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Tory columnist claims First Nations are not nations
Tory columnist claims First Nations are not nations
"It does neither First Nations nor other Canadians any good to operate under illusions about nation-to-nation negotiations, or unextinguished aboriginal title to all the land of Canada, or special aboriginal rights that make First Nations people immune from some Canadian laws." - Lorne Gunter
The Canadian Government came to us in 1877 and said, nation-to-nation, they wanted to enter into a treaty of "peace and assistance" called Treaty #7. We were starving and they witheld food from us until we signed even though we couldn't read what we were signing. The interpreter they brought, Jerry Potts, was dead drunk and couldn't speak Blackfoot. The Whites claim Treaty #7 and the other prairie treaties gave them the right to occupy our Indian Nations. Now, Tory journalist Lorne Gunter claims we weren't a "nation" in the first place. Why would the whites enter into a "treaty" if they weren't dealing with a nation. Enough is enough --- we should quash Treaty #7 in court --- under White Law anyone can quash any agreement they've been coerced into signing --- and besides --- none of us could read or write --- and, as a Blackfoot chief, I refused to put my "X" on it and the whites forged it.
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Yukon court decision brings First Nations legal claims down to Earth ... Lorne Gunter ...
Why aboriginal people don't help themselves and how to change them ... Mohawk activist Waneek Horn-Miller ...
Do Inuit still live in igloos? ... Michael D. Reid ...
Residential school story must be told ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
I am wasted ... Gladi McMurtry ...
Can Native Sovereignty Coexist with Canadian ... John A. Olthuis & Roger Townshend ...
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A Bum's Xmas in Calgary
"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip." - The Lady That's Known as Lou with credits to Gary Allan
Rush Limbaugh and Wild Bill O'Reilly'd lynch me if I didn't start out by saying that Christianity has done much good in the world --- the Salvation Army comes to mind. But it's also true that Christian missionaries jailed any native who practiced the "Potlach" --- to a Northwest native the Potlach was as important as is the flag to Americans --- what da ya know --- the Potlach was a carbon copy of today's Santa Claus consumerism. Can non-Christians celebrate Christmas? Below I've given a link a story by Bob Edwards --- he stretched the truth but most of the story's true --- a story of some old time Calgarian who were not Christians but celebrated the Christmas Spirit. ...
A Bum's Xmas in Calgary ... Bob Edwards ...
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Solar flare hurtles toward earth!!! Caused by humans???
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddah
Tongue in my cheek of course. But the human induced global warming theory has never been proven any more than the human induced solar storm theory. What has been proven is that solar storms blow out power grids and GPS systems and Canadian Airlines (no pun intended). What else? I suspect they may have something to do with global warming. After all it wasn't human activity that, 11,000 years ago, melted ice age glaciers. Could solar flares have melted the glaciers?
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Fears of disruption as big solar storm set to hit Earth ... BBC ...
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Victoria doomsday professor poses as Nobel Prize winner
"Fake is as old as the Eden tree." - Orson Welles
No sooner had doomsday propagandists put the Climategate scandal to bed than one of their own kind blew hot air on the fire. On Sunday, September 25, Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver and the Victoria Times Colonist printed a story in the Times Colonist --- the story claimed Weaver had won a Nobel Prize. He definitely had not. And the presumptive prof had arranged for the University of Victoria to pay the Times Colonist an estimated $5,000 for a colour display ad to be run under the story. ...
Self-proclaimed "Nobel laureate" 'embarrassed' by nation's climate record ... Lindsay Kines ...
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Plan a perfect retirement --- make government inefficiency work
"I'm retired - goodbye tension, hello pension!" - Author Unknown
When we reach the capitalistic equivalent of perfect communism, the jewel in the crown will be perfect retirement. Until then --- plan carefully and cleverly --- case in point is one very clever Englishman....
A Well-Planned Retirement ... Times of London ...
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After 20 years auto fatalities halve --- testosterone crashes soar
"It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road" - Author Unknown
Steve Wallace, driving teacher --- super traffic reporter --- reports that, in the last 20 years Canadian auto fatalities have declined from 4,000 to 2,200 per year. But testosterone, cheap insurance, safer cars have made younger drivers more undisciplined. Testosterone will always be with us --- how about drafting them all into the armed services --- discipline and energy consuming activities....
