The Role of Government

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Last week I attended a local all-candidates debate in my riding for the upcoming federal election on October 14th, 2008.  Representatives were there from all of the major parties, and some smaller ones too, including the Green Party, NDP, Liberals, Communists, Conservatives and some party about animal rights.

The format allowed members of the community to ask questions of the panel of candidates.  The venue was a small church in the St. Jamestown area, which has a very high proportion of immigrants.  I assume that all of the people in attendance are interested in politics, at least enough that they want to make an informed decision as voters.  After hearing a few questions it was clear to me that most of the people asking them did not understand the role of the federal government in the lives of Canadians.  Many questions were very specific, and aimed at services that are clearly provided by the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Vote for the Environment!

Friday, October 3, 2008

This is a cool website I came across that reflects my own sensibilities in this election.  It’s a strategic voting tool to help you decide which candidate to support in your riding who represents the best environmental policies. |

Go check our your local candidates, and some of the contested ridings.   Elizabeth May’s Central Nova riding will be an interesting race to watch.

The Debate

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Having just watched the English language federal leader’s debate I have a few quick thoughts to share… Read the rest of this entry »

The travesty of Chinese Taipei

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Flag of Chinese Taipei

Over the last week chances are good you’ve seen at least some of the Olympic Games.  I was watching a few days ago when I saw a flag for “Chinese Taipei” on the screen.  Then I heard an announcer on the CBC refer to this nation that I had not heard of.  There are more than two hundred nations participating in these games; I can’t claim to have heard of all of them.

So, what’s the deal with Chinese Taipei?  Well, it turns out, Chinese Taipei is really the nation we know of as Taiwan.  Riddle solved?  Not quite… it turns out Taiwan isn’t really a nation either.  You’re probably thinking ‘WHAT!?’  Some of the best stuff is made in Taiwan. The place we know of as Taiwan actually calls itself the Republic of China (ROC).  How can there be two Chinas?  The China that’s playing host to the 2008 Olympic Games officially refers to itself as the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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