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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.
Well 2016 is only 16 days old but it seems the Canadian economy and likely other parts of the world will continue to be in for a rough ride. World oil prices continue to slide along with the Canadian dollar. Last week, the dollar reached the lowest it has been in decades. Falling briefly below 60 cents against the US dollar. Some are forecasting the price of oil could drop as low as $20 a barrel. Pulling the Canadian dollar even lower.
After a decade of Harper and his government pursuing turning Canada into a so called energy super power, our dollar is tied even more strongly than ever to the price of oil. When the price is up, great for Alberta and Newfoundland. Not so much for the rest of the country. Harper’s main interest was Alberta, Newfoundland got to join the ride.Read More
Well, just over a week into the new year and I have managed to make some progress as I work towards my goals for this year. I started writing research notes for what will be my first book effort. More on that later.
It’s been a busy week and I’ve not posted to my blogs as I would like to. This one will likely end up being about once a week unless I want to go on a current events rant about something.
It’s a wet and rainy day here in eastern Ontario. My sister tells me it is snowing in her part of the province, that would be London. Rain and wind warnings are up here for now but the temp is expected to take a drop later this evening.
One benefit of this sort of weather is I don’t get tempted to go out just cause it is Sunday afternoon and it seems like it should be leisure time. I finally have a blog theme setup at Shadows Publishing that I like. Created a header for the site, created a new post and finished creating the Facebook page to go with the site.Read More