Thanks for the Memories....
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.
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.....
Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am
Canada helps kick off climate talks in Paris
Posted on 30 November 2015 | 9:28 pm
Canada’s message at COP21
Posted on 24 November 2015 | 4:19 pm
Paris Climate Conference, John Robson on gun rights & more
Posted on 1 December 2015 | 3:19 pm
Going to be a long 4 years (for Conservative supporters)
You might have caught a while back that interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose promised her party would use a “new tone” now that they were in opposition, implying the nasty personal smear attacks were a thing of the past.
Apparently, Conservative MP Candice Bergen didn’t get that memo when she posted this to Twitter last night.
They really are taking this election result hard. You can also see it in the Conservative supporters on social media. Take for example this CTV/Nanos poll today that showed a large majority – nearly 74% – of Canadians felt that Justin Trudeau had the qualities of a good leader. According to Conservatives, that poll [...]
Posted on 17 November 2015 | 4:38 pm
When the Hole Exceeds the Scum of its Parts
Posted on 29 November 2015 | 9:10 pm
Can Postmedia Be Trusted?
Posted on 30 November 2015 | 4:51 pm
Thanks to FruitShare, you can watch Just Eat It for free!
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Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and Vice-President of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
Posted on 27 November 2015 | 9:57 pm
Jim Goad: Barking mad at Black Lives Matter
Posted on 30 November 2015 | 11:30 am
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
"Credit where credit is due." - Oil Sands Companies Demonstrate Leadership On Climate Change = Ezra's PISSED !!
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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 22, 2015) - Four of Canada's largest oil sands producers have come together to demonstrate leadership on climate change. Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Cenovus Energy Inc., Shell Canada Limited and Suncor Energy Inc., support the Government of Alberta's climate plan related to the oil and natural gas industry, which includes a carbon pricing regime coupled with an overall emissions limit for the oil sands. These measures provide predictability and certainty and will help ensure that producers can responsibly develop and grow this significant Canadian resource while also addressing global concerns about climate change.
The companies agree that this is a historic development for Alberta and Canada that will change the conversation about climate change, oil sands and infrastructure. They are proud to have worked with leading environmental organizations to better understand each other's views and recommend solutions for the oil and natural gas industry that helped inform the policy.
By directing revenue generated from the new carbon pricing regime towards the development of potentially game-changing greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction technologies, this made-in-Alberta plan lays the foundation for the province to become a global leader in addressing the climate change challenge. It also creates the conditions for Alberta's oil to become carbon competitive on the global stage and for Canadians to begin receiving full value for their oil exports.
By demonstrating that Alberta is willing to lead the way with an ambitious climate plan, the province can become a preferred source for oil and create sustained wealth and jobs for future generations of Albertans and Canadians.
Press ProgressEzra Levant: "Oil companies do not represent the oil industry"
Posted on 23 November 2015 | 4:13 am
Through the Cat Flap
Posted on 30 November 2015 | 2:00 pm
Toronto's Animal Services By-Laws Are Broken
The noise isn't what you'd expect; it's not sirens, construction or hipsters complaining about the lack of craft beers in Toronto, it's Buddy the rottweiler. Starved for attention and warmth, Buddy (given this name by the surrounding neighbours -- we're not sure of his real name) howls and barks for hours on end.
The closest neighbour and her husband feed him treats and pet him through the fence as he anxiously pushes his cold and wet nose against their hands, as if it's new to him. I've heard the stories of how sweet Buddy is, and how he's an amazing looking pure breed, but in 4.5 years of living here I've never seen him first hand. Buddy's owners don't proudly walk their gorgeous dog, and he never rushes to the door if you knock. The fact is the owners never answer the door. Either they're never there or they're tired of receiving neighbour complaints about Buddy. He's out there in that backyard, rain or shine, cold or hot and rarely goes inside. Buddy eventually tires himself out and falls asleep in his un-insulated doghouse around 10-11 p.m. and the neighbourhood calms down.
As a dog-loving human, I obviously began to show concern for Buddy. I chatted with the surrounding neighbours about their experiences and learned that nearly everyone in the area has made a noise complaint about the poor guy. But, as I learned, unless you start gathering evidence and take the owners to court on your own dime, the city won't do anything more than issue a complaint letter about the noise, over and over. So I decided to take it one step further. I jumped right to an animal abuse complaint and here's where it gets sad.
According to animal services, they've already made a visit to the home and their report shows the owners have complied to all City of Toronto regulations in regards to dog ownership. In the backyard, in which Buddy spends his entire life, he has "everything he needs." A doghouse, given it has no insulation or a door and has "access to the home" through a doggie door. The animal services rep I spoke to eluded to the fact that "if the dog doesn't choose to use the doggie door, there's nothing they can do" (however the fact that it's locked from the inside, or too big to fit, holds no merit).
The dog appears to be well fed and in no way unhealthy. However, Buddy is obviously lacking human contact, daily walks and most importantly love and attention. His owners ignore him each day and show zero concern for him or the neighbours. In their eyes, and with City approval, they're doing nothing wrong.
