Halloween = "Bah Humbug"... BUT...
She's been dealing with a bout of laryngitis for the last week, which has left her pretty much unable to talk. So what does she come dressed as today?
A mime... facepaint and all.
Regardless of opinion on whether or not Life Choice is in the wrong with the Life Fair or the CSA made the right decision in not approving their club status, the way things were done were out of line.To read the CSA's letter to the student body, check here.
Members of Life Choice didn't know that any of this was going down. They were not contacted prior to last Wednesday's Board meeting to be made aware that their club status was in question. They were not formally informed that there was an issue to begin with. They were not invited to the meeting to state their case. They were essentially not given an ounce of chance. It wasn't until Friday that CSA Finance and Human Resources Commissioner sent the group an email to tell them they no longer had CSA club status.
While it can be speculated that the CSA was limiting free speech by not accrediting Life Choice, it can definitely be said that the CSA was in fact limiting free speech by not allowing Life Choice to speak prior to this vote. Even if the CSA was not going to give Life Choice the chance to talk, the group should have been informed of the business that questioned the life of their club. This conduct was simply unfair and anti-democratic on the part of the student government.
U of G association made a bad choiceA friend of mine will be attending the appeal on Wednesday, so stay tuned for more.
October 27, 2008
The Guelph Mercury
For an ostensibly "pro-choice" entity, the Central Student Association at the University of Guelph has made an incredibly ill-advised choice in pulling the accreditation of a campus anti-abortion club.
Life Choice to set to appeal the decision Wednesday before the student association's board of directors. This will provide the association the chance to save face, do the proper thing and return the club's student group status.
The revocation of Life Choice's accreditation flows from a "Life Fair" the club held on campus last spring where anti-abortion -- or as the club would obviously prefer, "pro-life" -- speakers addressed the audience, and signs and images that are all too familiar to those who are acquainted with this particular point of view were displayed.
In the minds of the board of governors of the student association -- the governing body for clubs such as Life Choice -- the presentation evidently conflicted with sections of the association's policy manual, which on the matter of birth control, family planning and abortion is decidedly "pro-choice."
Strangely, in addressing the "fundamental right of all women to control their bodies," the policy maintains that it favours "freedom of choice (in) choosing one's stance in the matter of abortion."
Through its action, the student association's board has signalled that "freedom of choice" in this instance is limited to just one side of the extremely controversial debate about abortion -- and that's not the anti-abortion side.
Another section of the policy that board members may have thought they were protecting is one stating "women have the right to an educational environment free of advertisements, entertainment, programming and/or materials which promote violence against women, sexual stereotyping and discrimination."
Can a presentation that contains graphic imagery in a campaign that in essence is designed to outlaw abortion in this country be construed as "violence against women"?
It only can be so construed by devaluing such reprehensible societal scourges as physical and sexual violence and assaults against women and children.
The decertification of the Life Choice club comes down to another issue of freedom, and that, of course, is freedom of speech.
Universities, of all institutions in society, must be forums for debate and the free flow of ideas, however contentious and controversial. Since the late 1960s, there has been a narrowing of opinions on far too many North American and European campuses, and the narrowing in large part has come from so-called liberal or progressive elements at these institutions.
The most appropriate action for those who oppose a particular point of view is to engage and challenge those who advocate such positions in open dialogue and debate.
Silencing those with whom you disagree, particularly at the university level, is an affront to freedom of expression and academic freedom.
One candidate locked up my first vote today... stay tuned for more on that.
I've been contacted by three of the candidates now, and haven't made any decisions regarding the other two. Still waiting to hear from the others. Will be making my endorsements known sometime next week.
Three More Christians Killed in Orissa; Opposition Reported in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
Courtesy of Gospel for Asia
Three more believers were martyred and twelve others were severely wounded in a fresh wave of violence in Orissa, India, on September 30. The latest attacks occurred in villages near Kandhamal, which has been the epicenter of violence against Christians since August 22.
The violence in Orissa came as attacks in two other Indian states targeted a Christian pastor and a Bridge of Hope center.
An estimated 30 Christians have been killed and thousands of others have lost their homes since Hindu extremists went on a rampage after their leader, Swami Laxmananda Saraswati was murdered. His followers are seeking revenge for his death, for which Christians have been blamed. However, Maoists have claimed responsibility for the murder.
A Gospel for Asia correspondent in Orissa said Tuesday's attacks came at 4:30 a.m. when mobs of as many as 5,000 Hindu extremists attacked three separate villages. The extremists burned down about 150 homes and three churches. The Indian media reports that police opened fire in an attempt to disperse the violent forces.
