I saw a report on CBC News about a week ago saying that "The federal government and Ontario have pledged to spend up to $500 million to make the Ford plant in Oakville, Ont., able to build electric vehicles ... [the report says that] ... The future of the plant has been a key question … Continue reading The Ford Factor (2)
John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "In the next election campaign, whenever it comes, Justin Trudeau won’t have Doug Ford to kick around any more ... [as he did] ... In last year’s federal election ... [when] ... the Liberal Leader focused as heavily on the Ontario Premier, who was then … Continue reading The Ford Factor (1)
Remember that Rolling Stones hit from the 1960s: Hey, you, get off of my cloud? No? Do you mean anyone who actually remembers the '60s wasn't really there? Or is it that 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll sounds too much like the Team Trudeau campaign slogan? After all, legalizing pot was just about the … Continue reading Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction
A proper Throne Speech, written by a responsible government would have said something like "Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic, my government pulled out all the stops as it tried to mitigate the impact that this once-in-a-lifetime event has on Canadian families. We have borrowed billions and billons and tens of billions of dollars ~ … Continue reading About as bad as expected
Following on from my post of a few hours ago ... Let me repeat the first three words, in the title, with emphasis: I'm no expert. I know nothing about viruses and epidemiology and so on ... I do know a bit about radios and, especially, about the radio frequency spectrum, but those are not … Continue reading I’m no expert, but …
I am 78 years old. One of my friends, a neighbour, a bit older than me, was just put into "care," not COVID-19 related. She's terrified ... not of substandard care, she (and her family) can afford first-rate care; she's afraid of the implications of being in "care." Broadly, it means she is being shunted … Continue reading Justin Trudeau is Irrelevant
John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I suspect many are thinking: "The lacklustre race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is further evidence of the impossibility of conservatism in our time." It's not that conservatism is dead, he says, but, he explains, and I agree that "in this century, … Continue reading Is Conservatism Dead?
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?
I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek about a week ago when asked: "Have we gone mad?" I was surprised to find that many, Many, MANY Canadians agreed with me when I said: "I think so." For the record, it's a good thing to be against racism. Racism is stupid and destructive to our society, too. … Continue reading Canadian politicians have lost the country
I'm not shocked at what military medics found in some long term care facilities. Saddened, but not shocked. Anecdote: I was in a conversation, a few years ago, about PTSD. One fellow said something that stuck with me. 'It wasn't,' he said, 'the fighting or the killing that got to me. My training prepared me … Continue reading One old person’s thoughts about caring for old people