Dec. 31, 2021

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Dec. 31, 2020

ON THE EVE of a New Year one has to take stock of that is what has been standard fare for some time. 

But one shudders to think of doing that if one is looking at the governments of Canada. A pretty rotten bunch, if you ask me. 

Just a sample:

Newfoundland and Labrador spending beyond its means for years now and for all intents and purposes is a ward of Ottawa.  

Nova Scotia’s handling of the shooting rampage in that province is a disgrace. 

New Brunswick’s fiscal position is unsustainable it has been proclaimed.

Ontario is in hock financially so bad that we should invent a new name of sub sovereign states who just spend. And what’s with all those inadequate long-term care homes? In Quebec as well. 

Manitoba – what’s with the Premier there and his foreign residence? And the government closing down “in car” religious worship until threatened with court action. 

Alberta’s spending becoming more like that of Newfoundland and Labrador’s. And their Conservative Government taking some anti-constitutional, draconian actions?

British Columbia – the premier breaking a written agreement with the Green Party and calling an election in the middle of a Pandemic – talk about crass behaviour!

And all the governments using the pandemic to violate constitutional principles without even a modicum of consultation with the people. And blatantly using so-called “science” where little or none exists. The Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has taken all the western Provinces and Ontario to court over this obvious flaunting of our Constitution. 

Months after mask wearing and social distancing, case counts were surging – not just in this country but around the world. Does this not tell you the present measures are ineffective? Countries with no lockdowns have lower death rates. Even Belarus. The establishment’s refusal to use available early preventive measures will come back to haunt all western Governments. 

The collective silence over the Great Barrington Declaration tells one the level of arrogance and refusal to look at what’s happening on the ground. There are 13,084 medical and public heath scientists and 39,544 medical practitioners saying the present lockdown programs are wrong. 

Then there is the Federal Government of Canada. A mess if ever there was one – with the opposition parties not far behind.  

We have gone from a deficit of $30 billion this year to almost $400 billion iIn less than 12 months. The horror stories of who has received all this money are unbelievable.  

This government has spent more during this pandemic than any other major country in the OECD!

Of course, that was to be expected given they broke their original promise of budget balancing right after they were elected. When you have a person who lives off other peoples’ money all his life, he has no value system to navigate anything, let alone a national government!

Then there is the law breaking which itself is a virus in this government – from obstruction of justice, to refusal to allow public servants to testify before the independent conflict of interest/ethics Commissioner, to trying to get almost a billion-dollar contract awarded to a friendly charity, to trying to get a deal for a friendly corporate entity even though that entity was banned for ten years by the World Bank from doing business with it, speaks to a level of corruption and dishonesty that should see such a government tossed out of office. 

Why are there no peaceful protests against this incompetence and corruption? Is it because we have become used to such behaviour? Is it because we see no better alternatives?  

Whatever – it’s a dismal state as a New Year approaches. We must look to better people and new and/or reformed existing political parties if we are to rise from this present malaise.

Let’s make that our New Year’s resolution!

Dec. 24, 2020

The Economic Stimulus payment is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
 
Q: Where will the government get this money?
A: From taxpayers.
 
Q: So the government is giving me back my own money?
A: Only a smidgen of it.
 
Q: What is the purpose of this payment?
A: The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high definition
television set, a new iPad, or a new SUV, thus stimulating the
economy.
 
Q: Isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A: Shut up.
 
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the Canadian Economy
with your stimulus check wisely:
* If you spend the stimulus money at Walmart the money will go to China.
* if you spend it on gasoline, your money goes to the Arabs.
* if you purchase a computer, it goes to India, Taiwan or China.
* if you purchase fruits and vegetables, it will go to Mexico,
Honduras, and Guatemala.
* if you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea.
* if you purchase useless stuff, it goes to China.
* if you pay your credit card off, or buy stock, it will go to the management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.
 
Instead, you can keep the money in Canada by:
(1) Spending it at a yard sale, or
(2) Go to a ballgame, or
(3) Spending it on prostitutes, or
(4) Beer, or
(5) Tattoos
(These are the only Canadian businesses still operating in Canada)
 
CONCLUSION: Go to a ballgame with a tattooed prostitute that you met
at a yard sale and drink beer all day. No need to thank me, I’m just
glad I could be of help.

‘’Your friendly tax accountant’’

 

Dec. 20, 2020

When are the people going to rise up and demand a stop? A stop to the madness and hypocrisy of the lockdowns. 

In Manitoba the government has outlawed outdoor worship — worship from your vehicle. 

Alberta has outlawed all outdoor gatherings. 

Calgary police harassing kids playing outdoor hockey – ordering them to get on their knees, threatening a taser on them and refusing to inform the teens of what rule or law they had allegedly broken.  

In Ontario all manner of authority harassment on small business was covered by Rebel News 

In the U.S. this worship ban hit a sensible Supreme Court and the court has now ruled against worship bans in three states. 

And the hypocrisy – remember Premier Doug Ford of Ontario going to his cottage after ordering everyone not to do that.

Then there is the despicable Governor of California dining in luxury after ordering everyone not to do this. 

The New Mexico Governor flying to Mexico while ordering the citizens to stay at home. 

And crowning it all Dr. Birx, the White House expert on the pandemic, travelling to see her extended family, contrary to her own instruction.

