"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

Tuesday 23 February 2016


I Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "THE SYSTEM IS FAR FROM PERFECT": 

It used to be fairly common to have a line of police in the family. Like lawyers, priests or bankers. I do not know if it is the case anymore. 
Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 22 February 2016 at 15:26


With the exception of priests and I know nothing of  bankers but adding doctors, mediaeval guilds are alive and well.  

Doctors can't make a living in private practice without hospital privileges. Hospital boards have medical advisory committees which determine who gets hospital privileges . So far as I could tell, while on the board, recommendations were  based on adequate work to go around. 

Occasionally a  political  practitioner from the Medical Association would address the Board about how to deal with pesky government. They were the rednecks.

Medical school placements were jealously guarded for  scion of doctors. But only parents politically active in the medical association (Guild)

On the Social Assistance Review Board , a member was using every political contact she 
had to get her daughter accepted into medical school. The word came back that not even the Premier  
could break down the walls . The medical association had everything wrapped up tight as a drum. 

Seems it's not totally like that any more. The government requires medical schools to reflect diversity of the community . Visible minorities have an advantage never previously enjoyed  by anyone outside the fraternity.

There are other changes . I learned recently medical education no longer takes twelve to fifteen years. Apparently a student can graduate as young as twenty-three years of age. Walk-in clinics offer employment by the government.  It's not the same as private practice. 

A person can still choose a family doctor, But  an appointment can take weeks. 

On Sunday, I watched Treasury Board Chair Deb Mathews in a T.V. Interview. The health care budget was not being cut, she said, the government had found ways to provide better care for less. 

My reliable source tells me,the government is starving clinics of  resources. If it wasn't for the pharmacies that operate with walk-in clinics,most would have to close their doors. The information is volunteered.

Home care services have been subject to severe restrictions in time allocated to patients for years. 

Anecdotally, it appears doctors are leaving family practice and home care is replacing institutional care. According to bureaucracy, everything in the garden is rosy. 

It's not that long since Osgoode Hall provided only seventy-five places  each year and they were usually assigned to children of  lawyers. Not just any lawyers. They also were politically active in the Law Association. 

The media likes to present succeeding generations of a family involved in policing as a type of nobility. 

It's really the same-old ,same-old.  Keep the business within the family.

 In Ontario, not so long ago , the police family was the Orange Lodge. 

Now, it's the "face of diversity ". Visible minorities must be represented in the percentages they are in the community. 

A traveling committee ensures  conformity . Two men and a woman, members of visible minorities. 

I doubt another country takes care of visible minorities as well as  Canada does.

 To be white,Anglo-Saxon and born in Canada may even have become a liability in some circumstances.

Yesterday a visible-minority youth was featured in the media. He was sixteen or nineteen and has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia and was  granted a wish. 

His wish was to be Prime Minister for a day. 

He was photographed standing under a picture of the Honorable Pierre Elliot Trudeau and sat on a bench  wearing red ermine trimmed robes  of a Supreme Court Judge.

The feature concluded with the ecstatic youth wrapped in the arms of the  Prime Minister ,son  of the late and former Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau. 

The media obligingly recorded every moment of the happy occasion.

The rest of us were expected to bask in contentment , knowing from this contrived theatrical
performance, Canadians really are what the Prime Minister says we are.

In the last couple of weeks ,he  has twice felt  obliged to deny the obvious. A couple of events reflected unfavorably upon "Who we are as Canadians"

Docile,gullible,obedient,content to amble along like sheep to the slaughter.


Anonymous said...

I realize that we are supposed to grant a honeymoon period to a fledgling government but surely the due date on that process has passed.

There are too many avoidable goofs. Not all are costly in terms of money; a lot are simply lacking common sense.

On a more positive note. Another bright sunny day to belie the February Blahs. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

The honey-moon is over for the Trudeau team.

Anonymous said...

I think the walls of privilege are falling although the process is slow. One is less likely to encounter an insurance agent who
has inherited a boatload of clients from his/her dad. Certainly the universities are a different challenge these days.

Anonymous said...

" Eat a live frog every morning and it's unlikely anything worse will happen all day "

A little gem inched from an American blog.

Anonymous said...

There is a poll in the Auroran that asks should the O Canada be changed to gender neutral lyrics?

It might be more appropriate considering the time in which we live to change the lyrics to trans-gendered.

Anonymous said...

People need to stop trying to make everything non-offensive to everyone. O Canada was written in a time when gender neutral was not even invented. Does making it gender neutral make it any more inclusive?

When will we have a group of atheists demand to remove the references to God. Or another religion demand to make it multi-omnipotent? It is stupid.

Get over it....

Anonymous said...

That anthem will be changed. It's only a matter of time. This country has been spewing so much "inclusive" bullshit here and abroad, that changing the anthem will be no biggy. Jr.'s father would be rolling in his grave.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be so sure
The recent disclosure that the tax the rich and help the middle class was going to cost an extra 8.6 billion dollars (whoops)
Got a passing mention by the liberal dominated media and stony silence from the get rid of Harper legion
Instead the number of people wanting selfies with Justin went up

Anonymous said...

16:40 - He had nice hair this week.