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Beijing To Ban All Coal Use By 2020

Beijing To Ban All Coal Use By 2020

Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 20:05:19 in Canada Business

“Jebus_Lives, your solution (wait until the green technologies have improved) is no solution either. I think most Canadians would "breathe easier" if the federal government had a credible long-term plan to be a world leader in environmental protection. Even a 20-year plan to that goal would be satisfactory if the federal and provincial governments showed they were committed to it, and a good start were implemented immediately.
But to wait for some future date when green technologies have improved is no solution whatever. Civilization on this planet could end before the right technologies were found and implemented.
In fact, the longer we wait the more of our tax dollars will be spent on reacting to global warming, rather than preventing it.”

Jebus Lives on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:19:36

“... that's funny... because I completely expect the technology to be cost effective in 20 years from now. I figure 10-15 years with government support (Subsidies, Carbon Tax).

Perhaps you weren't paying attention Leo, but technology has come an long ways in the last 50 years. I don't expect that to come to a sudden standstill.

You may live to see the day of the electric car that drives itself.”
Eve Adams Quits Bitter Oakville North–Burlington Nomination Race

Eve Adams Quits Bitter Oakville North–Burlington Nomination Race

Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 20:33:51 in Canada Politics

“A "Grade 2 Concussion" is defined as "there is no loss of consciousness but symptoms last longer than 15 minutes." (http://www.webmd.com/brain/concussion-traumatic-brain-injury-symptoms-causes-treatments?page=2) That web site also says "If you have suffered a grade 1 or grade 2 concussion, wait until symptoms are gone before returning to normal activities. That could take several minutes, hours, days, or even a week."
A "Grade 3" concussion "involves loss of consciousness, amnesia, and loss of equilibrium" and can persist for months. But she doesn't say she has a Grade 3 concussion.
Methinks she is looking for a way to bail out of a nomination battle without acknowledging that she has failed to be attractive to the nomination electors. Interpretation: it's not her fault that she is dropping out.”
Tory MP's Bizarre Rape Question Offends As Debate Continues Over Prostitution Bill

Tory MP's Bizarre Rape Question Offends As Debate Continues Over Prostitution Bill

Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 20:36:23 in Canada Politics

“The people of Moncton should be ashamed of electing this person.”
Buy Canadian? Price Matters More, Survey Shows

Buy Canadian? Price Matters More, Survey Shows

Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 21:12:15 in Canada Business

“Well, I suppose that if you had your choice to buy a product from a US store, from a Canadian store, or from an overseas internet site, at least if you buy from a Canadian store you are providing employment to the local employees of that store.
So to answer "why buy Canadian", the answer would be to provide some employment to your fellow Canadians.”

Mools on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27:37

“That applies if you are buying online. But whether I shop at the Gap or the Bay?”
Hey, Peter MacKay, This Is What Real Parents' Mornings Look Like

Hey, Peter MacKay, This Is What Real Parents' Mornings Look Like

Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 16:34:56 in Canada Living

“I'm not sure how representative these self-portraits are, given that asking bloggers "...to tell us what they and their partners do every morning before they head to the office, and how divide up their tasks". It certainly is interesting, however.
Mr. McKay was talking about the average mother and the average father; are these respondents average?
What about fathers and mothers who don't go to the office, for example, but have other occupations or are unemployed? Ethnic variations? Families where one is working, one is not? Single parents? And it assumes a regular pattern, but I know in our case our mornings were irregular, shaped by events and pressures. Sometimes we swapped roles, or shared tasks, or skipped tasks.
It would be far more interesting and useful if the respondents were more representative of the community. They seem to be a higher-income, more highly literate group than average. Also in many cases we have the mother's point of view on what the father does.
I think the great value of this blog is that it highlights the need for more research.”
Corporate Canada's Cash Hoard Growing Faster, Hits $630-Billion Mark

Corporate Canada's Cash Hoard Growing Faster, Hits $630-Billion Mark

Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 17:08:21 in Canada Business

“$620 billion in cash reserves for the first quarter equals would pay over 25 million jobs at $25,000 annually per job.
Conservative ideology states that by allowing corporations more profits, they will create more jobs. Why haven't these funds been translated into Canadian jobs?
I defy any Conservative at this blog to explain why any single person, any single corporation, is entitled to such profits.”
Pollsters Suggesting Trudeau's Pro-Choice Stance Hurt Him Didn't Ask About Abortion

Pollsters Suggesting Trudeau's Pro-Choice Stance Hurt Him Didn't Ask About Abortion

Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:57:25 in Canada Politics

“Warren it makes no sense to criticize Phil King's reply to you on the basis of what people would say if the poll had gone the other way. Poll results can be interpreted scientifically, and these results say that +/- 3% is meaningless in this poll because of the sample size. Your arguing that "if he went up 3 points, they'd be enshringing the poll results in bronze statuary" simply means you have no understanding of polling. No one who understands basic statistics would do anything like what you suggest.”
Canada vs. U.S. Unemployment: Look How The Tables Have Turned

Canada vs. U.S. Unemployment: Look How The Tables Have Turned

Commented May 25, 2014 at 17:39:20 in Canada Business

“I don't understand your statement about ZERO health coverage. How is Obamacare irrelevant?”

