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Despite telling me they had no intention of interviewing any of the other parties besides the three main parties (Liberal, PC and NDP) and the Greens, Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, bowed to popular demand and had an online interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader, Allen Small.

They also likely interviewed him due to the privately-owned Sun News Network interviewing him earlier here, which would make Ontario’s public broadcaster look bad if they hadn’t interviewed him, by offering less coverage of voting options than a private entity that doesn’t rely on tax dollars.

For the summary of my in-depth interview with him, just in time for tomorrow’s election, see here.

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This has now happened three times, with moderators at CBC.ca blocking my fact-based comments about Israel.

First, in pointing out the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s comment about Gentiles existing to serve Jews, on an article about his passing. In that case, I actually provided a link to my sources, whereas someone else’s comment without a source, got through.

Then, my comment about Israel’s internet task force to combat “hate” was blocked.

And now, my comment on Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling on Jewish racism in Israel.

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What at first made me shake my head has now annoyed me, as my tax dollars are being used for this censorship operation, and they have no reason to censor my fact-based comments that don’t violate their terms of agreement, being a public service, unlike a private service like that of the many online newspapers that have the right to block any comments for whatever reason.

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From the March 29, 2012 news release, Ontario Increases Funding Per Student:

The 2012-13 Grants for Student Needs (GSN) will rise this coming year to $11,189 per student. That is an increase of about $4,000 per student since 2003.

According to StatsCan, the median Canadian family income in 2013 was $76,000.

From the Ernst & Young 2013 Tax Calculator, the tax bill for an Ontario median family income household was $16,967, where less than 35% of that would be provincial tax.

That is, the provincial tax bill would not exceed $6000.

Does it make any sense that the per-student funding is higher than the median family household income?

When it is said that private education isn’t affordable for most with the same approach as public education, that is true, and that’s precisely because the public education system isn’t financially sustainable.

In a free market of allowing for an opt-out of public education, education wouldn’t be this expensive, just as food and basic shelter isn’t expensive enough for the vast majority of people in the Western world.

The claim is made that education is a public benefit and therefore the public should pay for public education, regardless of how many children one has who attend public school. Indeed education is a public benefit, but how are families incapable of providing that benefit to their own children, through private means?

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Nice to see my Canadian federal tax dollars hard at work. Apparently the very mention of Israel’s Internet Task Force to combat “hate” is worthy of being censored on Canada’s public broadcaster’s site, cbc.ca.

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Health careFrom the January 8, 2014 article, Bosses shouldn’t ask sick workers for doctor’s note: OMA, in Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, they falsely frame the sick note debate.

This is typical of the corporate-controlled mass media.

On one hand, we have the Ontario Medical Association president making the valid point:

“First of all, you don’t want to encourage people who have infectious diseases to go to their doctor’s office when it’s not necessary,” said Wooder, himself a family physician who has worked in Stoney Creek, near Hamilton, for 28 years.

And the other side makes a valid point:

John Kiru, executive director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, said he respects an individual’s right to stay home to get healthy, but if someone is away for several days it’s entirely reasonable to demand a doctor’s note.

What’s completely left out of their framing, and deliberately so, is the issue of rationing.

Both sides, as presented, have completely legitimate positions, which are in tension with each other.

However, the true relief of this tension isn’t even being put on the table for discussion by the framers of the issue.

The true cure for this problem is allowing private funding of health care. Canada is one of only three countries — along with Cuba and North Korea — that don’t allow for individuals to pay privately for their own primary care.

Because it’s a fixed pool of resources, care must be rationed, instead of meeting actual demand through a market system.

Ironically, and what’s not mentioned in the article, is that doctors already can charge some money for writing sick notes, in addition to getting paid their customary fee through the public system.

That shows the unsustainability of a totally publicly-funded system for sick notes. A false solution may be provided to raise the amount that doctor’s can charge for such a note.

But what won’t be asked is why can’t we extend that to the entire health care system?

This is one of the many examples where the controlled, corporate media are deliberately framing an issue to restrict the debate to controlled outcomes.

For more on the proper see my article, Ron Paul right on health care: it’s not a right and it’s not a privilege — it’s a good.

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Ellen BrownListeners can enjoy Ellen Brown’s regular appearances on Crisis of Reality on Oracle Broadcasting with Doug Newberry.

Since the show’s inception in August of 2012, Ellen has been on seven times:

March 12 – Wealth inequality

February 25 – The economic crisis

January 22 – The trillion dollar coin

December 20 – Public banking

December 19 – Financial slavery

September 26 – Public banking

September 6

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Financial software consultant and host of Crisis of Reality, Doug Newberry, is scheduled to be on Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, January 27, 2013, from 1 to 2 PM Eastern.

We will be discussing public banking, interest-free credit and current financial events.

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