Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced a financial contribution of $11,000 to the Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society.
This funding is being provided under the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. It will allow Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society to host the 10thedition of the music festival from July 10 to 12 in Lockeport. The lineup includes 17 performances of music and dance by women from various provinces and the United States, as well as workshops and art exhibits that are open to the public.
Ever wonder what happened to the Canadian Human Rights Commission? While Section 13 is dead and buried the CHRC lives on attempting to justify its remit:
The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has produced a series of videos, now on its YouTube channel, to help people in Canada deal with discrimination and navigate the human rights complaint process.
Using live actors as well as animation, “Human Rights and You: A video series” tells the stories of Lily and Dan — two fictional characters using the CHRC complaint process to deal with workplace discrimination.
The two videos feature Lily, a victim of sexual harassment, and Dan, a victim of age and disability discrimination. Needless to say the videos have the production values one has come to expect from the federal government. As of writing the videos have received only a few dozen hits. Helpfully the CHRC's You Tube channel also features videos in various aboriginal languages explaining the work of the commission. There is even a French version of the channel, just to keep Graham Fraser happy.
It's the nature of government departments that, long after their original purpose has been served, they continue to exist as taxpayer dependent zombies. Having lost its role as censor of hurt feelings, the CHRC has moved onto playing national HR manager. The videos promise that the commission will offer assistance to those complaining on eleven different grounds of discrimination. Thing is that the labour relations are primarily a provincial responsibility. There is already a thicket of provincial laws covering exactly this sort of employment discrimination.
In Ontario the Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Human Rights Commission both offer similar protections for workers. Whatever you think of the role of government in protecting the rights of workers against abusive employers, the CHRC is merely duplicating the work of their provincial counterparts. Given the CHRC's track records of censorship and meddling in private affairs, the commission is not only redundant but often a threat to genuine human rights.
Herein lies an important lesson for those seeking to reform government. Simply scrapping bad laws isn't enough. The institutions that enforce those bad laws must be destroyed as well.
June 22, 2015 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Agriculture and Agri-Food
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) and Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today that the Harper Government is investing $1.5 million to support the P.E.I. potato industry in addressing recent challenges with tampered potatoes.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will work with the P.E.I. Potato Board to assist producers, packing sheds and processors to enhance their efforts to detect and remove foreign material from potatoes. These funds will enable P.E.I.'s potato farmers to acquire and install equipment to detect and remove foreign material.
Just in case you were wondering if he was running for President:
Walker introduced the tenure issue in a budget proposal that included $300 million in cuts over two years and significant restructuring.
A GOP-led legislative committee approved the tenure change. It also approved a measure that would modify state law to specify that Regents can terminate faculty when it’s deemed necessary because a program has been discontinued or changed in other ways, not just when a financial emergency exists — the way it’s spelled out under state law. It didn’t give Walker all he wanted, and it reduced the cuts from $300 million to $250 million.
Wisconsin, it should be noted, is unusual in that protections for tenured faculty are enshrined in state law. In most jurisdictions it's individual universities that make the call on who qualifies for tenure and on what grounds it can be terminated. In simple terms Governor Walker is just bringing Wisconsin into line with the rest of the country.
Many commentators have thoroughly dissected the absurdities of modern tenure, the strangely feudal system in which armies of ill paid adjuncts sustain a well pampered elite. The institutional structure of modern universities might well explain the anti-capitalist tendencies of the faculty. Their only real experiences with earning a living has been in one of the few places where Marx's understanding of capitalism actually makes sense. The modern university is a place apart in many of the worst ways.
There is an important underlying theme in the reaction to Gov. Walker's comparatively modest reforms: Walker is against education, critical thinking and intellectual thought itself. There is a strange conflation of the institutions which are entrusted to impart education and of the act of education itself. If you are perceived to be attacking the institutions, you are perceived to be attacking the idea itself. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A distinction not often enough made is between schooling and education. The former is a student undergoing a state approved process of attendance, lecturing and examination. The later is the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding. While the Venn diagram should have a fair amount of overlap between the two, schooling and education are not synonymous. There are many well schooled people who are largely uneducated. Conversely there are many well educated people who are relatively unschooled.