Cementhead234576454 on May 25, 2014 at 20:16:07

“It's health "insurance" not healthcare. Everyone everywhere knows that.”

Liban CZ on May 25, 2014 at 18:35:00

“Uniformed Huffer.....”
Gas Prices: Canada, U.S. See Record Gap At The Pump

Gas Prices: Canada, U.S. See Record Gap At The Pump

Commented May 22, 2014 at 22:28:23 in Canada Business

“Quite simply, the price of gasoline in Canada is not caused by price fixing, it is not caused by taxes, it is caused by supply-side manipulation. If oil companies were required to increase the amount of gasoline they refine and sell in Canada, the price would have to collapse because of over-supply.
So the oil companies are careful to refine and sell only enough gasoline to maximize their profits. Demand is quite inelastic: the price would have to be much higher than it is now before people would start driving less or buy more efficient and smaller cars.
Legislation should require that for every barrel of oil produced in Canada, the oil company should refine a certain percentage into gasoline and diesel, and put it on the Canadian market. The percentage should be calculated to ensure a small oversupply to the market.
Currently most of the oil is exported to Texas, refined down there, and then exported to foreign destinations as refined products. Refine it in Canada, keep the refinery jobs here, and export the gasoline.”

artbbcramer on May 24, 2014 at 09:58:39

“No one would argue with that. The NDP has been calling for this.”
Tim Hudak Taking Hit Over Vow To Kill 100,000 Public Sector Jobs, Poll Suggests

Tim Hudak Taking Hit Over Vow To Kill 100,000 Public Sector Jobs, Poll Suggests

Commented May 14, 2014 at 21:09:04 in Canada Politics

“I work for the federal government and I've never met anyone like that. Most of my colleagues are hard working, conscientious people who want to contribute and make a difference. The executives work the hardest; they are usually at their desks well after everyone else has gone home and quite often are there when staff arrive.
You are parroting a common myth, spread by people who have no idea what they are talking about.”
Emails Contradict Thomas Mulcair

Emails Contradict Thomas Mulcair

Commented May 14, 2014 at 14:04:24 in Canada Politics

“Presumably you would prefer to see the NDP elected, and therefore object to negative stories about them.
What the NDP is accused of doing is illegal, and reporting on illegal activities by the official opposition party is certainly the kind of news I would like to read, as a reader of Canadian political news.”

Ian Llangan on May 14, 2014 at 14:44:42

“No I would not prefer to see the NDP elected, and please don't presume to put words in my mouth. What I would like is to see the spotlight shone upon crimes of the greatest magnitude. WHERE is Nigel Wright's cancelled cheque?”
Is Rogers Throttling Netflix? Michael Geist Wants To Know

Is Rogers Throttling Netflix? Michael Geist Wants To Know

Commented May 14, 2014 at 08:31:25 in Canada Business

“This is an interesting charge: that Rogers is not "throttling" Netflix; it is providing Netflix with low-quality infrastructure.
This is strong evidence that ISPs should be prevented from competing with their corporate customers in providing content to their customer base. If Rogers is handicapping competitors to its own video service, this must be stopped at once.”
Christopher Columbus' Ship, The Santa Maria, May Have Been Found Off The Coast Of Haiti

Christopher Columbus' Ship, The Santa Maria, May Have Been Found Off The Coast Of Haiti

Commented May 13, 2014 at 12:38:12 in Science

“None of them "discovered" America. It was discovered by the natives thousands of years before.”
Tory Senator Don Meredith Stops Calling Himself A Doctor

Tory Senator Don Meredith Stops Calling Himself A Doctor

Commented May 9, 2014 at 21:33:13 in Canada Politics

“If he had completed the education he claims he had, he would know that "honourable" is not the same thing as "honorary".”
Did 2015 Liberal Candidates Sign Up To Defend Party Position On Euthanasia?

Did 2015 Liberal Candidates Sign Up To Defend Party Position On Euthanasia?

