Voice of the common man: Sun readers comment on Caribana shooting


A Toronto Sun story on a fatal shooting at Caribana has brought out the troglodytes among their readership. None of that elitist opinion you find in the consensus media here.

A selection of the comments posted:

“most “white ” poeple don’t do these things sorry , i live in the Jane & Finch area …. all blacks ….hispanics … same shit ….. they all collect welfare , have their kids, cant feed them cause their on “CRACK” ….. or out pippin their whores ,buying guns …. Grow up … its a fact “

“1 in a million will you find a GOOD BLACK man.One that has respect for himself , family & wants better for his future.I know i’m BLACK …… living in a dump of an area ….. I would never DATE a black man … especially from my area … The government needs to rebuild these pockets of  the poor “ghetto” put better housing & jobs …. & get this niggers off the street.”

“Let’s all take off our hats to these low life, black, trigger happy animals for without whom our jails would be bulging at the seams with themselves if they didn’t make such an honest effort at population control among their species”

“A low level air strike would do more for urban renewal than any afrocentric school ever will.”

“Remember what the WOPS did in the 50’s?.. the black crime will eventually be obsolete..
you watch… Besides that the Tri-ads are too busy bringing in a metric ton of Heroin into Toronto.. they got no time for  Jerk Chicken”

“The “Normal” people who attend put their lives at risk …for what ..”to jump up & down” like monkeys ? Really is it worth it ? Keep this event in the caribbean, thats where it belongs  …”

“Carribana is a breeding ground for crime.  It attracts black people with previous criminal history, they carry guns into these events and conduct “business” among the crowds.”

“These people are animals. They have no souls. Violence is the only language they know. Our government is responsible for allowing these animals to run free. They are rarely punished for their deeds but among themselves they do a better job of eliminating each other than a Nazi death squad….”

Nycole Turmel also gave to… (surprise) the NDP


Much excitement today about interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel’s past dalliance with the Bloc Quebecois. Daniel LeBlanc reports in the Globe and Mail today that Turmel was a party member and made four donations to the separatist party totalling $235 over a five-year period. She quit the party shortly before she declared as the NDP candidate in Hull-Aylmer, LeBlanc reports.

Not mentioned in the hub-hub was that Turmel also gave to the New Democrats back as early as 2004 (an election year), according a quickie search of Elections Canada records. (My version of the data goes back only to that year — she may donated earlier, too.)

Her donations:

April 26, 2004: $136 to NDP (federal party)
May 31, 2004: $100 to NDP (federal party)
June 25, 2004: $25 to NDP (federal party)
Dec. 31, 2004: $10 to NDP (federal party)
Dec. 31, 2004: $210 to Hull–Aylmer Federal NDP Riding Association

Data snack: Dying on the job in Canada


Today’s mining disaster in Ukraine had me wondering about how many Canadian miners die every year. I had wrongly believed that mining would be the most-dangerous job in Canada.

It isn’t.

Substantially more fishers die on the job. Real estate agents do much better.

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(Source: Insurance records compiled by Human Resources Development Canada
and the Assocation of Worker’s Compensation Boards of Canada)

My patriotic decal is bigger than yours


Slap one on your car bumper, if you like. Put it on city police cars and ambulances, if you think it’s necessary. You can even drape a giant one in the arrivals area of your international airport.

But, really, do we need to plaster oversized “Support Our Troops” decals on the Parliament Buildings, too?

I spotted these in the first-floor windows of the Confederation Building this morning. (I’m just back from a month-long holiday and they may have been there a while, so forgive me if I’m late to this.)

The decal on the left is an a window that appears to be the office of Ottawa-Orleans Conservative MP Royal Galipeau.

The other one is in the window of another Galipeau office, or his neighbour, the Honourable Member for Las Vegas – the Islands, New Democrat Ruth Ellen Brousseau. I couldn’t tell because all the offices in that corridor were closed this morning.

Now, Support Our Troops has become such a mantra in the current political climate that no one dares question the sentiment. But should the buildings that house our government be turned into billboard to trumpet a message, no matter how widely supported?