The mob also reportedly attacked the local police station, demanding that two people arrested in connection with the ongoing riots be released. Media reports from within the country also indicate that the extremists have blocked all roads in and out of the area of the attack with rocks and boulders to prevent police from bringing in additional forces.
Since the violence began August 22, six people who attended GFA-related churches in Orissa have been killed by the Hindu extremists, who have personally attacked more than 2,000 believers from these churches. The extremists have also burned down 630 homes belonging to believers who attend GFA-related churches and destroyed 22 churches where GFA missionaries serve as pastors.
Many Christians are still hiding out in the dense jungles surrounding their villages. They are suffering from the effects of starvation, disease and monsoon flooding that wrecked the state in September.
With the continued violence and the roads blocked, it is impossible for GFA Compassion Services teams to get into Orissa to distribute aid.
As I will likely be attending the Conservative Convention in Winterpeg, er, I mean Winnipeg, I'm currently conducting some research on whom I will support for election to our National Council.
Once I have made my decisions, I will post them on my blog, and may assist in promoting them via this blog, amongst other means.
And just a word of advice to would be National Councillors... don't just send me your pre-canned script. Send me specific goals you want to set upon your election, let me know what problems you see and what you want to do about them, and be prepared to answer questions you might not want to answer. I'm looking for strong, real but pragmatic, Conservatives.
And just so you're aware, I'm not alone. I would strongly encourage each of you in Ontario to court my vote, because I've been talking to several people, and we're going to be organizing a "block" of votes. No specific group, like so-cons or such, but a group of connected Conservatives from different areas and backgrounds who are looking for specific criteria in candidates whom we will support. We have not made any decisions as of yet, but will be beginning our discussions shortly, and making a determination on whom we together will be supporting for election at the Convention.
So come one, come all! My e-mail for this venture is christian(dot)conservative(dot)2007(at)gmail(dot)com.
Yup... I got a bad case of it. I'm fairly uninterested most all things political right now, believe it or not. That, and I've been sick for the last three days.
Anyway, except for one red dot, we painted all of SW Ontario from Mississauga to London Tory BLUE... not bad at all. And Guelph was less than an 1800 vote margin... also impressive, though a loss none the less. Gary Goodyear posted an impressive 48% victory in Cambridge, WAY TO GO TEAM! The team in KW also did a tremendous job in overcoming 10,000 vote margins in Kitchener Center and Kitchener-Waterloo to knock off two Liberal incumbents, one of them being the high-profile Liberal Whip Karen Redman.
Anyway, organizing the post-writ wrap-up, etc. Lots of fun. And now having to ramp up on the next big thing... the Convention. Posting a separate blog post for that. Stay tuned.
May calls for a cross-party coalitionI guess the really big question is, when will the Greens finally dump their future Liberal Senator-in-waiting leader, Elizabeth May?
Leader wants an opposition partnership next time to conquer system in which Harper regained power
Oct 16, 2008 04:30 AM
NEW GLASGOW, N.S.–Green Leader Elizabeth May has called for a cross-party coalition to stop a Conservative victory when the next election comes around.
May, whose party emerged from the election with a $2 million debt, said a coalition would overcome a "perverse" electoral system that gave the Conservatives a stronger minority government.
At least one leading Green was disappointed. Mike Nagy, who came in third in Guelph, blamed calls for strategic voting for a drop in party support on voting day.
"Elizabeth May called for it on some occasions but the party itself was not calling for strategic voting," Nagy said in an interview.
It's the kind of disgruntlement that could see May facing questions about her leadership.
May once stated she would rather see no Green MPs and the Conservatives out of power than a full caucus with Harper as prime minister.
Nagy, the party's environment critic, also made clear he doesn't back May's call for an anti-Conservative coalition.
"I believe you promote Green values and you get Greens elected to Parliament. It's not about trying to stop one party," he said. "There has to be some serious discussion in the party so that we are not compromising our votes for the sake of other parties."
Greens spent $4 million on the campaign. May said she'll spend the next few months raising donations to reduce the party's debt. And she wants to use the almost $2 per vote the party will receive under federal election laws to build a party "machine" for the next election.
She ended with a rousing defence of Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion.
"I think we may very well in the future describe him as the best prime minister we never had."
