Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today in Racism

A couple of days back, it was Indians. Today, KKK-ate takes on Muslims. Seems the more time a person spends in ratholes like Delisle, Saskatchewan, where there aren't too many "diverse" people, the more xenophobic they become. This kind of hate plays well in places where folks don't actually know any dark-skinned people personally, but it falls flat in places where people live beside, teach or talk with Muslims and find the ratio of good/bad people is no different than among the pasty people of outer Saskabush.
I've made what I think are pretty strong arguments against using HRCs -- administrative tribunals -- to police hate speech. I certainly don't believe, however, in getting rid of the Criminal Code hate crimes provisions. And I think these SmallDeadAnimals postings, which are controlled by the site's owner, should be investigated and, if warranted, charges should be laid.
Why do I believe that?
Because this hate speech is not only harmful to those who its targeted at, it tears apart social harmony and the public peace:

Original Post:
When the concept of multiculturalism was introduced to Canadians, most assumed it meant "more pavilions at Folkfest";

Al-Qaeda's North Africa wing threatened on Tuesday to take revenge on France for its opposition to the burka, calling on Muslims to retaliate against the country, the US monitoring service SITE Intelligence reported.


"We will take revenge for the honour of our daughters and sisters against France and against its interests by every means at our disposal."

The group also called on Muslims to retaliate for what it called French "hostility" against the community and its attempt to obstruct Islam's practice on its territory.

"For us, the mujahedeen ... we will not remain silent to such provocations and injustices," Abdul Wadud said without elaborating, according to SITE.

"We call upon all Muslims to confront this hostility with greater hostility, and to counter France's efforts to divide male and female believers from their faith with a greater effort ... (by) adherence to the teachings of their Islamic sharia."

I told you so.

Posted by Kate at June 30, 2009 3:51 PM


You know Kate, there’s times when you are insufferable, particularly if you’re right.
Posted by: robins111 at June 30, 2009 4:01 PM

come on over to my neighbourhood asshole. i bite back.
Posted by: old white guy at June 30, 2009 4:03 PM

Yeah, no kidding.
Which part of "barbaric and intractable" was unclear?
Posted by: mojo at June 30, 2009 4:41 PM

Just one question: if Islamic extremists do become even more hostile, how will we be able to tell?
Posted by: JJM at June 30, 2009 4:46 PM

No! It must be a lie! After all, the people on the news, they keep telling us that Islam is a religion of tolerance and peace! We gotta believe everything those serious-looking people in suits and ties tell us, 'cause they're wearing suits and ties... no way would they lie, would they?
Must... believe... ALL... Muslims... wouldn't... kill... a... fly.
Oh, wait... I saw Obama kill a fly... and he enjoyed it!
Hmm... now, if ONE Muslim would actually gleefully kill a fly... hmm... brain suddenly jerks, twitches, vibrates, putt-putt-rrrr-rrrr-vvvrrroooommmm!
Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at June 30, 2009 4:51 PM

Hag In A Bag wont sell too well here either! How do we know whats really under that tent of evil. That is how Saddam and Osama-Bin-doofus hid for many days.
Posted by: FlimFlamMan at June 30, 2009 4:51 PM

These guys sound like out takes from a Monty Python sketch.
With the exception of Israel, the Middle East is one backasswards political and cultural wasteland that has theocrtic thugocracy as its political philosophy.
Posted by: Fred at June 30, 2009 4:53 PM

The honour of their daughters and sisters only matters when it can further the aims of Islamification..otherwise, it's business as usual with the stonings, the abysmal treatment, the non status etc etc..
Car-b-ques courtesy of the religion of perpetual outrage in 4..3..2..
Posted by: Kursk at June 30, 2009 5:02 PM

and meanwhile spinsella lines up lobby groups for the "new order"
Posted by: scanoo at June 30, 2009 5:12 PM

"The group also called on Muslims to retaliate for what it called French "hostility" against the community and its attempt to obstruct Islam's practice on its territory."
"on its territory" - sadly the Europeans have allowed Europe to become (Islamic) territory - and we are not all that far behind.
I have had far too many conversations with people who express concern over the rise of Islam, but finish the conversations with a sigh of "yeah I know they are winning, but what can ya do?"
Um how about fight back?
Posted by: Gordon MacDonald at June 30, 2009 5:31 PM
The answer is as obvious as it is impracticable for the civilized west: start shooting the preachers. They are the source and primary vector of the Islamist infection.
Posted by: mojo at June 30, 2009 5:43 PM

"Um how about fight back?"
At what cost? Losing your job? Being defamed? Personal injury?
Many of us have been neutered by PC. I've said before that "assimilation will be easy for me" and I mean it. Until "historically discriminated against visible minorities" or our political leaders start to fight back, I would council anyone fitting my description who has something worth fighting for to keep their heads down.JMO
Posted by: Indiana Homez at June 30, 2009 5:45 PM

France will soon need another Charles Martel to face the hordes at a new battle of Tours(732) and probably in the same locale.
Posted by: charles at June 30, 2009 5:46 PM

Next time you have that conversation with somebody, ESPECIALLY if they have daughters or young female relations, tell them that to simply shrug and say "what can you do?" is to abandon their girls (or their daughters or daughters' daughters) to a fate that is essentially a living death, and do they really want to let it happen without a fight? Also, if they had relatives in WW2 or in Afghanistan now, ask them if those soldiers made/are making a sacrifice just so their blood can be spilled in vain for a population that won't stand up for itself.
Posted by: Monique at June 30, 2009 5:48 PM

One thing that would make me smile is to strip the mosques of their tax-free status in Canada. Another would be for people to realize that all religions are not equal. The only thing that prevents most people from calling them a cult is their numbers,but that is what islam is,a very large male driven cult.
Posted by: wallyj at June 30, 2009 6:19 PM

"my Jihad is to expose you and people like you, and to prove that you derive your convoluted knowledge of Islam from sources known only to yourself." - (Raheel Raza)
Posted by: fly on the wall at June 30, 2009 6:28 PM

Here's one for Jen Lynch, Babs Hall, and the rest of the gang:
I really, REALLY, despise Islam.
Posted by: Mississauga Matt at June 30, 2009 6:47 PM

Why do Muslims insist that they must live in the West, according to their laws which they insist are religious rather than cultural, but if a Westerner goes to, eg., Saudi Arabia, that Westerner must live according to the Saudi Muslim rules.
That is, why does a Western woman have to wear a head scarf if she is in Saudi Arabia? If the 'rule' is religious, and she is not a Muslim, then why does this nation insist that she follow Muslim religious rules?
If the rule is cultural, and she is not from Saudi Arabia, then, why does this nation insist that she follow Saudi cultural rules?
If Muslims in France and elsewhere insist that they should reject the national rules then why do they insist, in SA, that the visitor should follow the national rules?
Posted by: ET at June 30, 2009 6:57 PM

Because Muslims are people and kuffirs are just animals - like women.
Posted by: mojo at June 30, 2009 7:17 PM

I would like to see veils stripped or cut off any woman in public. I suspect that we will see that in the UK or Europe before long.
Posted by: tranio at June 30, 2009 7:23 PM

A few years ago driving through Cincinnati (looking for the WKRP building) a car beside me was being driven with someone wearing in a full-blown burka.
Can welders wear a welding shield and drive? No. Well, they could. It's not really a safe practice and there's probably some law about "distractions" and "obstructed vision".
There has to be zero peripheral vision in one of those things.
I wonder if anyone keeps stats related to vehicle accidents and items related to "obstructed" vision.
Posted by: Curious at June 30, 2009 8:03 PM

Be patient, Obama is well on his way to making peace with the Muslim world. They will listen to the purveyor of hope and change and peace will spring forth throughout the nations of Islam..... ya, right!
Posted by: Liz J at June 30, 2009 8:30 PM

The Barbary pirates used to blackmail bribes to leave shipping alone.
Then, IIRC, President Jefferson had enough of that crap and sent in the Marines.
"From the halls of Montezuma. To the Shores of Tripoli..."
Barry won't ever be TJ. It's better to empty the state coffers and hope things will change.
Posted by: Curious at June 30, 2009 8:52 PM

I often wonder if school staff ever question a burka clad person coming to pick up their kid/kids. How would one know that the kid/kids are being taken by the mother or a kidnapper? Has anyone ever visited the Thornhill area of Toronto? Visit Zellers over there, but carry some aspirin with you for your migraine, because you are sure to get one - a big one.
Posted by: MarionN at June 30, 2009 9:19 PM

Islamofascists don't give one care about their women unless they are being embarrassed by them (i.e.- NOT wearing some ridiculous covering or learning how to read). The only people to be bought over by this utterly transparent lie are bleeding hearts who hate America (or Canada) as much as they hate their parents.
Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at June 30, 2009 9:31 PM

Just like Muslims to turn a comment about poor fashion into a flippin' jihad.
Talk about a about one-note religion,jihad jihad jihad.
Oh, bugger off already.
Posted by: Fred2 at June 30, 2009 9:57 PM

Enjoy your cultural enrichment. Obviously you needed some. How is the Liberal socialism working out for you now? Still topless in the streets?
This time we will NOT bail you out!
Posted by: Knight 99 at June 30, 2009 10:14 PM

