Canadian Soapbox: True freedom fighters welcome dissent – Be at peace Pete Seeger

The United States, in fact the entire world lost a great man when Pete Seeger died on January 27th of this year.  I was away and missed the news, only learning of the folk music legend’s passing yesterday.  For some reason I’ve been on something of a Pete Seeger binge the past couple of months, ...

Canadian Soapbox: True freedom fighters welcome dissent – Be at peace Pete Seeger

The United States, in fact the entire world lost a great man when Pete Seeger died on January 27th of this year.  I was away and missed the news, only learning of the folk music legend’s passing yesterday.  For some reason I’ve been on something of a Pete Seeger binge the past couple of months, ...

Canadian Soapbox: All these train derailments making pipelines an easier sell….

Lac Megantic, Alberta, North Dakota, New Brunswick…it seems we can’t go a week these days without a train tragedy happening involving rail cars carrying crude oil.   A buddy of mine brought this up, given that I’m admittedly something of a conspiracy buff, but to that point it hadn’t even occurred to me what a ...

Canadian Soapbox: All these train derailments making pipelines an easier sell….

Lac Megantic, Alberta, North Dakota, New Brunswick…it seems we can’t go a week these days without a train tragedy happening involving rail cars carrying crude oil.   A buddy of mine brought this up, given that I’m admittedly something of a conspiracy buff, but to that point it hadn’t even occurred to me what a ...

Canadian Soapbox: Charter of Québec values – Racist or pro-feminist?

There’s a bit of a divide in this Québec household, my wife and I disagree over Québec’s proposed values charter.  Given that you’re reading this I’ll assume you know about the proposed law, so I’ll refrain from rehashing it.   My view is that this law is an ass and unenforceable, besides which it is ...

Canadian Soapbox: Charter of Québec values – Racist or pro-feminist?

There’s a bit of a divide in this Québec household, my wife and I disagree over Québec’s proposed values charter.  Given that you’re reading this I’ll assume you know about the proposed law, so I’ll refrain from rehashing it.   My view is that this law in an ass and unenforceable, besides which it is ...

Canadian Soapbox: When I am elected Pope‏

With the Cardinals now in Conclave, (I thought St. Louis had their spring training in Florida) I figured it would be a good idea to outline the initiatives I will enact when I become Pope. Yes, I know I’m not Roman Catholic and my election will represent something of a miracle. But then aren’t miracles what ...

Canadian Soapbox: When I am elected Pope‏

With the Cardinals now in Conclave, (I thought St. Louis had their spring training in Florida) I figured it would be a good idea to outline the initiatives I will enact when I become Pope. Yes, I know I’m not Roman Catholic and my election will represent something of a miracle. But then aren’t miracles what ...

Canadian Soapbox: Can the French language survive in Québec?

Bonjour mes chers lecteurs, greetings dear readers.  This blog posting comes to you from a Tim Hortons in the north end of Quebec City, one with wifi access.  I ordered myself a grande café with un crème and un edulcorant, I also had a beigne.  For those scratching their heads, that’s a large coffee with ...

Canadian Soapbox: Silent no more on ‘Idle No More’

I haven’t written anything on the ‘Idle No More’ movement yet, not because I haven’t been following it, but becaue the issues at stake are incredibly complex and answers are anything but easy. We’re talking about treaty rights here of course, treaties that were signed back when Canada was in its infancy.  Obviously the world ...

Canadian Soapbox: Canada’s prison plans – Following a failed US example?

It has fallen off the radar of late, our current government’s plan to increase Canada’s prison population by expanding the prison system.  Capacity is being increased substantially while laws have been changed to ensure more people are incarcerated and for longer periods of time. Much of this happened without much in the way of debate ...

MadLibMadLib: Jim Lehrer, He’s Such a Nice Guy

Seen on Facebook: It wasn’t Lehrer’s fault, aside from not keeping the segments to 15 minutes. The rules were set by the Commission on Presidential Debates and he was (very nearly) following them. He clearly stated that following the initial two-minute answer there would be a back-and-forth between the candidates (presumably for the remaining 11 ...

Canadian Soapbox: The Harper government’s growing say-do gap

We Canadians are a forgiving lot, we elect governments all the time that back track and flip flop on election promises…then we elect them again. Pierre Trudeau campaigned against wage and price controls, then brought them in.  Brian Mulroney  said he had no interest in pursuing a free trade agreement with the United States before ...

