Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Daily Digest May 13, 2009


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Dirty pool
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=250889&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
No sitting on the fence, Mr.Webster
The provincial government must either enforce the Farm Registration Act or have it repealed.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=250975&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Lobster fishery needs assistance
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1121699.html

An old lion roars out a shaky message
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1121648.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Tamils need new tactics to woo Canadians
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Tamils+need+tactics+Canadians/1590007/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Innovate and prosper
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Innovate+prosper/1590102/story.html

TORONTO STAR -
Ruby Dhalla fails to clear the air
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/633292

GLOBE & MAIL -
No light on live-in caregivers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090512.weDhalla13/BNStory/specialComment/home

Tardy recognition
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090512.weMulroney13/BNStory/specialComment/home

The talking cure
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090512.weTaser13/BNStory/specialComment/home

Scrutiny was invited
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090512.weRaelians13/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Sensation over substance
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590361

High-octane cultural damage control
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590362

'Even the devil must have the benefit of law'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590363

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
RCMP apology only first small step
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1565898

K-W RECORD -
Politicians shouldn't investigate each other
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/536201

WINDSOR STAR -
Economic policy: Liberal dose of intervention will not add up
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Economic+policy/1590251/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
Disgraceful to use kids to shield protesters
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1565931

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Building on its success
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=185541

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
When Tigers are caged
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial---when-tigers-are-caged-44869027.html

Why can't he come home?
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/why-cant-he-come-home-44868937.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
RCMP apology long overdue
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/2009/05/13/9439241-sun.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
An issue of privacy
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/issue+privacy/1590669/story.html

Social, cultural innovation vital facet of growth
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Social+cultural+innovation+vital+facet+growth/1587206/story.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Spare Sri Lanka's civilians
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Spare+Lanka+civilians/1590870/story.html
 
Hitting hooky
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Hitting+hooky/1590871/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Innovation a key economic engine
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/58108/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
No need for hog industry bailout
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/No_need_for_hog_industry_bailout_44884497.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Re-election comes with a daunting list of problems
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=941713df-6e6a-4440-9bf6-a9452ff12287

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Libs now need to do better
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Libs+need+better/1591100/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Campbell faces new challenges
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=6ff33693-9d92-42a5-8d79-75a13da8001a
 
A message for the Liberals
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=6ff33693-9d92-42a5-8d79-75a13da8001a
 
New Democrats need some fresh ideas
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=37a5804b-11c7-40f2-bb04-87a561e55044
 
Now we find out what the Liberals will do
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=53ac5b82-ec14-4aaa-9155-773da7bd0cda

ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
'Own the problem': speaker
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/own-the-problem-speaker-44869107.html


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Pipelineistan goes Af-Pak
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/KE14Ag01.html

US choice hardly McChrystal clear
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KE14Df01.html


CANUSA/USACAN -
Prentice warns U.S. against border carbon tax
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/634000


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Pension issue threatens GM Canada's survival
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090513/canada/canada_us_autos_canada_gm

Canada says union must concede more to save GM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090513/canada/canada_us_autos_canada_clement


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
France wants new offshore energy deal for St-Pierre-Miquelon
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590345

Obama warns Netanyahu: Don't surprise me with Iran strike
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1085466.html

Crisis of confidence in US-Israel ties
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/KE14Ak01.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
B. C. Liberals win majority for Campbell
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590352

Both sides in electoral reform debate agree voting system needs fixing
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Both+sides+electoral+reform+debate+agree+voting+system+needs+fixing/1593412/story.html

Carbon tax gets big nod from voters in B.C. election
http://www.grist.org/article/2009-05-13-carbon-tax-british-columbia/


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Tories ready to 'take on' Liberals over EI reform: Harper
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090513/national/ei_election

Tories, slipping in polls, launch attack ads
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090513/canada/canada_us_election

Tories go personal on Ignatieff 
all 188 news articles »
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090513/national/tories_attack_ignatieff

Conservatives launch their ad war
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/13/stephen-taylor-conservatives-roll-out-new-attack-ads-on-ignatieff.aspx

Tories aim attack ads 'far and wide'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090513.wPOLads0513/BNStory/politics/home
Tories prepare to unleash anti-Ignatieff ads
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/633644

Tories target Ignatieff in new ads
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/05/13/9445291.html


PROGRAMMES -
Food regulation system broken: report
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590339

Armed border guard issue simmers
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590357

Arctic flight anger puzzles Russia
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590359

Ottawa opens $12B leasing, auto sales ABS market
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1590383

Commissioner makes waves over lack of protection for fish
http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/columnists/greg_weston/2009/05/13/9438936-sun.html


