a fixed proportion of Canadian content, said others. Seriously? We’re going to require 30% of the Internet to be Canadian?

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 9:11 pm

Blazing Cat Fur



EU must speed up the flood of illegal immigrants, says Amnesty International

The EU’s new leadership must boost air and naval power in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants who are dying in record numbers trying to reach the continent’s shores, Amnesty International said Sept. 30. A new report by the British-based campaign group described a “Fortress Europe” blocking out migrants and refugees, many of them fleeing unrest […]

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Posted on 1 October 2014 | 12:30 am

Driving The Porcelain Bus



No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.

I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.


1) The Media
The Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty much as a whole, focused much more on the celebrity of Rob Ford than on the policies of the candidates. This influenced the many voters who are more easily swayed by name recognition and celebrity than policies.

Also, the Media is largely to blame for discouraging people from voting, by convincing many that it is pointless to vote as it will change nothing. Remember, the vast majority of media is or is owned by large corporations. So, it is in their best interests for the most part to support Conservative ideology. It is known that the most avid voters are conservative supporters. So, by convincing those who disagree with and are disappointed by government policies and trends that it is a waste of time to vote, they are removing votes against the parties/people that support the conservative/corporate agenda/ideologies.


2) Ignorance
A large part of Conservative ideology is the celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason. Just look at the popularity of the Tea Party in the USA, especially a couple of years ago, during the time of the last Toronto municipal election. Those people in Toronto who embraced this celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason at the time of the election were/are at the core of Ford Nation. The popularity and sensationalizing of this ideology convinced many more to jump on the bandwagon of celebrating ignorance.

And now, with all that, there is the issue of trying to reason with those who have chosen to abandon reason.

It is easier to fool someone that to convince them that they have been fooled.

We have our work cut out for us. And it is made especially hard for individuals to fight against the Media for the attention of people, especially for those people who currently won't be reasoned with.

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Posted on 24 November 2013 | 2:58 pm

BigCityLib Strikes Back



Ezra's Apology, An Early Draft

Yesterday afternoon, we learned
Today it was announced that Ezra himself would present the apology.  And I was able to secure a first draft of this document from one of my informants inside Sun News.  I have reproduced it below:

Dear Justin,

I know I've acted badly.  I've said things about your mom and dad that would've earned me a well-deserved punch in the mouth from a less finely bred man.  And I'm sorry for that.  But, Justin, there's something I have to get off my chest before I go any further.  

I love you, Justin.  I have for a long time now.  Since you first became an MP and I was back in Calgary defending The West from your dad's policies.  I saw you on on TV and I said to myself I'm gonna make that future liberal prime minister my number one.  

And I've tried, and tried.  Good Lord I've tried.  But you won't talk to me, you won't even look at me, and its made me crazy.   And when I get crazy, you know me, I talk crazy.  And when I talk crazy, the nations various regulatory agencies starting looking at my bosses like they might pull the plug on STV any minute.  And things get all messed up.  

But I'm done, Justin.  I'm done.  I won't follow you around anymore, if you say the word.  I've sent you a box of chocolates with a note saying how sorry I am, and a big bouquet of roses...the biggest I could find!  But you don't have to eat those chocolates, you don't have to read that note; you can through those roses in the dumpster, if you like.

But let me just say that a better man has not been created on this  Earth, Justin.  You are like an archangel, who has flown too low and broken his wings.  I do and will always worship the ground on which you walk. I would kill and die for you, Justin.

Ezra Levant

I imagine they'll be a few changes made to it before air time.

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 6:21 pm

Just Right



The end of "progressive" soft power

A modified version of this column by Kelly McParland appeared in today's Post as an editorial entiled "The end of 'soft power'":
U.S. President Barack Obama’s sudden about-face on the Middle East has exacerbated the difficulty that self-styled progressives face in sorting out how to deal with the world’s many emerging threats. Mr. Obama came to office preaching a highly progressive approach to confronting rogue, terror-supporting states: dialogue, diplomacy, co-operation and brotherhood, along with a pronounced reluctance to commit U.S. military forces on any fresh foreign entanglement. But it didn’t work. Now he’s trying bombs. He has come to realize that the most problematic actors on the world stage don’t share his enthusiasm for reason, negotiation and peace....

Having contributed military advisors to the effort against ISIS, Canada has a direct stake in this battle. The campaign should be of interest to Canadians for another reason, too. With Mr. Obama’s renunciation of his touchy-feely approach to international relations, it makes it difficult to argue that “soft power” and “honest brokerage,” two of our own foreign-policy establishment’s favourite catchphrases during the Liberal years, ever had much value on the world stage.  

Since Stephen Harper came to power, his opponents have crafted the notion that Canada once was a widely respect middle power that now has squandered its reputation thanks to the Conservatives’ renunciation of soft-power shibboleths. ...

