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  1. I'm not in the least qualified to comment on this report but it seems to be well documented. It is certainly worthwhile reading. https://www.eastonspectator.com/2021/09/17/open-letter-to-dr-bonnie-henry-adrian-dix-and-premier-john-horgan/
  2. I was thinking about this and in an untended way you have pointed out the problem. The science is evolving as to how to deal with the pandemic, and there is no certainty that the science about how our bodies deal with MRNA isn't evolving as well. I hope the predictive science regarding the affect of MRNA on the body is more reliable than the science of how to deal with the pandemic has been. However, we all to sort it out for ourselves and I got 2 shots, but not without a lot of misgivings.
  3. That's the thing about Covid. Too many people with too much time on their hands.
  4. OK, but they keep making these claims that turn out to be wrong. They kinda start losing credibility and you have to wonder what else they are wrong about. Our immune system is a pretty fragile thing so let's just hope that they aren't wrong about the long term effect that these vaccines will have. MRNA has been around for a while but it has never been used on humans in this way before.
  5. We were told that if we got two doses that we would be safe from getting Covid. We were told that when we hit 70% eligible vaccinated that we would have herd immunity. I have had two doses. 85% of eligible Canadians have had one dose and 78% have had the two. 74.5% of all Canadians have had one dose and 69% of all Canadians have had two. I still have to wear a mask in public places. I now have a vaccine passport to go into a restaurant or other public places. Just maybe the so-called experts are not very expert.
  6. Flair now has Leylah Fernandes with a multi-year endorsement deal. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/09/13/2295530/0/en/Tennis-Sensation-Leylah-Fernandez-Partners-with-Flair-Airlines.html
  7. This is the most expensive election in Canada's history. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-expensive-cost-1.6164267 It just puts us that more in debt and leaves parliament dissolved during a critical time.
  8. Everyone, regardless of affiliation should find that scenario repugnant. There is certainly a place for non-violent and peaceful demonstrations but that kind of crap should have no place in our society.
  9. Right you are. I googled looking of for the Liberal plan and that is what I was able to come up with.
  10. Frankly I don's see the point of voting Conservative just because we might believe that Trudeau and the Liberal party has a poor record as PM. If we are to vote Conservative then we should compare the platforms of the two parties, and decide if the Conservatives, or any other party, can do a better job. Here is the platform of the Liberals from their web site. https://liberal.ca/our-plan/team-trudeau-delivers-a-real-plan-to-move-canada-forward-for-everyone/ It is a one page document that is mostly items that had been promised in the last couple of campaigns and without a specific plan of how to implement them. Things like "walking the shared path of reconciliation". That is a simple motherhood statement that all parties, (except maybe the PPC), would want to happen. How do the Liberals propose this be done? The Liberals have been in power for 6 years. They have thrown some money at the issue without a plan and the country is as divided as it has ever been. Childcare of $10.00 a day it least has something of a proposal but they have had 6 years to implement it and it is largely a provincial issue anyway. Here is a link from which the can download the Conservative plan. https://www.conservative.ca/plan/ It is a 160 page document with considerable detail. I would add that the Liberals had control as to the timing of the next election. PM Trudeau chose a time in the middle of an election and right ahead of the withdrawal of our people from Afghanistan which we all knew was coming. The NDP had committed to not bringing down the government so there was no reason to call this election except for the fact that PM Trudeau thought it was his best chance to be reelected. In spite of controlling the timing of the election the Liberals weren't even close to being prepared and had to cobble together a one page plan well into the election period. IMHO they approached this election in the same way they governed. I can see reasons to vote NDP, Green or Conservative, but again, IMHO, there is no reason to vote Liberal in this election.
  11. Many years ago when I was an FO on the DC 8 coming out of LHR the Captain rotated at V1 instead of VR and we dragged the tail but it had a good skid and it wasn't a problem except for a kinda embarrassed Capt.
