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Posted: Nov 24, 2020 - 2:52pm



 R_P wrote:
 westslope wrote:
 R_P wrote:
 
What is more dangerous?  Being an alter boy in the Roman Catholic church or being a young woman in the Canadian Armed Forces?
 
Relative privation?


 

If you are familiar with the head set of uniformed Canadian soldiers, you would better understand the nature of my comment which was intended to be as insulting as you can possibly imagine.

I might lose my fellow travelling companion status of the RC church for saying this but here goes:

I bet the CAFs clean up their act before the RC church does.  

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Posted: Nov 24, 2020 - 2:37pm

 westslope wrote:
 R_P wrote:
 
What is more dangerous?  Being an alter boy in the Roman Catholic church or being a young woman in the Canadian Armed Forces?
 
Relative privation?

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Posted: Nov 24, 2020 - 7:47am

Why Were Canadians Warned Not to Let Moose Lick Their Cars?
Let us explain.

Moose crossing a road in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.Credit...Valerie Domaine/Parks Canada

This article contains a bonus section on how to avoid tangling Christmas lights in Elk antlers.


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Posted: Nov 24, 2020 - 7:36am



 R_P wrote:
 

What is more dangerous?  Being an alter boy in the Roman Catholic church or being a young woman in the Canadian Armed Forces?
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Posted: Nov 23, 2020 - 7:20pm

Canadian Armed Forces to formally apologize to victims for sexual misconduct
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Posted: Nov 22, 2020 - 9:53am



13 deadly hours

Over 13 hours, a man disguised as a Mountie travelled nearly 200 kilometres through Nova Scotia, killing 22 people. The Fifth Estate explores what the RCMP knew about the gunman that night, how they remained one step behind and why the public was left in the dark.

Text by Elizabeth McMillan and Lisa Mayor

Editing by Janet Davison

November 22, 2020 - cbcnews
westslope

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Posted: Nov 11, 2020 - 9:08am



 R_P wrote:
.......
 
The Liberals already have had their hands full with Trudeau's nepotism. Can't use any more.
 

LOL!   Thought about that as I was making the post.  The dumbest, stupidest scandal you could imagine.  


@haresfur:  The message for Americans and others with political problems is simple:  you are not alone.  
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Posted: Nov 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

 haresfur wrote:
 westslope wrote:
Ontario MP resigns from Liberal caucus after employing sister in constituency office
Yasmin Ratansi, who represents Don Valley East, says in a statement that she 'made an error' and now intends to represent the riding as an Independent

Gee, what is a person to think?  If Canadians were only half as great as Americans, political nepotism would be welcome with open arms!?!!  
 
I love Canadian scandals. If this is considered a major breach of ethics, you are doing something right.
 
The Liberals already have had their hands full with Trudeau's nepotism. Can't use any more.
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Posted: Nov 10, 2020 - 1:51pm



 westslope wrote:
Ontario MP resigns from Liberal caucus after employing sister in constituency office
Yasmin Ratansi, who represents Don Valley East, says in a statement that she 'made an error' and now intends to represent the riding as an Independent


Gee, what is a person to think?  If Canadians were only half as great as Americans, political nepotism would be welcome with open arms!?!!  
 
I love Canadian scandals. If this is considered a major breach of ethics, you are doing something right.

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Posted: Nov 10, 2020 - 7:01am

Ontario MP resigns from Liberal caucus after employing sister in constituency office
Yasmin Ratansi, who represents Don Valley East, says in a statement that she 'made an error' and now intends to represent the riding as an Independent


Gee, what is a person to think?  If Canadians were only half as great as Americans, political nepotism would be welcome with open arms!?!!  
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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 9:14am



 cc_rider wrote:


 westslope wrote:


 Ohmsen wrote:


 ......
Mixup of intentions and meanings involved? Poppy can easily be seen as a "cause" when it comes to legalizing drugs. The symbol's history may easily be misinterpreted, even though it shouldn't be during these days!  

(Just guessing here, again.. hey there!) 

 

Bad guess.   Just lots of dead and maimed Canadian soldiers.  
 
Gotta go with you on this one. Banning red poppies? Absurd. https://www.history.com/news/w...

On a slightly related note, my Dad just sent me a few newspaper clippings my grandmother saved, about my grandfather home on leave while serving on the USS Boise. To tiny little Rufe, Oklahoma. The Boise had seen extensive action - see 'Battle of Cape Esperance' - to my knowledge my grandfather never talked about it.
c.


 
Thanks for educating me, I wasn't aware of this:
Germans unleashed lethal chlorine gas for the first time in the war.
Nothing to defend, here.

My great grandpa fled from Flanders (Belgium) to Germany, escaping the then and there draft in the early years of WWI. I and my offspring (three kids of two different moms) still have his (Flanders) second name. 
westslope

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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 9:13am



 Ohmsen wrote:

..........

Sorry for not being knowledgeable, as per your standards. ~ Apparently only capable of viewing the world from a (mostly uneducated?) hun's den.  To be honest, Armistice Day is nothing we celebrate here in this country... 

