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  1. 8 hours ago, Elias Pettersson said:

    But when you compare his coaching numbers to Vigneault's, Vigneault comes out ahead.

    7 hours ago, RUPERTKBD said:

    Remember the early days of AV?


    "AV only knows how to coach defense!".....and "Defend the 0-0 tie!" (right up there with the "Sedin Sisters" as the stupidest thing so-called Canuck fans have ever said).....


    But then, his team evolved. The twins turned into MVP calibre players, Kes became a Selke threat.....a couple of shrewd trades and signings and all of a sudden, AV was presiding over the best offense in hockey....


    Never mind Canuck coaches, name me any other coach who completely flipped his style to match his personnel like that....


    If not for Burrows and his shorthanded goal against Carolina that basically saved Vigneault's bacon, he wouldn't have even had the opportunity to get to the '11 SCF.  I'm also firmly in the camp of the team making it to the finals in spite of (and not because of) Vigneault.  He was still doing the "more of the same, maybe it'll change the tide" approach, when it was actually team creativity (and Kesler carrying them on his back against Nashville) and Luongo's clutch saves that propelled them into the SCF; they'd still be defending the 0-0 tie if it were up to Vigneault.


    So yeah, if Burrows hadn't scored that goal, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now, because Vigneault would've been fired either before or during the '09 offseason.  It's just dumb luck that he had a saviour in Burrows.


  2. 1 minute ago, Alflives said:

    Yup.  Either the GG is simply a figurehead, in which case that job should be eliminated, or it has teeth.  I’d like the GG to have actual bite, and get guidance from the ruling monarch.  Imagine Queen Elizabeth talking to JT.  She’d say, “yes, you’re pretty, but you need to grow the hell up!”.  “No election, and get to work properly governing”.  “And get a proper haircut!”  

    I was torn between upvoting your post and the "haha", but every time I read the line "And get a proper haircut!", my mouse kept moving over to the "haha", so "haha" it was.  :lol:

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  3. 5 minutes ago, JM_ said:

    I'd have to dig deeper on it, but I'm pretty sure your'e asking her to over step her authority. 

    From https://www.gg.ca/en/procedures-dissolution-parliament-and-calling-election



    The power to dissolve Parliament is a royal prerogative exercised by the governor general. The governor general retains certain constitutional discretion whether to accept the advice of the prime minister to dissolve Parliament.

    The Queen's representative does not need to accept the suggestion, as it is "a royal prerogative exercised by the governor general".

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  4. Just now, JM_ said:

    Sure, but my point is she didn't have to. 

    I would actually contend that accepting the suggestion to dissolve parliament would be a dereliction of duty on her part (or at least very irresponsible in the context of her constitutional role), as there was no impasse or other constitutional crisis requiring a reshuffling of the deck. 


    The more prudent, responsible choice would have been to examine if there was a genuine need to put the decision to the electorate, and thensend him back to Parliament because (based on what has been disclosed so far to the public) there was no need to call an election.


    If there was an impasse or a pending impasse, it would have been stated already in the Liberals' platform, identified during their rallies, or disclosed in the debates.  Instead, it's just been hot air and arm waving so far - no clear or specific Parliamentary reasoning to drag the electorate out to vote, other than "because we think it's time" (paraphrasing).


    As much as I disagree with the Tories and their platform/philosophy, it's looking very likely that their speculation of cover-up for the issues related to the national lab in Winnipeg is pretty close to the truth.  This also seems to fit a pattern for the Rt. Hon. too - anytime things get too hot in committees, he either prorogues Parliament (SNC Lavalin/ethics committee) or calls an election (if the Speaker's lawsuit/national lab document disclosure is in fact the reason).

  5. Just now, JM_ said:

    well thats something I haven't been accused of around here before. 


    The GG didn't have cause to say no, thats why it didn't happen. Someone else would have had to have a legit chance at forming gov't. 

    There was no non-confidence vote.  The request by the Rt. Hon. was just to dissolve Parliament.  She would have been doing her constitutional duty by saying, "I don't accept your suggestion.  Go back to Parliament and work things out."