Why fatal crashes are on the decline ... Steve Wallace ...
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"[In] my era everybody smoked and everybody drank and there was no drug use." - Thomas Constantine, former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Any politician who thought that medical mary jane would be used soley to cure depression and the common cold can't remember the banning of alcohol during prohibition. Within weeks of the ban in one prairie province, one pharmacy stocked up on presigned doctors' prescriptions and bottles of scotch, rye and other potables and soon became the province's biggest pharmacy chain...
Medical Marijuana: Tories Set To Outlaw Individual Growers ... The Huffington Post ...
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"The sum of the crowd's IQ was far below that of its most modest single member. Mobs have passions, not brains." - Dan Simmons
If I could have controlled young ramy 17-25s, Western Canada would be a native republic. Vancouver's mayor, Gregor Robertson, could no more abolish mobs and riots and human nature than King Canute could abolish the tides...
Videos --- So Vancouver's mayor thought he'd abolished mobs ... CBC Video ...
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"There's a fundamental difference between kicking your nicotine habit (which millions of us have managed to do, at the urging of the state ) and kicking your lung cancer." - Margaret Wente
Surrounding the Alberta Hotel these days is a palace guard of smokers puffing away, killing their lungs. And staggering down the street a couple of drunks --- wailing like banshees. And in the alley someone's left the latest yupee fad in 30 speed bikes --- that's being stolen by a heroin addict to keep her going another eight hours. Then on the news is a Frenchman who can't keep his fly zippered. According to the current crop of government sponsored do-gooders full of lofty theories and political correctness --- the smokers and booze artists and sex maniacs and dope addicts are victims and they're suffering from diseases of addiction and they shouldn't be judged. I've been around for 180 years. All the "victims" need is a good swift boot...
Is addiction really a disease? ... Margaret Wente ...
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"As the old joke goes: The engineering graduate asks, 'How does it work?' The science graduate asks, 'Why does it work?' The accounting graduate asks, 'How much will it cost?' The arts graduate asks, 'Do you want fries with that?' " - Gwyn Morgan
Canada is educating twice as many young people to be cultured and proper and politically correct as to be engineers and doctors and scientists. And Professor/Count Iggy is calling for more of the same....
Liberals' "Passport to Learning" full of academic balderdash ... Globe and Mail ...
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"I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place." - Sitting Bull
Grade 12 "First Peoples English" at Bella Bella where Alex MacKenzie reached the Pacific. The white teacher's showing them native stories --- "Kiss of the Fur Queen" --- "Monkey Beach" --- "Keeper n'Me" --- but in English --- not Heiltsuk --- they'll do better than white children but better in what --- in assimilating --- in becoming red on the outside and white on the inside?...
Bella Bella school whips paleface equivalents ... Justine Hunter ...
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"Some of these kids are very smart but would be a lot happier  and, ultimately, more prosperous  working with their hands. And some of them aren't so very smart." - Margaret Wente
Some people can and some can't. The Blackfeet use common sense to decide who's who. In white society burdened by red tape, political correctness, statistics, etc., etc., etc. ...
Too many dim-witted students overload Canada's colleges ... Margaret Wente ...
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"The first doctor said I was going to die; the second said I had breathed my last; and the third said I was already dead." - Frederick Chopin
One sawbones is too old to fill in reports; another doesn't know nothing about nothing --- why do they stay on? Why won't the medical monopoly force them out?...
Why aren't old incompetent doctors being put out to pasture? ... Brian Goldman ...
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"... providing free higher education to so many Americans [the veterans of World War II] changed the world by creating the modern knowledge economy." - Peter Drucker
Government bookkeepers balance budgets and military puttyheads/industrial capitalist complexes rake in $30 Billion to refight the Battle of Britain while college graduates sit and cry and pay off student loans with 40% of their earnings...
25% of B.C. student loans in default ... Oak Bay News ...
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Will Message Management Kill Canada's Swivel-Eyed loon?
"I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend." - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Under extreme pressure from nationalists and other right-thinkers, the powers that be in the English Tory Party complain of the prevalence of "swivel-eyed" loons inside and outside the party.