Commented May 9, 2014 at 09:31:07 in Canada Politics

“I think we need to have a better discussion about palliative care. When my step-father went to palliative care, I thought it was keeping him out of pain and not using heroic methods to keep him alive. I discovered to my horror that it meant not feeding him or providing him with liquids, so that his body just shrivelled up and died. In other words, hastening his death.
Any patient or family member approving palliative care for someone should fully understand that it doesn't mean keeping the patient out of pain while the disease kills him/her; it means withdrawing all measures that keep him/her alive including nutrients and liquids.
This is the problem with the discussion of euthenasia - we need to understand what we are talking about. There are degrees of euthenasia, from keeping a terminally-ill patient comfortable in their last days while continuing medication - all the way to outright killing that person.”

Bill Birtch on May 9, 2014 at 12:45:47

“Sorry that you had to go through that but that' a pretty narrow and, I suggest mistaken view of what palliative care is all about. I'd be questioning the institution where he received tis treatment. From my understanding palliative care is not about hastening death at all but about making those final days as meaningful and and comfortable as possible. I guess the answer would be to talk to the institution before admitting some one.”

tgc1974 on May 9, 2014 at 10:05:25

“I've never heard about that, how horrible! In my adult life, I haven't had a loved one in palliative care, so I can't speak to the specifics, but I'm absolutely stunned to learn about that, whether it is common practice in all hospitals, or only in some. Adding starvation and dehydration to the mix - neither being enjoyable experiences actually sounds worse than allowing the disease to eventually claim the patient's life. It furthers the pain of the patient.”

mercsforever on May 9, 2014 at 10:05:15

“Although I understand your concerns, we all need to have a better understanding about the importance of decriminalizing assisted suicide, what euthanasia really means, and what palliative care entails. Twice in my life I've been faced with the option of 'pulling the plug' on dearly beloved older relatives who were in comas, from which had they ever revived they would have had a horrendous quality of life. In both cases, extremely difficult discussions had to be held with numerous relatives and widely differing points of view, but we all agreed in the end that death with dignity was what our family members would have asked for, had they been able to do so. It is a huge responsibility and I doubt that any caring person would take it lightly. That said, the palliative care was excellent, as was the genuine concern of all medical personnel involved for the dignity and suffering of patients and family members. It's time for Canada to have a grown up debate.”
Ontario Budget 2014: Liberals Unveil $130.4 Billion Spending Plan, But NDP No-Shows

Ontario Budget 2014: Liberals Unveil $130.4 Billion Spending Plan, But NDP No-Shows

Commented May 1, 2014 at 20:19:13 in Canada Politics

“Stephen, she did promise a whack of money to clean up the Ottawa River. Possibly you were watching the wrong budget?”
Conservatives Raise Most Money In First Quarter But Liberals Boast More Donors

Conservatives Raise Most Money In First Quarter But Liberals Boast More Donors

Commented May 1, 2014 at 10:04:11 in Canada Politics

“John, if you were "naturally sceptical" you wouldn't believe that unless there were proof.”

Naturally Skeptical on May 1, 2014 at 10:05:34

“I'm naturally sceptical that Conservative supporters are wealthier than Liberal supporters.”
McDonald's Canada CEO John Betts Calls TFW Controversy ‘Bulls**t,' Then Aims At CBC

McDonald's Canada CEO John Betts Calls TFW Controversy ‘Bulls**t,' Then Aims At CBC

Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 21:13:00 in Canada Business

“My understanding of why McDonalds hires foreign workers is that foreign workers don't have anywhere to go if they quit, except back to their home country. So they are more likely to stay on the job than Canadians (mostly students) who will quit the moment they find a better job. It's not a salary issue; it's a way to keep your workers.
Of course, that resembles indentured servitude. About half the white immigrants to the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries were indentured.
Indentured servitude invites abuse by the employer because the worker owes the cost of his passage to the employer and can't leave the employer until the indenture is paid off. But Canada's TFWs are worse off: in the 17th and 18th centuries, the immigrants were free to remain in Canada once the indenture was paid off, but in Canada they must return to the country from which they came.”

Cementhead234576454 on Apr 26, 2014 at 10:14:21

“Teens can't get jobs in the city because TFWs have them all. It's beyond bad.”
Ukraine Forces Kill Several Separatists In Slaviansk Operation

Ukraine Forces Kill Several Separatists In Slaviansk Operation

Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 09:51:40 in World

“Steve, some problems with your analysis. You interpret what's happening as a "resource war", but that is only an effect of this crisis, not a cause. Russia can quite easily supply the EU without Ukraine. And while energy costs are rising, that is because suppliers are choking the supply. Soon the US will be exporting natural gas rather than importing it. Likewise the US will be exporting crude oil from fracking. In fact, because of fracking most oil producers around the world will soon have a surplus that they can't find buyers for.
The immediate motivations are 1) a desire by Putin to ressurect the Soviet Union to ensure he goes down in history as one of the great leaders of Russia; 2) a desire by Putin to burnish his image in the eyes of the Russian people, and to divert their attention from Russian economic problems.
As each day passes and Russia takes no military action on eastern Ukraine, the difficulties for Russia increase. You can only hold a modern army on high alert for a limited time, and the Russian military on the border with Ukraine has been on high alert for more than a month now. Further, more and more "independent observers" are filtering into eastern Ukraine. Canada, for example, announced it is sending some 500 observers. There could be thousands of observers on the ground before the May 25 election, and that will make it difficult for the Russian military if it attacks.”
Missing Plane MH370: Debris Found On West Australian Beach Investigated

Missing Plane MH370: Debris Found On West Australian Beach Investigated

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 09:29:16 in UK

“Events like this bring out the conspiracy theorists like rats on a sinking ship.”

