The Conservatives have Fallen into the Liberal’s Trap

At the start of this election, it looked like the Liberals’ arrogance would prove to be their undoing. While polls had them riding high with approvals prior to the election, it appears that it wasn’t a license to go call an election. The public seemed to be willing to punish the Liberals for pulling the trigger.

Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives released their platform and it appeared that they weren’t as bad of a boogeyman as some had feared. They were suddenly a reasonable alternative. Until the Liberals decided to throw out bait to trap them.

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What an underwhelming election…

Well, we’re in the thick of it now. Election 2021 is under way across the country. The fear of COVID-19 has seemingly fallen by the wayside and everyone has embraced this as our temporary reality for the next few weeks. It’s clear that Trudeau probably won’t be punished for calling an early election by the electorate over that alone.

What isn’t clear is why exactly we’re in an election to begin with. Nate Erskine-Smith, Liberal candidate in Beaches East-York provided this explanation on Twitter:

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Okay, I was wrong about the Election

I made a bold prediction last spring. At the time hype was abound that Justin Trudeau would call an election. I thought it was all bluster by the media trying to drum up a story. Check out the link and listen to the episode of The 905er.

Clearly, I my analysis wasn’t sound. Well, let me clarify, its wasn’t shared by the Trudeau government. I think it’s safe to say, no one wants this election, save for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

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What I saw at the Blue Jays

One of the perks of getting a two dose summer is the boys are back in town! Of course I’m referring to the Blue Jays. Prior to COVID, I like many of you no doubt enjoyed a day at the park to check out the boys in blue play. A bit of a summer tradition if you will. There’s probably no more wholesome tradition than catching a baseball game in the sunshine. Unfortunately like so many other traditions, the pandemic stripped that away from us for so long. It has been replaced by something new.

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We shouldn’t be surprised our Olympic women athletes are our heroes

Olympics are on, and so far the metals won by Canada are all thanks to our fantastic women athletes. Yet we shouldn’t be surprised. It happened before at the last Olympics:

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It’s More than Just CERB…

Vaccination rates are climbing. Provinces are starting to reopen. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer. And yet we are still stumbling to figure out what comes next it seems. This article in the Toronto Star caught my eye:

This sentiment is something I’ve seen pop up online in social media. The notion that CERB or the Canada Response Benefit is holding people back from returning to work. That those who are receiving the payment are inherently lazy and don’t want to work. The rebuttal is that, if receiving CRB is more appealing than returning to your work place, then you need to provide better working conditions. Which is a compelling argument I admit.
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We need COVID Passports

Canada is finally turning the corner on COVID-19. At last estimate we will have 66 million doses stocked in this country. We have enough to vaccinate our entire eligible population in this country. Furthermore we have an appetite for those vaccines. Canadians were proud to find out this week, that we surpassed the United States in vaccination rates. The majority of us are eager for these shots and have lined up or are lining up right now to get them.

I want to emphasise my wording above. The majority of us. Because that is a major distinction we need to look at going forward. The cases we are seeing of COVID-19 in Canada are predominantly amongst the unvaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy still exists in this country and it’s getting to the point where it is holding us back.

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Who had Cuban Revolution on their COVID Cards?

Of all the news that I did not predict this year, mass protests in Cuba would definitely top the list. Ultimately I don’t find this news surprising. My wife and I went to Cuba on our honeymoon. During the stay we took a day trip into Havana to see the sights. As you walk through the city a number of things strike you. Namely the complete lack of Americanization. No McDonald’s, Coca Cola signs, or any outward signs of capitalism. Coming from a first world country strictly rooted in capitalism, I have to say it’s a jarring experience. What you get in a trade off is walking through a city that is like traveling through time. Within a few blocks we had seen a cathedral originally built by Christopher Columbus, a district of buildings built during the era of Spanish colonialism, and then the modern museum of Cuban history. A unique characteristic that helped my wife and I fall in love with the city.

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This isn’t the space race you are looking for…

Am I still Catholic?

I’ve been asking this of myself lately. This year in Ontario has been quite the year of introspection for Catholics. Earlier in the year the Halton Catholic School Board sparked a controversy by refusing the fly the Pride flag at it’s schools this year. Many other Catholic boards did fly the flag, however there were still hold outs. Sparking a debate on inclusivity and equity within our public school systems.

Then of course the news of 215, then 751, and now approaching over 1,000 unmarked graves of children at Catholic run residential schools. The news is shocking and appalling and has shaken the bedrock foundations on which this country was made. Accountability is demanded from all involved, and this is where the Catholic Church is showing it’s true colours. Today in the CBC, news of how the Church could find $28 million to build a new church in Saskatoon yet couldn’t find $25 million for their obligations to residential school survivors.

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