Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just back...

from a few days of Internet-free relaxation in the Rideau Lakes. Sad to hear that Jerry Yanover, the Liberal House of Commons expert, died suddenly Monday. He was a great guy with a brilliant mind. I wish I had not missed the funeral.
I'm still trying to understand "wafer gate" and would love to know how an error was somehow edited into my friend Rob Linke's story from Romeo Leblanc's funeral. Rob is as honest and accurate a reporter as you'll find anywhere, so I'm glad the Telegraph-Journal apologized to him. As for the firings, it seems to me that canning Richer was a bit of overkill, while the Irvings giving publisher Jamie Irving a 30-day suspension is just plain strange.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Today in Racism

KKK-ate at Small Dead Animals lets the winged monkeys attack every Muslim for the alleged sins of one family:


Just one of the correct answers from the Canadian Citizenship Test (Revised 2009).

Posted by Kate at July 23, 2009 1:11 AM

There seems to be an alarming number of these kinds of stories appearing over the last year or so. My question is this. Are this apparent honor killing events beginning to actually occur with more frequency? Or, are events that would have previously been reported as "accidents" being ascribed to "crimes d'honneur"?

Also, I'm interested to hear the liberal moral pygmies that troll SDA to chime in on this topic. Multiculturalism: not just more pavilions at folkfest anymore.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at July 23, 2009 2:07 AM
I was wondering when this story would appear on SDA.

I am very, very familiar with Kingston Mills locks, as I lived less than a half a mile from there for over 10 years, and I boat through it every summer.

The local police are completely baffled, and after a quick inspection of the lock a few days after the accident, I can attest to the fact that this was no "accident".

Couple this with the freak show that occured in Gananoque(another favorite boating destination for my family and myself)and it would appear that we have become a dumping ground of some sort.

Once again, and let me say it with complete clarity....there is no way on earth that the car that went into the water at Kingston Mill's Lock entered said water by accident......NO FRIGGIN WAY!

Posted by: kingstonlad at July 23, 2009 5:34 AM
I thought something smelled funny when I first heard the story and I don't mean Rideau Canal water. However, the most disgusting point of all this is that there isn't an outcry from Muslim groups except when us infadels point out that such brutal customs and beliefs should be left in the old country and then the outrage is directed at our western society and "bad" influence.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at July 23, 2009 5:43 AM
and after a quick inspection of the lock a few days after the accident,......should have said "after the incident"....sorry

Posted by: kingstonlad at July 23, 2009 5:48 AM
Move along. Nothing to see here.

But be sure to have the whole family tune-in at 8:00 PM this Friday,
when CBC presents A Very Special Episode of Little Mosque On The Prairie.

The hour-long commercial-free broadcast will consist entirely of
an adorable basket of puppies accompanied by a heartwarming laugh-track.

And you don't have anything against puppies, do you? Quirky puppies.

Posted by: rg at July 23, 2009 6:37 AM
my first thought when hearing the news was muslim men killing their women. living in the area made me question how the car could possibly gone into the lock by accident. looks like i was right. send the muzzies back to where they came from.

Posted by: old white guy at July 23, 2009 6:42 AM
What a horrid death cult islam is. How can muslims be so stupid and embrace such a barabaric hate- filled religion. islam needs to be eradicated by any means possible.

Posted by: Honey Pot at July 23, 2009 6:57 AM
Lok, okay, it's not like there are no Western men who abuse or kill their female family members! These are isolated incidents! What do you know about Islamic culture, which is very peaceful?!

(I just thought I'd save the trolls some effort.)

Posted by: Black Mamba at July 23, 2009 7:26 AM
"Peaceful Islamic culture". Good one Black Mamba.

Posted by: JMD at July 23, 2009 8:06 AM
Ban Islam

Posted by: Simeon at July 23, 2009 8:21 AM
Holy crap. Absolutely none of the Islamic back story was carried by any of the news services here in Alberta. The last I heard was that it was a mystery why the car wound up in the water.

If it wasn't for SDA I wouldn't have found out the ugly truth behind the story. Thanks for nothing, MSM.

Posted by: Sean at July 23, 2009 8:32 AM
Atlas Shrugs has a lot on this story. The "aunt" who died with the teenage girls was most likely the father's first wife.

Oh well, this is just their culture, who are we to judge?

Posted by: ex-liberal at July 23, 2009 8:41 AM
When I heard that news that arrests had been made, I tried to make a bet with my sister last night that the arrests would involve family members, that it would be an honour killing and the politically correct MSM would avoid reporting it as such. She wouldn't take the bet.

