In late June I wrote an article about the findings from a Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) request I made with Rogers Communications back in May. To me, the most interesting fact was that Rogers could not confirm or deny whether or not they had shared information about me to any federal law enforcement agency (LEA).
The worst kept secret in Ottawa is as follows: the NDP, despite proclamations from its leader, Tom Mulcair, is not a pro-Israel party. While their adversaries would likely characterize the NDP as being fastidiously anti-Israel, the party’s members would counter by saying they are simply concerned over the plight of the Palestinian people.
Nick Viall lost to Josh on this week's finale of The Bachelorette. You remember Josh? He kind of looks like the human incarnation of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast? Well, yeah, Andi picked him over Viall and seems to be super happy in her decision. All that is fine. It's a show about a woman dating 26 guys and then choosing what she thinks is best for HER, even if that means a former Minor League Baseball player with the hubris to say he would have made the Baseball Hall of Fame, if his heart had only been in it. At the end of the day, we are meant to trust Andi knows herself well enough to pick the guy who is best for her. And I do believe that. I believe there must be something in Josh she can see that I as a viewer cannot. I respect that completely, even if I probably would have picked that dapper Marquel fellow.
To Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the conservative base is everything. A practitioner of strategic incrementalism, Harper has had decades to read the pulse of the most ardent conservatives in Canada, often providing them with ideological comradery and a readiness to champion the issues that resonate most. The Conservative Party of Canada caters to their base, creating a symbiotic relationship where fundraising successes directly correlates with stated conservative philosophies. In Canada, the relationship between the CPC and their supporters is a constant give and take, and likely the most mutually fulfilling relationship in Canadian politics.
There is a must-have for nations who use rhetoric on the international scene: the power to back up words with deeds that match the national tone.
If you believe the headlines, the chances of Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau winning the next election seem almost guaranteed. Most pundits and analysts will tell you that an NDP without Jack Layton will find it exceedingly difficult to retain their status as opposition, and so Canada is poised to either stay with the status quo or elect the Liberal Party once again at the federal level.
Okay, so we’re back for a second season and things are INTENSE, and yet, for a premiere, not that much happens in this episode. The episode is long on exposition but short on development, with, of course, the notable exception of Frederick’s arrival at Joanna’s doorstep. Given that his sisters still don’t know he exists, however, we’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg regarding the previously estranged son’s introduction to the show.