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  1. If you want a model for an expensive place to drive a car, try London. The real London. Lemme see. It costs about $20 per day for a fee to enter the city in a car. Surveillance systems record and process every licence number(millions per day), if you don't pay the $20 charge (which becomes $30 per entrance the day after), the fine is around $200 and they just mail you the tickets(s). The parking fees anywhere central will be hundreds of dollars per day. I saw a few meters in Chelsea, which had very rare street parking, that were 1 pound for 5 minutes, or about $25per hour. Offstreet parking in lots would be more than that and hard to find. When you get home to your leafy suburb, your have to pay to park on the street in front of your house, which will be several hundred per month. Then there is fuel at $2/liter, cost of buying the car, insurance and maintenance. Every time you stop your car , you pay for the privilege. Every time you start your car.... same thing
  2. Alberta has an unusual and pretty wide open education system. Schools and school boards have a lot of freedom. If they get public funding, they have to do a few things: they must follow the AB curriculum for core subjects, they must use certified teachers, they have to follow (legal) school board policies if they are part of a board. Inclusive, ya know? What nobody noted was that this Christian school was voluntarily part of a public school board, one they chose to join to gain all the advantages of scale- and get public funding too. They are subject to whatever rules that board chooses- as long as they are legal. What they need to do is leave the board, leave the funding and pay for it all themselves. They will still need to teach the curriuculum and public funding and use real teachers, but after that they can pray the rest of the day.
  3. There was a big whack of US farmers that moved to Eastern Alberta around 1900. Cannot remember why, some kind of pogrom no doubt.
  4. Mulcair has the math about right.  We have no right to expect Trudeau to fulfill more than 40% of his promises when he got only 40% of the popular vote

  5. I do not support or condemn abortion. I do support a womans right to choose. One of the truly annoying things about Pro Lifers is this bullshit , constant conflation that being ProChoice means you support abortion. Hey Prolifers, its none of my business what a woman chooses . And news flash: it is none of yours either. Get thee out of that uterus.
  6. Point of order: 'book' is a bit of hyperbole. Pamphlet? Flash card? Post-it note? Grain of rice?
  7. another poster already answered, but my answer would be 'not permitted here'. They especially would not be allowed in a recent retrofit. Of course, flammable cladding is common here in lowrises. What I wonder at is why the retrofit did not upgrade alarm systems, or engineer refuge areas, which are usually in stairwells. It is difficult and risky to try to evacuate a tall building in the middle or crisis. Reconnizing this, tall buildings have stairwells and /or landings (with no flammable material in them) as areas where residents can stay or move slowly out with relative safety. A key component is that the stairwells are pressurized and have rated fire doors at every floor and exit. By doing this, smoke cannot enter the strairwell and they are safe for quite some time. It allows firemen time to get the gimpy and elderly out, and fit people can evacuate in an orderly manner. This is often not that complex to retrofit, and is a big lifesaver. Dunno why this building apparently had none of it.
  8. Wouldn't they also be more attractive to poor people who lived in the building? The buildings had been recently upgraded, I wonder why life safety was not the first priority. I know it often is here, having participated in several major highrise reno projects. Upgrading fire alarms, fire suppression,mechanical systems, elevator controls etc to current codes are all very costly and are nearly invisible. But you simply cannot ignore those things to add some nice cladding.
  9. I have also lived in FM, and have worked on major fires though not that one. What caused the fire to be out of control so quickly was the weather and the wind. You can bomb the area with retardant and water to your utmost ability and make pretty much no difference. What was saved inside FM was due to intense work in small areas, and luck. If the fire was established in some streets they did not attempt to do anythig but stop the spread. Because that is all there is to do. The main fire was not influenced by anything but wind changes and rain, which eventually slowed and stopped it. In practical terms, it is pretty much impossible to construct firebreaks that would have stopped a fire of this magnitude. The fire did not gain velocity by burning the town, it was full bore on trees long before it got there and was then creating its own weather. What would help would be having a situation in towns that limits the fuel. That means no trees, grass or shrubs anywhere near dwellings inside town . That means metal roofs on all dwellings(which implies no buildings over 5 stories since high buildings have tar and gravel roofs or membranes). No wood /vinyl at all on the exterior of buildings, and no wood or plastic fences.
  10. This final was pretty much a ratings and PR disaster for the league. The games were pretty meh. Kessel has absolutely thrived in the right situation, used the right way. Same for Justin Schultz, who was relied on for far too much in Edmonton.
  11. Greenpeace has nothing to do with it. It would have made no difference at all, unless the fire breaks meant stripping every piece for vegetation or flammable material for perhaps 5 km or so. The FM fire jumped a river valley that is about 2km wide easily. Have you ever witnessed a major fire? It is pretty shocking how little human efforts can do to influence the fire, much less control it.
  12. I'm refuting the notion that Muslims or Christians deal with homosexuality differently. They do not. And that is the second time you've said 'you people' or 'those people'. That kind of talk is straight out of Klan literature, did you realize that or just do not care?
  13. You are particularly oblivious if you think I'm 'you people on the left'.
  14. My Bond ranking, best to worst: Craig Connery Moore Brosnan Dalton Lazenby
  15. I'm not defending Islam, I'm pointing out that hatred and intolerance are practiced often and right now by Christians too. The bigots always reveal themselves.