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Sadly, Terrorism is Here to Stay

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 in Terrorism | 0 comments

Terrorism Comes to Nice, France

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.

More Terrorist Attacks During the 70s & 80s

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.

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Pride Needs to Ban Black Lives Matter TO Not the Police

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 in Social Justice | Comments Off on Pride Needs to Ban Black Lives Matter TO Not the Police

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.

Pride Parade Toronto

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.

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UK Takes First Step Towards Their Brexit

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in International | Comments Off on UK Takes First Step Towards Their Brexit

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 Brexit Result

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.

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Wynne Has the Cart Before the Horse

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Canada, Canadian Politics, Ontario | Comments Off on Wynne Has the Cart Before the Horse

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.

 

Kathleen Wynne Needs to Wake Up

 

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.

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Government Needs Covenant With Veterans

Posted on May 20, 2016 in Canadian Politics, Veterans | Comments Off on Government Needs Covenant With Veterans

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.

Government Needs Covenant With Veterans

The Covenant, Our Sacred Obligation

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.

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Fort MacMurray Wildfire, My Distant View

Posted on May 11, 2016 in Canada, Personal | Comments Off on Fort MacMurray Wildfire, My Distant View

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.

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Do We Really Need More Oil Pipelines?

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 in Canadian Politics | Comments Off on Do We Really Need More Oil Pipelines?

oil pipelines aren't really needed 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.

 I get it with Notley, she’s under incredible pressure right now. She took over against all odds from the ruling Conservatives in Alberta, implemented the very policies that the Conservatives had themselves stated would be necessary and is being attacked from all sides. She needs to deflect some heat elsewhere.
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