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As a sign of the times of cultural Marxism run amok, and on the public dime, no less, from the November 20, 2014 article on Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, they had the audacity to ask whether Canada’s third most populous province, British Columbia, should change its name, in part due to changing demographics.

Have you ever wondered why British Columbia is still called “British,” even though it’s not a colony any more? Howard Stewart has, and he wants to talk to you about it.

Stewart is a historical geographer, who has travelled all over the world. He thinks B.C. needs to have a conversation about other possible names– names that more accurately reflect the people who live there.

Here were my comments:

“By that logic, the street names in Kitchener like Cayuga and Manitou should be changed to reflect the current demographics of mostly White Europeans. The fact that this question is even being asked, and by our national taxpayer funded broadcaster, no less, is a sign of where the founding European culture of this country is headed [if] multiculturalism and sustained, mass immigration from around the world is continued.”

“Where things are headed if, not unless. And what’s with the timing? When lots of Canadians of German, Scot and Irish background moved to B.C. to retire, there was no call to have it renamed. It seems the driving force is the movement of non-European immigrants. While we’re at it, we should also change the name of Canada, since that was based upon a Native name, which the current demographics don’t reflect.”

And since they solicited comments, I sent them this email:

“With the recent CBC funding cuts, is an article and feature on one geographer’s musings about changing the name of B.C. such an important priority?

Perhaps we should also consider changing the name of Canada, since it is based on a Native name, which doesn’t reflect the current demographics.

Please, use your limited financial resources more wisely in serving the vast majority of Canadians and not what a particular B.C. academic is proposing.”

and this email to the UBC Professor of Geography, Howard Stewart:

“Dr. Stewart,

I came across the CBC article, Does British Columbia Need a New Name, in reference to your call for a name change, based, in part on changing demographics.

By that logic, we should also consider changing the name of Canada, since it is based upon a Native name, which doesn’t reflect the demographics of Canada ever since it was founded in 1867, and to this very day.”

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I have extended interview invitations to the Ontario Libertarian Party candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo, and here is my 20-minute interview with Patrick Bernier, OLP candidate in Kitchener Centre. You can listen to the audio here.

We talk about the OLP’s plans for empowering individuals and not government, with regard to health care and education, which are always big issues, provincially, and locally as well.

We talk about the unaffordable $11,189 2012-2013 Ontario per student grant for the public education system, and student-driven alternative options that would be more effective.

For health care, we discussed patient-focused care, and ways to improve efficiencies and drive costs down to the level of other countries with better care.

Recently, I conducted an in-depth interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader Allen Small on March 20, 2014.

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From this July 19, 2013 Waterloo Region Record article, Son grassed off by complaint about elderly parents’ lawn:

Chris Parniak could not believe the city’s bylaw department is cracking down on his elderly parents to cut grass in the middle of a heat wave.

Parniak found a notice of violation from the city’s bylaw enforcement office in his parents’ mailbox on Wednesday. The notice mentioned his parents by name and ordered them to cut all grass taller than eight inches.

“I was just disgusted that the bylaw department is going around enforcing something as ridiculous as that in this kind of heat wave,” Parniak said.

“My parents are senior citizens, they are in their 80s. My mother is disabled with lupus, my dad had kidney failure and has been in and out of the hospital,” Parniak said.

Bylaw enforcement officers typically only respond to complaints. That means someone living near the elderly couple called the city’s bylaw enforcement office and complained about the length of their grass in the middle of a heat wave.

Property owners have three days to comply with a notice of violation. After that, a city grass cutting crew does the work and sends a bill. Typically the cost ranges from $100 to $150, depending on the size of the lot.

Despite the article making the neighbour(s) who ratted out the couple about their lawn out to be insensitive creeps, the fact that such bylaws are so widespread and accepted tells me that most Waterloo Region residents, most Canadians, and even most Americans would force this old man (through government) to cut his grass, too, if they were his neighbour.

If, for example, the guy had a dangerous tree on his property, then I think the city would be justified in acting to protect his neighbours, but what business is it of his neighbours, or of the city, to impose force on him simply because his grass is allegedly, and arbitrarily, “too long”?

This is the consequence of not truly owning any real property in Canada, unless you’re the Crown, and in most places in the United States, unless you’re the “sovereign” government. Your “ownership” is only fee simple, which means it is subject to all taxes and regulations imposed on it by the so-called representative government.

Am I saying that I would be happy to live next to a neighbour or neighbours with lawns that more resemble a jungle? Of course not! — but that’s not the point. How is it infringing upon my property rights, unless that grass becomes a danger to my property?

In a twist of irony, the city of Waterloo doesn’t follow its own similar bylaw, as I walked by the University of Waterloo Tech Park, which is operated by the publicly-owned university, and has tracts of land with grass and weeds bigger than eight inches at times, including on July 20.

Is it the case of a bylaw exemption, of the government not actually being servant to the people, and, instead, master? As a friend told me, when he worked on Ontario Works public housing projects, he was told that the government’s excuse was that there was simply too much grass to cut.

Too much grass to cut within 24 hours or a few days, perhaps, but it’s not a valid excuse at all if it justifies hardly ever cutting the grass while employing bylaw officers to force their benefactors (tax-paying residents) to cut their grass.

Until enough residents stand up and prove otherwise, I have no reason to believe that most of them wouldn’t also use the power of government to force their neighbours to cut their grass, too.

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Kitchener MasjidFrom the Waterloo Region Record’s September 11, 2012 article, Mayor’s stance on Islamic Centre surprises local imam:

“Shafiq Hudda is surprised to hear that Mayor Carl Zehr may oppose an Islamic centre that plans to open in the Huron Business Park.

He said that he would try and help us with the zone change,” Hudda said. “He would do whatever he can to help us.

Hudda is the imam for the Islamic Humanitarian Service, which spent $495,000 to buy two vacant hectares that are not zoned for full religious use.

Sure, there’s a municipal council vote coming up on September 17, but did they really need to write this article on September 11, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Is that the most favourable day to write such an article for engendering a sober analysis of the proposal on its merits?

As for 9/11, if you still think 19 Muslims thwarted all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, the FBI, the FAA, NORAD, Israel’s Mossad and the UK’s MI6, then see my article, What didn’t happen on 9/11, and listen to Peter Eyre’s succinct talk on what happened on 9/11, and watch Flashback: David Ray Griffin’s devastating critique of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory.

Previously, I wrote the article, Corporate Feudalist media omits alternative voting options in September 6, 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection. The Record later decided to also exclude the majority of candidates in their candidates forum, so I invited them to appear on my show.

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