People are losing faith in polls and pollsters and its little wonder when you look at folks such as John V. Corbett.
In what was an outright vile tweet today, Corbett said he wished that the late Barbara Frum had died childless. I am presuming he has a beef with one of Ms. Frum’s children who have earned some profile and reputation. What a way to express himself towards them.
Vulgar, thoughtless tweets are hardly rare on twitter. What has to be kept in mind though is that Mr. Corbett is a pollster who the Toronto Star appears to use rather regularly.
In looking at the website for Corbett Communications, it is not hard to see the strong bias Corbett holds as a series of almost obsessive anti-conservative press releases are listed.
Pollster bias is hardly a new thing but John Corbett’s bias is beyond the pale and his repugnant tweet certainly exposed it.
The internet is forever so I thought it best that we document this online.
That way when one sees any polls from John Corbett Communications in Toronto Ontario they know what sort of biased pap this man produces.
It says quite a lot about the Toronto Star and the polling companies who choose to use John V. Corbett’s services as well.
Pretty hard to take anything released by this guy seriously.
In light of his tweet, he has some very serious issues.
Amnesty International used to be a respected organization worldwide. They used to target dictatorships where human rights were violated. Torture,imprisonment without trial, executions, infringements on free speech etc. were highlighted and exposed by Amnesty International for the world to see and condemn.
In light of Amnesty International’s absurd condemnation of Jason Kenney’s actions to protect Alberta industries, Amnesty International has demonstrated quite clearly that they have sadly degraded into just another extreme left group who has lost touch completely with their initial mandate.
The “war room” was a campaign promise made by Kenney and the left is furious that he dared to actually follow through with it. Alberta’s energy industry has been suffering under a coordinated attack from domestic and international groups who use our own court system along with a constant barrage of misinformation about our industries. These efforts to stunt Alberta’s growth have been successful as our resources are becoming increasingly landlocked while other nations enjoy fossil fuel production booms. We needed to organize to counter this and Kenney is doing just that.
The “war room” will counter misinformation as it surfaces and will work to ensure that Alberta’s interests are represented and defended in the seemingly endless legal battles.
While it is arguable as to whether or not this “war room” concept will be effective, it is without doubt that Rachel Notley’s policy of passive appeasement of energy opponents for four years was an abject failure. It will be hard to do worse than her on this file so there is little to be lost with the “war room” approach.
So what human rights are being violated with this war room effort?
Speech and assembly are as protected and free as ever. Our courts haven’t changed. No new laws have been created. No new police forces are on the move.
It is simply absurd and ridiculous that in having a government working to defend our local industries that we are accused of violating human rights.
The ridiculous actions of Amnesty International and the cranks who support them in their vapid accusations are undercutting the impact of real human rights violations that are actually happening around the world. This increasing derangement against a democratically elected majority government in a free country is doing a disservice to all the work that past human rights advocates have fought for.
Love or hate Kenney, he is violating no human rights in Alberta and this bullshit needs to be called out.
Unfortunately, we can look forward to accusations against Kenney becoming more shrill and absurd as he pursues the mandate that Albertans gave him.
Hell hath no fury like that of a socialist scorned (by the electorate).
One of the most egregious double standards we are seeing from the warriors of socialism is their selective support for the sovereignty of an individual’s own body.
“My body my choice!” is the simple but effective rallying call for pro-choice activists.
They rightly make the case that neither the state nor the church has the authority to tell a person what they may or may not choose to do with their bodies, at least they do in the case of a pregnancy.
The ultimate form of private property is the body of the individual, or at least it should be.
If it is an immutable right for a person to have a ball of cells (sanitized term for fetus) surgically removed upon the whim of the individual, why does this right not apply to the rest of the cells that compose of one’s body?
What I am getting at is our blood, sperm, plasma and organs.
Who the hell are you to tell me that I can’t negotiate a price and sell a portion of my body or something that my body produces?
Canada’s ideologically rigid health care system has made it illegal for us to choose what we may or may not do with our bodies and we all are paying the price for it.
Let’s start with plasma. Canada is chronically short of it thus we buy 80% of our blood products from the USA where they pay donors!
