Thursday, December 31, 2009

CFS taking after the Conservatives?

A little while ago I wrote an article called "This is when democracy dies". This article tells of the Canadian Federation of Students doing anything they can to avoid scrutiny (by blocking media coverage), avoid opposition, and ignore basic rules of what a majority vote is.

I see the same thing happening with the Conservative Government now. The Conservatives proroguing parliament are: avoiding scrutiny by the elected opposition members, they are straight out avoiding the opposition, and avoiding motions passed claiming "National Security".

Both of these Governments MUST become more accountable to their constituencies. If they do not they become more like a dictatorship than a democracy and this is something none of us wants. As Mr Warren Kinsella referring to the conservatives put it this is a "Denial of Democracy".

Friday, December 18, 2009

Harper - Read Your Job Description

Just over a year has past since the 2008 election, and I am convinced that Mr Harper has still not read his job description. Even after the campaign he threw around ad commercials criticizing Mr. Ignatieff for having good international relations.

psst... Mr Harper, international relations is part of the job!

According to the Globe & Mail:
Mr. Harper huddled with officials for briefings away from the centre, did not speak publicly
I have been to a few leadership conferences in my time and even I know that you're supposed to meet people and speak openly at these things.

Mr. Harper, I am begging you, sometime before you leave office, READ YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION!

Conservatives offering nothing but nonsense

This is in response to Tim Power's The Liberal circus

Wow, so many things to rebut in this.

Copenhagen - Canada spends less on renewable energy than the State of Alaska. That means Stephen Harper isn’t just lagging behind Barack Obama – he’s behind Sarah Palin.
You may or may not have noticed, but one of the Liberal's key campaign points was the environment.

Detainees - I agree with Andrew here. Provide Canadians with the documents and then we can discuss something more than "noise"

Economy - Well, it was Mr Harper's bright idea to lower taxes during a time that a financial crisis was happening. He is only in it for the votes. He knows lowering taxes sounds good to Canadians. What Canada needs right now are balanced books - especially at a time of such uncertainty.

I do not feel safe with Harper's Conservatives. They need to wake up and stop hiding things from Canadians. They need to stop playing political games and start facing reality. Unfortunately I do not thing this is possible for Harper which is why I vote Liberal.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Federal Torys Fail - Provincial Grits Step Up

It seems that while Mr. Harper is finding better places to go than Copenhagen, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has stepped up according to the Globe & Mail:
One half of Ontario's vast boreal forest will be permanently protected from mining and other resource development projects as part of a sweeping plan unveiled by Premier Dalton McGuinty to combat climate change.
The government will protect at least 225,000 square kilometres from development, representing one half of the boreal region in the far north and an area 1.5 times greater in size than all the Maritime provinces combined
It is good to see that the matter of climate change matters to the Liberals.

Selling Toronto Hydro? -flashback to 407-

You will see in a previous post that I favour Mr Rossi in the running for Toronto Mayor. However I do not agree with the selling of Toronto Hydro - or at least I would like to see what is sitting in said contract.

I feel that the selling of Toronto Hydro will be a temporary solution for the City of Toronto. According to the National Post, Rossi said:
“We’re going to sell assets, and we’re going to start with Toronto Hydro...I’ve looked in every book of Jane Jacobs. I can’t find a page, a paragraph, a sentence that says in order to build a great city, the city needs to own the utility.”
Now you will have to excuse me, because my grasp of economics can probably be compared to a game of monopoly, but if we sell something like Toronto Hydro does that not mean that in the long run we will lose money? And I'll be damned if it turns into another HWY 407 incident.

It is not that we need a utility, it is that we need a constant stream of revenue. To me this seems like a band-aid solution. This will serve us well for the next 4-5 years, but in the long term it is one less thing that Toronto has.

Just my thoughts,

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Executive Director of Liberals running for Mayor!

It seems that we have a few interesting candidates running for Mayor of Toronto. I found out recently that Mr. Rocco Rossi is running. Mr Rossi said
"I love the city, and I think I bring a unique set of strengths and weaknesses to the job and want to spend a year laying those out to Torontonians."


George Smitherman, who won 47% of the vote in the 2007 Ontario General Election. Mr Smitherman said
"I want to say this on this very auspicious occasion, it's not every day that those that live in the city of Toronto wake up to the morning news to see that the city of Toronto has balanced its books," said Smitherman. "Next is a Stanley Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs."
Really?.. Are you really going to make the Leafs win?