  12. If the NIH is looking into this there is a very good chance that there is something to it. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/570551-nih-funding-studies-into-reports-of-abnormal-menstruation-after-vaccines
  13. I guess I'm largely responsible for side tracking this discussion. Sorry all. It seems to me that as most young kids have cell phones with internet access that they would be able to get at whatever they want. I frankly have no idea, but isn't it likely that they would know better how to remove the restrictions than many parents would know how to put them on. I guess that part of this stems from the contention that children are being robbed of their age of innocence that I was fortunate enough to grow up with. Incidentally, I apologise for wording it the way I did. I know you didn't suggest that porn was ok for a 6 year old. I was merely suggesting that because it is on the internet that young kids will be able to gain access to it.
  14. As to the definition I suppose that it is a personal opinion as to whether nudity counts as porn or not. Personally I don't. Frankly I only know what is on porn sites from what I have read about them. I don't want to google looking for articles on the subject as I don't want to wind up getting stuff popping up on my computer that I don't want. I understand that a great deal of the internet is taken up with porn. Young children are on the internet and there first sexual experience is quite likely to come from porn sites. I'd suggest that porn objectifies women and removes the intimacy of using sex as entertainment without any emotional attachment. If you think that young children being exposed to porn is harmless then so be it, but would you really want your 6 year old to experience it?
  15. Hi IFG Of course I agree that when the info changes we have to adjust, but the information that was given to us, such as the optimum time between vaccines, was not expressed as an opinion but as fact. Of course they want to change that view with new info, but at least when we were told 3 weeks, they should have said that was the best advice available based on what they knew at the time. The same holds true in regards to the mixing of vaccines. I agree that there is a great deal of abuse of our freedoms when it comes to what's on the internet but I don't agree that we should shut down those that question the wisdom of being vaccinated. We are putting a foreign substance into our body that is adjusting our whole immune system. I came to the conclusion that I was better off doing it that to not doing it, but I did that only after looking at both sides of the discussion. The one side has now been shut down. I'd rather have seen them shutting down porn sites which are doing tremendous damage to our kids today. I think that's a bit of a stretch to compare this to the "blitz". I'm not so sure that is all that much different than the treatment of lepers in the not to distant past. There is an island about 3 kilometres from where I live that was a leper colony less than 100 years ago. (All of those assigned there were Chinese but that is a separate and even more ugly issue.) Thanks for the response. We really aren't that far apart. Cheers Greg
  16. I have had 2 Pfizer shots. However, I had and still have concerns about going that route. I weighed the risk from both points of view and concluded that the risk of taking the shots was outweighed by the risk of Covid itself. However, I don't trust government to tell us what we should be doing, and I don't trust big pharma. For example here is a quote from the Centres for Disease Control Control and Prevention. The highlighted portion is theirs and not mine. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should get the same product for your second shot. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html Our government has told us that it is just fine to mix the vaccines, and yet it appears that was false information. We were told that we should get the first shot that was available and over the whole period of time they made it virtually impossible to know which shot you were getting ahead of time. I was only able to find out at the time I was getting the shot. My daughter did as she was told by gov't to do and got the first shot available, which was the Astra Zeneca and then when the 2nd one came due it wasn't available and she got the Pfizer shot. What does she do now? We were told that the time to get the 2nd shot was as early as 3 weeks after the first shot but the later found out that the 2nd shot was more effective if you waited up to 12 weeks. There are reputable sites on the internet that provide information on the vaccines, with most of them in favour, but I have to wonder about the integrity of you tube, google etc. blocking sites that question the use of these vaccines. We were told at the outset that if we locked things down for a relatively short period of time that the Pandemic would quickly come to an end. We were told that if we reached 70% of eligible people being vaccinated that we would have herd immunity and it would be all over. That target has been comfortably exceeded and we are back in lock down out here in BC and in other places. There is no good reason to simply trust what the politicians, (who very often don't follow the advice they give us), tell us in regard to the vaccines. I think that there are many of us who are concerned about the long term risk involved in taking these vaccines. Those that decide against vaccination are now treated as modern day lepers with people metaphorically going around yelling "unclean, unclean". I have decided to take them, but I'm not going to be too quick in condemning those who refuse them
