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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday's Vehicle - 1956 Triumph TR3


I warned you the Harper pricks were going to attack seniors

Harper’s government targeting poor seniors on guaranteed income

Halifax, NS (RPRN) 08/27/14 — Under proposed changes to prescribed annuity taxation, Canadian poor seniors will pay a lot more taxes. These changes are hidden in the proposal for changes in the exemption test of life policies modifying Subsection 300(2) of the Income Tax Regulations. Under current regulations, the taxable income portion of a prescribed annuity is determined using the 1971 Individual Mortality table. The Financial Services Consumer Alliance (FSCA) has discovered that after December 2015, the new regulations would require that insurers use the Annuity 2000 Basic Mortality table.

What does this all mean?

 It means that the taxable portion of new annuity payments will increase as a result of this change. Particularly affected will be older and poor seniors on guaranteed income. “This is the equivalent of taxing the life expectancy of an individual,” stated Richard Proteau, President of FSCA. “These mortality tables represent the aggregate of the life expectancies for the whole Canadian population but inequalities are increasing in the Canadian society and this means that a rich senior can expect to live 5 years longer than a poor senior.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/rich-v-poor-the-lives-we-can-expect-from-our-income/article793139/

http://rushprnews.com/2014/08/27/harpers-government-targeting-poor-seniors-on-guaranteed-income

Pope Francis







Bear Quints

Bear  Quints - once in a lifetime  photo

       Black  bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In 2007, in  northern   New  Hampshire ,
a black bear sow gave birth to five 
        healthy young.  There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 
        cubs, but five  was, and is, very extraordinary. The photographer learned 
        of them shortly  after they emerged from their den and set a goal of 
        photographing all  five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and 
        effort was  involved. He knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular 
        basis, usually  shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a 
        day, seven days a  week, for more than six weeks, he had that 
         once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. He used  the
        equivalent of  a very fast film speed on his digital camera. The print is 
        properly focused  and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they 
        were in a studio  for a family portrait.
 
 
 
The          photographer  stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during          the summer and  into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to          thrive. As time  for hibernation approached, he found still more folks         who had seen  them, and everything remained OK. The photographer stayed          away from the  bears because he was concerned that they might become          habituated to  him, or to people in general, and treat them as          approachable  friends. This could easily become dangerous for both man          and animal. 

 
After 
        Halloween, no  further reports and could only hope the bears survived 
        until they  hibernated. This spring, just before the snow disappeared, 
        all six bears  came out of their den and wandered all over the same 
        familiar  territory they trekked in the spring of 2007. 
       

 
The 
        photographer saw  them before mid-April and dreamed nightly of taking 
        another family  portrait, a highly improbable second once-in-a-lifetime 
         photograph.
 
On
        April 25, 2008, he  achieved his dream.
 
When  something as  magical as this happens between man and animal, Native 
        Americans say,  "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow." And 
        so it is with  humility and great pleasure that I share these 
        exhilarating  photos with  you.
      Do  pass them on!
 
Thanks Norman

Old photo's from Greenfield Park









Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday's Vehicle - 1990 Camaro


Everything Harper does is an "affront to democracy"

Canada-EU trade deal threatened by EU lawmakers

European concerns over environment, sovereignty may sink deal

 
EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.

The agreement with Canada, a draft of which was seen by Reuters, could increase bilateral trade by one fifth to $37 billion (26 billion euros).

But European consumer and environmental groups say a mechanism in the accord would allow multinationals to bully the EU's 28 governments into doing their bidding regardless of environmental, labour and food laws and would set a bad precedent for the planned EU-U.S. trade pact.

The European Parliament must ratify both the Canada and the U.S. pacts. Since elections in May, the rise of nationalist, Eurosceptic parties in the legislature, many of them opposed to globalization, have complicated the EU's free-trade ambitions.

"The Greens will fight hard to get a majority in the parliament against (the EU-Canada deal)," said Claude Turmes of the Green group, echoing concerns from others in the European Parliament, including the Socialist bloc.

Deal an "affront to democracy"

Tiziana Beghin, an EU lawmaker from Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement who sits on the parliament's influential trade committee, called the EU-Canada deal an "affront to democracy".

"Giving corporations the right to sue governments for loss of anticipated profit would be ridiculous if it were not so dangerous," she told Reuters.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/business/story/1.2749320


Biscuits ......

An admiral visits one of the ships under his command. While eating morning tea with the crew he was impressed to see the naval insignia stamped on every biscuit.


