We don’t need MORE laws

Caledonia — we don’t need any more laws, By Arthur Weinreb (CFP);

Ontario PC leader John Tory recently went to the besieged southern Ontario town of Caledonia that has been subject to a native occupation for the past year and a half and announced that if his party forms the next government he will strengthen the province’s trespass laws. Tory vowed to increase the fines under Ontario’s Trespass to Property Act to $2,000 for individuals and $25,000 for groups. The Act would cover not only those who trespass on someone else’s property but would include those persons who organize or finance such occupations. This was in keeping with Tory’s previous statements that civil remedies for those who are adversely affected by illegal occupations need to be used. This is bound to scare the occupiers; they’ll have to go to Ottawa to get more money to pay their fines.

If modern day society has any problem regarding laws it is that we have too many laws. In our current nanny state existence, almost every aspect of peoples’ lives is regulated to death. Even on their own property, people are prevented from cutting down their own trees and using pesticides to kill weeds. If anything, we need fewer laws, not more.

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Let’s enforce current laws before we think about imposing new ones.

 

Let’s talk minimum wage

I was reading through a pamphlet (“NDP Volume 2, Issue 1”) that I received in the mail yesterday, from Chris Charlton, of the NDP party, and would like to make a few comments regarding the subject.

“NDP Announces Federal Minimum Wage Bill”

Recently, Chris seconded a bill in the House of Commons that will re-establish a federal minimum wage and set it at $10 an hour.

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Federal minimum wage was eliminated in 1996 under the Liberal government.

After thinking about it, I can’t say I agree (I seem to be saying that a lot tonight!) with a federal minimum wage. All I can think about is the “snowball effect” it will create. Setting, or raising, a minimum wage effectively raises everything else it comes in contact with. All food, clothing, entertainment, etc., etc., etc. will simply cost more to make up for employers having to pay out more money.

Besides the effect it will have on everything around us, I don’t believe that someone working in a minimum wage job necessarily “deserves” a set amount of money. A job that requires “technical” knowledge, regardless if it’s a minimum wage job or not, should be paid more than one that does not require “technical” knowledge. Need an example? Someone who drives a “B Class” truck may be in a minimum wage job, but should definitely be paid more than a “burger flipper”.

IMO, burger flipping is not worth $10 an hour. If you want $10 an hour job (or more), get yourself an education — and then you can get yourself a job that pays want you want.

It’s a good idea, but…

I can’t say I like the way the McGuinty government has implemented the new “recycling program” for wine and liquor bottles.

680 News – Jaime Pulfer;

Toronto – The McGuinty government’s liquor and wine bottle deposit return program begins today; but, whether Ontarians will bag the bottles and heading off to the beer store for their refunds remains to be seen.

Some individuals tell 680News the $0.10 or $0.20 refund may not be enough motivation – they’ll continue to just toss the empties in the blue box and take them out to the curb on recycling day.

Still the provincial government says scavengers will cash in on the blue box and return the bottles to get the refund for themselves.

The goal of this program is to get as many as 80 million wine bottles out of the landfills but customers will be paying extra at the LCBO as a result. Restaurants estimate they stand to lose $35 million.

Let me get this straight — you buy a bottle of wine, and a bottle of whiskey at the Liquor Store, but you have to drive to The Beer Store to get your fourty cents back? What a PITA!

It almost makes you feel like smashing them! 😉

It’s all about the money

It was OK when our bars and restaurants spent thousands of dollars to build enclosed smoking areas only to be told they were no longer able to use them. It was OK when the entire hospitality sector lost millions of dollars because of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. But when the government loses money, a new set of rules suddenly come into play. This is just one more example of the two-tiered system actively in use within our governmental system.

Globe & Mail (CP);

TORONTO – Government-owned casinos in Windsor and Niagara Falls are allowed to build special outdoor shelters for smokers even though bars and restaurants in Ontario cannot do so under a province wide smoking ban, Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson said Tuesday.

[The entire article is linked above]

You should know…

I often post regarding the Two Tiered system that has been adopted by “Top Brass” Julian Fantino and the OPP, in regards to the DCE occupation in Caledonia (to name one), and I just wanted to make you aware of a few things;

1) I DO NOT hate cops. I DO have very strong feelings against any officer, or brass, that either fails to uphold the Oath they took when they became Officers of the Law, or blatently “smacks” the general public in the face by “breaking the law” simply because they are “exempt [from a lot of laws] while actively involved in their duties”.

This DOES NOT include leaving a patrol car running (which is against the Highway Traffic Act), illegally parked, in front of a Tim Hortons while you’re getting lunch. This DOES NOT include parking illegally out front of a drug store while you’re doing your [personal] shopping. This DOES NOT include driving over 100KM in a 60KM zone because it’s shift change. This DOES NOT include shutting down one lane of a major traffic route simply because it’s closer to park there (this is a phenomenon that happens all the time in my area… it is not uncommon to have a morning rush hour backup simply because of parked patrol cars on a rush hour route. Most times it is out front of an apartment building with ample parking. But hey, I guess some of these officers are worried about having a heart attack if they had to walk more than 50 meters.). I could go on…

Remember, police are an authorative figure and, as such, should be setting the examples — not thumbing your nose at the general public by showing us what WE can’t do. I’m not trying to stereotype our various police forces, there are bad apples in every bunch — it just seems to be getting worse every day.

2) Prior to the occupation of DCE lands in Caledonia, I had no problems with Natives what-so-ever. Live and let live – you do your thing and I’ll do mine. However, I, along with many other Canadians I have spoken to, have recently seen Natives in an entirely different light.

The attitude of “you [Canada] owe us [Natives]”, “we don’t have to listen to your government”, “your court system doesn’t apply to us” and “we are a Nation unto ourselves and we’ll do whatever it is we want” is just sickening. The SN Confederation, Band Council, or whomever Natives are claiming to be their “governing body” obviously support these actions by their own lack of action. Today, I hold a different view of Natives — one of savage ancestry that has reared it’s ugly head in the 21st Century.

Do I hate Natives? Absolutely not. I am disgusted with their values and morals, but that does not warrant hate (as the Natives would have you believe… we’re [Canadians] all a bunch of racists).

The fight non-natives have, was NEVER about Native people (and still isn’t) — the Natives have turned this into a Native vs. Non-Native issue themselves and have destroyed the views the average Canadian has of Native people. It will take a LONG time to rebuild the relationship between Native and Non-Native people — if it’s even possible.

Our fight is with the OPP and other such entities that have adopted a two-tiered system — one set of RULES for Natives, and one set of LAWS for Non-Natives, when all we ask for is equality — “ONE LAW FOR ALL”.