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Terrorism comes at us relentlessly. To say it will never end sounds pretty pessimistic. Unfortunately, it’s reality.
Terrorism has been part of society for as long as there has been people opposed to the status quo. It will continue for the same reason.
Believe it or not, there were more terrorists attacks in the west during the seventies and eighties than since 9/11. They have become more deadly in recent times, but not more frequent.
The biggest difference between the attacks of recent times and back then is, rather than the perpetrators being from various radical groups, they are a common enemy — radical jihadists.Read More
If I was holding an event, the event’s guest list would be up to me. If I included a group like Black Lives Matter TO and gave them an honoured position that would be up to me. If the group accepted, they should behave well. If that didn’t happen, the group would not be welcome in the future.
Most reasonable people consider that to be good manners. They would also consider it to be a reasonable response to bad behaviour.
This past Sunday was the annual Pride parade in Toronto. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the parade but I am well aware the parade is not just about gays ‘strutting their stuff’ so to speak. It is about celebrating their hard-fought inclusion in society.Read More
Driven largely by voters in England, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, to make their ‘Brexit’. This won’t happen overnight, the process is likely going to be long and painful.
The vote was so very close, 51.9% to leave vs 48.1% to stay. The largest turnout of voters, 72%, in the last 25 years took part. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted solidly to remain. The vote appears to highlight divisions within the Kingdom. The coming changes may end up being more than just the UK’s departure from the European Union.Read More
Kathleen Wynne has the cart before the horse with her environmental programs. What a shock, a politician who doesn’t know forward from backwards. She’s at the midpoint in her four year majority mandate and apparently has learned nothing about how the average Ontarian struggles. Little wonder she is the second least popular premier in the country.
I remember when she was first elected as the Liberal leader. There was some hope that even though she had been part of McGuinty’s cabinet she would throw open the windows and let some fresh air blow through the place. She appeared to be less inclined towards corporate interests and more inclined towards social justice with balance.Read More
I voted Liberal this past election, in part, because they had promised change from the Conservatives and their stance that Canada doesn’t have a covenant with our Veterans.
That covenant, although not formally declared, has been a sacred obligation to provide care for those who served and fought for this country that they may live out their years in dignity.
The Conservatives went to court with a group of veterans rather than admit the country had that covenant. This past week, the Liberal government signaled they are set to return to court to uphold the Conservative argument with them.Read More
I’ve been watching the situation with the Fort MacMurray wildfires since they started on May 1st. My attention was immediately drawn to the first reports appearing in the media because my next younger sister, Wendy, and her family live there. At that point, the fire was near the city but didn’t seem to be a threat.
Wendy are I are not in close contact. In fact, we don’t talk very often. That is where Facebook is a help in that I see her posting on there and know she’s around. Occasionally we exchange comments. So she’s not really completely out of sight or out of mind.
Within 24 hours I was seeing reports of the fire starting to move toward the city. I started to pay more attention to the conditions in the area. Heatwave, tinder dry, fast moving fire… the sort of conditions where anyone, even from afar would start to get nervous. Could only imagine what those in the area were thinking.Read More
So Rona Ambrose and Rachael Notley think building oil pipelines is the answer to saving the ‘crippled’ oil industry in Alberta? I came across the article on the CBC website just after finishing my post yesterday. I must admit, it leaves me a tad breathless at Ambrose’s nerve.