Entries by Peter Worthington from 09/2012

Don't Expect Romney-Style Love-In at Democratic Convention

| Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada Politics

The Democratic party's convention, which starts today in Charlotte, North Carolina, faces a small (or large) obstacle in that the recent Republican convention that wound up last Thursday, looms large. While Romney emerged from his convention as a hard-working, dedicated and decent man who has never failed at anything he's undertaken, Obama will have difficulty persuading even supporters that he works hard (few cabinet meetings in 2012, a record number of fundraisers, and plenty of golf).

Is the Canada Council Just Funding Hobbies?

| Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada

Most areas of government funding are being trimmed, so why not arts grants too? A probable reason why the arts program escapes the Finance Minister's knife is because any cuts to the artsy set, results in a nation-wide howl that the Philistines are taking over. But to some, that's seen as public money funding someone's hobby.

In Canada, Serve Intruders Tea Before Defending Yourself

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada

The law that says a person shouldn't use excessive force when battling an intruder or making a citizen's arrest is pretty good in theory, but ludicrous in practice. What's outrageous is that Moses Mahilal, the guy who recently thwarted a burglar, has been charged with aggravated assault. Yes, that he used excessive physical force rather than ask (or listen to) explanations from the burglar as to how he'd lost his way or was sleep walking , or something.

Iran Doesn't Want Our Diplomacy Anyway

| Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada

The only puzzling thing about Canada cutting diplomatic relations with Iran is why now? When has Iran ever responded sensibly to a Canadian gesture? Three Canadians are on death row in Iran, and Canada's efforts on their behalf have been fruitless. What good has diplomacy achieved?

Blame Religion -- Not a Movie -- For Libyan Attack

| Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada

The 13-minute trailer of the controversial Innocence of Muslims film that provoked the violence, was rough on the Prophet Mohammed -- but so what? That's a hazard of freedom, democracy and tolerance. And yet Hillary seems to blame this low-budget movie for barbarism in Benghazi and Cairo -- a movie that is clearly more political than religious. What is it about the Islamic faith that invokes intolerance and violence? Peaceful religion indeed! Only, it seems, if you ignore its excesses or subscribe to its ideology.

Topless Kate Doesn't Fit the Fairy Tale

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada

What is it about these female Royals that they can't keep their tops on? Princess Diana was photographed topless on a yacht; Sarah, Duchess of York has been snapped topless and sucking a toe; Prince Edward's wife, Sophie (Duchess of Wessex) has been immortalized topless. And now Kate. Diana topless wasn't much of a deal, as she was something of a loose cannon. Kate is different. She and Prince William are a fairy tale couple.

Ontario Politics Needs a Little Less Liberal Arrogance

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada Politics

If there was ever a good time to pull the plug on Dalton McGuinty's minority Liberal government, that time is now. An election now will rid the province of Liberal arrogance for a while, and that's a positive. McGuinty's leadership will be "reviewed" by Liberals on September 28. Speculation is that if an election looms, McGuinty might resign rather than be defeated.

We're Talking About Escobar Because It's Easy, Not Important

| Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada

The fuss over Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar's eye black bearing the words "Tu ere maricon," which translates into "You are a faggot," is mindful of Northcote Parkinson's dictum -- easy to understand and convenient for getting mindlessly indignant about, as if this was an unforgivable outrage to human dignity.

Hey Nexen, What's the Chinese Word for "Treason"?

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Business

In a recent poll, 69 per cent of Canadians think the government should not approve the China's take-over of Calgary-based energy company Nexen. Doubtless, China needs energy sources. But it seems folly for a country like Canada to sell and loose control of a resource that is increasingly going to be needed in the future, and which will always have willing customers elsewhere. MP David Kilgour and others have pointed out that the government has an obligation to prevent control of its resources being in the hands or another country. Cooperate, sure, if a deal is in Canada's interests, but to cede control to a regime like China's is not only folly, but verges on treason.

The Most Vivid Account of Fighting the Taliban

| Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada

Anyone is wrong who may think the book by former Capt. Rob Semrau -- The Taliban Don't Wave -- is his justification for what happened in Afghanistan in 2008. Although Semrau is the first Canadian soldier ever to be court martialed for allegedly killing a wounded enemy on the battlefield, his 291-page book devotes barely a page to the incident that led to his court marital and dismissal from the army.

Dr. Norman Bethune: China's Hero, Canada's Traitor

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada

Virtually unknown in Canada, and certainly unheralded, Dr. Norman Bethune was magnified and glorified by Mao and Chinese communists who declared him a national hero. Bethune was not in China to help humanity. It was not sick people he tended, but wounded communist soldiers. So Canadians became conditioned to the idea that by publicly revering Bethune, it gave them an advantage with the Chinese. The irony is that were Bethune alive, he'd be outraged and horrified at how he is manipulated.

This Registered Charity Has Secrets on the Books

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada

Big surprise -- the OSPCA wants more money. Some people think it gets too much money right now for how it handles the job of caring for animals. One of the many aggravating things about the OSPCA, is its view that the salaries it pays should be kept secret from the public. The books of a registered charity should be open, especially one with a controversial history.