He went to the cook to ask how this feat was done, so it could be used on other ships under his command.


The cook replied, "well Admiral, after each one is cut out I just slap it here against my belt buckle which bears the insignia."


Horrified the Admiral exclaims "well that's very un-hygenic!"


The cook shrugs and replies "well if you feel that way sir, I suggest you steer well clear of the donuts."


Thanks Heidi

Little did they know then

Some of your followers will find this both amusing and telling.



Thanks Ed.... it is way over the heads of my conservative readers

Hello from Europe

Les Diablerets , Switzerland. Glacier 3000. Summer skiing anyone?  Natural glacier at 3000mtrs.
 



 
 
Thanks Ivan

Old photo's from Greenfield Park/St. Lambert










Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday's Vehicle - 1938 Oldsmobile


Harper has abandoned medicare

Council of the Federation: Health Care at Stake at Premiers’ Meeting, but Free Trade Agreements Could Also Undermine Public Health Care

After a poll by Nanos Research, sponsored by the Canadian Health Coalition, showed that 65 per cent of Canadians want the premiers to oppose Harper’s funding changes to health care, the Council of Canadians urges the premiers to push Harper to save and strengthen public health care.

In particular, the Council of Canadians asks our provincial leaders to renew the health accord, implement pharmacare, and protect health care from the EU-Canada free trade agreement.

Renew the Health Accord

The premiers need to push Harper to renew the health care accord. Currently, public health care faces a $36 billion cut over ten years by the Harper government.

“Like the majority of Canadians, we deplore the Harper government's refusal to renew the health accord,” says Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians’ national chairperson. “This will reduce federal transfers to the provinces substantially. It will make it impossible for provinces to maintain health care. Most Canadians can see the writing on the wall: this is the makings of a two-tiered system.”

Read more: http://www.canadians.org/media/council-federation-health-care-stake-premiers%E2%80%99-meeting-free-trade-agreements-could-also

Harper: A sociopaths view of sociology

The ideological roots of Stephen Harper’s vendetta against sociology

Harper’s seemingly bizarre beef with sociology is actually an ideological attempt to prevent us from being able to identify, and tackle, our structural injustices.

Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an anti-crime approach. And last week, in response to the death of Tina Fontaine, Harper argued that an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not needed, because this is not a “ sociological phenomenon ” but simply a series of individual crimes.

Of course, not only is all crime a sociological phenomenon , but also without a broader sociological analysis we can’t begin to understand why the rates of missing and murdered indigenous women are tragically high compared to non-indigenous women. Furthermore, it’s clear that if rates of violence against non-indigenous women climbed as high as those of indigenous women, this government (even with its woeful record on women’s issues) would be more likely to announce not only a public inquiry but a full-scale national strategy. (This double-standard in how we value human lives is what sociologists call “racism.”)

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/08/26/the_ideological_roots_of_stephen_harpers_vendetta_against_sociology.html

 

My POV

When it comes to Canada's indigenous people I am disappointed in my fellow Canadians including my friends and relatives and their attitude that .... we owe them nothing....

We insist they assimilate, but refuse to recognize their differences

We insist that they manage their own communities, but refuse to educate them on how to do it.

We insist they elevate their education but refuse to fund it adequately.

Neo-Conservatives as well as my fellow Canadians insist that we have done more than enough for the indigenous peoples of Canada then turn our backs and do nothing to ensure they have the tools to be self-sufficient.

Give them education.... give them respect...... restore their honour and we will see a people that will lead us in the preservation of our waters, our land and give Canada renewed hope in our future.

They are a people who understand economics and corporate values based on the preservation of the environment..... they believe there is a balance... do you?

Kickin' It In Tennessee


Hello from Europe

At the medieval town of Yviore, France.  Ranked one the 30 top towns to visit in France.
Home on Tuesday next. 2nd golf season starts. Here the price of a round of golf is $150+ euro.
 



 

Thanks Ivan

Very clever ideas that might come in handy

Several of these I already use, others will adopt.  Clever and useful.
Olivia
Thanks Pat H

I'll Swim You Across



Thanks Kerry

D-Day photos, then and now

This one is really, really interesting…
 
Click on each photo (EXCEPT the first one), each time you click on the photo it fades from then to now…if you keep clicking back and forth you can see the remaining buildings are unchanged…it’s really amazing

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday's Vehicle - 1957 Buick


The Globe and Mail - Robert Bateman

Why I Am A 21st Century Conservative

 Painter Robert Bateman Takes On The Meaning of Real Conservative Values

Globe & Mail
Saturday, December 13, 2003


 Page A21

By ROBERT BATEMAN

I am a conservative. This is why I deeply resent the neo-conservatives who are not conservatives at all. They are the opposite: radicals who are destroying cherished institutions and wreaking havoc on our human heritage as well as our natural heritage.

