One Quick Hockey Post

OttawaStart points to a snippy conversation about the 6th round pick we’ll never have. Now, I like that trade fine, but would be remiss to point out previous success with 6th round picks that Ottawa has had. Some 6th rounders even have slap shots so hard they’ll send you back to junior.
Oh yeah, and John Paddock got fired: too bad for him, but let’s hope that things aren’t so messed up that they can’t be fixed.

Coming tonight (or maybe tomorrow): My interview with Erna Paris in all its podcasty glory, and a response to what will eventually be Transit Plan 11 (details here, though I will still be disagreeable on the prospect of a tunnel.) For what it’s worth, I hear that the city is letting the guy responsible for Cloverfield “reboot” the plan. Hopefully, unlike Lost, the train will go somewhere.

Radio Topics for February 26th

Another Tuesday morning means its time for the Tuesday Morning Special Blend with Adam and Mike. As usual we air on CKCU 93.1fm from 7 to 9:00am. For those outside of Ottawa you can listen live on the web at the CKCU website. The listen live function is greatly improved as we have a new mp3 stream and a better sounding Real Audio stream. All for your listening convenience.

This week Mike will be speaking with Erna Paris, the author of The Sun Slowly Climbs. As well we will be joined on-air by a friend of the show, Jan Florjanczyk… all the way from McGill University.

Parliamentarians acting like mature adults? Amazing but true as Dion and Harper essentially agree on Afghanistan.

Adios Fidel!
Raul takes the reigns of power from his brother.

The FCC may well step in to let you continue to download illegal music and tv shows. Score one for net neutrality.

The Oscars happened on Sunday…and less people than ever cared.

University of Waterloo students vote to end student financial support of the campus radio station.

John Tory sticking around as leader of Ontario PC party.

Bars scanning your drivers license in Calgary? Not any more says the Alberta Privacy Commissioner.

Jean Chretien receives the Order of Canada.

Everyone gets their day in court…even Ottawa’s mayor and his day is April 9th, 2009.

Radio Topics for February 19th

Its not so cold this morning but that doesn’t matter…its still 7am and time for Adam and Mike. As usual we air on CKCU 93.1fm from 7 to 9:00am. For those outside of Ottawa you can listen live on the web at the CKCU website.

Kosovo unilaterally declares independence from Serbia and Russia is mad.

And the Canadian reaction.

Liberals will let the budget pass… IF it doesn’t hurt the economy.

But in case it does, Dion is going into campaign mode and promising major spending on Canada’s infrastructure.

A public inquiry into tazers in BC and a possible ban? Almost like they’ve had a bad experience with tazers before.

Carleton University Student’s Association election results are in.

Minto development plan for Manotick rejected by council. Now onto the OMB.

Baseball is coming back to Ottawa…this time as the Ottawa Rapids.

Students at University of Ontario IT and Durham College encouraged to file a human rights complaint against the City of Oshawa.

CUSA election results

For my dozen or so readers, the CUSA election results are available here. The Charlatan, for some reason, does not seem to have posted them as of 12:40am, so I guess they got scooped. I’m sure my dozen-or-so readers will feel pleased they checked here first.

It looks like a full sweep by the “establishment” candidates, headed by President-elect Brittany Smyth. The “not-establishment” candidates (as they were not actually on a slate) all ended up in a distant second. My friend Garnett was the Finance candidate on that team: I don’t get a vote, so didn’t, but he would have had mine.

Carleton Students also voted 4:1 in favour of CUSA/University funded sexual assault centre, presumably because they like paying to duplicate services already offered by other parts of the University. The wording of the question was also pretty loaded:

Would you support a student-run CUSA and university funded sexual assault support centre, which would provide counseling and work towards ending sexual assault in the Carleton community?

Who doesn’t want to work towards ending sexual assault in the Carleton Community? How the question got through as it is beyond me, but given that the measure seemed to be supported by most executive candidates, I doubt that there was a lot of dispute on the matter at committee.

We Have A Baseball Team?

I think that this appeared in the radio topics some weeks ago, but the new Can-Am League team will be called the “Ottawa Rapids.”

At least that’s what they’ll officially be called. I suspect that they will be more widely known as “We have a baseball team?” and “No, I’m pretty sure that the Lynx left a couple of years ago.”

The CUSA Presidential Candidates Speak

Today, Adam and I spoke with CUSA Presidential candidates Brittany Smyth and Andrew Monkhouse. A third Candidate, Helen Choi, was invited but could not attend. For more information on everyone, the Charlatan is best.

Voting is Wednesday and Thursday, so if you are a CUSA member, do get out and vote. I’ll post the results up here when they become available on Friday night, and perhaps will include some of my own thoughts on the matter as well.

Radio Topics for February 12th

Another stupidly cold Tuesday morning…Must be time for Adam and Mike. As usual we air on CKCU 93.1fm from 7 to 9:00am. For those outside of Ottawa you can listen live on the web at the CKCU website.