PRESSURE POINTS -
Carbon fracture
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/13/william-watson-carbon-fracture.aspx

How did "Nannygate" make it to Parliament?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/13/podcast-how-did-nannygate-make-it-to-parliament.aspx


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Defeat of B.C. referendum is a victory for good governance
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/13/steve-janke-defeat-of-b-c-referendum-is-a-victory-for-good-governance.aspx

The battle for plastic
Enacting price controls on the fees merchants pay credit card companies will only hurt card users
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/05/13/the-battle-for-plastic.aspx

Mulroney stands by Airbus deposition
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090513.wmulroney0513/BNStory/National/home

Why did Mulroney take the cash?
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/633405

Tangled theology of terrorism
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/633289

The high price of unpaid caregiving
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/633291


INFOS
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Les conservateurs seraient prêts à déclencher des élections
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/13/01-856257-les-conservateurs-seraient-prets-a-declencher-des-elections.php

Les conservateurs s'attaquent à Ignatieff
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/13/01-856159-les-conservateurs-sattaquent-a-ignatieff.php

GES: Ottawa ne peut démontrer l'efficacité de ses mesures
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/environnement/politique-verte/200905/12/01-855800-ges-ottawa-ne-peut-demontrer-lefficacite-de-ses-mesures.php

Deux ministres doivent se défendre d'être en conflits d'intérêts
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-quebecoise/200905/12/01-855840-deux-ministres-doivent-se-defendre-detre-en-conflits-dinterets.php

Mulroney prétend avoir été honnête lorsque interrogé sur Airbus en 1996
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090513/N0513231AU.html

Les conservateurs attaquent Ignatieff dans de nouvelles publicités
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090513/N0513192AU.html

Gordon Campbell devra jongler avec plusieurs dossiers simultanément
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090513/N0513247AU.html

Un adjoint du secrétaire parlementaire de Harper est mêlé au procès O'Brien
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090513/N0513190AU.html

L'UMQ entend demander à Charest et Harper de débloquer les fonds promis
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090513/N051368AU.html

Que faire si les soldats étrangers propagent la grippe porcine en Afghanistan?
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090513/N051370AU.html

Le constat du commissaire fédéral à l'environnement - Zéro réduction de GES chez les grands émetteurs en 2008-2009
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/05/13/250154.html

Les conservateurs prêts pour des élections
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/05/13/003-elex-harper -


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Our weekend begins tomorrow, spending our time with Miss Kay, four, and Miss Abby, 18 months, whilst their parents are off enjoying each others company.

There may be a Digest but no guarantees - depends on the young ladies moods and whether the GOTOMYPC that enables me touse the sending capability from the home computer functions.

Many of you no doubt receive the CPC newsletter.  Some may receive the LPC.  If able both will be sent to you, both comment on the attack ads.

         Joe

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From: "John Brine"
To: "'Joe Hueglin'" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: You made the Peterborough Examiner
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1565691

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Subject: Who killed Canada?
From: Wendy Forrest

A John Riddell documentary
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8632069635967998175

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From: Tom Brewer

So what's new? Harper and his merry band of "cut-throats" are going to cut the Liberal leader up! Hey, they did it to the past leader and I dare suggest will do it to anyone who attempts to dethrone their arrogant butts.
 
It is just their nature, I am sorry to say. Politics is cut-throat at the best of times however since Harper has appeared their mental outlook has changed drastically.
 
Harper would like it if everyone was a Conservative! Oh to be one though you have to kiss his butt and keep your lips sealed.
 
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Ray Strachan

It was once said that a black man would be president "when pigs fly".
indeed 100 days into Obama's presidency. Swine flu!

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Judy Bobka

BEST LAWYER/INSURANCE STORY OF THE YEAR,  DECADE, AND  POSSIBLY THE CENTURY. 
 
This took place in Charlotte North Carolina . 
 
A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and  expensive cigars,  then insured hem against, among other things, fire. 
 
Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile  of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against 
the insurance company. 
 
In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were  lost 'in a series of small fires..' 
 
The insurance company refused to pay, citing the  obvious reason, that the man had consumed the 
cigars in the normal fashion. 
 
The lawyer sued and WON! 
 
(Stay with me.) 
 
Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the  insurance company that the claim was frivolous.. 
 
The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer  held a policy from the company, in which it had 
warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it  would insure them against fire, without defining what is  considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was  obligated to pay the claim. 
  
Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal  process, the  insurance company accepted the ruling and paid 
$15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that  perished in the 'fires'. 
 
NOW FOR THE BEST PART... 
 
After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance  company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! 
 
With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer
was convicted of intentionally burning his insured  property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 
fine. 
 
