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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Nothing partisan, I assure you. But it’s obvious that unless hell freezes over we’re looking at a minority situation – no one will get the magic number of 170. This is what I think will happen Monday:

Liberals – 143 Conservatives – 135 NDP – 51 Bloc – 8 Green – 1

I simply think . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Nothing partisan, I assure you. But it’s obvious that unless hell freezes over we’re looking at a minority situation – no one will get the magic number of 170. This is what I think will happen Monday: Liberals – 143 Conservatives – 135 NDP – 51 Bloc -… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: The Senate and transgenders

To my knowledge, I have never met a transgendered person in my life. That does not mean I don’t have respect or compassion for those who live the sex opposite of the one they are by birth, or for those who decide to take it to its logical conclusion and have sex reassignment surgery.

Our . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: The Senate and transgenders

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: The Senate and transgenders

To my knowledge, I have never met a transgendered person in my life. That does not mean I don’t have respect or compassion for those who live the sex opposite of the one they are by birth, or for those who decide to take it to its logical conclusion an… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: The Senate and transgenders

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Do we value women or don’t we?

I haven’t had much to say since the shootings on Parliament Hill back in October, but today’s news that Jian Ghomeshi is facing three new charges, all from three new women who previously kept silent, is making me ask who we are as a society and why some people are allowed to get away with . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Do we value women or don’t we?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Tim Horton’s Farce

Am I the only one in Hamilton who’s embarrassed by the Tim Horton’s Field debacle? The stadium, which really never should have been built on the site of the old Ivor Wynne to begin with, was supposed to open at the end of the month. Now it won’t now be ready until September, maybe not . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Tim Horton’s Farce

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Federalism wins with Senate decision

When Stephen Harper tried to go about his ideas about Senate reform, his belief was that one could have Senate elections and fixed terms without the consent of the provinces. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada reaffirmed that Canada is a federation, not a unitary state like France and not a devolved state like Spain. . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Federalism wins with Senate decision

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: With the new Québec government, the provinces should push back

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 . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: With the new Québec government, the provinces should push back

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Future posting

I haven’t gone away, I’m still very much here. Sometime in the next few days, I’ll be making a very personal diary entry. But it’s something I’ve wanted to say for a while. When I do write it and post it here, I hope you’ll understand.

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: "Free to Be" — 40 years on

For what I think will be my last post of the year, I wanted to reflect on something I heard about a couple of weeks ago — the 40th anniversary of Free to Be… You and Me and the impact it had on a generation of kids. Including me, who was born the year the . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: "Free to Be" — 40 years on

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Canada: Sending a message to Iran, or giving up on it?

Following up on my previous post regarding Canada’s sudden decision to completely sever ties with Iran, I have these extended thoughts on why this was way too fast and too sudden. Five days after the announcement, there’s still no indication on who Canada has in mind to be a protecting power. If the Cons have . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Canada: Sending a message to Iran, or giving up on it?