Posted by: Maureen at July 23, 2009 9:00 AM
There was a freaky episode of Law and Order last night. The story was about an extremist Christian teen-aged boy who murdered his mother because she was committing adultery with a muslim man. No kidding, but it gets even more bizzare, the murder method of choice - stoning. Ohh those Christians.

Posted by: glasnost at July 23, 2009 9:15 AM
In the bizarre world of Canadian politics perhaps we should change our criminal code to include a special section banning honour killings. After all we have one for gays, we have another for hate.
Why can't we keep adding to the piles of crap we have on the books.
Killing is killing no matter the reason. What we need to do in a very urgent sense is force proper sentencing and lock these killers up. Better yet, bring back Capital punishment specifically for honour killings!

Posted by: melwilde at July 23, 2009 9:17 AM
This was all I found in the local media about the arrests. It is shockingly thin on details. They don't even say who was arrested which is one of the basic facts I would have expected:

Posted by: Travis at July 23, 2009 9:18 AM
It seems the victimhood pyramid runs:

Muslim before,
Visible Minority before,
Gay before,
Woman before,
Criminal before,
Disabled before,

No word where journalist, government employee or laywer fits in yet - but fit they do...

"Taxpayer" and "man" obviously do not fit any better than "law abiding citizen" or "christian"

Posted by: Jason at July 23, 2009 9:19 AM
dolton mcguilty tried to ram sharia law onto the ontario citizenry during his 1st term of office.

looks like the muslim bigwigs have gone ahead and done it for him.

Posted by: curious_george at July 23, 2009 9:26 AM
Law and Order has some pretty scabby script-writers.

Another show gets the block on TV.

By the middle of December I probably won't have but 3 channels. Wow shades of my childhood.

Posted by: Curious at July 23, 2009 9:27 AM
so it looks like they also lied on their immigration applications . . . claiming the first wife was an "aunt".

Now it appears the second/newer wife has convinced the boys of the family to get rid of her rival wife and all her children . . . nice "clean" start-over.

Posted by: Fred at July 23, 2009 9:49 AM
Fleeing to Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport ...

Posted by: ron in kelowna at July 23, 2009 9:53 AM
The real story here is the media's careful handling of this news. No headlines or news that directly states "Father arrested for murdering daughters", which is certainly the case.

I'm still trying to figure out how any young woman would voluntarily choose to be Muslim. It must be hell when she initially learns her role in Muslim society, and what little freedom she has. We (e.g. Canada) should open up some "I don't want to be a Muslim woman any more" houses where young women can go, who fear for their lives.

Posted by: Dave in Mississauga at July 23, 2009 9:54 AM
Absolutely amazing, but not surprising!! Global Edmonton ran this story and even showed the footage of the father saying it was a joyride gone wrong. No mention that the father was one of the arrested or that the family was muslim.

I remebered this story when it was first reported, and last night I saw pictures of the victims and the footage of the father. I turned to my family and said this was an honor killing, this morning, a website reports the whole story and my suspicions are confirmed.

I guess there still may be the question whether this was motivated by honor or inconvenience, either way, some poor woman and children had the nerve to cramp a muslim man's style.

I can't understand how the talking heads can sleep at night without putting the whole story out there. They should be asamed of themselves.

Posted by: Trevor at July 23, 2009 10:08 AM
Congresswoman Backs New Equal Rights Amendment; Points to Afghanistan, China as Models – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told activists rallying on Capitol Hill in support of the newly reintroduced Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), that the United States should join 27 other countries that have equality guarantees for women, including Rwanda, Algeria, China and Afghanistan.

Posted by: Shawn at July 23, 2009 10:16 AM
"Fleeing to Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport ..."


Who's up for a night of beer drinking followed by a visit to his mausoleum?

Posted by: Edward Teach at July 23, 2009 10:17 AM
"Who's up for a night of beer drinking followed by a visit to his mausoleum?"

You've piqued my interest. Any thoughts on what the rest of the program would be? Any good improv mausoleum theatre in mind?

Posted by: felis corpulentis at July 23, 2009 10:24 AM
[deleted. Clean up your act, or you'll be banned. Final warning. - ED]

(Geez, I wonder how bad that could have been? MB)

Posted by: Momar at July 23, 2009 10:34 AM
This may be a stupid question but what is an honour killing and how can honour be associated with the intentional killing of ones own family, particularly women.

Posted by: wafer at July 23, 2009 10:48 AM
Dear Wafer...your question isn't stupid, but it is serious. Our media and justice system are so screwed up in the way these things are handled
joking about it is the only way to live with it.
Western society ( Canadian) stumbles and fumbles along with these issues because we don't have the maturity or will to act with a moral code for all.