LookB4ULeap on Apr 23, 2014 at 10:12:30

“So what are you saying Leo, that we should all just blindly swallow what the media tells us?”
The More Canadians Know About The Fair Elections Act, The Less They Like It: Poll

The More Canadians Know About The Fair Elections Act, The Less They Like It: Poll

Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 09:33:02 in Canada Politics

“27% of Canadians never heard of the Bill, and 69% were not familiar with it. Well, we got the Government that we deserved.”

Don Beggs on Apr 21, 2014 at 21:31:29

“I agree Leo and an electoral system which allows 39% to elect a "majority " government.”

Liban CZ on Apr 20, 2014 at 08:37:46

“One of of ten people is really interested in politics, that is quite sad.”

Steve Cherry on Apr 20, 2014 at 07:36:47

“I tend to agree that 39% of voters got the gov't they wanted.”

Trev14 on Apr 18, 2014 at 09:54:39

“No we didn't! I don't deserve a gov't that won't listen to me. I pay my taxes, I vote, I attend public meetings and vote for change in my community. This is clearly a ROGUE gov't that has no interest in the people. I think Harper is using his misguided religious ideology to guide a nation, and he's terrible at it!
Forcing >30 million people to conform to your own view is not democracy; it's dictatorship. Not only does this current gov't need to be shut out, but they need to be charged with crimes against nature and the destruction of our vital resources like water and soil.
Harper hides from the people and pushes his ideals through with ZERO consideration for the people.”
Tory Senator Linda Frum: Elections Canada In Conflict Of Interest For Promoting Voter Turnout

Tory Senator Linda Frum: Elections Canada In Conflict Of Interest For Promoting Voter Turnout

Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 14:01:14 in Canada Politics

“Part of Elect ions Canada's mandate is to "...to conduct voter education and information programs". For Linda Frum to assert that its job is not to motivate people to vote demonstrates how ignorant she is on this subject.”
Joe Cressy's Past Criticism Of Oilsands Prompts NDP To Clarify Official Stance

Joe Cressy's Past Criticism Of Oilsands Prompts NDP To Clarify Official Stance

Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 20:54:52 in Canada Politics

“This is not an issue about the local environment in Alberta; it is an issue about global warming of the planet and the greatest contributor of greenhouse gases in Canada. The greenhouse gases from the oil sands are greater than from all the cars in Canada! They produce a whopping 7% of the entire carbon dioxide from Canada.
Before I would support the NDP's policy on the oil sands, I would want to know what their proposed regulations would be. No oil sands production should be allowed until the greenhouse gases produced by the extraction and upgrading is equal to or less than that from normal oil production and refining.”
Bill C-23, Fair Elections Act, Criticized By Professor Paul Thomas

Bill C-23, Fair Elections Act, Criticized By Professor Paul Thomas

Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 13:56:39 in Canada Politics

“This is an opportunity for the Senate to show why it exists, and if this bill is passed, to send this bill back to the House for reconsideration.”
Independent Quebec Keeping The Loonie? Bad Idea, Says Report

Independent Quebec Keeping The Loonie? Bad Idea, Says Report

Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 16:03:41 in Canada Business

“There is also nothing to suggest that Québec would accept a share of Canada's federal debt. Without inheriting their share of the debt, they would start out in a better economic situation than the rest of Canada. Add to that that there is nothing that would compel Québec, short of war, to compel them to pay for all the federal assets in Québec that they would inherit.”

LilPuppy on Mar 21, 2014 at 00:32:10

“great idea , I'm going to run up a huge rogers bill then switch to bell...problem solved”

LittleBird89 on Mar 20, 2014 at 16:43:58

“It would be hilarious if, upon Quebec's refusal to pay for federal assets in the province, Canada then just removed them. Imagine all the rivers without bridges!”

CanuckistanCommie on Mar 20, 2014 at 16:28:24

“Oh yes there would. Economic sanctions. You see when you do not pay your bills not one will ever trust you economically which would mean things like loans with higher interest rates. Quebec would find doing business much more difficult and would have to give up much more to get little in return.”
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