Entries by Peter Worthington from 12/2011

Aboriginal Self-Destruction Guaranteed by Bureaucracy

| Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada Politics

It was some years after the Korean war that, as a former soldier, I learned veterans benefits that I and others were entitled to, were difficult to get for Indians who had been soldiers. The present system does not serve Indians much better.

Canadian Soldiers Couldn't Save Afghan Rape Victim

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada Politics

Now our combat role in Afghanistan is finished, yet honour killings, death by stoning and imprisoning pregnant rape victims seem more the normal than aberrations. The question raised again is whether the mission has been worthwhile, considering the barbaric cultural mores of Afghanistan?

Why Can't Attawapiskat Help Itself?

| Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada Politics

Chief Spence wants no outside interference -- just more money and no questions asked or controls demanded. If any non-Aboriginal community were run the way Attawapiskat was run, there'd be a revolt among residents -- and the feds would long ago have cut off funding.

Why I Like (George) Romney

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada

Apart from being impressed with what seems a class act by Mitt Romney, I have fond memories of his father, George Romney. When he was still CEO of American Motors in Detroit, I wrote him a letter about a defective door panelling in my snappy new Metropolitan convertible. A couple of weeks later, I got a message to phone the car dealer.

Canada Should Forgive Japan, But Never Forget

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada Politics

Just as Canadians today feel no personal responsibility for the internment of Japanese-Canadians in WWII, so today's Japanese were not involved in the mistreatment of WWII prisoners -- Canadians, British, Australians. But misdeeds done in the country's name reflect on today's citizens. Just ask the Germans. Or Russians.

No One Can Stop Bullying... Not Even Dalton McGuinty

| Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada Politics

Despite the media, social and political attention directed at bullying, nothing has emerged that gives any indication that it can be stopped. Because bullying is human nature. It's part of growing up. Most of us learn to deal with it.

Opposition to Vladimir Putin a Sign of Democracy

| Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada

The fact that the top politician in Russia can be denounced in the streets with something resembling impunity, is reassuring and evidence of democracy. Russia is not the old Soviet Union where criticism was viewed as treason, and elections were won by 98 per cent of the vote going to the only candidate on the ballot.

And the Academy Award (Should) Go To...

| Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada

Big budget movies like Titanic, Gladiator, The Godfather, My Fair Lady, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Show on Earth had a ho-hum quality. While some were really good, they didn't have the creativity and imagination that have distinguished lower budget movies of recent winners.

Canada's Brave Withdrawal From Kyoto

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada

For some who had doubts about Canada quitting the Kyoto agreement that it had ratified under the Chretien government, Elizabeth May's negative reaction confirms that Harper and Environment Minister Peter Kent have done the right thing. Doing opposite to May isn't a bad formula for doing what's right.

How I Bullied the Bully

| Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada

I grew up despising bullies, perhaps because my father loathed them. When my sister Robin was being bullied, my pal Jim McConkie and I would trail her as she walked to school. When the bully harassed her, we were on him. It solved the problem.

Who Is the Greatest Boxing Champion of All Time?

| Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada

For what it's worth, I'm one who thinks Louis in his prime was arguably the greatest of all heavyweights. He fought every contender in the golden age of boxing winning 21 on his title matches by knockouts. Unmatched for power, hand speed, ring strategy, heart.

The Wrath of Spam Mail

| Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Living

I received an email saying the Singlaubs were in London and had been robbed, lost their passports, and their hotel wouldn't help. I was surprised and concerned, until my son-in-law persuaded me this was likely a scam. On checking, his email identification had a letter reversed, so it was slightly different. A phony.

The Son Also Rises

| Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada

Put bluntly, North Korea is a fruitcake regime. Without anything in the way of resources -- except soldiers and nutbar leaders who threaten and bluff -- North Korea has a first strike potential to do considerable damage to South Korea.

The Myth About Female Journalists

| Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada

I get so tired of the cliché espoused by many journalists, usually male, that when they started female reporters were confined to social or trivia pages, not considered up to covering hard news.

This Xmas Troops Hope for New Tanks, LAVs Under the Tree

| Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada

One thing that distinguishes this Christmas is that it's the first one in almost a decade that "fighting" soldiers haven't spent it in Afghanistan. There's some apprehension among our military that Canada is in danger of reverting to the past, when peacekeeping was the prime role of our military. Will Canada get new, updated, replacement equipment? Unlikely.

Should the Families of Single Fallen Soldiers be Compensated?

| Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada

Be they politicians, media, or just plain folks, most Canadians agree military personnel wounded in their country's name deserve not to be abandoned once fighting is over. I doubt many single soldiers expect payment if they are killed, while a married soldier is reassured to know that his country is concerned for his wife and progeny.

Smoke Sentence a Disgrace

| Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics

Since Smoke was apparently proud of beating of Gualtieri, it's hard to see how the mild sentence will persuade him to refrain from lawless behaviour -- especially when the OPP are apparently fearful of aggravating aboriginals, or having another Dudley George incident, as happened at the Ipperwash stand-off.

Julian Assange may Be Unlikable, but He's No Criminal

| Posted 12.28.2011 | Canada Politics

Much of what Wikileaks has "revealed" is in the public's interest -- a network that relies on whistle-blowers. It is all mindful of Daniel Ellsberg, the former U.S. military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and was variously regarded as both a traitor and a folk hero. So it is with Assange. Sort of.

2012 Brings Gloom

| Posted 12.31.2011 | Canada

Wanna know how 2012 is likely to be? Judging from how 2011 ended, 2012 as it unfolds is going to be a year that doesn't look very encouraging to anyone who isn't a congenital optimist.