How would we feel about a giant AIDS ribbon hanging from a window? Or what if Conservative Rob Anders dangled his “Free Tibet” t-shirt from his office window, instead of wearing in front of Chinese officials?

Lobbying Commissioner mute on Stockwell Day's new gig


With news that former Harper government cabinet minister Stockwell Day has set up shop as a government relations consultant — but not a lobbyist, he assures us — several readers suggested I contact Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd to see if she was down with the arrangement.

After all, the Federal Accountability Act strictly prohibits former public office holders from lobbying for five years after leaving government.

Day says he got the green light from the Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, but her office punted my questions to Shepherd, by email telling me that…

What you’re referring to falls under the Lobbying. Act – you should contact Nathalie (sic) in the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying.

Shepherd, it is worth noting, is notoriously mute on these kinds of issues. In my experience, her staff invariable use the Privacy Act to trump the public’s right to know about the conduct of people paid to influence our elected officials. But, that’s my personal bugaboo.

Surely on a matter like this, which begs clarification of the distinction between  “government relations” consulting and lobbying under the FAA, we could expect some response, right?

Er, no. I asked her comms person for something, anything, about Day’s new company. Here’s the response:

Hello,

The Commissioner of Lobbying’s mandate is stated clearly in the Lobbying Act. She is responsible for administering the Act and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.

The Lobbying Act imposes a five-year prohibition on former designated public officers to engage in lobbying activities as defined by the Act. Former designated public office holders are prohibited from organizing a meeting or communicating, for payment, with a federal public office holder regarding certain subject as defined by the Act.

The Commissioner will not comment on specific individuals.
Thanks,
Natalie
_________________________________________________
Natalie Hall
Senior Communications Advisor | Conseillère principale en communications
Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada | Commissariat au lobbying du Canada
255 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0R5 | 255, rue Albert, Ottawa ON K1A 0R5
Natalie.Hall@ocl-cal.gc.ca
Telephone | Téléphone 613-952-4306
Cell | Sans-fil 613-875-2579
Facsimile | Télécopieur 613-957-3078

Lobbying Commissioner mute on Stockwell Day’s new gig


With news that former Harper government cabinet minister Stockwell Day has set up shop as a government relations consultant — but not a lobbyist, he assures us — several readers suggested I contact Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd to see if she was down with the arrangement.

After all, the Federal Accountability Act strictly prohibits former public office holders from lobbying for five years after leaving government.

Day says he got the green light from the Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, but her office punted my questions to Shepherd, by email telling me that…

What you’re referring to falls under the Lobbying. Act – you should contact Nathalie (sic) in the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying.

Shepherd, it is worth noting, is notoriously mute on these kinds of issues. In my experience, her staff invariable use the Privacy Act to trump the public’s right to know about the conduct of people paid to influence our elected officials. But, that’s my personal bugaboo.

Surely on a matter like this, which begs clarification of the distinction between  “government relations” consulting and lobbying under the FAA, we could expect some response, right?

Er, no. I asked her comms person for something, anything, about Day’s new company. Here’s the response:

Hello,

The Commissioner of Lobbying’s mandate is stated clearly in the Lobbying Act. She is responsible for administering the Act and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.

The Lobbying Act imposes a five-year prohibition on former designated public officers to engage in lobbying activities as defined by the Act. Former designated public office holders are prohibited from organizing a meeting or communicating, for payment, with a federal public office holder regarding certain subject as defined by the Act.

The Commissioner will not comment on specific individuals.
Thanks,
Natalie
_________________________________________________
Natalie Hall
Senior Communications Advisor | Conseillère principale en communications
Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada | Commissariat au lobbying du Canada
255 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0R5 | 255, rue Albert, Ottawa ON K1A 0R5
Natalie.Hall@ocl-cal.gc.ca
Telephone | Téléphone 613-952-4306
Cell | Sans-fil 613-875-2579
Facsimile | Télécopieur 613-957-3078