By Aaron Wherry - Friday, December 21, 2012 - 0 Comments
Michael Coren cheers that God sent a storm to Sudbury to prevent “Heretic Trudeau” from speaking to Catholic students. Justin Trudeau actually still managed to speak with students, but the crowd wasn’t as large as it might’ve been. Nonetheless, Campaign Life Catholics has sent out a news release—entitled “ ’Act of God’ spares 900 catholic youth from Justin’s clutches”—to thank God for His efforts.
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Sudbury, ON, December 21, 2012 - Faithful Catholics in Sudbury are thanking God today for having blocked pro-abortion extremist, Justin Trudeau, from being able to influence the hearts and minds of many children at St. Charles College High School. A winter storm caused the board to cancel school buses. An announcement on the Board’s website states that fewer than 100 students were present for the Liberal Leadership hopeful’s address this morning, contrasted with the 1000 it originally planned to pack into the school’s amphitheater.
“God is good. He spared 900 Catholic youth from being potentially influenced by Justin’s immoral views in support of abortion and homosexual marriage”, said Kevin Murphy, a Catholic ratepayer and one of the protestors who stood outside the board office and St. Charles College for 4 days.
Suresh Dominic, a spokesperson for Campaign Life Catholics, a division of Campaign Life Coalition, who helped organize the protests added, “We continue to disapprove of the board’s decision for allowing Justin to speak at the school, but we are thankful for the weather that limited Justin’s exposure to only 100 people.”
The Board had rebuffed critics by claiming that no risk of scandal to the faith of children existed since Justin was asked not to speak about abortion or homosexuality. Murphy disagrees with the Board’s reasoning, “That’s ludicrous”, he said. “There’s widespread public knowledge of Justin’s opposition to these Catholic teachings, so giving him a platform, regardless of the topic, can be interpreted by kids to mean that the Board is supportive of all that Justin stands for.”
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM - 0 Comments
Last week, the Liberal leadership candidate was criticized for his decision to speak to an Islamic conference in Toronto.
This week, Mr. Trudeau is being criticized for his plans to speak to a Catholic school in Sudbury. A Sudbury school board trustee has retracted her complaint, but Campaign Life Catholics is apparently planning protests.
‘Cancel Justin Trudeau talk at Sudbury Catholic School’, ratepayers demand as protests planned
Sudbury, Ont. Dec. 18, 2012 - A campaign stop at a Sudbury Catholic high school by Liberal leadership hopeful, Justin Trudeau, has stoked outrage amongst local Catholic ratepayers as well as Catholics across the country who are calling it a “grave scandal”. They are calling on trustees to c ancel Justin’s talk at St. Charles College which is scheduled for Friday December 21.
“Trudeau’s virulent opposition to key Catholic moral teachings on abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’, while deceptively calling himself a faithful Catholic, make it grossly inappropriate for the school to give him a platform,” said Suresh Dominic, President of Campaign Life Catholics, a division of Campaign Life Coalition, who is helping organize a protest at the school board to pressure trustees to cancel the event. “The Board may be inviting spiritual harm to children who, seeing Justin’s anti-Christian witness, may come to believe that it is acceptable for a Catholic to support the grave sins of abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’.”
“It’s disappointing to think that he would be invited be cause we all know that as far as the Roman Catholic Church is concerned, it is definitely against abortion, and we know that he is not,” said Nora Ryan, a local Catholic ratepayer and Campaign Life Sudbury leader who will be attending the school board protests.
“All Sudbury Catholics who are concerned about the moral confusion that this supporter of abortion-on-demand will cause in the minds of youth, should join the protest and lobby the trustees,” said Dominic.
Protests will be held Wednesday Dec 19 and Thursday Dec 20 from 7:15am – 9:30am and from 2:45pm – 4:30pm at the Sudbury Catholic School Board office, 165A D’Youville St, Sudbury, ON, P3C 5E7. If the talk does not get cancelled, a protest the day of Justin’s talk will take place at St. Charles College High School, 1940 Haw thorne, Sudbury, ON, P3A 1M8.
Mr. Trudeau was criticized a year ago by Dean Del Mastro after Mr. Trudeau was asked to speak to Catholic high school students in Peterborough.
By Tamsin McMahon - Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM - 0 Comments
Cambrian College is offering financial incentives to prospective students, starting in kindergarten
Bursaries and scholarships are great when students have already made up their minds to go to college or university. The challenge for Sudbury’s Cambrian College, which serves remote and rural populations in northern Ontario, is how to get students to consider going to college in the first place.
Three years ago, the school launched something called a learning account, aimed at the students least likely to attend college: Aboriginals, those with disabilities and those whose parents didn’t have a post-secondary education. The program offers students credits toward future tuition costs in exchange for attending a series of workshops. Students can earn $70 in “Cambrian Bucks” for attending a conference on coping with learning disabilities, $20 for a science workshop and $320 for a four-day program aimed at Aboriginal pupils. The college also gives $120 to parents who attend a two-day program to learn how to help set career goals for their children. So far, 410 students have signed up with an average of $250 in tuition credits, although they can earn as much as $3,000.