Centuries ago this very bird emigrated to North America --- where it has devolved rapidly but I worry that Stephen Harper's crackdown on free speech and expression may render the bird extinct in Canada --- a victim of the War to Balance the Budget, Controlled-Messaging and Peace, Order and Good Government.

Many Canadians wouldn't know a loon --- let alone a swivel-eyed one --- if it stared them in the face. Our dollar may be called a "loonie" but would your ordinary red-blooded Canadian know one side of the coin from the other?

Since the salad days of right-wing enthusiasm, there seem to be fewer and fewer Swiveller sightings. Is it because Canada's Tories have turfed many environmental watchdogs from government payrolls? Is it because Bay Street hedge funds and price/earnings ratios have turfed environmental reporters from the media? In any event Dear-Reader, here is how to spot your classic Swivel-Eyed loon.

Habitat: Commonly found along the Trans Canada Highway in B.C.'s Lower Mainland; along the Calgary/Edmonton Corridor; everywhere on the Prarie Steppe south of the North Saskatchewan except those dens of corruption centered in Saskatoon and Regina and, even there, among the boosters and wanna' be haute bourgeoisie; all of Southern Manitoba except the Sodom and Gomorrah of Winnipeg; and all of rural Ontario. Extinct in Quebec since the advent of the Quiet Revolution.

Family:The swivel-eyed loon (Gavia articulata oculus canadienis) shares some behaviour and appearances with turkeys, non-free-range chickens, dodo-birds (now gone extinct), ostriches and dinosaurs.

Behaviour in the wild: Eyes gyrate as on swivels but only to the right. Squawk incessently of ungrateful aborignals, aggressive women, immigrants who breed like shads and dilute Canada's bloodline, ministers who stray from the true word of the Gospel, aid to no-good foreigners in lands far-away. These birds are occupied exclusively with minding other people's business and worrying that someone, somewhere is having fun.

Behaviour in captivity: Calm, cool and collected with knowing smile. Squawk reduced to whine or muffled screech. Patiently explain that hatred of immigrants and First Nations not to be confused with racism, the Orange Lodge, Nazism, and the Ku Klux Klan; nor opposition to gay marriage confused with prejudice. Continue, behind the scenes, to mind other people's business and wage The War on Pleasure, while appearing to be exclusively occupied with budget-balancing and pooh-poohing concerns about inequality.

Don't jump to conclusions --- yes, the Swiveller and Stephen Harper are peas from the same pod --- the Swiveller is the very marrow of Harperism. Harperism cannot to do without the Swiveller --- in the Hinterland, the Swiviller delivers popular majorities in Hinterland constituencies. But a Tory majority can be quickly lost if the Swiveller is allowed to roam free and follow his hatural instincts --- in a word --- is not "domesticated". The so-called "lickspittle" media watches and listens for signs of frothing at the mouth. Non-zealots and city folk take the media seriously --- and, without them ----- without the cities and the non-zealots, the Tories can't hold on to a majority government. It took Mr. Harper, that great herder of cats, five years to domesticate the Swivellers. The birds in the wild are definitely at risk ---- their domestic cousins are not.

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Commons speaker rules "Pro-Life" zealots have right to be heard ... Globe and Mail Editorial ...
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Cuba's health care eight times more efficient than Canada's
"... after adjusting for purchasing power, Cuba spent about eight times less than Canada, and almost 15 times less than the U.S. on health care ... So what are the results? The World Health Organization reports that the infant mortality rate in 2009 for children under the age of five was six per 1,000 births in Canada, eight in the U.S. and six per 1,000 births in Cuba. " - Dr. Mark Lemstra

Canada's provincial premiers should stop worrying about how to pay for health care and start worrying about how it is provided. Saskatoon's Dr. Mark Lemstra compares Canada's system to Cuba's. Cuba's is far more efficient. Case-in-point -- infant mortality -- for 1/8 the cost Cuba delivers exactly the same result --- six infant deaths per 1,000 births.

Canada's provincial governments spend 40% of their treasure on health care. Under the Canadian constitution, health care is the exclusive responsibility, not of Canada's federal government, but of its provincial governments. If the provinces want to change that they should try to amend the constitution. If they can't or won't do that, they should concentrate not on hitting up the federal government but in standing up to their doctors and delivering efficient health care. It's the medical profession who jealously guards its right to lead Canadian health care --- its leadership has flunked. Case-in-point electronic patient records --- many patients have died --- many others have suffered unnecessary pain because Canada has no universal electronic health record system. Walmart keeps a far better record of the junk it imports from China than Canadian doctors do of their patients` health. Walmart keeps an electronic record of every item of merchandise in its inventory. Canada's doctors have either sabotaged (because they think they own their patients' records and don't want to share them) or neglected the development of a similar record system for their patients. If Walmart treated its inventory like Canada's doctors treat their patients, Walmart would be broke tomorrow morning.

