Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards
The company says handlers at San Francisco International Airport took the dog out of his crate on Monday after his flight was delayed and the pet either slipped out of his collar or broke it. Air Canada says the dog an Italian greyhound named Larry bolted, and was last spotted about five files from the airport. The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident. Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry — and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the email read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.” Larry’s temporary owner said she was furious when she heard about the message. “I was angry…
The new system regulates marijuana like other narcotics, according to a background paper that says commercial producers must meet strict requirements to be licensed. Doctors Object Medical doctors object to the new system, saying there are no standardized dosages or rules to make marijuana safe to prescribe like other drugs. We have to make absolutely sure we arent creating a nation of addicts, said Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti. Very few physicians are prepared. Many Canadians are deciding marijuana is good medicine, with more than 30,000 people now having medical licenses. Sales may be worth C$1.3 billion ($1.25 billion) by 2024, Health Canada estimates , with prices set in the open market reaching C$8.80 a gram. Public debate about marijuana also widened when Harpers rival, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau in August said he smoked the drug as a parliamentarian. The party s chief financial officer Chuck Rifici is also Tweeds Chief Executive Officer. 20 Varieties Tweeds sales could reach C$100 million a year with prices for its planned 20 varieties ranging from C$6.50 to C$15, Linton said. The company signed an agreement to buy the factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario with a Dec. 2 closing date, and may spend about C$2 million in renovations, he said. Tweed will seek partners to use the 300,000 square feet of leftover space, which includes equipment left behind that could churn out popsicles and dairy products, he said. The idea of cultivating drugs in an old chocolate factory echoes the popular television show Breaking Bad, whose main character — New Mexico teacher Walter White — cooks methamphetamine to pay for cancer treatments with the help of a criminal who runs a chain of fast-food restaurants. Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples said hes heard only two complaints about the project and the city council is totally supportive of it. Tweed will bring employment to the city of 9,000 people about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Ottawa, which lost 1,700 jobs in recent years — including those at the old Hershey plant.
The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives shameful betrayal of Canadas once admirable reputation as a fair country sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the situation in Canada. Harper learns a lesson in diplomacy However, the talking point in diplomatic circles world over is the hypocrisy and double standards of Harper when he decided to boycott the Commonwealth conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lankas capital Colombo next month.Many Canadians point out that Harper has slipped to the lowest level a leader of any country could fall to.At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali, Harper was snubbed by the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia when Harper brought the subject of boycotting the CHOGM in Sri Lanka. They both told Harper, in no uncertain terms, that they would attend the Commonwealth conference in Colombo.Harper learnt a lesson from Tony Abbott, who was only recently elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, when he was told by Abbott how to deal with friends and how to develop friendships. Abbott said he considered Sri Lanka to be a friend. David Cameron snubbed Harper months ago. The Queens decision to send her son Prince Charles to Sri Lanka to represent her is also seen as a new beginning for the Commonwealth. Harper has failed to see that move by the British monarchy. Hugh Segal, one of Harpers men who visited Sri Lanka recently last week, stooped to the lowest level and called a very highly respected former Indian diplomat, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamlesh Sharma a stooge.Sources close to Harper say that Segal had the blessings of the Canadian Prime Minister to call Sharma a stooge of the Sri Lankan government. Sources further pointed out that Harper had isolated himself and Canada on the world stage by his foolishness and immaturity. No sense of foreign relations Harper and his highly inexperienced Foreign Minister John Baird have no sense of foreign relations. They have completely ignored the advice given by several senior Canadian diplomats on improving relations with Sri Lanka. Harper and Baird are considered restless and inexperienced and are no match for the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is known to hail from a family involved in politics for over 67 years.The President himself has been in politics for over 45 years and is considered the most successful Sri Lankan President ever. Rajapaksa, unlike his predecessors, has made a name for himself on the world stage for his boldness, strong convictions and his leadership. He is loved and hailed by the Sri Lankan masses and has won many elections.