Deep in my memory I must have heard of it before, but I've in-between forgotten about it. No offense meant... 

"Interestingly", Nov. 11, at the 11th hr. and 11 mins. in this country, the carnival-season begins (which I've always abhorred bc of it's craziness). Honestly, I don't know if there is any correlation involved?!

*peace*
 
No offence taken.   

FWIW, I am a well socialized freemarket economist.  I view the punitive features of the Treaty of Versailles as the single most important reason for the rise of Hitler's fascist movement and the start of World War II in the European theatre.  

American lead-NATO has clearly not taken lessons from that period, witness the recent NATO membership of several former Warsaw Pact countries.

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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 9:08am



 westslope wrote:


 Ohmsen wrote:


 ......
Mixup of intentions and meanings involved? Poppy can easily be seen as a "cause" when it comes to legalizing drugs. The symbol's history may easily be misinterpreted, even though it shouldn't be during these days!  

(Just guessing here, again.. hey there!) 

 

Bad guess.   Just lots of dead and maimed Canadian soldiers.  
 
Gotta go with you on this one. Banning red poppies? Absurd. https://www.history.com/news/w...

On a slightly related note, my Dad just sent me a few newspaper clippings my grandmother saved, about my grandfather home on leave while serving on the USS Boise. To tiny little Rufe, Oklahoma. The Boise had seen extensive action - see 'Battle of Cape Esperance' - to my knowledge my grandfather never talked about it.
c.

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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 8:56am



 westslope wrote:


 Ohmsen wrote:


 ......
Mixup of intentions and meanings involved? Poppy can easily be seen as a "cause" when it comes to legalizing drugs. The symbol's history may easily be misinterpreted, even though it shouldn't be during these days!  

(Just guessing here, again.. hey there!) 

 

Bad guess.   Just lots of dead and maimed Canadian soldiers.  
 

Sorry for not being knowledgeable, as per your standards. ~ Apparently only capable of viewing the world from a (mostly uneducated?) hun's den.  To be honest, Armistice Day is nothing we celebrate here in this country... 

Deep in my memory I must have heard of it before, but I've in-between forgotten about it. No offense meant... 

"Interestingly", Nov. 11, at the 11th hr. and 11 mins. in this country, the carnival-season begins (which I've always abhorred bc of it's craziness). Honestly, I don't know if there is any correlation involved?!

*peace*
westslope

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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 8:50am



 Ohmsen wrote:


 ......
Mixup of intentions and meanings involved? Poppy can easily be seen as a "cause" when it comes to legalizing drugs. The symbol's history may easily be misinterpreted, even though it shouldn't be during these days!  

(Just guessing here, again.. hey there!) 

 

Bad guess.   Just lots of dead and maimed Canadian soldiers.  
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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 8:31am



 westslope wrote:
Ottawa

Whole Foods grocery chain bans employees from wearing poppies

Symbol of remembrance does not conform to dress code, company says

Kimberley Molina · CBC News · Posted: Nov 06, 2020 4:00 AM ET

Pasted:

An employee of the Whole Foods in Ottawa says she was told by a supervisor that wearing the poppy would be seen as "supporting a cause."


————————————-

Not 100% sure what is going on here but I suspect that managers are deploying some kind of pop-sociology driven 'slippery slope' argument.  

Talk about tone deaf...... Can you fathom how this impacts people with family history in one or both wars?
 

Mixup of intentions and meanings involved? Poppy can easily be seen as a "cause" when it comes to legalizing drugs. The symbol's history may easily be misinterpreted, even though it shouldn't be during these days!  

(Just guessing here, again.. hey there!) 

westslope

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Posted: Nov 6, 2020 - 8:16am

Ottawa

Whole Foods grocery chain bans employees from wearing poppies

Symbol of remembrance does not conform to dress code, company says

Kimberley Molina · CBC News · Posted: Nov 06, 2020 4:00 AM ET

Pasted:

An employee of the Whole Foods in Ottawa says she was told by a supervisor that wearing the poppy would be seen as "supporting a cause."


————————————-

Not 100% sure what is going on here but I suspect that managers are deploying some kind of pop-sociology driven 'slippery slope' argument.  

Talk about tone deaf...... Can you fathom how this impacts people with family history in one or both wars?
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Posted: Oct 29, 2020 - 3:41pm



 westslope wrote:
From the NYT The Morning email send out:

Where the virus is less bad

With coronavirus cases surging across most of Europe and the Americas, it can be easy to give into nihilism and wonder whether there is any good way for a country to fight the virus.

But the scale of the recent outbreaks really is different, depending on the country. Two countries are worth some attention: Canada and Germany.

By The New York Times | Sources: Johns Hopkins University, World Bank
Neither Germany nor Canada has escaped the fall wave of the virus, as you can see. But they are also both doing a lot less bad than their neighbors. How?

For one thing, both countries have done a better job of avoiding wishful thinking than either the Trump administration or some European governments.

Germany announced yesterday that it would close restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters and more for several weeks. “We must act, and act now, to prevent a national health crisis,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Compare that with the U.S., where the rate of confirmed new cases has been higher than Germany’s current rate for almost all of the past five months — yet almost nobody is talking about closing restaurants.

