Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The government’s decision to remove the 2 for 1 policy may cause even more congestion in the courts, but we will have to wait to see if that materializes. For now the government looks good on this issue as it makes them appear to be acting tough on crime. If prolonged, complicated bail hearings add more congestion to a judicial system already backed up then the government may have to make further adjustments. That would involve spending significant dollars to improve the judicial system with facilities and personnel at a significant cost to the taxpayers.
Tough on crime policies come at a cost, but if they are effective then it is money well spent. It will be interesting to see the long term effect of the removal of the 2 for 1 credit. Only time will tell.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Has the “Own the Podium” slant of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver by bureaucrats and promoters put too much pressure on Canadian athletes to win? Only the athletes know the answer to that question. We will likely never know because athletes generally accept full responsibility if they fail to meet expected performances.
It really doesn’t matter because Canadians from across the country have made these games a success where being Canadian is more important than owning the podium. They have rallied behind our athletes regardless of their performance. They have brought this country together again as they did in the later part of the 1972 Summit, which was a series of games between Russia and Canada. Canada eventually won the series in the last game.
I have been emotionally moved by the performance of all our athletes in these games. I have found myself watching sports I never knew existed along with those we all know very well like hockey and curling. The relentless support of Canadians behind our athletes is a spirit that will never be defeated. The pride of Canada is for all athletes and for all nations. Thanks to all our athletes we are, at this time in our history, a more united nation. Is there anything more our athletes could have done for Canada? Is there anything more Canadians could have done for our athletes? Not likely. Way to go Canada!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
In December of 2009 I wrote; “Tiger Woods and his family need our support, deserving or otherwise, not the continual damnation he is getting from those who are as less than perfect in some other way.” I stand by my view now more than ever, but this is unlikely, as many will continue to criticize Tiger Woods. In reality, there is absolutely nothing Tiger Woods could have said to satisfy everyone. Nor is there anything he can do to satisfy everyone.
Tiger Woods should be left alone to deal with his personal challenges in life. His critics should allow him to get on with his process of redemption. Tiger Woods is not perfect and nor are his critics. Let it go already! I want to see him do well, play golf again and win.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You might say the home of the Rocket
Or The Great One
Who inspired little No. 9s and little No. 99s
But we're more than just hockey and fishing lines
Off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes
And some say what defines us
Is something as simple as 'please' and 'thank you'
And as for 'you're welcome,' well, we say that, too
But we are more than genteel or civilized
We are an idea in the process of being realized
We are young, we are cultures strung together then woven into a tapestry
And the design is what makes us more than the sum totals of our history
We are an experiment going right for a change
With influences that range from A to Zed
And yes, we say 'Zed' instead of 'Zee'
We are the brightness of Chinatown and the laughter of Little Italy
We dream so big that there are those
Who would call our ambition an industry
Because we are vineyards of good year after good year
We reforest what we clear
Because we believe in generations beyond our own
Knowing now that so many of us
Have grown past what we used to be
We can stand here today
Filled with all the hope people have
When they say things like 'someday'
Because we are more
Than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
More than hills to ski
Or countryside ponds to skate
We are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can't wait
We are first-rate greasy spoon diners and healthy living cafes
A country that is all the ways you choose to live
A nation that can give you variety
Because we are choices
We are millions upon millions of voices
Shouting, keep exploring
We are more
We are the surprise the world has in store for you, it's true
Canada is the 'what' in 'what's new'
So don't let your luggage define your travels
Each life unravels differently
And experiences are what make up
The colours of our tapestry
We are the true North
Strong and free
And what's more
Is that we didn't just say it
We made it be"
Monday, February 15, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
Unfortunately, very few people here in Canada even know his name. His next appearance is the French Open and even if you know nothing of the game take the time to watch him play. What he does on a tennis court is a testament to the wonder of the human mind and body, as it is with many professional athletes.
On and off the court Roger Federer is one of the finest, if not the best, of what an athlete should be to their sport. For those who know or play the game of tennis none will have enough adjectives to describe the greatness of Roger Federer at this time in our history. And with all respect to his competitors, Roger Federer is the best.