For an example of the latter, probably the best living example, take the indefatigable Mark Steyn. A man who barely finished high school yet ranks as one of the finest writers in the English language today. Inside that curly well coiffed head is about three or four PhDs worth of knowledge and insights. He is the living, breathing and dapper retort to our over credentialized world.
What Mark Steyn represents is the past and future of education: The autodidact. In previous generations, when government was little involved in the financing or provisioning of education, those eager to learn inhabited public libraries, evening classes and coffee shops. Today such haphazard methods inspire a mixture of suspicion and contempt. How can anyone truly learn without the guidance of experts? Yet the list of self-taught geniuses is long: Eric Hoffer, James Watt, Benjamin Franklin, Harlan Ellison, Terry Pratchett, George Bernard Shaw, Ray Bradbury and Jane Jacobs to name only a very few.
It has never been easier to be an autodidact. Never simpler to get access to the best that has been thought and said down the ages. While a formal structured education is still necessary in scientific and technical fields, the whole swath of the humanities begs for a revolution in favour of self-study. Gov. Walker's modest reforms represent the slow breaking up of the schooling cartel that has dominated education for decades in America. Yet these reforms don't go nearly far enough. We need to move past the very mid-twentieth century idea that a good education can only come with the letters BA.
Barthman, along with one of his employee, Frank Homm, created the timepiece in 1896, but not as it exists today. The original clock was a mechanical jump hour clock with the numbered tablets that would flip over on the hour. It also had a little light bulb that would illuminate the clock at night. In the beginning, as passersby trampled across the clock face, it was met with surprise and delight by turn-of-the-century shoppers. Unfortunately the fatal flaw of the original contraption was that it was custom designed by Barthman and Homm, and they were the only ones who knew how to fix it. Thus when the clock began to malfunction in later years, the attraction became an embarrassment, and the operators of Barthman's store would cover it with cardboard each day to hide their shame.
The New York Timescommits drive by journalism against three Republican presidential contenders:
The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, records show.
There is no evidence that the Cruz, Santorum or Paul campaigns solicited donations from Earl Holt, the white supremacist leader who has been linked to Roof. The Cruz campaign immediately returned the funds once they were notified of their origin. It is likely that the Santorum and Paul campaigns will do the same shortly. It doesn't require a journalism degree to grasp that national presidential organizations do not have the time or resources to vet individual donations, even ones that run into the thousands of dollars.
The sophomoric attempt to link the Republican Party to white supremacism is almost par for the course, what makes this article truly appalling is the tangential linking of Cruz, Santorum and Paul to the tragedy in Charleston. You need to follow the Times logic very closely for it to make even the slightest sense.
In his manifesto Dylan Roof cited Earl Holt's bigoted writings for helping to radicalize him. Holt in turn gave thousands of dollars to a variety of Republican candidates over the years. So because an evil and deranged young man read something by someone he likely never met, who in turn had made financial contributions to Republicans, there is enough justification for making this tenuous relationship a front page story in the newspaper of record.
It's often been remarked that the Times spends much of energy these days running interference for the Clinton campaign. I doubt even the Clintons would stoop quite this low.
There's a metaphor here. I'm just having trouble finding it:
The Palace of Westminster, Britain’s gorgeous seat of Parliament, is crumbling, with leaky pipes, hazardous, antiquated wiring and roofs that threaten to collapse. It is slowly sinking into the banks of the River Thames. And then there is the asbestos, and the rats.
The mechanical and electrical infrastructure is “no longer fit for purpose,” the report said, and the risk of a “catastrophic failure” is increasing. The heating is bad, and even the clock tower that houses Big Ben leans 18 inches from vertical.