Saturday, September 18, 2010

If You Ignore Them Will They Just Go Away?

A short but important rant concerning Canadian politics.  You have been warned.

With another election undoubtedly in the works at some point (it has been almost 2 whole years since our last one, you know), and with the Rick Mercer show back on the air for a new season, my thoughts are with the poor people of Quebec and how 51% of them at election time are barraged by propaganda attacking Canada and promoting sovereignty under the guise of "Quebec interests".  Well, last time I checked the whole purpose of a federal election was to put together the best government for the whole country and not just one part of it, no matter how "distinct" that part happens to be.  In fact, some would argue (myself included) that allowing a party with separatist intentions to participate in a nationally held election is nothing short of treason. 

So this brings me to the following....

Question: 
Is there any way to keep the Bloc from participating in the next federal election (outside of actually running candidates)?

Answer?
For starters, I was thinking that the network(s) carrying the next debate could impose a restriction which would look something like this:

"Participation in the debate limited to only recognised Canadian political parties running candidates in 185 of the 308 ridings AND in 7 of the 13 provinces and territories AND who received at least 5% of the vote in the last federal election."

The numbers above were not picked out of thin air; they were well thought through.  185 of the 308 seats represents the percentage of eligible Canadians who actually voted (around 60% - terribly low) and more than 50% of the provinces and territories.  The 5% of the popular vote keeps fringe groups from getting in simply by running a Marxist Christian Communist Marijuana Party member in each riding.  

Based on the last election the next national debate would then have the Conservatives, the Liberals, the NDP, and the Greens.  Still do the debates in French and English - those are both our official languages - but only discuss issues important nationally, without the noise and clutter of Gilles Douch-eppe barking in the wings the whole time.

In addition, the media could just ignore the Bloc completely.  No questions.  No press coverage.  Nothing.  Like the petulant, whiny, good-for-nothing, little brat ruining a perfectly good recess; when ignored for long enough they have a tendency to just go away.

This could work, no?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's True

 I have assisted Penn & Teller on stage with their act (the "Mofo, the Psychic Gorilla" bit) at the Royal Alexandra theater in Toronto, Ontario.

Allergy Update

So it's been a while since the "treatment" for my allergies; with 36 pain-in-the-ass allergens reversed I can safely say I don't have a clue if it worked.  I would like to think that since there are roughly 100 other things that I am still allergic to that have not been reversed that I'm not going to all of a sudden start feeling like a million bucks and get to throw my antihistamine in the trash.  So what to do?

Well, I am covered for $500 on my health insurance for this type of thing, and I've already kicked in over $100 getting the tests and first treatment, so I think I'll keep going back (at $40 or $60 a pop or something) until I'm out of coverage and we'll see what happens.  Then, I'll get a traditional allergist to test me for all that stuff again (using the scratch test - which is pretty darn effective in terms of identifying allergens) and then we'll know!

So, along with that, I'm going to get the Holistic Allergist to reverse my son's deadly peanut allergy.  He has a traditional allergist appointment to get re-tested in November so I'd like to see if she can work her magic on my kid.  Even if he can have his allergy reduced to a sensitivity it would make a huge difference.  He's only 4, and having him carry around Epi Pens and be constantly worried about cross contamination in foods is not much fun.

So, off to book some appointments and see what happens.  I'll keep you posted :)