    4 hours ago, King Heffy said:

    Imo the GG should have refused to dissolve parliament.


    4 hours ago, Alflives said:

    That's an excellent point.  We need our GG to use their position for more than just a rubber stamp.  Right now the GG position is too political.  

    That's exactly what I suggested some 40 pages ago.


    On 8/15/2021 at 9:59 AM, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

    Too bad GGMS didn't exercise her constitutional powers and send the Rt. Hon. back to Parliament to figure things out with his parliamentary colleagues.  :sadno:


    Well, here's hoping the Rt. Hon. and the remaining running members of his Cabinet all lose their bids to win back their seats while his party wins a majority and forms government!  :gocan:



    I should note @JM_ pooh-pooh'd the idea then, but is strangely silent about the idea now.  :bigblush:

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  7. 12 minutes ago, JM_ said:

    I think there's an easy fix for this, provide the needed rebates to make rural homes have affordable access. If that means charging us city folk a bit more for an EV charger permit, I'm fine with that. 


    Or if thats not possible we may need to subsidize fossil fuels for a small number of people. 

    I don't think you're getting the point here.  I'm talking a bit more further into the future than just simply increasing the share of EVs on city roads; I'm more pointing out what happens when EV tech eventually is favoured and perhaps even mandated on the roads in favour of eliminating combustion-based vehicle technology.


    Once that happens, the rural folk will really be up $&!# creek.  Their options will be to pay exorbitant fees to get gasoline/diesel into their localities (with the threat of that production eventually stopping altogether), deal with EVs that don't meet their needs/ill-suited for their applications in rural settings, or move back to something like horse and buggy.  And because of the way city folk have greater buying power (both in terms of numbers and in terms of $$$), the city folks' influence will eventually drag rural folk into having to choose between one of these three undesired options.

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  8. 1 minute ago, flat land fish said:

    You have to keep in mind a rural resident is going to burn a lot more fuel per vehicle than a city resident probably twice as much.  Gasoline and diesel fuel are going to be around for a long time.  In Saskatchewan here we are on the cusp of major investment in biodiesel by way of canola oil.  This is a long term plan for use of these fuels long term.

    Sure, but the economics of it would suggest that oil companies would eventually find it too expensive to continue to produce for a numerically small, physically/geographically dispersed contingent of people who may not necessarily be willing to pay the higher prices involved in getting that reduced output to them in relatively hard-to-reach areas.  So in that way, they'd be dragged (unwillingly, it would most likely appear) to the EV world at some point, where the vehicles generally speaking most likely won't be a good fit for the applications that rural folk would need them to meet.

  9. 1 hour ago, JM_ said:

    I don't like this being set up as rural vs urban. We don't need to divide ourselves like that. Its much easier to get city drivers to do the bulk of carbon reduction and let the rural folks do what makes more sense for them. 

    The practicality of the matter though is that if you push city folk to EV platforms, then fuel demand drops; once fuel demand drops, it becomes impractical to continue to produce fuels for internal combustion or diesel engines.  This is the desired outcome for all intents and purposes, but it also neglects the fact that there are infrastructure obstacles for the people who don't find EV platforms practical or usable for their needs, who will need combustible fuel that is no longer produced for their engines, and who will be left trying to figure out how they're going to get to their medical appointments in the nearest town, or get to their work camp and back where there's no infrastructure along the way to facilitate charging EVs.


    That's the reality of the situation, and although you may think of it as a "divide", in a way it's a divide that the rural folk have no (or very little) ability to affect, because the larger influences are coming from urban habits and trends.

  10. I don't follow that many sports, but I would say that even though today's players could probably skate circles around the players from the 70s and 80s (because many of them are built for lower-body power and speed), rats like Marchand and goons like Milan Lucic or Ryan Reeves would probably be drilled to the ice by enforcers of yesteryear.


    However, today's goaltenders wearing pads of the 80s?  They'd get lit up like doobies at a 420 party.

  11. 2 hours ago, PositionOfPower said:

    Good luck with the extradition rights with a country like Russia, after knowing this the court should restrict him from going abroad.