... People who cut off aid workers’ heads don’t call out for “honest brokers.” They call out for bombs and bullets.
From the comments behind the pay-wall, Stephen Boyling wrote:
 This Editorial, although significantly watered down from what most of us have been saying for years, will do, especially after the immoral mea culpa Obama splashed us with during his UN pirouette.  The prime minister of Israel gave the speech the president of the United States of America should have given.  That, tied to the speech of prime minister Harper and his focus on what it takes, what is needed to suffocate the madness that is born in backwater dictatorships and 5-star sand lots made for a more than compelling argument when it comes to standing up to Islamic madness.

Next year in Canada, God save us from Obama-lite.  A man trying to run a race without first learning how to walk.
Amen.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 10:04 pm

Green Party of Canada



Canadian Innovation | Elizabeth May at TEDxYYC

On Friday, June 13, I was pleased to be invited to present in Calgary at their TEDX talks. I decided to make the economic case for why it would help Canada if Obama says "no" to Keystone. It's pretty straight forward. Canada is lagging in innovation. We are falling behind the US in productivity. The evidence is clear that R and D occurs more in manufacturing than in raw resource export. But we have gone from about 60% of our exports being those with value added to 60% being raw, unprocessed, without value added. It's not an argument we hear much in Canada and I hope you'll find it interesting.

Canadian Innovation | Elizabeth May at TEDxYYC

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:26 am

eaves.ca



Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully […]

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Posted on 6 June 2014 | 1:46 am

Bold Colours



Please check out sister-site NewsQuips.com (and .ca)!

There’s more activity at NewsQuips.com (and NewsQuips.ca for Canucks) these days! NewsQuips is new. It’s a compilation site, full of news headlines, and (often) snarky quips about them. It’s news from the right perspective. The conservative perspective. The .com version is U.S. new only. The .ca version includes Canadian news as well as American news of interest to […]

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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 4:52 pm

Accidental Deliberations



Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Downed cats.





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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:46 pm

What Do I Know Grit



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 12:29 am

Small Dead Animals



Reader Tips

You never know exactly where a Loudon Wainwright III song is going, but he does, and he always takes you with him: Here's Man and Dog. The comments are open, as always, for your Reader Tips....

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Posted on 1 October 2014 | 1:00 am

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras



Sarkozy, le retour d’un champion

Il n’est pas un politicien comme les autres. Nicolas Sarkozy a été président de la France. Il a fait du bon boulot mais a été sali sans répit par une campagne antisarkozyste d’une violence inouïe. Elle a commencé dès sa prise de pouvoir et a eu finalement raison de lui lorsque les Français ont élu, à l’élection suivante, le socialiste François Hollande, avec une très faible majorité. J’ai été surpris de ce résultat malgré les sondages qui le prédisaient depuis plusieurs mois. J’avais toujours cru que Sarkozy ferait une remontée dans les dernières semaines de campagne précédant le scrutin. Elle a eu lieu et elle fut spectaculaire mais a manqué de temps. Une semaine de campagne de plus et le revirement spectaculaire que j’attendais se serait probablement concrétisé. Ce soir-là, j’étais triste pour la France car j’avais bien apprécié et admiré les actions intelligentes de ce président dynamique, affirmant même, souventes fois dans mes blogues, que j’aurais aimé qu’il soit premier ministre de mon pays, le Canada. « Moi, le président Hollande » sonnait faux.   