I do not consider destroyers to be conservative.

So many cherished institutions have been built with great care and dedication through the decades by well-trained people with good hearts. These are being smashed and weakened in great haste by politicians and ideologues who do not even understand what they destroy. Creation is long and difficult; destruction is quick.

Institutions such as railways, medicare, electrical power production and delivery, environmental protection, social services, schools and many other government agencies are being attacked, weakened and even privatized. These aspects of society are useful and helpful and are there for the common good. Their destruction is done with the aim of cutting taxes and reducing government. Yet many thinkers, such as Lord Richard Layard, professor emeritus at the London School of Economics, argue that taxation is a good thing for creating a state of balance between work and life.

Neo-conservatives seem to care more about the individual than the common good; indeed, the cult of the individual has grown into an ideology. Now we are faced with the foolish idea that a corporation should be regarded legally as "a person."

In reality, a corporation is simply a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance. The slogan of most of these entities is "make too cheap and sell too high."
With few exceptions, there is little obligation among such corporate "persons" to ideas of public place or public good.

In "In the Presence of Fear: Three Essays for a Changed World", his excellent book written after 9/11, Wendell Berry observes, "Corporations make the assumption that stable and preserving relationships among people, places and things do not matter and are of no worth." And "that there is no conflict between self-interest and public service."

This seems to be the philosophy of the neo-conservatives.

True conservatives should believe in, and practise, conservation. One would expect them to act as good stewards to preserve and protect the natural world. Perhaps the most striking and alarming aspects of neo-conservatives are not only their neglect of stewardship but their vigorous attacks on protection and preservation. They seem to regard natural scientists as enemies whose work should be ignored and whose careers should be eliminated.

Their desire to be rid of regulations and regulators puts them more in line with anarchists than true conservatives.

It seems to me, as a conservative, that the family and family values would be worth preserving. A couple of decades ago then U.S. vice-president Dan Quayle was decrying the decline of family values in America. I agreed with him about the decline; I thought his critique applied to Canada as well.

Mr. Quayle and the other neo-conservatives blamed overly permissive liberal ideas. There may be some truth to this. But to me, the main blame falls in the lap of profit-seekers who portion up human society into age-based market targets. Their advertising programs divide and conquer the minds of children and teenagers using greed, envy, lust and fascination with violence to sell products.

Family values too often come from the television set rather than the actual and extended family.

 Merchants of Cool design youth to be alienated. If you preach salvation through shopping instead of salvation through service, the sense of community is weakened and even destroyed.

Yet, neo-conservatives seem to have no problem with this state of affairs. They claim one can't interfere with the freedom to make profit. This has also lead to the disruption and even destruction of meaningful work.

In his 1973 bestseller, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, the German-born British economist E.F. Schumacher wrote, "Next to the family, work and the relationships established by work [are] the true foundation of society. If these foundations are unsound, how can society be sound?"

Subsidized, industrial farming has decimated family farms and rural communities. Subsidized, industrial fishing has closed down entire fishing communities and brought many fish stocks to the brink of extinction. Subsidized, industrial forestry has ruined many small logging communities. And these three industrial "F's" have devastated wild nature at every turn.

The horrible irony is, much of this destruction of human communities and natural ecosystems has been paid for by taxpayers -- you and me.

Neo-conservatives never seem to complain about our taxes being wasted in this manner, though they do whine about taxes going to help social programs and a civil society. The cost of corporate welfare amounts to many times that of social welfare. It is not a question of fiscal responsibility, it is a question of ideology.

Media analyst Marshall McLuhan spoke of how the technological revolution of recent decades has produced a maelstrom of bewildering forces that are neither completely understandable nor predictable, but bring with them stress, depression, addiction and other negative side effects. A true conservative would strive to alleviate these problems; the neo-conservatives seem to encourage the maelstrom to become bigger and even faster.

In many recent elections, I've heard only one main message from all the major parties, whether they called themselves Liberal or Conservative or Alliance, or in America, Democrat or Republican. The message is, "Vote for me, I will cut your taxes and put more money in your own pocket." Then the implication is, "You can go to the mall and buy more stuff."

In other words, we will achieve salvation through shopping or salvation through selfishness.

