Posts Tagged ‘truth’

Patrick Maloney’s Jumbo-tron Half-Truth

February 4, 2008

Another example of selective reporting by the London Free Press, and it’s penchant for ignoring my initiatives (even when public safety is concerned). This time it’s about the proposed Jumbo-tron on Richmond Street which I opposed. Read my original post HERE.

According to the article (‘City says big no to big screen ‘; London Free Press; 2008/02/04), “it would damage the core’s atmosphere.”

No mention at all of my written submission to the Planning Committee, or the danger to pedestrians from increased driver inattentiveness that this would cause.

Why does the London Free Press continue to ignore issues which pertain to pedestrian rights and pedestrian safety? Visit the London Free Press ‘Editors Blog’ and read my recent exchange with Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton, and witness his continued reluctance to publicly discuss this with me. Remember the last municipal election campaign, in which I wasn’t allowed a fair opportunity to compete and the LFP refusal to cover what was going on?

After a while you really do have to ask yourself, how much truth are you really getting? Or are you just being spun like so much salad prior to being served up to be devoured?

Product of Canada?

November 8, 2007

If you think that you can trust a ‘Made in Canada’ label, think again! Those ingredients could come from anywhere, because the label simply means that 51 per cent of the production cost was incurred in Canada.

Consumers should be concerned, especially in light of recent food safety problems involving Chinese imports.

On another (related) note… then there are those ‘Best Before’ dates

Links:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising
2001/11/08: Competition Bureau – Guide to ‘Made in Canada’ Claims
2007/07: Food In Canada – Fruit and Vegetable Report
2007/06/12: CBC News – ‘Product of Canada’ labels misleading
2007/07/06: Globe & Mail – ‘Made in Canada’ via China
2007/10/16: Bullroarer – ‘Made in Canada’ via China
2007/10/26: Talk, Talk, Talk – ‘Made in Canada’ is Code for ‘Made in China’
2007/11/03: Guelph Mercury – Make sure your pasta is made in Canada
2007/11/04: London Topic – Just because it says …
2007/11/07: Toronto Star – A Winding Journey Back to the Country of Origin

Khalil Ramal’s PR BS

September 4, 2007
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Notwithstanding the fact that the election writ hasn’t been dropped and this is therefore legal, I find it distasteful that London-Fanshawe Liberal MPP Khalil Ramal’s office just sent out a full-colour glossy 5.5″ x 8.5″ PR postcard.

The justification from politicians for these things (and politicians of EVERY political stripe do it) is that it’s to keep their constituents updated about what’s going on. But, come on… how informative are they, ever? Truth is, these things are mainly taxpayer-funded PR pieces. The intent is to raise the politician’s name recognition, the biggest single factor in electoral success.

What I find most objectionable about this mailout, is the attempt to portray Ramal as somebody who is responsive to his constituents because he was “moved” by a purportedly oxycontin-influenced double-suicide and thereafter “introduced a private member’s bill to monitor the prescription of drugs like this one.”

Tugs at your heart strings, doesn’t it? I’m sure that it’s meant to.

Well, I’m another one of Ramal’s constituents. How responsive has he been to me?

To begin with, he didn’t demonstrate any respect for my democratic rights when I tried to contest the last municipal election and ran into a roadblock by ODSP and asked him for assistance. Apparently, that didn’t bother him at all.

Ask yourself this question… If Mr. Ramal doesn’t have any respect for the democratic rights of other citizens (and the right to participate in the democratic process is about as fundamental as it gets), then does Mr. Ramal have any moral right to hold public office himself?

Another example. I’ve been very active trying to promote pedestrian rights and speaking out about pedestrian safety issues. I was instrumental in having London police do a study about the intersection at Commissioners/Pond Mills, which is in the riding that Mr. Ramal represents. It’s one of those “channelized” intersections which are becoming increasingly popular with city engineers, and they’re characterized by rounded corners and pedestrian “islands.” In the study, London police confirm that this design is dangerous to pedestrians. Has Mr. Ramal shown any concern about this? Has he discussed the situation with the city? According to my recent Freedom of Information appeal, the answer is NO. Has he responded to me? The answer is NO.

I’ll give him credit for this though… he doesn’t seem to miss very many photo op’s.

Links:

http://www.londontopic.ca/article.php?artid=4798
http://www.altlondon.org/article.php?story=20070904084207978

Cheap Cars are a Hoax

April 16, 2007

According to “The race to build really cheap cars,” France’s Renault-Nissan and India’s Tata are leading a race to produce “basic cars that combine modern comfort with safety at a fraction of today’s cost.” The target is a sticker price as low as $2,500, and “there’s no lack of potential customers: Hundreds of millions of Chinese, Indians, Brazilians, Russians, and others…”

Of course, what media reports always fail to mention is the true cost of automobiles, which includes such incidentals as maintenance, insurance, fuel, road construction and repair, environmental degradation, etc.