In the lowest of dirty tactics in what has turned out to be an extremely dirty campaign, supporters of one of the campaigns were been caught roaming the city, stealing the arterial signs of Conservative candidate Gloria Kovach.
Two cars driven by members of the youth wings of one of the other parties were followed by Kovach supporters after being observed stealing and destroying signs. Both cars sped off and headed in different directions to escape having their license plates recorded.
The police have been notified, and Kovach supporters have stepped up their vigilance.
I hope these yahoos get caught, and their affiliated campaigns are identified. I have my suspicions, of course, but nothing to prove anything.
Here we go folks... decision time is upon us. There's no more spinning to be done. It all comes down to grunt work and GOTV.
Hope to do some live E-Day blogging, but don't know how the day will shape up yet. We're ready as we can be, but you never know what will come up on the day.
Good luck to all my CPC counterparts as we all begin a long night, and a longer day tomorrow. Here's to many vicTORY parties across this great land!
Liberals will go ahead with Green ShiftCome on guys, the body isn't even cold yet! The rebellion has begun.
Globe and Mail Update
October 9, 2008 at 3:36 PM EDT
HALIFAX — Stéphane Dion is refusing to delay his Green Shift plan if he forms a government although his deputy leader, Michael Ignatieff, says he'd consider changes to the scheme because of the difficult economic times.
“I know that the contrary has been said in the papers,” Mr. Dion said in French to reporters Thursday in Halifax.
But he said that Mr. Ignatieff had confirmed a shared view with Mr. Dion that the Green Shift plan would stimulate the economy.
On Wednesday, as Mr. Dion was defending his Green Shift plan to reporters and saying he would not delay it or change it if he became Prime Minister, Mr. Ignatieff was telling a different story to the editorial board of Montreal's La Presse newspaper.
Mr. Ignatieff said “it's possible” that Liberals would consider changing the details of the plan. He said they would hold on to the “essential elements” of the scheme but that “we need to adjust in front of unpredictable (times).”
Mr. Ignatieff cautioned, however, that the party would not abandon the plan because “Mr. Dion has based all of his career on it.”
The deputy leader was Mr. Dion's main rival for the 2006 leadership.
Harper's plan offers us hope
October 09, 2008
So much has changed in the world, so much has become frightening and dangerous since Prime Minister Stephen Harper called a federal election one brief month ago.
What were, on that fine summer day, mere rumblings in American financial institutions have since erupted into a series of earthquakes that have devastated the world's largest economy and sent rolling around the planet shockwaves that could culminate in global recession, even worse. We are aptly in the season of fall.
Whatever agenda that Canada's political parties and their leaders hoped to impose upon the voting public, this historic crisis has swept those priorities aside and left a single daunting question confronting us all: Who should be entrusted with the fate of the nation as it is battered by the turbulence from abroad?
Each voter will have to respond to this question as he or she sees fit. The way The Record's editorial board views the situation, there are only two viable options, one coming from Harper's Conservatives, the other from Stéphane Dion's Liberals.
And when we weigh things as fairly and carefully as we can, we conclude that Harper and his party deserve another term in government.
Let's be clear what's at stake. It is an understatement to call the situation grave. The International Monetary Fund warned yesterday that the world economy "is entering a major downturn in the face of the most dangerous financial shock . . . since the 1930s."
So far, and Harper is correct to point this out, Canada has escaped the worst of it. We are not in recession. There have been no collapses in our banks or lending institutions. There have been no bailouts. Instead, the Bank of Canada has already intervened to secure the liquidity of our banks and facilitate the flow of money. But we are not an island that can escape the storm. We are a trading nation peering out at thunderclouds and surging seas.
As the U.S. and other countries descend into recession, the demand for what we make and grow and take out of the ground will inevitably fall. Then we face losing jobs, businesses and factories. And then we will need not only tax dollars to help those in trouble but a leader with a workable plan of action for spending that money.
Unfortunately, it is at this precise moment that Dion and his Liberals are asking Canadians to take a leap of faith that could land them on their backsides in the dust. It is at this precise moment that Dion wants voters to endorse his Green Shift and the major change in Canada's system of taxation and redistributing wealth it would bring. Throughout most of its history, The Record has endorsed Liberals in federal elections. In fact in the past 40 years, there have been only two other occasions on which we did not. However, the Green Shift is a stumbling block we cannot clear.
