Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Odds 'n ends

Good moves on the part of Stephane Dion to start putting the other leadership candidates in useful positions where they can start working towards the next campaign. Along similar lines, has Stephane thought of perhaps reaching out to Sheila Copps?

Egads: Watched 'The Agenda' with Steve Paikin on TVO the other night, and caught his interview of Carol Off on her book "Bitter Chocolate." I was shocked, only ever having heard rumors of the 'dark side' of chocolate before this; the good news is that Carol Off doesn't necessarily advocate a boycott of chocolate (quitting smoking was bad, but this would have been worse), but rather, other productive means of bringing about change, like consumer movements to demand 'fair trade' chocolate. I think this may be on my holiday reading list now. If we as a nation are going to take a stand against child labour/exploitation, then the party might want to craft a position on this.

Firing wide in Margaritaville: So Jimmy Buffet is going to lash out against Canadian Seafood producers as a protest against the annual seal hunt. Is it just me, or is targeting an unrelated industry a little asinine? Like fishermen don't have enough grief already. Couldn't also help notice that the protest website uses a picture of a cute little white-coated seal pup, which is misleading, as the pups are no longer allowed to be hunted.

The site also includes an open letter from Mr. Buffet stating:


The seal hunt is certainly an emotionally charged issue, but my experiences over the years have taught me that real progress in this effort needs to move past emotions and towards solutions that can work for people on both sides of this issue.
He goes on to call for the Canadian government to 'end the seal hunt permanently.' Oh well. So much for taking into account people on 'both sides' of the issue.

Update: Ok, what I refer to as "the protest" website is actually the website of the Humane Society of the United States. Somebody tell them the pups aren't being hunted anymore.

A new candidate will be nominated to run for the Provincial Liberal party in Burlington on January 4th. So far, there is only one candidate who has submitted their papers, so it appears that Joan Lougheed is going to be acclaimed (as far as I can tell... email me if I'm wrong on this...) . First elected to Burlington City council in 1991, she has served the community for 15 years, as well as being an active member of the Museum, Board, Tourism Burlington, the Burlington Downtown BIA, and the Burlington Arts Centre. She is also a founding member of the Voices and Visions Women's Conference, and is a committed volunteer to the CNIB, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and a supporter of the Halton Society for Parkinsons.

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