“If the rule is cultural, and she is not from Saudi Arabia, then, why does this nation insist that she follow Saudi cultural rules?”
Your comments are obviously rhetorical, but I will add –
Anyone who has worked or lived in Muslim countries (Middle East, Asia Pacific) knows full well the hypocrisy of the Islamic peoples. The intent of Muslims living in the west is either full blown conversion or preferred resident status, full stop! Regardless of the MO the desired result is power, elevated status, and control of the resources including government and its people. These are all people who believe in status and pampering utilizing the abundant cheap labor of their own countries as slave labor. This is culturally accepted in its deepest meaning.
The Arab Muslims for example have a huge homosexual population that is quite overt but utilizes the disguise of “we’re just male childhood friends” holding hands and showing affections publicly that would be recognized instantly for what it is in the west. I have lived and worked for many years in these countries and the instances of myself and other westerners stumbling across actual sexual activity between males is too numerous to count. The same goes for the immense alcohol abuse.
Another example is that I have never seen an issue in any Muslim country of decorating Xmas tree’s by Muslim women and giving gifts (they quite enjoy it). At times you will even hear Xmas carols and music in places of business.
All that changes on western soil! There is only one obvious reason as to why that occurs. What is so pathetic is that our liberal elites, who are supposed to be so worldly and knowledgeable, cower and demand of us social acceptance and cultural sensitivity to this race baiting and intolerant backwards people.
Posted by: Knight 99 at June 30, 2009 10:42 PM

In the west, it's usually called Christmas.
Posted by: set you free at June 30, 2009 10:48 PM

No harm intended - just short hand. I'm actually in the "East" at the moment so possibly can be forgiven.
Posted by: Knight 99 at June 30, 2009 10:53 PM

I am extremely passionate about this subject, a fact which others become aware of very quickly, I refer to blogs, books, broadcasters, and most of all the importance of discussing this problem open and in public (no whispering allowed!) no matter who might be in close proximity. I remind anyone and everyone who will listen, that freedom of expression is a use it or loose it proposition.
Posted by: Gordon MacDonald at June 30, 2009 11:08 PM

Saying it again. In the context of Islam, immigration is invasion.
Posted by: Revnant Dream at July 1, 2009 1:03 AM

"That is, why does a Western woman have to wear a head scarf if she is in Saudi Arabia?"
And, as we've mentioned here many times before, why are vocal leftist-leaning "feminists" not standing up for what is going on in those countries? Weren't they supposed to be supporting women everywhere? Or was it just supporting women that had similar political beliefs that was motivating them?
Posted by: PiperPaul at July 1, 2009 1:22 AM

"why are vocal leftist-leaning "feminists" not standing up for what is going on in those countries?"
Or gay rights activists? They would rather march with Hamas in the streets of Toronto.
Posted by: Knight 99 at July 1, 2009 1:28 AM

The kid from Brooklyn is back and he's got a beef with the Muzzle take over.
Extreme language warning. He IS from Brooklyn.
Foot Bath
If you think it's too rude, let me know.
Posted by: Momar at July 1, 2009 1:40 AM

Momar, that was hilarious! And correct.
Posted by: A Steve at July 1, 2009 1:51 AM

The Big Man is right. I had to sit behind some women in hijabs, at my son's graduation, last year. The smell pretty well ruined the whole event for me.
Posted by: dp at July 1, 2009 8:39 AM

Momar, that was hilarious! And correct.
Posted by: A Steve at July 1, 2009 1:51 AM

The best kind of correct!
Posted by: FREE at July 1, 2009 8:54 AM

Why are you guys all freaking out over this?
The solution to this non-problem was invented by Mr. Samuel Colt in 1836 and has been improved upon since, bringing it to a state of mechanical perfection unrivaled in modern technology.
Every woman in Canada gets a .38 snubbie from Dad for their 16th birthday, and thence forward wears whatever the hell she pleases. Anyone who doesn't like it will most certainly keep it to themselves.
This is the way of civilized discourse. Barbarians such as Al Queerda will come upon those rocks and shatter.
You just ask your daughters and sisters if their right to wear FM shoes and short skirts is worth sticking a gun in some bearded ruffian's face and telling him to shove off, see what they say. Lefty girliemen will no doubt be shocked at the answers they get.
The female of the species will fight for her FM shoes.
Posted by: The Phantom at July 1, 2009 9:20 AM

Momar, what the f- is so f-ing rude about the Kid from f-ing Brooklyn, for F- sakes? Jeeze!
Posted by: The Phantom at July 1, 2009 9:24 AM

There's a simple solution that would work for everyone (except for lefty politi-critters): Why don't they just get the f*** out and go back to where their backward barbarism is accepted?
Posted by: Edward Teach at July 1, 2009 10:19 AM

People like Indiana Homez are making things worse and accelerating the process.
I love how people like you post anonymously at other people's websites, while some of us use our own names, our own money and risk our careers to fight. Meanwhile you snipe like a coward on the sidelines.
People like you undo everything some of us do at great risk to ourselves.
I've heard every excuse in the book. And I'm sick of it. Some of us are particularly tired of hearing "I support what you do -- just don't tell anybody." Again, that very attitude makes what "we do" harder to accomplish.
That kind of "support" is as much of a burden as the abuse we get from the world's Kinsellas, believe it or not.
I have news for you: there is no such thing as job security. You'll do everything right, keep your head down, and get fired anyway. Maybe you've heard of that thing called the "recession"?
You don't want to lose your precious job because it lets you keep about 50% of what you make, and once a year you get a free pair of glasses or they pay for the kid's braces. Wow, what an empire you've built for yourself!! I'm impressed.
Some of us have already chosen between our children's crooked teeth and our children's crooked minds.
Your pension is gone. CCP won't be there. By the time you figure you have nothing to lose -- you'll be right! And you'll be the very reason we got to that point, so your help will be of pretty dubious use at this point.
If you're so caught up with taking refuge in the dubious "security" and petty rewards you've built around yourself, then slag off.
The Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
And they signed their own damn names.
Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at July 1, 2009 11:17 AM

I would council anyone fitting my description who has something worth fighting for to keep their heads down.
Your description would be traitorous, sniveling liberal coward or ... smelly Muslim trying yet another tactic to scare or soften us up for your scourge of the civilized world. You are the scum of the earth. You represent everything that is weak and despicable in a human being.
And what Kathy said.
Posted by: Momar at July 1, 2009 12:15 PM

I think that was a troll pretending to be Homez. He doesn't strike me as the run-and-hide type.
Still, Kathy makes a good point. I never keep my head down. I keep my head up. I've kissed off jobs over less, and taken personal injury over less too.
If you have to bend over at work, your job sucks and you should get a new one. If you find -every- job sucking, self employment is The Way.
OTOH, it is stupid to go looking for trouble. If you just go along as normal and let the trouble come to you, you get to meet it at a time and place of -your- choosing. Which is better than bending over at work every day, you know?
Sun Tzu is instructive reading on this point. Or Von Clausewitz. Note to Kathy, read 'em both. Myamoto Musashi is also worth a look. Attitude is good but not always sufficient to the task. Sometimes sneaky is also good.
Posted by: The Phantom at July 1, 2009 1:17 PM

Kathy Shaidle;
Is completly right you know. Living in boom bust Alberta we know this intimitly.
It will come down to favorites or relitives when it comes to jobs. Social security is a tax scam. Didn't start out that way, but neither did EI.
Its unstatainable. A ponzi scam cloacked as a pension, predicaded on population growth. We all know that its been policy for years for depopulation to make a liberal paradise while taking over parental rights.
Trying to make the gay lifestyle on par with marrage & any benifits to children or couples have dissapeared. Worse the families are being taxed into poverty to support the nuts in society.
Canada is not for Canadiaqns anymore. The HRC's ought to be the biggist clue. The government is at war with its own population for power & perks. When ypou deal with these folks its always about them & how great they are, with the little people laughed at by the jackels like Taliban Layton.
This is the age of Divine absolute Government by newly made nobles by ripping off the middle class to allow this insidious Entitlement mentality.
Posted by: Revnant Dream at July 1, 2009 2:04 PM

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at July 1, 2009 11:17 AM>
Well said!!!!!!!
I also use an online moniker – but not for fear of the HRC or losing my “assets” as you put it…… But because I travel 60% of my time though various Muslim/ communist countries and post from them. I do not need potential border issues or worse.
My petition signing, letters to MP’s ect are full blown me.
Posted by: Knight 99 at July 1, 2009 8:24 PM

Friday, June 26, 2009

World o' White Trash

Black folks, Indians, gays, Muslims... no one gets a break from the poison pen of Canada's favorite fascist, KKK-ate MacMillaneven on the day they die.
People like that do give libertarians and conservatives a bad name.

G'bye, Michael Jackson.