  17. I have to admit that I'm a little tired of hearing about why we shouldn't vote for Trudeau and his Liberal party in this election. It isn't that I don't disagree that he is doing a particular poor job as PM and I don't see that improving. What I do want is a reason to vote for one of the other parties and here is something that resonates with me. I am basically on the left wing of the Conservative party and I find that much of the policy that O'Toole has espoused appealing. I like that he wants to see labour representation of company boards. I like that he has a commitment to putting in more beds for the mentally ill and treating opioid addicts as patients and not criminals. Here is an article that deals with that. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/adam-zivo-a-pro-labour-conservative-party-invading-ndp-turf-is-hardly-surprising Adam Zivo: A pro-labour Conservative party invading NDP turf is hardly surprising The growing frivolity of progressive politics has become alienated from working class values Author of the article: Adam Zivo Publishing date: Aug 25, 2021 Embracing government intervention more than anyone expected, the Conservative platform says the party would continue pandemic-related stimulus spending for two years before shifting into deficit-reduction mode. The platform also contains several pro-labour policies that would typically be associated with the NDP, suggesting that reform conservatism, which sees a role for government in supporting those left behind by laissez-faire capitalism, is becoming more influential within Canada. Reform conservatism acknowledges that unrestricted markets can sometimes unfairly deprive citizens of opportunities to flourish and has grown increasingly influential since the Trump era. It is currently advocated by Mark Rubio in the United States (who calls it “common good capitalism”) and Jason Kenney in Alberta. Its slow ascendancy not only reflects voter frustration with worsening economic inequality, but also a rejection of the growing frivolity of progressive politics, which has become increasingly alienated from working class values. Reflecting reformist views, the Conservatives have proposed a “Canada Job Surge Plan,” which would pay 25 to 50 per cent of the salaries of new hires for six months following the end of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy. The Conservatives have also proposed increasing the Canada Workers Benefit, as well as an expanded employment insurance plan that would kick in when provinces go into recession, boosting salary replacement from 55 per cent to 75 per cent. The Conservatives have said that they will work with unions to alter the Canada Labour Code so that they can have a more level playing field against multinationals. They have similarly promised to: make it easier to organize unions within firms that have a history of anti-labour activity; force companies to provide gig workers with financial contributions equivalent to CPP and EI; and ensure that large companies include worker representatives within their boards of directors. These kinds of policies are not typically associated with conservative politics. Tackling unemployment through wage subsidization? Supporting businesses through generous financial aid rather than tax cuts? Fortifying the social safety net? Defending Canada’s labour movement? Giving workers a say in corporate governance? It seems that the Conservatives have enthusiastically invaded the NDP’s turf. Yet, unlike leftist approaches, reform conservatism is focussed on providing equality of opportunity, rather than equality of outcome — ensuring that hard work and personal responsibility remain key factors for success. Relatedly, it does not vilify the wealthy, since wealth-generation is still attributed to personal virtue, and while it believes that government interventions can be constructive, it is nonetheless attentive to fiscal discipline and individual freedoms. The conservative embrace of labour unions and social spending is based on the belief that everyone who wants to move upward through hard work should be given a fair opportunity to do so — and this lionization of hard work remains a conservative value. But why would working class voters think that conservatives can be better friends to them than socialists? It boils down to the uneasy dynamics that underpins contemporary progressive politics, which, broadly speaking, is an alliance between: the working class — often marginalized, earthy and pragmatic — and champagne socialists — often privileged, idealistic and grandiose. Over the past two decades, growth