Friday, May 04, 2007
Bob Nicholson said yesterday it was not Canadian-born Shane Doan who insulted a francophone linesman in 2005 but a foreign-born player on the Phoenix Coyotes (supposedly Ladislav Nagy). I can't wait for the suit by Doan against MP Denis Coderre for defamation. I assume Nagy will make that admission if this thing goes to trial. Doan could likely add other politicians to that legal action after this week. Many were not reluctant to label him a racist in front of cameras. They whined about the linguistic balance of the team, a query that backfired given that most of the francophones invited to play for the national team turned down the opportunity for a variety of reasons.
Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe stated "When someone robs a bank he's presumed innocent until proven guilty - but I don't know many people who'd name them bank manager while the trial's still on." What trial? The incident was reviewed by the NHL and he was exonerated. The only thing I noticed was a lynching being led by Duceppe and his Bloc trouble-makers who have a mandate to disrupt English Canada at every opportunity. So where are the party leaders to defend Doan - Dion, Harper, and Layton. Hiding behind a rock.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
This makes me crazy in so many different ways. The fact that the other 4 parties in the House would support any Bloc motion is insane. Their mandate is to be as uncooperative with the rest of Canada as possible. So why play along with them? Furthermore, ever Canadian wants their elected representatives to be dealing with more important issues - health care waiting times, Afghanistan detainees, the environment, energy policy, etc. And for anyone who has watched the debate in the House, nothing coming out of the mouth of Shane Doan could be as offensive as the banter during Question Period.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
An Ipsos-Reid survey last month showed that the support for the five main parties scored remains largely unchanged with the support they received in the January 2006 election. The survey says the Conservatives have 38 per cent support, up two points from the election; the Liberals are up one point to 31 per cent.
A Strategic Counsel poll conducted for CTV and The Globe around the same time showed the Conservatives at 36 per cent and the Liberals at 30 per cent.
So for a while the Conservative numbers were beginning the creep up but they have definitely stalled now. The reasons given by voters are a lack of enthusiasm for the Tory environmental plan and the torture allegations in Afghanistan.
So the speculation is that an election won't happen until this fall but most likely in the spring of 2008.
There was a time, before cell phones, MSN, and Facebook, when these machines were cleaner and used by urbanites all over Toronto. With less demand, and despite what seem to be nastier phone booths, the CRTC has decided to allow phone companies to double the traditional 25 cent fee for local calls on public pay phones. They've also increased basic phone service rates for home lines and will uncap rates for extra services like call-waiting.
Now not everyone in Toronto can afford a wireless phone. There are people who can't even afford a land-line phone. So this is really another example where we are going after the poor.
I think this is just about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard:
Hockey Canada officials are being summoned by a parliamentary committee to explain their choice of Shane Doan as captain of the national team at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.At issue is an alleged derogatory remark by Doan toward a French-Canadian referee during a game in 2005. Doan denies making a slur and was cleared by the NHL. Quebec politicians just won't let it go. Their justification for interfering is that Hockey Canada gets a lot of money from the government.
The Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP supported a Bloc Quebecois motion that demands officials from Hockey Canada and Sport Canada appear before the House of Commons' Official Languages Committee.
And politicians wonder why much of this country is disillusioned with the political process.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Though I'm sure the vile and most unfair accusations will continue as the Palestinian propaganda machine has been quite successful in Europe and Canada.
Around 1 a.m. today a man turned himself in to police in the company of his lawyer. Martin Horacio De Narvaez, 21 is now charged with first-degree murder. Denarvaez made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon at Old City Hall.
Using images from five different cameras belonging to two surveillance networks, police pinpointed the final movements of the victim and suspect, who were last photographed together walking into an emergency stairwell exit. It was the third time in the past month that surveillance cameras have captured images of a suspect leading to murder charges.
A relative of a man allegedly caught on security camera near where Bly Markis was found murdered recognized the face and helped convince the suspect to turn himself in, police said Tuesday.
''Guests will know it's a jail. There will be bars on some windows. There will be old cellblocks exposed.'' Boston developer Richard L. Friedman, president and chief executive of Carpenter & Company, describes an example of an emerging trend in urban renovation: prison-turned-luxury-hotel. Boston's Charles Street Jail, built in 1851 and in operation until 1990, will reopen this summer as the four-star Liberty Hotel. Only 20 of the hotel's 298 rooms will be in the old jail building with its thick granite walls; however, Friedman says, a "captivating accommodations" theme will prevail throughout.
Bly Markis, 33, fell on hard times but she was trying hard to get her life together. Markis had just finished three weeks' probation after spending time in jail on drug charges. She was living on the street and her social insurance, birth certificate and OHIP cards had all been stolen. And she died on Sunday on the street. Using images from five different cameras belonging to two surveillance networks, police have pinpointed the final movements of the victim and suspect.
Alicia Ross, 25, disappeared from her family's Bronte Rd. home Aug. 16, 2005, setting off a huge search in her neighbourhood and other parts of York Region. As opposed to Markis, Ross lived with her parents in a well-off suburban neighbourhood. The disappearance created huge media coverage. It became the largest investigation into a missing persons case in Ontario in more than 20 years. Five weeks after Ross was last seen alive, Sylvester, now 33, who then lived next door to Ross' family home, turned himself in to police.
In the end both deaths are tragic losses of young lives.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Kaufax, 71, was the last choice of the draft and will fill the final spot on the roster for Modi'in Miracle, which is managed by another former major league great, Art Shamsky.
Clearly, Kaufax's selection was meant as a tribute, but Shamsky indicated that if the legendary pitcher feels like taking the mound, no one is going to stop him.
"It's been 41 years between starts for him. If he's rested and ready to take the mound again, we want him on our team," Shamsky told the AP.
The Israeli league will begin play on June 24, with the teams playing a 45-game schedule.
The film was prompted by his irritation when people asked a certain question: "Are you Jewish?" Why do they want to know? What difference does it make? What attitudes toward Jews lie behind such questions? So he goes on the road to answer his questions.
Kastner receives a shotgun bar mitzvah from Hassids in Brooklyn; causes a near-riot in a Parisian suburb simply by asking what people think about Jews; and has lunch at the hot dog stand at Auschwitz. He visits right-wing Republican Pat Buchanan on the delicate matter of whether this ultra-Christian politician blames Jewish pressure groups for what he sees as the blunders of U.S. foreign policy.
It's rough at times but it works very well. I understand CHUM plans to telecast it next season but insists on changing the title to Jew Like Me. Whatever.
It may be an uphill battle to win back the Papineau riding. The riding is made up of ethnic, working class voters who may not be attracted by an intellectual, political blue blood who is an outsider. In his victory speech he touched on the anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedom. I'm not too sure if this is a topic he wants to talk about too much in Quebec - the only province not to sign on to the Charter.
Although he has name recognition, he is going to be judged quite harshly because of his father. He will have to defend his father's legacy whether he wants to or not. At the same time he will have to prove he is his own man. Winning the riding will be tough and if he does make it then he will have the opportunity to show what he is capable of.