À la passation des pouvoirs, j’ai pu juger de la grandeur du nouveau président. Après leur rencontre, il a refusé d’accompagner, comme le veut la coutume, le président sortant-de-charge jusqu’à son automobile placée au bas de l’escalier principal dans la cour de l’Élysée. Sur le perron, il lui a serré faiblement la main, sans aucun signe de sympathie, et l’a quitté subitement pour rentrer au palais présidentiel, lui tournant le dos et le laissant là seul. Des millions de spectateurs à la télé, qui suivaient cette cérémonie, ont été surpris de ce manque de courtoisie. Ce n’est pas grand-chose mais ce geste mesquin me confirmait qui serait le nouveau président. En fait, j’ai constaté que Sarkozy et Hollande sont physiquement de la même hauteur mais pas de la même grandeur. Hollande s’est démontré petit, Sarkozy grand. C’était un premier signe de ce que serait l’administration Hollande.
Depuis, les socialistes ont sans cesse manifesté leur peur de Sarkozy. Ils ont voulu s’assurer de demeurer au pouvoir et qu’il ne puisse revenir actif en politique. Il est devenu l’homme à abattre et la campagne antisarkozyste s’est ré-accentuée au point qu’il a été pourchassé sans cesse par des policiers d’enquêtes policières mises sur pied par des juges d’instruction.
Je rappelle les plus importantes affaires. Karachi pour la création d’une société luxembourgeoise afin de financer la campagne Balladur : les juges l’ont libéré le qualifiant de témoin assisté. Tapie pour escroquerie en bande organisée : il a été déterminé qu’il est hors cause. Le financementlybien de sa campagne : le document de Médiapart s’est révélé un faux. Les écoutes de la police pour l’obtention par son avocat d’informations couvertes par le secret : il a été libéré de sa garde-a-vue. Le favoritisme en rapport avec des sondagesde l’Élysée : aucune mise en examen n’a été prononcée. Bettencourt pour des sommes d’argent illicites pour sa campagne : la cour a décidé d’un non-lieu. Bygmalion par laquelle il aurait bénéficié de fausses factures pour sa campagne présidentielle : l’information judiciaire est en cours.  À ce jour, chacune tourne en queue de poisson. Mais les socialistes et les médias (qui leur sont favorables) continuent de s’acharner sur lui et de ressasser constamment toutes ces affaires.
Au lieu d’agir intelligemment et de l’écouter pour savoir ce qu’il à dire, au lieu de lui reprocher un passé noir fabriqué de toute évidence de toutes pièces, au lieu de reconnaître que les français ont besoin d‘espoir et qu’ils recherchent la lueur d’un avenir plus prospère, au lieu de reconnaître qu’ils voient en lui la solution à ces problèmes, on lui cogne encore dessus.
Sarkozy a été président, il sait plus que tous qu’il n’a pas fait que des bons coups. Il a acquis une expérience inestimable et, en homme intelligent, a appris.  Au lieu de le juger sans preuves, de le salir et de remuer de la boue, il y a lieu que les français s’informent et que la presse cesse de déformer et analyse avant de conclure.
Et aujourd’hui, malgré toutes ces affaires, il revient en politique active.
Dès l’annonce de son retour, le président Hollande a ressorti ses arguments anti-Sarkozy à sa récente conférence de presse, répondant à une question sur le sujet, il a dit ne pas vouloir commenter mais a enchainé aussi vite en déblatérant contre Sarkozy avec des arguments qui ne tiennent plus. Il a encore démontré sa petitesse. Le secrétaire-général du PS, lui-même sous enquête, a ajouté hautement, sans broncher, que Sarkozy revient en politique pour cacher les fautes qu’on lui reproche. Quelle connerie ! Il faut vraiment n’avoir rien dire pour inventer continuellement de telles sottises.
Si Sarkozy est coupable d’une des affaires, celui qui le sait c’est lui. Et s’il ne l’est pas, c’est encore lui qui le sait. Ferait-il tout le travail que son engagement à la tête du parti requiert pour risquer de se voir éventuellement démettre dans la honte, s’il se sait coupable?
Il est surprenant de le voir revenir et de vouloir être le président de son parti pour lequel il a été  le principal fondateur. Constatant le désordre de sa famille politique, il le juge dans une situation précaire et a décidé de retrousser ses manches et de le remettre sur pied, dans le meilleur intérêt des membres. C’est important, car la France démocratique a besoin de bons partis politiques, bien organisés, qui représentent toutes les tendances d’idées et d’opinions. Il est important que les membres des partis puissent participer à l’élaboration de leur programme politique et au choix de leurs dirigeants. Et pour ce faire pleinement, le parti doit être bien structuré, vivant, dynamique et en bonne santé financière.
Même si cela semble bizarre qu’un ancien président de la république française veuille revenir à la base en reprenant la tête de son parti dans « une marche qui sera longue » pour lui donner une orientation nouvelle et moderne, je trouve cela rafraîchissant. Nicolas Sarkozy voudra fort probablement, par la suite, redevenir son candidat présidentiel afin de diriger à nouveau la nation. C’est une autre chose que nous pourrons juger au moment du choix du candidat.
Aujourd’hui, on peut reconnaître que Sarkozy ne fait pas les choses comme les autres et qu’il exprime une ferveur, un zèle, une ardeur et un enthousiasme hors de l’ordinaire. Il a avec lui l’intérêt populaire, comme le démontrent les chiffres mirobolants sur sa page Facebook et son lien Tweeter générés par l’annonce de sa décision.

Claude Dupras

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Posted on 21 September 2014 | 11:44 am

Mind of Dan



Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change


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Warren Kinsella



Beer commercial. Watch it.

I have never heard of this beer. I don’t even know if it actually exists. But the guys and gals who came up with this ad? They are God.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 1:36 pm

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Canadian Innovation | Elizabeth May at TEDxYYC

On Friday, June 13, I was pleased to be invited to present in Calgary at their TEDX talks. I decided to make the economic case for why it would help Canada if Obama says "no" to Keystone. It's pretty straight forward. Canada is lagging in innovation. We are falling behind the US in productivity. The evidence is clear that R and D occurs more in manufacturing than in raw resource export. But we have gone from about 60% of our exports being those with value added to 60% being raw, unprocessed, without value added. It's not an argument we hear much in Canada and I hope you'll find it interesting.

Canadian Innovation | Elizabeth May at TEDxYYC

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:26 am