Step back a moment and look at just how profoundly stupid this is. Some folks feel it is morally wrong to pay for blood or plasma so they ban the payment for it here. We then buy it at a premium from American suppliers who have a surplus because they pay their donors.
What a moronic, ideological hill to die on. Are there any fewer paid donors due to this? No! Is any real medical purpose being served by this? No! Is there any rational reason to continue this practice? NO!
Let’s quit being damned idiots and start paying plasma and blood donors in Canada. The left loves to decry any time that Canadian dollars go to foreign corporate interests, well dammit they should be furious that scarce health care dollars are going to American companies for something we can produce for less right here at home. We just need to pay the bloody donors as they do all over the world.
Look, in an ideal world we would fill all of our donation needs through altruistic donors. Realistically, it just ain’t happening and it wont.
We shouldn’t stop with blood products. Sperm and eggs are in low supply for fertility treatments in Canada due to our foolish laws. Open it up and pay donors.
Further from there, we should allow for payment for living organ donations. Yes this makes people squeemish but get over it! We have thousands of Canadians languishing on waiting lists waiting for organ donations. Many of these transplants can be done with living donors but if we really want to draw these donors out we are going to have to start paying them.
If you don’t like it, don’t sell your blood, sperm, plasma, organs etc. Nobody is forcing you and spare me dystopian visions of a world where people are suddenly forced to donate. Proper protection of private property means that nothing ever gets sold through coercion or without a sales agreement between parties. There is no reason that these laws can’t or won’t apply to our own bodies.
Canada’s health system is a system of waiting and many people are dying on those waiting lists. Socialized medicine=rationed medicine. Our organ/blood etc shortages are only one symptom of a troubled, ideologically rigid system which forces long waits for treatment upon us. We need many reforms to address these wait times. Paying donors should be a no brainer to begin with though.
It’s my body. The state has no right to tell me what I may choose to do with it. Its time that the state stopped doing so.
Canada is currently enjoying the reign of the dumbest Prime Minister in our country’s history.
Justin may have the hair and he has the family name, but he simply doesn’t have a hell of a lot between his ears. Four years of his follies have established that pretty clearly.
Now put yourself in the shoes of a Liberal strategist. Would you really want to give Trudeau any more chances to screw up than you have to?
Things are looking pretty good. Jagmeet Singh has proven to be only a little brighter than Trudeau and Andrew Scheer couldn’t inspire a circle jerk at a sex addicts convention.
Despite the scandals, it looks like all the Liberals have to do for the next 38 days or so is to hold the course and not make any profound mistakes.
The biggest liability the Liberals have is when Justin tries to think for himself and goes off script. We saw how dearly he suffered when he tried to explain how his family drinks from water box sort of thingies and his antics when he chewed through his straps while in India will be comedy gold for decades.
The Liberals will coach Justin long and hard with hopes that he manages to get through the one and only debate that he will be participating in.
Justin will simply have to regurgitate his rehearsed lines for a couple hours while Rosie blows kisses at him from behind her podium.
There simply is no way they could put Trudeau in any other debates. There aren’t enough weeks remaining to train him for it and they will never find another panel more Liberal friendly. They have everything to lose and little to gain by putting the Little Potato on the microphone any more often than they have to.
It is frustrating and annoying to see the Prime Minister avoiding open engagement with Canadians during the very period that he should be speaking the most, but one can understand why his handlers feel it must be so,
Our Imbecile in Chief simply needs to look pretty and to avoid trying to think for himself until election day.
The worst part of all is that this strategy may very well work. Justin may be an idiot but his strategists aren’t.
Just imagine what the Little Potato could do with four more years to use parliament as his personal playpen.
After weeks away from city hall, the Mayor and council couldn’t even make it an hour back in session before the entire chamber devolved into a bitch match with insults, threats of ejection and demands for apologies.
Years of terrible, self-centered leadership from Naheed Nenshi as Mayor has created the most toxic and dysfunctional city hall that Calgary has ever seen.
Business crushing tax increases as high as 400% last spring finally managed to force the Mayor and council to admit that they had a crisis on their hands. With weeks of fighting and disparate plans, they dumped an order upon city administration to cut $60 million in spending (a drop in the bucket). City administration of course cut in the most painful of front line spots in hopes of souring Calgarians on any future spending restraint.