Tonight, like every night, he'll howl and bark himself to sleep with nothing more than a crappy, cold, store-bought doghouse and apparently, according to the City of Toronto, that's all he needs. I can't help but ask myself how this is okay and enough for a dog that will sadly and eventually be labeled a "local pest." He'll be known as that annoying dog on our street that barks all day and should be put down or taken away from his owners, and that's not his fault. My neighbours and I in no way endorse Buddy being put down, from what I hear from his immediate neighbours that have contact with him he's a sweet boy. But he's certainly not getting "everything he needs." Buddy needs attention, love, compassion, and a family.
The City of Toronto won't help Buddy or improve his quality of life, end of story.
There is an important lesson to be learned here and it's a short, easy one. If you can't give an animal a good life, don't get one. The next time you see that cute pug or French bulldog on the street and your inner parent screams " I LIKE, WANT A DOG SOOOO DAMN BAD" first ask yourself if your dog would have a life like Buddy's or a life filled with the attention and love a dog deserves.
To make a complaint or suggestion about the city's standards of animal abuse, contact your local MP or The City of Toronto's animal services department via 311.
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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 5:14 pm
Facebook’s “Most Used Words” App Accused Of Stealing Personal Data
“Most Used Words On Facebook” App Collects Lot Of Your Personal Information
by Kavita Iyer
As originally posted on: TechWorm
November 30, 2015
Facebook newest application not only wrecks personal space but is making users wondering if it’s worth it. The “What Are Your Most Used Words on Facebook?” app created by a South Korean company named Vonvon displays a “word cloud” based on your frequently used words in past status messages, and assembles them into a picture that shows the most common ones in a larger size. The application might seem like fun at first, but UK-based VPN company Comparitech warns that it is a “privacy nightmare.”
According to Comparitech, which first reported the privacy issues says that the app has been shared over 16 million times. The site wrote “That’s over 16 million people who agreed to give up almost every private detail about themselves to a company they likely know nothing about.”
In order to make the application work, basically you need to grant the application access. In other words, when a Facebook user signs up to use the app, he or she agrees to give the “What Are Your Most Used Words on Facebook?” app permission to collect your IP address, profile picture, age, friends list, posts, posts you are tagged in, birthday, education history, hometown, likes, photos and more. This data can be stored on Vonvon’s servers anywhere across the world.
There is growing concern among Facebook users after they have discovered that the applications needs additional access to personal stuff like photos, posted movies and even conversations. While the application is quite invasive by nature, no one spared a thought to think if sharing your personal data is worth the trouble.
While there is no clarity as to what the site is doing with the information, but it makes clear that it can sell the information to anybody that it wants without giving you any notification and that simply using the app means that you have given your permission for them to do so.
While we are not sure if this application is worthy to access our Facebook profile, one thing is clear though that one has to be extra cautious and be doubly sure before allowing any application to access your Facebook profile.
Posted on 1 December 2015 | 6:01 am
Andrew Coyne: Any role Canada might play in Paris is strictly for show
Posted on 1 December 2015 | 2:06 am
Russia’s Failed Adventure in Syria
Posted on 1 December 2015 | 1:30 pm
NDP Clearest Alternative, Globe & Mail Is Loathe To Admit
Canadians will be asked to choose between political stability and renewal - G&M states here that we currently have political stability. Funny, since when do these mean political stability?:
- subverting democracy (Bill C-51, Bill C-377, Bill C-23 among many others, cheating in elections)
- racking up the most debt of a Canadian government ever,
- running a deficit for most of their time
- balancing a budget only by looting from the EI fund
- ignoring the urgent issue of Climate Change
- focusing our economy on the oil extraction industry to the great detriment to the manufacturing industry.
- corruption and cronyism
- warmongering instead of peacekeeping
- and the list goes on.
A more accurate line would be:
Canadians will be asked to choose between gross fiscal mismanagement & the brink of fascism, and stability & democracy.
Pollster Nik Nanos said the NDP has staked out the clearest policy positions in opposition to the Conservative Party, while the Liberals have a more nuanced approach.
- Okay, these were probably Nik Nanos' words but using "nuanced" here is a nice way of saying that the Liberal policy positions are mainly just like the Conservatives, except for when they try to copy some of the NDP policies to try to steal their support. History shows that time and again, the Liberals, whose policies mirror (especially more recently) those of the Conservatives, always campaign on the left only to toss these left leaning policies to the wind if they win the election.
The NDP has been working hard to reassure Canadians its economic policies would be largely in line with those of the current government. The biggest change proposed by the NDP is to increase corporate taxes, although party officials said the planned rate, to be revealed in coming months, would be “reasonable.”
- Actually, the NDP has been working hard to show Canadians that its economic policies would NOT be in line with those of the current government. The NDP plans to NOT waste money on more and bigger prisons (not needed as the crime rate has been steadily dropping), unnecessary/problematic/costly jets, corporate welfare, unaccountable missing $3.1 billion, and many other porky Conservative pies. NDP governments, on average, have a much better fiscal record than Conservatives.