in the knowledge economy has boosted the influence of the latter, aligning progressive politics with economic and cultural privilege. This trend is epitomized by the ascendance of “bourgeois bohemians” or “BoBos” (a term recently popularized by David Brooks in The Atlantic), who are the kind of people who advocate for the working class but would be mortified visiting a trailer park — aka: they want to be society’s saviours but condescend to people unfamiliar with their elite culture (i.e. post-industrial lofts, pretentious gastronomy, spicy Twitter essays). In response, many working class voters have migrated to conservative circles where they feel culturally respected — with Trumpism being a messy example of that. Conservative politicians have traditionally embraced these voters through pugilistic anti-elite rhetoric that, while emotionally satisfying, offers few actual solutions to working class woes. Trump’s failure to improve the rust belt’s economic conditions comes to mind, as does Maxime Berniers’ angry politicking. In this context, the Conservative platform seems to treat the pandemic as an opportunity to more constructively pivot Canadian conservatism towards the working class — capturing disadvantaged voters who feel alienated by progressive elitism. Should this reorientation succeed, an important question will be whether the Conservatives can fully reconcile their pro-business and pro-labour wings. How do you navigate between competing forces that disagree on the size and role of government? Maintaining peace between these two factions would likely be doable in the short term, when higher spending is justified by the pandemic. Unlike the NDP, though, the Conservatives at least recognize that spending needs to be reigned in, but what would happen when cuts pit business against labour? It’s an interesting thing to think about, but likely too speculative at this point. When Conservative leader Erin O’Toole first declared he was betting on union support last fall many were surprised, while others were skeptical. Yet, of all the political shifts created by the pandemic, the rise of a pro-labour Conservative party is in some ways not very surprising at all.
  18. I have to wonder why the US was able to rescue 640 people from Afghanistan and we only manage 106. Man do I feel for those people, sitting here in Canada in my very comfortable and secure lifestyle.
  19. Interesting article from MacLeans https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/this-morning-at-rideau-hall-and-in-kabul/ This morning at Rideau Hall and in Kabul Scott Gilmore: Trudeau went to Rideau Hall because he wants to be Prime Minister a little longer. If he wanted to really do something, he would have been in a crisis ops room. By Scott GilmoreAugust 15, 2021 This morning, as the Prime Minister made his way in his official car to Rideau Hall, to announce his decision to call a late-summer election, hoping to win a majority, Canadian diplomats, embassy employees and their families, and Canadian Forces soldiers made their way in armoured vehicles through the chaos of a collapsing regime to the Kabul airport, hoping to escape with their lives. Those Canadian diplomats were in Kabul because the Prime Minister had chosen to keep them there. Those soldiers were there because the Prime Minister had sent them. And the 100 Gurkhas hired to protect the Embassy were reportedly left behind in the compound because the Prime Minister decided they were not worth evacuating, too. For a normal person, these decisions would weigh heavily. For most of us, knowing that you are responsible for people who could die this morning because of decisions you either took or avoided, would focus the mind. We would be asking for minute-by-minute updates. We would be pushing our staff to move faster, work harder, to make sure those people and their families survived the day–made it out–made it home. We would not be stepping up to a podium, with a crisp blue tie and a well-cut suit, to announce that we have decided this is the moment that Canadians should be going to the polls. There are two types of people who come to Ottawa. Those who want to do something, and those who want to be something. The first group come here because they are compelled to try and make things better. They are driven to fix a problem they believe is so dire, that they need to quit their jobs and run for office with the slim hope that becoming a Member of Parliament will give them a chance to do something–to stop climate change, or bring water to remote reserves, or end the opioid crisis, or help the families who can’t feed their children. The second group comes to Ottawa because they aspire to be someone. They were involved in student politics and loved the rush of speaking to a cheering crowd. They were successful in medicine, or law, or business, and wanted to move on to bigger and better things. Because they have a famous name or because know they are capable of so much more. They know they are smart, and patriotic, and simply bigger than everyone else. They know Canada needs them. When those who want to do something arrive in Ottawa they are typically and quickly