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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

DAY SEVEN ... the week of August 23rd to 29th


Welcome to DAY SEVEN, on a Sunday morning ... glad you could join us.  It should come as no surprise, but the election of Erin O’Toole took 2 of the 3 top spots in this week’s commentaries.  Grab your coffee, find an easy chair to relax in, and let’s get started with ...

 

#10 ... ADAM OLSEN – Vigil for Overdose Awareness Day (August 29th)

Monday August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic British Columbia was dealing with another public health emergency - overdoses and poisonings from toxic illicit street drugs. Since 2016 more than 5500 British Columbians - our friends, family and neighbours - have tragically passed away ...

 

#9 ... FELDSTED -- “Sunny days, sunny ways” has been a five-year, unethical, slow-motion train wreck (August 27th)

It seems that Justin Trudeau’s grand plan for our economic recovery has leaked out. A group of 15 unelected, self-styled experts replace our elected representatives. If their grand plans crash and burn, they pay no penalties. You and I will bear the brunt of any failure ...

 

#8 ... ADAM OLSEN – While the provincial government scrambled to address the impacts of the pandemic across the province, BC Ferries were left to fend for themselves (August 25th)

The provincial government is responsible for the provincial transportation network -- including our ferry system -- the critical service connecting coastal communities. That is why the BC Greens advocate for BC Ferries to be brought back into government.

The ferries system connects us to our homes, our businesses and our communities. They are critical for the economic survival of coastal British Columbia ...

 

#7 ... FRASER INSTITUTE -- $22.3 billion of Ottawa’s COVID spending potentially wasted due to a lack of targeting assistance (August 27th)

The federal government is potentially wasting more than $22 billion of $81.6 billion in COVID recession spending because the assistance is not being adequately targeted to those in need, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“More than one-in-four dollars (27.4 per cent) of the COVID-related spending analyzed is potentially being wasted due to a lack of targeting,” commented Clemens ...

 

#6 ... TWIGG REPORT -- Evidence mounts that world news events are fitting all the more into Bible prophecies (August 29th)

I've false-started on a new commentary several times this week and on Friday afternoon I was looking forward to an open church service that evening in Campbell River's beautiful Foreshore Park, so this wasn’t be a lengthy column. Well actually it did become longish! Part of my problem is that there's still so much going on nowadays that one simply cannot keep track of it all, let alone make some sense of it that might be helpful to readers ...

 

#5 ... CANADA’S ENERGY CITIZENS - Her cavalier dismissal of one of Canada’s largest and most important industries was nothing more than an attempt to score political points (August 28th)

On May 6th, 2020 Member of Parliament and leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May declared – without a hint of irony – that “oil is dead.” As you and I both knew at the time, this was an absurd statement to make.

At the best of times, it is foolish and misguided to state “oil is dead”. It is a refrain based on wishes and ideology, not science or technology ...

 

#4 ... PECKFORD ... and Canada wants to help this country develop a virus? (August 27th)

The virus trials between Canada and China are off ... are you surprised? Well no, and I did not understand how it got going in the first place.

First, why would Canada agree to dealing with China on a virus (COVID-19) they allowed to get to Canada, and which saw many die as a result, many sick, and put our economy in a tailspin ... a country that refuses to allow the world to examine what happened.

 

#3 ... FORSETH -- ONE winning vision will need to be created by O’Toole --- and Lewis, MacKay and Sloan will need to be united behind their new leader (August 24th)

FIRST ... I have to get this off my chest --- the Conservative Party points system, foisted on the party by Peter MacKay with the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party (October 2003) – SUCKS!!!  ...

 

#2 ... FORSETH -- They are placing a lot of demands on their leagues, and team owners, but I’m asking; ‘What are they as players and individuals doing?’ (August 28th)

Tell me, other than deciding not to play games -- they are contracted to play -- what are players in the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Major League Baseball (MLB) actually doing in support of Black Lives Mater (BLM)?

They are placing a lot of demands on their leagues, and team owners, but I’m asking; “What are they as players and individuals doing?” ...

And now, here’s the #1 most read commentary of the week ... a second showing for John Twigg in the top 10 ...

#1 ... THE TWIGG REPORT -- Erin O'Toole emerges as the new leader of a rising Conservative Party of Canada (August 24th)

It's been a long day so this won't be a long column but I feel moved to share a few of my initial thoughts about the to-me-surprising win of the federal Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership by relative unknown Erin O'Toole.

Okay, O'Toole obviously is well-enough known inside the CPC to have just won the leadership in a third-ballot counting of a somewhat complex preferential ballot between four candidates, but among most Canadians (like me) he was a relative unknown even though he had run in a previous leadership contest for the Conservatives ...

 

Thank you for being a part of my day ... and thanks for dropping by to see what I and the other writers on this blog have to say – we appreciate it!

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