Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Your promised update

So, really quickly because I am supposed to be studying for an exam:

This week I went home to visit my family and forgot the charger to my laptop and thus had somewhat limited access to the world. Please forgive me, as this will not be my best update ever. As usual I have provided some hyperlinks if you're interested in further research to construct you own perspective!

- The auditor general presented a review of the process the CPC undertook in the proposed purchase of the F-35 fighter jets. He said they did a very, very bad job. Actually, more accurately, he ripped them a new one regarding how the fiscal matters were handled. I believe one of his greatest complaints was that their process and dealings lacked transparency, meaning they were secretive about it.

- UN launched peace negotiations with Syria. As of right now, it doesn't seem to be looking very good. One can't help but feel the government is aching for a fight, like that guy that wants to punch the other guy at a party because he's bothering everyone and last night he said such and such to so and so's sister?

- The CPC launched an attack campaign against Bob Rae. *insert eye-roll here*. As I've mentioned before, I hate attack ads that issue from any party. They're petty, they insult Canadian's intelligence, they increase cynicism, and they lead to voter apathy.
Anyhoo, Rae hit back with a stinging criticism of Harper's handling of the F-35 jet issue (he said he had nothing to do with it), likening him to a piano player in a bawdy house that says he didn't know what was going on upstairs (sins and sex!). This came asssss

- The Supreme Court of Ontario ruled that laws prohibiting bawdy houses went against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was felt that the dominatrix who put forth the case was right in her argument that bawdy houses were safer for prostitutes than street walking. A small funny side note: she brought her whip to trial.

- In Ontario, Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government has tabled a couple anti-bullying bills, one of which would require Ontario schools to have a homosexual club/education source. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Conservative Party, has responded by distributing flyers to a school in the Toronto area explaining that the Libs are out to sexually confuse children and bring back his trashed effort from a few years ago to start sex ed in younger grades. THINK OF THE CHILDREN D:

The flyer looks like this
I'm a supporter of gay rights and I will not bend my bias on this: Hudak needs to join the 21st century and he needs to consider how his actions and proposed policies effect homosexuals. Many teachers have testified that students sometimes know their sexual orientation as early as grade 3. Most of the influences in these childrens' lives tell them that isn't ok, so instead of scaring the hell out of them and making them feel awful over something they cannot control, we can read them "Heather has Two Mommies" or something of the like, and that's ok.

That rant aside, I don't know enough about what is going on between the two parties, and if the National Post is correct, I have to agree that counselling for both bullies and victims should be the focus. Suspension and expulsion will alienate the bully. Bullies always bully for a reason, and I'm not talking about the catalysts like "he was looking at me funny".

- Alberta is in the midst of an election. Currently, the Wild Rose Party is doing quite well. The current party in power is Alison Reford's Progressive Conservatives. They took a hit initially, but seem to be bouncing back due to recent controversy regarding the WR's conscious rights platform. Basically the Pc's are claiming the WR will put forth legislation allowing a marriage commissioner to refuse to marry a couple or a doctor to refuse to carry out an abortion should they feel it is against their values.

- Montreal students are protesting proposed hikes in student tuition. Currently Quebec has the lowest University tuition rates in Canada and the hikes will not change that. However, students who are protesting (and there's hundreds if not thousands of them) are supporting values of accessible education. Some of them, one protester on Power and Politics claims, are the first generation in their family's history to attend post-secondary education. This has become the longest student protest in Canada.

- Prosecutors assigned to the Trayvon Martin case gave a press conference today to announce charges of second degree murder leveled against Zimmerman as part of their ongoing investigation. It was made clear during the press conference that their decisions are not product of pressure...specifically referring to the international pressure to charge Zimmerman with racial profiling leading to murder.

And that's all I can think of for the moment.

Btw, if you really want to get a solid opinion about an issue you're concerned with and you happened to stumble across this blog, I highly recommend checking out the comments underneath news stories relevant to your area of interest. You will get a wide variety of perspectives there that will lead you to many questions and perhaps new directions in your research!

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