Oil Putting Food on Families

Pardon the Bushism. The CPC’s spin regarding the oil crowding out grain shipments by rail must be inspired by Dubya.

Elizabeth May provides some sanity on the issue.

“The current rail cars used for shipping hazardous materials are not safe. Both the US and Canadian Railway Safety Boards have ruled that the DOT111 cars are unsafe, needing upgrading and replacement.”

The insanity is underneath, from Joan Crockatt.

March 6, 2014
For Immediate Release

Oil and gas putting food on the table for Canadian families

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Valentine’s Day’s Dirty Chocolate Secret

While you’re stocking up on chocolate, as the stores fill with it for Easter and Valentine’s Day, consider only treating yourself and others if the candy is labeled Fair-Trade. Fair-Trade chocolates come where the supply chain has been verified to be ethically providing a living wage for the workers growing and harvesting the plants critical to the production of cocoa.

Only a decade ago, human rights orgs were warning that a large portion of our chocolate is the result of child slavery.
This is from 3 years ago:

Many people admire Abraham Lincoln for his effort to free slaves in the American south. Sadly, the opportunity to free people from slavery has not passed away with the 19th century. You can be a hero, and contribute to the freeing of modern-day slaves. Eat less slave-chocolate, and reward fair-trade chocolate producers even though the price you pay is higher.

Shoplifter busted ; Sundog ; Bugs

A shoplifter stealing hair dye among other things was nabbed at the Extra Foods at Golden Mile. 2 cop cars. Ladies, dyeing your hair is a gateway to a life of crime.

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I saw a huge sundog a couple days ago south of Moose Jaw. It had a secondary rainbow to the west of it, as far away from the right side sundog as the sundog was from the Sun.
The Sundogs extended to the horizon, as did the rainbow. They didn’t meet over the Sun though.

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It’s extremely cold out right now. Someone moving out piled their old sectional in front of the dumpster, so it got moved to the side, into my parking space (fortunately vacant). I took off a few of the feet on the sectional, and in the thin wooden crevices were dead bugs. Ick. The furniture owners were called back to properly dispose of the pieces.

Food Over 3 Decades Old

Yesterday I ate fruit cake my Mum made for her wedding, and it still tasted good. Few people get to eat food older than they are, and can say they enjoyed it.

Fruit cake from '78

One of the greatest things to come out of the 70s was me. Another of those great things was this cake. Both made, in part, by my Mum.

Bengough Water Tower Disaster
I learned more about the 1970s too by looking in a photo album. Here’s Bengough’s water tower accident. Mum said a vehicle was crushed, and the rink got clipped, but no one was hurt.

Conservatives Are Not Responsible

Conservatives are not responsible for your neighbour’s children. Your neighbour’s children will be paying off debts incurred by Conservative Ministers, however. Conservatives only feel responsible for your neighbour’s children when they street race, have sex, use drugs, or are bullied. Full bellies are definitely not their responsibility, unless it’s unsafe meat. Why don’t hungry children benefit from the government’s “rigor” to “meet consumers expectations”? Are hungry children not “consumers”?

some great results

One in seven children or about 121,000 kids in British Columbia were found to be living in poverty in 2008.

The poverty rate among B.C. children below the age of six during that year was 19.6 percent. This means that one in five in this age category didn’t have enough to lead decent lives.

That was in 2010. The rate is comparable to the USA at the time.

Now the rate is 1% less, at 18.6%. That’s ‘some result’, not ‘some great results’. Maybe Moore, discounting child poverty entirely in his estimation because it means little to him personally, meant “great” in the sense that it’s the greatest (highest) rate in the country?

The authors of the 2013 Child Poverty Report Card used the most recent economic data available from Statistics Canada to issue their “dismal” findings for British Columbia.

First Call says the number of poor children in B.C. in 2011 was 153,000 – enough to fill the Vancouver Canucks’ stadium more than eight times.

“The child poverty rate rose from 14.3 per cent in 2010 to 18.6 per cent in 2011,” said the report, which used the agency’s low-income cutoffs before tax as a measure of poverty.

A common liar not shown here, who frequents Twitter, started berating National Newswatch.


I think we’ve sufficiently determined that Moore and the Conservative Party doesn’t feel responsible for poverty, it thinks the provinces are responsible. If you go to your local city council, in Regina they’ll say the province is responsible for homelessness issues. Clearly the buck stops at your provincial legislature?

Except child poverty on federally funded reserves is not a provincial jurisdiction. Try another talking point, Moore.

ADDED: Dave and RossK have more.
I too thought Moore was maybe not among the worst of the HarperCons.

