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
Q4 2015 Results
Posted on 1 February 2016 | 10:03 pm
Twitter’s new “Trust and Safety Council” is a disaster for free speech — so what’s REALLY behind it?
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 3:09 pm
Helping The Homeless and Street Youth in Brantford/ across Canada on Feb 20th
I just wanted to mention that for the 2nd year in a row, I’m participating in a charity walk on Feb 20th called “Coldest Night Of The Year”. It is a 2k/5k/10k walk that is raising $ for 2 worthy organizations: The Why Not Youth Centre (which helps street kids and other kids have a safe haven – and also teaches them some life skills too) as well for the Brantford Welcome-In-Resource Centre – which is the fancy name for the Brantford Homeless Shelter, (though they do much more then that).
The team I am on (Red Warmth) is doing pretty well; we’re in 2nd place in Brantford and smashed [...]
Posted on 5 February 2016 | 7:29 pm
Sunny ways, continued
Posted on 7 February 2016 | 4:37 pm
Ban Microbeads Now
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 4:10 pm
Laurentian shows Paris is about all of us
|I hereby pledge...|
Posted on 29 January 2016 | 4:14 am
‘I have always regarded Japan as a sick and stunted little hellhole’
Posted on 12 February 2016 | 1:47 pm
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
Notes After New Hampshire
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:00 pm
Canada's No-Fly List May Erode Security Rather Than Enhance It
The little hockey fan from Markham, Ont. is still extremely upset that he almost missed out on attending an NHL game in the U.S. because his name is the same of a person on Canada's so-called 'no-fly list,' which prevents individuals with suspected ties to terror from boarding planes.
This case of mistaken identity has plagued the family since Adam was a toddler, according to his mother, Khadija Cajee.
"We don't want him to grow up feeling like he's under suspicion for the rest of his life," says Cajee. "We feel like second class citizens because of this."
Ill-conceived measures, like the no-fly list must be made smarter so they do not target the innocent.
Since the Ahmed family went public with their story, 21 others have spoken up to say that they, too, have children wrongly identified by the no-fly list. Cajee knows of at least 20 more families who remain silent for fear of government, or public, reprisal. All have experienced security hassles and delays at Canadian airports and some have even missed flights. The problem is beyond the control of airlines, our sources tell us. Once a name is flagged, airport counter staff are locked out of the system until they call a government agency to have the block lifted.
However, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale recently told CBC Radio he can't even say whether the no-fly list has ever actually prevented a real terror suspect from travelling.
Ill-conceived measures, like the no-fly list must be made smarter so they do not target the innocent. Otherwise, they have the ironic potential to actually erode our national security by alienating those they single out and stigmatize.
In late 2014, as media whipped up hysteria about Canadian youth leaving to join the Islamic State militia, we interviewed experts on how young people become radicalized. These experts point out that radicalization is not as great a problem here as in countries like France or Britain.
Over the past year, some 130 to 200 Canadians are known to have joined radical militias overseas, compared to more than 1,400 French and 1,600 UK citizens. Experts told us this is because Canada is a more inclusive society; immigrant and minority youth are less likely to feel alienated and powerless here -- emotions that radical recruiters exploit.
But the way the no-fly list works, with a total lack of transparency and overwhelmingly targeting just one group -- Muslims -- feelings of alienation and powerlessness are exactly what the no-fly list is causing.
When we uphold that spirit of inclusion, Canada thrives as a multicultural nation where others fail.
Zamir Khan's son Sebastien David is just 21 months-old. Like Adam, Sebastien was born in Canada but already he's been targeted at domestic airports five times. Khan, who lives with his family in London, Ont., says at first he thought it was funny, but the humour is rapidly fading. "You still feel stigmatized," said to us.
The toddlers' parents say they were told their son's name matches that of an adult on a government no-fly list. Regardless, Khan wants the ordeal to end. "I'm so glad our son is too young to know what's going on. He's Canadian through and through, but this will make him feel like an outsider."
Canadians were deservedly proud when international media gushed at the collective embrace Syrian refugees received from ordinary Canadians and political leaders alike upon their arrival at the end of last year. The country told these refugees: You are welcome; you are one of us now.
When we uphold that spirit of inclusion, Canada thrives as a multicultural nation where others fail.
Canada can improve the effectiveness of the list by adding biometric data, so children aren't penalized for having the same name as a terror suspect. And we can follow the U.S. example, ensuring there is an easy way for parents to get resolution when mistaken identities happen.
We believe an inclusive society can be as powerful a force for national security as any no-fly list.
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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 9:12 pm
Enemy takes heavy toll in attack on post
As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 11, 2016
KUNAR, Feb. 11 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked one of the enemy posts in Marawara district of Kunar province early today, targeting the installation with heavy and small arm fire. The attack went on through much of the day in which the enemy suffered heavy losses.
Posted on 12 February 2016 | 5:59 am
Andrew Coyne: We’re about to find out whether the Liberals believe their own deficit bafflegab
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 12:47 am
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
Breakfast At Longos
So a very solid 7 of 10.
Posted on 7 February 2016 | 8:17 pm
The CBC's corrupt, incestuous relationship with Trudeau's Liberal Party
... The CBC coverage of last election cycle should leave no doubt in Canadians’ minds that the CBC is the cheer-leading captain of our new governmentGraeme goes on to parse each of the 10 interview sessions with a glib, cliche spouting Trudeau in what comes off as "reality TV" orchestrated by Peter Mansbridge and CBC producers.
... notes on CBC’s incestuous ties to the LPC:- A couple of CBC executives took leave-of-absences so they could campaign with the LPC;
-The union representing many CBC journalists registered to campaign against the Conservatives last election;
- A former CBC journalist who covered federal politics recently wrote about how the new defence minister is “bad ass” is now working and writing press releases for that very same “bad ass”;
- And the LPC has promised to give the CBC an additional 150 million dollars to its one billion dollar annual subsidy (essentially bribing the network for immensely favourable coverage of Trudeau).
... evidence supporting the propaganda charge against CBC’s special, “Face to Face”, is the reality-TV-like-quality of the production. It was odd that Peter Mansbridge and producers thought it appropriate to start each interview with the repetitive camera shot of the PM’s-glossy-wooden-door-with-gilded-lettering being opened by each contestant and then Trudeau purring each time, “Welcome to the Prime Minister’s office.”
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 1:17 am
Open Mandate Letters
Posted on 16 November 2015 | 4:30 pm
America Trusts GOP on: Terrorism, Gun Control, Economy, Immigration
Posted on 17 December 2015 | 12:35 am
New column day
For further reading...
- Again, Cullen's proposal was reported on here, and discussed by Aaron Wherry here.
- Meanwhile, the Libs have presented a wide range of possibilities as to both the process and possible outcomes of electoral reform without indicating one way or the other whether they'll work with a proportional committee.
- And for those who haven't yet reviewed the Broadbent Institute's report (PDF) on both public opinion and electoral results under different systems, it's well worth a read.
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:50 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
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
20 Years ago John Perry Barlow published the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace:
Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind.
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 8:22 am
The Ottawa Citizen: with a whimper, not a bang
Posted on 11 February 2016 | 1:03 pm