Saturday, April 28, 2007

Unclean Air Act

On the Conservative Government's climate change "plan":

"It's not enough John, you know there's a lot of opportunity.... This plan is a terrible disappointment to me. No, I would say it's more than that. It's a sham, it sets weak targets that will fall far short of the Kyoto Protocol," - David Suzuki, April 27

“In my opinion, it is a complete and total fraud,” Mr. Gore said. “It is designed to mislead the Canadian people.” - Al Gore, April 28

Monday, April 23, 2007

Trek power

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day and a perfect opportunity to take my not-so-new road bike out for a spin. I've got an entry-level Trek 1200 and it rides awfully well. Nimble shifting, light frame (aluminum, but what I ride to school is a $100 Canadian Tire rusted steel clunker), and shoes with carbon soles that I picked up on sale for $50.

No complaints, pure spring bliss...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Why did the queen smile?

Jean Chrétien tells us why the queen smiled before he signed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on April 17, 1982, twenty-five years to this day.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Diversity in Parliament

For almost 2 million people in Toronto, English is a second language. So I feel right at home here.
- Stéphane Dion

Stéphane said this as a joke in a speech to Toronto Liberals on Wednesday - but it raises a number of questions. Why do our visible minorities remains so underrepresented in our House of Commons? Also, why do people complain about Stéphane's ability to speak English? If he were not francophone, but instead had a very strong Punjabi or Chinese or German accent, would people still complain about his accent? Is it merely because he is from Quebec that gives the rest of Canada fodder to trash his language?

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Chinese incompetence

A major construction accident in Beijing results not in the summoning of rescue workers but a blatant cover-up. Incompetence and deception come in pairs.