Yesterday’s move isn’t the first aggressive one from Germany. It was also far ahead of the U.S. in developing widely available tests this spring and offers them to residents free.

But Canada may be an even better example, given that its current rate of new cases is well below Germany’s. Consider this map:

By The New York Times | Sources: State and local health agencies and hospitals, United States Census Bureau, Statistics Canada
Some of Canada’s success is probably cultural and would have been hard to replicate in the U.S., as Ian Austen, a Canadian who has covered the country for The Times for more than a decade, told me. “There is generally a lot of deference to authority in Canada,” Ian said.

But specific actions have also mattered. Unlike in the U.S., conservative politicians in Canada are not doubting the wisdom of mask-wearing, Ian said. This spring, Doug Ford, the conservative premier of Ontario, described people protesting social-distancing measures as “a bunch of yahoos.” 

And some top public-health officials in Canadian provinces have become semi-celebrities, as they have repeatedly urged social distancing, mask-wearing and other forms of caution. Imagine versions of Anthony Fauci, but ones who are praised across the political spectrum, rather than being called “a disaster,” as President Trump did with Fauci.

Among the most successful Canadian regions have been the four small provinces along the Atlantic Ocean, all of which have almost extinguished the virus. They have done so by largely closing their borders — a strategy that has also worked in several other countries, including Australia, Ghana, Taiwan and Vietnam, despite skepticism from some political liberals around the world.

The four Canadian provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the combined Newfoundland and Labrador — were successful enough this spring that they were able to form a joint “bubble” this summer. Residents can travel among the four, even as they remain closed to the outside.

“We don’t have any cases here,” Sharon Stewart, a restaurant owner in Pictou, Nova Scotia, recently told The Globe and Mail, “and we want to keep it that way.”


 

You can take the same actions early or you can take them late. Early means fewer cases, fewer deaths, and a faster return to quasi-normal.
westslope

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Posted: Oct 29, 2020 - 6:36am

From the NYT The Morning email send out:

Where the virus is less bad

With coronavirus cases surging across most of Europe and the Americas, it can be easy to give into nihilism and wonder whether there is any good way for a country to fight the virus.

But the scale of the recent outbreaks really is different, depending on the country. Two countries are worth some attention: Canada and Germany.

By The New York Times | Sources: Johns Hopkins University, World Bank

Neither Germany nor Canada has escaped the fall wave of the virus, as you can see. But they are also both doing a lot less bad than their neighbors. How?

For one thing, both countries have done a better job of avoiding wishful thinking than either the Trump administration or some European governments.

Germany announced yesterday that it would close restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters and more for several weeks. “We must act, and act now, to prevent a national health crisis,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Compare that with the U.S., where the rate of confirmed new cases has been higher than Germany’s current rate for almost all of the past five months — yet almost nobody is talking about closing restaurants.

Yesterday’s move isn’t the first aggressive one from Germany. It was also far ahead of the U.S. in developing widely available tests this spring and offers them to residents free.

But Canada may be an even better example, given that its current rate of new cases is well below Germany’s. Consider this map:

By The New York Times | Sources: State and local health agencies and hospitals, United States Census Bureau, Statistics Canada

Some of Canada’s success is probably cultural and would have been hard to replicate in the U.S., as Ian Austen, a Canadian who has covered the country for The Times for more than a decade, told me. “There is generally a lot of deference to authority in Canada,” Ian said.

But specific actions have also mattered. Unlike in the U.S., conservative politicians in Canada are not doubting the wisdom of mask-wearing, Ian said. This spring, Doug Ford, the conservative premier of Ontario, described people protesting social-distancing measures as “a bunch of yahoos.” 

And some top public-health officials in Canadian provinces have become semi-celebrities, as they have repeatedly urged social distancing, mask-wearing and other forms of caution. Imagine versions of Anthony Fauci, but ones who are praised across the political spectrum, rather than being called “a disaster,” as President Trump did with Fauci.

Among the most successful Canadian regions have been the four small provinces along the Atlantic Ocean, all of which have almost extinguished the virus. They have done so by largely closing their borders — a strategy that has also worked in several other countries, including Australia, Ghana, Taiwan and Vietnam, despite skepticism from some political liberals around the world.

The four Canadian provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the combined Newfoundland and Labrador — were successful enough this spring that they were able to form a joint “bubble” this summer. Residents can travel among the four, even as they remain closed to the outside.

“We don’t have any cases here,” Sharon Stewart, a restaurant owner in Pictou, Nova Scotia, recently told The Globe and Mail, “and we want to keep it that way.”


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Posted: Oct 7, 2020 - 5:01pm



 haresfur wrote:

......

How's that renegotiated free trade agreement working out?
 

OK I guess.  The NAFTA II  agreement is not much different from what preceded it.  

Hard to worry about that with the gut punch the pandemic has delivered the global economy.     Thankfully we have President Trump and his Republican supporters to thank for delaying economic recovery as long as possible.   
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