Meanwhile businesses continue to fail and downtown languishes with nearly 30% commercial vacancy.
Having kicked the fiscal can down the road, the Mayor and council then focused on pressing issues such as increasing the network of underutilized bike tracks in downtown and public art.
Meanwhile businesses continue to fail and downtown languishes with nearly 30% commercial vacancy.
Since city administration has proven itself to be utterly incapable of reasonably reigning in the out of control spending of city hall, Jeromy Farkas proposed a common sense solution of creating a “blue book” system which could help target areas of spending waste. This would be a listing of all city expenditures over $10,000 which the public would be able to access. Taxpayers will be far more effective at identifying spending waste than city administrators who are only concerned with feathering their own nests while not rocking the boat.
As usual, the Mayor and his collection of city council mushrooms dog piled on Farkas. They pointed to some gormless, weak motion that Diane Colley-Urquhart tabled last spring which they intend to talk about at the end of the month. In light of this, they voted down Jeromy’s motion.
Meanwhile businesses continue to fail and downtown languishes with nearly 30% commercial vacancy.
High spending city hall bloat supporters Shane Keating and Ward Sutherland chimed in of course.
Sutherland hates how Jeromy’s relentless pursuit of city reform exposes Ward’s goal of riding out a simple quiet few terms in office in order to collect a generous pension. Sutherland attacks Farkas at every possible opportunity. Parasites always lash out when one tries to dislodge them.
Keating yelped on about how categorizing all that spending would actually be wasteful in itself. This would really not take much effort folks. This is simply a cowardly dodge by a freespending councilor who doesn’t want the accumulated city waste exposed while he was on watch
There is a fiscal crisis in the city of Calgary. The Mayor and council dedicate the majority of their time pursuing vanity projects and embroiled in petty fights with each other while pretending that problems aren’t happening.
It will take nothing less than a flush of at least 80% of council in the next election to fix this mess.
Let’s just hope that the core of city businesses is still salvageable by that point.
In light of the latest campaign promise from NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh, the question above is not unreasonable.
Today Singh announced that he will raise the minimum wage in Canada to a “living wage” which is quoted as being $21,75 per hour in Toronto right now.
If the solution to people living in poverty is so simple as forcing businesses to pay higher wages, why on earth would anybody stop at $21,75 per hour? Why not $50? Or $100 per hour?
Seriously, if you are going to completely ignore the impact that massive minimum wage hikes would have on employment, the cost of living and the economy in general, you may as well shoot for the moon and try to make everybody rich right?
The Bank of Canada reported that as many as 60,000 jobs may be lost due to minimum wage hikes at the $15 level. What do you think will happen at $21,75? How many jobs will be lost? How much higher will the cost of everything go? How much more investment will be driven from Canada?
Everybody wants somebody else to pay everybody else more money. Alas, life and economics just don’t work that way.
The bottom line is that if raising minimum wage by massive amounts was actually an effective policy to fight poverty, every developed country in the world would be doing it already.
Just as rent controls actually lead to less affordable housing and just as printing money to pay the debt only leads to hyperinflation, raising minimum wages have a negligible impact on poverty at best.
That won’t stop myopic dingdongs such as Singh from trying though.
Normally we can dismiss the ramblings of an economic illiterate such as Jagmeet Singh but we are in a singular situation with the way this upcoming federal election may play out.
Jagmeet Singh may hold the balance of power in a minority Trudeau government!
Rational people wouldn’t bring in a $21.75 minimum wage but we won’t be dealing with rational people.
Elizabeth May could be part of a coalition too.
Just imagine the damage that triad of twits could cause!
A $15 wage hike has harmed businesses in the retail and hospitality industries. A hike to $21.75 will decimate it.
If indeed we go down this road, we may as well go full bore.
Raise the wage to $100 per hour. Lets do a service to the world to show just how idiotic this approach to the economy is.
If Trudeau, Singh and May are running the nation, we will have little to lose anyway.
Seriously. Think about this. Why on earth do we need the government to sanction and regulate what is an intimate agreement between two consenting adults?
