The Jordan Glass Times
New issues will be released whenever I have something to say.
- Name: Jordan
- Location: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
I am a twenty one year old student currently in my fourth year of a double major in history and political science with a minor in religious studies. I was raised in Thornhill and now now live in the beautiful Northern Ontario city of Sudbury. I am proudly political. Which you will have no problem noticing. You will also find that I am proudly Zionist and proudly Liberal. Of note; my opinions are not reflective of any candidate I may be attached to, nor are they intended to insult or be libelous to any person, place, or thing.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Hedy backs Bob
Let me just welcome this fantastic woman to the Bob Rae camp. She will be a fantastic addition. She has a fresh outlook on this party.
Bob visits Sudbury
And I will say this. He is dead on about the Middle East.
Liberal leadership hopeful Bob Rae visits Sudbury
BY JASON THOMPSON
Federal Liberal Party leadership candidate Bob Rae said the last federal election was about protest and punishment.
His Liberal Party, regardless of who is at the helm, best reflects the thoughts and attitudes of the majority of Canadians, he said.
Rae was in Greater Sudbury over the weekend and spoke about his campaign at a function held Sept. 24 at Sudbury MP Diane Marleau's residence. Marleau, a former federal minister of health, has come out in support of Rae because his stand on protecting universal medicare is the same as hers, she says.
Rae said he was excited about the prospect of becoming the next Liberal leader and then achieving his ultimate goal of becoming Canada's next Prime Minister.
He added he doesn't want Stephen Harper to do to Canada what former premier Mike Harris did to Ontario.
The former NDP premier of Ontario, Rae said he running he is now a Liberal because somethings have changed in politics, namely the re-alignment of the right-wing.
Rae expressed concern that the Canadian Conservative Party was no longer progressive and was becoming too much like American Republicans, especially in their foreign policy and their views on the mission in Afghanistan.
Rae said he was troubled by a speech Harper made before the United Nations when he spend about 90 percent of his time talking about Afghanistan when there are so many other foreign policy issues, such as the AIDS crisis in Africa and the conflict in Darfur, that Canada should also have a role in.
Rae said he believes Canada's presence in the Middle East will be a critical issue in the next election.
The leadership convention will be held in December.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Liberals oust Tories in New Brunswick vote
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Carolyn Bennet throws her support behind Bob Rae
“I have decided to support Bob Rae’s candidacy because of his progressive vision for the country. Bob and I both recognize the urgent need for practical reforms to health and health care as well as for our party and our Parliament. Bob has also championed an independent Canadian foreign policy, and a progressive, fiscally prudent economic and social agenda, both of which I strongly support. His values, priorities and vision best correspond to those I laid out in my campaign, and I enthusiastically throw my support behind him”, said Dr. Bennett.
Dr. Bennett has run a strong, ideas-based campaign, focused on democratic renewal and the broad range of issues related to public health. She has been a consistent and strong advocate for women’s issues throughout her Parliamentary career and in this campaign.
“Carolyn has set an important agenda in this leadership, grounded in core Liberal values. She understands the challenges of Canada’s health care system and has advocated sensible, thoughtful, ideas to improve the system. I am honoured and deeply pleased she has decided to support my candidacy. And I will continue to champion the issues and reform ideas Carolyn has put on the table”, said Bob Rae.
In closing Dr. Bennett said: “Bob is by far the most experienced candidate in this race. He is passionate, articulate and energetic. He has the best sense of the country and its complexities, which he gained the hard way-- through 30 years of public life at both the federal and provincial levels. Over the course of this leadership campaign he has earned the respect of Liberals at the grassroots level. I am confident he is ready to lead this party and fight the retrograde policies of the Harper government in the next election. Bob will make an excellent Prime Minister of Canada”.
Dr. Bennett has represented the riding of St. Paul's in Toronto since 1997. She joins Maurizio Bevilacqua as the second leadership candidate to endorse Bob Rae’s campaign.
[That message courtesy of BobRae.ca]
I know this is late, but I was out last night at the Pub when I got this news.
Let's be honest folks, you can throw out all the accusations you want, but the number speak. So far every leadership candidate to drop out has thrown their support behind Bob. You can give me all you want about Rae Days, but it doesn't matter. Experienced, intelligent people are backing Bob. And I am proud to count Ms. Bennet among those.
