All the views that are fit to print (in section c)

My friend Josh writes about the apparent failure of the average newspaper sports section to have a variety of views.

Some thoughts:

1) 55% of the time, the sports section still provides a variety of views, which is way more than I thought. I don’t read the Citizen’s sports page for balanced coverage of a Senators-Leafs match-up, I look to it to have snippy jokes about Toronto’s inability to beat us in the regular season. I expect the Star to make jokes about the post season. The sports section is the one part of the newspaper where we expect it to be biased towards the location. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not the paper fuels fandom or fandom fuels the paper in this regard.

2) None of this is not to say that sports coverage isn’t insipid. At its best, it can be great. At its worst, it isn’t fit to wrap fish with. Usually, though, it is my kind of insipid.

Radio Topics, January 30

The topics from the show this morning:

Wonder World of Web 2.0:
Youtube to share revenues with users?
Ebay pulls auctions for online “property”
Vista Debuts (Well, maybe this isn’t a web thing.)

Conservative attack Ads launch.

Maher Arar gets a cheque and an apology.

Taliban Jack finds a new friend… in Harmid Karzai?

Okay to block gay men from donating sperm.

N. Ireland Creates new police force.

Voluntarism reaches historic highs in the US

Students skip class to protest tuition fees!

Thanks a lot, Council

So, apparently that $400 million that the upper levels of government had promised is no longer for sure, despite assurances to the contrary by the responsible ministers. Some thoughts:

1) During the municipal election, the impression was that the federal money was our to do as we see fit, so long as it was for transit. Apparently not, in retrospect.

2) Provincially, the deal was for the Chiarelli-LRT plan, so presumably if council passed it again everything would be kosher. That doesn’t seem likely to happen, so who knows what will follow?

So, the city is left with the status quo: lots of sprawl in all directions, and not enough bus capacity to handle the traffic in the core. Woo!

Pots and Kettles

An introduction to Stockwell Day, quoted by Savage Washington, emphasis mine :

“I was struck back in 2003 after doing a briefing with some people in the Administration. It had been a rough year. We were getting ready to go to Iraq. Canada-US relations were somewhat strained by that. At the end of the briefing — which had been a little bit grim — about how Canada and the US could work together better in this war on terror that we were facing, the person I was was briefing paused and said to me, ‘Chris, where are all the good Canadians?’ When he said that it broke a little bit of my heart, because I’m an American but I love the Canadians. I think what he meant by that was ‘Where are the Canadians of World War I and World War II, that people understood to be… even when Europeans didn’t, those allies we had come to count on.’ Well, I have good news. Our speaker today is one of the good Canadians…”

I am not an expert introducer, but I suspect that when making beefs about Canada’s reluctance to go into war that it is mostly inadvisable to cite examples where the United States was the one wearing the reluctant hat.

Budgetary Tunnel Vision

I’m still not totally sure what I think with the Afghanistan mission, so I will spare you my direct musings on it for today. But what is clear is that the focus on it comes at the expense of other abilities of our armed forces. Tightening of the belt’s are useful exercises, but I would suggest that sacrificing sovereignty and  other  similar patrols is probably not an avenue that we want to go down.  We have the longest coastline in the world, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to keep what few coastal patrol vessels we have tied to a pier.

Radio Topics, January 16th

I’m back from an extended holiday, returning just in time to get up early on Tuesday mornings!

As always, we air on tomorrow from 7-930 am on 93.1fm in Ottawa, online for all the rest. This week will also feature the return of Asmique following the 8am BBC news.
Ontario’s Smoggiest Year on Record

Don’t send patients to less crowded hosptials, overcrowded hospitals told

1200 dollars may buy beer and popcorn, but it doesn’t create new child care spaces

Mayors push for dedicated transit funding

Wage war now, pay for war later?

Canada’s Drug policy a failure

Canadian Geneaology site goes live

Quebec goes ahead with massive Hydro project

Calls for ban of pharmaceutical drug sales to the US


I’m sitting in the Dal library, doing school work. It’s a dull, brutal building on the outside with almost no windows, and is pretty labyrinthine on the inside, with the stacks relegated to the perimeter to accommodate a really nice looking atrium. I like atriums, and it is nice to work next to it, and I am pretty sure that this is the sole architecturally redeeming quality of the whole place, but man is that a lot of potential study and stacks space.


My thesis, very generally, is looking at the history of the Columbia River Treaty. This means, of course, that I am skimming Straight Talk, a collection of speeches and writing by Stephane Dion published in 1999. I am exactly the kind of person that benefits from closed stacks libraries.


Anyway, from an address at the UofO in March of 1998. Emphasis, as always, is mine:


First of all, our federation is decentralized. That is very clear when you compare it with the other major federations. And that’s a good thing, by the way. Such a large and diversified country as Canada could not function other than under a very advanced federative form. It is a good thing that we have strong provinces, and I am a great admirer of “the provincial state”, if I may use such an expression. Each province can try out solutions that are specific to its own culture and its own context, and through healthy emulation, learn from the others. At the same time, however, the provinces cannot behave as ten inward-looking republics, and there are broader responsibilities that are the purview of a federal government. That’s why it’s also a good thing that we have a federal government that is strong in its areas of jurisdiction, and consistent, sustained relations between the two orders of government.