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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 someth… . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: True freedom fighters welcome dissent – Be at peace Pete Seeger

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, . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: True freedom fighters welcome dissent – Be at peace Pete Seeger

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 conspi… . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: All these train derailments making pipelines an easier sell….

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

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 inconsistent en tabernac. It allows the wearing of a “small” crucifix and does not include the removal of the very large crucifix hanging in Québec’s National Assembly.  So a huge crucifix remains in a public government place, and I guess we’ll have public employees going around with rulers to measure the size of crosses worn like jewelry. 
My wife views the wearing of a head scarf as another attempt by men to dominate women by forcing them to cover their heads.  I don’t disagree with her, yet I know there are Muslim women who wear the hijab of their own volition.  My issue is with enforcement.

What if a woman working in the public service wears a head scarf because of hair loss due to something like chemotherapy?  Is that head scarf okay because it doesn’t have any religious significance? Could a Muslim woman claim that the head covering she is wearing is about fashion and has nothing to do her faith?

Banning kippas and turbans?  I guess that was a requirement to avoid being totally inconsistent with this law. One couldn’t very well ban head scarves on women without the same type of measure being applied to men.
My view is it takes time, that legislation of this type won’t work. Women have been fighting an uphill battle to be treated equally for centuries.  Heck Québec women didn’t get the right to vote until 1940.  Muslim women suffering from a male dominated culture need to take up the battle themselves, as women did here with the suffrage movement.  Having the government telling citizens what they can and can’t wear on their heads is as bad as men doing the same thing with their wives and daughters.  

. . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Charter of Québec values – Racist or pro-feminist?

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Charter of Québec values – Racist or pro-feminist?

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 churches are supposed to be about?

Rome needs someone to lead, well Gordie is the man you need representing God. I will help the Vatican deal with many of the thorny issues it is now confronting.

Sexual abuse
Under my Papacy all those who bring forward allegations of abuse against RC priests will receive financial compensation. In fact I will take whatever amount is asked for and triple it. Some might scoff and claim this initiative will lead to bogus claims of abuse, and it probably will. But there was this guy a few years back who said something about giving to everyone who asks and to walk three miles when asked to go one. I think his name was Jesus. Will this bankrupt the church? Quite likely, and that brings me to the second plank in my Papal platform.

Cleaning up corruption
As everyone knows, money is always at the root of corruption scandals, even in churches. Get rid of the money and there’s no incentive to engage in nefarious scheming. Emptying the coffers and selling off buildings, real estate, relics and anything else of value to compensate for priests who sexually abused children will mean there is precious little do ré mi left.

Homosexuality
Back when the Bible was being written a prohibition on homosexuality made sense. God’s directive back in ancient times was to be fruitful and multiply, which is hard to do for a species such as ours if those being fruitful are doing it in a, errr…fruity way. Now however there is no such imperative, and let’s face it, in the animal kingdom God created, homosexuality is rampant. Even with Pitt Bulls: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gay-pitbull-saved-death-article-1.1252264.

God is supposed to be forgiving, and all those priests tossed in jail for molesting boys shouldn’t have their punishment compounded by having certain leisure time activities behind bars labelled as sinful. And if a prison romance turns serious, shucks, I’ll let ’em get married.

Birth Control
As noted previously, the be fruitful and multiply directive came out when the Earth’s population numbered just two, Adam and Eve. Under my leadership the Holy See will declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ on this whole multiplying idea. At seven billion or so I think we’ve overachieved on God’s plan, so condoms and birth control pills for all. Sorry but I don’t know how to pilot a fighter jet, so I won’t be able to do the GW Bush thing and land on an aircraft carrier to make this announcement. Instead well hang a vertical ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner from the obelisk in St. Peter’s square, a fitting gesture given that its a phallic symbol after all.

So there ya have it boys, the new and improved Roman Catholic Church as led by Pope Gordie. I’ll resign once the church is broke, provided you agree to replace me with a woman.

Shouldn’t take more than a year or two.

. . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: When I am elected Pope‏

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: When I am elected Pope‏

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Can the French language survive in Québec?

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

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Canada’s prison plans – Following a failed US example?

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 . . . → Read More: MadLibMadLib: Jim Lehrer, He’s Such a Nice Guy

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: The Harper government’s growing say-do gap

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Who wants to make a movie depicting Judasim as a cancer?

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Memories of 9/11 the day three WTC buildings collapsed

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. . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Harper government fighting Québec’s law and order efforts‏

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. . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: I’ve never been a huge fan of Marineland anyway…

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: EI changes nudge Canada further to the right

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

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: A nickle for your thoughts? No more pennies allowed

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

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Dépanneur owner whose store was vandalized should learn to speak French

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. . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Robocall scam provided employment…in Canada!!!