Canadian Soapbox: Who wants to make a movie depicting Judasim as a cancer?

I saw maybe half of Sasha Baron Cohen’s movie ‘ Borat’, I thought it was ignorant and stupid. When his latest movie, `The Dictator’ was released I watched the trailers and took a pass.  Jokes and gags about racial, religious and cultural stereotypes aimed at marginalized segments of our society don’t hold much appeal.  Do ...

Canadian Soapbox: Memories of 9/11 the day three WTC buildings collapsed

Like everyone who was alive and of a certain age on September 11, 2001 I have vivid memories of that day. I was at my office in downtown Toronto when I first heard of a plane hitting the north WTC tower.  I remember President George W. Bush saying that after seeing the first plane crash ...

Canadian Soapbox: Harper government fighting Québec’s law and order efforts‏

The federal long gun registry is back in the news.  Québec has just won an injunction preventing the federal government from destroying the long gun registry, and has given Ottawa 30 days to comply by handing over the data collected on Québec gun owners. Those employed in law enforcement are happy no doubt.  (CBC Story ...

Canadian Soapbox: I’ve never been a huge fan of Marineland anyway…

I’ve been to Marineland once, and also to Seaworld in Orlando on one occasion as a child.  I won’t be going back.  And frankly, I wish I’d never gone in the first place. By now you’ve likely heard about the allegations of poor conditions and sick animals at the Niagara Falls area attraction. The Toronto ...

Canadian Soapbox: The 8-8 fire at the Freedom Tower that wasn’t. A failed conspiracy?

When I first saw reports of a fire on the 88th floor of New York’s new Freedom Tower, built to replace the twin towers…well let’s just say it caught my attention. On the 8th day of the 8th month on the 88th floor a fire was reported just before 8 am.  That certainly is a ...

Canadian Soapbox: University of California Prof and author calls Sikh temple bombing ‘Christian Terrorism’…and I agree

A funny thing happens when people get old, many lose their sense of fairness.  Something you hear from children almost every day is: “That’s not fair”, and oftentimes they’re one hundred per cent right. Of course they’re just kids, and as we grow older many of us come to accept that the world isn’t fair, ...

Canadian Soapbox: EI changes nudge Canada further to the right

For the majority of Canadians, those who identify themselves as centre-left on the political spectrum, the announced changes to EI show further evidence of Canada evolving into a more and more Conservative nation.  Hrmmm, maybe I shouldn’t capitalize in this case, we’re actually becoming more ‘small c’ conservative in my view. The proposed changes…pfffft, its ...

Canadian Soapbox: What are the changes to EI? Harper government says ‘trust us’

I’ve been reading about proposed changes to EI legislation, with speculation rampant that benefits will become harder to qualify for, particularly for those who repeatedly access the program. Okay, fair enough. I don’t consider myself an extremist on any issue, and that includes social programs like EI.  I’m certain that some on the left will ...

Canadian Soapbox: A nickle for your thoughts? No more pennies allowed

Finally!!!  No more useless pennies.  No doubt there will be  much hand wringing and finger pointing about today’s federal budget.  There always is, especially during times of constraint.  Everyone’s laundry list of things to cut is different, while some don’t care whether the budget is balanced at all.  For the record, I do like to ...

Canadian Soapbox: Enough with the attack ads already, we get it….

Okay, okay…Canadians from coast to coast to coast should finally understand by now.  There is one, and only one person who is fit to serve as this nation’s Prime Minister.  That person is Stephen Harper, message received. Stephane Dion wasn’t worth the risk, Michael Ignatieff was only in it for himself, and now Bob Rae ...

Canadian Soapbox: Dépanneur owner whose store was vandalized should learn to speak French

The owner of a Verdun depanneur had his store vanadalized after a series of events resulting from his inability or unwillingness to speak French. CTV is reporting (HERE) that Anthony Williams, owner of a convenience store east of Montreal, has seen a drop in his business after a confrontation with a customer last week because he wasn’t ...

Canadian Soapbox: Robocall scam provided employment…in Canada!!!

Canadians upset over the RoboCall scandal need to look at this another way.  With our sputtering economy and record high levels of debt, a strategy like this provides jobs.  Sure, call centre jobs aren’t the highest paying or most secure….but at least the CPC didn’t hire a company that make calls out of India or  something. Its now ...