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Canada’s China Foreign Aid Policy

The average person, when considering the requirements for a country to be a foreign aid recipient, would envision a developing country where the majority of the population is living in poverty. They certainly would not consider a country with a booming economy, a healthy trade balance, large foreign currency reserves, one of the world’s largest armies and foreign investments and a foreign aid programme of its own, as a suitable candidate. Yet that is just the case with regards to China today.

By Guest Column Branka Lapajne- Saturday, January 12, 2008 - Full Story

Enough MPs Already Mr. McGuinty

Premier McGuinty and the other premiers will be meeting with Mr. Harper on a variety of issues. One item Mr. McGuinty is expected to raise is more MPs for Ontario. Canada needs more MPs about as much as Britney Spears needs more media attention. More politicians usually means more people thinking up new schemes to spend other peoples’ money. Nevertheless, the Harper government is forced by law to add more seats to Parliament starting in 2011.

By Kevin Gaudet - Friday, January 11, 2008 - Full Story

Increased user fees: what’s not to understand?

The city of Toronto recently announced an increase in user fees in some of the city’s recreational programs. Never being satisfied to resort to half measures when it comes to parting residents from their hard earned money, councillors will raise fees this year by a whopping 21 per cent. These fees will then be increased a further 10 per cent per year for the next six years.

By Arthur Weinreb - Friday, January 11, 2008 - Full Story

They made me proud

There’ve been times in the past when I was deeply ashamed of being a citizen of Canada; times like Sept. 13, 2001 when our creepy and opportunistic prime minister basically said that America got what it deserved on 9/11; or the time another creepy prime minister excoriated the US for failure to sign onto the Kyoto agreement on the very day that it was revealed the Americans had actually decreased their carbon emissions, while Canada’s increased by some 25%.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

The death throes of healthcare

It’s difficult to watch a terminally ill patient go through all the stages of dying without being left with a complete feeling of despondency and helplessness.  There are five stages of dying as defined by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

Canada and its bilingual pretense

It seems Canada’s “linguist duality” needs a tune-up.

By Guest Column Gerry Nicholls- Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

Maverick MPP Hillier to Focus on Rural Ontario

(Perth) – In an announcement today, Randy Hillier MPP, was named the Ontario PC Party’s critic for Rural Affairs.  Hillier has earned a reputation for his independence in thought and for his actions as a long-time champion and outspoken advocate of rural Ontario.  Hillier is proud to accept this new role at Queen’s Park.

By Guest Column - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

The Ultimate Political Escape Route - Saving Face

Fact: On Friday January 11,  the Provincial and Territorial leaders will spend an afternoon with Stephen Harper, supposedly discussing the economy and the rising Canadian dollar.

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

Ontario Taxpayers FlickOff Saskatchewan

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today criticized the use of Ontario government money to host a Flick-Fest concert in Estevan, Saskatchewan. CTF Ontario Director, Kevin Gaudet said, “Ontario tax dollars should not be used to Flick-Off Saskatchewan”.

By Kevin Gaudet - Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - Full Story

John Tory: Ontario’s Hillary Clinton

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory has something in common with US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. No, it’s not their political philosophy, although that would be a good guess.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - Full Story

Don’t count Hillary out just yet

Ah, the wisdom of American punditry.  Just as Barack Obama starts to display a surprising amount of strength, many American columnists are looking at the prospect of “President Obama” as being a fait accompli.

By Klaus Rohrich - Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - Full Story

Unromanticizing Oliver Stone

Oliver StoneMy Colombian friends at Bogotá Free Planet are more than a little put out that “maverick” American film director Oliver Stone would write their country off as his country’s personal playing field.

  It didn’t go over the heads of average Colombians that the sore loser, spoil sport Hollywood director—caught looking bad with sidekick Hugo Chavez on a hostage release that never happened—made his scathing comments from the safety of his California spread.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - Full Story

It’s Your Move,  Mr. Prime Minister

For those who have been following the ABC (Anyone But Conservative) campaign that Newfoundland and Labrador premier, Danny Williams, has been threatening to wage against Stephen Harper, the intrigue just reached a new level.

By Myles Higgins - Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - Full Story

Canadians urge Harper Government to push for restoration of democracy in Kenya

Ottawa, Canada - The Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) and members of the Kenyan-Canadian community applaud Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier and International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda for their initiative during the post-election crisis in Kenya, and commend the Government for its initial offer of financial assistance to the people.

By Guest Column - Monday, January 7, 2008 - Full Story

Ontario:  another private property grab on the way

A recent study has shown that the incidence of drinking and driving is on the increase in Canada. It is no surprise that this fact elicited a response from Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, January 7, 2008 - Full Story

YCJA is institutionalized insanity

A lawyer friend of mine once remarked that Canada has a legal system, which should never be confused with a justice system.  How right he was, given that heinous criminals re-offend with the regularity of laxative users.

By Klaus Rohrich - Monday, January 7, 2008 - Full Story

Marine proves from grave that love is forever

Lance Cpl. Travis Layfield's bracelet worn by USMC Sgt. ChavezIn a world where the anti-war contingent goes to such extremes to trash the image of the American soldier, a voice from the grave proves that love conquers all.

  The story of how a well-worn bracelet found a fallen soldier’s Mother this Christmas is one that tops the list of inspiration of a most riveting kind.

  It’s inspiration that stirs the soul based on the fact that even in death, Lance Cpl. Travis Layfield keeps reaching back to his grief stricken family, particularly to his Mom, Diane.

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, January 5, 2008 - Full Story

The new Tower of Babel

I was reading an excerpt from David Frum’s new book Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again and it occurred to me that the difference between conservatives and liberals (or as Frum put it, Republicans and Democrats) is far greater than most people might think.

By Klaus Rohrich - Saturday, January 5, 2008 - Full Story

It’s cold out there – so let’s fix it

Currently Toronto and much of eastern Canada is in a deep freeze. The temperature in some areas is close to -20 degrees Celsius (4 F). The temperature combined with strong winds makes it just a tad nippy out there.

By Arthur Weinreb - Friday, January 4, 2008 - Full Story

Police won’t charge Marsden with stalking ex-lover

TORONTO - Police have decided not to charge New York-based political pundit Rachel Marsden with stalking a Canadian counterterrorism officer with whom she had an affair.

By Guest Column Stewart Bell- Friday, January 4, 2008 - Full Story