There is nothing that a government sanctioned marriage provides that simple contract law can’t.
There are already legal means for couples to deal with the dispersal of assets upon the death or separation of common law couples (marriages without the state involved). There are already legal formulas to deal with child support.
If a person has religious or cultural convictions that call for marital sanction from a religious or cultural leader, then what is stopping them from getting that sanction if the state isn’t involved?
If people are consenting adults (those two words are critical), who cares what sort of formalized relationship they may choose to have? What business is it of yours or mine to tell consenting adults what they may or may not do in relationships or what relationship statuses are valid or not? We are using the state as a proxy to impose restrictions on the actions of consenting adults and its utterly pointless.
I don’t care if ten consenting adults want to declare themselves as married in one way or another and neither should you. If you don’t like it, don’t participate in it. It really is that damn simple.
If you feel that your marriage is somehow less valid if it doesn’t have the stamp of approval from the government, the problem is yours.
Marital definitions only become a problem when the state imposes them. Get the state out and the problems are gone. Sure there are some individuals who will be critical of the relationships of others. That is their right but they will no longer have the means to intervene in those relationships.
There are many areas where we could cut government and it wouldn’t adversely impact our lives. Often the reduction of the state will make our lives better.
When it comes to marriage it should be a no brainer. Get the damn state out of it. When you look at objectively, our system which requires people to essentially have to ask the state for permission to marry is outright medieval.
Let’s work to put the state management of marriages into the dark ages where it belongs.
The opioid crisis in Canada is real and it is getting worse fast.
Dealing with this crisis is going to take efforts on multiple fronts.
Safe consumption sites are one facet which has been making the news a lot lately. We need to try and keep these addicts alive long enough to hopefully get them off of the drugs permanently. Unfortunately while they have reversed overdoses at these sites the placement of these sites has led to increases in crime and social disorder wherever they are located. Hopefully this can be sorted out over time as we work to mitigate the loss of lives while not turning neighborhoods into dangerous slums.
We need more resources directed to mental health and addiction treatment.
Aside from the moral aspect, even the most heartless of fiscal conservatives should be able to support this dedication of funding. Treated addicts save us all when we look at the reduced weight on our justice and health systems.
If we don’t couple consumption sites with aggressive treatment options though, we are only facilitating the problem.
Something often lost in the discussion is the prevention of addiction in the first place. Again, mental health resources can help with this as it may prevent people with disorders from trying to self-medicate with opioids.
Another issue which is creating untold numbers of opioid addicts is the ever increasing wait times for treatment in our medical system.
Our stubborn adherence to our failing model of health care has cause wait lists to become interminable for specialized procedures and emergency care. We canonize Tommy Douglas and constantly increase spending on our system while outcomes continue to get worse and worse.
The trend is undeniable. This is not conjecture or ideology, this is simply stats.
When compared to 11 other comparable nations which provide universal health coverage, we rank 11th when it comes to wait times.
My wife Jane just got some much needed back surgery done last month. That is well over two years since her very first visit to a general practitioner with back pain. As the pain increased over time while waiting for treatment, the prescriptions for pain relief increased. What else is a doctor or patient supposed to do? Now Jane’s back is much better but she is still in the process of weaning herself off of the pain medication.
Everybody knows somebody with a similar story in Canada. Knee issues, hip issues or back problems, they are all debilitating and all have huge backlogs of patients waiting for treatment. Pretty much all folks waiting for these kinds of treatments are given pain medication to tide them over until they can get surgery. Unfortunately, many find themselves being hopeless addicts by the time they finally get treated (thankfully Jane is coming off the meds well).
We often hear than many kids begin their addictions through finding opioids in their parent’s or grandparent’s medicine cabinets. In that case, lets address why so many medicine cabinets are full of painkillers!
The proliferation of painkillers in general and the creation of many addicts can be directly related to people being medicated while awaiting medical treatment so lets look at doing something about it.
We need to reform how we provide health care rather than continue to toss dollars at an overburdened. Of those 10 nations listed above, all of which provide universal care (nobody is indebted due to health costs), all of them provide more private treatment options than Canada does!