I was never a big fan. I'm so old that I can remember the Jackson Five. I didn't like them much, nor was I keen on Michael as a solo act. That was "bubble gum" music for girls. (Though I didn't hate him the way I did Donny Osmond, and I found it intriguing that he sang the theme to a horror movie about a guy with an army of rats). By the "Thriller" years, I was into my twenties and didn't take much notice.
Still, his life seems, at this distance, to have been quite the train wreck: spectacular success, deep family weirdness, psychological instability and very little grip on reality. I saw a documentary in which Michael Jackson went "shopping": walking through a closed boutique waving his hands around, "buying" things without even giving them a close look. I'm sure possessions can't bring much happiness to a man like that.
People didn't do much for him, either. He was unable to have a real friendship with anyone, it seems. His marriages were odd. He emerged from them with kids, genesis unknown, who seemed to be stuck in a world of abuse of their own. Jackson was so narcissistic that he couldn't even give "his" kids their own names. It was all about him, all the time. He seems incapable of giving anything.
He was, as per usual with that tribe of over-rich, disconnected celebrity, surrounded by parasites, "employees" who had control of his life in return for indulging all of his primal whims and his various addictions. Of course, substance abuse entered into the equation.
Now he's dead. No surprise, really. His face showed how hard he had struggled against growing up. Aging gracefully into middle age and beyond certainly seemed unlikely.
Now comes the generation of more fortunes: trash tab special editions, magazines, and, we're told, about 100 unreleased songs. The estate half a billion in debt, which suggests to me there may be some justice. His handlers and enablers, along with his wretched parents and siblings, will have little to feed on, at least in the short and mid-term. Eventually, royalties will pay down this debt and may even earn some money for Jackson's "kids", who are now indigent.
I suppose if you have any prayers for anyone involved in this horror, pray for them.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today in Racism

If we are going to prosecute folks for spreading racism and hate on the Internet, we should probably start here.
Hard to believe this fascist's blog is considered "mainstream" in this country.
A charming little thread posted today at smalldeadanimals.com, operated by a hate-filled woman in Delisle, Sasketchewan. Kate Macmillan, the Julius Streicher of the Canadian internet, has edited some of the comments that call her on her racism, but she has not taken out any that are blatant racial attacks on Native people. It's disgusting:

Original post:

June 24, 2009
What's Wrong With You People?
Can't you buy your own? What does a freaking bottle of hand sanitizer cost, anyway?
Posted by Kate at June 24, 2009 2:52 PM

antibacterial hand sanitizer to kill a virus?
Posted by: bobbie at June 24, 2009 2:58 PM

How did indians survive all those centuries before the federal government ran their lives for them?
You'd think the government would have to send every indian a doctor just to perform CPR on them 24/7 so they wouldn't have to go through the hassle of breathing on their own.
Posted by: Jason at June 24, 2009 3:06 PM

A bar of soap might be worth looking into.
Posted by: doowleb at June 24, 2009 3:08 PM

Do they want us to apply it to their hands as well?? Wipe off the excess for them?
Posted by: Soccermom at June 24, 2009 3:14 PM

They might not make it to the next bingo game if they had to buy their own. Talk about the give-me population. I suppose all other hygiene products must also be given out for free. Time to get rid of the Indian Act.
Posted by: MaryT at June 24, 2009 3:15 PM

Read that the stuff doesn't really work that well. Simply will not substitute for hand washing with soap for 20 seconds.
Don't rely on it.
Posted by: Gunney99 at June 24, 2009 3:20 PM

Filed under 'you can't have it both ways, chief!'
Posted by: Aaron at June 24, 2009 3:20 PM

Yay, Free Everything !!! Socialism on the Road to Communism at its finest. The Govern-mental Provider of Free Everything !!!
But seriously Gunney99 has it bang on "hand washing with soap for 20 seconds"
Posted by: Rural and Right at June 24, 2009 3:24 PM

You might be able to buy it for yourself if you live in southern Canada, but in the dry reserves they aren't allowed to stock it on the shelves or in the pharmacy.
Posted by: MeinBC at June 24, 2009 3:33 PM

I think it's also a factor of the patronizing attitude of Indian Affairs, who stupidly consider that IF a product contains alcohol and IF native reserves have a great deal of alcohol, THEN, the product can't be shipped to the reserve.
I presume this excludes various medicinal products such as..ahh..calamine lotion, Clinique products, and so on.
And yes, apparently they don't work that well. But, you'll still find them everywhere in the halls in hospitals.
Do they assume that someone on the reserve is going to set up a shop to separate the alcohol from the other products in the hand sanitizer and then....?
Posted by: ET at June 24, 2009 3:44 PM

Editors note:
This comment has been deleted, along with your other comments, due to the misuse of a third party's identity.
Your ip address has been noted and will be turned over at request should this person seek remedy against you.
Now, I strongly suggest that you find another place to play.
Posted by: Jennifer Lynch at June 24, 2009 3:46 PM

Hmmm ... I wonder if the delay is related to the fact that for the sanitizer to effective it must contain at least 30% alcohol ... regardless if it is methol or ethol alchol perhaps the concern is they might drink it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
... Duhhhhhhhh just wash your hands with soap !
Posted by: Brian at June 24, 2009 3:49 PM

" ... No racists here. No siree...
Posted by: Jennifer Lynch at June 24, 2009 3:46 PM ..."
Ah yes ... it is racist to tell someone to wash there hands ... oh but I forgot the lunatic BC HRC deemed that it was an HR offense for MacDonalds to insist one of their workers wash their hands.
Posted by: Brian at June 24, 2009 3:52 PM

Don't have basic toiletries? Blame whitey! Drop a kid in Wal-mart? It's society's fault! Leave your kids half naked outside in a blizzard? Get a lawyer to lay it on whitey! Want some respect and self esteem? Quit blaming everyone else for your problems and take responsibility for your family and community!
Posted by: DougInPA at June 24, 2009 3:56 PM

"I quickly pointed out that it's just as easy to get a bottle of Lysol in these communities as anything else. So to think that people are going to be purchasing Purel to become intoxicated, that's quite an outrageous leap to make."
Now THAT"S brand loyalty.
Posted by: richfisher at June 24, 2009 3:57 PM

Let's see, to what lengths will alcohol abusers go to see if it is "absolutely outrageous" to worry about people trying to distill the alcohol out of hand sanitizer. Drinking Lysol. Rubbing alchohol. Listerine. Engine anti-freeze. The alcohol from certain instrument gauges. Shoe polish. Some people make "bean juice" which is apparently very potent. Lock de-icer.
Yes, it is absolutely outrageous to think that anyone would even THINK about drinking hand sanitizer.
Posted by: grok at June 24, 2009 3:59 PM

Wouldn't this fall under "assimilation" if we sent them hand sanitizer?
Posted by: grok at June 24, 2009 4:03 PM

Garden Hill is in the middle of nowhere. I dont even know if they have a variety store there....seriously. It would depend on a reserve person or the reserve itself to run the store.
Many of these places are screwed up that way.
As for why the fed's need to supply or would stop hand sanitizers going up there...???? Oh my goodness. I would be curious to know if the health minister, an accomplished Inuit knew of these views being expressed. One cant assume that "community" of aboriginals is homogeneous in its views.
Would it shoock me if she was one of the people worried about that. Not at all.
By the way, how does a virus like that get to an isolated community. Must come through the pilots and passengers who are in airports. Honestly, Garden Hill is about as far from civilization as you can get. The only way in is float plane I believe.
Weird story....why the federal government wants to be responsible for every burp and quirk in these communities is beyond me.
Posted by: Stephen at June 24, 2009 4:05 PM

you just freeze the sanitizer on a popsicle stick and munch away, no worst then inhaling gasoline fumes is it???
Posted by: GYM at June 24, 2009 4:10 PM

What really took the cake was a Native woman in the report last night saying that delaying the shipment of hand sanitizer was "bordering on racism."
"Racism" and "racist" are no longer meaningful terms, as they are applied so promiscuously.
I guess this is where the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has brought us without the commensurate responsibilities and obligations.
Posted by: batb at June 24, 2009 4:11 PM

"What does a freaking bottle of hand sanitizer cost, anyway?" About 5 to 7 dollars.
Posted by: Warren Z at June 24, 2009 4:12 PM

As I understand it, some of the chiefs were afraid people would drink it.
"But Chief David Harper, of the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba, said he had such a discussion about alcohol-based sanitizers with his councillors, and they believed they had legitimate concerns. So, they found an alternative product."
One presumes Chief David Hill and his councilors would know whereof they speak, yes? I suspect drinking the sanitizer would kill you quicker than the swine flu.
Posted by: The Phantom at June 24, 2009 4:18 PM

I suspect the reason Kate raises First Nations issues in a negative way is due to some weird sense of envy - she knows full well the legitimacy of the s.35 rights and yet assails them in a forum that prevents any discussion of the legal and constitutional rights - keep banging your head on the wall Kate - there nothing you can do to change things
Posted by: BeardysCree at June 24, 2009 4:20 PM

I read this story last night and it made us laugh. Good grief! All of the medical releases regarding the flu, protect your self, WASH YOUR HANDS! You can't sit back and expect the government to come in a do that too!
Posted by: MaryM at June 24, 2009 4:22 PM

"keep banging your head on the wall Kate - there nothing you can do to change things"
"First Nations Politics: dedicated to upholding the definition of insanity".
Posted by: Kate at June 24, 2009 4:24 PM

Nothing sanitizes the hands better than good old soap and water. Surely they wouldn't need instructions on how to do that now, would they?
Oops, is that a racist statement?
Posted by: Liz J at June 24, 2009 4:27 PM

"... By the way, how does a virus like that get to an isolated community. Must come through the pilots and passengers who are in airports. Honestly, Garden Hill is about as far from civilization as you can get. The only way in is float plane I believe.
Posted by: Stephen at June 24, 2009 4:05 PM ..."