Posted by: melwilde at July 23, 2009 10:59 AM
I keep saying it. Every 16 year old girl gets a .38 and compulsory range time.

Muslim girlies, maybe we go to 14 years old. With big, gnarly female Canadian Forces instructors, just so the idea gets pounded firmly into their tiny, spinning little teenage girlie minds.

Big Brother ain't going to fix this. Who's going to fix it is the kid's teachers, their school friend's dad, their uncles and aunts (unless they're a bunch of psychos too), the next door neighbor, who drops a dime when she sees the kids sporting bruises and the wife (wives) walking with a limp...

But most of all, it will get fixed by WOMEN who stand the hell up and defeat their tormentors. Y'all got that girls? Get UP. Fight! Win!

I'm a guy. I wouldn't put up with that abuse for a millisecond. I don't see why women should.

Posted by: The Phantom at July 23, 2009 11:09 AM
Remember the Herouxville code?

Posted by: Erik Larsen at July 23, 2009 11:16 AM
NAC to the rescue !!

Posted by: ron in kelowna at July 23, 2009 11:17 AM
NAC Ron? Nascar Action Committee? National A-hole Commission? Nuclear Aarvarks on Crack?

Inquiring minds wanna know. :)

Posted by: The Phantom at July 23, 2009 11:21 AM
I worked with a physician from a middle eastern country. Very nice, funny, friendly guy, with a nice wife, and two kids born in Canada. A few weeks ago, to the shock of his family, he decided they were all moving back to the country of his birth - he wanted to get *another* wife. The kids were appalled and distraught.

Perhaps a bit off topic - but this was a real surprise for me. He seemed very "assimilated", (to use an imperfect word for this situation).

Men rule! Men decide! Coming to a country (very) near you!

Posted by: Regular poster boy at July 23, 2009 11:22 AM
wafer, This might help explain it. From Dr. Sanity, Shame, The Arab Psyche, and Islam

Posted by: Kathryn at July 23, 2009 11:23 AM
The big drawback with honour killings is that the killer(s) must be able to prove to peers/rivals/sceptics that they really did the deed. There is no merit or honour regained if a rebel daughter is randomly killed by a bus on her way to a part time job as a stripper. A perfect unprovable murder is useless.

Telling lies to infidel police by all concerned and fleeing the country also help to maintain the image of a devout "head of the household" ruling over his family as he should.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at July 23, 2009 11:24 AM
It's not just women,from todays' London Times: "The Danish Asian man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after an incident in Leytonstone, East London, three weeks ago. Sulphuric acid is said to have been thrown in his face and he was stabbed twice in the back." For seeing a muslim girl and bringing dishonor on her family. The girl is in hiding.

Posted by: tom at July 23, 2009 11:26 AM
tom, a thousand sighs.

I read your bit there, and didn't catch the second last sentence, and thought "what Asian culture/religion would behave like that just because this guy is seeing a Muslim girl?"

Yeah, I know, I should have figured it out

Posted by: Regular poster boy at July 23, 2009 11:35 AM
Ah, yes, Islam...such a peaceful religion.

Posted by: Lori at July 23, 2009 12:09 PM
Watch the news of the drownings at a Gananoque motel indoor swimming pool recently (just weeks apart).

It isn't all that is reported either.
Father: "They probably didn't even know what a swimming pool was." Bare-faced lie (police know facts but one fact not revealed yet).

Father in newspaper: he was asleep when the girls slipped out with their mom. Fact: he and sons slept in different rooms and at the time of the drowning, were (supposedly) eating breakfast (somewhere as restaurant is closed for renovations).

Father in newspaper interview: The two daughters had been living in Lahore with Yasmin's parents for a short while, and returned to Toronto last year at Yasmin's insistence. "Naila made them come back because she couldn't live without them," said Munawar.

Hmmm, teenage 'Canadian' girls had to be pressed to return home from Lahore.

As I said on another thread, I'm beginning to know what it is to be paranoid. Although, I've known enough about the culture/religion not to believe anything they say.

That said, I do hope the deaths of these three were truly 'accidental' even though none of the circumstances make any sense.

Posted by: gellen at July 23, 2009 1:02 PM
Next from the MSM we'll get the "mysterious" death of a young woman having committed suicide by shooting herself three times in the back of the head with a bolt action rifle -- followed by strident demands for more gun control.

Posted by: DrD at July 23, 2009 1:12 PM
I look forward to the front-page, above the fold, with photo, 80-point-type headlined story in the Toronto Star of "Swimming While Muslim" about these incidents.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 23, 2009 1:21 PM
there would be no Sharia law allowing for drowning, it was all conceived or misconcieved in a sand kingdom.

