Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas. NOT!

Okay, it's been a few weeks since I have done anything on this blog. Christmas spirit, laziness, you pick the excuse. I just had to comment on this story though that I found this morning

Take down decorations: Canada Post

MONTREAL – Canada Post is threatening to suspend mail delivery to those with Christmas garlands adorning handrails leading to their homes.

"It's moronic. They are stupid," said St-Hubert resident Ghislaine St-Pierre. "I've been putting the garlands up for five years and they have never said anything. My entrance way is always clear."

St-Pierre, like many of her neighbours on Montreal's south shore, received a Canada Post notice a few days ago that the garlands shouldn't be on the outdoor staircase.

Canada Post argues the festive decorations are a hazard to its employees.

Garlands, lights and other Christmas ornaments installed on stairs make it difficult for mail carriers to hold the handrails and climb the steps, says the Crown corporation.

"Four years ago, a mail carrier got her finger caught in a garland and almost had her finger ripped off," said Canada Post spokesperson Christiane Ouimet.

But St-Pierre says there is no way she's taking down her decorations.

"If they aren't happy, they can keep my mail until Jan. 2," she said.

One of her neighbours, Jean Boisvert, said Canada Post's request are bordering on harassment. [SNIP]

Canada Post, your tax dollars at work. Or not at work as the case may be. This complaint and issue is moronic. The way these letter carriers complain is inane. I know that they do have issues in the winter with walkways that aren't cleared or salted properly, and they are correct to not deliver to such houses. But to say that a hand rail is an issue because it's covered with lights and garlands at Christmas? I almost think that a letter carrier is having other issues.

Of course the Crown Corporation tries to defend this "threat":

Ouimet said that the majority of accidents for mail carriers happen on stairs.

"Last year, we had 586 accidents or falls in Quebec and in 80 % of those cases it happened on stairs or cluttered walkways," said Ouimet.

Yes that is true. What he neglects to mention is that probably most of those accidents happen when a letter carrier is walking on icy stairs. Anyway. Merry Christmas and keep those garlands up.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blazing Cat Fur Chanukkah Fundraiser

Last night I went out to help support a fellow blogger. Blazing Cat Fur is in the process of fighting a lawsuit from a former employee of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. BCF's crime? Linking to another website that sad bad things about the man. I showed up early and met saw a few other bloggers from the city. Scaramouche, Lumpy Grumpy and Frumpy, Kathy Shaidle of Five Feet of Fury fame, and a few others. The number of local bloggers that showed up was rather impressive. There were a few others that I met over the night, I am sorry if I can't remember all their names and blogs, I am sure though that some of them will remind me when they see me next.

So after we filed into the hall, grabbed our jelly filled, sugar coated donuts, latkes, and drinks, Meir Weinstein of the Jewish Defense League led the crowd in the lighting of the first Chanukkah candle and told us the story of the miracle.
JDL Chanukkah Fundraiser
After the lighting Mr. Weinstein said a few words about the fight that Blazing Cat Fur is going through. He talked about how people are starting to infringe on our rights in freedoms here in Canada by trying to stifle free speech. He then turned the floor over to a speaker that came all the way from Ottawa, Joseph Ben-Ami who works at the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies.
JDL Chanukkah Fundraiser

Mr. Ben-Ami talked about the CHRC's and it's history. He also apologized for his community for the whole mess. Believe it or not Section 13 of the Canadian Charter of Rights was instituted to protect Jewish people from hate speech. Now we see the CHRC's been used to "fight" all sorts of hate speech. I wish I had taken proper notes, but at least Blazing Cat Fur has promised videos of the speeches so check his site out later on today.

After Joseph Ben-Ami, Meir Weinstein introduced Kathy Shaidle who is also embroiled in a lawsuit as well.
JDL Chanukkah Fundraiser
JDL Chanukkah Fundraiser
She discussed how she's been fighting the same battles, how we need to support people like herself and BCF against the charges that are being made against them. She is a very good speaker and if you are in the area and have the chance to hear her I urge you to go.

Finally after all the big wigs spoke, BCF was dragged up to the stage to say a few words as well. He was a little overwhelmed by the turnout and show of support for him. He talked about what is going on, Lawfare and SLAPP suits.

There was a question and answer period after everyone was finished talking. One fact that was brought up was about the take over in Germany in 1933 by the National Socialist party. All the laws that they used to stifle speech and restrict freedoms of the people weren't laws that they had created. ALL the laws they used were already on the books. Something similar to what's going on here as well.

Two other pieces of information about the CHRC "official" policies were brought up as well. A well known iman in Montreal, the name escapes me at the moment, was accused of hate speech under Section 13.1 of by a private citizen. Everything was documented on paper, video, and audio tape. The CHRC refused to prosecute him. Another time a group of union members were getting upset about the level of anti-semitism that was being vocalized at union meetings and protests. They approached the CHRC to make a complaint and were told since they weren't members of the target group they couldn't make a complaint. There's a lot more stories like that out there about this travesty of justice.

I urge you to go to Blazing Cat Fur's site and make a donation to his legal fund. He needs all the help, support, and prayers. He's in for a tough fight and a long one. So please keep him close to mind. He's not just fighting for himself, he's fighting for the rights of all us Canadians. Not all front line troops wear armour and are armed with weapons.

Keep up the good work, and fight the good fight Blazing Cat Fur.

Update: Welcome Blazing Cat Fur and Five Feet of Fury readers.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ignatieff: Illegal Immigrants Deserve Canadian Rights

You read that right. Iggy thinks that human smugglers and immigrant queue jumpers deserve the same legal rights as the rest of us. Here's the story....

Liberals won't back human smuggling bill

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says his party will vote against the Conservatives' proposed human smuggling legislation — bill C49 — because it violates the Canadian Charter of Rights.

"We feel after much thought and reflection that this bill is in violation of the charter. Mandatory detention is just not in the Canadian tradition. We think it's not charter-proof, as a result," Ignatieff said Wednesday, after his caucus meeting.

"It's punishing the wrong people. It's punishing the victims, not the criminals."

Bill C49 would increase the minimum fines and jail terms for those caught bringing illegal aliens to Canada. However, the proposed legislation would also affect the people being smuggled — refugees could spend as much as a year in detention facilities while their claims were processed.

So the charter applies to foreign nationals that are trying to get in here illegally? I am sorry but I don't think so. They are applying our Canadian Charter of Rights to those that think they can circumvent the law. At least in the bill there was provisions to see if these queue jumpers do have a case of being refugees. Incarcerating them lets the immigration board do checks on them and keeps them close to hand in case anything turns up. The way things stand now they are released into the public, given free money, free health care, and even free housing. Some of them just drop out of site and can't be found when its discovered that they aren't refugees.

Besides the way our detention and jail system is run, I bet it's a far more comfortable environment than what they would be experiencing in most countries these people come from.

Iggy is just trying to portray the Conservative government as anti-immigration again. Never mind the fact that the governments job and responsibility is to protect our nations sovereignty and borders. I hope Iggy campaigns on this and if there is an election called goes down in resounding defeat.