Showing posts from September, 2012

Saskatchewan potash miners exit mine after being trapped by fire

After being trapped in a potash mine following a fire, Saskatchewan workers are exiting to the surface. Twenty miners were able to reach an underground safe room after the fire broke out. The fire had broken out in the early morning hours of Tuesday (Sept. 25). Alll the trapped miners were able to make it to a safe room where they were able to communicate with those on the surface. The fire was put out earlier in the day but tests had to be made on the air quality before the miners were allowed to exit the safe rooms and travel to the surface. The journey to the surface took about 45 minutes. There were fifteen workers in the first group to exit the mine. There were five workers still underground as of the early evening. The fire started at about 2 a.m. at the Rocanville mine belonging to the Potash Corp. The miners were all able to reach a safe room where they could communicate with those outside the mine. No one was injured and the 20 miners were never in danger according to manage…

Homer Simpson will vote for Mitt Romney

Airing soon will be an episode of the Simpsons in which Homer decides that he will cast his vote for Mitt Romney. The episode will air the Sunday after next, October 7 as reported by the CBC. Apparently Homer must be voting in advance polls! Even though Mitt Romney is charged with accusing 47% of Americans with being lazy, government-dependent oafs he is able to win over cartoon character Homer Simpson even though he describes himself on the appended video clip as a: "40-year-old white guy who didn't go to college and gets all his news from monitors at gas stations." Homer is a bit puzzled why he has to vote when he thinks that it is the job of the Supreme Court to decide on leaders but he goes ahead anyway. He has no voter ID but when he describes himself the election authority lets him vote since he is white and uneducated. Homer decides against voting for Obama since his wife already keeps telling him to eat healthy and no doubt that is one too many bugging him about…

Supreme Court of Canada rules that sex workers can challenge Canada's prostitution laws

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence group together with former sex worker Sheryl Kiselbach can go forward with a legal challenge of Canada's prostitution laws. The court ruling was 9 to 0 to dismiss the Conservative federal government appeal. The federal appeal argued that the sex worker group and Sheryl Kiselback lacked any legal standing since no charges had been laid. A British Columbia judge had agreed with the federal government stand but the B.C. provincial court of appeal ruled that the group and Kiselbach could pursue their case because the group had public interest standing. On appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada the position of the B.C. appeals court was upheld unanimously. The Ontario Court of Appeal has already struck down some laws that are being challenged by the B.C. group. However, the federal government is appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court as well. Justice Thomas Cromwell writing the unanimous …

Three year old running for mayor of Halifax

Tuxedo Stan is just three years old but is running for mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is running for the Tuxedo Party of Canada. As leader of the Tuxedo Party Tuxedo Stan has over 2,000 fans already. Soon he will probably have more fans than Romney.

There are six other candidates for mayor of Halifax but none is as popular as Tuxedo Stan. There is only one problem. The Halifax election bylaws discriminate against cats. Cats are not allowed to run in elections. However asses are eligible as long as they are the human kind.

Stan who is both black and white was born of a feral mother. Stan's campaign slogan is: "Because negligence isn't working" As with any other politician Stan has buttons, T-shirts and even lawn signs that can be purchased at local Pet-Valu stores. Money made will be used to help low-income families pay to spay or neuter their cats.

In an interview Stan's campaign manager Hugh Chisholm said: “There are literally thousands of homeless c…

Manitoba introduces new regulations on cell phone contracts

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that will improve cell phone contracts for the consumer. The legislation mirrors legislation already passed in the province of Quebec. The Manitoba Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh expressed the hope that the new regulations will help save consumers money. On some contracts the savings could be up to $640 a year. The government touted the legislation as providing among the best consumer protection rules for cell phone users in Canada. As the appended video shows compared to the U.S. Canadians pay more for less compared to cell phone users in the U.S. Under the new rules, customers are able to cancel contracts before their term ends. Unreasonable cancellation fees are prohibited. Advertisements must include the minimum monthly costs to subscribers. Contracts are to be simplified so that a subscriber can understand the terms easily. When similar rules were introduced in the province of Quebec cell phone contract prices did not…

Former Canadian Liberal Leader to return to Harvard University

After leading the Canadian Federal Liberal Party to a disastrous electoral defeat former leader Michael Ignatieff will return to Harvard University in a half time position but will also teach at the University of Toronto half time as well. Michael Ignatieff was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and also of the official opposition in parliament from 2008 until 2011. In the federal election in 2011 Ignatieff led the Liberal Party to its worst result in history. The Liberals came third behind the Conservatives who won a majority and the NDP winning only 34 seats and allowing the leftist New Democratic Party to become the official opposition for the first time. Ignatieff even lost his own seat. He resigned as of May 25, 2011. Ignatieff had earlier taught at Harvard from 2000-2006 as the Carr Professor of Human Rights Policy. Ignatieff's view on human rights seem to wander about considerably. For example he said of an Israeli attack in Lebanon In August 2006, Ignatieff said he…