Cuba does much better than Canada because most Cuban doctors (not all) have become medicos primarily because they want to help other people. Many (not all) Canadian doctors have become medicos primarily because they want to earn more money and enjoy more prestige than other people.

Yes Minister --- The secret of the best hospital in the land --- no patients...

Cuba does more in health at lower cost ... Mark Lemstra ...
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Conrad Black --- It's time to cut Lord Crowbar some slack
"Definition of 'guts' --- grace under pressure." - Ernest Hemingway
All hopes of appeal run out, Lord Crowbar, must go back to jail. Unphased --- he's published another book about himself and his enemies --- "A Matter of Principle" --- apologies, regrets, pleas, conversions ... there are none

Before civilization perfected us native folk, when we captured an enemy -- we gave him a pretty rough time --- he seldom survived. But even an enemy priest, if he kept his dignity -- became to us a person of great character. A hero. Throughout the tortures of his soul, Lord Crowbar (aka Conrad Black) has not whined, has not sucked up, has not prostrated himself to The Lord (no pun intended) Jesus Christ. How does the glitz of his trips to Bora Bora, his Palm Beach mansion and his Manhattan town house, his limousines differ from the showing off of some smarmy developer buying a set of Marilyn Monroe's underwear for a million dollars at Sotheby's auction house or a noveau riche Chinese communist giving his son a Lamborghini for his 17th birthday or a couple of empty nesters living in a 15 bedroom house in Mount Royal or an undertaker from Saskatoon building a two million dollar cabin at Waskesiu? Crowbar's a snob but so are the people who fall asleep at the Calgary Philharmonic or John Ralston Saul or Margaret Atwood or most deputy ministers in any Canadian capital or a wine snob lawyer getting rooked at a fancy restaurant in Edmonton or some collector of modern art sipping phony champagne at a gallery in Rosedale. Sure he behaved like a kleptocrat, an habitual thief of funds belonging to his shareholders. But he was raised by kleptocrats --- on Bay Street and in the Toronto Stock Exchange -- as Hannibal Gaddafi was raised; or Uday Hussein; or Vasily Stalin