Posted by: cal2 at July 23, 2009 1:39 PM
The story is online at the Toronto Star, National Post and Montreal Gazette - and does refer to the arrested by name; does declare that this may be an 'honour killing' and that the older woman might be a 'first wife'.

Apparently, the police were tipped off by a relative of the older woman, who insisted that it was an 'honour killing' and not an accident.

The three drownings in the pool are equally suspicious, since the press stated that none of the three could swim.

Where are the voices of the Muslim community on this? And feminists?

Posted by: ET at July 23, 2009 1:40 PM
ET - exactly.

Where are the high profile imams, saying "although the facts of the matter are not yet assembled, these recent events are suspicious. We condemn murder and loss of life, and recognize honour killings as a cowardly act representative of misguided tribalism, and totally unacceptable in the modern world"

Posted by: Regular poster boy at July 23, 2009 1:49 PM
to answer ET's question: they are probably busy being outraged at the Harvard prof's "home while black"incident

Posted by: bdogginit at July 23, 2009 2:00 PM
On the local London station we got to hear from a bunch of Male Muslims (I guess the only ones left alive) that it's the hotel's fault for not having a lifeguard on duty.

Posted by: Jason at July 23, 2009 2:36 PM
Posted by: curious_george>

“dolton mcguilty tried to ram sharia law onto the ontario citizenry during his 1st term of office.
looks like the muslim bigwigs have gone ahead and done it for him.”

I like that George – well put!

Posted by: Knight 99 at July 23, 2009 2:39 PM
Posted by: wafer>

“………but what is an honour killing and how can honour be associated with the intentional killing of ones own family………..”

That question in a nutshell is what defines the difference of “Culture” and the idiocy in the west that believes that they are cultured. Your comment isn’t stupid, it’s brilliant in the asking – something that the liberal left is mentally incapable of.

If more multicultural wingnuts paused but for a brief second to first ask that question, then take the time to investigate and educate themselves on “real” cultures of the world instead of watching National Geographic and Travel Travel, the first world would not be in the trouble it’s in today!

The first step is to fully understand the deep and impossibly ingrained belief systems of other cultures. This is something that is not “educated out of them”, even with a generation or two of transplantation in a foreign land. The worst of it is, with “bizarre culture” immigrants coming in the millions who then pool in immigrant communities, the best you could hope for is hybrid cultures as future generations in your streets. Vancouver’s Indo gang communities are a prime example. The culture that is truly lost in time is the host countries, meaning yours!

Posted by: Knight 99 at July 23, 2009 3:06 PM
What I would like to know is whether MSM writers are really just completely not intellectually curious.

I mean, they knew they had a carload of Muslim women in a place it would be impossible to get to, but faithfully reported the story that it was probably a "driving practice" accident. That story should have triggered alarm bells *without* the cultural link.

Posted by: K Stricker at July 23, 2009 3:13 PM
Honor killing. A Cannadian tradition now in any city near you?
These folks act like rabid animals towards themselves & families. How will they treat those who don't share love for the blood God Allah?
I think we know. A bloody sword & chopped heads.
Why are we allowing this culture of killing into this Nation again? Peoples who hate us? In fact bragg they are taking us over? Madness.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at July 23, 2009 3:35 PM
"Mysterious Death Of 4 Quebecers Baffles Kingston Police."

It's a lot easier to sleep at night if you're only "baffled" by "mysteries" while accepting car loads of murdered little girls in the name of the great progressive utopian multicultural mosaic tapestry matrix. PBUI

Posted by: richfisher at July 23, 2009 3:43 PM
I don't know what to say other than: what the hell is wrong with people?

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at July 23, 2009 3:54 PM
For Muslim males who have gone on the news blaming the hotel owner. It was purchased recently by an East Indian.

The 40 ft salt water pool is part of a health club which opens at 8 a.m. The door is opened at 7 when the night clerk leaves.

Fact: Three East Indian female non-swimmers visiting the hotel for the first time went into a health club/swimming pool area early in the morning alone and when no one is on duty.

The investigation will hopefully lead to the truth.

Posted by: gellen at July 23, 2009 3:56 PM
After coming back from Europe, where I spent nearly a year in 12 countries, I am convinced that it is just a matter of time before the Euros have their backlash and there will be fighting in the streets.

Ditto for Canada.

We may be a kind and generous people, but like Danes, Swedes, Germans push them, and you will be sorry.I really don't think the Muslims have any idea of the historical background of these people, or their ability to bring a world of hurt down upon their heads..

Posted by: Kursk at July 23, 2009 4:01 PM
Kursk, probably not too much fighting in the streets here in Canada. More Muslim extremists running away bravely, if I'm any judge of character.