Stephen , when I first heard about H1N1 in some of these remote places , it made me wonder if the virus has actually been around and only recently has been identified.
Posted by: Brian at June 24, 2009 4:30 PM

Soap and water folks. Besides, those little bottles are not recyclable so we can't offend the green (eco) folks now can we. Heck, if they are so worried about keeping it a dry reserve then do what the Muslims do who had the same issue (for different reasons)in the British hospitals?
BeardysCree; under what section of any treaty does it mention hand sanitizer or are you just selectively interpreting it for us?
Posted by: Texas Canuck at June 24, 2009 4:39 PM

I read through the comments. God, SDA is such a shameful circus. Bigotry, racism, and tolerance in Canada do indeed have place to call home. Here.
At Kate's.
Posted by: Torybaiter at June 24, 2009 4:58 PM

I read through the comments. God, SDA is such a shameful circus. Bigotry, racism, and intolerance in Canada do indeed have place to call home. Here.
At Kate's.
Posted by: Torybaiter at June 24, 2009 4:58 PM

some years ago I worked "up north" as a teacher and was regularly assailed by my grade 9/10 students over how bad the government treated Aboriginals vs "White Men".
Their proof was housing. They would look at newspapers from major southern cities and deduce from the Real Estate section that the government was against them because it "gave the White Men much nicer houses than it gave Aboriginals"
My counter argument that the houses depicted in the newspapers didn't come from the government and had to be purchased was met with incredulity and accusations of lying.
Socialism . . . killing native cultures around the world much more insidiously than any conqueror's Army ever could.
Posted by: Fred at June 24, 2009 4:59 PM

Looks like we have two things.
Completely insane politicians and completely helpless Indians. Both are pretty useless as well.
We have a serious shortage of adults in Canada.
This sort of dilemma is what makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian.
Posted by: Momar at June 24, 2009 5:01 PM

I am not a doctor but many hand sanitizers are 30% or more ethyl alcohol or isopropanol. Both of these are hazardous to the health.
If this is indeed true then perhaps the swine flu was less risky than the chance of somebody drinking the sanitizer. The AFN may be a tad overreacting to some intelligent considerations.
Posted by: Earl the Pearl at June 24, 2009 5:01 PM

There's a small pox blanket joke in here somewhere
Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at June 24, 2009 5:07 PM

A bar of soap might be worth looking into.
I owned one of those once, but I gave it to a friend after I spent an entire evening unable to locate the ON switch.
Posted by: Sean at June 24, 2009 5:16 PM

In dry communities, you can't buy it. I think, though, instead of a debate in Ottawa, the discussion could have taken place with the band offices and let the Chiefs decide, as with Chief Harper.
If the community wants it, bring it in (and have it for sale). If they do not, there are obviously alternatives.
The federal government should let the band politicians make those decisions.
Posted by: cold canadian at June 24, 2009 5:19 PM

What exactly do you stand for, Kate? All you seem to do is spread hatred.
Posted by: Mary Sunshine at June 24, 2009 5:30 PM

The Editor's note of 3:46PM.
I didn't read the comments as they were deleted prior to my accessing the comments session.
I do, however believe that the commenter was deleted because he/she used Jennifer Lynch as a nom-de-blog.
While I can't disagree with the deletion, I must question why this was done when, in the past, other commenters have used such names as George Bush, Joe Clarke and others.
Are we still so afraid of the CHRC so that we cannot refer to Herself without fear of an action??
I'm not trying to be truculent here, only wanting an explanation as to why other prominent names are allowed and a cheap bureaucratic lackey's is not.
Posted by: Gerry at June 24, 2009 5:34 PM

antibacterial hand sanitizer to kill a virus?
The alcohol in it literally takes proteins apart.
"What does a freaking bottle of hand sanitizer cost, anyway?" About 5 to 7 dollars.
~Warren Z
They're selling them at Dollaramas for $1 each.
Posted by: Oz at June 24, 2009 5:41 PM

I have deleted imposters consistently in the past, and banned those who persisted.
There are other threads here inviting discussion on Jennifer Lynch, so your other question could have answered itself.
Names like "George Bush" are such obvious fakes, they don't rise to the same level of deceit. And of course, sometimes I just don't see them.
Posted by: Kate at June 24, 2009 5:43 PM

They couldn't afford it because, well, $10.5 billion dollars a year doesn't go as far as it used to..
Posted by: Kursk at June 24, 2009 5:46 PM

It is the left that should be ashamed for fostering the climate of soft racism in Canada when it comes to aboriginals.After all, the vast majority of the abuses came under the watch of 'Canada's natural governing party'
It took however, a Conservative govt to give women in their community matrimonial property rights, and it was the Conservatives who made the formal apology for the dismal Canadian Indian residential school system.
What has the left done to alleviate the misery, abuse and corruption of Canada's aboriginals, besides throwing good money after bad?
Claiming to earmark five billion dollars for the so called Kelowna Accord was a sham and an insult to those the left claimed they wanted to help.If it looks good without having to spend money (or to actually have to put actions to the rhetoric) the Liberals and NDP will be there with bells on..
Posted by: Kursk at June 24, 2009 6:01 PM

yep.hand cleaner to thwart all diease. why, with 100k per native being consumed by indian affairs is there a hungry, sick or dirty inian in this country. they should all be healthy and living in conditions better than the rest of us.
Posted by: old white guy at June 24, 2009 6:38 PM

While in the waiting room at the childrens hospital last weekend, I watched a non-native man come in, rip the hand sanitizer off the wall, stuff into his backpack and walk out!
Posted by: jude at June 24, 2009 6:49 PM

First Nations leaders in Manitoba have slammed federal health officials...
If I were a native/aboriginal/indian, I'd be p'd-off with the Big Chiefs who attracted this sillyness in the first place. What kind of reaction did they expect to such a story?
But I'm not, and don't let my use of the subjunctive mislead.
Posted by: g at June 24, 2009 6:58 PM

Garden Hill has multiple daily flights from Winnipeg via Perimeter Air. It's not really all that isolated, it's merely remote.
Getting a crate of sanitizer to the band should be trivial. Sounds like a money grab to me.
Posted by: Adune at June 24, 2009 7:12 PM

"I have deleted impostors consistently in the past, and banned those who persisted."
George Bush, Jennifer Lynch are obvious fakes but I'm pretty sure that's the real Vitruvius posting though. The boy just knows too much. Perhaps a reincarnation of sorts. If he is the real one he's aged very gracefully. Due to clean living no doubt.
Posted by: gord at June 24, 2009 7:23 PM

After a couple'o millenia, you get used to this sort'o stuff, Gord ;-) But seriously, though, actually, someone from IP address just posted as me (although with obvious errors) on another thread. I have unpublished said comment and left a note there, but be aware.
Posted by: Vitruvius at June 24, 2009 7:30 PM

Oh no you di_n't! Whatcha mean "you people"?
batb said:
"What really took the cake was a Native woman in the report last night saying that delaying the shipment of hand sanitizer was "bordering on racism.""
I suspect that if the hand sanitizer was distributed, and someone did get drunk or sick; the same commenter’s would accuse the Conservatives of being ignorant to the First Nation’s struggle with alcoholism. The financial and political cost of distributing the sanitizer is far greater than the chosen alternative.
Posted by: Indiana Homez at June 24, 2009 7:42 PM

"It appears that public health officials, the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and chiefs discussed the sanitizer issue and whether it would be appropriate to send the disinfectants to communities battling alcohol addiction."------Well,I never,this is so racist.How dare they !!!
Posted by: wallyj at June 24, 2009 7:52 PM

"A senior health official confirmed to the committee that chiefs and public-health officials debated the sanitizer issue at length in the nascent stages of the outbreak last month. 'The discussion was with the best interests of our clients in mind,' said Anne-Marie Robinson, assistant deputy minister of Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. 'We have had some rare experiences in our communities where we have had theft of hand sanitizers. … We do have communities where we have large proportions of people who suffer from addiction. … We have had a number of people come forward, and some evidence, where this could potentially put people at risk.'"
OK. What's wrong with the picture the media is portraying about HandSanitizerGate, which seems to be the sole fault of the federal government, read: the CPC?
'Seems that some Native chiefs and "a number of other people" were angling for the alcohol-laden hand sanitizers not to be sent to Native reserves for fear they might jeopardize those with alcohol-related addictions, but the blame still seems to have been laid solely at the feet of the CPC -- especially in the television media and by many of the Native chiefs.
David McDougall, chief of St. Theresa Point First Nation, says, “The whole community was put at risk because someone was worried that a handful of people might abuse the stuff.”
"Someone" is at fault. And, according to Mr. McDougall, it's not him or his people, it's the government. And according to Torybaiter, above, anyone who points this out is "bigot[ed], racis[t], and intoleran[t]."
You're right, Indiana Homez. If someone dies from the shipment of hand sanitizers to some reserves, PMSH and his CPC will get it in the jugular for that.
'Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
Posted by: batb at June 24, 2009 8:02 PM

wallyj, we must have been on the same wavelength ... now what?!
Posted by: batb at June 24, 2009 8:04 PM

