Archive for November, 2008

Gas Prices Too High?

Published by under Economics

So what could be done about them? In the GTA these days, the price of gas at the pumps is around $1.00 per litre. We are being buffaloed into accepting dollar-a-litre gasoline (or $4.25 a gallon for us older folks) as “normal”. It’s time we did to the oil industry what was done to the […]

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MONEY

Published by under Economics

A) Inflation “Rising wages and prices don’t cause inflation. Wages and prices inflate because the currency is debased – made worth less – and a seller needs to charge more for his product or service in order to receive the same amount of standard value as before. The process is somewhat more complicated today than […]

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What We Might Look Like

Published by under Constitutional Reform

Canada is huge the second largest country in the world. It is also one of the least densely populated countries in the world. (If Canada was as densely populated as Germany or the U.K. both of which have lots of woods, mountains, moors and other open spaces she would have 2.2 or 2.3 Billion people […]

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Letter to Messrs. Harris and Manning

Published by under Constitutional Reform

I have just finished reading your A Canada Strong & Free series. It’s terrific! It ought to be required reading in every secondary school in the country. There is only one area in which you might want to think about modifying your position. Many studies (the Spicer Commission is a notable one) reveal that there […]

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What, No Provinces!?

Published by under Constitutional Reform

Imagine A Canada Without Provincial Governments At the top of the wish list of any Canadian government would have to be that all the rabidly quarrelsome, obstructionist, robber-baron provincial governments could somehow be made to magically disappear overnight. And the majority of the people of Canada have, for years, been clearly stating they are Canadians […]

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Two’s Company

Published by under Constitutional Reform

B: Two’s Company, Three (Or More) Is A Crowd. Adapted from the Original in the Toronto Star March 25, 1994 The first thing a new constitution will have to do is redesign the territorial jurisdictions in Canada. Now, it may be that a Citizens’ Assembly would conclude that the current territorial jurisdictions (provinces, territories, counties, […]

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Who’s In Charge Here?

Published by under Constitutional Reform

STRUCTURE OF GOVERNANCE IN CANADA (REDESIGNING) [“Trust the people. Leave them alone.” (Attributed to Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching, c. 300 BCE)] A. Who’s In Charge Here? Two conditions describe a free people: 1. Free people have the power to control what their governments do. 2. Free people have the power to control […]

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The Maple Leaf Forever

Published by under Canadians

1. In days of yore, from every shore, Dauntless heroes bravely came, And planted firm fair freedom’s flag, On Canada’s wide domain. Here may it wave, our hope and pride, And bind in trust forever, The Lion and the Unicorn, The Maple Leaf Forever. [CHORUS] Long may she fly, Our emblem dear, The Maple Leaf […]

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Symphony

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Letter to Lorrie Goldstein, Editor, Toronto SUN, January 14, 2007. It will surely be a long process to unlearn the teaching of many millennia that the people in the next valley/down the coast/across the lake/up in the hills are inferior and are not “the people”. You folks in the media could help. 1. Stop using […]

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The First Canadians I

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the Pennsylvania reps to the Albany Congress in 1754 which had been convened by the English Board of Trade to discuss taking joint action to a) improve relations with the Indians and b) defend against the “canucks” who were making life miserable for the “yanqui bastonnais” on the borders of […]

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