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View Room Comments for Thursday, May. 29 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014   by: The Soap BoxWelcome to the View Room. This editorial feature is for you to post comments. To comment on a specific news story please post your comment directly under the news story.
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BIG BROTHER 5/29/2014 6:36:11 AM Report

Senator Romeo Dallaire is retiring from the Senate. Sad day for Canadian politics. One of the finest, most deserving people to sit on the Senate.

This is the type of person, PM's should be appointing to such a needed level of government, as the Senate. An unselfish patriot, who has served Canada with humility and self-sacrifice. A person who needs and deserves Canada's support, after such sacrifice.
Mr. Poster 5/29/2014 6:44:57 AM Report

Rumor...Ben Mulroney to replace Dallaire. Now that would be a true patronage appointment if I ever saw one eh.
Bobby Nerves 5/29/2014 7:16:27 AM Report


Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is reportedly poised to assume greater responsibility at telecom and media giant Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR:B)

Hudak job creation is working. M. Harris got a job and now Mulroney getting a promotion.

Go Hudak Go!
BIG BROTHER 5/29/2014 7:27:08 AM Report

Mr. Poster,
Nothing wrong with patronage appointments, if proper 'judgement of character' is applied. The PM has earned the right to appoint; we, the people, give him/her that right. But we expect that they use sound judgement. If everyone is self-serving in the process, then we end up with Duffy's and Wallin's.
David Poluck 5/29/2014 7:32:49 AM Report

Good Morning!!
Big game tonight! Do or die for Hab's
8 pm start time!

Reminder to car enthusiasts...Gathering of cars at Maslack auto parts starting around 6:30....all drivers welcome!

flyhawk25 5/29/2014 9:11:13 AM Report

BB...excellent post on Dallaire. I agree.
In a perfect world the Senate would be filled with altruistic patriots instead of party hacks from all parties.
The Senate itself is a good idea but the politicians have used it inappropriately.
I'd love to see appointments made in a non-partisan manner.
But I also believe in Santa Claus.
Snobank 5/29/2014 9:33:50 AM Report

The senate is not a good idea.

It's origin was not the concept of sober second thought. It's origin was the British nobility's refusal to accept the concept of an elected democracy and rule by the common people. The House of Lords was kept as an over ride device for the nobility if those foolish commoners got too uppity in their law making.

When British democracy was set up in Canada the House Of Lords was set up as the Senate for essentially the same reason. It is anti-democratic in thought and application.
Wild Turkey 5/29/2014 9:43:59 AM Report

Without the Senate, Canada could become the realm of tin horn dictators, like banana republics.Like it or not, we need that sober second thought thing.
Did we not in 1867 look at the U.S. system as well as the British system?
We thought at the time that we had the best of both.It has served us well for almost 150 years.Sure--go ahead and improve on it ,if you think that's necessary.Any thing to deflect away from the major problems that need o be fixed now.
Zing 5/29/2014 10:38:40 AM Report

I see that the federal government has pledged 2.85 Billion dollars to maternal health issues in several countries in Africa.

He says so much can be done for so little money.

Wait...what about Canadians and Aboriginals who are on boil water advisories right this minute plus our aging population who are in need of nursing homes?
Zing 5/29/2014 10:40:59 AM Report

He = Harper

Why can't we take care of our own before throwing money to every corner of the world?

Our deficit is how many Billions?
Zing 5/29/2014 10:46:57 AM Report

Found it: 619 Billion and going UP!
Zing 5/29/2014 10:49:16 AM Report

"You could wrap $1 bills around the Earth 2,218 times with the debt amount!"
Jimssm 5/29/2014 11:28:22 AM Report


Pledging the money is not the same as giving it.

flyhawk25 5/29/2014 11:48:17 AM Report

At the risk of having this post lifted I wish to comment in general terms for the local teacher exonerated by the College of Teachers.
I have represented teachers who were accused of all sorts of things. It is the union's legal obligation to represent them.
So I would expect that the teacher will be rehired in a timely fashion if he wants to return.
Teachers are sitting ducks for all sorts of claims. Once labelled, the innocent may be innocent but still suffer the fate of the guilty.
We need to strike a balance in protecting children and their teachers.
redranger 5/29/2014 12:45:49 PM Report

It is very possible that the Board will not rehire. To quote from the article

" **** was found guilty of three counts of professional misconduct under Regulation 437/97 of Ontario College of Teachers Act, for inappropriate non-sexual contact with the female student."

So they still may abide by the original decision. And like you, I express no opinion either way on this. Not knowing all the facts makes it too easy to make incorrect decisions.
Zing 5/29/2014 12:55:30 PM Report


I know it is only a pledge so far, but the point is we could use some TLC here at home right now.
I realize money spent in third world countries yields many more lives saved, but we really do not have the money to spend.
theprotector 5/29/2014 1:13:50 PM Report

gotta love the sence of humanity!
IRONICAL MAN 5/29/2014 1:46:16 PM Report

and though i don't remember your username from the drug unit thread whose comments got shut down, yes, i've been known to write a letter or two. but please continue to minimize others with the suggestion of poor civic duty.