It is all too much. And what are we to make of the fact that everywhere in the world mask mandates were imposed the virus case counts went up significantly. There are numerous studies showing how ineffective cloth masks really are. 

A May, 2020 meta-study on pandemic influenza published by the U.S. CDC found that face masks had no effect, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control. (Source)

A Danish randomized controlled trial with 6,000 participants, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in November 2020, found no statistically significant effect of high-quality medical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection in a community setting. (Source)

A July, 2020 review by the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine found that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth masks against virus infection or transmission. (Source)

A May, 2020 cross-country study by the University of East Anglia (preprint) found that a mask requirement was of no benefit and could even increase the risk of infection. (Source)

An April, 2020 review by two U.S. professors in respiratory and infectious disease from the University of Illinois concluded that face masks have no effect in everyday life, neither as self-protection nor to protect third parties (so-called source control). (Source)

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine from May, 2020 came to the conclusion that cloth face masks offer little to no protection in everyday life. (Source)

Then there is the Great Barrington Declaration (endorsed by three world leading scientists in the field), recommending targeted treatment, and open the economy with 12,943 medical and public heath scientists agreeing, 39,027 medical practitioners, and more than 700,000 citizens. The mainstream media has been trying to ignore this reality and malign the original authors. Personal insult is always the last resort of those who have no credible rebuttal. 

They argue this lockdown cure is worse than the disease with lost employment, suicides, death from delay of treatment on other medical conditions, denial of education to children causing psychological problems and lost opportunities, people losing their life investment as thousands of small business go bankrupt, and the citizens’ freedom guarantees in the bill of rights in the U.S.A. and the charter of rights in Canada being flagrantly abused, ignored and contradicted.

Thankfully, in Canada we have the Centre For Constitutional Freedoms that has become engaged in the issue and has filed a legal suit against the Government of Alberta challenging the constitutionality of many of the lockdown edicts. Similar suits are forthcoming against the governments of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.  

Common sense has vacated the public square, replaced by fear, twisted science, and knee-jerk reaction by authorities. 

(As a result of The Centre of Constitutional Freedoms threat of court action the Manitoba Government has lifted its worship ban).

It is left to the citizen to speak up and demand their rights and freedoms and more rational public policy based on real science, consultation, and in concert with enshrined constitutional principles.

 

Dec. 16, 2020

My oh my, the internet can be so useful. Here we find all kinds of stuff that the University of British Columbia and China are doing. 

Now, I am not talking about when the first Chinese student attended UBC in 1915. And other early firsts in the university ‘s involvement with China. 

I am talking about the last several years when it has been known, that, rather than the country loosening up, as many westerners naively thought, matters are getting worse from a democracrasy perspective in that country. 

Of, course there has never been any real democracy in China. It is a Communist state. There was a little economic loosening which has now turned into state-owned enterprises gobbling up those partially-free small enterprises that were allowed to operate, still, of course, under the watchful eye of the state. And minorities are suppressed, and subjugated. Imagine the Roman Catholic Church having to get the state approval of appointing a bishop in that country. Remember render unto Caesar?

UBC is only one of three Canadian universities ranked in the top 50 in the world. So it is fitting that China would be interested in this university. 

So, let’s look at recent times UBC and China 

1980 — First memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with a Chinese university, Peking University.

1980–UBC involved with CIDC ‘s projects in China. You see Canada (remember Pierre Eliott Trudeau and his love for China) viewed China as a developing country then and Canada’s Development Agency, CIDC, was spending our money to help China develop its infrastructure. As it turn out it was to better steal our technology.

1992— UBC establishes the Centre For Chinese Research. You know, not satisfied with a few MOUs and working with the Government of Canada in China, the university wanted to deepen its ties with this Communist nation. 

2002 – UBC establishes International MBA program in Shanghai.

2011– UBC identifies China as one of its top priorities in international strategy—-what ever that means. Of course, it means more involvement with China. 

2013 – UBC China Council established – so it wasn’t enough to have a Centre For Chinese Research, there must be a UBC China Council. 

Where we are now?

On the UBC China Council website we find the statistics, the last being for 2016. One has to wonder why there isn’t more recent data. 

Let me quote from the site for 2016:

‘In 2016, UBC has 95 active agreements with 52 universities from mainland China. UBC has developed six joint degree programs with Chinese partner universities with another five under development. The university has also built six joint research centers with its Chinese partners.’

And more 

‘In addition to collaborations with universities, UBC also develops extensive research and training collaborations with governments, corporations, research institutions and hospitals in China.’

Have you got that? 95 agreements with 52 universities. China is well ensconced into one of Canada’s largest universities. 

China’s Uuniversities all have Communist Party people on their governing boards. How many Canadians realize this? 

Chinese Universities are not independent. They are powerful arms of the Communist Party and government. 

There is no free speech, worship, internet. 

Freedom House, an independent organization which tracks global freedom, says about China this year: “For the sixth consecutive year, China was found to have the worst conditions for internet freedom.” And on an overall Freedom Index (Political rights and civil liberties) it scored 10 out of 100. Described by Freedom House as not free. 

So here we are intricately involved in information sharing with an authoritarian, Communist state that is pursuing world domination while stealing information, pursuing a non-democratic model, no free speech, internet worship and breaking international law.

And we have two Canadians in jail in China without due process. 

Does this sound right to you?