Hide The Numbers, They Suck! #cdnpoli

Conservative Minister: “Why is that the only question that interests you?”
Journalist: “Because you wont answer it, that’s why it’s interesting!”
“You want the one question that I won’t answer because it changes every day.”
“We’ve been asking this for a year now,” Off says exasperatedly.
… “click”.

Conservative Transparency. Can’t provide a number during a year of questioning, because it always changes, or is more probably embarrassing for exposing a lie.

UPDATE: Minister Whiny comes back with retorts, on Twitter:

Then the Minister contradicts the phrasing used intentionally on the radio to hide how many refugees are actually in Canada now, saying there are over 1500 already here. On the radio, there were no more than 1500 here, possibly fewer than dozens.

This is another thing that should bother people about Minister Whiny. After a year of refusing an interview, he finally contacted the media at a time when he could run away claiming he was late for Question Period, should he need to dodge any tough questions.

It’s a strategy employed by Rob Ford, infamous Mayor of Toronto, with the same radio program!

His motivation for being evasive is clear, in this tweet he shared in an attempt to project on As It Happens journalist Off.
“If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. #TheArtofWar”

The Minister went on to say, “@cbcasithappens @caroloffcbc Your objective today was to belittle Cda’s work to date, not help Syrian refugees, or mobilize more support.”
How could Canadians knowing how many Syrians Canada had actually helped, “belittle” our country’s effort, unless the effort has been little?

Is his comma between the number an “enjoying Canada’s protection” meant to be an and, or an “or”. If “or” like he said on air, then that’s a weaselly way of saying that Canada’s trying to protect those Syrians while they are abroad and still in direct danger.

Beyond The Book Lecture: John Gormley – #UofR 2014

Gormley at UofR

I’ve been to a lot of University of Regina lectures over the years. None by a right wing radio commentator, until tonight, and it didn’t turn out how I expected. I know there are people who reeeally don’t like John Gormley and his radio show. I used to listen to it frequently while I worked in a job that had me in a car most of the day, traveling the province’s east side. I’ve not really tuned in too much the past 6 years, while I work meters from where his talk was given Tuesday night. It’s not easy to get wrapped up in a talk radio show while at a front-desk job. I wouldn’t want to start talking to myself, at the radio, for the whole Library to hear.

John Gormley

Idle No More showed up and disrupted his lecture. After Campus Security showed up, the three noisy protesters relented and were escorted off campus (I was told later by an employee at the University). Others who supported the protest stayed behind to ask difficult questions of Gormley. He dodged the last one completely, refusing to opine why we need and should accept polluted rivers in our prosperous province.

I got a few interviews from opposing perspectives, after his talk. They’re at the end of the video (visible after YouTube processes it).
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Canadian Woman Freezes To Death

I wonder if talk radio will be buzzing about how Manitobans let a young woman freeze to death rather than stop and see why she was trying to flag them down for help.

I bet John Gormley Live will be all over this scandal and worrying shift in Canadian values.

Family members of a woman found frozen in a snowbank over the weekend believe they aren’t getting the full story from RCMP about her death.

Rocelyn Gabriel, 20, was found at the recycling depot in Portage la Prairie, Man., just after 8 a.m. on Sunday.

What’s the spin talk radio will use if they do talk about it? Recycling kills?

Blog Action Day 2013 – Human Rights #BAD13

On Friday I was invited to talk about blogging, on Regina’s community radio station CJTR. The show was Human Rights Radio by Jim and Gord, and we spent the hour going over what a blog is, why it’s useful to have one, and how it could be used to promote human rights. You can give a listen to it!

The second half of the show is on YouTube too, if you want to look at the ceiling for most of it:

Also, if you’re in Saskatchewan, check out the “Get Active with Amnesty” 2013 conference. I was a guest speaker for it last year when it was in Regina. This time it is in Moose Jaw.

This is the conference site.
And there is also a facebook event page you can use to invite friends.

Fukushima Keeps Staying The Worst

It’s always been /worse/. And it just keeps staying tragically the same. It’s remained a global crisis with hemispheric deadly consequences. Japan could still wind up largely uninhabitable (if it isn’t already). Canada could suffer directly a great deal.

Steam and non-water vapour has been off-gassed since the beginning.

The supporters of nuclear power have always been wrong about the extent of the damage to our environment. We have hundreds of tons of highly dangerous waste water piling up by the day at Fukushima, with no way to stop it. Can research and a better plan come soon enough to save us?

ADDED: May writes to ministers.

Nothin’ To See Here #cdnpoli

John Gormley attempts to sing a lullaby; Mixes up the words.

[L]eave us alone to reconnect with life and keep the warmth coming. And get back to us when you’ve fired some Senators and Toronto is done.
[...]
advice is neatly summarized in Seven Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day.

The don’ts include worrying about the wrong people instead of focusing on those in our lives who truly matter, and directing our attention and worry to the future instead of staying in the present and cherishing the time we have now.
[...]
The lines I hear back now include: “water off a duck’s back,” “this too shall pass” and “is this a hill to die on?”
[...]
Who can go wrong with [quotes], “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” or “Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.”

PostMedia attempts to sing along; Forgets the words.

The Conservative party is home to many decent folk, and good, hardworking MPs. But as an institution, with Harper at its head, it has obstructed, deceived, attacked, maligned and bullied, in ways and instances too numerous to mention here.

Jennifer Smith found one good, hard working Con MP, Chong, out of about 160 possible contenders. That could be a statistical error, but it’s good there is at least one. Doesn’t save Den Tandt’s point, as one doesn’t even make a pair let alone be “many”.

It seems Gormley is slightly concerned that Canadians are focusing a lot on political scandals involving Conservatives. Did he suggest we all take a chill pill during Adscam, and get outside and enjoy the Summer? Meanwhile, Den Tandt seems to want to qualify his comments about the Conservatives being deceptive bullies, by claiming many are actually good. He doesn’t name names because he’s covering his bases. As Gormley suggests, Den Tandt and the media will go on Summer vacation. The rest of us good, hard working Canadians will too, while we assume the people in charge of repairing government corruption will have things cleaned up by the time Fall rolls around. Wait, who are the people in a country responsible for repairing government corruption? Ask an Egyptian.

Gormley is right about it being possible to stress too much and too long about a subject, and a fresh look being useful. He’s also right about history repeating itself if you don’t know it. Unplugging is a good way to remain ignorant of history as it’s being created in the present.