Smiling Siblings

The laid back Aussie and polite Canuck
Rahman Mohamed

Both nations are on the world map.  Both have a population based on immigration. Within each there is a record of mistreatment of Natives when the lands were colonized. The Land Down Under and The Great White North started as British colonies; Australia was actually the British Empire’s Guantanamo Bay; they sent their prisoners down instead of keeping them jailed.  Today both are part of the Commonwealth; they “honour” the Queen and use “zed”.

The two lands differ in climate; Australia is a perpetual summer while Canadians live in a constant winter.  Their mode of acceptance contrast but both have accepted large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers.  They differ in sports, Australians favouring cricket and football (soccer) compared to Canadians choosing ice sports and growing track and field.  So why are they so similar? Continue reading

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The “H” Car or the “E” Car?

The Race; car powered by Hydrogen or simple electricity
Rahman Mohamed

Honda FX V1, V2

Honda FX V1, V2 Retrieved, Honda, June 2017

It’s unknown to many but the Hydrogen-powered car is not “new”.  The hydrogen fuel cell was developed in the 19th century.  The hydrogen powered vehicle emerged in 1966 when GM built the Electrovan to run on the alternative fuel instead of gasoline. GM didn’t introduce the Electrovan to the public; Honda was the first to reveal prototypes of a hydrogen car in 1999 – the FCX-V1, FCX-V2, and FCX-V3 – and delivered them to Japan and the USA in 2002.

Today the Hydrogen Car is manufactured worldwide, is leased to consumers in Southern California, and used as a taxi in London, England. Hydrogen fuel cells have been used to create emission-free buses in Japan and Germany.  So what exactly is the Hydrogen Car and why don’t we know about it?

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Chief of the CPC

He has his work cut out; make himself and the Conservatives more interesting
Rahman Mohamed

In 2011 Michael Ignatieff stepped down as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.  After defeat in the 2015 General Election former Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped as leader and later away from politics.   Bob Rae took Ignatieff’s place as interim leader for the Liberal Party.  Similar to Rona Ambrose who took Harper’s place, Bob Rae did not run for the position of leader for the Liberal Party despite encouragement.  Bob Rae put a brake on politics after the race; Rona Ambrose plans to do the same.  The Liberal Leadership Race started with 9 candidates; it ended with 6 candidates on the ballot.  The Conservative Leadership Race started with 17 candidates.  Although it ended with 14 candidates on the ballot, surprising Canadians who perceived Kevin O’Leary as the next leader, he dropped out of the race.  His name was on the ballot but he withdraw from the race; at the time it was too late to take his name of the ballot.  13 finalists were on the list

On the 1st ballot presumed leader Maxime Bernier was first.  Bernier secured 28.9% of points.  On the 3rd ballot O’Leary was knocked off.  After the 7th ballot, Bernier stayed at number one rising to 30.51%; 6 candidates had been knocked off of the list.  The Conservative Leadership race went right down to the wire.  On the 13th/last ballot Andrew Scheer secured 51% of the vote becoming the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada; Maxime Bernier was ahead until the last ballot.

As expected Justin Trudeau clinched the leadership on the first ballot with 80.9% of the points.  On the other hand the Conservative Race came to nail biting end.

There was more excitement for the Liberal Leadership race than the Conservative Leadership race.  Both had many candidates, drop outs, and votes from across Canada.  The two make up the original parties from Confederation – John A. MacDonald’s Progressive Conservatives and Wilfrid Laurier’s Liberals.

So why was there more attention for the Liberal race than the Conservative?

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