Monthly Archives: March 2013

Senate spending scandals – past and present

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

By Mihael Willman

In recent months, every few days a new Senate-scandal has hit the news, raising the ire of Canadian taxpayers and increasing calls for either a reform of the Senate or its outright abolition. Most of the scandals have revolved around spending allowances, questions regarding permanent residence and in the case of one Senator, criminal charges.

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Brazilian solar panel breakthrough

“What looks like a thin, flexible sheet of regular plastic is actually a solar panel printed with photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. This new material, totally unlike the heavy and costly silicon-based panels commonly used to generate solar power today, was created by scientists at CSEM Brasil, a research institute based in the southeast Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.”

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Chinese-backed Burmese mining operation attracts protests

“Protestors who are still camped out near a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in central Burma were warned by the government on Friday morning to leave the area… The rally camp was set up a few days after a police crackdown on protest camps near the copper mine in late November last year, which injured close to 100 people, mostly monks, when police unloaded incendiary devices into the camp.”

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Bill C-279: The dangerous and perverted “Bathroom Bill”

“It threatens the lives of girls and women by putting them at greater risk from male sexual predators.  It will give men a legal alibi for getting caught in the girls bathroom or change room, thereby freeing them to offend another day.” – Jack Fonseca of the Campaign Life Coalition.

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“Free speech” lawyer Doug Christie dies of cancer

According to the Victoria B.C. “Times Colonist”, Doug Christie passed away on Monday March 11th.  He voluntarily entered into a life of controversy and personal malignment some thirty years ago in order to defend free speech from the erosions of “political correctness”, and he had a number of notable successes.

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Canada, Israel, unions, and the Lobby…

“We want to pressure the Israeli government to respect international law in order to create a lasting and just peace… This position reflects the democratic will of CUPW’s membership and the union remains committed to it” – Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

“They’re taking membership dues and frittering it away on things that are so destructive” – Shimon Fogel of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

“I continue to be astonished by the extent to which ideas which should be on the ‘loony tunes’ margins of politics have now been adopted by a union which represents thousands of its members” – Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae.

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