Archive for June, 2010

FIGHT or PEACE KEEP?

June 24, 2010

by Jack Locke

FIGHT?

What’s wrong with this message?

It’s wimpy.

If Canada wants macho warriors, ready to wipe-out other human beings… You have to push the idea that killing is okay.

“C’mon soldier, those are not human beings you are shooting, exploding, destroying, they are merely human beans(i.e. non-feeling legumes.)”

Come on Canadian Forces marketing team, get with it!

“KILL” with the Canadian Forces.

Or, “BRUTALIZE” with the Canadian Forces. “Fight” indicates a Marquis de Queensbury boxing match, or some such silliness.

When will the marketers get tough? War is about blood and guts and amputations.

Let us march with our Prime Minister and FIGHT with the Canadian Forces (to return to peacekeeping.)

Prime Minister Harper inspects the troops

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Should Green Queen head securities commission?

June 16, 2010

There isn’t much security in the Canadian securities industry, so federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s announcement to create a national regulator is a good idea. Or is it?

Queen Elizabeth III

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, believes it is a good idea.

“The Green Party led the charge in calling for the needed step of a national securities regulator and we are pleased to see Minister Flaherty championing the idea,” said Ms. May. “With all of the other G20 countries already having such a system in place, Canada’s step forward will foster confidence in our markets and show that Canada is an excellent place for investment.”

Regardless how confident Ms. May may be in the concept of a federal securities regulator, if a projected regulator plods along with the same level of zeal  as parliament’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioners Office, start putting your money under the mattress. (more…)

Even Stephen deserves a salary

June 7, 2010

Even Stephen Campaign started to assist the P.M. and his family

It is just not right.

The Prime Minister of Canada should be paid for his work. But according to the summary disclosure report prepared by federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper receives no income from the Government of Canada.

To rectify this gross injustice, yours truly is starting a fundraising effort to pay the Prime Minister of Canada. No Prime Minister should have to receive donations under the table. Thus, all donations sent to me shall be fully accounted for and promptly turned over to the Prime Minister. In the event of profuse humility he refuses this charity, the funds will be given to a registered non-profit organization for the betterment of Canada.

According to the Prime Minister’s public disclosure, the only assets or income the Prime Minister possesses are held by his wife, Laureen, and presents only  an “Investment account with Raymond James Ltd., composed in part of publicly traded securities.”

Why the Prime Minister’s disclosure fails to indicate income from the Government of Canada remains a mystery.

According to the Democracy Law Blog writer, lawyer Clayton Whitman, the government disclosure summaries do not disclose  many details.

“While these summaries are available to the public, the information contained in them is quite limited,” writes Whitman.

Donations to the “Even Stephen” campaign can be sent to P.O. Box 23044, 5038 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, QC. H4A 1S7. Cheques should be made out to “Jack Locke” with a memo indicating “Even Stephen.”

What in Alberta killed C.F.?

June 1, 2010

I read a story in the Edmonton Journal about a toddler who died while in the care of a government authorized foster home. The foster mother apparently has been charged. It’s a sad one. I quibbled over the writer’s early suggestion that the 21-month-old “was killed.” As killed, to me, suggests “at the hands of another.” Time will tell the verdict.

But in researching what medical examiners may infer, I came upon an Alberta fatality inquiry report into the death of C.F. It tells me all is not well for children, for First Nation children, for Alberta. It is a brutally sad story, but important for people to know. Click here to read it.