Posted by: The Phantom at July 23, 2009 4:44 PM

Posted by: OMMAG at July 23, 2009 6:09 PM
By the end of the week we will see the mainstream muslims marching in the streets in a groundswell denouncing the terrible practice of honour killings. Their ranks will include the imams of course.
CTV, CBC, The Globe & T.O. Star will be there to record this wave that rolls across the nation. Support will come from other countries and call-in radio shows will be swamped by those delivering the same message...."no more !"


Posted by: Rich at July 23, 2009 6:14 PM

marion boyd should be very pleased.

mcdolty's attempt to force sharia law onto ontario has been accomplished.

what do you bet they get 3 yrs max with 'good behaviour'.

honour killing bullshyt.

Posted by: curious_george at July 23, 2009 6:18 PM
Sorry about going over the line. The line is a bit fuzzy these days and it's sometime difficult to know when the rant is too rude.

Posted by: Momar at July 23, 2009 7:50 PM
It would seem that young women of the Muslim faith are more likely to die from H2O poisoning than H1N1, AGW and unregistered firearms combined.

No media outcry? No awareness initiatives? No editorials expounding on the dangers of water? No call for a liquid registry?

Odd that.


Posted by: syncrodox at July 23, 2009 8:32 PM
"so it looks like they also lied on their immigration applications"

Oh, good. Let's do an "Al Capone", charge them with lying on their immigration applications, strip landed immigrant/citizenship from the lot of them, and THEN try them for murder. At least we will be able to trow them our of the country when they get out on parole in 3 to 5 years.

Posted by: Tenebris at July 23, 2009 9:19 PM


The brain trust at the Bank of Canada has gazed out its window, taken a look at the pedestrian traffic on Sparks Street and declared the recession over.
Maybe they hold have come to the Maritimes and seen the idle mills in Edmunston and Grand Falls, checked out the empty parking lots in St. John and Charlottetown, and looked at the local papers down there. Or they could have gone into Northern Ontario, where most of the mills are shut and $20,000 houses are not uncommon. They migh have gone down through southwestern Ontario and talked to auto worker and merchants in Oshawa, Cambridge, London and Windsor.
The only place the economy seems to be growing is Ottawa, where there are more construction cranes than ever.

Bank declares recession over

Jul 23, 2009 01:17 PM


The end of the recession is nigh, according to the Bank of Canada.

Canada's economy could mark the end of the recession this quarter amid improved financial conditions, firmer commodity prices and recovering consumer confidence, says the central bank's latest monetary policy report released today.

Still, Governor Mark Carney cautioned the economic recovery remains "nascent" and the high-flying Canadian dollar is "significantly moderating" the pace of the rebound. Worse still for consumers, a return to economic growth during the July-to-September quarter will not halt painful layoffs in the job market.

"Unfortunately, the labour market is the slowest to adjust," Carney told journalists in Ottawa following the release of the report. "And so we can expect continued adjustments and probable further rises in unemployment for a period, even though the economy has started to grow."

The central bank is forecasting economic growth of 1.3 per cent on an annualized basis in the third quarter, which is an upward revision of its earlier projection of a 1 per cent contraction for the three-month period

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today's Dishonesty

The Avro Arrow might have been a good airplane, but had the project not been cancelled it certainly would not have engendered the technical infrastructure to put a man on the moon, as the Toronto Star suggests today.
The Arrow was cancelled for two reasons: cost, which the Liberals carped about for months in the House of Commons; and strategic reasons, the fact that Soviet ICBMs were replacing the Russian bomber fleet, and the Arrow was an over-the-Pole bomber interceptor. So, in an ironic way, the Star gets close to the truth. Rocketry did, in some ways, kill the Arrow.
We were never potential players in the space race. We couldn't be. We didn't have the scientists (the bulk of whom were former German V-weapons experts picked up in the last days of the war), we didn't have the economic infrastructure (either in the masses of engineers or in the physical plant needed to develop a rocket, command module system and lander), and we certainly didn't have the money. The Soviets, spending billions of dollars and possessing many of the V2 scientists, could not keep up to the US.
What was the space race really about?
1. ICBM power and technology
2. Dominance of orbital space economically and militarily
3. Propaganda
4. Science
We had no interest in the first two. We certainly would not have skewed our economy to win the space race for reasons of science and propaganda, even if we had the economic and human resources -- which we didn't.
The Star's piece is a political cheap shot.
"If it wasn't for the Tories, we would have been first to the moon!" That's a keeper.
Kind of like: "If Mackenzie King hadn't been such a wimp and Nazi-coddler, we could have knocked off the Nazis in 1938."

