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I doubt if people will move from the cities with the income, health, education, cultural and social opportunities to live in a province with the lowest income and life expectancy next to the old NWT. There are few jobs on PEI except for the working poor or those who are politically connected. There is limited freedom of speech due to political repression worse than the days of the Separatists in Quebec. I have five children. Not one of them will move back to PEI. They have friends here but nothing else - no opportunities, very little culture except the drug culture of desperation. Poverty sucks and PEI is a poor place. Older people like PEI to retire because its quiet. Even retirees complain about the high cost of substandard housing. There is virtually only one or two condo buildings in Charlottetown that isn't a wood frame fire trap. You can't build this poorly in Toronto and get away with it, except in slums.
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The scientific studies show that diet is not a determinant in cholesterol levels in blood. You cannot raise or lower your serum cholesterol by eating the right or wrong foods. Obesity is a factor, along with genetics and exercise.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2011 on Egg Wars on PEI Continue at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Ask me in 100 years when we get closer to the same rights as the majority. The courts rarely ever give a minority more than a taste of equality. Show me the oppression of the majority. UPEI?
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I see this silly discussion all the time. When I was growing up I didn't get a handout from my dad. I went to work and made my own way. He didn't need to vacate his place in the workplace for me. All this whining from Gen this or that. Make your own way in life. Chart your course, set sail and live. Stop looking over the fence at someone else's bounty.
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I think you are over-simplifying the Human Rights Act. First the Act does not exist in isolation from other laws and legal precedents. For example, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which can be seen as the father of this act, clearly states the relativity of human rights. Human Rights don't exist as absolutes but only within the boundaries of society "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society." If someone can demonstrate that a limitation to the age discrimination is reasonable then it will be allowed, which is the example you are using. The Act in itself is a very thin law when compared with Ontario and Nova Scotia, both of which proscribe many more instances of HR abuse. The reality is that enumerated minorities have suffered thousands of years of abuse at the hands of the majority. The law is meant to redress those inequalities. Opponents of human rights, and I'm not assuming that includes you, like to point out individual rights are more important. We see this in the US with the rise of anti-civil rights politicians like Rand Paul. They use specious examples to knock down reasonable law that protects people. In the case of age discrimination, there is plenty of legal precedent that says people can be retired for reasons of public safety. The school bus cases will test those precedents against PEI's regulations. The rights of minorities are so poorly protected in our Province I find it hard to believe you think individual rights have supremacy. As a disability rights advocate all I see is no rights. When a giant like UPEI takes away accessible parking, what recourse do the disable have? The HR commission is a 5 -8 year process that exhausts able bodied people. Where do the disabled fit into this process. Canada and PEI need more rights legislation plus enforcement not less. If you were a person with a disability you would soon discover you are about on the level of a 19th century black person without the threat of personal violence. My vantage point of being an industry leader and reduced to a person with a disability certainly gave me an awakening on how miserably the disabled are treated. Cheers
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This story is all about big money. I agree Google has no respect for copyright property. The build on the Web 2.0 culture of what's yours is mine, which used to be called theft before it was "file sharing". A new system has to arise that fairly compensates content creators.
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I thought somewhat sadly about your leaving all week but didn't add a note because the thoughts were complex and confusing. Should I quote Thomas Wolfe (You can't go home again)? How gauche. Should I talk about my love for the Eastern Townships. If you've only been gone 10 years there is nothing I can tell you except that Montreal is even more cosmopolitan than ever and exciting. The Townships have long lost their English-only towns and villages but that is not bad. Quebec is French and proudly so but not Habitant or romantic. The people are just proudly French. I miss Montreal although I will not go back. It was a place to grow up when I was 17 in the 1960s. But I love it there in any season and feel a bond with their control of their destiny. Sometimes I dream of taking a small apartment in Cap de la Madeleine on the third floor with the dormer windows. In the winter the oil stove would not keep the frost off the window and we would dress warmer and light candles. We would spend hours with friends in the cafes drinking and eating and talking the talk of 19 year olds again - which is not hard to do even today. What an adventure for you. I will miss your great writing and erudite comments. But then, you will only be a click away. Cheers.
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For local production to flourish, marketing and distribution has to broaden beyond one point of access. The FM is a great place but it can't be the only one. I especially like the inner-city location of the Co-op. I pass it daily and it would be nice to have a reason to shop. Still I'm a FM fan for the socializing.
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It's an evocative article but begs the question from the title - are you staying or going? Has nuture from nature quelled the wandering beast within?
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While this is an improvement, we still live in a country that gives more rights to every other Charter enumerated group. Many Canadians with disabilities live far below the poverty line. The social safety net provides CP Disability that is 1/3rd lower than the LICO. Women as a class fare better with better supports and direct legal aid and action to support their rights. Is Harper Canada’s best disability champion http://www.njnnetwork.com/njn/2010/03/is-harper-canadas-best-disability-champion/
As a full time activist it's hardly a career. It pays nothing and takes tons of emotional energy. The only people for whom activism might be a career are the paid consultants, ceo's of non-government-organizations who exist as parasites on activist causes. They present the media and the government with bland statements on serious issues. Their reward is to divert attention while getting paid handsomely. Parasitical activism is apparently lucrative. Authentic activism, at least on PEI, is largely unrewarded.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2010 on The 10 top new careers at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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And the very next day voila a chance to promote PEI using the Internet and $0.00 of the $4 million. PEI 3rd of 10 Extraordinary Islands Frommers http://www.njnnetwork.com/?p=34589
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PEI drops TV adopts Internet marketing The project will fail since it is agency driven and just doesn’t get what the Internet is. http://www.njnnetwork.com/?p=34564 hmmm - auto URL doesn't appear to work but the Facebook signin was awesome.
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Good story...wry pov
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