We seldom hear messages such as the one John F. Kennedy gave at his inauguration:" Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Of course, everyone wants lower taxes; we all have a natural sense of selfishness and greed. But taxes are the price we pay for civilization. If you do not like government and taxes, try Somalia.

Although I am a conservative I do not claim that being a conservative is virtuous. My point is that those who are in favour of rapid change and destruction of institutions can in no way be called conservative.

We are not against conservatives. We are against freaks.

Mallick strikes back

Award-winning Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick hit back against the Conservative Party's angry criticism of her recent column in a fundraising pitch to supporters.

In an email with the subject line, "Just disgusting", Conservative Party political operations director Fred DeLorey wrote to supporters earlier today:
This morning, I picked up a paper to read with my morning coffee.

You won’t believe what I found inside. 

I discovered a 740-word column by the Toronto Star’s Heather Mallick, full of disgusting personal attacks on the Prime Minister.

I won’t go into detail, but it included the word “sociopathic.”  Not even trying to hide her bias, Mallick ends her column hoping that when it comes to Conservative majority, "next year it will be over."

This was too far… even for the Liberal cheerleading Toronto Star.
Mallick defended the Star's inclusiveness, as well as her choice of wording in her August 24 column, "Why voters like Justin Trudeau". In the piece, she praised the Liberal Party leader while sharply condemning some of the prime minister's actions, such as refusing an inquiry into missing and murdered women and "demonizing" scientists.

"I say Mr. Harper lacks a sense of moral responsibility: to women, to Canadians who'll be hit by climate change, to aboriginal people, to refugee claimants who need a doctor, to many immigrants and non-whites, to colleagues who may disagree with him," she told The Vancouver Observer. "He lacks a moral conscience when he comes to people he dislikes or distrusts. And that's the definition of a sociopath."

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/toronto-stars-heather-mallick-blasts-conservatives-paranoid-comments-about-her-column#comment-261727

Fostering hatered

Bill C-304: Hate Speech Clause's Repeal Gives White Supremacists Rare Moment Of Glee

A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it's being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it's being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.

Bill C-304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.

This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada,” a poster calling him or herself “CanadaFirst” posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. “However, we still have other unjust Zionist ‘hate’ laws that need to go.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/08/bill-c-304-hate-speech-tories_n_1581437.html

Baird on protecting the north


http://en.ria.ru/world/20140826/192361923/Canada-Ready-to-Use-Force-Against-Russia-in-the-Arctic--Canadian.html

Billie Jean Dancing Senior Citizens


Honky Tonkin By Big Smo


Now you know

 When people ask what you learned today ......   Manure... An interesting fact   Manure :  In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.


It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. 
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came


below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
 
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening
 

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.




Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day. 

You probably did not know the true history of this word.
 

Neither did I.
 

I had always thought it was a golf term



Thanks Heidi

Cherry harvesting



Thanks Shirley

Bird Identification - Enough said!

I may not be great at bird identification but I do know
that there are four females and one male!!
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday's Vehicle - 1961 Rambler SW


Shafting the working class

Unemployed? Good luck getting EI as eligibility hits all-time low

"Just 36.6% of unemployed workers are receiving Employment Insurance -- an all-time low in Canada, according to the latest government statistics.

The new milestone, calculated by comparing the number of regular EI beneficiaries in the latest Statistics Canada report with the number of unemployed workers from the Labour Force Survey, follows a series of policy changes over the last two decades that have made acc...ess to benefits increasingly difficult."

http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/unemployed-good-luck-getting-ei-eligibility-hits-all-time-low-0

I don't know about you but I find it very offensive and questionable as to why the Conservative government would insist that employees pay premiums toward UI then make it extremely difficult to qualify for a program that you paid into.

What are the Harper seals doing with the overage. Are they using it to finance corporations? Or are they buying down their bungled deficit?

The over 50 crowd should be living in fear of the Reform-a-Cons subjecting them to a means test when they apply for their pensions while the younger workers will find that they are required to go to corporate insurers for their medical insurance.

 

Stop the "Bullshit Emails about Refugees and Income Assistance"

Have you heard rumours that refugees in Canada receive greater assistance from the government than pensioners?
                                      
For several years, a persistent chain email has been circulating claiming that refugees receive significantly more money in income assistance than Canadians collecting a pension.  The information, which is based on a letter published in the Toronto Star, is false.

Refugees come to Canada in different ways, but no matter the category, refugees receive very limited income assistance from the government.