Leaders Using Drugs

There was a time in Canadian history when it was possible to elect a politician who wasn’t an alcohol drinker (Gardiner, for example). Now it may still be possible to elect someone who doesn’t drink coffee.

It’s time to end prohibition on marijuana. This isn’t said to support the Liberals, it’s to support what will create the best society for Canada. The Drug War is an American political invention, boosted by Reagan, and it’s a social catastrophe that needlessly destroys lives at a faster pace than serious drug abuse.

If you knew me even eleven years ago, you’d realize this is the opposite of what sort of legislation you’d have thought I would support. I’ve met more people, looked at more evidence, and listened to the growing list of experts who can clearly demonstrate the insanity in pursuing criminal charges against users of marijuana and some other forms of chemicals. Would you ever support incarceration for coffee drinkers if it was learned that coffee seriously harms people and impairs their ability to drive or think clearly? I would not.
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Groceries Gone

Lakeshore Sobeys map
The people in the green circle are entering a Food Desert in September, as Sobeys is opting to close the Lakeshore store on 23rd Ave. There will be no grocery store within walking distance for thousands of people. Bus service, limited as it is, is highlighted for the region.

I’ve heard that a developer involved in creating a large down town tower recently now wants to develop the Lakeshore site, and my hunch is a grocery store on the lot doesn’t fit into their plans so they priced a willing Sobeys out of it. Sobeys wants big stores, not small old IGA sites, I’m certain. I’d like to see a tower go up, but the main floor should be a grocery store. I was in such a mall in waterfront Toronto not too many years ago. It was probably a Loblaws, but I can’t remember. Somewhere near Queens Quay if I recall.

If a grocery store isn’t opened quickly on campus, or on the existing site, it will be a disaster for the Hillsdale neighbourhood people who need to walk or bike to get their food. Many may be comfortable with the change because they are driving right now, but what happens to them if they are no longer able to afford to drive? Walking down Hillsdale St. got even harder as bus service was removed for most of it, and one side lacks a sidewalk as it’s a pedestrian wasteland of solid fences on both sides of the street for half a kilometer. Neighbourhoods on either side are walled in by houses and fences.

Don’t Commit Sociology When It Makes Sense

Don’t talk about the dark if it’s still night.

Don’t talk about the oil while it’s spilling.

Don’t mention a war that’s still being fought.

Don’t talk about a drought while it’s still dry.

Don’t talk about a flood if it’s still wet.

Don’t talk about the day if it’s still light.

Don’t mention guns while children are shot.

Don’t look at famine when food is wasted.

Don’t mention fires while they’re still hot.

Don’t talk about terrorism, as towers are smoking.

Don’t worry about Climate Change, I’m buying a Range Rover.

Overtired pilots after a plane crash; you must be joking?

That’s all I’ve got.

Regina, Saskatchewan

One State Can Make a (Sweet) Difference

Coke and Pepsi are still both deadly if you consume them regularly and in sufficient amounts. Yet Coke has got a leg up on Pepsi recently by reducing its product’s ability to cause debilitating or deadly illness in one form.

the centre of the years-long controversy is the iconic soda’s caramel colouring. An ingredient, 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, allegedly poses a danger to those who drink cola. That’s according to the U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest.

In 2011, the state of California listed 4-MEI as a carcinogen, forcing the coke companies to slap cancer warning labels on every can sold in the state, National Public Radio in the U.S. reported.

The products were tested outside of California in May and June by Eurofins Analytical laboratory in Metairie, La. The chemical wasn’t in any of the products in California.

Coke says it’s made the transition across the country so that it wouldn’t have to deal with two separate batches of product.

Diet, and regular cola products still cause obesity and addiction. The products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup, a chemical sweetener derived from corn, cause higher diabetes rates in countries where it is sold.

T-Rex Doesn’t Taste Like Bacon

I couldn’t keep a straight face over this one. The T-Rex Burger is offensive, but the Baconator isn’t?

“She said the fast-food restaurant “strives to deliver a positive dining experience for our customers. Our goal is to provide options to our customers so they can make options that meet their needs.”

Reddit ruins the fun, unintentionally.

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Meanwhile, what could go wrong with having passengers’ phones designed to communicate via radio signals to a bag with radio communication emanating from it. That won’t freak airlines right out. (Kaboom) They shouldn’t be losing bags in the first place, since there’s a policy that bags do not go onto planes if the passenger hasn’t joined the flight their bag is on.

(dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2341600/The-luggage-GPS-tracking-device-makes-impossible-lost.html)

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I for one welcome our Flying Cyclist Overlords, and look forward to serving in their bicycle mines.