Monday, July 20, 2009

He's Qualified

From the guys who gave us the Accountability Act, heeeeere's the next Canadian ambassador to UNESCO:

André Bachand was elected mayor of Asbestos in 1986 and reeve of the Or Blanc (Asbestos) Regional County Municipality in 1987. He was re-elected to both positions in 1990 and 1994. In 1997, he was elected member of Parliament for the federal riding of Richmond-Arthabaska, one of five MPs from Quebec elected for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was re-elected in 2000, becoming the only Progressive Conservative MP representing Quebec. In August 2004, the Government of Quebec appointed him to head its office in Ottawa. In September 2008, Mr. Bachand left that position to run as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Sherbrooke. Mr. Bachand is the father of a 13-year-old son, Gabriel. He succeeds Gilbert Laurin.

The Tories made some good appointments these last few years, but surely Canada could send someone to UNESCO with some background in science and culture.

Close Most Journalism Schools

Yup. Shut 'em down. Or at least stop pretending the students who enroll in them have any more chance at a job than a kid with an economics degree and some good college paper clippings.
I taught at a J-school for two years. The students were bright people and I could see most of them working in media, if there were any jobs. They were good enough and smart enough. They will emerge with a BA that, on its own, is as valuable as a degree in anthropology or sociology. They'll have a bit of a door-opener into the public service, the private sector (other than in media), and might go on to law school. I used my own journalism degree, a Master's, as a stepping-stone to PhD studies, though most J-school Master's grads probably could not make that jump.
There are too many journalism schools in Canada. Most community colleges across Canada now have one -- which is outright fraud. There are now two university J-schools in Ottawa (the U of Ottawa-Algonquin-Cite College program is new), a new J-school at Wilfrid Laurier University, and several new ones in BC's rapidly-expanding undergrad university system. There are also established programs at UBC, Western, Ryerson, Carleton, Concordia, and King's College in Halifax.
That's way too many. At most, we need four: UBC, Ryerson (because of its connection to Toronto media, which really is where the bulk of hiring happens for jobs that pay more than minimum), Carleton (because of the quality of its school), and King's (for Atlantic Canada). Enrollment in all of those schools should be no more than about 150 people, all in undergrad streams.
Here's a piece from the Huffington Post about the J-school scam in the US, where the fees are higher and there are far more J-school students as a percentage of undergrads) than there are in Canada.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Canwest again

The Globe's Andrew Willis reminds readers that 14 cents for Canwest shares is no bargain and predicts the Aspers will be out as principal shareholders and managers by the end of the month.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

For Those Who Think Stephen Harper is an Android

Dave Batters was a Saskatchewan Tory MP who didn't run again in the last election because hewas struggling with depression and a prescription drug addiction. Last week, he committed suicide. Dave was a great guy who lost a fight with an affliction that often plagues the brilliant and sensitive. Depression is not a disease of the weak: Churchill and Lincoln fought the black dog.
I found Harper's speech at Batters' funeral to be one of the best he's ever given. I suspect, like many of us, he's spent some time in the belly of the beast. Here are Harper's remarks:

Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Le samedi 4 julliet 2009

Regina, Saskatchewan

Denise, members of the Batters family, ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered together today to remember Dave, to lament his passing, and to comfort each other.

Dave held a place in all our hearts.
To his wife and family, he was a loving and beloved husband, son and brother. To his friends, he was unfailingly loyal, generous and caring. And among his colleagues in parliament, myself included, he was greatly admired for his dedication to his constituents, our party, and our country.

In my experience, no one, on either side of the aisle ever had a bad word to say about Dave.

His passion for the causes he embraced was combined with respect for his opponents. Dave was always excited about whatever issue or initiative he was working on. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious. He had a good sense of humour. He lifted spirits and inspired others. In fact, I used to tell my staff that I wished I could match Dave Batters’ liveliness and optimism.

However, some months before his political career ended I became aware that beneath this veneer of optimism Dave struggled with severe anxiety and depression.

And in the end Dave lost the fight against his illness.

While we cannot understand why a loved one would act with such sudden finality, we need to know that Dave is not alone.

Each year, nearly 4,000 Canadians make this same choice. Mostly, the experts tell us, it is a decision to end their burden of depression. Fighting their illness, their minds drawing them ever further inward, they have grown weary of life.

However, this we know: in his struggle Dave achieved a life worth living, a simple but profound truth, a goal we all aspire to, and he reached it. Dave’s family can take great pride in this.

For Dave made a significant contribution to the lives of others. Another great goal in life, and one he achieved so ably.