An intelligent and honourable leader, Dion has assured us his carbon tax would be revenue neutral. Well, perhaps it would not provide Ottawa with more money. But that doesn't mean it is revenue neutral to all taxpayers. An explicit part of the plan is to redistribute taxes in a new way to give more to low income Canadians. Yet for one part of the population to get more, one has to give up more, a reality Dion avoids mentioning. It may be that taking more money from higher income earners and giving it to others is justifiable. But many working Canadians fear they will be left poorer by Dion's carbon tax. And his incessant tinkering with the cornerstone of his campaign, by promising special help to certain groups such as truckers, fishers and farmers, shows Dion is trying to allay those fears. For us, he has not succeeded.
Another Liberal, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan voiced similar worries last week when he observed: "One of the things that I think would be a mistake right now is massive shifts in tax burden at a time when there's uncertainty." No wonder, then, that one of Dion's most celebrated teammates, Bob Rae, said two days ago that, if elected, a Liberal government just might delay that carbon tax. What a vote of nonconfidence Rae gave.
Yes, the environment is important. Yes, we need a plan to cut carbon emissions drastically. But it will be understandable if Canadians are even more concerned about their jobs, businesses and homes today than they are about carbon levels a quarter of a century or more from now, even if they know that problem, too, must be tackled.
In contrast to the Liberals, the Conservatives, for all their failings, offer a safer, more credible approach to the economy. Months ago, aware of the looming crisis in the American economy, the Conservatives took action. They cut taxes across the board, to corporations, yes, but to ordinary Canadians too. We believe those cuts have helped buoy the Canadian economy. And while Harper was late in releasing his platform, it appears to be a prudent plan, offering targeted support for specific sectors of the economy.
There is reassurance, too, in Harper's record over 2 1/2 years in power. He reached a welcome compromise with the Liberals so that Canadian troops can help bring aid and security to Afghanistan until 2011. Separatist sentiment in Quebec slumbers, thanks partly to Harper's efforts to reach out to that province.
Nor have we seen the so-called "hidden agenda'' of socially conservative initiatives. We see no indication Harper intends to resurrect national debates on abortion, the death penalty or same-sex marriage. And this only makes sense. Whatever Harper's personal views are on these subjects, he knows that pushing them onto the House of Commons agenda would be political suicide.
On balance, Harper has put Canada in a good, even enviable position to weather the coming economic storm. Proof of this came this week when the International Monetary Fund predicted that Canada will lead the Group of 7 industrial nations in growth next year, with our gross domestic product estimated to rise by 1.2 per cent.
And what of the other choices? Well, neither the New Democratic Party nor the Greens appears to us as a viable option for government in this election. NDP Leader Jack Layton has fought an energetic, passionate campaign for which he will likely be rewarded with more seats. However, his plan to pound corporations with higher taxes and interfere with our free trade agreements would be economically disastrous. As for Elizabeth May's Greens, as much as they belong in the political landscape, their call for new corporate taxes and distrust of free trade are not what Canada needs. The Greens deserve a seat or seats, not a government.
This, at least, is how this newspaper's editorial board sees things. We offer our views respectfully, in good faith and as Canadians who want the best for their country. We are aware that many readers equally patriotic and acting in as good faith will see things differently. We welcome such differences as an essential part of our democracy. In truth, our most fervent wish is that our readers will become politically engaged and that those who are eligible will vote.
The only thing they have to fear
By Andrew Coyne | Email | October 8th, 2008 at 1:30 pm
Posted to: Andrew Coyne's Blog, Capital Read | 95 | Comment on post
Filed Under: Andrew Coyne's Blog • Capital ReadTags: Election Watch • financial crisis • Stéphane Dion • Stephen Harper
I didn’t care much for Stephen Harper’s accusation, earlier in the campaign, that the opposition were cheering for a recession. At the time, it seemed like a cheap shot. But the longer this goes on, the more I’m starting to think there’s something in it. The Liberals are now trying to make a “gaffe” of Harper’s perfectly sensible observation that the present panic on the stock markets presents a remarkable buying opportunity, for those with cooler heads. Stephane Dion, in particular, was quick to denounce the advice as “so insensitive.”
I’m sorry? How? What would they have him say? Sell? Take your lumps? Do nothing? You can only call it “insensitive” if you are bound and determined that nothing should break the spell of panic that now grips the country — that no possibility of an upside should be allowed to intrude. Just so long as cooler heads do not prevail.