White people are continually berated for being slave owners, being cruel to native populations, being arrogant and uncaring and bigoted and cruel and greedy and selfish etc etc. But that is all okay right?
Yet when another culture is criticized for appearing to be pretty useless, inept and pitifully reliant on other people's kindness and EXTORTED MONEY .. (through satire, cynicism and humor) ... that is NOT OK RIGHT?
It should be noted that in the past there were some awful things done by white people to Indians and Negros, but that was a long time ago. There is no one living today who has done these horrid things. Those who are living today are paying through the nose to support and pacify those offended peoples. Those people have every opportunity to do whatever they wish and achieve whatever they want. In fact through affirmative action they actually have more opportunity now that white folks.
What you trolls are missing is that it is not bigotry or racism at work, it's frustration that our leaders are perpetuating this sorry condition and there seems to be nothing to change it.
Until people get up on their hind legs and do for themselves, they cannot expect anything but resentment and scorn.
I have seen native reservies and black ghettos and what they have in common is squalor and filth. Housing that is falling aparty, graffiti, old cars, weeds, trash all littering everything.
Why is this small bit of effort to clean it up and paint it beyond the pale with these people? Where is the pride and self respect?
I remember the swell of Italians that flowed into Canada in the fifties. They had trouble getting jobs. Yet their homes were neat and tidy and they all had gardens. Many of them just went into business for themselves and to this day they literally have a stranglehold on the construction industry in Ontario. They have fully assimilated and are community leaders. The same for the Greeks and Poles and Ukrainians. They all came here with nothing and in those days they received nothing from government.
There is no excuse for living the desperate live that we see on reservations and ghettos. How one lives is a CHOICE when you live in a country that allows people to choose.
I don't feel sorry for the po' Indians who cannot get hand cleaner. They could get it if they wanted to.
The Indian industry gets about 12 billion a year. if we divided that up, each native would be rich.
I cannot even guess at what the immigration department is wasting.
The real issue is that those of us who work our assess of to make a life for ourselves and our families, are tired of paying for those who lay around and whine all day.
That scenario is a direct result of Liberalism gone haywire.
When you help someone, they will always remember you ... the next time they need help.
Who was it that said ...
- The Lord helps those who help themselves?
- The harder I work, the luckier I get.
- Nothing good comes easy.
There is no mystery to being successful and self-reliant. It takes a little gumption and a willingness to work.
My best advice is to get of the arse and figure out how to get your own hand cleaner. It will make you proud.
I have a few successful native friends. They work and live pretty much the way I do.
Posted by: Momar at June 24, 2009 8:16 PM

"What exactly do you stand for, Kate? All you seem to do is spread hatred."
No hatred here. Kate just exposes the "insanity" that many of us miss because we don't read the MSM.(oh, are they then spreading hatred?)
Horny toad
Posted by: Horny Toad at June 24, 2009 8:37 PM

We should stop being so racist and paternalistic, and ship them all the hand sanitizer they need. We could make Christopher Pauchay the Commissar of Hand Sanitizer.
What could possibly go wrong?
Posted by: gordinkneehill at June 24, 2009 8:40 PM

Oh it was KATE that deleted that post! Whew!
I saw "Jennifer Lynch" and thought that SDA had been taken over by the CHRC and we were all in the sh*t!
Posted by: Edward Teach at June 24, 2009 8:49 PM

"What really took the cake was a Native woman in the report last night saying that delaying the shipment of hand sanitizer was "bordering on racism."
Funny....I would bet that IF they had gotten Hand Sanitizer they would be all over the government for promoting alcohol abuse on reserves.
The CPC government cannot win for losing. i would really like to know the back story on this - as I am sure this is being spun for maximum effect.
Posted by: Alberta Girl at June 24, 2009 8:49 PM

Sigh....i see batb said exactly the same thing - which I would have known if I had taken the time to read the comments before posting my own.
Posted by: Alberta Girl at June 24, 2009 8:51 PM

"What really took the cake was a Native woman in the report last night saying that delaying the shipment of hand sanitizer was "bordering on racism."
Well it's official now. That word no longer has any meaning.
Posted by: Edward Teach at June 24, 2009 8:58 PM

BeardysCree wrote: "I suspect the reason Kate raises First Nations issues in a negative way is due to some weird sense of envy - she knows full well the legitimacy of the s.35 rights and yet assails them in a forum that prevents any discussion of the legal and constitutional rights - keep banging your head on the wall Kate -there nothing you can do to change things"
What is to be envied about adults who will not take their own destinies into their own hands?
Proper hygiene clears up a lot of things, moreso than impulse-buy hand sanitiser.
Wash. Your hands.
Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at June 24, 2009 9:08 PM

Vile thread. You should all be ashamed.
I see it is being mocked at www.ottawawatch.blogspot.com
Posted by: Mary Sunshine at June 24, 2009 9:19 PM

What's Ottawawatch and how many readers does it have?
A racist is a conservative winning an argument with a liberal/telling the truth in public.
Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at June 24, 2009 9:29 PM

" ... this is very close to racism" are the exact words of Grand Chief Betsy Kennedy of the War Lake First Nations Reserve.
Chief Kennedy is "demanding an apology." It's not clear from whom she's hoping she'll get one, but in the context of the media presentation of the issue, with Natives "outraged," it would appear she'd like an apology from "government officials." Interestingly, however, some of these government officials appear to be Native themselves (Anne Marie Robinson, assistant deputy minister of Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, talked about "our communities" when referring to concerns about theft of the hand sanitizers and addictions.) So, will Grand Chief Kennedy be asking an apology of them, as well?
It's "close to racism," IMO, to accuse non-Native "government officials" and not her own people of delaying delivery of hand sanitizers to Native reserves.
Listen to how CTV couched the controversy on last night's newscasts:
"Government officials may have delayed giving First Nations people hand sanitizers because they contained alcohol, and leaders are outraged."
Yup. It's racism, pure and simple, and all Whitey's fault -- and yet close observation of what has happened in this controversy, makes it clear that Native leaders are just as culpable of wrongdoing, if that's what it is, as the 'guilty' "government officials."
Posted by: batb at June 24, 2009 9:31 PM

Used to be the indians could make their own soaps from forest things. But i guess theyre too busy/
Posted by: reg dunlop at June 24, 2009 9:37 PM

Mary Sunshine (oh yeah?): "Vile thread. You should all be ashamed."
But you're a fine one to talk. Shame on you for not looking into the details of this issue, for simply accepting at face value what the media has reported about this controversy.
Maybe you can discover who Grand Chief Betsy Kennedy wants an apology from and then explain to the rest of us why, when Native leaders were very much involved in the decision to not send hand sanitizers to certain reserves, it's "racist, non-Native government officials" -- according to the media and Chief Kennedy -- who are solely at fault.
Yes, that would be a fitting penance for your vile misrepresentation of we who "should be ashamed."
Posted by: batb at June 24, 2009 9:40 PM

Hand sanitizer has been a savior for doctors as there was a time 10 years ago when I was ready to start buying gloves in lots of 10,000 as washing ones hands with soap causes dermatitis. There is nothing worse for the hands than washing them 40-50x/day with soap and the only alternative is to put on a new pair of gloves before seeing each patient. When one has dermatitis, hand infections are more likely which is why people don't like using soap.
With hand sanitizer I can use it after every patient and maintain the integrity of my skin. All the literature I've seen demonstrates that hand sanitizer is as effective as washing with soap and water (obviously one uses soap and water when hands get covered with blood or other bodily fluids). Alcohol based hand sanitizers are the best.
To prevent infections one needs to use hand sanitizer after every contact with people and there aren't any places where one can use soap and water on city busses or in taxis. I carry a bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer with me wherever I go.
One of the possible reasons American indians are getting influenza at higher rates is probably low vitamin D levels. Also, birds seem to transport influenza viruses around the world and birds can easily get into remote reserves. One of the strongest correlates with influenza epidemics is population vitamin D levels as vitamin D is involved in production of antimicrobial peptides in the body. When the H5N1 hysteria first surfaced I started taking 10,000 units of D3 daily and didn't catch a cold from any of my patients for months. Recently I did acquire a viral infection and this was when I thought it was time to get my vitamin D from sunlight and backed off the high dose D3 (obviously I've been working too many hours and not spending enough time outside). H5N1 is no big deal and just a way for the world hysteria organization to get more publicity for itself.
Posted by: loki at June 24, 2009 9:45 PM

only those with their hand on the purse stings can be "racist", or AT FAULT, cuz they are the ones that NEED to pay:-))))
Posted by: GYM at June 24, 2009 10:47 PM

On CTV a woman commented that she "just wants to be treated like all Canadians".
OK then, how about paying some taxes?
Or the flip side: I guess I should expect my case of government paid hand sanitizer any day now?
Posted by: Anne (not from Cornwall) at June 24, 2009 10:50 PM

Having lived in St. Theresa Point, the community that has been in the news, I'd like to contribute some basic info on living conditions.
No running water. Water is obtained from a large tank at the bottom of the road.
No septic. Outhouses.
No doctors. Nursing station .
The main store is on an island off the shore...access by boat(or ski-doo)
The entire community is fly-in...
It is indeed a dry community with % alcohol laws. This is not to say that the sanitizer easily available as a security for 'non-native' Canadians shouldn't have been available to STP. Once the flu starts going around, its pretty hard to stop it. Every year. These people have large asthma and diabetes problems which make them more susceptible . Also nutrition is not great, as the cheapest food is also the worst. Only those with credit cards have the option of flying in their own supply. Others are at the mercy of the local store, which in 1990 charged $8 for 4lts of milk and $1 for a banana. We flew our food in from Winnipeg. Even at 50 cents a lb.(at the time) it was much cheaper.
Not all Manitona natives live in fly-in communities, but those that do have a pretty basic lifestyle that doesn't include what we mostly take for granted...like water, warmth, food and healthcare.
It ain't easy street.
Posted by: lwestin at June 24, 2009 10:54 PM

No one is saying that acquiring essentials in the north is either cheap or easy. But at some point you have to wonder why they even bother with a band council or chiefs if these twits are so incompetent that they cannot arrange for a case of hand sanitizer to be flown in. If they have time to bitch at the government for not doing it for them, they sure as hell had time to do something about it themselves.
That's the point. What's wrong with these people???