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Conrad Black comes out zinging ... Douglas Bell ...
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"... providing free higher education to so many Americans [the veterans of World War II] changed the world by creating the modern knowledge economy." - Peter Drucker
Government bookkeepers balance budgets and military puttyheads/industrial capitalist complexes rake in $30 Billion to refight the Battle of Britain while college graduates sit and cry and pay off student loans with 40% of their earnings...
25% of B.C. student loans in default ... Oak Bay News ...
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"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual." - Albert Einstein
Only one in seven students who apply to Canadian medical schools get in. The Saudis have paid Dalhousie to turn more away --- 10 of next year's class will not be there on merit --- replaced by 10 Saudis put there by feudal Saudi connections...
750,000 Saudi dollars cuts 10 deserving students out of Dalhousie Medical School ... James Bradshaw ...
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"Nature is not human hearted." - Lao Tzu
As I speak, I watch Nippon TV's YouStream live video. Where once there were roads, where once there were airfields, what were cars --- now --- are dinky toys...
YouStream video of Japan Earthquake ... Nippon TV ...
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"It is perfectly obvious that no one nor any single country can save the world from the horrors of tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and winged influenza." - Richard Reeves
March 14/11 --- Nothing bigger has ever hit Japan. Tsunami waves 30 feet high plow into NE Japan and spread across the Pacific wash up on Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. A passenger train has disappeared. The Japanese have found 10,000 crushed or drowned dead and are looking for thousands. Now the world's best-thoughtout nuclear power sites are erupting. There are 10 other worst earthquakes in history --- The Daily Beast describes them....
History's 10 Worst Earthquakes ... The Daily Beast ...
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"My favorite animal is steak." - Fran Lebowitz
A Calgary family rakes in $50,000 a year --- that Calgary Family pays $6,000 to Big Food ... 12% . But in India it's 25%, in China 25%, in Yemen 80%...
Canadians spend 11% of income on food --- Chinese spend 36% ... CBC's The National ...
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"Other changes [impacting Big Pharma] are afoot that will no doubt affect the bottom line. They include growing restrictions on gifts, fees and trips to influence doctors to use their products; curbs on the ghost writing of medical journal articles and a push for more disclosure of negative study results" - New York Times
Prosperity for popping-a-pill health care isn't what it used to be --- the chickens are flocking home to roost...
Big Pharma going bankrupt ... The New York Times ...
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"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." - C.S. Lewis
In 1905, most people had no indoor plumbing, electricity, refrigerators, lived on farms, did not go to school, if lucky, rode horses. By 1950 all the above material need were filled --- everyone had an auto. What progress since then?...
Nothing has got better since 1950 --- except the internet ... NPR ...
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"When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away." - John Singleton Copley
One is a businessman, another an ex-soldier, another a blacksmith. All are ready to give up their lives for the revolution. If the revolution fails --- all of their deaths will be "difficult"...
The elusive Libyan rebels? ... Graeme Smith ...
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"We are becoming a numerate society" - John Harold Plumb
How many Canadians can figure out a bank account or a mortgage? --- here's a "numeracy" map of Canada and each of its big cities...
% of Canadians who are mathematically illiterate? ... James Bradshaw ...
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"A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they not be inhabited, what a waste of space." - Thomas Carlyle
I always knew we aren't alone. A scientist --- after much researching --- agrees...
Meteorites show signs of life in space: scientist ... Amy Husser ...
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"No I'm not qualified to decide who's qualified to go to college. But I do it." - Billionaire college capitalist Michael Clifford
Wall street has got into the education for bucks business. Noooot a pretty sight --- With only 10% of college students, 25% of student loans go to for-profits --- 50% of for-profit loans default...
The student loan fiasco in for-profit colleges ... PBS ...
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"Doctors in Florida prescribe 10 times more oxycodone pills than every other state in the country combined. People come from all over the Southeast to visit the state's pill mills." - National Public Radio
The governor of Florida is in the back pocket of Big Pharma --- so Florida has more prescription drug pill mills than McDonald's restaurants....
Big Pharma financed Florida governor fights to block prescription drug registry ... National Public Radio ...
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"Victoria, B.C. sits in an active earthquake zone and a big one - like that which hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday, killing hundreds of people - is almost inevitable." - Richard Watts, Victoria Times Colonist
The Vancouver Island Health Commission has built an earthquake-proof hospital and emergency command post...
Victoria builds earthquake-proof hospital ... Richard Watts ...
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"He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars." - William Blake
One actor in a Chevron propaganda broadside broadcast on PBS asked: "Oil Companies make a lot of money --- where does it go?" Another answered: "Small businesses, families ...." Not mentioned --- a $9,000,000,000 fine for polluting the Amazon....
Self-touted on PBS, Chevron Faces Record $9 Billion Amazon Fine ... Slate ...
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"There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, at any time." - Calvin Coolidge
While the military industrial complex foists a $10 billion + fighter plane on Canadians, Canada starves her coast guard --- drunken captains sail freighters in the Salish Sea, sea traffic goes untracked, there's no modern response plan for oil spills ...
Questions grow on Canada's west coast tanker traffic ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"Enoughism is the idea that there is a point where consumers possess everything they need, and buying more makes their lives worse rather than better." - Wikipedia
Big Food has just applied to the B.C. Government for permission to take water out of 40 B.C. streams...
Big Food wants to drain 40 B.C. streams for bottled water ... Judith Lavoie ...
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"Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more." - Bob Talbert
Teachers' unions are run like industrial unions that protect unskilled laborers. The overriding principle is seniority --- the unions protect the incompetent and lazy. But not children. Teachers must not, the unions claim, be compared through standardized testing. Is this what competent teachers themselves really want...
B.C., not its teachers union, should run education ... Gary Mason ...
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"Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote." - The Vancouver Olympics was all about economics --- after 70 Olympic sleigh dogs became "redundant", their entrepreneurial owners "culled", "euthanized", shot, murdered them...
Post-Olympic slaughter of 70 sled dogs prompts rage, embarrassment ... Robert Matas ...
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