September 2007 Archives
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The Devil Makes Cents
September 28, 2007 @ 08:46
It'll be fascinating to hear the liberal spin on yesterday's announcement by the Prime Minister that Canada has a 14 billion budget surplus.
I can't begin to imagine how he'll be attacked but I do know I totally agree with his plan to pay down the 467 billion dollar national debt.
Already there's been some squawking from the city of Toronto. David Miller would like some of that money, but why would the feds throw more dough at Miller when he's proved he can't handle the money he already gets?
Listen, I love tax cuts just as much as the next guy, but as the father of two twenty-somethings, I have an eye to the future and the country they'll have to deal with, and the national debt has been a pressing problem ignored by the Liberals for well over a decade.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Stephen Harper makes so much sense when it comes to the environment and the economy it must drive liberals crazy. His strategy to pay down the debt and then let that initiate tax cuts is exactly the way to go.
We owe it to our kids.
September 28, 2007 @ 08:44
Sometimes you can perfectly understand why people lose faith in the Canadian justice system.
You know what they say, money buys justice and it's often played out in Ontario court rooms on drunk driving charges. As the saying goes, if you've got ten thousand dollars to spend, you're pretty well guaranteed to get off your impaired charge.
We might see a bit of that happening in a Newmarket courtroom where former Maple Leaf Rob Ramage has pleaded not guilty to five charges including impaired driving and dangerous driving causing death.
In December 2003 with former NHL Keith Magnuson as his passenger, Ramage crossed the divided line on Rutherford Rd. and hit another car head on. Magnuson died, the other driver survived.
Because he was injured in the accident Ramage never received a breath test, but blood samples taken at the hospital revealed a drug alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit and there were several empty beer cans found in the car.
But here's where a good lawyer comes in. Ramages attorney Brian Greenspan has argued that the alcohol swab used to take the blood sample could be responsible for the high reading if it was administered improperly and the beer cans could have been full but exploded on impact during the accident.
It sounds far-fetched but that doesn't matter. All that matters is that Greenspan is raising doubt to the jury and he's doing a pretty good job.
It may not result in justice, but that's our justice system.
September 28, 2007 @ 08:41
Yes, I'm old enough to be one of those guys who vividly remembers Paul Henderson's big goal in the 1972 Summit Series. It was 35 years ago today.
I forget what day of the week it was, but I was 16 and in grade 11 at Stephen Leacock in Scarborough.
There was a bit of a controversy at the time because the school refused to shorten the day so everyone could go home and watch the game that started at 12:30. Instead, they offered to have televisions placed through the school, but I didn't like this idea because I wanted to concentrate on the game.
I was a sports nut when I was 16 and this game represented probably the biggest thing in my life up until that time. Thankfully my parents gave me permission to leave school at noon that day and watch the game with neighbourhood friends.
What a wonderful feeling when "Henderson took a wild stab for it and fell" and then got up and scored to win the game and the series.
September 28, 2007 @ 08:40
In honour of the President's Cup, which I could give two shits about, here's a Newfie joke involving Tiger Woods.
You can tell Newfie jokes because these wonderful people have a fantastic sense of humour and no chip on their shoulders.
On a golf tour in Newfoundland, Tiger Woods drives his new Ford Fusion into a gas station in a remote outpost.
The pump attendant, obviously knows nothing about golf and greets Tiger in a typical Newfoundlander manner completely unaware of who the golfing pro is.
"How's she cuttin' bye" says the attendant.
Tiger nods a quick "hello" and bends forward to pick up the nozzle only to have two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground.
"What are dose?" asks the attendant.
"They're called tees," replies Tiger.
"Well, what on god's earth are dey for?" inquires the attendant.
"They're for resting my balls on when I'm driving", says Tiger.
"Fookin Jaysus," says the Newfoundlander, "Ford tinks of everyting!"
Bruce Allen Update
September 27, 2007 @ 09:58
No doubt about it, free speech is slowly being eliminated in Canada because the agitators, whiners and special interest groups are slowly winning.
