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William Bailie
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learning to be sinister WARNING!! Graphic content!
I think the warning is overstated, but you can never tell what will upset people.  It's my hand, and the photos don't upset me, so there! It's been a challenging few weeks for me.  On Tuesday, 26 May, I had a bit of an accident while giving Erik his bath.  ...

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Random thoughts on the Alberta election
First off, I'm absolutely thrilled that the NDP has toppled the PC regime.  44 years of one-party rule is far too much, even if it had been a party I liked!   I've seen the doom and gloom and apocalyptic predictions from PC and WR supporters.  I;m certain t...

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C-51
Let me see if I have this straight:  the Conservative-led Government of Canada is sponsoring legislation that would, among other things: "amend the Criminal Code to provide for an offence of knowingly advocating or promoting the commission of terrorism offe...

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Do terrorists need special treatment?
Do terrorists need special treatment? In January, 2015, Shawn Rehn murdered an RCMP constable and injured his partner. In October, 2014, Michael Zehaff-Bibeau murdered an army corporal and injured a Parliament Hill security guard. Also in October, 2014, Mar...

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we'll never get proportional representation
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservatives-narrowly-edge-liberals-in-seat-count-projection-1.2931627 In the above article, Eric Grénier has crunched the numbers and estimated the results for a federal election to be held now, based on current polling.  T...

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What sins will compel us to disregard someone's achievements?
Bill Cosby is a significant figure in the media history.  His character in the 1960s "I Spy" was one of the first mainstream African-American characters in American entertainment in a leading role, where he was the equal to his European-American partner, pl...

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Remembrance protocol
I was observing the ceremonies today and couldn't quite put my finger on something that was bothering me.  Then it occurred to me - it was how the ceremony to remember the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform places more emphasis on our government than...

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Poppies
According to HuffPost, the Legion hopes that they will set a record with 19 million poppies sold this year. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/07/poppy-shortage-canada_n_6121612.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-alberta&ir=Canada%20Alberta What I want to know is, wh...

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CRD Amalgamation
I complained earlier that it was difficult to find information about my local municipal election.  There's a good reason for that - I live in a community of about 16,000 and no one outside really cares, and if they did, they'd still have little ability to a...

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CBC
So, today the CBC decided to fire Jian Ghomeshi, the successor to Peter Gzowski.  Earlier this year, they lost the rights to Hockey Night in Canada, which was the CBC's prize broadcast since the 1930s.  CBC has been haemorrhaging staff, both through layoffs...
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