Posted by: Kate at June 24, 2009 11:06 PM
Hand sanitizer is a problem? LOL!
When I worked up north I saw indians melt shoe polish and poor it thru bread to get the alcohol out of it. I think 'hand-sanitizer' is the least of their worries.
The solution to the 'indian cycle of poverty' is to get them the hell off of the reserves and out from the tender mercies of their respective 'elder-councils', give'em a one time monetary/land apology award and call it a day.
Posted by: missing link at June 24, 2009 11:36 PM

lime beer is flying off the shelf,sooooo how about some lime hand sanitizer.
Posted by: inn of the north at June 24, 2009 11:40 PM

I find it strange, that even here at SDA, people address aboriginal issues by deferring to the great "them" ... either the chiefs, the community, the reserve, government, the Band Council, etc. What we have constructed, in essence, is a communist system ... the central committee (the Fed), the politburo made up of the chiefs ... and the regional organizations being the reserves. There is no “individual” left in Indian governance ... it's all one big sloppy tax sucking collective. The Indian person, as an individual, does not exist.
While the rest of us decide, as individuals, whether or not to swill hand sanitizer (or Finesse Hairspray as is the fashion in Saskatoon) Indians are expected to make decisions as a collective ... a herd ... watched over by corrupt chiefs and bureaucrats. Instead of Indian and Northern Affairs, we should call it The Union of Socialist Indian Reserves ... or Cooperatives. It’s a perfect Commi system, right here, under our very noses.
I know that the following is a radical thought and completely foreign to the progressive mindset, but how about each Indian person make a personal decision to either consume hand sanitizer, or to use it for its intended purpose ... and then, to suffer or benefit from the consequences of their actions just like the rest of us are expected to. But then, that’d sidestep the collective.
Posted by: Cjunk at June 24, 2009 11:42 PM

I suspect Chief Kennedy is really looking for an apology with a cheque attached.
Posted by: Scott at June 25, 2009 12:57 AM

Tried some hand sanitizer with coke last night.
Not that good.
Posted by: Yogi at June 25, 2009 7:19 AM

Hearing about conditions at St. Theresa Point (above), I thought, yup, a war zone. Why in G*d's name don't the chiefs, with the almost $13 billion they receive every year DO something about the absolutely appalling medieval conditions that exist on far too many reservations?
The government Sugar Daddy isn't going to fix these problems, no matter how much money they take from the rest of us to throw at the utterly dysfunctional, squalid cesspools far too many reservations have become.
Until the Native chiefs stop blaming Whitey and begin to own their people's problems, roll up their sleeves to solve them, and begin to demand responsibility and accountability from themselves and their people, they're doomed to a sub-sub-standard of living.
My G*d. If my family and I had the resources Native Canadians have been the recipients of for years, we'd be living in the lap of luxury. Natives need a new management model, which has nothing to do with annual payouts of billion$ of taxpayer dollars. Charity begins at home, folks.
Posted by: batb at June 25, 2009 7:24 AM

As others have mentioned, getting off the reserves has got to be an option. Why should Native Canadians be immune to a solution countless people through the millennia have had to resort to when the going gets tough?
When this happens, the tough get going -- usually to other locales where they have a chance of beginning a new life. That's the story of immigration the world over.
Since when are Natives exempt from having to move when the going gets not only tough but unbearable?
Posted by: batb at June 25, 2009 7:42 AM

I'm sorry the post is so long. I just don't want to be accused of selecting, editing or manipulating this stuff. And I just wanted to collect this charming post and comments before they're, um, sanitized.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

There has to be a better way

For the second time this year, police in northern Simcoe County have shot a mentally disabled man at his own home.
We pay cops a lot of money, so we should be able to find people who can deal with tricky situations. Any idiot can shoot someone.

Why are Canwest Shares Worth 13 Cents?

Well, two reasons:

1. The company is run by people who are used to making money by hiding behind TV monopolies created under the frederal government's Canadian content policies. They don't actually know how to run a real media company. They just pretend to. A great model in 1990. Not so good now.

2. As the Globe's Andrew Willis suggests, the stock is probably overvalued. Those people who sold it short (like shooting fish in a barrel, they bet against Canwest stock in the TSX crap game) still have to buy stock to complete their contracts. Canwest stock's real value (assets minus corporate debt divided by shareholders) is probably zero. The chances of the stock surviving a "restructuring" and being reborn as real equity is slim to none.

That doesn't mean the TV stations and the newspapers are done. Far from it. They are, in fact, cash cows. But when the dairy farmer has recklessly borrowed against Bessie, then Bessie gets her bovine ass sold. Right now, there are some guys from the next concession giving Bessie the once-over.

Great moments in journalism, part VII

A writer recently said that journalists used to be drawn from the smartest of the working class, but now they come from the dumbest of the upper class.
The Globe and Mail certainly seems to be trying hard to prove that point. At least, that's the affectation the paper's writers have tried to create in the past twenty years, with so much damage to itself.

Monday, June 22, 2009

King of Beasts

A guy in Mexico was sick of having his shop broken into, so he had this clip-job done on his dog. So far, it's kept the bad guys away.

Canwest... whaddadeal!

I haven't been looking at Canwest's ticker price much lately. I have been following its restructuring. Essentially, the bond holders now effectively control Canwest but have not mucked out the Aspers and their toadies...yet. Once that's done, the break-up and sell-off begins.
But my old fishin' buddy Warren Kinsella did check, and found Canwest's stock price hit a new all-time low of 13 cents on Friday.
But, to all the people who think I have been too hard on Canwest (I pointed out $6 ago that this company was fucked), there's a silver lining. Canwest has bounced back by a full 7%! It's now 14 cents!
Meanwhile, the Globe's staff has voted to strike on June 30.
My bet: the union will cave, the way the Ottawa Citizen's union did last summer. A strike would be insane, even if it is justified.

Calling bullshit

From my experience, it only takes a couple of phone calls from rich and/or powerful people to spook a Canadian newspaper editor, no matter how big the paper. Canadian editors are so shit-scared they'll be fired (and, because of the market and the small size of Canada's incestuous media, permanently unemployed) that they'll always take the easy, less controversial route. So, like most other Canadian writers, I don't even bother trying to get anything controversial into a Canadian newspaper. They're run by stenographers and flunkies. Journalism is, in its traditional meaning, dead in this country.
There are still reporters reporting and publications publishing, but if you look carefully, you'll see that there's very little "speaking truth to power" anymore. John Ralston Saul, of all people, got it right when he called Canada's journalists "courtiers" at a lecture a few years back.
You will see journalists doing the kind of attacks that 60 Minutes devised years ago: stings and "gotchas" of people who are on the fringes of power or who have already been brought down by regulators.
A few months ago, I killed whatever was left of my newspaper career by appearing on TV Ontarion with the then-editor of the Globe and the editor of the Toronto Star. Everyone was shocked that I had told these guys they were hurting the business by publishing news on the Internet. Their answers were lame, and they pointed to old investigations, like the Star's almost pre-Internet police racism expose, to justify themselves.
In fact, political writers in this country rarely break big stories. Instead, they curry favor for handouts of uninteresting, self-serving government and opposition pap.
(Though there's still a flicker of light. Lysiane Gagnon does a great job of calling bullshit on Michael Ignatieff in today's Globe. More than ever, the best punditry is done by people like Gagnon who rarely interact with the people they write about).
I wouldn't care all that much, except it's killing democracy. It's helped cause the decay of Parliament (although it is not the only reason for the erosion of the House of Commons. Public expectations and cynicism have a lot to do with it, too.)
And it's a problem that has seeped over from the States, where you have to turn to Comedy Central for the best punditry in America.

It's always Ezra, Ezra, Ezra!

The Jan Brady of Canada's Human Rights industry blames Levant for her problems, ignores her less, um, aggresssive critics in the mainstream media, writers' groups and academia.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Canadian journalist disappears in Iran

Maziar Bahari, a Canadian working in Iran for Newsweek, has been grabbed by that tyranny's police.
I doubt Ottawa has much pull in Tehran, but this country must do what it can to spring Bahari before it's too late.

Every day is a Happy Father's Day

These kids are the sun and the moon, air and food, the great blessings of my life.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Journalistic ass-whump of the month

I read it while shopping at Chapters today: the piece in the latest Maclean's in which Paul Wells basically calls out Mark Steyn as a fascist. Wells, one of the few Canadian writers who tries to understand modern Europe, trashes Steyn's theory of creeping Islamicization of Europe. He mocks Steyn's arguments that the nationalist parties in Europe are making some kind of real political hay, and he says Steyn and Dutch politician Geert Wilders' claims of 40 million Muslims in "Europe" include the 20 million Muslims in Russia (European and Asian) and the six million Muslims in the European part of Turkey (Istanbul and surrounding area). It's actually worth buying the magazine to read it*, and I'm waiting patiently for the Steynian shoe to drop.
My take: somewhere in the middle. I'm always suspicious of "fun with numbers" and I'm no friend of xenophobes, but I noticed, among friends and relatives in Europe, a growing unease after the murder of Theo van Gogh and the Paris banlieu riots.

* But you don't have to, because the people who run Maclean's are so stupid that they give it to you. See post below about the troubles of the print media business.

Enough is enough

"Despite that November directive, eHealth management hired consultants to organize a Christmas party."

Time for an investigation by the RCMP anti-rackets squad and a public inquiry.

