Saturday, December 02, 2006

One of my greatest fears

Drunk drivers!
They kill people every day. But I know I most vulnerable when I'm out jogging in the evening. And this time of year it's dark by 5 pm. So this story about a Richmond Hill woman who was killed this week while out for a run really hits a nerve for me. Terri Callaway, 37, was killed instantly when a station wagon, believed to be travelling at a high rate of speed, mounted a curb and struck her on the sidewalk of North Lake Rd., not far from her residence, on a route that she regularly used for jogging. What a waste of a life.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Belinda has a new look and new approach

Yeah, I can't resist commenting on Belinda Stronach's new look that was unveiled at the Liberal leadership convention this week. I think it finally sunk in that the blonde look was also working against her. And I doubt the media will stop commenting on her looks. The fact remains that irrespective of hair colour, this ambitious politician has very little substance to her. I don't find her to be a deep thinker compared to Ignatieff, Rae, Dryden, and Dion.

But I like that fact that she is focused on policy rather than style. Not enough politicians are doing this. Stronach championed the push to put an end to the long tradition of federal leadership conventions. Her plan to adopt a one-member, one-vote failed Thursday, meaning the steamy backroom dealings of the political convention will survive another day. Earlier in the week the federal Liberal Women's Caucus released The Pink Book, which a set of party policies aimed at what they say are the most pressing social and economic issues facing Canadian women, particularly working women and their families, caregivers and seniors. The document will be part of the party's platform in the next election. Stronach is the Chair of the Women's Caucus so you can assume she has some input into what was included in the book.

Borat breaks up Pamela's second marriage

Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from Kid Rock after less than four months of marriage. Anderson's representative said the former "Baywatch" star filed for divorce last week, but would not comment on the reason or any particulars of the divorce. It rumoured that Kid Rock was infuriated when he discovered that Pamela had been secretly seeing Borat. In fact, he suggests that in Borat's film, her reaction to Borat is just an act to cover up for their secret romance.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Another crook is outed by the Auditor General

Former football star Ron Stewart collected $325,000 in improper or questionable salary, vacation pay and expenses during his post as former ombudsman for federal prison inmates, Auditor General Sheila Fraser said in a scathing report released Tuesday. Here is the list of improper activities:
  • Despite his absenteeism, Stewart collected $83,000 in unearned salary.
  • The auditor general also concluded that, during the same six years, Stewart improperly cashed out $95,000 in vacation time. She estimated he had claimed another $127,000 in "questionable" cash-outs.
  • Stewart also claimed some $12,000 in improper travel and hospitality expenses.
  • While Stewart did not know how to use a computer and did not keep any at his office, he was reimbursed for two of them, at a cost of $8,000. Family members used them at his home.
  • Fraser has recommended further investigation into Stewart's entire 26 years as a civil servant, to determine how much more he owes taxpayers.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Federalists and Separatists agree

So how often do you see Federalists and Quebec Separatists agree on the future of Canada. Or did they? While the vote in Parliament was 266-16 for the Conservative motion on recognizing Quebec as a nation inside of a united Canada, no one agrees what they voted for. For Federalists it seems to have meant acknowledging Quebec culture within Canada. But for Separatists it just another step in that long process to independence. As well, the motion could have resolved a split in the Liberal party going into a Leadership convention had everyone played along. But most of those opposing were Liberals and two leadership candidates, Kennedy and Dryden, are quite vocal in their opposition which means the issue will be debated this week. However, I still think it gets Ignatieff off the hook on his stupid suggestion to open up constitutional discussions. The Conservatives would love to face Ignatieff in the next election. The Conservative have their internal dissenstion to deal with. Another of MPP did not show up for the vote and Michael Chong resigned as Miniser of Intrgovermental Affairs. Personally I think the two sides are no farther ahead but lots of debate yet to come. Quebec has really gained nothing nor have Separatists given up hope of independence.