Entries by Peter Worthington from 08/2012

If You Live in the Beaches, Don't Complain About the Noise

| Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Living

While one can be sympathetic with Kate Wise's desire to live quietly and peacefully in her condo on the boardwalk off Toronto's Woodbine beach, it's also puzzling why she chose to live where it was obvious people would gather in summer. Just as we can talk about the weather without having the power to change it, so people will continue coming to the beaches regardless those who want solitude. That's just the way it is.

China's Grim Human Harvests

| Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada
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Of all the policies invoked by China since the Communist take-over in 1949, none have caused as much grief inside the country as the one-child-per-family dictum. As brutal as some Chinese measures seem to us, they blend with the Chinese regime's creed that anything -- literally anything -- is acceptable if it advances Beijing's interests, including the kidnapping of pregnant women, late-term abortions, and baby selling.

Management Prefers Those Who Think "Inside the Box"

| Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada

One of the rarest and most useful assets for a "leader" is the ability to think "outside the box," as they say. My father revered "outside the box" thinking, and as someone who stayed in the army after the First World War, one of his preferred rants was that "high rank in the military tends to turn brain into bone."

The Politicization of Cucumbers

| Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
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A full page ad by B'nai Brith in the National Post on the weekend asked in headlines "Why is the United Church obsessed with Israeli cucumbers?" What bothers B'nai Brith is a vote at the denomination's 41st General Council in Ottawa to consider boycotting Israeli goods that come from the occupied West Bank. The sincerity of the United Church is not in question -- just its judgment and intelligence.

The Wisconsin Shooting Was About Hate -- Not Religion

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada

To suggests that the latest massacre in America -- the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin -- had anything to do with Muslims is wrong. It has everything to do with the white racist view that people who look different are enemies. Sikhs were targeted by the apparent "White Power" sicko, ex-soldier Wade Michael Page, because they are identifiably "different" -- not because there is any reason to be upset at what Sikhs do, or represent.

Romney's Hail Mary Gamble For Veep

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Politics

The Presidential race has suddenly livened up, and Romney no longer can be regarded as risk-averse. Choosing Paul Ryan is a considerable risk, if one thinks Romney had the election sewn up with the lousy economy, but it was his only hope if indeed Obama's popularity was gaining because of Tea Party defections from the GOP.

Pussy Rioters Should Count Themselves Lucky

| Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Politics

Anyone interested in just how much Russia has changed since the days when it was the Soviet Union should examine what's called the "Pussy Riot" case. Having interrupted a church service with a political protest, they are facing several years in prison. But the Pussy Riot girls likely have no appreciation of how lucky they are. In Stalin's time there'd be no publicity, no public trial, no knowledge even of the girls staging a political protest inside a cathedral. They'd just disappear.

McGuinty, It's Not a Pay Freeze if Everyone Gets a Bonus

| Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is boasting that its freezing of Public Service salaries has resulted in saving the province $34 million -- even though bonuses to practically all managers has cost the province over $35 million. With a $15 billion provincial deficit, it's obvious the province is in a financial crisis. Pay freezes are a necessity and bonuses justified as "performance pay" are an utter waste and insulting to those who do their job. That's not economizing; it's hoodwinking the taxpayer.

Tanks For The Memory

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada

Last Monday at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, a six-ton American version of the World War One French Renault tank was unveiled -- one of two in existence in Canada. The press release announcing the acquisition notes that my father, "defacto founder of the Canadian Armoured Corps," acquired some 250 of these tanks in the early days of WWII, when they were already obsolete. I was a kid, around 12 or 13 when a train load of these Renaults chugged into Camp Borden. Everyone in Borden was on hand to greet them -- the first tanks ever to be on Canadian soil.

And the Next Chief of Defence Staff Is...

| Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics

The scramble is on in the military for the next Chief of Defence Staff -- the highest rank in our military and the one who commands, controls, administers the Canadian Forces, and implements the defense policies of the government. Whoever becomes the new CDS is going to have a thankless job of ensuring that the military remains effective despite an insufficient budget, limited updated equipment, and with reduced numbers in the Armed Forces.

It's Quality Over Quantity When It Comes To Cops

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada

Last week The Toronto Sun reported Toronto's 5,600 police have coped with 33 murders so far this year and 141 shootings. Chicago's 12,000 cops have had to deal with 313 murders and 1,453 shootings -- both almost 10 times greater than the numbers in Toronto, with double the numbers of police on the job. The evidence is enough to indicate that sheer numbers of police are not the formula for effective police. Leadership is important and, as we all know, leadership starts at the top.

To Serve and Protect Hate-Mongers?

| Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics

Why on earth would police put handcuffs on a man walking a large dog at a Queen's Park rally of something called Al-Quds Day? Neither Cupcake, nor Einstoss, were intent on provoking trouble at the Muslim rally which over the years it's increasingly become a "hate Israel" outpouring. Aside from the fact that Einstoss was merely walking his dog, for cops to side with protestors over those they see as counter-protestors, is a violation of everything the police should stand for. Peace at any price is bad value in a democracy.

The Perks of Being a Public Servant

| Posted 08.23.2012 | Canada Politics

Whatever happened to the old fashioned idea that one's salary was sufficient to guarantee the recipient fulfilling the job he was hired for? It staggers the imagination how so many of the Toronto Community Housing Commission got six-figure salaries, and bonuses that reached 20 per cent of their salaries. One has to give new CEO Gene Jones a chance, but a recent interview was somewhat disquieting when he was quoted saying he had no problem defending a 20 per cent salary bonus after his first year if he meets certain standards.

Was it Something We Said, Pauline?

| Posted 08.24.2012 | Canada Politics

We all know that Quebec is sensitive on language issues. But Pauline Marois' plan to require anyone running for public office to be proficient in French should outrage everyone who believes in democracy. It's fine to expect anyone applying for a government job in Quebec to be competent in the official language of the province. But to restrict running for elected office to only French-speakers is arrogant, dictatorial and unnecessary.

After the Hurricane, Paul Ryan is the Liveliest Part of the RNC

| Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics

The most exciting thing about the Republican convention which starts today in Tampa, is not Mitt Romney as the Presidential candidate, but Paul Ryan as his VP running mate. There's no guarantee a dynamic running mate will lead to a Romney victory come November 4, but without committed Republicans enthused and optimistic, his chances were slight to non-existent.

If You Can't Prove Armstrong Doped, How Can You Convict Him?

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada

It's fair enough to suspect Lance Armstrong of doping, and since 1999 he'd been put through the hoops time and time again. Yet, nothing. Other cyclists tested positive -- not Armstrong. I haven't a clue if Armstrong was, or was not, using banned substances. All I know is that it has never been proven. If you can't prove something, you can't convict him.

The Opening Acts Prove Romney's Show Worth Watching

| Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the star attraction at the delayed opening of the Republican convention in Tampa -- but he was almost upstaged by the nominee's wife: Ann Romney. In short, judging from speeches at its delayed start (Hurricane Isaac), Romney's appeal should leap forward.

In Defense of Grumpy Old Men

| Posted 08.31.2012 | Canada Politics

The highlight of the RNC was the surprise appearance of Clint Eastwood, which virtually every commentator knocked as embarrassing, disrespectful to President Obama, the meanderings of a senile old man. What rubbish! Eastwood was brilliant and devastatingly funny. I guess you had to be there, but delegates were rolling in the aisles -- and he made some good points, too.