This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.
 
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From: "Don Keir"
Subject: Something to think about

To Joe:

I read article after article about the financial melt-down and what must be done to overcome it, but I feel that almost all of the writers of these articles have missed something that is very important. These writers all conclude that it is possible to restore the form of the prosperity of the past few decades by returning to a theme of "growth means prosperity". There is  only one problem with this solution. It can't happen. This planet cannot support any more growth. The signs are all around us. So the problem becomes, How do we restore the "good life" without growth? This would necessitate a whole new life philosophy.

According to the present philosophy every family must have a wage earner. This makes a wage-paying job a necessity. Therefore extensive industrial and financial activity become necessary to provide those jobs. This means that millions of products are being manufactured and sold. It also means that these products must become worn out or obsolete and relegated to the scrap heap so that they can be re-manufactured and re-sold. But in the near future, the resources of this finite planet of ours must become depleted. Waste products, including trash and harmful gases must become excessive. So what are we to do? Do we mindlessly continue with the same system that has produced the current melt-down or do we attempt to change our life philosophy to allow the human race to continue to survive on this planet as long as possible.

Since growth and survival are not compatible, how are we to solve this problem? I have read that food need not be a problem. Experts have concluded that with intelligent planning there is plenty of resources (such as arable land) to feed and care for the world's population with ease. So it appears that a way must be found to share those resources more equally.

There is a small minority who consist of very powerful people who I read about who apparently feel that the  problem can be easily solved by eliminating about seven billion of the present eight billion of the people who now inhabit the planet. But I suspect that this solution is unlikely to meet with the approval of the seven million who are to be eliminated. However this may not carry much weight with that one percent of the population who are making the decisions.

I believe that discussion on this subject could be very helpful.

Don Keir

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Sri Lanka/israel--is this why the world does nothing to aid the Tamils?

Read It To Believe It: Israels Ties in Sri Lanka
http://thefrustratedarabsdiary.com/?p=807

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Subject: How to fix the economy plus 6 Minutes with renegade economist Michael Hudson
From: Wendy Forrest

12/5/09

 It will take far more money than Stephen Harper is providing to get the hundreds of thousands who have lost their jobs back to work.  Money is needed for more nurses, teachers, doctors, engineers, construction workers, business managers, researchers, office personnel, factory workers and others.  Hiring these people, or providing a stipend so that they can take the training they need, immediately puts the money they receive in circulation in the community.  Businesses will sell their services or products and hire others.  

 In addition to hiring personnel, money is needed for affordable housing, schools, colleges, infrastructure, roads, bridges, equipment and support to help new businesses get started to replace those which have closed down.

 Where is all this money to come from?  The government is already forecasting a deficit of $63-B to be added to the existing debt of about $500-B.  Many are concerned about the huge debt being passed on to future generations, and the government has used the debt and interest as an excuse for not doing more.  Interest on public debt in Canada already amounts to $2000 for every man, woman and child, or $10,000 a year for a family of five.

 As things stand, the money will be borrowed from the private sector.  If that is not changed we won't have enough money to do what needs to be done and we will spend more of our income on public debt interest.  More importantly, it adds to the control that lenders have over government decisions.  As we all know, he who pays the piper calls the tune.

The government has its own bank, the Bank of Canada where it can borrow effectively interest free.  Not only would this lower taxes for Canadians and Canadian business, it would also reduce the control of lenders and make it possible to do what needs to be done to get people back to work. 

Only with massive investment will the goals outlined by Ken Georgetti and the CLC be achieved, but this won't happen if the government does not borrow from its own Bank to finance this investment.  This means significantly increasing the share of government debt held by the Bank of Canada and reducing the share held by the private sector.  No government is going to go down this road without a very angry and well informed electorate pushing them to do it – whether it be Conservative, Liberal or NDP.  That is why the CLC initiative to hold meetings all across the country is so important.

The message is very simple.  Borrow from our own bank, not the commercial banks.

See the attached  video on "How to fix the economy" by Michael Hudson - renegade economist!  Some of you may have seen it already.  If not, it is a must see.  This was forwarded from Gerry Masuda.

6 Minutes with Renegade Economist Michael Hudson

Wendy's note:

If you haven't seen this 3 part video of Bill Abram called The Crime of the Canadian Banking System it is a must-see.