Grim times in newspaperland

Canadian Press does a great job analyzing the current lousy state of affairs in central Canadian newspapers. Cuts at LaPresse and the National Post, wage roll-backs and a possible strike at the Globe, more cuts to Quebecor's already bled-white Ontario small town papers. It's all pretty grim.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Kym Pruesse 1961-2009

Kym, who taught at the Ontario College of Art, was a close friend of mine for the past twenty-five years. She was bright, strong-willed and talented. Kym was a painter and a glass blower who studied at Seneca College, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the University of Western Ontario, where she earned a Master's specializing in concepts of art criticism. She taught at the University of Windsor as a sessional lecturer before joining the full-time faculty at OCA. She was one of Toronto's best art show curators and organizers, closely connected to the YYZ Gallery.
That's CV stuff. Those of us who loved her knew her to be very bright, somewhat stubborn, and extremely kind-hearted. She always adopted the cause of the underdog and was one of those people who tried to save every struggling or screwed-up person she came across. In another life, Kym would have been a suffragette or a missionary.
Kym had some bizarre adventures. She travelled through South America for many months, caught Hep B in Brazil and became dreadfully ill, and ended up being cared for in the home of a doctor who fell in love with her. She had already wandered through India for a year.
Kym came from a great family. Her father, who died just a few months ago, overcame the brutal injuries of a teenage accident to get his PhD and become chief psychologist at the Penetanguishene psych hospital. Her mother was an artist and craftsperson who worked at a shelter for abused women and children until her premature death five years ago.
Kym didn't have children and, I think she would forgive me for saying, she was not lucky in love. Her strong desire to help people improve themselves spread, I'm afraid, into her personal life, at great cost to her. But she did have three very loving sisters and a great, kind brother. And she had many, many friends who are utterly shocked that she's gone from us at the age of 48.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yagottabekiddin' Dept.

Right? Right?

Who will get my vote?

The party that actually shows signs of preparing to do something about the nice little police state we've got brewing in this country. Whether it's cops rigging juries in Windsor and Simcoe County, MasterCard Marxists and Birkenstock Bolshies stripping people of free speech rights on the Internet and refusing to account for their actions in Parliament, cops getting personal information about you from your Internet service provider and trolling Facebook to see if you hang with the wrong crowd, or the ludicrous Parliament Hill security guards that put five-year-olds through scanners before they visit the Senate, the trend is not good. It seems 9-11 was the best thing to happen to the forces of tyranny in this country (and the US, for that matter).
The more we talk about rights in this country, the fewer we actually seem to have.

Way to pick 'em...

You're part of an oppressed minority.
Your people have been persecuted for more than eight centuries.
You've had enough.
You want to live somewhere friendly and safe, in a place famous for its tolerance, a place where history is one long story of man helping his fellow man.
So you choose Belfast.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The fake crisis

Very good sources tell me Elections Canada has paid election rebates -- usually about $100,000 each -- to just 20% of the Liberal ridings that qualify for them. This adds up to millions of dollars that the Liberal Party would need to fight an election, and which it does not have on-hand. Today, Canadian Press found out what the hold up is. So this week's election gambit was, at best, a bluff. At worst, it was a rather transparent and ludicrous attempt to appear to be driving government policy in this country.
Ignatieff has it in him to be a great Liberal leader and Prime Minister. But he's nowhere near it yet. He comes across as shallow, an empty vessel, a man waiting for some bad luck to befall Harper so he can take advantage of it. His problem: he plays the Ottawa game when, in fact, he could rise above it.
Right now, he does seem like the most crass of opportunists, a man interested in the game but not really engaged in an attempt to make Ottawa work. He also comes across as a man with a mean streak. If Jean Chretien looks like the guy who drove the getaway car, Ignatieff comes across as the guy who planned the heist.

Teaching Canadian history

Last night, I helped my 14-year-old daughter with her Gr. 8 history homework. She struggles quite a lot with history. So would I, if I had to deal with assigned readings that were wrong.
A handout, written by an education materials company, claimed Sir John A. Macdonald was the leader of the Conservatives of Canada East (Quebec). He, according to the bumpf, entered into a coalition in 1864 with the leader of the Ontario Reform Party, George Brown.
Ummmm... that's not quite how it worked. The good people of Kingston would be rather amazed to find Macdonald was a Quebec politician.
Macdonald was in a political alliance with George Etienne Cartier, leader of the Parti Bleu bloc from Quebec. Brown's support helped Macdonald and Cartier pull together enough Canadian MPs to start the Confederation ball rolling.
The writers of the handout may have believed Macdonald, as leader of the Conservatives, represented both Canada East and Canada West tories, while Brown's Reformers were a Canada West party (leaving their alliance with Dorion and the Parti Rouge out of the equation). But that would be a mis-reading of the situation, since Macdonald had no ability to "whip" Cartier and the Bleus into supporting anything. In fact, MPs of the time were quite independent.
I'm amazed the authors of the material made Macdonald a Quebec politician and left out Cartier altogether. I suspect the stuff was written in the States.
Today, the Globe runs yet another op-ed piece on the lack of teaching of Canadian history in schools.
I am not sure we need more Canadian history, especially if it's at the expense of world history. Canadian history simply doesn't make sense if you don't know American and European history.
It would also help if teachers actually knew Canadian history and could spot whoppers like the stuff I found.
I wrote a note to the teacher offering to re-write the handout so it was accurate. It will be interesting to see if I hear anything back.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Today in narrow, stupid xenophobia

A province that has a hospital system so bad that my father-in-law spent four days last month lying untreated in a Hull emergency ward with a broken hip still has the energy, time and money to fight over allowing musicians to sing in English at the "fete national" festivities in Montreal.
I suppose this stuff keeps people's minds off the fact the roads and bridges are falling apart, the schools and universities are substandard, the population is stagnant, the economy has flat-lined, the cops are despised and the honesty of the government -- at all levels -- is questionable.

Eyes wide shut

Looks like the annual June "will there be a summer election/leadership convention/extended sitting of Parliament to deal with the emergency du jour" crisis is over.

Today's CHRC Follies

Called before a House of Commons committee, Jennifer Lynch, the head of the CHRC finds she can't make time for the tribunes of the unwashed. Surprisingly, no one asks where Lynch is. (My bet is she's off vetting yet another empty op-ed piece written by a speechwriter). She sends a couple of flunkies who become blog fodder for my friend Kady at Maclean's.

Question Period Lowlights

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, in a reasonable and measured way the Leader of the Opposition raised four important issues yesterday. The Prime Minister responded by offering a meeting which is taking place now.
The issues were these: the isotope crisis, employment insurance improvements, the federal deficit and actual spending on infrastructure. On this latter point who in the government has a complete tally of actual infrastructure expenditures to date, not just announcements or promises or wishful thinking but hard expenditures already made? Who can give those numbers specifically?

Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Industry, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is very simple. We need only go to actionplan.gc.ca to see 3,200 projects in various stages of implementation and not just on the side of stimulus spending for infrastructure. There is an extra $10 billion that we have announced that we are now in the process or our partners are in the process of hiring the construction workers, the architects and so on.
What this is really about is the fact that the Leader of the Liberal Party cares more about himself than the future of these projects, cares more about himself than the future economic recovery of this country.
That is a shame. Worse than that, it is an abomination.

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the minister still cannot give the numbers.
Conservatives allege wrongly that unless their financial estimates are approved on Friday the stimulus package will grind to a halt, but that is not true.
The budget was approved in February. The budget implementation bill was passed in March. So were the supplementary estimates and the interim supply bill. The government even gave itself extraordinary power to allocate money in April, May and June for spending through the rest of the year. So it has the money.
However look at the record. The Conservatives left billions of approved dollars idle that last year. Why can they not admit those facts?

Hon. Vic Toews (President of the Treasury Board, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Canadians do not want an election. Neither does our government.
If the opposition votes to bring down our government negotiations on infrastructure contribution agreements between the various levels of government will immediately cease. Thousands of projects will not go ahead in this construction season.
An irresponsible decision by the opposition to bring down this government will jeopardize our economy, will jeopardize tens of thousands of jobs across this country.

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, that answer is only a confession of incompetence.
The government's Treasury Board official confirmed that 93% of stimulus spending is totally unaffected by anything that happens this week. The tiny remainder is easily covered by the blank cheque in the government's interim supply bill which is already law.
Therefore the votes this week pose no threat to stimulus, not a penny. The threat is the government's inability to get approved money out the door, shovels in the ground and jobs created.
I ask this again. How much was actually spent in the first 120 days?

Hon. Vic Toews (President of the Treasury Board, CPC): Mr. Speaker, let us make this perfectly clear for Canadians across the country.
If the opposition votes to bring down the government the infrastructure negotiations, the contribution agreements between provinces, municipalities, NGOs and private sector organizations will immediately cease. Tens of thousands of jobs will be in jeopardy and our economic recovery will be in jeopardy.
The opposition members are being irresponsible. Shame on them!

L'hon. Denis Coderre (Bourassa, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, c'est totalement irresponsable de ce président du Conseil du Trésor et il le sait bien. Lorsqu'on a voté pour les budgets, on était en mesure de négocier. L'argent, on l'a accepté. Alors, tout ce qu'il dit, c'est faux! Qu'on le dise en anglais ou en français, ce qu'il a dit est faux!
Maintenant, puisqu'il y a un plan pour l'automne en ce qui a trait à l'assurance-emploi, qu'est-ce qui retient la ministre de le déposer immédiatement?

Hon. Vic Toews (President of the Treasury Board, CPC): Mr. Speaker, who is misleading the House but that member? That member is misleading the House when he says that. In fact who will negotiate all of the contribution agreements when the government falls? All of those negotiations end at that point. There are hundreds of negotiations on projects going on at this very moment and the irresponsible decision by that opposition party to bring down the government brings those jobs, brings those projects, brings our economy into jeopardy.