The true picture is that:

Read more: https://ccrweb.ca/refassistrebut.html

 

Puppy Approved


Aging




Thanks Heidi

She Was Calling To Thank A Fan,

She Was Calling To Thank A Fan, But She Got Much More Than She Bargained For! | SF Globe
 

Be Happy


Thanks Kerry

Bongani

Boss: "Bongani, do you believe in Life after Death?"
Bongani:
"Ack-tually, no, Sir!"
Boss:
"Why not?"
Bongani:
"Well, basickully, dêr is no proof that it ack-tually exists, Boss."
Boss:
"Well, there is proof now."

Bongani:
"Hai-bo! Seri-aaass?"
Boss:
"Yes absolutely. After you left early yesterday to go
to your brother's funeral, he came here looking for you."

Bongani:
"Eeisssshhhh...."
 
Thanks Heidi

Cleaning fruit


Thanks Kerry

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Vehicle - 1953 Ford


Sunken Hazard - NWF Dives underwater Mackinac Pipelines



First-Ever Footage of Aging Tar Sands Pipelines Beneath Great Lakes

This past July, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) conducted a diving expedition to obtain footage of aging oil pipelines strung across one of the most sensitive locations in the Great Lakes, and possibly the world: the Straits of Mackinac. Footage of these pipelines has never been released to the public until now.

Read more: http://ecowatch.com/2013/10/15/footage-of-tar-sands-pipelines-beneath-great-lakes/

A HARD LOOK AT MR. HARPER'S ECONOMIC RECORD


When the next federal election rolls around, likely next spring, Stephen Harper says he wants to campaign on his economic record. Well bring it on.

That record is highlighted by some spectacular failures.

Military procurement is one of them -- specifically the proposed acquisition of F-35 stealth fighter jets to replace Canada's aging CF-18s. The botched process started in 2006 and is still nowhere near completion. The plane isn't even operational and costs have ballooned from $9-billion to close to $50-billion. The Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Auditor General have depicted the management of this file as both incompetent and deceitful.

The Temporary Foreign Workers Program is another big Harper government screw-up. That program operated with decent success for more than 30 years until the Conservatives messed it up with glaring instances of sloppy administration, lax enforcement, depressed wages, displaced Canadian workers and mistreated foreigners. The government's proposed corrections have infuriated both employers and employees, both domestic and foreign.

Another example of the Harper regime failing to get big economic things right is pipelines. A fundamental role of the Government of Canada is to open up markets abroad for Canadian resources and help create responsible and sustainable ways to get those resources to those markets. In the case of western Canadian energy products, we're suffering multi-billion dollar price penalties every year because Mr. Harper has failed to move the yardsticks a single inch forward on any major pipeline project since he first took power nearly nine years ago.

He also failed on western grain handling and transportation. The grain system Mr. Harper imposed didn't have enough capacity, nor any surge capability, nor any provision for adverse circumstances (like bad weather). There was no coordination, no transparency, no accountability, no competition, and no realistic legal recourse for captive shippers. Millions of tonnes of grain got stranded.

Frustrated global customers just walked away. Mr. Harper's system cost farmers something over $5-billion last year.

On trade policy more generally, the Conservatives boast about the number of trade deals they're working on. But only six are fully concluded and implemented, and together they represent just 2% of global GDP. The bigger ones are the better part of a decade away from fruition. And there remains a big difference between just signing deals and actually increasing the trade that gets done. For most of Mr. Harper's term, Canada has suffered large trade deficits, a situation the Bank of Canada has described as a "serial disappointment".

On fiscal management, in 2006 Mr. Harper inherited a decade of balanced budgets with annual surpluses of some $13-billion and financial flexibility over the ensuing five years projected at close to $100-billion. But in less than three years, he blew this country's fiscal security. He overspent by three times the rate of inflation and eliminated all the contingency reserves and prudence factors that had protected Canada against unforeseen trouble. Thus, Mr. Harper put us back into the red again BEFORE, not because of, the recession that arrived in late 2008.

That reckless mismanagement caused the burden of the recession to be much greater than it needed to be. More that $160-billion in new federal debt -- Harper debt -- was created. That's close to $20,000 in new Harper debt for every Canadian family.

At the bottom line, close to 240,000 more Canadians are out of a job and looking for work today than before the recession. Five years on, Canada's economy remains weak and uncertain. Stephen Harper has produced the poorest economic growth results of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930's.

Yes, bring it on. It would be a pleasure to campaign on Mr. Harper's economic record.

And the truth be told....

Actual Facts... as opposed to Reformer 2015 Election Propaganda.

