Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi is the sort of candidate my dad would have voted for: his proposed policies are ideologically right-of-centre, pro-business, pro-suburb.

The Empire Club apparently loves him.
Cut because Toronto is not the centre of the universe. It's just where I happen to live. )
Scientific knowledge is based on empirical evidence, and is appropriate for understanding the natural world, but it provides only a limited understanding of the supernatural, aesthetic, or other ways of knowing, such as art, philosophy, or religion.1

Here follows a very short rant. Maybe a rantlet.

This bothers me. It's a clear nod to the godbodies—we don't have apologia or disclaimers in the math standards, the history standards, or the geography standards. We don't have to say that an understanding of literary conventions in English will help you to understand and interpret texts written in English and literary traditions that share a similar cultural background, but may not be easily applied to an understanding of the narrative traditions of a non-literary culture (though perhaps we should!).

What do you all think of this?

1 From the Florida Standards for Science Education, Grade 7. It is, of course, not the only standard, nor even the most important.
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( Jul. 21st, 2009 11:50 am)
The Weatherill report on the causes of and factor influencing last year's Listeriosis outbreak (the one that resulted in the deaths of 20 people) was leaked to CTV last night. Impolitical has picked up on several really bad decisions, and gives cogent explanations of why they're bad.

In a nutshell, the Harper government, and Harper appointeees
  • reduced the reporting requirements, stating that facilities need only report problems likely to cause public health concerns, and removed the Canada Food Inspection Agency's responsibility for overseeing cleanup at any facilities that reported positive bacteria tests.
  • got rid of any representation for the Public Health Agency of Canada at the Cabinet level, so that public health concerns were subsumed in the Ministry of Health portfolio
  • more or less killed CFIA as an inspecting body, relegating it to a supervisory role. What would CFIA be supervising? The inspections performed and reported on by a "self-regulating" industry
Want to ask the 20 dead people and their families how smaller government and industry self-regulation is working for them?

Dear Mr. Harper, you ghastly idealogue ... )