It is election time at Carleton University with the annual Carleton University Student’s Association elections. At 8:10, right after the BBC news we will be having a round table discussion with all three of the Candidates for CUSA President: Brittany Smyth of “Standing Up For You”, Helen Choi of “Students United” and Andrew Monkhouse. If you remember our Ontario Election Discussion then this promises to be just as good!

Arch Bishop of Canterbury in trouble after advocating for Britain to allow select elements of Sharia Law.

Even if Parliament decides to extend the Afghanistan mission is it really to 2011? Or forever? Ohh…And it is a confidence motion as well.

Apparently confidence motions apply to the Senate as well? Or at least if it is related to the Tories crime bill C-2!

Stockwell Day promises to keep the foreign prostitutes out of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Paying for parking on the weekend and evening in Ottawa?

Baird defends denying transit funding during the 2006 election campaign.

Student Union executives get graded in leaked CFS report.

Just call the damn thing.

I like games, so let’s play one:

Let’s assume for the moment that Stephen Harper has his majority, and it is 6 months from today. Don’t panic! It’s just a game! Access to abortion, gay marriage are still around. But, that’s really the only conceit of this game. Everything else is as it is.
That means that the composition of the Senate is still largely the same. So, when Harper passes the exact (or perhaps more draconian tougher) crime legislation as is being proposed now, the Senate is in just as much position to delay, examine, filibuster, or reject it.

Which is why the latest gambit in the election calling process is as ridiculous as ever, and should be called for what it is: a desperate and transparent attempt to justify dropping the writ as soon as possible. Remember, the only way an election will make the Senate more likely to play nicer on this issue is if it produces a government that doesn’t have the same affinity for mandatory minimum sentences and other crime fighting legislation that don’t actually stop crime. It’s a real shame that the CBC doesn’t call them on this, choosing instead to give a precis of the press conference.

Incidentally, none of this artifice would be necessary if the tories didn’t stupidly commit themselves to a fixed election date.

Radio Topics, February 5

It’s Tuesday. Wake up early and listen to Mike and Adam. 7-9 on 93.1fm for those in Ottawa, for all the rest.

Wait, is this some kind of special tuesday? Awesome tuesday? Great Tuesday? I can’t remember. I’m sure Oprah will tell me.

City employee? The auditor wants to read your email.

Transit needs $40 billion over 5 years, or the puppy gets it.

Live in the greenbelt? Get ready for a 10% property tax increase. The province froze assessments for 3 years, but apparently now thinks that everything is just fine. Dicks.

Poor transit plan to set city back 10 years.

I promise to not make any dubious jokes: Poland offers Canada use of helicopters in Afghanistan

HIV rates up amongst Vancouver native drug-using population

If you work for citizenship and immigration, you shouldn’t be checking your blackberry at night.

Dalton McGuinty thinks that black-focused schools are a bad idea, but catholic-focused schools makes perfect sense.

CRTC begins hearings on future of Canadian Television Fund

An Important Lesson in History

Dear Jason,

Canadians actually have had freedom of expression for some time, not just since 1982.

As an example, you may wish to look to the Bill of Rights, passed by Diefenbaker in 1960. Ineffective? Probably. But we also had an implied bill of rights, inherited from Britain with all the other unwritten parts of our Constitution. So, we had freedom of expression in 1981 in the same way that we had a Prime Minister as head of government, and not some unelected grandmother in Britain. (Here’s a fun game: see how many times the word “Prime Minister” is mentioned in that document.) Also, as a good Nova Scotian, I’d be remiss to not point out Joe Howe.

Splitting hairs? Perhaps. But, you see, it bothers me when people start talking about how the Charter created rights like freedom of speech. It didn’t. Trudeau and 9 premiers didn’t suddenly realize that it would be awesome if people could speak there minds, they reaffirmed something that the law had long ago recognized: that the right to expression is innate and can only be taken away, not given. That’s why the very first clause in the Charter limits your right to speech.

It’s also important to remember that the charter can be changed, hence Paul Martin’s famous hail mary pass about removing the notwithstanding clause. When we start thinking that we are given things, rather than already having them, we become more comfortable with them being taken away.

Also, there is an important difference between a Private Member’s Bill and a Motion. One becomes a law; the other indicates that the house believes something should be the case. Warren should know better too. That doesn’t mean that Keith Martin’s motion isn’t stupid.

Steyn and Levant? Levant likes attention, which is why he published cartoons that anyone could find on google faster than they could find a copy of his poorly-read magazine. Steyn’s article was a waste of paper, but I’m not sure it advocated hate. Steyn probably should be fined for abusing his thesaurus in describing the awesomeness of Conrad Black, but that’s another story. That both are getting attention is dangerous not because they are specious complaints, but because it undermines the important and good work that HRC’s and hate crime restrictions do.