Lets look at outcomes rather than ideology for a change. We know 100% that simply spending more money has not and will not reduce medical waiting times. That means that provision has to change. The biggest handicap Canada has with provision is our ridiculous banning of so many private provision options. It drives desperate patients along with their dollars out of our country for treatment and it costs us specialists. Let’s bloody well start looking at the nations that are doing better than us (most of them) and emulate what they are doing. We don’t need to re-invent the wheel here.
The longer somebody is on painkillers, the higher the chance of them developing a dependence. This also means more time with these medications being accessible in their households. Reducing the time on waiting lists will reduce both addiction rates and proliferation of the drugs.
It is going to take initiatives on a number of fronts to take on this national opioid addiction crisis. We can’t afford to overlook problems and solutions based on ideology. One area that we are not speaking of enough is where these addicts and the drugs are coming from and the growing waiting lists for medical treatment are a large factor in this.
I am not a supporter of Bernier’s “People’s Party of Canada”. I am not terribly enthusiastic about Andrew Scheer either but having recently endured the horrors of what a conservative vote split can produce in Alberta, I am resigned to supporting what I see as the lesser of the evils at this time.
Bernier has a tough row to hoe.
I have worked within fringe parties for years. It is tough to get them off the ground and into the mainstream.
With a limited number of members, an often hostile media and little funding, it can be difficult to get broad exposure and to get messaging out.
This week with a handful of billboards Bernier’s PPC managed to get national exposure in a way that they never could have purchased outright. Every media outlet in the nation is covering the erecting and removal of a few billboards in the country. Max’s smiling face is in every newspaper today and in every TV news outlet.
What has also happened is that the PPC have made progress in cornering support on an issue that the mainstream parties are too cowardly to approach. It is fast becoming a reality that the social media mob will descend on any politician who dares question immigration levels and accuse them of white supremacy.
It is not unreasonable to question our immigration policies. Perhaps we need more immigrants, perhaps we need fewer, perhaps we need more stringent controls on immigration or perhaps we need less. What we can’t do though is let these conversations become taboo.
The billboards ambiguously called for an end to “mass immigration”. I guess the only thing that can be fully presumed is that they want less. What is debatable is how much less. All the same, it wasn’t that outrageous a statement until the hysteric left took up the cause.
Rational Canadians don’t see such a simple statement as necessarily being so odious. We have seen immigration issues with uncontrolled illegal crossings in Quebec and Ontario causing local issues for years. If you don’t think Bernier’s messaging isn’t gaining support in those border regions you are highly mistaken. He won’t win the election but he can certainly gain enough steam this way to impact it.
The billboards weren’t put up directly by Bernier’s party but by a third party group in support of them. I presume they will get at the least a partial refund as Pattison backed off on their contract.
If this whole chain of events was by design it means that they have some pretty bright strategists within their ranks. Good work!
If this was a fluke, well it paid off in spades for the PPC all the same.
People had best stop underestimating the impact that Bernier and his party may have. He is speaking to a growing group of people who feel that nobody is speaking for them. Again, it won’t win the election but it can sure as hell ensure that Scheer doesn’t win it if this tend continues.
Amanda Soper and her little band of extremists are getting bold and who can blame them? They feel that they are above the law and if the actions of the RCMP over the last year are any indication, they may be right.
Soper and her crazed associates set up an illegal road block near Blue River BC over a year ago and things are escalating fast.
A few weeks ago, an enraged local aboriginal man tried to use the public road and was forcefully turned away by Soper and gang. The man vowed to come back with a rifle as can be seen in the video below.
This is getting extremely dangerous people,
The locals have had enough!!!!! ( sorry for the sideways recording, I’ll try to fix it later )
Soper and friends tell the police to fuck off and call for a “pig roast”.
Like spanked children, the cops move on.
This has to be so humiliating for a police force that was once respected worldwide.
Below we can see Soper and company chasing the police away a few months ago.
Mall security guards apparently have more ability to enforce the law than the RCMP and it seems they command more respect too.
A new video posted to Twitter today. Every day the police go there, and they tell the police to leave…. and the police listens. It’s frustrating to see, however, if you remember last year, there was daily attendance to camp cloud for about a month before their removal as well. So fingers crossed history is repeating itself. ?