“With no human rights legislation, no access to information and no government-imposed social experimentation to distract them from their responsibility to produce junior leaders for the infantry, they had a free hand to do what they knew was necessary from experience.”
-Maj. General (ret’d) Lewis Mackenzie, Soldiers Made Me Look Good (page 63)
I’ve been a bad blogger. I’ve got podcasts in the queue (some of which are relevant again, but rather old), and will put them up ASAP.
BUT, in light of the election, I’d be remiss to post this bit of a report on the cost to Afghanistan:
Mr. Perry’s study also determined the Liberal government had provided extra funding to the Defence Department to cover 85 per cent of the Afghan war costs.
The Conservative government, however, is funding only 29 per cent of the cost to the Defence Department for the war, according to the study, with the remaining money coming out of DND’s existing budget.
This shouldn’t be taken as a partisan jab (really!): there is no reason to assume that the Liberals wouldn’t have done exactly the same thing and downloaded the cost of the conflict directly to DND’s existing budget, though it doesn’t alter the fact that it is a bad idea. What it is is a reminder that Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan presents a trade off for Canada’s international activities, both current and future. It might be that it’s worth it, but that’s not a debate that has really been had.
Welcome to day ten of the Federal Election Campaign. Joining us on the show this week is Mark Agnew, a good friend of the show and former Parliament Hill staffer. As well Mark will be celebrating his birthday on-air. As per usual we air on CKCU 93.1fm in Ottawa. For those out of town we you can listen to us on the web at www.ckcufm.com by clicking on the listen live link.
Vancouver’s Non Partisan Association has announced their full slate of Candidates for the upcoming municipal elections. This after rejecting Sam Sullivan, the incumbent mayor as their mayoral candidate.
New promises from the Tories and NDP:
Reducing the price of diesel fuel by cutting diesel tax by 2 cents
EI benefits for the self-employed.
Billion dollar plan to increase medical and nursing spots.
More bad news if you live or work near Bank at Sommerset.
Efforts to promote oral history in Hintonburg quashed because they violate the cities sign bylaws.
Former Ottawa mayor Marian Dewar dies.
A real bad day to work on Wall Street. Especially if you work for Lehman Brothers.
We don’t like Ike. Or at least Texas certainly doesn’t.
Its not just another Tuesday, its election campaign day number 3 making it the perfect time to listen to Adam and Mike. Beyond election talk, music, community anouncements and our usual discussion of the weeks headlines, Adam will also be talking with Ronald Wright at 7:30 about his new book What is America? As per usual we air on CKCU 93.1fm in Ottawa. For those out of town we you can listen to us on the web at www.ckcufm.com by clicking on the listen live link.
In other exciting news, CKCU’s Morning Special Blend won the Golden Cherry for best Ottawa Radio Program. That makes us a little part of the award.
Want to see Elizabeth May, leader of the Federal Greens, debate the other leaders? The major networks don’t want you to.
Want to know how much the war in Afghanistan has cost the taxpayer? The election is preventing Canadians from finding out.
University of Calgary is so sure that you will graduate in four years that they will pay the extra costs if you take longer.
Stop global warming by putting down your hamburger.
Small Alabama town offers Jewish families $50 000 to move to their town.
32 Carleton University students get their passwords and campus card data stolen by a fellow student hacker.
This Tuesday isn’t your normal Tuesday. Mike returns from his European adventures and the kids head back to school. At 7:15 we will be talking with Andrew Powell who is heading off to his first day of school for the year after talking with us. At 7:30 we will be speaking with Chris Robinson about the Ottawa International Animation festival. As well we will have our usual assortment of news topics, entertainment announcements and music.
As per usual we air on CKCU 93.1fm in Ottawa. For those out of town we you can listen to us on the web at www.ckcufm.com by clicking on the listen live link.
Another year, another large hurricane batters the US Gulf Coast.
Russia gets another warning…which it will probably ignore.
Both candidates in the American Presidential race appoint their VPs.
Sarah Palin for the Republicans and Joe Biden for the Demoncrats.
Harper and Dion got together for coffee yesterday afternoon. Apparently it wasn’t so much of a discussion as Dion would have liked.
Maple Leaf Foods is having a really bad couple of weeks.
Hope you didn’t plan on using Zoom Airlines for your European vacation.