Colina do Parlamento / Parliament Hill (Photo credit: Marcio Cabral de Moura)
A voting marathon that could keep members of Parliament chained to their desks around the clock is set to unfold in the Commons as opposition parties try to thwart passage of the Conservatives’ massive budget bill.
Opposition MPs are challenging the Harper government’s parliamentary majority this week with hundreds of proposed amendments to Bill C-38, the 425-page budget implementation legislation that revises approximately 70 federal laws.
The far-reaching omnibus bill will touch on nearly every aspect of Canada’s public affairs, and the Liberals, NDP and Green Party say its size makes a mockery of MPs’ duties to vet legislation and hold the government accountable.
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Posted in Canada, politics, The Economy
Tagged canada, Civil Marriage Act, Conservative, green, House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Member of Parliament, New Democratic Party, Prime Ministership of Stephen Harper, Toronto Star
A 2005 Van Hool newA330 stops at Warden Vivastation, in Markham, Ontario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So Markham wants to build a 20000 seat arena and entertainment complex that will rival the Air Canada Centre. In a way it makes perfect sense. There has been a lot of talk around bringing an NHL team to Markham, however I believe Toronto residents and possibly the media have it backwards. I used to live in Markham and based on the makeup, demographics and changes in Toronto, I think it will do quite fine with or without a team. Markham is building a new downtown and the facility is part of the plan. With a large ethnic mix of Asian and South-Asian residents; along with the diversity of York Region and north Toronto, other uses are possible. It’s perfectly situated near the Unionville GO station and is well served by VIVA. I remember when prices for brownstone styled homes were listed at $400000. At the time I thought it was high, but now it seems like a bargain. Will it work, who really knows. The world does not only revolve around downtown Toronto. I believe that Markham politicians have recognized that the times are changing and they are betting that they will be on the right side of the future.
Posted in GTA Development, GTA News, Markham, News, Ontario, The Economy, Viva, YRT
Tagged canada, Markham, Markham Ontario, National Hockey League, NHL, Toronto, Unionville GO Station, Viva
Alberta votes to keep the right progressive. With the Federal Conservatives looking more like the Wildrose party and working to help the party, and not the Progressive Conservatives, has the relationship been strained?
Posted in Alberta, election, News, politics
Tagged Alberta, alberta election, alison redford, canada, Conservatives, Danielle Smith, election, Majority, only 20 seats, PC, Personal computer, politics, progressive, Progressive Conservative, Progressive Conservatives, right-wing, wildrose, Wildrose Alliance Party
With all of the controversy over a the Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine, I thought it would be good to look at the following book. Remember the movie Gattaca? Unlike those who believe in “weeding out imperfection”, what happens in communities that prefer boys or girls? Please take time to read and review the following book “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men”.
Book: Unnatural Selection
Posted in Canada, health, Multiculturalism
Tagged Assisted Human Reproduction Act, canada, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Gattaca, india, Indo-Canadian, Reproductive Medicine, sex selection, Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine
national Flag of Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Toronto Catholic District School Board had to pass new guidelines, forcing students to “sing” O’Canada. I just listened to the news and heard students state that they will not sing “O Canada“, or that they were “embarrassed” to sing it. Also heard one say “I will not be singing it because its my right not to”, with a very disturbing tone. How did we get to this point? What happened to our patriotism? Do we care about Canada? It’s only a “Pittance in Time”, to those who fought and died so we could enjoy it. Just saying!
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Posted in Canada, Education, GTA Education, GTA Issues, Toronto, War
Tagged Angela Kennedy, canada, Catholic school, Kevin Morrison, National Anthem, O Canada, Oh'Canada, Ontario, patriot, Remembrance Day, sing, Student, TCDSB, Toronto, Toronto Catholic District School Board, wikipedia, World War, WW1, WW2
Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Caucus, (R to L) Guy Boutilier, Heather Forsyth, Danielle Smith, Paul hinman, Rob Anderson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In an interesting twist of fate Alberta, long a stronghold for the Conservatives, is going through some family issues. Till death do us part is not the motto for conservatives today. Alberta is going through growing pains. With an influx of Canadians, of all stripes, change seems to be affecting the province as a whole. The Wildrose party has surged in popularity, but will it last? Cracks in the foundation are already apparent; with Wildrose members sounding both intolerant of immigrants and out of step with Canadian values. In some sense we can draw a comparison to the Republican Party in the United States. With forces split between what is seen as moderates, like Mitt Romney and The Tea Party elements of the Republicans. I sense that this is more of a protest vote; similar to the ADQ in Quebec. The Progressive Conservatives are holding true to the name “progressive”, but will the residents of Alberta give them another chance. With the election near Wildrose party members are under close scrutiny. Can the Wildrose Party grow into a sustainable political force? Or will they continue to bloom and show their true colours?