Current TTC chair Adam Giambrone, who recently made many York residence and commuters happy by allowing them to get the student rate on TTC buses, however in the same boat raise the fares again which may have angered some of the public and put him in a bad place as far as finances go. Mr. Giambrone claimed recently
"I have been openly exploring the possibility and encouraged by early discussions, but I am NOT making any announcements here today."

Finally, in my opinion the last big candidate is John Tory, a Red PC, although he has not entered the race yet he is expected too some time in the new year. He does have the help of the Liberal's Chief War Room expert Warren Kinsella, however as stated by the Star "[Kinsella] will have a hard time attacking his old boss for mayor's job". He also recently posted a blog where he said "Don't abandon me" probably saddened by the fact that he has to go up against Mr Rossi.

Right now we need someone who is business minded. After reviewing the candidates resumes (without having heard too much on the issues) I am personally very excited for Rocco Rossi, previous CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation who has done an awesome job as Executive Director of the Liberal Party. Plus, look at his smile, who can say no to that?According to The Globe and Mail, Rossi confirmed in an interview on Friday night he will formally announce his intentions Monday at Toronto City Hall.

Friday, December 4, 2009

CFS AGM information!

Finally someone came out with some accurate information. Take a look at RobynOnCampus' post on youtube!

Cheers,

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ryerson Students Union - Deficit... What does this mean for York?

I recently made a post titled Out of Touch. (read that article before moving forward)

As mentioned in that article the YFS President Krisna stated that if one of their sister organizations such as Ryerson Students Union [RSU] ask for a loan that we should give it to them.

Interesting that this is mentioned and soon after it is found that
this year, the RSU is running an $84,000 deficit.
Does this mean that $84,000 of our tuition dollars are going to pay for RSU's inability to manage their own funds?

I hope not, but if so, it was predicted here first!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Holidays Pub Night @ the Ab

I wrote an article earlier this year (around Canadian Thanksgiving time) in the Winters Free Press about the use of Happy Holidays vs more specific holiday greetings. I recently was also talking to one of my friends about this as well. As an atheist, I feel left out as I don't really have a thing to say, however I tend to go with Merry Christmas as that is what my family celebrates at home. I could go with the Merry Festivus, but I choose not too.

This time of year gives me a warm feeling inside. Not because of any religious belief or because of gifts I may receive or give. This has been the time of year where my whole family (over 60 people) gets together. This has always been my favorite holiday for that reason. Although recently this has not been happening as much, it is still nice to think to the days that it did.

That said, I look forward to getting together with all of you at Happy Holidays Pub Night, sharing a drink, perhaps some darts and holiday cheer as our exams come to an end.

From my family and I to yours, Cheers, and Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This is when democracy dies...

I just finished reading an article titled A week in hell and I felt very bad for the students who went through what they went through.

What perks my attention - nay angers me is the motion that had been passed and how it was passed.

Motion 6
It proposed that the minimum percentage of student signatures required to initiate a referendum to leave the CFS be raised from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. Referendums would also be limited to once every five years and only four referendums in total could take place per year.


Here is a little bit of background. This is all from my own meandering experience. Last year when the YFS elections came around we had people here from all different universities in Ontario campaigning for the slate that was CFS friendly. We had people at our school, with no affiliation to York trying to get votes for a government's election that they had no stake in.

So there was a referendum put out that would make it so that this wouldn't happen, we would have many schools have a vote on whether to keep the CFS as their student government at the same time. This allows students at our school to make an informed choice with people on either side of the issue being from York.

So they counter this by enforcing a new policy that only four referendums could take place per year.

This is where democracy ends.

Referendums would also be limited to once every five years

This means that if we had a referendum this year, that someone coming into school next year would NEVER have a chance to say NO!

This is where democracy ends.

Despite receiving only 44 votes—two per cent shy of the 66 per cent required for approval—the motion passed. The chair ruled that the six abstentions did not count as voting members, despite a voting member being defined by the CFS' own bylaws as a delegation present in the room.


For those 6 delegates and the universities they represent, this is called being silenced. Your representatives who you (I assume) democratically voted in are being told that they do not count.

This is where democracy ends.

This is not just a story, this is a call to action. If you are as angered by this as I am, then show it.

E-mail the President of the YFS and tell him how you feel: Krisna Saravanamuttu - president@yfs.ca
E-mail the Vice-President Students of York and tell him you are tired of the lack of democracy shown in the CFS: Rob Tiffin - vpstdnts@yorku.ca