Aug 14, 2014 at 09:08:53
“Just a sarcastic response to your hypotheticals. You were using the "royal" you, so I thought I'd join in the fun.
And really the comparison is apt. People want to get rid of the individual laws they don't like without realizing it's what holds everything together, in ways they don't actually comprehend.
People don't want to pay taxes becuase they feel they don't get their money's worth. So they use subsidized internet, power, roads to get their message out.
People think they are being oppressed by a Crown that no longer exists, so they ask an institution of the government who has ruled the crown to be irrelevant in numerous rulings to remove something that really can't be without fundamentally altering the way the government functions - all to remove an insignificant formality.”
Aug 13, 2014 at 17:45:20
“The Crown in Canada refers to the the continued governance of Canada by a government of elected representative chosen by its citizens. Nothing more. Nothing less. The Queen signed away her powers in 1947-9, but had let them slip in a number of other issuances now recognized as constitutional convention in the early to mid 1900s. We tell the Queen who to pick as GG. She signs the form. The GG signs whatever the PM tells them too. The GG is scheduled to sign bills into law. Not advised whether to sign a bill into a law, they are told when and where the ceremony is that they will participate in to sign the bill that the PM and his Cabinet have created. Its a formality.
Is there a legal equivalent....? Immigration? Tearing up your passport and finding a new homeland that grants you citizenship...where you will have to swear an oath to their constitutional head of state?
If you commit a criminal act against the Canadian state and you are not a citizen, we have laws for that too.
This sounds like one of those kooky "the government doesn't have the power to tax you" arguments. Enjoy living tax free until the CRA finds you!”
TheRealWallyrus on Aug 13, 2014 at 18:01:49
“Please don't make assumptions about I am thinking, it is incredibly rude.”
Aug 13, 2014 at 16:55:20
“Not really. There are numerous treaties, and the constitution, that separate the Queen from the acts of Canadian Parliament. The GG acts on the advice of Parliament, not the other way around. If the GG decided not to give royal assent, which has happened rarely across the Commonwealth, esp recently (I think Aus is the most recent), I doubt in the end it would have much force or effect. We say the GG reports to the Queen, but the PC tells the queen who to pick. It's all a charade.”
Aug 13, 2014 at 16:06:34
“The Crown in Council, meaning, the GG as a figurehead of the PC, meaning, Cabinet prepares the plans, prepares the cheques, the GG signs, Cabinet spends the money and administers the programs. The GG could be replaced by an automatic signature machine.
The Queen and the GG have no real authority in Canada. They operate on the advice of Cabinet, just as the Queen in Britain walks a mace in every year and then keeps her nose out of politics.”
TheRealWallyrus on Aug 13, 2014 at 16:45:55
“...but she would absolutely within her rights to step in and get involved.”
Aug 13, 2014 at 16:01:54
“The governor general has nominal power, but the real power is wielded by the Privy Council, or Cabinet. The constitution is clear in that the GG takes teh advice of the PC. Constitutional convention almost dictates that the GG rubber stamps their decisions.”
Aug 13, 2014 at 15:58:09
“I don't think the courts are truly the way to do this. This will come as a result of a greater upheavel and eventual discussion about the constitution. The constitution is bigger than the queen, she is but a formality in it. We need to replace that formality with more substance, but removing it from an oath doesn't achieve that either.”
Aug 13, 2014 at 12:03:21
“Encourage away, my point is, if the person who is living the pain doesn't want to live it, they will end it one way or the other.
My uncle died of potentially curable cancer a few weeks ago. He could have gone through chemo again, but after his third bout, he had had enough. Were we to poke and prod him and make him feel guilt?
No one is encouraging suicide, people are recognizing it for what it is for the person experiencing it, not for what others perceive it to be for their own personal motivation.
My GF is in treatment for PTSD caused by a previous abusive relationship. I encouraged her to seek counselling for months before a personal moment of clarity drove her to do so. I'd like to say I helped, but really, only she could help herself in the end.
When a 13 year old commits suicide, or even a 17 year old girl whose been shamed on the internet, what's the point of shame or guilt? Do you think that people didn't encourage them to seek help or that they weren't in counselling? Robin Williams personally sought treatment for his demons for the last three decades. He was aware of the impact of his demons on his life and actively sought to improve his condition. It still wasn't enough.
This article doesn't say suicide is an answer. Rather, it argues suicide is a symptom of mental health issues. Unfortunately, that symptom is fatal.”
Aug 12, 2014 at 13:13:34
“Think of all the pain he suffered to bring that joy.
Should your aunt have fought harder, lived longer to save you the pain of losing her?
