“Totally unacceptable…”. Who writes this stuff?

With school boards across the continent struggling with planning for the most tumultuous school reorganization in anyone’s memory, it seems a bit far-fetched to protest possible reductions to French immersion


L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario denounced talks about French programs in a tweet Wednesday night, calling it “totally unacceptable.”

“In a bilingual country, to propose the elimination of the teaching of one of the official languages is unthinkable,” the organization representing Franco-Ontarians wrote. “We also ask the Toronto District School Board to stop using official languages as a means of pressure to reach its goals. It’s damaging for the country.”

“Equality issues” – this is rich

Ageism accepted, national poll shows – perverse plague will worsen as boomers age”  That’s the gist of an article in the Ottawa Citizen of November 3, 2012.  The article  provides an overview  of a report, Revera Report on Aging.  The reference to “equality issues” comes from Dr. Jane Barrett, Secretary General of the International Federation on Aging, co-producers of the report.  She describes a “perverse and sinister” plague.  “While we’ve been combating race and gender, in terms of equality issues, the new player on the scene is ageism”.    That’s rich.

Boomers have been stacking the deck in their favor for sixty years and now they are the disadvantaged demographic? Give me a break.

The report results tell me that a lot of people aren’t happy with the mess that they have been left with and they’re not keeping their displeasure a secret.

  • Six-in-ten (63%) seniors 66 years of age and older say they have been treated unfairly or differently because of their age
  • One-in-three (35%) Canadians admit they have treated someone differently because of their age; this statistic goes as high as 43% for Gen X and 42% for Gen Y
  • Half (51%) of Canadians say ageism is the most tolerated social prejudice when compared to gender- or race-based discrimination
  • Eight-in-ten (79%) Canadians agree that seniors 75 and older are seen as less important and are more often ignored than younger generations in society
  • Seven-in-ten (71%) agree that Canadian society values younger generations more than older generate
  • One-in-five (21%) Canadians say older Canadians are a burden on society

Gee, boomers must be pretty sad about getting older, right.  Wrong.  They’re all set.  It’s the younger generation with not much to look forward to:

(from page 11 of the report)

After lamenting the sorry state of boomers, the report recommends three ways to reduce the “inequality”:

  1. Invest in technologies that can help older people live independently for longer
  2. Raise awareness about ageism so that it is as socially unacceptable as other ‘isms’, like sexism and racism
  3. Provide more government funding of healthcare solutions that address the specific needs of an aging population

I’ve got no problem with No. 2, but Nos. 1 and 3 are just another way of stacking the deck: directing limited resources of the general population to the solve the boomers’ “problems”.
Let the boomers look after themselves, please.

Canadian Pipepline Expansion

The oil industry has argued that increased pipeline capacity from Canada (west to the Pacific, south to the Gulf Coast) is necessary to reduce the glut of crude oil in Canadian markets.  The glut is depressing prices, earnings and investment in the oil patch. Canadian GDP is taking a hit  “A TD study last spring found that 10% bump in crude prices was enough to nudge the country’s entire GDP up by more than $5B.”  And from ScotiaBank, “Canada’s oil producers can only continue to crate shareholder value, employment growth and tax revenues if the pipeline companies and regulators sort out the logjams and get prices back up.” (both from Canadian Business, Oct 15/12)

But the oil isn’t going anywhere.  The rush to get the oil to market is entirely to do with generating “growth”  as measured in current GDP.  The same article points out, “Yes, consumers will complain bitterly, but the benefits will more than offset the damage.”  Whose benefits?  The oil companies managers and their shareholders – largely pension funds with boomer liabilities.