In fact I see no problem in now admitting that I had considered her as a second choice. (Although, I was very certain that she would never make it that far.) In all my time speaking with Carolyn she has astounded me. Her constant defense of universal healthcare (an issue close to me) has always made me proud to be Canadian. I usually say that you should not make a former doctor a Minister of Health, because they always come into the job with their own predetermined interests. But in this case, I would be proud to see Carolyn as our next Federal Minister of Health. She is truly and intelligent woman.
Moreover, I want to state that I am proud of her defense of the state of Israel. From visiting there and being a constant strong voice in the name of their world renouned trauma centres to her release just recently calling for the resignation of Borys W. She will make an excellent addition to Team Rae and an excellent Minister in the future Rae Government.
Welcome aboard Carolyn!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
New Poll Shows Naivete in Canada: 31 Percent Blame Israel for 9/11 Attacks
According to a poll by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), 38 percent of Quebecers think 9/11 was at least partly the result of Israel’s actions in the Middle East, the highest of any region of Canada. Overall, 31 percent of all Canadians hold the same opinion. When Quebec responses are deducted from the national total, about 27 percent of the rest of Canada think Israel's actions in the Middle East were a "primary cause" of 9/11.
In addition, the great majority of Quebecers, more than three-quarters – well above the Canadian average of 63 percent – believe the 9/11 attacks were also at least in part caused by U.S. foreign policy. An equal proportion of Quebecers and Canadians as a whole, about two-thirds, said a primary cause of 9/11 was a reaction of Islamic fundamentalism against the West.
"I was astonished by the results," said ACS director Jack Jedwab. "I knew there was a lot of naivete out there, but not this much."
Quebecers also think relations between Jews and Christians and between Jews and Muslims in Canada have deteriorated since the war in Lebanon. There was no change in attitudes to Muslims, who are viewed in a positive light by just over half of those polled. Sixty-nine percent of Quebecers have a positive opinion of Jews, down five percent from a similar survey taken July 11 to 16, when the war was just beginning. Jews are most highly regarded by the young, ages 18 to 24 (81 percent), and those whose annual household income is between $40,000 and $60,000 (76 percent). The groups with the least favorable opinion of Jews are between the ages of 55 and 64 (56 percent).
Smitherman visits NOSM, Cambrian College
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Palestinians forge unity government
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Olmert, Abbas to Meet; No Political Progress Possible Without Shalit's Release
"I have no conditions or prerequisites for such a meeting," Olmert said, in an apparent policy shift. He added, "It may even be helpful with regard to Gilad Shalit," who was captured June 25. However, Olmert emphasized that there could be no political progress with the Palestinians until Shalit is free and stressed there could be "no shortcuts" in enacting the road map, which he said calls for the dismantling of Palestinian terrorist organizations as an initial step.
Abbas is also ready to meet with Olmert. Following his meeting with Blair in Ramallah, Abbas said he wished to express the Palestinian "readiness to resume serious negotiations fully" and that he was "ready to meet Prime Minister Olmert without prior conditions, and we are ready to begin immediately the preparations for this meeting."
[Courtesy Vital Perspective]
A rather slow news day, I thought I'd throw this new post from Vital Perspective out there.
It's good to see that peace and the release of Gilad Shalit are potential. And as I have always said a potential go between needs to find its way to exist. I'm not his biggest fan, but if Tony Blair can find a way to leave this as his legacy than I have no problem.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
As 5th Anniversary Nears, IRGC Leader Accuses U.S., Israel of Ordering 9/11
"The events of September 11 were ordered by U.S. and Mossad so that they could carry out their strategy of pre-emption and warmongering and unipolarisation in order to dominate the Middle East," Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi told military commanders on Tuesday. His comments were reported by the state-run news agency ISNA.
Safavi said that Washington had been defeated in its strategy of "attacking Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon" and creating a new order in the Middle East. "The U.S.'s neo-conservative strategy was to dominate the vast energy resources of the Persian Gulf in order to be able to control Europe, China, and India and drive the world to a unipolar state. Therefore, it planned to change undesirable regimes such as those of Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Afghanistan."