This is demagoguery of the worst sort. And I don’t just mean that nothing about the present state of the Canadian economy justifies lumping it in with the United States or Europe, still less invoking the ghost of R. B. Bennett. We have not suffered a real estate crash, nor are we likely to; we have not seen a single financial institution go under, nor is any likely to; we did not have anything like the sub-prime mortgage mess; nor do we have the institutional equivalents of Lehman Brothers or Bear Stearns — large, highly-leveraged, stand-alone investment banks without the backing of a chartered bank.
But that’s not what distinguishes the opposition demagoguery in this case. It isn’t that they’re fear-mongers: it’s that, having mongered such fears, they do not propose to do anything about them. Sensibly enough — the problems of the Canadian economy, such as they are, find their origins outside our borders, and will find their solutions there. But it’s the height of hypocrisy, whaling away at the government for doing nothing while offering precisely the same themselves. The 85 lefty economists who signed that letter demanding the government go into deficit and otherwise “stimulate” the economy might have been out to lunch, but they were at least putting their names on the line, and exposing their proposals to public criticism. The opposition are taking no such risk, or responsibility.
On the economic front, Canadian housing starts remained strong in September, running at an annualized rate of 217,600 units – but with noticeable weakness in Ontario.So, let me get this straight... the "weakness" we're seeing is predominantly in Ontario? I wonder who's in charge there? But it figures... the Ontario Liberals torpedo economic growth, and the Federal Tories take the blame.
The seasonally adjusted rate of urban starts fell 6.6 per cent in Ontario, while rising or remaining unchanged in the rest of the country, the CMHC figures showed.
"Let's face it, the U.S. is the epicentre of big problems," Aron Gampel, deputy chief economist at Scotiabank, said Tuesday on Canada AM. "A recession in housing which is dragging down their economy, compounded by a credit crunch and the earlier episodes of high food and energy costs, you couldn't have asked for a more toxic mix of problems."
Gampel predicted that sound economic policies established by previous governments would allow Canada to weather the current storm better than most countries.
"We have a government balance sheet from successive Liberal and Conservative governments, which is able to stimulate the economy through increased tax cuts that we've had in recent years, increased spending which is still flowing through the economy and we still have surpluses that can be spent," Gampel said. "We have really wonderful fundamentals."
"As the saying goes, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. Which is why when the rain came, Noah didn't need to panic and he didn't switch boats."CLICK... it's presently 2:10pm EST.
"The Liberals also began to attack their fellow opposition parties as the battle for second place heated up.Excuse me? "Robbing votes from the Liberals"?!?! What complete arrogance... "Those votes belong to us, and you're taking them away from us! I want my ball back, or I'm going home!"
Candidate Bob Rae issued a warning on Monday that Layton and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May are robbing votes from the Liberals"
At Sun Oct 05, 08:58:00 PM EDT, Anonymous said…Well, "Anonymous"... you know, the name "Anonymous" is such a misnomer... because NOTHING is ever really anonymous on the internet.
Who is cutting brake lines in Toronto?
Who cut brake lines in Guelph a few weeks ago.
Seems that whoever, is targing Liberals.
That would be you?
Whould that be NDP?
Would that be Green?
Would that be Tommie the Commie?
Help the police here. Fess up
Liberal official apologizes for removing political signs put up by ConservativesMark O’Halloran, executive director of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island, is seen getting back into his car after removing campaign signs belonging to the Conservatives.
WAYNE THIBODEAU - The Guardian
The executive director of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island is apologizing after he was caught on camera removing political signs put in place by local Conservatives.
Patrick Ross, a Conservative campaign worker, photographed Mark O’Halloran removing the lawn signs less than five hours after they were put up.
Those lawn signs read: “Say no to the Dion tax!” The signs were strategically placed below Liberal billboards throughout the capital city.
Photos provided to The Guardian show a close-up of the back seat of O’Halloran’s car, which was stacked to the roof with lawn signs, many of which had their stakes snapped in two.
"I tried to have a bit of fun, but it's difficult when you've got a four on one. But one thing that does allows, and did allow tonight, was for me to put out our policies, and what we're doing as a Government. And I think we're the only ones that conveyed any sense to the public of what it is exactly we're doing and what we want to do.
I mean, the rest were all attacking, that's great, they're all debuting to be Leader of the Opposition... but it doesn't tell the public what they'd actually do."
After two and a half years of dithering, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, and much of his cohort, are back in the saddle again!
Mr. Martin and much of his old crew have been helping Dion in his debate preperation, and are taking more and more of a role within the national campaign.
Maybe that's why their ads have taken a decidedly negative turn... losing one election just wasn't enough for these guys, and they're back for more!