Posted in Alberta, politics
Tagged Alberta, canada, Conservatives, culture, Danielle Smith, Guy Boutilier, Heather Forsyth, immigrants, Indian, intolerance, Liberal, Mitt Romney, Multi-cultural, NDP, politics, Quebec, Race, racism, Republicans, right-wing, south asian, tea party, thugs, Tories, wildrose, Wildrose Alliance
Oprah Winfrey in Denmark on 30 September 2009 to promote Chicago as Olympic host (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Die-hard fans lined up at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to see Oprah Winfrey bring her life-class north of the border. The event had motivational speaker Tony Robbins, spiritual healer Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant and Bishop T.D. Jakes. The event aimed to inspire and help individuals change their world. It was the first-ever Canadian broadcast and it will air live on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Posted in Canada, GTA Culture, Info, Interesting, News
Tagged canada, Deepak Chopra, Inspiration, Iyanla Vanzant, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, oprahwinfrey, T. D. Jakes, Tony Robbins, Toronto
Aerial view of The Cinesphere and surrounding marina at Ontario Place, Toronto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MGM is making the pitch to make Toronto a new home for a grand entertainment complex, but are we ready? It seems that both the province and city politicians are running out of ideas to generate funds for the city. It is a worry because often the idea of a casino seems to imply that we have hit rock bottom. Or is it? It’s said that this will be a “entertainment complex”, providing much needed jobs for Torontonians. What does this mean for Niagara Falls or Casinorama? I am not sure, but one thing is certain for Toronto; lack of vision for our future. This is something important and we should let Torontonians decide. Its sad to see the demise of Ontario Place. Question is, how long will it be before the entire Toronto Islands are redeveloped into a massive entertainment behemoth? I imagine developers are already seeing green, and I am not talking about grass.
Trump talks up Toronto
Donald Trump sought to stir up buyers for the unsold units in Canada’s first Trump International Hotel & Tower on Monday, undaunted by talk of an overheated real estate market in Toronto.
Even though there are more condos under construction in Toronto than in any other in North America, Mr. Trump insisted he would be willing to do a second project in Toronto if the right opportunity came along.
April 17, 2012 in Real Estate, Toronto
Tagged apprentice, canada, condo, donald trump, monday, Real Estate, Rosie O'Donnell, success, Toronto, tower, trump, Trump International Hotel & Tower
While Canada’s high-flying housing market continues to stabilize, it’s increasingly evident that one city — Toronto — is a glaring exception.
In sharp contrast to price moderation in most cities and a significant drop in Vancouver, where buyers are being priced out of the country’s costliest market, Toronto buyers are on a spending spree — one that looks as if it won’t end well.
New figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association show prices up by 10.5 per cent in Toronto over the past 12 months, the only major city with a double-digit gain. In contrast, Montreal gained a modest 3.7 per cent and Vancouver is down by 3.1 per cent.
Qatar Airways keen to expand in Canada
The CEO of Qatar Airways has said he is struggling to secure more landing rights to boost services to Canada.
Akbar Al Baker said in a speech in Montreal that Canadians deserved a better airline service to the Middle East but government restrictions were hindering progress.
“Qatar is of course interested in forging even closer ties with Canada but we are struggling with being granted additional landing rights,”
April 14, 2012 in Airlines, Airports, Canada, The Economy
Tagged Airline, Akbar Al Baker, canada, middle east, Montreal, Qatar, Qatar Airways, transportation, wikipedia