China and Canada sign trade deal on last day of APEC meeting

At the last day of the APEC meeting in Vladivostok Russia China and Canada have signed a new trade deal that will give protection to Canadian investments in China After spending time lecturing Putin on Syria and breaking off relations with Iran, Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the last day of the APEC meeting and officials signed a broad investment pact. Harper beamed: "Our government is committed to creating the right conditions for Canadian businesses to compete globally...This agreement with China — the world's second largest economy — will provide stronger protection for Canadians investing in China, and create jobs and economic growth in Canada." Harper has been anxious to expand trade with Asia and especially China and to diversity capital sources to develop Canadian resources. Much of our trade now goes south to the United States. The Chinese premier said: "Mr. prime minister, we attach great importance to the China-Cana…

Quebec Liberal Party leader Jean Charest resigns

After losing the recent election to the opposition Parti Quebecois the Quebec premier and Liberal Party Leader Jean Charest has resigned. As often happens in Canadian politics Charest switched parties during his long career. From 1993 to 1998 Charest was leader of the federal Conservative party. He then switched to the Quebec Liberal Party and became head of that party in 1998 until he resigned. The fact that party switches of this sort take place may indicate that the great differences between parties emphasized in the media may be mostly an illusion. The former New Democratic Party premier of Manitoba Gary Doer resigned and became Canadian ambassador to the U.S. appointed by the Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper. The present leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Thomas Mulcair, was a minister in the Quebec Liberal government of Charest until 2007 when he switched to the NDP. Although the Liberals did better in the provincial election than the last polls predicted Cha…

Quebec elects minority Parti Quebecois government

The CBC(Canadian Broadcasting System) has just predicted that the province of Quebec will have a PQ(Parti Quebois) minority government with the first female premier of the province, Pauline Marois.

A number of ridings are still to close to call but as of this poisting the results were as follows. The Parti Quebecois was leading in 56 ridings, the Quebec Liberals 47, and CAQ 20, and Quebec Solidaire 2. The Parti Quebecois is a separatist party.

Polls show that only 28% of Quebec residents support Quebec independence at present. This means that there is unlikely to be a referendum on the question in the near future as some separatist hardliners might wish.

However Marois is likely to ask for more powers from the federal government in certain areas. The Conservative government of Stephen Harper is very unpopular in Quebec. If Marois is unsuccessful in negotiating with Harper she may use this as an argument in favor of separation.

The Liberals did better than the last polls indicated and the …

Quebec may elect first female premier on Sept. 4

Quebeckers go to the polls Sept. 4 to elect a new government. Predictions are that the Parti Quebecois will win making Pauline Marois the first female premier of the province. The Globe and Mail relying on projections by are predicting a minority or majority Parti Quebecois victory in Tuesday's election. However, as with the Alberta provincial election a big surprise is quite possible. A huge 28% of those surveyed in a recent Leger poll said that they might change their vote before they actually voted. Depending on how many actually change and in what direction any of the three top parties could actually win including the declining Liberals. The final projections by the Globe source gave the PQ 34.1% of the vote and from 57 to 75 seats. The more likely result is given as 63 seats. The range of results could result in a minority or majority government. The Liberals are predicted to gain 27.9% support and between 25 and 39 seats with the more likely being 33. …

Kuwait State Petroleum company seeks $4 billion deal with Athabasca Oil

Kuwait's state owned oil fund is seeking a joint venture with Athabasca oil in the oil sands. The deal will be for about $4 billion and is expected to be finalized by October
Kuwait Petroleum Corp. the state-owned oil company has signed a memorandum of understanding that would see the company invest around $4 billion in a joint venture with Athabasca Oil Corp. The venture would develop some of Athabasca's properties in the northern Alberta oil sands.
The agreement was confirmed by the Kuwaiti ambassador to Canada Ali al-Sammak. The final agreement is expected by October. Al-Sammak said in a telephone interview."..
“It’s a plus-or-minus $4-billion deal and in October they’ll be coming back to follow up what has been signed....So we’re doing very good – this proves that we’re good close friends.” Sammak said Kuwait Petroleum wants to diversity its operations beyond the Middle East and also gain access to oil sand extraction technology as Kuwait too has heavy oil fields.