Monday, 21 July 2014

'Ethnic Markets' Driving Extinction of Ontario's Turtles.

Turtle populations in southern Ontario are under threat by poachers, who sell the critters on the black market as aquarium novelties or for the dinner plate. 
Ron Brooks, who studied turtles in Algonquin Provincial Park for 40 years, said there are no statistics on the number of turtles being poached and sold in the illegal wildlife trade. 
But he said it appears that poachers will collect turtles and sell them to ethnic markets for delicacies such as turtle soup. 
“It’s very difficult to find out what’s going on,” Brooks said. 
Eight species of turtles live in Ontario, seven of which are considered at risk. Two of these species — the spotted and wood turtles — are classified as endangered. 
For turtle researchers, the risk of poaching prompts them to take precautions.
Hmm. Ethnic markets.  I wonder what they mean by ethnic markets.  I mean who has no qualms poaching Ontario's wildlife for profit in ethnic markets.  All the members of Canada's ethnic communities, and I mean all of them , who make up these so-called "ethnic markets" are law abiding citizens, or so I'm told. None would ever, ever, ever engage in any illegal activity whatsoever.

So I'm blaming you, the white heterosexual conservative male.  It's obviously all your fault. You hate diversity so it stands to reason you hate biodiversity as well.  So sad!  Just embrace the "new Canada" already.  It's for your own good.  If need be I can set you up with a government funded lobotomy if that'll help.  You'll love it, I promise.

Oh, and incidentally we need another head tax.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

So I Take It Hon. Justice Anne Mactavish Doesn't Read The Comments Section of Newspapers.

Why would she? It's only where us common rabble get the opportunity to chime in on news items of interest and voice our opinion. And why would she care about that? Why waste her precious time with the opinions of us little people when only elite opinion matter.

And that's, apparently, what she relied upon as she and the supreme court reversed the Conservative government's 2012 decision to deny failed refugee claimants, tourists for all intents and purposes, from receiving public health care benefits.

According to Colby Cosh writing in Macleans magazine Hon. Justice Anne Mactavish looked at newspapers and magazines to consider what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" to "a large segment of the population." And who, may you ask, is this large segment of the population?
...doctors, who gave dissatisfied statements to the press; provincial politicians, whose luminous anger was conveyed through that same press; and editorialists and columnists, whose collective indignation, plopped on a page in haste, was compiled into a “compendium” for her perusal.
To put it another way the marginal elite minority view.

Had she bothered herself to read beyond the final word of the final sentence of the concluding paragraph of each news item she referenced and read what Canadians had to say about the cuts in the comments (providing comments were allowed) she'd realize a considerable amount of Canadians supported them.

But Anne Mactavish goes to diner parties, not BBQs so I doubt she knows, or cares, what the average Canadian thinks.

So here it is again where the marginal elite view of the Canadian establishment gets to set the agenda regardless of popular public opinion while we pretend we live in a functioning democracy.