Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed 18 Conservatives to Canada’s unelected Senate on Monday, a move that broke his longstanding promise not to name additional members to the upper chamber of Parliament until it is transformed into an elected body.
Opposition parties had in recent weeks challenged the appropriateness of Mr. Harper’s making appointments to the Senate after he suspended Parliament to avoid a near-certain defeat in a no-confidence vote.
Though that vote will take place after a new session begins in late January, opposition members contend that Mr. Harper no longer has the confidence of Parliament. His Conservative Party does not hold a majority of seats in the House of Commons.
The announcement of the Senate appointments was unusually low-key and came after many Canadians had already begun taking time off for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Mr. Harper said in a statement that he had made them to ensure that the Senate seats are not filled by the opposition parties should they defeat his government and take power in the new year.
I guess Harper’s setting the tone for the Conservative government for the new year… I think that if Harper was someone’s friend, s/he might say that he’s acting sneaky, duplicitous, self-serving, manipulative, malicious, and a number of other things. As it stands, he’s our PRIME-minister… and as such he sets the tone for the country. I wonder what words we should use to describe him.
I’m watching the TV and reading about Canadian responses to the governmental situation. What I’m hearing is that we seem to think that we live in America. I’m hearing people say that they have no idea how our political culture is organized. And that they aren’t up to date on the facts. It is scary, as a teacher, to think that people actually can’t be bothered to get some facts right before they espouse them on TV. And I’m not talking about spin-doctors, but average folks.
“we didn’t vote for Harper”. We vote for our local politician, and that politician has a vote in parliament. If you think you voted for Harper (unless he’s your local politico) then you think we’re in america. Sorry.
“what the liberals, NDP and bloc are doing is undemocratic”. LOL. This is MORE democratic, since more politicians we voted for are now running things, not less.
You can find the others in the comments section of various blogs and web sites and on TV. Even if you love the conservatives, this is a GOOD thing. People getting together to muddle through things is much better than some individual trying to ‘control’ things.
I want to see people from different political stripes working together for Canada!
For a change, and for change.
Children’s Book Bank looks like a cool place. I have to go visit, and drop off some books. I like the idea of giving away free books to children.
The Children’s Book Bank is a charitable organization designed to support children’s literacy by providing free books and literacy support to children in lower income neighbourhoods.
The Children’s Book Bank presently operates one location at 350 Berkeley Street in Toronto, and offers a range of gently used and new books secured through donation, school and community book drives. Staffed by volunteers and working within the community, The Children’s Book Bank focuses on the literacy needs of children aged 2-12 and works to support and develop each child’s interest in and success with reading. In addition to providing books, The Children’s Book Bank offers literacy support and programming.
A visit to The Children’s Book Bank is much like a visit to a familiar and well loved children’s book store. The space is safe, warm and inviting and is intended to create a wonderful oasis for the children; a place where they can relax and experience the magic of books and enjoy reading.
The future of design could see the divide between able-bodied and disabled people vanish.
Don Norman , design Professor at Northwestern University in Illinois, and the author of The Design of Future Things, is issuing a challenge to designers and engineers across the world: Create things that work for everyone.
“It is about time we designed things that can be used by ALL people — which is the notion behind accessible design. Designing for people with disabilities almost always leads to products that work better for everyone.”
Once the champion of human-centered design — where wants and needs of individuals are the primary consideration in the design process, Norman now believes accessible activity-centered design is a better approach.
This approach creates designs by looking at the job a person needs to achieve in using a particular technology.
Norman told CNN that including disabled people in this thought process would create better technologies for all people, regardless of their level of ability.
“Make cans and bottles that a one-handed person can open and guess what, many people will find it makes their lives easier when they only have one free hand.
“Showers and baths can be made better and safer for all. Make things better for the hard of hearing or seeing and guess what, similar benefits for all,” he said..
The startling case of an AIDS patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia is stirring new hope that gene-therapy strategies on the far edges of AIDS research might someday cure the disease.
The patient, a 42-year-old American living in Berlin, is still recovering from his leukemia therapy, but he appears to have won his battle with AIDS. Doctors have not been able to detect the virus in his blood for more than 600 days, despite his having ceased all conventional AIDS medication. Normally when a patient stops taking AIDS drugs, the virus stampedes through the body within weeks, or days.
Dr. Gero Hütter isnt an AIDS specialist, but he functionally cured a patient, who shows no sign of the disease. “I was very surprised,” said the doctor, Gero Hütter.
The breakthrough appears to be that Dr. Hütter, a soft-spoken hematologist who isnt an AIDS specialist, deliberately replaced the patients bone marrow cells with those from a donor who has a naturally occurring genetic mutation that renders his cells immune to almost all strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Comedian Rich Kuras infiltrates the World of Warcraft to poll players on the 2008 Presidential Election. We broke down the results per race and Class. What we found may…and please excuse the pun…WOW you.
Now that’s some politicalisticity that I can sink my teeth into.