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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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Canadian Economy Has a Turbulent Start

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in Canada, Canadian Politics | Comments Off on Canadian Economy Has a Turbulent Start

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.

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Construction Proceeds Apace

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 in Personal | Comments Off on Construction Proceeds Apace

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.

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Welcome to 2016, Happy New Year

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in Personal | Comments Off on Welcome to 2016, Happy New Year

This is my first post of 2016, welcome to you and the new year and may you have a very happy new year. The new year doesn’t actually contain any particularly magical properties but people do seem to see the new year as a time for new starts and renewal. It becomes like a fresh blank sheet, we just have to act or fail to act to populate it.

During my less busy times in December, I put some thought into what I want in 2016 and beyond. I want to put some action into a desire I’ve had for some time, that is to write and to publish.

The first step in that commitment is to commit to be regular on posting to this blog. This blog has evolved since I first started it several years ago. It was my first blog, so I tend to see it as my base. It started as a personal blog. I found that I was increasingly posting about current events particularly Canadian politics, so I gave this blog over to that and started another blog for the personal.

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Change Is In Demand This Election

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 in Elections | Comments Off on Change Is In Demand This Election

Change is the dominant theme of this election.

Polling data from Abacus Data who have been tracking the country’s level of satisfaction with the government since March 2014 finds that growing numbers of Canadians are not happy with the direction of the current government and where they are taking the country.

Have a look through their latest results.

My Take on Change

Personally, change can’t come too soon. I have been looking for it since Harper was elected. What I don’t yet know, is who I will ultimately decide should get my vote.

 

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Beware Government Newspeak

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Elections | Comments Off on Beware Government Newspeak

In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, written in 1949, he coined the term ‘newspeak’. It was the language spoken in the dystopian, totalitarian society the novel depicts. A society where plain language had been bent to the point that only the simplistic language remained and complex or critical reasoning had become heretical. Newspeak forced members of society to toe the government line as they were no longer capable of opposition.

Today, in the real world, many governments and institutions use a form of newspeak in varying degrees.The Harper Governmnent’s War on Language at iPolitics is an excellent article reviewing some of the levels the Harper government goes in their use of newspeak. Harper has outdone many with his deceptive level of sloganeering beginning with changing the reference to government from the Government of Canada which has served this country for every government since confederation. Harper had it changed to, the Harper Government and for the last almost ten years that is the government we have had.

He went on to change points of reference so frequently that many become immune to the deceit which he and his government practice. We no longer have government budgets, they are now ‘economic action plans’ contained within omnibus bills which change numerous unrelated laws on a largely unsuspecting public. Notably one of those ‘economic action plans’ gutted environmental protection laws brought in by Mulroney to the point that overnight we went from almost a million protected water ways to less than a thousand. That made life much easier for his friends at the oil companies.

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