notpc 5/29/2014 2:21:36 PM Report


Regarding the problems in aboriginal communities that you raise. There is already $7.4B allocated to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs for all the various social issues. What Attawapiskat and many other reserves have shown us is that a disturbing amount of that is being squandered by unscrupulous chiefs who have no problem keeping their residents poor while they enrich themselves. At the same time they fight being made accountable for it, and most of the media (except for Sun Media and Post Media) refuse to highlight the problems.
Wild Turkey 5/29/2014 2:40:56 PM Report

notpc---please re-read Zing's message.It is not only aboriginals, but your neighbors who are being underserviced.
You can't lump all Aboriginals to-gether.Indeed there are likely more success stories,than failures.We only read about the failures.Your neighbors?
What about the old folks, or young mothers that need homecare.This is an area that is neglected and growing.
What about the Vets that aren't being properly looked after?
There-in lies our sense of generosity--not some foreign land where 85% of the aid we send them is stolen, lost in bribes or simply spoiled in warehouses, because they don't have the means of safe distribution?
Zap 5/29/2014 2:52:46 PM Report

USA stupid war on marijuana. Money for that but no money for good health care. This will fail as it has in america for the past 70 + years. It would be nice to have a real say on how my tax dollars are spent. ( f-u to all the marijuana Nazis )
Zap 5/29/2014 2:54:14 PM Report

Sorry I posted on the wrong story. ooppppsss
IRONICAL MAN 5/29/2014 2:55:59 PM Report

you can't post on the other one, there's an apparent moratorium on critical opinions here
notpc 5/29/2014 3:21:50 PM Report

Wild Turkey

Your point is well taken about people other than aboriginals. Others are suffering too. Additionally, many aboriginal reserves are doing well (Osoyoos in BC is a prime example) but many in Eastern Canada are not. The reason in many cases is squandered funds.

We definitely should be spending money on social programs, whether for aboriginals or non-aboriginals, but we need to spend it in a way that gets the results that everyone wants. That is not happening enough right now, and very few want to look seriously at the real reasons why not.
steelworker 5/29/2014 5:17:41 PM Report

Zap: smoke another blunt.
irishfey 5/29/2014 6:17:48 PM Report

Turkey... Good post at 2.40 ....
fronz 5/29/2014 6:24:36 PM Report

Oh Canada !
Well the Sault Star comments are shut down concerning the recent police squad .
Doesn't this remind you of a history channel show about a place where all the people were lied too and were set on world domination?
Or better , 1984 ?
Some open democracy ? As long as I've kept a civil tongue nobody has the rite to hold my words back , especially when it's win win for them , and lose for most of the population ? Poor Canada .
lowla 5/29/2014 6:39:15 PM Report

Turkey, your a breath of fresh air
rockbanger 5/29/2014 6:44:50 PM Report

George Orwells ---1984

If you have not read it....get it and read it now.

If you read it a long time ago.... Re read it.
Without a doubt you will be shocked at how many similarities there are in this classic science fiction novel and today's world.
Very eerie.

Now back to local politics.... Red is dead. Blue is Pooh. and Celia is the only real Contender.!!!!!
lowla 5/29/2014 6:48:12 PM Report

Sorry Spelly, you're
rockbanger 5/29/2014 6:59:16 PM Report


Your blog on the US anti-pot wars....

The Intelligence agencies of the US are well known as the original drug smugglers. Using organized crime to market their product. No news here. Well known fact for many years.

Keeping weed/pot illegal gave these spies and the mob a lucrative method to make money and fight illegal wars all over the world.

George Herbert Walker Bush was the lead politician behind this ideology (recall Bush had Mrs. Reagan try to sell the 'just say no' message) and has been on national news numerous times claiming how dangerous marijuana was. How would he know that?

The US population is a brainwashed society that back the war machine to continue Imperialism.. or in today's world it is called globalization. Pot is bad but war is good? HELLO....

The US deck of cards is about to crash as the US-dollar is about to get moved out as the world's reserve currency thanks to 'BRICS'... We are living in a very scary time. Get ready folks.
BIG BROTHER 5/29/2014 7:16:20 PM Report

Read up on the Iran-Contra affair. Look for Oliver North's story.

Ronald Regan was a bastard, capital B. Ollie was his fall guy, prepared to fall on the sword for his leader.

Another one of those lies that has jaded me towards democracy, capitalism and right wing whacko's!! Especially the one's who like to say 'god bless America' at the end of one of their speeches that was full of bullshit!!
flyhawk25 5/29/2014 7:23:55 PM Report

rockbanger...I read '1984' as a kid in school and later used in in a number of courses I taught.
It was especially ironic in 1984. But we don't seem to want to learn those lessons. Orwell's 'Animal Farm' is another cautionary tale.
Some will dismiss them as lefty baffle-gab. But just take a look at where we are today.
Manipulating the masses is so frighteningly easy it is scary.
And the dumbing down of society just makes it easier.
irishfey 5/29/2014 7:57:38 PM Report

Rockbanger.. Scary times??? Some folks just don't know how " scary " it's going to get, but i think from some of your other posts that you do. Lets just hope that we're not here when it happens!... STATS.. Thanks for your advice last night, but i couldn't find an old " Missionary" :), but i did sleep well thank you....... Night all....
Alken 5/29/2014 8:53:12 PM Report

Can anyone tell me who is doing warranty work these days for Sears? For a riding mower?
I called sears "local" number but it turned out to be in Toronto. They took my contact details and said the local contractor would call within two days. Still waiting; be nice to be able to call him direct
mamma 5/29/2014 10:12:05 PM Report

Good evening sweet Soo. Just returned home from the dedication ceremony at SAH - the "barn" as Skipper used to call it. So if you end up wandering the halls by the ambulatory care department you will see his name on the 2013 plaque. Appropriately placed on the waves portion of the underlying picture.
Hope you are all living for today.
Wicket 5/29/2014 10:41:27 PM Report

Thanks Mamma, for your post, hope you are doing well. We all miss the Skipper's posts, he kept the sanity in here at a reasonable level.
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