Yesterday I wrote about Canadian music executive Bruce Allen whose commentary on Vancouver's CKNW turned into a shit storm because he had a few things to say about immigrants.
Yesterday Allen caved in a bit and he met with leaders of the Sikh and Muslim communities in Vancouver in an attempt to diffuse the situation. It was sad really because it does nothing more than play into the hands of those who want to eliminate freedom of expression.
What Mr. Allen had to say, although harsh and a little rough around the edges, was well within his right to say it and should have caused nothing more than healthy debate.
Instead it turned into intimidation with some people calling for Allen's job, the cancellation of his contribution to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, not to mention the smear to his reputation with the predictable use of the race card.
Here's the problem. From now on if any commentator across the country writes a piece that even borders on controversy, they may look at the Allen experience and decide "what's the use" and throw it into the waste paper basket.
So very very sad.
Sukhpreet Singh Update
September 27, 2007 @ 09:57
Over the past twenty four hours I've been thinking about what I heard on the John Oakley Show yesterday and I've been doing a slow burn.
One of Oakley's guests was Sukhpreet Singh of the Canadian Organization of Sikh Students. Singh has emerged as one of the most vocal in calling for the demolition of Bruce Allen.
During his flippant and arrogant interview yesterday Singh called into question Canadian culture. He used the same tired argument that there is no such thing as Canadian culture a debate I won't even enter in to.
Canadian culture isn't so much a visual thing, something you can see or touch or wear or even describe. It's more a feeling, a spirit, a way of life that Canadians cherish and want to protect.
But it means nothing to Sukhpreet Singh who on the Oakley Show dismissed Canadian culture as nothing more than hockey and the word "eh."
A cutting description that Singh as a minority in Canada will get away with, but also a description that leaves you wondering what the reaction would be if the roles were reversed.
What if a someone wrote off Indian culture as nothing more than turbans and curry? I'm sure the reaction would be much different.
Sukpreet Singh exposed himself yesterday. He exposed himself as the intolerant racist that he's accused Bruce Allen of being.
There was a distinct attitude to Singh's interview yesterday. He's got an agenda, an agenda of promoting his culture and beliefs at the expense of anything that stands in his way, even if it means a double standard.
I got the impression yesterday that Sukhpreet Singh doesn't like Canada or Canadians and he's playing the system to get his way.
Sukhpreet Singh, you're a racist. How do you like that?
I Like e-Bay
September 27, 2007 @ 09:56
I read with interest an article in the Globe and Mail this morning. Revenue Canada has won the right through Federal Court to go after big sellers on e-Bay Canada.
Rev Can is convinced it has lost tens of millions of dollars in revenue because of unreported sales on e-Bay and they want their share.
So the names, addressed, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of e-Bays biggest Canadian peddlers will be provided to the government.
It only seems fair. If the guy with a store on the street corner has to pay taxes, and the guy with a booth at a flea market is expected to pay taxes, then it's only fair that the same rules apply to the internet and the news has been welcomed by huge retailers who've been forced to pay tax on their internet sales since the get-go.
Meanwhile, I've got to say I love the convenience of e-Bay.
I made my first purchase this week and although I was a little apprehensive at the beginning, it turned out to be a pleasant experience.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a lightning strike at my trailer that wiped out my satellite dish, my satellite receiver and my LCD TV.
I easily replaced the dish and receiver but I couldn't find the same TV. I bought it last may at Costco and it was the last of the LCD TV's with a 4:3 aspect ration. 4:3 means "not a wide screen" which was perfect for my trailer.
It seems nobody is making 20 inch 4:3's anymore so I was in the position of going back to a tube TV or going forward to a wide screen. I didn't like either idea so a good buddy of mine, Danny Bonchek, looked around on e-Bay for me and found the exact TV I was looking for in a little electronics shop on Long Island.
