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As the embattled Toronto mayor desperately tries to hold on, with dear life, to his position as mayor, the world over is shocked and amazed to learn Rob’s admittance to using narcotics. 

Rob Ford’s unfortunate turn of events began when the city of Toronto’s police department initiated an investigation called “Project Traveller”. During a routine search of electronic devices the police stumbled upon a video of the mayor with notorious street gangsters and in the video Rob was drunk and smoked a pipe containing crack cocaine. 

Now with the evidence clearly in public, I am amazed and question why Rob is still in office? If video evidence of smoking narcotics is not enough to overthrow the embattled mayor, more video footages have emerged of the notorious mayor, only this time he was on a raging rant about killing the person who recorded him smoking crack cocaine. “I’m going to kill that fu**ing guy,” he says. “He dies or I die, brother.” 

It seems politicians have it too easy these days. They habitually lie, cheat and steal from the public and now, as the story for one unfortunate Toronto mayor goes, they smoke drugs and go on a rant about killing people. The very things they are in power to protect and preserve are being exploited and diminished. I wonder for how much longer will Rob Ford be willing to face the humiliation surrounding his actions while remaining Toronto’s mayor. I believe the end is all too near for Rob as the investigation continues and comes to a conclusion Rob will eventually be thrown out of office and therefore it should be in his best of interest to step down as soon as he can. 

Furthermore, In an ironic twist, Don Cherry, the host of “Hockey Night In Canada”, once infamously said about Rob, “I say he is going to be the greatest mayor this city has ever, ever seen as far as I’m concerned and put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks,”. Unfortunately for Don, the pipe was in the wrong persons mouth. 

Below are the links to the material in this blog, the youtube videos show Rob admitting his guilt and ranting about the suspect whose computer contained the video. 

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/10/31/rob_ford_video_was_seized_during_project_traveller_raids.html

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/09/mayor-rob-ford-still-dealing-with-constituents-during-scandal

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Toronto Mayor – Rob Ford

Posted: November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Toronto Mayor - Rob Ford

ImageThey say, “history always repeats itself”, and now 17 years later, once again, the US government has decided it cannot reach a meaningful resolution to the budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, with the primary focus on Obamacare, and therefore the gridlock has led to a complete shutdown of the government. This is a world power country, which spends nearly $700 billion on its military annually (China at 2nd place with a budget of $170 billion), which is more than the rest of the worlds military expenditures combined, and yet the gridlock stems from the Obamacare (Affordable Care) act, which is meant to give affordable health coverage to the millions of Americans who cannot afford to get insured and proper health coverage. According to US statistics, nearly 44 million Americans are living without adequate healthcare. However, most Americans don’t know what the ACA has to offer. Some love it and some hate it, but most do find it favorable in regards to the benefits that come with the act i.e.: tax credit for small businesses to buy insurance, eliminating the loopholes instilled by Medicare and giving rebates to customers, however they don’t like the mandate that comes with it (for everyone to join Obamacare). Therefore, in my opinion, it seems that Obamacare has more benefits than cons. However, according to my research, I feel Americans are confused. This is a medical care act intended to help the millions affected by poverty. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, homes foreclosed and businesses shutdown due to the economic meltdown of 2008. The people that would be negatively affected by this act are people who make more that $200k per year or multi-million dollar businesses. Therefore, the average American would benefit greatly by the Obamacare act and the ones who would feel the burden of the act are the ones who can also afford the burden. 

 

All in all, I feel like the Obamacare has a lot to offer to the average person. The government shutdown is a result of multi-million dollar company lobbyists who took advantage of the capitalist structure of the government to create hurdles in the political atmosphere, which ultimately resulted in the lockout. With 85000 government officials and over a million government employees locked out, most federal officers are working voluntarily to ensure the safety of society. This makes me wonder why are the Americans spending so much on military to protect their people when they can’t protect them in their own country, this makes me wonder what the government values more; and average individuals burden or filling the pockets of the already rich and prosperous?

Image Ever since the school massacre at Columbine, it seems that school shootings throughout the US has increased exponentially. Did you know that there have been 89 such cases of school shootings since Columbine throughout the US (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States)? Since Columbine, events such as the Virginia Tech massacre, Sandy Hook and Sparks Middle School killings has gripped the public in fear of sending their children to school and being a teacher now comes with a risk of possibly being killed while at work. A school in Texas has allowed teachers to take up arms to protect themselves in case a shooter arrives at their school. Which begs the question, what can be the solution to this uniquely bizarre scenario? Some argue gun control and stricter gun laws, others argue for arming the schools with metal scanners and guards. I believe if someone wants a gun they can obtain one from the black market and if they want to shoot at people at a school then they will do so, therefor, gun control wont diminish the problem. I believe, that the solution, or somewhat control of the problem, can be achieved with a medley of gun education, education on violence and bullying and community support for individuals who come from broken families. I believe this because the shooters from Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook had mental cognitive issues, they were from broken homes and bullied and needed community support to find their escape from harshness of their surrounding environment. Furthermore, I want to ask you, what do you think would be the correct way to controlling this problem, after all, it seems the matter has just got worse and worse since Columbine so therefore, any tactic in place right now is not working so there must be a change required, what do you believe that change will need to be?

Nearly 12 years ago the world was recovering from the aftershock of the 9/11 attacks. The smoke was still billowing from the aftermath of the collapse of the twin towers when America and its allies aligned themselves along with the worlds support to bring the perpetrators to justice. Justice was being sought for the 3000 who lost their lives; they were someones brother, sister, husband, wife, they were someones children and their lives perished because of someones political agenda. Soon following the events of 9/11 America embarked on its global manhunt for the criminals at large and in the process of hunting them down America and its allies engaged in war simultaneously with two countries. They attacked Afghanistan to hunt down OBL and invaded Iraq for its WMD’s. We soon learnt that Iraq was not harbouring any WMD’s in their inventory and neither was OBL discovered in Afghanistan rather he was found in a garrison town of Abottabad in Pakistan. However, America till this day is adamant that the steps taken were necessary and that the collateral damage of war was justified in bringing down the rouge elements responsible of terrorizing civilization.

However, I argue that America has a biased agenda. Almost a decade following the 9/11 massacres, the “Arab Spring”  revolution began and it resulted in the swift expulsion from power of 4 governments: Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. However, 2 years, 6months and 1 week later, the Syrian people are starved of their justice and are suffering under the dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad. The question comes down to this: what is regarded as the “red line” which would result in an international UN led intervention? If the loss of more the 100,000 people is not enough than what about the chemical weapons attack? Sure, some would claim that no one knows who really used these weapons but, in any case, whether it be the opposition or the Assad government who used them, the initial use of the weapons on civilian populace should have drawn the international governments from around the world to disrupt, dismantle, and remove from power anyone operating in Syria and to allow a democratically led government to be installed. 

However, in my opinion, the world powers should be ashamed to let the matter come to the inevitable point of civil war. It took less than 1 month for America and her allies to attack Afghanistan in the hopes of bringing OBL to justice, its been more than 2 and a half years of the Syrian atrocities and the world is sitting on the sidelines witnessing the horrors and realities of war unfolding before them and on their political agenda are schedules and dates for debate on what should be done in the Eastern Arab country. 

 

Sometimes it makes me wonder how our governments value an individuals life, what protocols are in place for action against dictatorship and extremism and to what extent can we really sit here and watch as Syrian children are gassed to death and human casualties mount. The damage done is Syria is insurmountable and each day that passes more and more civilian casualties take place, it makes me wonder if 9/11 really did unite the world in taking collective action against extremism and to fight for the human cause.

 

 

Syrian Intervention: Debate or Protocol