A Toronto-based lawyer, with clearly too much free time on his hands and living in denial of reality, has filed a class action lawsuit against the Toronto police for ‘carding’, the practice of stopping individuals and filling out contact cards documenting the encounter. It is alleged that the police target predominantly blacks and some other ethnic groups. The class action has not been certified yet, and it is to be hoped that this nuisance suit will be discarded swiftly.
No matter where one stands politically, one thing is absolutely certain: Rob Ford is not fit for public office, just as he is also a failure at life itself. No doubt, excuses and apologies can be made around the clock, and one can also ignore the ongoing and heavy use of drugs and alcohol, but the one thing that cannot and must not be ignored is the fact that Ford is mentally deficient. As it is often said, what really matters is not so much the actual problem at hand as the way in which it is dealt with and addressed.
A saying in political circles goes something like this: the public will always forget after six months. This is probably what Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be hoping for in light of the Senate scandal.
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has finally fulfilled his dream: a free-trade agreement with the European Union. At least, that’s what he’s telling us. It will still be at least 18 months before the agreement is ratified by the Canadian provinces and each EU member state.
Ontario’s provincial government is worried. Youth unemployment has reached significant levels, to the point where it drives overall unemployment. The provincial government has put up almost $300 million dollars to address the issue.
There’s no denying that the whole political situation in Ontario is in flux. Each party, including the governing Liberals, is up one day, only to see its polling numbers drop the next. But more and more it seems more likely that the Liberals will hold on to power, should an election be called any time soon, while both opposition parties, the PCs and NDP, may have to cope with rather nasty losses.
Canadians have every reason to rejoice in the fact that all senators will be vetted and audited. After months of scandals involving such senators as Mike Duffy or Pamela Wallin, it is about time that Canadians learned the full extent of corruption and cheating in the Red Chamber.
Everything was in place for a new rapid train system to Scarborough. Even the funding for it had been secured.
But that wasn’t good enough, it seems. After much prodding by the inept Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto City Council recently voted for a new subway line, rather than the rapid train project.
The Harperites really don’t understand Canadians very well, as evidenced by the recent Verizon fiasco. As has been revealed, the Harper government tried to collude with the US telecom company Verizon to lure it to Canada. Verizon would have been given special treatment and privileges to the detriment of Canadian companies and consumers. Now, however, clearly appalled by the negative press the company has been given in Canada over this scandal, Verizon has turned tail and is said not to be interested in a Canadian adventure at this time.
Some conservatives never cease to shock and appal. When Canadians follow what “America’s Taliban”, the Tea Party, is up to, they sometimes get literally sick to their stomachs. Once in a while, though, this kind of stupidity also rears its head right here in Canada.