"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday 27 November 2015


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "BE CAREFUL WHAT IS PROMISED ...FREEDOM ?.....TO DO...": 

You must think members of the new Canadian cabinet, while inexperienced in that role, are a bunch of idiots otherwise.
This denigrating attitude gives no credit for the real desire to help.
Maybe the Scottish people were so negative to the Hungarians that the latter returned to their homeland.
This is a delicate and fragile human story and the callousness of the press complaining because every little detail has not been fully worked out is just an expression of its ignorance. 
So give a B+ for trying, more than many countries are 
Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 27 November 2015 at 09:07


The criticism above is not acknowledged. The refugee crisis described as a "delicate and fragile human story" being most ridiculous. 

Millions driven by fear and desperation to risk their children's lives migrating from a homeland to the unknown is human tragedy of catastrophic proportions. 

Empty political  imagery is all that's at work here. 

The slightest sense of how we are governed indicates towns and cities must be involved in planning settlement for 25,000 people within any period, let alone five short weeks with Christmas included. 
That no less than two cabinet ministers conveyed such abject ignorance in a press conference is
positively  electrifying.  

No comfort in the fact that  within days, the two had to eat their own braggadocio and admit they could  not accomplish what they previously insisted they could.Only after the Prime  Minister's conference with the Premiers was there acknowledgement.

Even since, the boss is abroad boasting to European media that political rivals had to eat his dust
in the recent campaign. 

Generosity  of spirit inherent in the government's willingness to immediately absorb twenty -five thousand souls in desperate need  is indeed impressive.

If it is to be believed.

I would be impressed by half that level of concern for Canadians in desperate need. 

Aboriginal children  living in squalor without basic necessities, in an environment filled with drugs and alcohol. 

Students in our education system, identified by grade 5 with a future in jail  because they leave school without basic skills. 

Food  banks because  government social assistance is insufficient to provide for food and shelter  for Canadian children, while public sector wages are 22%  higher than private sector and the gap in Ontario continues to grow. 

Manulife survey just this week shows 38% of Canadians unable to cover household expenses  in 2014. 

If governments at their many levels recognized the problems under their noses   I would easily be convinced  of their sincerity. 

As it is, I will take them as I find them and say so accordingly. 


Anonymous said...

Apparently more than 30 mayors across the country are working with the gov't to take some of the arrivals. I would be
astonished if they were not the larger ones, capable of providing the necessary support groups to traumitized Arabic speakers.
Locally we can only handle small pods of refugees but there is training going on and the internet is essential.
Maybe together we can make a difference is a few lives. Aurora has done this before.

Anonymous said...

Comments like 9:07, just keeps me shaking my head. I know this is your Blog, but I would have hit the big "Delete" button.

Anonymous said...

I think people are capable of trying to do the right thing.
But, i also grant Evelyn's point that more should be done on the home front for those most in need. Unfortunately.
it can take a disaster to grab attention these days. Supporters of all sorts of excellent charitable organizations are forced to try to extract what they can from a fairly small donor base that is feeling taped out.

In other unrelated news: A recent poll indicates Mr Trump's numbers are down for the week.

Anonymous said...

These refugees will be just fine, because of the citizens of all these communities, not because of government.

Anonymous said...

I am no fan of government but they are playing their part . Another group might not be matching funds. We are, of course paying for it. Still....kudos to them too.

Anonymous said...

Ill bite even though I might elicit responses like "I think it important to note that he/she does not like anything much" or "I fear we must expect more of those from the ones who were defeated."
Forget the Cabinet Ministers how about Justin T. Today he promised 2.65 Billion for an international climate fund. So Lets take stock. 2.65 for Climate change and counting, 1.25 billion for refugees, 10 billion for infrastructure on top of the 2.4 billion deficit left behind by the Tories. Can any Liberal make a cogent argument how a country with large deficits can fund all this. Lets not forget when an East Coast reporter asked our new wunderkind prime minister how much all the promises would cost he told him to get a calculator and add it up himself. I wonder why.
And btw I did not vote for either the Liberals or Tories!!!!

Anonymous said...

All I know is that the guy better come home soon. The guy is gone for a few days and billions are flying out of the biggy bank.

Anonymous said...

Our current deficits are being funded by cheap money so these expenditures are being made at a fraction of traditional costs.

One of the two leading schools of economic thought of the 20th century, those postulated by Keynes, is to spend your way out of a recession, which is where we are in Canada today. But the expenditures have to be job creating, not merely pissed away as has often been the case in the past.

Canada "imports" almost one percent of its population every year, and the bulk of these people have settled into our communities and work forces without creating problems.

Anonymous said...

Haven' t you been paying attention? They will be funding all these projects through revenue neutral taxing. Yup! It's the new thing now. Jr. picked this new way of funding from his friends in Bc, Alta and Ont. Where have you been?

Anonymous said...

Ah Keynes hadn"t done so well in Greece.

Dave said...

I agree we should do more for our homeless on our home front.

However, our people fight hunger and the elements.

The refugees flee bombs and gunfire, as well as brutality and tortur

Anonymous said...

Syrian refugees are the flavour of the month. In Hamilton, the response has been so great that the resettlement people
are over-whelmed. They are just hoping to ride it out and save some of the materials and good will for those they were
already helping.

Anonymous said...

It is fine to say we should be doing more at home.
But the fact is that we were not. It has nothing to do with helping these people.
We can still improve the way we treat our own who are in trouble.
The one does not make the other impossible.
Hope the weather holds for the parade.

Anonymous said...

Mr Ballard was going on about ending homelessness. He might need to be reminded when he discovers something
new to natter about in his column. Winter might focus his attention.

Anonymous said...

ummm... 21:00 "One of the two leading schools of economic thought of the 20th century". Guess what? We are about to enter the 16th year of the 21st century. Wake up and smell the coffee.

"Our current deficits are being funded by cheap money so these expenditures are being made at a fraction of traditional costs." I wonder what it would be like if the there were NO deficits? That way we would not worry about the "traditional" costs or the non traditional costs.