Party officials said the NDP is looking for candidates with an economic background who could serve as ministers of finance or industry. The recent upswing in the polls could make that easier.
- It may well be that the NDP is looking for more candidates with economic backgrounds, but they already have a number of MPs with economic backgrounds. And unmentioned here is Erin Weir, who has been suggested as a potential Finance Minister.
While both parties want to replace the Conservatives, their partisans have been at one another’s throats. Last week, the Liberals suggested Mr. Mulcair’s flirtation with the Conservatives in 2007 undermined the NDP’s promises to clean up the environment.
- The G&M fails to mention that this has been debunked a number of times, including recently by some high-up Conservatives.
- And "undermined the NDP's promises to clean up the environment"? The facts on this story actually result in boosting the NDP's seriousness about cleaning up the environment.
I'll leave you with a few choice comments made after the G&M news item (these are all in the top ten most liked comments, and from the G&M readers no less!):
Mr Leblanc's first paragraph is flawed, or the poll was flawed. The choice is not between "change" and "stability." It is between "change" and "no change." I certainly would neither call what our economy had gone through in the last year as anything approaching stability, nor would I call the government actions in domestic and foreign policy as stabilizing.
My wife and I are in the over 65 age group and for the first time ever will be voting NDP as we have seen never ending corruption with the Libs and Cons for way too many years. Many of our friends have also decided to vote NDP as it is clearly time to send a big message to all elected officials, the voters are fed up and will not take it anymore and you will be forced to understand this come the election.
choose between political stability and renewal,..........
Nope......It's choosing between getting a country back to sanity...or carrying on with the most corrupt, crooked, manipulative crew of PROVEN liars and cheats This country has ever been controlled by .....A government rife with contempt, disrespect.....There have never been so many from a political party involved in fraud, lies, election irregularities...legal proceedings, and criminal investigations...ever.....
Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Porter, Grestein, Stewart/Olsen, Wright, LeBreton, PMO staff
A LONG list of crooks......
It's about voting OUT crooks and taking the nation back from the brink of fascism!!
the first sentence claims there is a choice between change and political stability. Huh? If the government loses an election in Canada, that does not mean there is less stability.
By the Globe's definition of that term..I guess North Korea has the most political stability of all.
Posted on 8 July 2015 | 5:47 pm
The Alberta Climate Plan: Is Ezra Levant Right?
But Keystone is dead. So we're down to Northern Gateway and Transmountain. Does the plan buy them either? Well, the Trudeau government is going to formally ban oil tankers along B.C.'s North coast, so Northern Gateway is still dead. What about Transmountain? Well, a lot of the opposition to this line has nothing to with climate change, and of course there is a faction in the enviro community who would like the oil-sands shut down regardless of any commitments to better behavior the province and the oil companies might make. They won't be swayed. So maybe Transmountain goes through, or maybe not, but even if so it will be years down the line and billions spent along the proposed route to grease the skids before its open. And who knows whether the market will need it by then.
And that's the only prize Alberta gets...potentially...from the whole endeavor. So: good for the planet, good for Canada, but arguably not so great for Alberta.
Posted on 24 November 2015 | 12:11 am
Lord Moncton's prediction of Harper's defeat and why Tony Abbot was dumped
Posted on 1 December 2015 | 2:38 am
Open Mandate Letters
Posted on 16 November 2015 | 4:30 pm
MSNBC dubs popular majority-supported refugee bill “EXTREME,” of course
Posted on 20 November 2015 | 7:52 pm
Monday Morning Links
- Jordan Brennan studies the relationship between corporate taxes and the economy, and finds that the promise of growth in exchange for corporate giveaways has proven entirely illusory.
- Andy McSmith looks at another of the consequences of the trend toward corporate control, as the UK has seen the pay gap between CEOs and everybody else increase by leaps and bounds. And Nora Loreto highlights the need for the labour movement to lead the charge against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other agreements intended to entrench the power of business against mere citizens.
- Tania Kohut reports on Campaign 2000's latest study (PDF) showing that Canada's rate of child poverty has increased in the decades since our MPs agreed unanimously to eradicate it. And Steve Buist reports on new research showing the connection between poverty, class, health and mortality in Hamilton.
- Andreas Malm discusses the futility of the non-binding non-targets at the centre of the Paris climate change negotiations. And Eric Doherty writes that the only hope for a real shift in climate change policy is the prospect of a far stronger social movement demanding better.
- Finally, Ben Worthy points out the pattern of government contempt for the concept of public access to information. And Dean Beeby reports that in keeping with that cynical view of accountability, the Libs have repudiated their promises of open government, instead setting up a lengthy review process designed to ensure that the public's demand for change now doesn't turn into meaningful policy improvements down the road.
Posted on 30 November 2015 | 4:30 pm
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"
Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm
Un monde sans race
Posted on 3 October 2015 | 3:47 pm
So much for change south of the border.
Now it is just more of the same, regardless of who ultimately wins:
See this for a good, succinct, explanation of the problem Lessig is trying to solve
Posted on 3 November 2015 | 6:10 am
In this week’s Hill Times: help wanted
Posted on 1 December 2015 | 1:02 pm