Easy to point fingers at people far beyond your reach, maybe try to think about how living on for others affects the people who are doing the living, rather than your own personal discomfort at discussing or understanding their pain, or admitting that in the end, the pain ends it all, be it mental, physical or simple exhaustion at the continued burden.
But no, it's easy, just keep living! Go talk it out!
Dance clown, we're having such a good time!”
chriscc on Aug 12, 2014 at 21:33:42
“My aunt's cancer was incurable, thank you. If it WERE curable I KNOW she would have got treatment so she could see her grandchildren grow up. She wanted to but couldn't. And what would you tell your 13 year old child if he/she wanted to commit suicide? Go ahaead, it will end your pain? Use common sense! I'm not 'pointing fingers' at Robin Williams, I was critisizing the article for condoning suicide rather than encouraging those in depression to get help.”
Aug 11, 2014 at 13:49:39
“Who do I yell at for making men seem like knuckle-draggers in commercials so women will buy product? Johnson & Johnson? Why don't we all stop buying into this BS instead of pointing fingers at who is right and wrong? For the large majority, we are all right. When can we recognize and celebrate the fact that the minority are backwards and ignorant and stop painting all one "type" with the same brush?”
twinkleysnot on Aug 11, 2014 at 14:07:06
“If a company is making ads that make men seem like knuckle-draggers, for sure you go after the company...and let women know you would appreciate they did not support such a message either. If I was a man, I think the constant bombarding from media about what men should be like would irk me. I do not like an advertiser telling me what they think is wrong with me and how I can be more of a woman. The whole push to be uber manly over genuine to who you are hurts everyone. In addition to paying attention to the message companies send with their advertising dollars directly to me, I am trying to pay more attention to their subtler manipulations. Unfortunately, the stereotyping of men as foolish cavemen is prevalent, even though I cannot think of any men I actually know who behave that way. It is all ignorant.”
“Ugh. You just did what you said others shouldn't. I mean, shouldn't we scream about cows being mistreated or abuse of police powers in our own communities and nations if they are things that we can somewhat, maybe, one day control, rather than getting involved in a fight that we have no power over what so ever?
To be perfectly frank - I don't care about Gaza and I don't care about Israel.
I take the point that for North America and large parts of Europe, this is war cheerleading. I stay out of it. There's no end to this, really, and there's nothing I can do to end a half century of oppression, millenia of oppression, and the conflagration that a tri-city of religion adds.
But to then say we should be less focused on other things, more focused on Gaza, but not have detached/uninformed opinions, is the exact type of "me-too" social media hypocritical stance you are railing against.
I want to write an article about the Gaza situation, but it has to be different from the others, but still call attention to it. You know, edgier than religious persecution and the trampling of human rights, but relatable to the North American experience. I know, I'll blame people on facebook!
Moreover, your "I was in Lebanon after the war - man" statement is galling.
"[I'm actually connected and you're just pretending]" sounds a lot like "I actually know the drummer." Yuck.
Aug 6, 2014 at 09:53:13
“You will have a near terminal health care incident at some point in your life as well. Why should I have to pay for it because you subsidized the soy industry and not my cousins cattle ranch? What's the point of a single payer system if you're going to run it like a personal liability insurance company?”
Aug 6, 2014 at 09:49:36
“People who choose to consume more, pay more taxes. Period. Our tax system is set up in just that way. If you have the income to support a high level of consumption, you are hit with income taxes (depending on your accountant) and consumption taxes.
The taxes on cigarettes subsidize other peoples health care. The revenue generated covers the cost of smoking related illness and more. I wonder if the same is true for alcohol consumption? Healthcare costs are rising in part due to weight related illnesses, but the biggest culprit, by far, is an aging population. No matter how healthy we are, the older you are, the higher the potential health care bill is. I'm sure you could draw a reverse bell curve that demonstrates the average persons health care costs (with a spike in the middle for child birth/rearing).”
HEY N0W on Aug 6, 2014 at 12:56:06
“Please show the citation or study that has shown that tobacco taxes pay for the health care cost of tobacco related disease.”
“Good thing they didn't play "beat it"? Grow up. Are you ready to police your community?
In my experience, citizens are appreciative of their service only when they are victims of crime.”
Lloyd Loganathan on Jul 27, 2014 at 13:54:56
“What does my willingness to police my community have to do with bullies with a badge having unchecked power?
Grow up? Ever been unjustly racially profiled by an officer? I have. Multiple times. In my experience, citizens realize how corrupt a police officer can be when they finally are on the butt end of discrimination at the hands of a "neighbourhood friendly" cop.”