Oh, Harper's now infamous trip to Israel.
He played Hey Jude, arrived in spectacular fashion and generally cemented his BFF-status with Israel. Noticebly absent from any of his conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu was discussion of Israel's human rights abuses.
So, what do you think was the purpose of Harper's trip to Israel?
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So Stephen Harper finally got his Birthright trip to Israel. Good for him, even if he pushed the 26-year-old cut-off date. And it ended, as such emotional excursions should, with a campfire moment, everyone swaying to his "Hey Jude."
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I recently attended an unfortunate anniversary event: it had been one year since the deportation of a family who were terrified of what awaited them if forcibly removed from Canada. Despite the passage of time, the emotions were still raw, tears flowed and hearts ached. Clearly, this deportation was traumatic not only for those directly forced onto a plane, but also for a whole community that awoke to find their neighbours had literally disappeared from their street, school, community and country.
The recent consolidation of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries from 11 to four resulted in a chaotic dumping of books and staff layoffs. Questions arose about the protocol that was followed during the consolidation -- if librarians and staff were able to secure unique documents -- and why this consolidation actually occurred.
The reasons for the consolidation given were low public access, digitization of materials and, of course, saving some money.
What do you think of the DFO library consolidation?