Jonathon Chait On Keystone XL

I’ve said it before, environmentalists aren’t focused on Obama regulations re existing power plants because their role in that fight is largely over.  They did their bit. They won.  Chait acknowledges  this vaguely.  He writes: I’ve argued that the EPA regulations on existing...

Whale of a tale

Now, it could be that the Harper government’s move to take humpback whales off the endangered species list  is just a routine change which echoes similar downgrades by environmental organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada....

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others.

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Misapprehensions of evidence

R. v. Fournel, 2014 ONCA 305: [38] The first two grounds of appeal relate to purported misapprehensions of evidence made the trial judge. The standard for setting aside a trial judgment on this basis is a demanding one. It is not sufficient to show that a trial judge has drawn different factual conclusions from evidence than those advanced by a party at trial. As this court recently stated in R. v. Cloutier, 2011 ONCA 484, at para. 60:  A misapprehension of the...

Panda in a field

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Causing a disturbance

R. v. Kukemueller, 2014 ONCA 295: [15]       The Criminal Code, s. 175(1)(a) provides that everyone commits an offence who “not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place, (i) by fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing or using insulting or obscene language…” [16]       The leading case interpreting s. 175(1)(a) is&nb...

Investing In Gold

Gold has long provided a solid backing for money and it is because of the somewhat constant value of gold that people consider investing in it without a lot of thought. In fact, in emerging economies, investing in gold is almost a cultural practice that has not dwindled with the passage of time. Apart from the obvious benefits of having money stocked away in gold or backed by gold for that matter, there is the added benefit of gold withstanding inflation pretty well. If you have invested enou...

Herb Gray, former MP and deputy prime minister, dies at 82

Long-serving Ontario MP died in an Ottawa hospital Monday, Liberal Party says It is sad – I remembering meeting Herb Gray in Halifax a lifetime ago.  He was a quietly competent man and almost always underestimated – but he was startlingly effective and a genuine statesman.Story ...

They Are You

WELL, THEY MADE IT.  FROM THE MOMENT THEY were reunited eight years ago, our twins, Abuk and Achan, were destined to have their lives interwoven for the rest of time. Today they turn 14 and will soon be entering high school. … Continue reading → ...

Ontario Election, June 5th 2014?

A quick post following a quick check of some facts.1 – The budget will be presented on May 1st.2 – Elections in Ontario are 28 days by law. (As far as I know, this is the minimum, not maximum)3 – The last two elections, and, fixed election date law, says elections take place on Thursdays.4 – Budgets are usually not voted on the day they are presented. Should the budget be debated for a week, this puts any vote on it, (and thus a Vote of N...

Flickering: Foretelling Crisis in an Ecosystem

Originally posted on Nourish Boston: In a recent study, published in Nature, a group of scientists have pioneere...

Kevin Sharp, Country Star, Passes Away

I remember listening to Kevin Sharp on the radio in the 1990s. He was in part famous for having survived cancer. ...

Victory Of Valhalla!

Is The NDP set to force a provincial election? Maybe.  The evidence cited is: An e-mail has gone out to riding associations offering them insurance for their campaign offices – a routine election procedure that is not usually done until a party has decided it is definitely going to the polls. I’m not sure I buy it.  As ONW goes on to note: ...

Mink Stoles

Mink is a name for small, semiaquatic creatures that fall in the same family as polecats, wolverines, badgers and weasels. Minks are farmed so that their fur can be used in clothing and it is so widely popular that ‘mink coat’ is a term that everyone is aware of. When they are farmed, they are kept under good, controlled conditions that do not allow their species to go to waste. They are also hunted for this purpose and are then used for all types of clothing which is sold at different pr...

Happy Easter!

I’m not sure how the Hallelujah Chorus became a Christmas song — it’s a much more logical as ab Easter celebration. Here is the Hallelujah Chorus by the 5th grade class in Quinhagak, Alaska: ...

Three in a tree

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Why does Easter move around in the calendar?

Easter and Christmas are both very important Christian holidays, but while families always gather on Dec. 25 in the winter, the annual spring celebration changes drastically each year on our calendars. Steven Engler, a professor ...

The Ukraine Tipping Point

Ukranian Divide Events in Ukraine are at a tippi...

Standard for interpretation

R v Moo, 2014 ONCJ 127 holds an interpreter need not be perfect to meet the requisite constitutional competence. "What is required ultimately is that the information held by the accused person can be communicated as effectively after interpretation as it could have even if the accused person spoke the language of the trial". Some might ask if the accused person is not entitled to understand the trial as well as merely communicating information? ...

Anti-Wind Forces Vandalizing Property?

The OPP seems to think so. And its worth noting this statement from Ontario Wind Resistance: ...

Many bears

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Endorsement of Court of Appeal of limited precedential value

R. v. Singh, 2014 ONCA 293:   [12]       While all decisions of this court are binding, care must be taken to avoid reading unwarranted jurisprudential principles into a decision of the court rendered in an endorsement as brief as in Bugler. Such endorsements are intended primarily to simply pronounce a decision for parties who, having been present in court during the argument of the appeal, will understand the thr...

Air travel woes

Air Canada apologizes for luggage toss caught on video – Toronto – CBC News: In spite of Air Canada saying that tossing bags down the stairs isn’t their policy, its pretty clear from the video that there is nothing unusual for either of the gate staff doing this.Then again, on our recent trip to the coast, I was surprised at the size of some of t...

Target Excels…

…at their profferance of electric scooters for disabled customers.  My wife, she of the broken ankle, who I call Gimpy, has been testing these scooters at various department/grocery stores.  The one from Target was promptly delivered, easy to control, and fast.  The one from Luongo’s was slow to come and difficult to maneuver.  Luckily, they did not charge for the flowers my wife knocked over.  We have yet to sample the Walmart offering, but my wife...

O Politician, behold The Shape of the Future

So, you’re a politician? You want to lead our country into a better future? You think the past cannot be relied on as an accurate predicator of the future of the country’s economy...

Keystone Delayed!!!

…until after the November U.S. mid-terms.  So probably into 2015!  Although I don’t see this as much of a Cdn election issue.  It doesn’t really matter what your position is on a decision that’s up to the yanks to make.  Which is why I am willing to cut Justin Trudeau some slack on this issue.  What...

Let it die, Jim.

Jim Prentice has intimated to multiple individuals that he is considering a run for the leadership of Alberta’s 44-year-old governing party, the Conservatives. If you’ve read this blog you know very well that this blogger thinks that the Conservatives ought to pack it in and fold the party. Forty-five years is a good run. It doesn’t get […] ...

Adam Vaughan’s ‘game changer’ candidacy in Trinity-Spadina puts the downtown Toronto riding into Liberal reach…

The announcement yesterday that popular downtown city councillor Adam Vaughan ...

There once was a time when everyday folk spoke one language, and learned men wrote another. It was called the Dark Ages.

Samuel T. Williamson ...

MPAC Report: Wind Turbines Have NO Negative Effect On Home Values

MPAC is the Municpal Property Assessment Corporation.  They determine what each piece of property in Ontario is worth so that the various local governments can hit you up for taxes.  Several years ago they were asked to do a study to determine what if any effect the placement of wind turbines had on the value of neighboring properties.  They released their report yesterday.  From its executive summary: ...