Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
It was New Year's Day. Arden-Ray Springer heard the knock at the front door. "Answer the door, Jean," he called up from the basement. He thought guests were arriving early for a family party. Then he heard a bang.
Arden-Ray ran upstairs, just as a young man was leaving. He turned to the foyer and saw his wife lying near the kitchen, a gunshot wound to her temple. The man put his gun away as neighbours started to gather outside the house on Snowball Cres., near Markham Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E.
"Get a licence plate," the father yelled out as he ran to tend to his 60-year-old wife. His son got a partial licence plate and so did the neighbours. But with all the support he got that terrible afternoon, Arden-Ray, 59, couldn't thank one homicide detective enough.
Altaf Ibrahim, 26, was arrested at his home near Scarborough Golf Club Rd. and Brimorton Dr. later that day and charged with first-degree murder. A dishevelled and bearded Ibrahim appeared in a Scarborough courthouse the next day, wearing an orange jumpsuit. A source said police are investigating whether the man had a history on mental illness.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Well that last time I checked in on Helena Guergis she was defending a male colleague who had made a sexist comment about an Opposition MP in Parliament (see my earlier post).
Well she has been busy preparing for her new position. We also hear that Helena pretty addicted to her Blackberry.
She spends Question Period thumbing it up while those around her at least feigned some sort of interest in the proceedings by conspicuously drawing doodles in a binder or something.
She sat on a CPAC panel and criticized Stephane Dion's plan to proactively increase the number of woment in Parliament. Helena assumes that because the Guergis family runs Simcoe County it is just as easy for any woman to break into politics.
As Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Trade, David Emerson, Helena accompanied the Minister to Geneva in the spring to a WTO meeting. She ran up $7259.91 in expenses with $5187.16 for airfare. Now where do you find airfares like that at the taxpayers expense. I'm pretty sure that an economy flight to Geneva on Air Canada is under $1000.
So lets look at her resume to see what other qualifications she possesses. I see she was a former Miss Huronia and likely still has the tiara to prove it. She owned a small business (sold bath soaps in a mall). She volunteered with the Barrie Rape Crisis Centre and has contributed to fundraising efforts for a local food bank (I donate boxes of Kraft dinner too).
Oh wait, she also worked for former Ontario Finance Minister, Janet Ecker, and Progressive Conservative MPP Joe Tascona.
Yeah she's qualified to be on Harper's team!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Can't wait until the Ontario government puts a deposit on wine and liquor bottles (see my earlier post). Dumpster diving will be coming to Toronto.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
The NAIA Division I school had an 8-5 record before canceling its remaining 16 games. That included a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
That didn't take too long. A woman, known to her friends as "Auntie Jeannie" and believed to be in her 60s, was shot in the face and killed when she opened the door of her Malvern home to a caller around 2:30 p.m. on New Year's Day. She was taken to Sunnybrook hospital and pronounced dead. Toronto police arrested a male suspect later in the evening.
The Netherlands, 1878 5 (last in 1952)
Iceland, 1928 (last in 1830)
Switzerland, 1942 4 (last in 1945)
New Zealand, 1961 1 (last in 1957)
United Kingdom, 1965 2 (last in 1964)
Malta, 1971 6 (last in 1943)
Sweden, 1972 (last in 1910)
Finland, 1972 (last in 1941)
Canada, 1976 (last in 1962)
France, 1981 (last in 1977)
Cyprus, 1983 3 (last in 1962)
Australia, 1985 (last in 1967)
Germany, 1987 (last in 1982)
Czech Republic, 1990 (last in 1989)
Denmark, 1994 (last in 1950)
Philippines, 2006 (last in 2005)
1 Full abolishment 1989.
2 Full abolishment 2003.
3 Full abolishment 2002.
4 Full abolishment 1992.
5 Full abolishment 1983.
6 Full abolishment 2000.
United States (see map below)
Monday, January 01, 2007
2. I believe Saddam had a fair trial but I believe the wrong approach was taken to achieve justice. He should have been tried in an international court for crimes against humanity. The trial had the appearance of the victors of a conflict inflicting revenge on the loser. This man was a monster and global criminal. Trying him an international court would make it look less like he was convicted by a kangaroo court. And the trial which was intended to show that the rule of law had returned to Iraq stood out like a sore thumb in compared to the chaos and mayhem that exists in Iraq outside the courtroom.
3. The much-feared dictator was convicted for his role in the killing of 148 Shiite men and boys after an assassination attempt against him in the central Iraqi town of Dujail in 1982. This was a "minor crime" when compared to the number of people he had put to death directly or indirectly. He did not go on trial for a second case charging him with responsibility in the deaths of thousands of Kurds during an anti-Kurdish campaign in the late 1980s. Hundreds of thousands of other Iraqis were killed during Saddam's regime, including Shiites who rebelled after the 1991 Gulf War. The trial of Saddam Hussein should have been used to showcase the international claims against him.
4. America the biggest financial and technical supporter of the trial, contributing more than $100 million to courtroom construction, and supplying the Iraqis with advisers, lawyers and forensic investigators. This created accusations that the trial was biased from the start.
5. Finally, I see that the American government and the American media see fit to show non-stop to the American public, 24/7 pictures and video of the hanging without serious moral reservations. On the other hand, the American government and, to a lesser extent, the American media did see not fit to show the American public pictures of coffins of dead American soldiers or torture victims at Abu Ghraib prison.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
An eligible program of prescribed physical activity, for the purposes of the credit, will be defined as an ongoing, supervised program, suitable for children, in which substantially all of the activities undertaken include a significant amount of physical activity that contribute to cardio-respiratory endurance, plus one or more of:
- muscular strength,
- muscular endurance,
- flexibility, and
Better bring your accountant to the gym.
"This last year especially has been a turning point. Nearly every Iraqi has lost so much. So much. There's no way to describe the loss we've experienced with this war and occupation. There are no words to relay the feelings that come with the knowledge that daily almost 40 corpses are found in different states of decay and mutilation. There is no compensation for the dense, black cloud of fear that hangs over the head of every Iraqi. Fear of things so out of ones hands, it borders on the ridiculous- like whether your name is 'too Sunni' or 'too Shia'. Fear of the larger things- like the Americans in the tank, the police patrolling your area in black bandanas and green banners, and the Iraqi soldiers wearing black masks at the checkpoint.
Here we come to the end of 2006 and I am sad. Not simply sad for the state of the country, but for the state of our humanity, as Iraqis. We've all lost some of the compassion and civility that I felt made us special four years ago. I take myself as an example. Nearly four years ago, I cringed every time I heard about the death of an American soldier. They were occupiers, but they were humans also and the knowledge that they were being killed in my country gave me sleepless nights. Never mind they crossed oceans to attack the country, I actually felt for them.
Had I not chronicled those feelings of agitation in this very blog, I wouldn't believe them now. Today, they simply represent numbers. 3000 Americans dead over nearly four years? Really? That's the number of dead Iraqis in less than a month. The Americans had families? Too bad. So do we. So do the corpses in the streets and the ones waiting for identification in the morgue.
Is the American soldier that died today in Anbar more important than a cousin I have who was shot last month on the night of his engagement to a woman he's wanted to marry for the last six years? I don't think so. "