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Coping with the Rat Race

The 50ish looking guy sitting next to me on GO train looked like any other frazzled commuter who had put in a hard day’s work. “If only I could score on the Lotto,” he said to me, “I’d get the hell out of this rat-race so fast they’d never know that I was here in the first place.”

By William Bedford - Friday, November 16, 2007

Charles Smith Inquiry: Let’s not lose sight of the real issue

The Ontario public inquiry into the work of former forensic pathologist, Dr. Charles Smith, got underway this week. In 2005, the province’s chief coroner began a review of several deaths of children that occurred between 1991 and 2001. The cases that were reviewed were all ones that were worked on by Smith and many of them resulted in criminal charges, convictions and imprisonment for those believed to have played a role in the deaths of some of these children. A lot of Smith’s work was found to have been defective and some of the “crimes” that people had been convicted of turned out not even to have been crimes.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, November 15, 2007

Desperately seeking scandal

The Federal Liberals are rooting around like pigs searching the forest floor for truffles, as they attempt to find some scandal, no matter how trite or trivial they can hang on Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.  The hapless and inept Stephane Dion, in an effort to save his flagging leadership, has pressed Stephen Harper to call a public inquiry on the Mulroney/Schreiber Airbus affair.  Some of you may not remember what that was all about, as the events transpired in 1988, which is nearly twenty years ago.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, November 15, 2007

Toronto council comprised of petulant children

In case anyone’s wondering why the City of Toronto’s finances are in such abject disarray, it’s because City Council is largely comprised of petulant, vindictive kids.

By Klaus Rohrich - Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Harper floats return of death penalty

Last month the Conservative government reversed a long standing policy of requesting clemency for Canadians who are sentenced to death in other countries. Public Safety Minister, Stockwell Day, announced that Canada would not be seeking clemency for Ronald Allen Smith, a 50-year-old Albertan who is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Montana. Smith was convicted in 1982 for the cold blooded killing of two young men in that state. According to the evidence, Smith said that he killed them just to see what it would be like.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Choosing the direction of one’s culture

Motivational speakers never tire of repeating the mantra that the people with whom one associates are a reflection of one’s aspirations.  If you choose to spend your time in the company of individuals whose priorities are conducive to personal growth and financial or spiritual enhancement, then chances are you too will direct your energies in those directions.  If you associate with individuals whose interests fall into dissolute or dishonest pursuits, then it’s a good bet that’s where your energies will go as well.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Minister’s Photo-Op In the Offing

Canada’s current government has been in office for about two years. Not once in that time has Prime Minister Stephen Harper seen fit to meet with the provincial and territorial leaders at a first minister’s conference. Suddenly with the high Canadian dollar impacting export businesses from east to west,  Harper has agreed to just such a meeting, but only after several premiers demanded it. My question is why. Why now, why not earlier and why this particular issue?

By Myles Higgins - Monday, November 12, 2007

Black segregation seems to be politically correct

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is currently holding meetings in an attempt to start a “blacks’ only school” in Toronto. This is the 21st century, so of course the proposed learning centre cannot be referred to as “blacks’ only”—the fancy politically correct name is an “Afro-centric” school.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, November 12, 2007

What is it about the Image of Jesus that threatens today’s authorities?

Jesus ChristWe the people—not just the Americans but free people everywhere—are going to have to rely on memory and imagination for any link to Jesus Christ.

Politically correct minions out there trying to score brownie points with the enemy are trying to force any vestige of the Son of God from the human radar screen.

Just like in the days of the Romans, it is against the law to honour Jesus when world Caesars demand that honour for themselves.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, November 9, 2007

Is a nuclear Islam really desirable

Strong rhetoric has been heard over the past weeks regarding Iran’s nuclear efforts and the suspension of constitutional rights in Pakistan.  Iran proclaimed a milestone this week, asserting that it had achieved full operation of some 3,000 centrifuges tasked with refining uranium and claimed that soon it would have 54,000 such centrifuges in full operation.

By Klaus Rohrich - Friday, November 9, 2007

Home Alone never again for Fido

imageHave you ever rented the DVD Benji in a desperate attempt to keep your pooch entertained while you were out at the supermarket buying groceries?
 
Do you worry about Fido who’s been home alone all day when the boss tells you that you have to work overtime tonight?

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, November 8, 2007

It all comes down to discipline

The Sunday Times of London did a piece last week about parents in the U.K. of African descent that send their children to Ghana to go to school. The schools in the West African country have something that schools in Britain and in fact in the West do not have—discipline. The parents resort to sending their kids abroad in order to keep them out of the gang culture that seems to be increasing in major urban areas.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, November 8, 2007

World’s most lovable rebel needs new heart

imageFrom the first step he took on to the world stage, Lech Walesa was destined to leave an indelible memory.

A walking symbol of the overthrow of the communist regime in Eastern Europe in 1989, Walesa rekindled new hope for the legions shackled by soul-killing communism and with all odds against it ever happening, the terms “Gdansk shipyards” and “Solidarity” became household words.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Senate Abolition VS. Senate Reform

This week NDP Leader Jack Layton publicly called for a referendum on abolishing the Canadian Senate. Not surprisingly it’s a move that seems to be getting some support from inside the Conservative government.

By Myles Higgins - Wednesday, November 7, 2007