Moosey News and Views from Canada

March 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Personal, Politics | Leave a comment

Today’s Top Story: Prince Charles has NOT Abdicated the Throne:

Yesterday while I was hacking the sack with a couple of chums, a passerby asked us if we had heard the news. “Prince Charles has stepped down. He isn’t going to be king; his sister Catherine is going to be the queen. We’re going to be ruled by women.”

Well after extensive research (BBC) it seems that Prince Charles is still in line to saddle up the dinosaur that we call the British Monarchy. Further research (wikipedia) indicates that there is no Princess Catherine, and even further research (common knowledge) reveals Canadians are already “ruled” by women.

But hey, thanks for sharing your delusions Random Stranger. What colour is the sky in your world?

Canada’s Jasey-Jay Anderson wins snowboard gold: No word yet one whether he was high at the time.

Person on Internet Claims VPD Racist Attack:

I don’t know this person. I don’t know if his story is true. I don’t have any particular reason to believe or disbelieve it. What I do know is that if it is true, it should be on more than one blog, so Clickity Click to read the story and take it for what it is.

One Third of Trucks Fail West Vancouver Inspection:

West Vancouver police are once again calling for greater attention to truck safety after a three-day commercial vehicle inspection campaign saw a 34-per-cent failure rate.

Of 74 vehicles inspected from March 10 to 12, 25 were ordered off the road immediately. Defects ranged from faulty brakes to bald tires to poorly secured loads. One heavily laden logging truck had a wheel with six of ten bolts sheared off, according to police. The driver was fined more than $500.

The people’s guide to Canada’s intelligence agencies:

Two Antlers Up! RevDave @ Terrible Depths provide an excellent super awesome introduction to ‘s Intelligence and Security Services.

Canada is relatively blessed in that its intelligence bodies are publicly and legally identified (or at least have been for the last several years), usually have their own websites, and have some fledgling review bodies which can, in theory, hold probing investigations into alleged misdeeds of the services. However, so far as I can tell, there is no easily available source from which Canadians can get information about a secretive sector of government activity that probably now costs us around $1 billion a year. (The total is uncertain because the government does not publish the total figure publicly.)

Given the increased number of controversial incidents regarding both citizens and residents of Canada over the past eight years, I think it is high time that we critically considered what our democratic state is doing with these organizations. Before that, however, people need to understand a bit of context when agencies like CSIS creep into the news with respect to Abousfian Abdelrazik, or Maher Arar. Such incidents are not accidental, one-off accidents, but fit into longer-term trends.

Minority Governments that work:

In a previous post, I asked my BC reader (Hi Sasha) to consider the merits of changing the voting system used in BC Elections.

One argument sometimes used against the new system is that Single Transferable Voting often leads to Minority Governments. The implication seems to be that minority governments are inherently unstable and that we’d be having elections every two weeks. Well first of all, I still want to talk to you aboot that issue we briefly discussed at Nadia’s Bday party, Sasha. Secondly, we now have fixed election dates in BC. The next election will be in 2013 no matter what happens. Finally, Andrew Steele @ The Globe and Mail provides a list of minority governments that did work, all on the federal level.

majority is no guarantee of activism.

Inertia often befalls majority governments with the lack of electoral pressure creating confusion between the urgent with the important, and between the agenda of the stakeholders and civil servants and the agenda of the public and the party.

In fact, some of the most successful government’s in Canadian history were minority governments.

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