Times Higher Education released rankings of universities from around the world yet post-secondary institutions in Canada are slipping. Charles drills down the numbers with Nello Angerilli, senior executive at the University of Waterloo, who says Canadian universities aren’t getting any worse but many schools overseas are improving.
Tasha Kheriddin is a conservative. But like the other Conservative writers I respect, she doesn’t shrink from telling fellow conservatives the truth about their standing in the country. East of Manitoba, Harper Conservative numbers are in the toilet. Kheriddin writes a thoughtful piece about why Harper is unpopular despite Canada’s many successes of late. And she stays away for the tedious shoot the media messenger stuff that activists are always feasting.
She focuses much more on the Conservative Party language and how people east of Manitoba respond to it much differently than they do in the west. Best of all she encourages Conservatives to dump the “Circle the Wagons. We’re victims of the elites. Send Money” strategy that is still the bread of and butter of the Conservative fund raising. If you are a conservative voter, Kheriddin is not tell you what you want to hear. But she is telling you what you need to hear. She’s not a cheerleader. She’s a thinker.
Tina Fontaine …The Blame Game Begins.
The following is from James Jewell’s police insider blog. Please read this and share your thoughts with me. For those who don’t know, James Jewell is a former leader of Winnipeg Police -Homicide. www.thepoliceinsider.com
The Rush to Judgement
Before we act as Judge, Jury and Executioners we should at least acknowledge that other possibilities exist. For example;
Fontaine could have either refused to provide her identity or provided a false identity to Police. If she provided a false identity the Police may have checked her name on the computer with negative results. People often give Police Officers with false names to avoid arrest or detention. If that’s the case, it’s possible the Police may have simply sent Fontaine on her way oblivious of her true identity.
If Fontaine refused to give her name the Police may have simply sent her on her way. After all, they had their hands full with an impaired driver and Fontaine may have appeared to be the age of consent. Regardless, they may have felt they were on shaky grounds detaining her any longer than they already had.
Rest assured of one thing, the internal investigation will uncover the truth. If the Officers entered Fontaine’s name into their computer the Professional Standards Unit will already have documentary evidence confirming the query.
The question around the query raises other possibilities.
Was Fontaine properly entered into the CPIC system?
Was CPIC operating at the time of the traffic stop?
Was the query properly entered by the Officers?
Were the results of the query properly interpreted by the Officers?
Police advise the Officer’s in question were a Field Training Officer and a Recruit in training. Field Training Officers are generally well versed in Police procedures and policies. Field Training Officers are not so well versed and can be prone to make mistakes.
Did the Rookie Officer make the query?
Did the Officers learn Fontaine’s true identity?
Was it accident, omission, error, a systemic issue or neglect?
These questions will be answered by the internal investigation.
As I watch the media reports I’m not amused by the blame game that’s starting shape the Fontaine case.
Just how far do we want to go as we assess blame on the two WPS Officers at the center of the controversy.
Do you want to blame them for Tina’s death?
If you do, please look at the time line again and ask yourself if that’s really fair.
The fact is Tina Fontaine was in the safe and secure custody of CFS long after the two (2) WPS Officers had contact with her on August 8th.
The very same agency the Officers would likely have turned Fontaine over to once they identified her as a missing person.
The very same agency the troubled teen had absolutely no problem running away from.
At worst, the Police Officers may have neglected their duty and obligation to take a young at risk girl into their care. If that turns out to be the case then they should suffer some sort of consequence.
That error certainly didn’t result in Tina’s death.
Tina Fontaine was killed by a very bad person.
Let’s not forget that.
Is Stephen Harper close to that “walk in the snow?” Resigning the leadership of the Conservative party? Here’s what Ottawa based blogger Pierre Bourque is posting:
Will He Stay or Will he go? www.bourque.com
Bourque has learned that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be planning his imminent exit strategy from the political stage. Indeed, after more than a decade as leader of his party and almost as long as Prime Minister, the canny politico may have read the writing on the wall and realized that governments of a certain vintage often defeat themselves as political capital dissipates with each passing day. Besides, at this stage in his career Harper has nothing to prove to anyone, least of all to himself. First, he came back from the sidelines. Then he reunited and revived a moribund right-wing political movement. Then he won a succession of national elections, culminating with his much sought-after majority. Looking back on all of this, it is clear that the last thing he wants is to fall in the next election simply because a fickle electorate has become enamored with an Opposition leader seemingly half his age and who can do no wrong. That being said, in recent days, a number of key Conservatives in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver have confided to Bourque they envision a late-winter announcement that the PM will step down, triggering a spring leadership convention to choose his successor. A telltale sign is the growing amount of time and energy Harper is spending on the world stage, finding solace in the accolades of his fellow world leaders as his party treads water in national polls back home. Such was the case with a number of his predecessors as they contemplated their own ‘best before’ dates, including Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, and Jean Chretien. Each, one will recall, was succeeded by a caretaker Prime Minister who quickly succumbed to the opposition at the first available opportunity. Such was the fate of John Turner, Kim Campbell, and Paul Martin, all effective and capable politicians in their day, but each of them left holding the odious bag of public contempt for a party that dared to stay on in power too long. It is thought the suitable successor to play that role would be Jason Kenney, an obvious candidate to take the party into its inevitable hibernation in Opposition. So, to recap, the tea leaves suggest a Harper departure after the much promised ‘balanced’ budget in Winter 2015, followed by a leadership convention in Spring 2015, and a general election in Fall 2015.