Among his many other charges against Washington, Tel Aviv and London, Safavi made the following accusations:
Describing Washington and Tel Aviv as two "inter-continental threats" against Tehran. "The U.S. must be livid at Iran because of its disgraceful defeats in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. Regarding the nuclear dossier, it might try to create circumstances so that slowly but surely economic and political pressure is applied against Iran by the Security Council."
Accusing Washington of plotting a "cultural" attack on Tehran by setting up new radio and television stations broadcasting into Iran, supporting dissident groups, and stepping up intelligence operations. "Therefore, the armed forces must be completely prepared in order to combat any forms of foreign and domestic threats."
Charging that Britain and the U.S. were stirring ethnic and religious divisions in Iran, in particular in the provinces close to the country’s frontiers.
[courtesy of blogger Vital Perspective]
But somehow it sounds less crazy when someone on this side of the world says it...strange...
Say what? Anti-semites? Who, us anti-Zionists? by Steven Plaut
This is a strong article. Check it out.
NDP delgates back Afghan pullout
More than 1,500 delegates to a party convention voted overwhelmingly — about 90 per cent — in favour of a “safe and immediate” withdrawal. A long ovation swept over the convention floor as the vote results were announced.
But such opinions were decidedly in the minority.
Pope warns Canadians on gay marriage
Pope Benedict, during a meeting with Ontario archbishops has stated, "Canada has excluded G-d from the public sphere." He acredits this to the legalization of abortion and equal marriage. He goes on to use the proof of a declining birth rate to support his statement. It is all right here.
I have had enough of this crap. This is not about religion. This is about rights. No one, and I mean no one, has the right to do this. Call me an extremist if you must. You would not be the first. This is a closed issue. This is about equality of person. So for those that feel a need to spread hate (of course, you would not consider it hate), "GET OVER IT!"
Friday, September 08, 2006
Israel ends naval blockade of Lebanon
Got some time of between now and the Laurentian Off Campus Students welcome back BBQ. *Crossing fingers for veggie dogs.* So I thought I would post this great article explaining that Israel is not the devil as so many suppose. They have kept their word to end their blockade the minute the UN has suplimented the IDF is the goal of creating a safe zone. Hopefully a lasting peace is on its way.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
The Honourable Diane Marleau to support Bob Rae
Sudbury (September 7, 2006) - The Honourable Diane Marleau, Member of Parliament for Sudbury and former Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, today announced that she will support Bob Rae’s campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.
“Bob Rae has a deep understanding of the issues facing our country today,” said Mrs. Marleau. “He recognizes the value of an independent Canadian foreign policy. He knows how crucial it is to maintain and defend Canada’s public health care system. Just as importantly, Bob understands that the future of Canada depends on the sustainability of our regions. The federal government must play a positive role in ensuring opportunity and prosperity for the citizens of the North. Now, more than ever, we need an experienced hand to take the lead. That is why I believe Bob is the best candidate for Sudbury, for Northern Ontario and for Canada.”
“Diane Marleau is one of the most highly-regarded members of the Liberal Caucus,” said Bob Rae. “Her commitment to public service is remarkable, and I have always been impressed with the integrity with which she serves her constituents and her country. She has been a leading advocate for regional economic development and an ardent defender of the Canada Health Act. I am delighted to have the support of such a distinguished, well-respected parliamentarian. Together, we will continue to lead the charge on these issues and others as we work to build a stronger Liberal Party, a stronger Northern Ontario and a stronger Canada.”
Diane Marleau was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 and has been re-elected five times since. She served as Minister of Health, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister responsible for La Francophonie. She has also been a member of the House of Commons standing committee on foreign affairs. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Mrs. Marleau served as an alderman and as a regional councillor in the Regional Municipality of Sudbury from 1980 to 1985.
Bob Rae has always been a defender of Northern Ontario’s interests. During his tenure as Premier, Bob built partnerships with industry and workers that secured employment in the transportation sector and steel, notably at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay operation and at Algoma Steel. Bob also worked to expand post-secondary education and colleges in communities such as Sudbury with the establishment of Collège Boréal.
I know I join many in saying Welcome aboard!