Part 1: The Crime of the Canadian Banking System

Part 2: Canada's Great Experiment 1935-1974

Part 3: Gerald Grattan McGeer: a Canadian Hero

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
To Charles Tupper:The Seeds of Truth is an interesting article. "
Monsanto goes after farmers, farmers' co-ops, seed dealers -- anyone it suspects may have infringed its patents of genetically modified seeds. As interviews and reams of court documents reveal, Monsanto relies on a shadowy army of private investigators and agents in the American heartland to strike fear into farm country. They fan out into fields and farm towns, where they secretly videotape and photograph farmers, store owners, and co-ops; infiltrate community meetings; and gather information from informants about farming activities. Farmers say that some Monsanto agents pretend to be surveyors. Others confront farmers on their land and try to pressure them to sign papers giving Monsanto access to their private records."
About a year ago, I was doing some research for my kid's science project on bacteria. Lo and behold, the same companies like Monsanto are also rounding up and putting patents on the world's bacteria found in nature. There is a bacteria that was discovered a well back, that eats oil. This bacteria would be cost effective in soils that are contaminated with oil, where the bacteria is introduced in the contaminated soil, and within a few years the soil is clean. It is far more cost effective, than removing soil and putting in clean soil. Now this bacteria among many and other nature's products are being commercialized to control people and their activities within the world. It is scary to think, that in a few short years, companies like Monsanto will own and control nature, making it illegal to process bacteria even if it is growing in your own backyard. As my kid said the other day, in reference to a patent on a mouse - "No one can own nature" and I responded that " Others, believe that everything that nature has should be control and marketed, just like a bottle of jam. "  Nature's wonders should benefit mankind, and not as it is where it is another way to turn a profit.

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Hi again - To Jacob -  The article, "Never Again": It is nice to see the other side's opinion. It still would be much nicer to see it in the main-streamed media. I like what she says, especially on tribalism. It rings true to me.
"I asked why it was that so many Canadian leaders seem to associate Zionism with Judaism. Roth said, "It's because they don't know any better. What Bernie Farber and his ilk are doing is saying, 'if you don't like what Israel is doing, you're anti-Semitic.'" Roth pointed out that "To fling the word 'anti-Semite' around the way some people do is a way of trivializing genuine anti-Semitism."

She went on to say that, "One of the reasons why a lot of non-Jews are cowed by this technique is they're ignorant. Non-Jews don't know a lot of Jewish history. Why should they? They can barely cope with their own history. On the other hand, they are aware of the history of anti-Semitism in so far as the Holocaust of destruction is linked inextricably to the Jewish people, even though as many non-Jews as Jews were killed in the concentration camps and the ovens. The Holocaust as an industry has really developed since 1947, and then 1967 gave it another huge push, so that everybody who grows up in the world, I mean there are mandatory courses in primary schools in most countries in the world that talk about the Holocaust. They don't talk about the Naqba, which is the invasion and occupation of Palestine, but they do talk about the Holocaust, so that every non-Jew that grows up in Canada learns that Jewish people were victimized and they feel guilt about this." When I asked if the Zionist narrative exploits this guilt, she said, "Yes, big time."

I followed up by asking if Zionism exploits the fear of persecution among Jewish people. Her answer surprised me: "When I grew up in the 1940s and 50s, I didn't know anybody who went to a Jewish day school. Jewish day schools are a new thing. Certainly since 47-48, probably with increasing frequency since 67, there is now a phenomenon of kids entering college who for the first time are in a milieu that is not majority Jewish. You find this in Canada and the United States, and I would bet in Europe. This is a change, this is not how it used to happen. Since there has been universal public education, little Jewish kids went to school with everyone else, just like little Chinese kids and little Korean kids did, and then on the weekend they went to Chinese school or Korean school or Hebrew school." She said that Jewish day schools, and the isolation they produce, lead to "tribalism."

I remarked that tribalism is a very strong word, because it implies a collectivity that sees group loyalty as superseding all other values. She said that this was correct. "It inculcates a fear of the outside, a mistrust of the outside. I think it's quite tragic. I think it's a terrible development and I can't wait for it to wither and die, which it probably won't in my lifetime."

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Now on to my pet project. In today's Daily Digest, I found an interesting article on someone's opinion on the beginnings of Canada and the myths based and widely accepted. I am inclined to agree with him on most points, and especially the point that Canada became a nation, to prevent the Americans from invading or taking over.

http://tinyurl.com/r2kl55
"It is the hubris and arrogance of the British that leaves us with the nonsensical myth that a piece of paperwork rubber stamped by wigged and robed megalomaniacal fox hunters in London counts for more than centuries of sophisticated trade, diplomacy, defence and settlement in situ, on the ground. Canada was created by hard-assed Canadians here and working over the course of centuries, not by a bunch of weirdo lady boys pushing paper in London one day in 1867, between crustless cucumber sandwiches and the good ol' afternoon whipping by the dominatrix. Our founding myth needs a serious upgrade."

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