It was brand new in the box and it had a fixed asking price of $299.00 American. Shipping to Brampton would cost $89.00 for a grand total of $388.00. Compare this to the $562.00, taxes in, that I paid at Costco and remember the dollar is at par.
Monday night at ten o'clock I made the transaction and my Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock the television was at my door, delivered by UPS, with no additional charges.
I like e-Bay.
September 27, 2007 @ 09:55
Vesa Toskala was a happy man just a few short weeks ago. He had been acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs and given a new contract that kicks in next year.
This year he'll make 1.3 million dollars and then next season that jumps to four million for another three years.
The strategy was clear for the Maple Leafs, Andrew Raycroft wasn't doing the job so they needed another goaltender and the best available was the man who played back-up in San Jose.
Toskala was considered the best back-up in the NHL and clearly capable of being a starter, so the Leafs made the leap.
But there's an intangible in Toronto and it's called pressure. Players are exposed to things in Toronto that don't exist in any other city and Vesa Toskalo is about to be crushed by the avalanche.
The media, the fans, the history and the desperation to win are all things that are piling up on Toskala right now and last night was another indication that he might become the latest in a long list of players who haven't been able to handle it.
He made his second start of the pre-season last night and he allowed seven goals on 36 shots. He didn't look very strong.
Things may turn around and Vesa Toskala may become the greatest goaltender in the history of the Maple Leafs, but it's going to be tough. Toskala came to town with a lot of fan fare and huge expectations, and then he signed a contract worthy of a number one goaltender without having ever been a number one.
In the hockey mad market of Toronto that's a lot to have resting on your shoulders, and if everything I've mentioned isn't enough, he has to deal with a defense that so far this pre-season has been nothing short of laughable.
We may never see the real Vesa Toskala.
September 26, 2007 @ 09:27
Shit hit the fan in Vancouver last week.
Record promoter Bruce Allen, who handles the likes of Brian Adams and Michael Buble made a commentary on Vancouver radio station CKNW about immigrants, and although he may have been speaking for the majority, a vocal minority has made his life miserable.
Already there have been complaints sent to the CRTC and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Some have called for Allen's removal from the 2010 Winter Olympics' creative team and others want him fired from the radio station where he does a daily comment.
Sukhpreet Singh of the Canadian Organization of Sikh Students said his group also intends to press for Mr. Allen's removal from the Olympics team.
"It is a public position, involving the spending of Canadian tax dollars, and his views do not reflect Canadian values. He is clearly not in line with what Canada is all about," Mr. Singh said.
So far the radio station has not fired Allen and the Vancouver Olympic committee has no intention of firing him either.
Mr. Allen, when pressed did offer a mild apology saying he didn't mean to offend anyone and it wasn't a personal attack on anyone.
It blows my mind. Bruce Allen has every right to say what he said, if there is any second guessing, it might be in the way he delivered the comment and some of the rough edges it contained.
But generally speaking, agree or disagree, there's no way he should be fired from any job or be the latest target of the overly used and terribly abused race card.
It's interesting to note that Governor General Michaelle Jean has voiced her opinion on the issue. A black Canadian born in Haiti, Jong says Allen's remarks spark healthy debate and there's nothing wrong with what he said.
What do you think? Here's the commentary. Have a listen and then post your thoughts.
The John Oakley Show
September 26, 2007 @ 09:26
This morning I was listening to the John Oakley Show on am 640 and one of his guests of Sukhpreet Singh of the Canadian Organization of Sikh Students.
As I mentioned in the above posting he's very much against what Bruce Allen said and he's pushing for his removal from the Olympic Committee.
It was interesting to listen to Singh this morning because he exposed himself for what so many of these agitators are all about.
When the subject of "Canadian culture" came up, Singh declared that there is no Canadian culture and he put it this way.
"What's Canadian culture" he asked. "Hockey and the word eh?"
It's wild what a double standard there is in this country.
According to Sukhpreet Singh, Bruce Allen had no right to say what he did and he should be silenced, but it's perfectly alright for Singh to dismiss our culture as "nothing."