1. The federal debt in the fiscal year 1996-97 was $562.9-billion. By the time the Liberals left office in 2006, it was reduced to $481.5-billion.

2. The Harper Govt will have added $176 billion to our debt by 2015 for a whopping $634 billion or 24% of the total accumulated debt since Confederation.

Interesting Opinion

Harper the warmonger needs to study Canada's history: There is also a political story here that preceded the work of the Fathers of Confederation. In the 1840s, Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, representing Upper and Lower Canada, English and French, worked together and achieved responsible government and a bicultural nation. They did much to prepare the way for confederation 25 years later.

 And as John Ralston Saul reminds us, there was a third party in the bui...lding of Canada – the aboriginal nations. Without their help, as he shows, especially at the very beginning and during the fur trade, the rest of us could not have done it. We have been very slow to recognize the wealth of their contribution to Canadian nation-building.


 Finally, it is surely important not to forget the settlers and their descendants who, from their first arrival in 1608 to the present, have done virtually all of the work to make Canada a nation.


http://ww1.canada.com/after-the-war/opinion-battlefields-didnt-forge-identity


Opinion: Battlefields didn’t forge Canada’s identity

The national government is spending enormous sums of our tax dollars to din into our minds the shibboleth that Canada became a nation on the battlefields of Europe – a claim that has now been confirmed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself.

Have those who promote this view thought about what they are claiming? Do we ever hear such claims coming from the United Kingdom, France, Germany or the United States? Do Canadian politicians – and I am embarrassed to say, some historians – say this because in order to become a nation there first has to be a human bloodbath?

Unfortunately, lethal conflict characterized the histories of all these countries. And since Canada has not had a civil war worth mentioning (pace 1837), do we need to grasp at the international bloodletting of the world wars as our birth conflict? Reflect, please, upon the following:
Did Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Dieppe or D-Day go into battle with the conviction that they were finally making Canada into a nation? Is there any evidence for this sentiment in all the surviving letters and postcards penned by Canadian soldiers in the trenches or in the air or on the sea?

Did Canadian families who sent their sons to France, Italy, North Africa and Hong Kong do so in the conviction that Canada was only a colony and that their sons, by participating in these wars, would finally change Canada’s status into a nation?

And if, indeed, the Canadian engagement in the First World War turned the country from a colony into a nation because its soldiers went into action as Canadians and not simply as subjects of the Empire, what was Canada before 1915? Does 1867 count for nothing? What did the Fathers of Confederation think they were doing at Charlottetown?

Montréal (1ère partie), 1957, Archives de la Ville de Montréal


Montreal by Night - 1947 NFB Documentary


WW I Aviation Pictures

The beginnings of airborne reconnaissance is shown.
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday's Vehicle - 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk


Heartless in Ottawa

Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s visit

What a relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Whitehorse yesterday and shared with the territory a fresh insight: the plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is not, in fact, a “sociological phenomenon.” Rather, the root of the problem is that we simply haven’t locked enough people away in prison.

“We should view it as crime,” Harper said. “It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such.”

Well, that makes things much tidier, doesn’t it?

No need to fret over the toxic brew that contributes to the many troubles faced by Canada’s aboriginal communities: high unemployment, rife substance abuse, overcrowded housing, low education levels, not to mention the terrible traumas inflicted during residential schools that continue to be passed from one generation to the next, and so forth.

You would think that if the social conditions of aboriginal women had any bearing on their well-being, it would be incumbent upon Canadian governments to actually improve the situation. Thankfully, it’s only a matter of hunting down those bloody criminals.

http://yukon-news.com/letters-opinions/stupidity-outbreak-mars-harpers-visit/

Great piece on Harper's "War on Reality."

The Harper government’s lonely struggle against reality



"None of this should surprise. When you’re pursuing policies at odds with science and sociology, facts are the enemy. From sex offender registries to mandatory minimum sentences, the federal government’s policy agenda is shot through with shaky theories and weak arguments."

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/08/22/the-harper-governments-lonely-struggle-against-reality/

Harper and the Christian radicals

Just in case anyone thinks there is no real connection between Steve and the crew and their adherence to fundamentalist fringe religion .. here's a site that should scare the hell out of you.

 Students are brought to Ottawa for camps. Information is dispersed to families.

The site administrator is Lynette Bloedow. She's the wife of Tim Bloedow.


http://christiangovernance.com/

PMO staff works the crowd in China


Hello from Europe

We are in the old city of Strasbourg, France for the weekend. Everything here is done on foot. Beautiful place.

Thanks Ivan