When he ran for public office, Dave did not do so for selfish reasons. He responded to the tragedy of another, the murder of his friend Michelle. He heard, and answered a call to service and he did so with conviction, distinction and success.

Depression didn’t stop that. It was his decency that drove him forward, that defined him in life, that will define him in death.

Dave was a very human politician. He opened himself to others. It strengthened his hand in representing his constituents, but it rendered him vulnerable to depression as it can to any of us.

Dave was an idealist but he was also a realist. When he decided not to offer again for re-election, he made the right choice: to re-build his health. And he spoke openly about his illness. In doing so, he performed a great public service.

We need to know that mental illness like Dave’s is shockingly common in our society. It affects the great and the small alike despite the stigma that still too often surrounds it.

Other politicians have carried the same burden. In fact, perhaps the two greatest English-speaking politicians in history, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill struggled with depression. And one of Canada’s most admired and successful statesmen, Ontario premier John Robarts, served the country with great distinction before finally succumbing to his illness.

Dave’s friends in caucus gave him their support. I encourage them to reach out to other colleagues. Parliament is a human institution, and depression is a human experience, none of us are exempt.

The science has progressed but we still don’t know enough about depression, and less about suicide. But we know this much: depression can strike the sturdiest of souls. It cares not how much you have achieved nor how much you have to live for.

Severe anxiety and depression are concentrated among men and women in their primary working years, and, most sadly, in their adolescent children.

Unlike its myth, depression is not a function of character except that to fight it summons a strength of character and a great strength of character like Dave’s to fight it as long as he did. Dave dealt with his illness head-on. That takes courage.

To Dave’s family, we mourn and share your loss. But so too do we share your pride in Dave’s life and in the greater good he served through elected office and through his public battle with depression from which we can all learn.

For this, we honour his memory and celebrate his life.

In Dave’s name, to all Canadians who struggle with depression, and to all families who have lost loved ones to depression and suicide, I say that you are not alone. And I commend Dave’s legacy of distinction, courage and resolve both in Parliament and in life.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Canadian Censorship: WWII and Now

There are quite a few interesting comments at the Western Standard's Shotgun Blog discussion of my recent posting on Sec. 13 of the Human Rights Act. May of the comments are the usual Pavlovian boilerplate, but this one is worth responding to:

Actually, Bourrie's thesis was on WWII censorship not the history of state censorship. That censorship, as I understand it, took the form of prior restraint on publication. Whatever else human rights tribunal do, they do not exercise prior restraint. Rather, they offer remedies similar to those provided by civil courts in defamation actions: monetary penalties and injunctions preventing further publication or repetition of the offending words. Is that properly described as censorship? I don't think so. Not apples and orange, perhaps, but certainly peaches and plums.

As for Lynch, while she's under no obligation to debate Levant (as Dawg has pointed out, Stephen Harper doesn't debate people who criticize him) there's no denying that her handling of this was a P.R. bomb.

That said, she is correct that many of her critics have only a glancing relationship with the truth. Certainly Levant's accounts of various human rights cases are so shamelessly torqued and distorted that if he tried to foist them on a judge, the blast from the bench would straighten his hair. And as Prof. Moon pointed out, Levant and his acolytes are too happy to make things up.
But having decided to make that point in a G&M op-ed, Lynch had should been prepared to back it up the next day.

Should there be a debate about s. 13? Sure. Are there people from across the political spectrum opposed to that provision and others like it? Yup. But not all opponents are as principled or as honest as Alan Borovoy or Prof. Moon. And despite your attempt to pretend that discussion of Levant's honesty is a mere distraction, some of most unprincipled and dishonest are stalwarts of the right-o-sphere.

I doubt very much that the poster read my thesis. It has an analysis of all state censorship in Canada and a literature review on the subject. And since there are no other books about the domestic press censorship system in WWII -- the reason I wrote my PhD thesis and why it was accepted on its defence -- he really doesn't know what he's talking about.

Here's how the domestic press censorship system worked in Canada in WWII:

The censorship system existed under the powers given to the government by the War Measures Act of 1914 and the Orders in Council of 1939 that approved the Defence of Canada Regulations.

These regulations prohibited the publication of:

* information of military value to the enemy
* material that would hamper recruitment (i.e. public morale)
* material that would cause a rift between the Allies and friendly powers (i.e. Britain and the US before Pearl Harbor).

There was no pre-censorship of the press, except the Japanese-Canadian newspaper The New Canadian. Censors -- almost all of them respected journalists -- could give advice on whether the article breached the Defence of Canada Regulations. After August, 1942, any publisher who printed an approved story was immune from prosecution if it turned out the story did, in fact, breach the DCR.