The tuition credits act like a bursary, but with a long-term goal of getting the kids to start working toward college while still in elementary school. “For most of these underrepresented populations, getting them to post-secondary is a long process,” says France Quirion, Cambrian’s associate vice-president of student services. “They don’t live and breathe post-secondary. It’s just a foreign concept. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM - 0 Comments
The CBC has uploaded video of Jack Layton on the National in 1985.
The Globe and Mail editorial board considers his legacy.
With public cynicism running high, the chord that he struck with many Canadians in his final months and in his passing was a reminder that – with the right combination of decency, optimism, perserverence and grace – it is still possible for our politicians to inspire. Without painting over the more worrisome aspects of his record, that is well worth remembering.
By Aaron Wherry - Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM - 0 Comments
This past week we also learned of the elimination of the Police Officers Recruitment Fund which was a major federal program designed to help municipalities and provinces recruit police officers. In a backgrounder on the program, Public Safety Canada and Emergency Preparedness Canada offers the following rationale; “The purpose of the Fund is to support the efforts of provinces and territories in recruiting additional front-line police officers nationwide who can target local crimes and make communities safer.” Taking this information into account then, the cancellation of this important fund must therefore mean that the Harper Conservatives have made a conscious decision to eliminate their “support the efforts of front-line police officers nationwide in their work to target local crimes and make our communities safer.“ Seems like a strange decision for a Conservative Party that claims to be the most committed to upholding ‘law and order’ wouldn’t you say?
There were similar concerns raised in Sudbury earlier this year. Alberta Premier Alison Redford called for the fund to be extended when she ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership last year. During the last federal campaign, the NDP proposed doubling the fund and making it permanent.
By Aaron Wherry - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM - 29 Comments
I have a story in this week’s print edition about Michael Ignatieff’s position going into the last two weeks of this campaign and the complicated electoral math with which he is presently faced.
On Monday, somewhere between Yellowknife and Winnipeg, we sat for a chat. Some of what Mr. Ignatieff had to say made it into that story, but for your enlightenment—and as a demonstration of what a few days of travel does to my ability to form coherent questions—here is the transcript. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM - 10 Comments
Upon safely returning to Ottawa after a few days aboard the Liberal tour, a couple notes for which I did not previously find an excuse to mention in passing.
2. Also since Sudbury, reporters on the Liberal plane have taken to chanting “rise up” as the campaign plane hurtles down the runway for takeoff and then cheering once it takes flight. Mr. Ignatieff seems to take this in good humour, pumping his fist or motioning upward in time with the chanting from the front of the plane.
By Aaron Wherry - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM - 75 Comments
Last night, preceded to the stage by Paul Martin, Michael Ignatieff addressed a crowd of something a thousand people at a community centre in Edmonton. This was his first speech since the Sudbury outing and among the signs held aloft in front of him was a single one that read, in big, block letters, “Rise Up.”
By Aaron Wherry - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 12:32 AM - 205 Comments
Michael Ignatieff had been speaking for something like an hour, without so much as a sip of water, pausing only to let members of the audience pose questions for him. Eleven hours earlier he’d been in Orleans, standing in a family’s garage, between their snowblower and their barbecue, to explain how a Liberal government would help families just like this take care of sick and aging loved ones. Now he was standing in the middle of a hotel ballroom in Sudbury, surrounded on all sides by rows of people—both faithful partisans and the merely curious.
He’d taken 13 questions and offered 13 responses and maybe he’d swayed a vote or two. Maybe he hadn’t. Whatever he’d accomplished, Day 21 of his first campaign as leader of the Liberal party of Canada was nearing its end. After this was a drive to the airport, after that a flight to Regina. By this time tomorrow he’d be in Edmonton, preparing to fly to Vancouver.
Before he left though he wanted to tell these people in this hotel ballroom about this song he’d been thinking about. “While I was on the bus this afternoon I found myself thinking about a wonderful singer called Bruce Springsteen,” he said. “Does everybody like Bruce Springsteen? I like Bruce Springsteen.”
It was not immediately clear where this was going.
By Aaron Wherry - Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM - 13 Comments
Shortly after Jack Layton entered the room, the crowd rose and applauded. Several began to chant the initials of his party. This was to be a “town hall” with the NDP leader. At least in so far as that gathering in that guy’s kitchen was a town hall on the effectiveness of the Magic Bullet blender.
In the middle of the room were two black leather chairs, a table with two glasses of water between the chairs. On all four sides were neat rows of chairs. On the back wall, the requisite Canadian flag of requisite size. Mr. Layton took one chair, his smiley female host took the other. He had eschewed his jacket and rolled up his sleeves. When he was formally introduced by the smiley female host, many in the audience chanted his first name.
