Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Google Doodle

February 15th, 2015

There’s a little Canadian content on today’s Google Doodle. Honouring the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag, clicking on the doodle brings you to a search page for National Flag of Canada Day.

Here’s a screenshot of the doodle:


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It’s Dominion Day

July 1st, 2012
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Debt Clock

March 1st, 2011

In the 1990’s the Canadian Taxpayer Federation launched a National Debt Clock.

The National Debt Clock (Picture courtesy CTF)

The National Debt Clock
(Picture courtesy CTF)

The twelve foot long clock got dragged around the country hitched to a pickup truck to highlight Canada’s growing debt problem. It was retired in 1998 after the federal and provincial governments started balancing their budgets.

With the return to deficit financing in 2008, the CTF launched an on-line debt clock. This year, after public requests to do so, they resurrected the original clock. It is currently being towed across the country, starting one week ago in BC, and ending Halifax at the end of March.

You can also get a Debt Clock for your webpage, and you will see I now have it on my sidebar:

To add a Debt Clock widget to your webpage, copy and paste this code:

<iframe src=”” alt=”” width=”210″ frameborder=”0″ height=”135″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>

or get the code from CTF. You can also find out where the Debt Clock will be at the CTF webpage, and request it stop in your community. I’ll be requesting a Hespeler stop, hopefully on a day I can stop by and talk to the CTF guys.

And Kevin Gaudet, if you can make it personally to Hespeler, there’s a coffee in it for you from me.

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Cool For Cats Friday

January 14th, 2011
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It’s Dire Straits day in Hespeler, if for no other reason than because the pimply minions of bureaucracy don’t want it to be. First the “not a hate crime” Dire Straits:

Oh-oh what were those words?

The caretaker was crucified for sleeping at his post…
How come Jesus gets Industrial Disease?

Wouldn’t that violate certain UN approved blasphemy laws, and isn’t it hateful towards Christians? And what can a Betty Davis fan feel like when she hears that song?

Still and all, not quite hateful enough. Live, from the CBSC in idiotic Ottawa, Ontario, Dire Straits performing a Canadian hate crime: Money for Nothing:

P.S. to Alanis Morissette: Ottawa bureaucrats banning Money for Nothing is irony.

If you heard Charles Adler interview Ron Cohen yesterday, you’ll know it wasn’t the song they banned, it was the word “faggot,” Therefore, from the Department of One Fell Swoops:

And I suppose that “Well he’s a friend of them long haired, hippy-type, pinko fags! I betchya he’s even got a commie flag. Tacked up on the wall inside of his garage,” is out:

Now personally, if I owned a radio station, this one wouldn’t get airplay.

The CBSC didn’t ban one song, it banned a word, thus many songs.

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Conservatives Clock the Count

May 14th, 2009

The Conservative Party took a different tack against Michael Ignatieff than Stéphane Dion.With Dion, they attacked right away, not giving him a chance to get comfortable in his job and in the process, defined him before he could define himself.

With Michael Ignatieff, they seemed to be holding back, let Ignatieff define himself. When they finally released some negative ads yesterday, some of the Tory faithful said, at last. But the original strategy was, in my opinion, effective. The more Canadians see Ignatieff, the less they will like him. Let the Canadian people begin to have their doubts, save your response until an election, then release it all at once: a little shock and awe politics.  That’s what I thought they were doing, and that’s what I thought would be effective.

Then yesterday, the Conservatives released this ad:

Know what I got out of this ad: Tory Times are Tough Times. Who approved an ad that had the central message from The Liberals negative ads running right through the middle of it? And who puts out a negative attack ad accusing the other guy of using negative attack ads?

But even after those blunders, what is the main theme of this ad? Ignatieff wasn’t in Canada all those years. For some people, me included, that could be construed as a positive.  A little international man about town would be a nice change from the base provincialism that’s grinding the gears off so much in this country.  And it sure beats the professional politicians that are running the country into the ground now.

There’s a fair amount to dislike about Michael Ignatieff, very little substance to his politics among them.  There was not one of those reasons on display for this ad, and that’s why it’s simply not good enough.

h/t Gerry

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