The censors could not kill stories. The system was voluntary, and censors only advised on stories that were submitted to them. You could publish articles without showing them to the censors, but you took your chances that the material did not breach the DCRs.

The censors sent out circulars every few months explaining and listing their rulings and advising on the types of stories that could bot be printed. For instance, after 1940, when German POWs started being shipped to Canada, the censors warned against publishing articles and photos about them.

The censors had absolutely no power to lay charges. In fact, their advice to charge Le Devoir and several other papers was routinely ignored. Charges were laid by the Minister of Justice. Three papers (Le Soliel, Le Droit and the Vancouver Sun) were convicted of one count each under the DCR. The maximum fine was $300. A freelancer was given a suspended sentence for an article on the Bowmanville POW riot printed in Time.

Mayor Camillein Houde of Montreal was interned under the War Measures Act for remarks about manpower (draft) registration in 1940. The Montreal Gazette printed his remarks and was threatened with charges.

The domestic censorship system had its faults, but at least there were political safeguards (which I argued were sorely abused by Ernest Lapointe and Louis St. Laurent) and, much more importantly, the censors, unlike the HRCs, gave journalists written guides on what was actionable. This is an important difference, as today's publishers simply cannot know what is "illegal" under Human Rights acts until the process is over. The definitions of offences under Sec. 13 of the federal act and relevant sections of provincial laws are vague and there is no body of law or decision-making that shows where the "line" is. (This is also a problem with defamation laws, but at least there's a large body of case law that gives publishers and their lawyers a fairly good idea of where they stand.)

As well, anyone charged under the DCR was tried in a real court. There were acquitals: in fact, the Ottawa Citizen was found not guilty in two separate cases. Due process in a real court was the only way a publisher or journalist could be sanctioned. The censors did not rip up news copy or bust up printing plates. Nor, as did Ontario HRC chief Barbara Hall with Maclean's, would censors publicly denounce journalists. Sometimes, the censors did send out private reprimands to warn of close calls under the DCRs but they did not hold members of the press up to public and professional scorn, the way Hall did with Maclean's.

It's also important to remember the censorship system existed in wartime. The government lifted almost all censorship on V-E Day and cancelled all restrictions on V-J Day. The Borden government had actually strengthened the draconian WWI censorship system on Nov. 11, 1918 and kept the system going for a year during the Red Scare. King's government, and the censors themselves, were keen to get rid of censorship as soon as it was no longer justifiable.

In the end, Wilf Eggleston, the chief English censor, believed censorship stifled the press from doing its watchdog role and probably hampered the war effort by limiting investigative reporting and public debate. He believed journalists had used censorship as an excuse to become lazy. After the war, he quit journalism and founded the Carleton University journalism school.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Deport Kathy Shaidle

Little Ms. Five Feet of Furry says "It's Canada Day, so I'll be busy not celebrating..." So let's do her a favor: we'll each kick in a buck and buy her a one-way ticket to Buffalo! She could be there for the Fourth of July this weekend and just stay on forever! I'm sure she'll be much, much happier there. The Yanks will appreciate her analysis of their political situation (yup, surely...) and she won't have to suffer through "Trudeaupia" anymore.


In the comments, my old fishin' buddy Brain Drain XP reminds me of this guy. I have a buck to toss in the pot to send him off, too. Same coin, other side. All "Canada haters" should be actively encouraged to leave for whatever place suits them better.


A commenter suggests we send Kathy to North Korea! No messy minorities, silly rights or unions!
Make your suggestion. Be creative!

Canwest survives another few weeks

Canwest has published a press release saying it's been given yet another extension by creditors. I'm posting part of it to make a few points. First, look at those interest rates. Small wonder the newspapers and TV stations are being squeazed so hard. Second, few companies would chronicle their own sad little lifelines:

(Canwest Media Inc.) is continuing discussions with the members of an ad hoc committee (the “Ad Hoc Committee”) of 8% noteholders of CMI regarding a recapitalization transaction.

The holders of the new 12% senior secured notes of CMI and Canwest Television Limited Partnership as well as CIT Business Credit Canada Inc., the provider of a senior secured revolving asset-based loan facility to CMI, have agreed to extend to July 17, 2009, the date by which CMI must reach an agreement in principle with members of the Ad Hoc Committee in respect of a recapitalization transaction, as well as certain other milestones that were to be achieved by June 30, 2009. The date by which CMI must enter into a definitive agreement in respect of a recapitalization transaction has been extended to July 31, 2009.

CMI and the members of the Ad Hoc Committee have also entered into a further extension agreement and forbearance to July 17, 2009.