Archive for February 14th, 2012

If politicians thought aloud…

- February 14th, 2012

In a Friday column written from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., Byline host Brian Lilley commented that he found the speeches “refreshing” because

Unlike so many Canadian politicians or spinmeisters, the people taking to the podium at CPAC speak their mind and they speak it clearly. There were politicians willing to stand up and declare that theywere pro-life, against affirmative action, in favour of increased oil exploration in the United States and, of course, many speaking out in favour of the Keystone pipeline. These politicians didn’t merely announce their positions, though, they were willing to defend their views and explain why it was the right one to have.

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Whatever you do, do NOT show this to Dalton McGuinty (2)

- February 14th, 2012

Oh boy. We need to invent a whole new level of nannyism for this.

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.


There are no clear restrictions about what additional items — like potato chips — can be included in preschoolers’ lunch boxes.

That’s OK. Give the bureaucrats a chance to catch up with those awful parents sending kids to preschool with a small bag of M&Ms.

Montreal *hearts* tough on crime measures?

- February 14th, 2012

What do Saskatoon and Montreal have in common? I’ll wait while you think on that one.


OK, OK, I’ll tell you.

According to to public opinion research conducted for the Privy Council Office (which offers public service support to the PMO) both have a high level of concern for crime.

The research, conducted by the Walter Consulting Group last August, combined both a survey and 12 focus groups in six cities (North Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, Kitchener, Bridgewater and Montreal) across Canada and probed the impressions of key issues affecting this country and its citizens. (The info in the report, made public on a government website, is based on the focus group responses and there is no margin of error data etc..)

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Justin Trudeau, conditional Canadian

- February 14th, 2012

Justin Trudeau
The stuff you miss when you don’t listen to Quebec radio… Apparently Justin Trudeau told an interviewer this past weekend that if Canada became, you know, too much of a “Harper Canada” (by that he means anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, 10 years back in time, the usual hidden-agenda stuff), he might consider helping Quebec become an independent country. (Story in French)

Puis, Justin Trudeau d’ajouter en entrevue: «et je dis toujours si, un moment donné, je croyais que le Canada, c’était vraiment le Canada de Stephen Harper, puis qu’on s’en allait contre l’avortement, puis qu’on s’en allait contre le mariage gai, puis qu’on retourne en arrière de dix milles différentes façons, peut-être que je songerais à vouloir faire du Québec, un pays. Oh oui. Absolument. Si je ne reconnais plus le Canada, moi, mes valeurs, je les connais très bien.»


Two minutes of politics, February 14

- February 14th, 2012

Hamza Kashgari

Terrible story unfolding in Saudi Arabia. A blogger has been sentenced to death over something he posted on Twitter.

Hamza Kashgari is 23 years old. He is, according to those who know him, a bit of a poet and a dreamer. He wrote a few things on his Twitter account recently, including a “conversation” with Mohammed on the occasion of the prophet’s birthday. These tweets generated tens of thousands of angry comments and enough death threats to make him want to flee for his life.

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