Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Post

A post for a lovely Sunday....

I'm sure this is nothing to be concerned about:

A Texas health worker has contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week, raising concern about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease were breached.

The Kurds hold off ISIS in Kobani:

Kurdish defenders held off Islamic State militants in Syria's border town of Kobani on Sunday, but the fighters struck with deadly bombings in Iraq, killing dozens of Kurds in the north and assassinating a provincial police commander in the west.

This is why we should elect our judges:

The lawyer for the son of murdered Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi led the calls for Ottawa to close a legal loophole that the Supreme Court highlighted in its Friday ruling. By a 6-1 margin, the court ruled Stephan Hashemi is prohibited by the State Immunity Act from suing the Iranian government over his mother's death.

The justices handed the issue back to the government, saying legislators could simply change the act and open the door for Hashemi's civil lawsuit.

"Parliament has the power and capacity to decide whether Canadian courts should exercise civil jurisdiction," Justice Louis LeBel wrote for the majority. "Parliament has the ability to change the current state of the law on exceptions to state immunity, just as it did in the case of terrorism and allow those in situations like Mr. Hashemi and his mother's estate to seek redress in Canadian courts. Parliament has simply chosen not to do it yet."
This has stopped activist-judges when?

As a prologue, it was the Chretien government that dropped the ball on this matter. While the impetus should be put on Parliament to decide matters of the Crown, unelected judges have made law since someone put them in their judicial chairs. This, no doubt, is done to make the current government look heartless and inactive all the while forgetting what Chretien didn't do.

Oh, look! Street theatre!

A B.C. First Nation community has penned a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to spend one week living among them on their reserve.


More on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17:

The body of one passenger of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was found wearing an oxygen mask, Dutch prosecutors said Thursday, raising questions about how much those on board knew about their fate when the plane plunged out of the sky above Eastern Ukraine in July.

Why we need to privatise education and abolish teachers' unions:

Ontario's largest teachers' union is defending its decision to hold a workshop on "white privilege" at an upcoming convention, saying it has never been afraid to tackle controversial issues.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, which has 76,000 members, has a posting on its website looking for presenters for a workshop called "Re-thinking White Privilege."

"What we're trying to do is spark a conversation about this and raise awareness and a growing understanding about white privilege," ETFO president Sam Hammond said Thursday in an interview.

I would like to propose a Teachers' Privilege Workshop. Rather like the counter-productive shame sessions of the "white privilege" workshop, it would point out how the education profession lionises itself all the while never producing any real results, like students who test well, who can write in full sentences or locate their countries on a map. Maybe then they would feel real shame, leave and make room for the genuine educators who can mould students into productive, happy citizens.

And now, just in time for the Thanksgiving meal, cooking with spices. Enjoy.


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