frustrated. Being elected does not mean you will form the government. Being in the government does not mean you will be elevated to Cabinet. Being in Cabinet does not mean you will be given a file that matters to you. And even in the one in a million chance those things all align, the “doers” discover that moving a Prime Minister, a bureaucracy, a country to do anything about anything can be all but impossible. When those who want to be something arrive, they are less frustrated. They get special pins on their lapels so the guards at Parliament know to nod and smile. They get an office with a view of the Ottawa River. They get invitations and applause and a Wikipedia page. And, they can always live in hope that the next door will soon open—that the Prime Minister will spot their brilliance in the back benches and move them to Cabinet, which means a driver and an even better view. So they bide their time. They wait for the opportunities to present themselves. They run again and again, knowing that maybe they might one day be the ultimate “something”—the Prime Minister. As a result, sadly, those who come to Ottawa to do something are often the first to leave Ottawa. Biding their time will accomplish nothing. While those who want to be something stay, for the sake of staying. This morning, Justin Trudeau went to Rideau Hall because he wants to be something—Prime Minister for a little longer. If he wanted to do something, he would have been in a crisis ops room, watching for news that our diplomats had made it out alive. He would be on a northern reserve, trying to understand why they still don’t have drinkable water. He would be in British Columbia, helping whoever needs to be helped to fight the wildfires. I want to ask two things from you. First, say a prayer for those in Kabul—the ones trying to leave and the ones being left behind. Second, when you cast your vote in this election, vote for the candidate you believe wants to do something. These people are more obvious than you think. They are often less polished, often more angry, always more naïve, and possibly running for a party you wouldn’t normally support. But they are the people we need in Ottawa. They are the people our diplomats needed this morning, the leaders our First Nations communities needed decades ago, the politicians this country will so desperately need in the troubled future ahead. The “doers” are out there if you look, I promise you. But you won’t find them at Rideau Hall. Not this morning.
  20. I'm no fan of Trudeau but I have to believe at first glance that he really made the right pick this time for GG. Hopefully she can pick up her French reasonably quickly. I'm impressed by her first address. Hopefully she can carry through on it.
  21. There are apparently many people who are quite ok and even think that it's a good idea to have the state determine what I child should be taught about moral issues or whether or not a child should be vaccinated or not. I contend that what is happening is a large foot in the door and will go further. I don't see any thought be given to the long range unintended consequences of what is happening right now. I find it very troubling, (regardless of my own feelings about the subject), that 3 of our 4 political parties will not allow candidates to hold pro-life views. I would feel just as strongly if a party were to say that you can only hold pro-choice views and run for the party. None of this is democratic and we are bit by bit losing our democracy and our freedom to make our own decisions. However we should have a thoughtful dialogue with those we disagree with, and by labelling each other we lose the opportunity to do that and we just go on getting further and further apart.
  22. This type of response though, IMHO, isn't helpful. Labelling a group of well meaning people that way closes down any discussion and just moves us all further apart. Yes, I think that those that are happy with this approach are wrong in both the short term effects on our children, and our society, but long term as well. There is a strong rational case to be made against that approach but labelling them as sick and twisted shuts down any discussion in the same way as labelling people as homophobic and racist for holding views that the so-called left, (which is an unfortunate labelling in itself), disagree with often do. This subject is of huge significance for our society and we have to leave room open for discussion although we have almost gone beyond that already as the two camps are so deeply entrenched.
  23. This is the story, assuming its veracity that has me so concerned. Teachers are there to educate children. Parents have the responsibility, for better or for worse, to raise them. https://www.foxnews.com/media/students-told-to-hide-equity-survey-questions-from-parents
  24. Kinda asleep at the switch I guess. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pilot-error-on-sunwing-flight-caused-cf-18-fighter-jets-to-scramble-1.1173510
  25. More like Bozo, but I'm glad I moved out here when I did as much as I hated the commute from the island to YVR.
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