L'hon. Denis Coderre (Bourassa, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, j'ai été ministre pendant plus longtemps que lui et je sais comment cela fonctionne. Quand on est en campagne électorale, ce sont les fonctionnaires qui négocient, pas le monsieur avec sa valise qui s'endormira dans son coin. Je veux toutefois poser une question sérieuse.
Tout à l'heure, la ministre hésitait à se lever. Peut-elle nous dire pourquoi, au niveau de l'assurance-emploi, ne peut-elle pas déposer son plan immédiatement? Cet été les gens crèveront de faim et ils veulent savoir ce qu'ils feront par rapport à l'assurance-emploi. Qu'attend-elle?

Hon. Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we did make substantial improvements to the EI system to help those Canadians who need and deserve our help: five extra weeks, expanded the work sharing program, now protecting 130,000 jobs. We are looking at a promise that we made during the 2008 campaign, one that would allow access to EI benefits for self-employed workers on a voluntary basis, but that is a major design change to the system. It cannot be done within a week, but we will have it ready for the fall.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bullshit award of the day

A textbook author in Toronto made enough money from his calculus textbook to afford a $20 million house. This is absurd on its face. There's no serious insight or leap in pedagogy involved in writing a standard textbook. That's what makes it standard. It's hard, but it shouldn't make you a millionaire.

Sorry, Seth, old sport, but the royalties on a text lie somewhere between 0 and 2%. Even if your unnamed author's book sold 100,000 copies, which would be astounding, and even if it cost $200, the price of a major law school hard copy text (and I know what they cost, believe me), the writer would be, in his wildest dreams, making $400,000, before taxes.

Here's a thought. I'm no friggin' genius and I ain't written no textbooks, but I know people who have and who sometimes save the royalty cheques because they're so ridiculously small. But anyways, Seth, here's a thought:

Maybe the guy who wrote the math text (if, he in fact exists) is some kind of friggin' math genius who invented some incredibly useful thing like a computer algorithm, and maybe, well, he's real smart.


And it turns out that he is. The house belongs to a guy -- if the facts in this blog post are correct -- who, for the past sixty years, has written the series of calculus texts that have been the standard for most of the world. . So basically, this guy is the top brain in a very important area of mathematics. He has sold millions upon millions of books, just like John Grisham, Clive Custler and the women who wrote the Harry Potter series. He saved all his life, after years and years of being the top expert in his field, to build this rather ridiculous house. The blogger suggests Prof. Stewart never made any money any other way: not from teaching, investments, consulting, inheritance. It all came from his book.
Then the blogger suggests, with a line of logic that would make Leon Trotsky blush, students steal the wealthy prof's work by (illegally) posting it on the Internet. The blogger suggests the thieves post it under a "creative commons", an option that is, in fact, only open to the copyright owner.

Well, shame on Prof. Stewart, right, Seth?
Actually, we're lucky the guy didn't leave for the States long ago.

BTW, you should see where the money you spend on AC/DC CDs goes.


The new Maclean's practice of doing Weekly World News covers to generate buzz and expand the readership demographics to the under-70 set just got embarassing and/or expensive.

John Baird sews up the GTA

From Michael De Adder, Canada's best cartoonist:

Harper tries to put off an election

Obviously the Prime Minister really, really doesn't want an election.
How badly does he not want an election?
Enough that he actually held a short Q&A with Hill reporters today.
Here's enough of the exchange to grasp the talking points:

Stephen Harper:
Just very briefly, Mr. Ignatieff said he doesn't want an election. I don't want an election. I don't think anybody wants an election. I don't think nybody in Canada wants or expects an election. This government is proceeding with its Economic Action Plan as was promised in the January budget that Mr. Ignatieff supported. Those measures are rolling out.
We've been very clear in great detail what those measures are now and over the next f months. And if Mr. Ignatieff wants to avoid an election, the easiest way to do it s simply to vote - and he wants to avoid an election and if he wants to avoid an election and see the spending continue, the easiest way to do that is simply vote for the estimates, vote for the spending to continue Friday and vote against an lection. That's what the Conservative Party will be doing and so I would encourage the opposition to do the same thing, pass the estimates and let the programs continue.

On our part, I should say I'm here because I did anticipate Mr. Ignatieff would ask me some questions today in the House of Commons that he never asked me so I'll give you a chance to ask some of them.

Merci beaucoup. Thank you very much. La première question goes to Brian Lilley, CFRB.


Mr. Harper, you've made it clear that you don't intend to go the route of the 360 hours for EI that Mr. Ignatieff put forward. TD Bank I think they put forward 560 or somewhere close to 600 hours. Are you open to other possibilities? You've hinted at it but you haven't given us any idea of what those possibilities (inaudible).

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper:
Well, first of all, let's just be clear what we have done. Under our Economic Action Plan we extended duration of benefits for all EI recipients. We have vastly expanded the EI work-sharing program. We've extended benefits for long-tenured workers so they can keep retraining and of course eligibility requirements in virtually every region of the country have fallen dramatically in the past few months. That's why this government has spent $5.5 billion more on employment insurance this year. So, you know, that's what we said we would do in the budget. That's what Mr. Ignatieff voted for and that's what has been done.

In terms of additional action, Mr. Ignatieff has made only one proposal. That was the 45-day work year. That's a proposal designed to get the support of the NDP and Bloc. Mr. Ignatieff knows full well a Conservative government is never going to support such an irresponsible idea.

Now what I said on last Thursday that we do intend to look at some changes for the fall, I can tell you one major thing we're looking at because it's a campaign commitment is that we will look at ways of expanding the EI program so that the self-employed can opt in to aspects of the program. That is a major change. In fact, it's often the self-employed who are not covered today under EI. When you talk about people not receiving benefits, it's often people who don't pay in because they are self-employed. So that's a very major design change we are looking at in the fall.

Those kinds of changes and other major changes cannot be done on the back of an envelope in a few days. They do require some careful thought so I would encourage Mr. Ignatieff and his party if they want to contribute to that idea or if they have other ideas to be clear about them and we'll certainly be prepared to dialogue about them over the summer as we prepare for the fall session. But I think demanding major undefined changes is the space of a few days is not a realistic approach. So I would discourage that.

You said that stimulus spending would stop if there was an election, if there was a vote for an election this week. How much has already been allocated that would still be spent and how much of that stimulus money would just stop cold?

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper:
Well, it's a combination of things I think is the easiest way to put it but obviously the reason we table estimates in June is the government needs parliamentary authority for a whole bunch of additional spending and that will include some measures, some important measures linked to the Economic Action Plan. And obviously we can't spend that money unless we have parliamentary approval. We asked for, as you know, emergency approval of $3 billion in March. We've now allocated over $2 billion of that. We need additional monies to proceed with a range of projects and that's why we have the estimates before Parliament now. So you know if you want - you know, it's quite a contradiction. You can't say you're concerned about spending not happening and then vote against giving the government the parliamentary authority to spend money.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Notes from Two-Four

I went to the PM's garden party for the press gallery. A few observations, in no particular order:

Harper's dropped some more weight. He looks much more fit than he did four years ago. He also looks exhausted.

No one seemed to take election speculation seriously. I don't either.

The uniformed cops at 24 Sussex are great with kids who scrape their knees. Thanks, guys.

The house at 24 Sussex needs a lot of work. Even the patios are clapped out and uneven. The grass could also use some weed and feed.

Media people still take Harper seriously as an ongoing concern as PM. The number of media heavies who came in from Toronto was a testament to that. You don't bother if you think the guy is lame duck.

Even with unlimited free booze, the Ottawa crowd is not exactly full of yucks. Not a good town for people who don't like shop talk. Fortunately, I find it interesting, most of the time.

Whoever plans the parties at 24 Sussex knows what kids like. I suspect there's some input from the Harper kids, who are adorable.

The speculation that went around town a couple of weeks ago that the Harper marriage is on the rocks is pretty much debunked, unless Laureen Harper is fifty times the actress Margaret Trudeau ever was.

Speaking of Trudeau, old PET is the only PM who seems to have left a mark on 24 Sussex, from the dreadful public art-style lawn sculptures to the ugly above-ground swimming pool building that's showing obvious signs of dry rot.

Women should not go to garden parties in 3" heels. It's a wonder there weren't more injuries.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Canwest Corpsewatch, Part Whatever

Ugh. I hadn't even thought of this
Most of the journos at Canwest papers are dedicated to life in the news trade, so they'll take it. I suppose if I was in their position, I would, too. I wouldn't want to, but there aren't many other job options, even for the best reporters and editors.
Canwest watcher Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight wonders if the union will ask Lenny Asper to take the same cuts to his $900,000 salary.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Still on life support. The Aspers will soon be out, since the only real option to bondholders is to convert their debt to equity, hire some professional managers and hope to find a buyer. That's a fancy way of saying foreclosure.
Meanwhile, the bloodletting in media seems to have abated, with no new major layoffs. No one's been hired, either, but at least those people who do have jobs should not be as worried as they were last winter. Final figures for fiscal 2008 should be out soon, and I bet they'll be interesting.
Meanwhile, I've heard a few other people muttering on various radio programs that newspapers ought to shut down their web pages and stop giving their content away. I've held that opinion for a few years now. And I've noticed a certain plateau in the news side of the Internet: no new major bloggers, fewer updates on news aggregator pages, fewer posts to discussion boards. All the while, the social networking and Internet broadcasting side of the Internet is booming.
Now, how long will that wave last? Here's something to remember: Facebook has never made a dime and is nowhere close to doing so. Yet the company is supposedly "worth" between $3 billion and $5 billion.