On Friday, we learned that the RCMP will not be laying charges against Nigel Wright for writing a cheque to Mike Duffy in the amount of some $90,000 and change. The CPC, and the PMO, seem to think that this is some kind of exoneration. Nothing could be further from the truth. The RCMP only lays charges when they have evidence of criminal activity that is sufficiently solid to have a “reasonable expectation of conviction”. If for any reason, the evidence is insufficient to meet that bar, charges are not laid. In no respect does this mean that what (Read more…)
Monday’s landslide win by Phillipe Couillard and his Québec Liberal Party is a great sign that the idea of sovereignty may have been set aside for a long time. But I think it should lead to something more. It should lead to the federation our Founders wanted but has often wavered from this principle, especially under Stephen Harper.
At the outset, I have to say that with the win, the new
When I was a kid, I was known for throwing hissy fits on just about anything that didn’t go my way. Now a lot of us adults probably were like that in our younger days, too, but we smartened up. In that vein, though, I have to wonder if Eve Adams was like that as a child, because lately she’s been at the edge of losing it – and her party’s respect too.
Adams started out as a bright light in an
Another good (and bad) week for common decency.
1) Freedom of religion. That’s the excuse a lot of business owners used well into the 1970s when they refused service to Blacks, Asians and Native Americans. So it was good to hear Gov. Janice Brewer of Arizona veto the so-called “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed people to do business with gays and lesbians. It followed the
In a decision that surprised me, a Southern federal judge overturned Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen also ruled that the state also had to start respecting the laws of 17 other states and Washington DC that permit the practice. This marks the first time a Confederate state has joined the bandwagon of equality. (Read the decision in Bostic v.
The revelation this week that CSEC has the capability to monitor the movements of Canadians simply by gathering some metadata from the traffic that goes by on public networks raises a lot of interesting questions that are worth discussing.
In an e-mail conversation on the matter, the following question was raised:
And I see that in a debate in the House today Nicholson (Defence) says that the documents don't support that Canadians were targeted. But if WIFI generally is being monitored how can Canadians avoid not being targeted?
It's a good and legitimate question. One that I wish had (Read more…)
It is a new year. Some small sliver of optimism remains -
If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.
From (Read more…)
The Parliamentary Press Gallery, apparently as seen, sort of, but not quite, by Preston Manning. New ethical guidelines required? Doubtful. Below: The founder and namesake of the Calgary-Based Manning Centre; Senator Mike Duffy.
Let me get this straight: the founder and namesake of the Manning Centre presumes to lecture Ottawa’s Parliamentary Press Gallery on a supposed dearth of ethics because one disreputable Conservative Senator was once a member of the exclusive journalistic club and another worked as part of the Fourth Estate?
Preston Manning, the godfather of the Canadian Organized Right who acts as its chief financial matchmaker, teaming (Read more…)
“When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And (Read more…)
Whether it is the accumulation of data about your life on Facebook, your online professional profile on LinkedIn, or the location tracking features of your cellphone, there has never been more data about you available.
Some of it is “public”, some of it is definitely not. The people that operate these various facilities all argue that they have a “commercial right” to utilize the data that their various services are gathering about you.
The right to utilize data is a complicated one. First of all, who really owns it? After all, what is posted to my Facebook account is mine (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/10/ndp-ethics-chair-pat-mart_n_4421940.html
Diane Francis is a writer whose typical view of Canada is about 400 miles wide so its not surprising that in her New York Post expose, she ignores corrupt political acts in western Canada. For example, while the Confederation Bridge to PEI cost $1.3 B ($1.8 B in 2013 dollars) to cross 13km of ocean, two Fraser River bridges near Vancouver will cost the public over $6 B. Nor will she note that while BC residents pay punitive carbon taxes, BC Liberal’s largest financial supporter exports billions of dollars worth of carbon rich coal without paying carbon tax (Read more…)
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare
Organizations that aim to safeguard assets create effective operational and audit controls. They also respect codes of ethics like that of SCMA, a group of professionals working in procurement, contract administration and materials management. It states, “…members must ensure that the objectivity of their decisions is not compromised or unduly influenced by the acceptance of gifts, gratuities, or hospitalities of any kind. Members should be discerning in their business and social relationships and activities…”
Protections are particularly (Read more…)
You couldn’t get the best scriptwriters in Hollywood or Broadway to come up with this line. Rob Ford, responding this morning to numerous allegations that he hired a call girl to visit his office in Toronto (among other allegations of downing mickeys in one shot and DUI), said they were untrue. But then Ford went after one of his former assistants who talked to the police, a woman who claims
So Rob Ford has actually admitted it. He’s bought illegal drugs during the last two years. Notwithstanding that concession, 30 of 44 councillors on Toronto City Council voted to ask him to take a leave of absence. Naturally, Ford refused. He also said he still has a “coat hanger” in the closet. I’ve heard of double entendres but not that one. (Any guesses what he means? Because unless
There is no question: this generation will be held responsible for our actions, and even more, for our inaction. Apathy, complacency and denial are morally unacceptable. In fact, at this time in human history, they are nothing less than complicity in the worst of collective atrocities. We must act now. There are no more excuses. […]
At this point, I really don’t give a damn if Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did drugs. If he did it certainly hasn’t impaired his performance as a politician. What I do care about are the following:
Ford obviously has major issues. Be they mental or substance, or both, he needs to deal with them before someone really gets hurt. His city has an excellent benefits package that includes
I couldn’t believe it when I heard it on the radio this morning. On the first day of the debate regarding the Reply to the Speech from the Throne, Stephen Harper doesn’t face off against Tom Mulcair — by tradition it’s the Opposition Leader that starts the debate. Nope. Harper hightails it to Brussels to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union.
The recent passing of Dr. Donald Low, who guided Toronto through the SARS crisis in 2003, unexpectedly sparked a revival of the difficult issue of assisted suicide when his widow, CBC alumna and medical expert Maureen Taylor, released Low’s final home video where he asked Canadians to consider what it would be like to live in his body — rapidly degenerating — for twenty-four hours.
After shifting his focus in recent months, Alex Tsakumis is blogging again and getting ready to launch yourshow.ca as a 3-hour a day webcast on politics, media and other current affairs. A segment of AGT’s Thursday post caught my eye. He described a moment in the recent Legislative session when Minister of Children and Family Development Cadieux was thanking her crew for loyal service. Alex’s words,
“…Cadieux singled out “Lisa Leslie,” who, let me confirm, is Sean Leslie’s wife. The Minister thought nothing of (painfully) pointing out Sean Leslie’s glaring conflict of interest (he is required to cover, (Read more…)
Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics.
Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia
Greetings gentle readers, should we not consider the first 9/11 and also mourn for its victims? The first 9/11 essentially ruined Chile as a country; Chile was thrown backward into dictatorial hell where thousand of its citizens were systematically abducted, tortured and murdered. Why we choose not to mourn Chile’s 9/11 is because we caused it and thus it must be erased from the historical record ASAP.
Let’s let Noam Chomsky get us up to speed on the sad state of our intellectual elites and their reaction to 9/11(s). (italics and bolding mine)
If the responsibility (Read more…)
Link to copy of original job offer
With the UK and the United States arguing that it’s time to take action against Syria, it seems a good time to consider the consequences of such involvement from the NATO powers.
On general principles, I do not believe that there is a particularly strong case for any of the NATO countries to inject themselves into the situation in Syria.
At the core of the argument for American involvement is the moral claim that Syria’s government is attacking its citizens. This is not particularly surprising as a claim, and superficially seems like a fair argument for some kind of (Read more…)