The CRTC regulates everyone equally, apparently.
Three months into 2014, we can all agree that 2013 was terrible. Any year that killed Stompin’ Tom Connors, Lou Reed, and Nelson Mandela, while making Rob Ford the world’s most famous Canadian, deserves a sad, short squeak of an end.
Last year, however, did provide some bright spots for one man — that is, if you think serving in Parliament and leading the non-official opposition party of Canada are bright spots. That man, the country’s second most famous citizen, is new Liberal messiah Justin Trudeau.
Since I’m still relatively young, live in an urban part of Western Canada, and hold both opinions and sympathies that veer freely over the political spectrum, I could be considered a prime target for the Liberal Party. And if I’m honest with myself, I am considering voting Liberal in 2015. But why, exactly?
Last November, Rex Murphy took the time to investigate neo-Trudeaumania. In a piece for the National titled “Justin Trudeau: The Johnny Depp of Canadian Politics?” Mr. Murphy laid the folksy smackdown on poor Justin, gently yet firmly calling him a bit of a bimbo. To be as serious as Rex Murphy would be a challenge for anyone, but for Rex, Trudeau is a particularly hollow man: a fashionista celebrity more concerned with facial hair than economic policy.
Get up and get out. Leave your screens. Go to a place without windows or sofas. Frolic. Buy a basketball and dribble it. Search and Destroy.
“An emerging body of scientific evidence suggests not spending much time outdoors connected to the natural world can be connected to rising rates of depression, attention deficit disorder, Vitamin D deficiency, and child obesity,” says Richard Louv, author and maker of the phrase “nature deficit disorder.” Listen to this man.
The Huffington Post reports:
Over the span of the past three years, taxpayers have been on the hook for $67,789.48 to cover weekly catered lunch meetings for PMO staffers and ministerial chiefs of staff — an apparent violation of Treasury Board policy.
“This is a consistent ongoing initiative to basically feed the Prime Minister’s Office lunches,” Liberal Treasury Board critic Gerry Byrne told The Huffington Post Canada Monday.
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If you haven’t heard already, the Ottawa design firm Northern Army has launched an archive of Canadian logos, both old and current. Some are no longer with us, while others have received updates or remained pretty much the same. Peruse the entire collection and let the nostalgia flow through you.
Why? Because, according to the Canadian Press, people think the courts are too slow, the judges are too lenient, the victims are too ignored, and the prisons don’t rehabilitate criminals as well as they should.
To address these issues, the internal Justice Department report apparently states that the government should better use public education to correct all these misperceptions. It’s certainly one way of making the problems go away.
Do you enjoy watching Canadian Olympic hockey? Would you enjoy watching it more with alcohol? And what if this alcohol came not from your fridge or friend’s cooler, but from a bar or restaurant? What if you and your friends could watch live Canadian Olympic hockey on TV in a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol? What if the only way to do this, however, was at 6:00 a.m.? What if bars and restaurants typically don’t serve alcohol to you or your friends at 6:00 a.m., but a politician was willing to fight for change?
Well, then Toronto Councillor Mike Layton is your man. Next week, he plans to put forward a motion that will allow bars and restaurants to provide alcohol starting at 6:00 a.m. for the final four days of this year’s Olympic festival.
The CBC explains:
The Immigrant Investor Program, launched in 1986, offered visas to business people with a net worth of at least $1.6 million who were willing to lend $800,000 to the Canadian government — for investment across Canada — for a term of five years.
By 2012, the scheme had to be temporarily frozen due to a huge backlog of applications from wealthy mainland Chinese hoping to come to B.C. Now, the government has announced it will end the program for good and scrap all 59,000 applications backlogged worldwide.