    No official criminal charges laid against him yet, so the courts don't have the ability to restrict his movements.

  12. 4 hours ago, PositionOfPower said:

    Don't get how he can bolt to Russia with the current problems with law. Don't get how that is allowed.

    On 8/30/2021 at 6:32 PM, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:



    The courts haven't asked for his travel documents, so I think he's probably free to go.  They'll probably serve him with a warrant should they press charges.



  13. Another step towards the guillotine for what used to be a fair-minded and open public broadcaster that has since fallen under full government control (despite their Charter which in theory should have kept them free from government interference).  I'd like to think they felt the liability of infringing upon the ever-shifting red line of the national (moronic) security law was too great, but the reality is that the government is stifling all avenues where dissent can be voiced.


    This comes after eliminating archived material of greater than one year since broadcast, wiping clean their social media platforms, chasing out or firing capable and award-winning talent, and disavowing many programs that used to form the backbone of their legitimacy.




    Hong Kong public broadcaster says it offers ‘free exchange of views’ after another current affairs show reportedly axed

    City Forum is the latest in a series of programmes to be scrapped under RTHK's new broadcasting chief.
    Rhoda-2-Copy-96x96.jpgby RHODA KWAN08:00, 7 SEPTEMBER 2021

    Hong Kong’s public broadcaster has said it is committed to promoting public debate following reports that it has axed yet another current affairs programme, the 41-year-old City Forum.


    “RTHK has to fulfil the public purposes and mission stipulated in the ‘Charter of RTHK’, including providing an open platform for the free exchange of views without fear or favour,” it said in a statement to HKFP on Monday.


    City Forum Photo: Wpcpey via C.C.3.0.


    The government-funded broadcaster, which is meant to be editorially independent, declined to comment on widespread reports of the show’s cancellation. However, it said it “will continue to produce programmes in accordance with [its charter].”


    It added that it currently provides around 36 hours of open debate programmes a week across separate platforms. “Programmes of RTHK which provide an open platform for the free exchange of views include, but is not limited to, Backchat, Talkabout and Open Line, Open View,” the broadcaster said.


    Media reports cited sources as saying the broadcaster has axed City Forum, a live public debate forum which has aired on Sundays for the past four decades. It had originally been set to resume after a summer hiatus later this month.


    The programme invited academics and other key public figures to debate a topic of current interest and featured question and answer sessions with a live audience.


    ‘Severely affected’


    The RTHK Programme Staff Union said on Sunday the show’s cancellation would “severely affect” its charter mission of serving as “an open platform for the free exchange of views without fear or favour.”


    Press freedom journalist government Reporters raise questions during a government press conference on September 15, 2020. Photo: GovHK.



    City Forum is the latest RTHK current affairs programme to be cancelled since a new Director of Broadcasting with no previous media experience took the helm in March. Since then, it has also scrubbed its online archivespurged its Twitter accountlaunched a chat show hosted by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and issued directives to staff to use Beijing-approved wording.


    Lam has also announced a partnership between the broadcaster and Chinese state media CCTV to air more mainland-produced shows to instil a sense of patriotism among Hong Kong viewers.


    RTHK has seen an exodus of senior editorial staffers since the change in leadership, with ex-TV host and veteran journalist Steve Vines fleeing the city last month.


    The cancellation comes amid growing concern at the state of press freedom under the Beijing-imposed national security law. The city’s press group has warned press freedoms are “in tatters” after a national security crackdown on the city’s largest pro-democracy newspaper.


    Apple Daily was forced to shut down after two police raids, the arrest of seven news executives and writers and the freezing of its assets.


    ‘Shrinking freedom of expression’


    Journalist and academic Yuen Chan said the programme’s cancellation was symbolic of the city’s diminishing freedoms.


    “City Forum holds a unique place not just in Hong Kong’s media landscape… It provided a platform for a mediated discussion of topical issues of social significance, one where voices from across the political spectrum could be heard and members of the public could express their opinion,” she told HKFP on Monday.


