Entries by Peter Worthington from 04/2012

Does Toronto Need a Red-Light District?

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Canada Politics

Clearly, Canada is behind the times when it comes to revised moral judgments. We aren't the Netherlands, where prostitution -- if not exactly respectable -- is accepted and confined to certain areas. If it works for Amsterdam, why not Toronto?

The F-35: Actual Cost? $148 Million. Political Cost? Priceless.

| Posted 04.04.2012 | Canada

The irony in the whole F-35 aircraft controversy is that no matter how good the strike aircraft may be, its full capacity will probably never be used by Canada. The present CF-18 plane that it is supposed to replace was also never used to its full potential, although it shot up Libyan installations that never fired back.

Tories Right to Shut Down this "Rights" Operation

| Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada
Read More: Canada News

It's hard to fault the Tories for getting rid of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, whose achievements were miniscule and whose in-fighting was both embarrassing and disruptive. Better by far that Foreign Affairs advance Canada's reputation abroad -- and a fitting start would be defending Canadians in peril in foreign lands more assiduously than Canada has done in the past.

UN Deal with Syria Only Brokers More Death

| Posted 04.07.2012 | Canada

After a year or so of killing people in areas that protest his dictatorship, Assad apparently has agreed to withdraw troops from killing zones -- starting some 10 days after making his promise to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. What the hiatus does is give Syrian forces breathing space to further crush anti-government elements and destroy towns that harbour rebels.

My Life With Dogs

| Posted 04.07.2012 | Canada

It may sound silly, but there's not a day goes by that I don't miss Murphy, or think about all the Jack Russells who've owned us -- each with its own personality, each distinctly different, each with similar characteristics, each valued as full family members. Anna Quindlen is right: "The life of a good dog is the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed."

So What if Romney Drives Two Cadillacs?

| Posted 04.09.2012 | Canada

This stuff that Mitt Romney doesn't "relate" to ordinary people is a smokescreen. What presidential candidate is mindful of ordinary folk? They're all millionaires. Romney's appealing virtue is that he's not a Washington insider -- not part of the Beltway cabal who exist on taxpayers' money.

With Santorum Out, It's Now a Race Between the "Least Bad"

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada

With Santorum gone, the real campaign for president can begin. Reality is that the 2012 presidential campaign is going to pit two candidates against each other, both of whom have higher disapproval ratings among the public than they have favourable ones.

Stop Whining Canadians, We are the Envy of America

| Posted 04.13.2012 | Canada

Recently the Wall Street Journal told its readers that Canada is faring better than Americans, and that "Canada shows how mistakes can be reversed with sound policies." When outsiders remark that Canada is being well and responsibly governed, we in Canada could do worse than take note.

Canada: Literate, but not Literary

| Posted 04.15.2012 | Canada

One thing seems certain about the upcoming Nobel Prize for Literature: No Canadian author will win it. No Canadian author ever has, despite Canada arguably being the most literate country in the world, where virtually every citizen can read and write.

PETA, Your Problems Are Bigger Than Rob Ford

| Posted 04.16.2012 | Canada

PETA "Lettuce Ladies" plan to serve veggie snacks at the next weigh-in of Ford's campaign to publicly lose 50 pounds. He ain't doing too well in this -- nor is PETA, for that matter. Huffington Post contributor Douglas Anthony Cooper's recent expose of PETA reported that the group "takes in animals, with the gentle lie that it intends to re-home them. It then exterminates them. Generally within 24 hours."

Hey Ford, Cut Budget Fat Instead of Your Own

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada Politics

Get on with the job for which you were elected, Mr. Mayor, and forget gimmicky weight-loss nonsense at which political foes sneer and mock. Save the city money, stand up for taxpayers. Who cares if the mayor is a tubby, addicted to cream puffs and malted milk shakes?

Sorry, Your Service for our Country Does Not Entitle You to Citizenship

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada

In other words, the 100,000 Canadian soldiers who won the greatest battle of World War I were not Canadians, according to today's Citizenship and Immigration. How dare Harper's government say that no one born in Canada prior to the 1947 Act was "legally" a Canadian citizen!

Toronto Traffic is Fine So Long as You Drive Like a Rude Son of a Bitch

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada

Toronto is the fourth most congested area in North America and has a reputation of being a nasty city to drive in. I disagree. I find Toronto alarmingly easy and courteous to drive in -- so long as you are decisive, no nonsense, and not a dawdler. What Toronto motorists can't abide are hesitant slowpokes -- drivers who wait endlessly for openings, who are officiously courteous, who show infuriating patience.

Clifford Olson Was King of Kingston Pen

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada

I used to visit Kingston pen -- which is now shutting down -- throughout one summer about 20 years ago to visit the late Clifford Olson, Canada's most notorious serial killer of 11 young people. Olson fit in well at Kingston. He had a bounce in his step, eyes probing every direction, cheerfully greeting people, gesturing and not the slightest subdued. The contrast with other inmates was startling.

No Point in Bullying the Bullies

| Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada
Read More: Canada News

What to do about bullying -- in schools, in the work place, in families, in society in general? Crackdowns by schools, and laws and penalties imposed for bullying will not work. They may change the style of bullying, but won't eliminate the practice. Bullying is an aspect of life

I Thought Atheists Believed in Reason

| Posted 04.25.2012 | Canada

An Athiest was so offended at a Christian prayer uttered before a Saskatoon volunteer appreciation dinner that he wants an apology from the mayor. He called the dinner prayer "religious bigotry." One hopes mayor Don Atchison politely tells him to stuff it.

Harper, Where's Bev Oda's Pink Slip?

| Posted 04.26.2012 | Canada Politics

Whatever her other talents, cabinet minister Bev Oda has a casual, socialistic preference to spend public money -- and to apologize only when caught. She is so prone to stumble into scandals that you'd think a politician with judgement as shrewd as the Prime Minister would have relegated her to the back benches long ago.

Omar Khadr's Coming Back. Get Used to It.

| Posted 04.27.2012 | Canada

To view Omar Khadr as "treasonous," or even as "criminal," is wrong to the point of absurdity. He's done nothing against Canada. His "crime" of murder -- to which he confessed, in order to facilitate return to Canada -- was fighting against an invader.

The Dalai Lama and Me

| Posted 04.28.2012 | Canada
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When I left to catch the train back to New Delhi, I thought the Dalai Lama was a bit wistful. He had a hunger for outside opinions, a curiosity about what was happening in the world (the Cuban missile crisis was on), and his last words were again to express interest about possibly living in the Canadian Rockies. I wonder if he still thinks of the Rockies?

Canada Should Make an Example out of Jeffrey Delisle

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Canada

Accused of spying for Russia, Canadian RCN Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Delisle's next court appearance is May 8. The charges against Delisle are the first since the Information Security Act came into effect after 9/11. If guilty, Delisle is treasonous and deserves whatever sentence he may get.