Mr. Harper would have Canadians believe we were voting for change when we elected (and I use the term "we" very loosely) his Party. And it is his Harper's party, not Canada's party. His actions and his Party's actions speak much louder than his words. Twelve years ago he was condemning the government of the … Continue reading What Change?
I must admit I am quite pleased over the Supreme Court of Canada's decision regarding the proposed appointment of Marc Nadon to their midst. The SCOC did what they were designed to do, protect the law and, by extension, the Constitution. I feel bad for Mr. Nadon because, unfortunately, he appeared to be nothing more … Continue reading Politics or Partisanship?
I have been following this latest issue in regards to "social contracts" in Canada and what has been promised to veterans. Let me start by presenting a common definition of "social contract". According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary and many others, a social contract is defined as "an actual or hypothetical agreement among the members … Continue reading Social Contracts, do they mean anything?
I have noticed over the past twenty years or so a distinct change in how government policy is created. When creating policy or programs government appears more focused on the rule breakers rather than the program users. In other words rather than focusing on the needs of the end users they focus on that small … Continue reading Policy for the Masses or the Ideologues?
When you first arrive to Kelowna you quickly discover there are two types of seniors. There are the ones my age closer to 60 than 90 and there are 80+ like my mother. When you are here to help out your mother you start to realize just how important a distinction this is. The picture … Continue reading Chipping Away at Age
I have been following the Paralympics in Sochi and it got me to thinking about my first competition. I was 17 at the time and competed in the first Canadian National Wheelchair Sports Game held in Montreal in 1967. It coincided with the Montreal Expo which was one big party. The first games were more … Continue reading What Defines What?
This government just becomes more unbelievable every day. A government with a history of passing around "private" information as in the Sean Bruyea and Dennis Manuge cases, for example, is now hiding behind the protection of personal privacy to avoid answering a question on how Canadian tax dollars are used. Personal privacy doesn't appear to be an … Continue reading Policies of Convenience!
Let me start by expressing my concern over the situation in the Ukraine and voice my support for the Ukrainian people, both over there and here in Canada. For once I agree with our government in the condemnation of these actions. With that said I am concerned over just how seriously Canada's voice is being … Continue reading International Gesturing or Dismantling Foreign Policy
I would like to thank Velvet Martin for the inspirational picture, I grabbed it off her Facebook wall. Velvet has become very good at speaking out since having survived six years with a government imposed gag order following the death of her daughter. I am passed the point of being angry with our current crop … Continue reading Politicians or Elitists? There is a Difference
Leadnow.ca was having their first organizational meeting in Kelowna last evening. I have been on their mailing list for sometime now and have added my signature to a number of their online petitions. This is an online organization that appears dedicated to the protection of our democracy and tackle issues of importance. Issues like … Continue reading How Far Have We REALLY Come?