With two small microphones attached to his dark orange tie, he proceeded to first review all of the ways Ottawa was broken and all of the ways he intended to fix it. The crowd, many of whom wore orange buttons, applauded and booed at all the right points.
The floor was then turned over for questions. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM - 48 Comments
Michael Ignatieff has restated his commitment to family care.
And this morning here in Sudbury, Jack Layton recommitted to funding for doctors, nurses, medical education and medical school infrastructure ($25-million for training, $20-million to repatriate Canadian doctors practicing overseas, $40-million to recruit and support low income, rural and aboriginal students, $80-million for educational infrastructure, student loan forgiveness for family doctors, streamlining credential recognition and establishing a Health Human Resources Centre). The plan is similar to one announced by Mr. Layton in 2008.
By Aaron Wherry - Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM - 0 Comments
For those still scoring at home, the CEO of Alberta Health Services, Charlottetown City Council, the City of Greater Sudbury, Caledon town council, former chief statistician Sylvia Ostry, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Spruce Grove City Council and the Planning Institute of British Columbia oppose the government’s changes to the census.
In such opposition, they join… Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM - 34 Comments
Shortly thereafter he clarified just how seriously.
“Today,” he said, “we are calling on the government to establish a Royal Commission on violence in sports. We need to look at all aspects and all of the causes, from equipment to social trends, coaching and officiating. This is our game and we need to protect our players.”
By Aaron Wherry - Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM - 208 Comments
With 51 precincts reporting specific estimates—restricting the count to media-reported figures and, where available, police counts—it’s possible to account for approximately 21,000 anti-prorogation protestors at yesterday’s rallies. Continue…
By John Intini - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM - 4 Comments
The Massive Change designer on a future with less dependence on oil, losing weight, and why corporate social responsibility is a bad idea
Bruce Mau, who started out as a graphic designer in the 1980s, uses design principles to develop strategies for a range of major clients—from big businesses (Coca-Cola, MTV) to governments (Guatemala). The 50-year-old, who moved from Toronto to Chicago two years ago, cemented his global reputation as a big thinker in 2004 with Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, an exhibition of the latest innovations in everything from health and warfare to transportation and manufacturing (a follow-up is planned for 2011). Mau, whose theories are the subject of Warren Berger’s new book, Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, and Maybe Even the World, will be speaking at a symposium associated with Toronto’s Interior Design Show this week about a world less dependant on oil.
Q: So what does Bruce Mau’s world without oil look like?
A: It’s not a world without oil, but a world with an ecology of energy sources, where oil is used when it is the absolute right tool.
Q: How do we get there?
A: We’ve had 50 years of telling people to get out of their cars. In every one of those years the number of cars in the world went up. The idea that we’re going to punish or embarrass them into it has simply not worked. It’s like there was a focus group of six billion people around a table, and someone said, “Hey guys, give up your car” and they said, en masse, “No.” This is where design comes in. Ultimately, the way to solve the problem, and so many problems, is to make things cooler and sexier than the older ones. I have a friend who has a Tesla and a Ferrari. He says the Tesla is way cooler. That changes the game. We’re not telling him don’t. We’re telling him, here’s an exciting way you can do it that ultimately can be sustainable. How do we get to do the things we do without stealing from our kids or leaving a toxic legacy? And at the same time, how do we do them in such a way that is smarter and more fun than the old way?
Q: How far off is this future? Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM - 43 Comments
So says the official release from the party, issued just now, Mr. Ignatieff still in mid-speech.
And, now, here’s the text of the speech. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM - 5 Comments
Tony Clement, July 18. Sudbury is better off now than it was two and a half years ago when Vale Inco Ltd. bought the former Inco Ltd., says Canada’s Industry minister. If the Brazilian-owned Companhia Vale do Rio Doce hadn’t bought it, Inco would “not exist, it would have been closed down, it would have been liquidated if there wasn’t a buyer,” said Tony Clement in a telephone interview late Friday afternoon. ”There was going to be no buyer, there were going to be no jobs, there weren’t going to be any capital investments, there was going to be no employer,” said Clement. ”That was the Valley of Death that Sudbury faced.”
Tony Clement, July 22. Amid a sea of anger, federal Industry Minister Tony Clement stood his ground Tuesday over comments he made about the sale of Inco in Sudbury back in 2006 … ”I think it’s an accurate comment and I’m not sure what all the hubbub is about quite frankly,” Clement said in Calgary.
Tony Clement, July 24. Industry Minister Tony Clement says he made “a pretty bone-headed remark” to The Sudbury Star last week when he said Sudbury was facing becoming the “Valley of Death” if Vale Inco had not purchased Inco … ”Like every other human being, sometimes you say things” that weren’t what you meant to say, said the minister.