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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Alberta sees jump in population.

Statistics Canada says Alberta's population expanded by more than five times the national average during the last three months of 2005 -- a growth that has been unsurpassed since the oil boom of 1979-1980.

Later down in the article this 'revelation' is revealed

Meanwhile the four Atlantic provinces, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories recorded a decrease in population.

I think we all know where these people went.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Today's apocalyptic, end-of-the-world, oh my god, oh my god, global warming story brought to you by CNN

From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts, the global climate seems to be crashing around us.

Maybe I am wrong to not be all that concerned about global warming, but over-the-top fearmongering such as this isn't likely going to change my opinion.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Someone doesn't quite know their Canadian history

The fact that all the so-called Liberal "star" candidates (e.g. Brian Tobin, John Manley, Frank McKenna) have chosen not to seek the leadership pretty well tells you they understand the next Liberal leader could possibly become the first Liberal leader ever not to become Canada's PM at some point.


That honour already goes to Edward Blake over one hundred years ago who was the first and only Liberal leader to never become PM.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Martin to resign

Paul Martin to step down as Liberal leader March 19.

Paul Martin intends to officially step down as Liberal Leader on March 19 when party executives meet in Ottawa to set a convention date.

The former prime minister has sent a letter of resignation to Liberal Party President Mike Eizenga declaring he will step aside as soon as the party schedules a leadership convention date.

The party's constitution stipulates one must be held within a year of the leader's resignation, which means a convention will be scheduled some time between this weekend and March 19, 2007.

Martin's move douses any speculation he would try to lead the party into the next federal election.

That's not going to help this campaign out much.

Paul Martin to resign March 19

Paul Martin to resign March 19.

Paul Martin intends to officially step down as Liberal Leader on March 19 when party executives meet in Ottawa to set a convention date.

The former prime minister has sent a letter of resignation to Liberal Party President Mike Eizenga declaring he will step aside as soon as the party schedules a leadership convention date.

The party's constitution stipulates one must be held within a year of the leader's resignation, which means a convention will be scheduled some time between this weekend and March 19, 2007.

Martin's move douses any speculation he would try to lead the party into the next federal election.

Paul Martin to resign March 19

Paul Martin to resign March 19.

Paul Martin intends to officially step down as Liberal Leader on March 19 when party executives meet in Ottawa to set a convention date.

The former prime minister has sent a letter of resignation to Liberal Party President Mike Eizenga declaring he will step aside as soon as the party schedules a leadership convention date.

The party's constitution stipulates one must be held within a year of the leader's resignation, which means a convention will be scheduled some time between this weekend and March 19, 2007.

Martin's move douses any speculation he would try to lead the party into the next federal election.

Duties on U.S. Corn

The Canadian Border Services Agency formalized duties of 44 per cent on corn imported from the United States.

OTTAWA—Canadian corn farmers, who say they're fighting for their lives, applauded a ruling yesterday that upholds stiff penalties on imports of U.S. grain corn found to be subsidized and sold below cost.

The Canadian Border Services Agency formalized duties of 44 per cent on corn imported from the United States, concluding it has been subsidized there, then dumped here.

The combined total of the duties, first imposed in December on unprocessed grain corn, are worth $1.65 (U.S.) per bushel.

The decision presents a final opportunity for about 29,000 corn producers, based almost entirely in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, to preserve their way of life, said Brian Doidge, general manager of the Ontario Corn Producers' Association.

"What's really at stake is the ability of rural Canada to survive," he said after the ruling.

"The U.S. (agriculture) subsidies have a systemic impact on price ... and it's a long-term erosion of Canadian society in rural Canada that's at risk here," he added.

"What we've decided to do is draw a line in the grain."

What does this have to do with anything?

With new studies revealing pop and other sugar-laden beverages contribute to weight gain, even in toddlers, the image of a pudgy prime minister enjoying a can of ``liquid candy'' may not be sending the right message, say nutritional experts. Dr. Paul Boisvert, co-ordinator for educational activities for the Merck Frosst/Canadian Institutes of Health Research chair in obesity at Laval University, said it's difficult to gauge the prime minister's eating habits and what affect they have on his weight, but that his image could have a negative impact.

``It's not a good example,'' he said.

His job is to govern the country not to be a good eating example.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Looks like we'll be stuck with the Wheat Board for a while yet.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Isaac Hayes can't take it, goes crying home to mommy

Hayes quits over "repeated religious jokes" Except he was never bothered by the jokes until they were about scientology, suddenly he is upset about the lack of tolerance, and they have gone to far. The Scientology episode was one of the best South Park episodes that I've seen, right up there with the mormon episode they did a couple of years ago. I also don't think that its anything near as offensive as some of the shows that they've done on Jews or Christians.

And it contains what might be the greatest line in South Park history

"Tom Cruise won't come out of the closet."

Tokyo plans on building tower to replace CN as world's tallest tower.

But do not fret Toronto, you'll still likely hold the position as the world's ugliest really tall tower.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Update on the Da Vinci Code lawsuit

Dan Brown comments on the plagarism accusations.

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, told a London court Monday he had a 'passion for codes' but rejected as 'completely fanciful' accusations that he 'stole the plot' for his bestselling novel.

The 41-year-old American, who is known to be publicity-shy, spoke for the first time as a witness in the two-week trial involving his book and said he was 'astounded' by the accusations.


Having read both books I tend to agree with Brown on this. There is only a loose connection between the two in that they involve the same basic premise and use many similar arguments.

Both books explore a theory that Jesus did not die on the cross but survived and had children with Mary Magdalene, and that their descendents survive.

Maybe I missed something when I read the Da Vinci Code but I didn't read it that Jesus didn't die on the cross, just that he had children with Mary Magdalene and their descendents still survive.

This post does the same thing in regards to this cartoon that the mainstream media did to the Mohammed cartoons. That is, it refused to show them. This on the grounds of 'disgust' rather than respect for a certain religion, but does it not amount to the same thing? In the end it's a refusal to show something that they disagree with or don't like. Which is certainly within their right to do as part of free speech, but it makes attacking the MSM for not printing the Danish cartoons highly hypocritical in my opinion.

Bush didn't lie about Iraq

Newly translated Iraqi documents from Saddam Hussein's regime show that President Bush was factually accurate when he told the nation in his 2003 State of the Union Address that Iraq had recently sought uranium from Africa.

Bush's 16-word statement had formed the basis for the claim adopted by administration critics that "Bush lied" about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs.

But according to the Washington Times today, an unnamed U.S. official reports that "newly translated Iraqi documents . . . tell of Saddam seeking uranium from Africa in the mid-1990s."