    “[I]n today’s climate, where different voices are being drowned out, its demise is emblematic of Hong Kong’s shrinking freedom of expression… It is yet another sad day when even a show like City Forum can no longer be tolerated in Hong Kong,” she continued.


    Update: 07.09.21: This article was updated to include Chan’s comments.



    I'm so glad that sites like HKFP still exist and still operate somewhat objectively in the face of white terror being pushed onto the public.

  14. 2 hours ago, Warhippy said:

    Going back to PET.


    The Conservatives have seemingly mismanaged the nations finances without ever suffering a major economic issue.  Harper took over at the start of the 2008 economic crisis but many economists actually suggest that it was Canada's strong banking laws and pre-existing legislation that saved the nation in spite of the then conservative government and not entirely because of them.  As had the twinning/pairing of our banks with the US, 40 year amortization periods and slight deregulations as was attempted to be legislated happened we'd have utterly failed.


    Stephen Harper rang up 300 ish billion in debt with oil prices as high as 142 a barrel and no significant downturns, but also did so on the backs of cut social programs and reworked equalization structures.


    Mulroney created the single greatest cash grab in canadian history in the GST but also rang up an absolute monster of a debt.


    So no.  They are no better than the Liberals they claim are inept with our finances.  

    Further, it was the Chretien-Martin show that slashed a lot of the debt and brought balance to the budget - ie. the years after the Mulroney Tory government and the years before the Harper Tory government.  Maclean's article link below, which some might say is a publication skewed in favour of the Liberals, but the numbers in the article don't lie.



  15. 17 minutes ago, stawns said:

    You'd think someone who went through what he went through would be glad to know where the kids were at all times

    His obsession with pedophiles is clouding his judgement (not that he had much good judgement to begin with).  If he's seeking professional help, it's clearly not working - and if he's not seeking professional help, he really should.

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  16. 7 hours ago, Canuck Surfer said:


    Going back; 1 in 520 people walking around the US are dead from Covid.

    I know you don't mean it this way... but damn that's a lot of zombies and other undead waliking around. :bigblush:

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  17. 1 hour ago, Warhippy said:

    I just had a friend post that she knows of a family that lost 3 people to the vaccine,


    3 people.


    I had to ask, as we live in such a small area and know all the same people 



    Oh friends

    But who, that's crazy!

    It's not important.

    Sure it is


    Well of the now confirmed world wide direct deaths attributed to the vaccine approaching 5000 people from 6 billion jabs, losing 3 people in one family is amazing

    I didn't mean they died

    But you said they lost them?  Like they're alive


    So they're lost?  Like a set of keys or a sock?


    They're not responding to me anymore :( 

    Just speculating here... maybe they're referring to the souls their side lost because they dared to take that vile and evil vaccine that'll turn the innoculated into Satan himself... :rolleyes:


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  18. 11 minutes ago, thedestroyerofworlds said:

    We're getting there.  It was only last year that Phase 3 trials were under way.  To go from zero approved vaccines to over 5 billion doses administered is amazing.  Could we do better?  Yes.  But we shouldn't discredit the progress that has been made.



    Agreed, and I'm not discrediting anything.  However, we do have an excess of supply and there are countries who have demand.  Let's put those doses to use.

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  19. 10 minutes ago, JM_ said:

    Once Canada has its own production up and running in a couple years this will be a good way for us to contribute to the global issue of short supply. 

    An even better way would be to take our excess doses and put them into arms of people who want them in other countries instead of holding them in reserve for those in our country who clearly don't.  ;)

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  20. 38 minutes ago, JM_ said:

    I was referring to people like those asshats blocking hospital access this week. 

    They're pretty much a lost cause, regardless.  I think maybe even contracting the disease and getting intubated themselves won't necessarily change their stupidity.


    In all seriousness, if we want this pandemic and all these restrictions to go away, the best way and the most effective way is to drive global herd immunity/mass vaccination.  The ivermectin guys and pandemic deniers are just localized noise; until the global aspect of the pandemic is knocked out, dealing with the noise is more like treating the symptom and not the cause.  Pretty ineffective and a waste of resources and effort.

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