Things Canadian.

And just for the fun it, here's a story on a man getting caught trying to smuggle 5,000 leeches from Russia into Canada. He was apparently discovered by a sniffer dog. I hadn't realised that there were leech sniffer dogs.
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/leeches-smuggling-1.5151370?cmp=rss
A Niagara Falls, Ont., man has been fined $15,000 after he was caught flying into Canada with a suitcase full of leeches.

Ippolit Bodounov tried to smuggle 4,788 live, medicinal leeches in his carry-on luggage on Oct. 17, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). He'd just flown from Russia to Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Bodounov carried the leeches in a large reusable grocery bag, said Gerry Brunet, operations manager of ECCC's wildlife enforcement directorate, based in Burlington, Ont. Within that bag were 10 smaller, dampened cloth bags.

A dog working with border agents smelled the leeches, Brunet said.


Apparently the leeches are bought by "new age" types who claim them to have all sorts of weird medicinal benefits. Medicinal leeches sell for $8 to $20 apiece.
People have been harvesting the breed for medicinal purposes since medieval times, Kvist said. "New age medicine" practitioners use them for everything from lessening arthritis pain to preventing baldness, he said, although there's no scientific proof that this works.

The only proven use of leeches in medicine, he said, is to stimulate blood flow in reattached fingers and toes. In some cases, they also deter strokes. Medicinal leeches sell for between $8 and $20 per leech, he said.
These leeches are an endangered/threatened species, so those hippy dippy leech pushers who promote their use are bad for the environment.
The ministry sent the leeches to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where Sebastian Kvist, curator of invertebrate zoology, identified them as hirudo verbana, a threatened medicinal leech.
 
I think the major difference between how cabinet works in Canada (as well as Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and others) compared to the US is that in the US the president appoints very large numbers of people from amongst his supporters and those appointees can be fairly far down into the hierarchy. Most of them may have little or no experience in government. They may have some business experience, but running a government isn't like running a business. The very large numbers of people replaced each time means that a lot of hard earned (i.e. from mistakes) experience walks out the door each time a president leaves.

In Canada the cabinet is appointed from amongst the MPs of the winning party, generally from among people who have too much political influence to ignore. However, the people immediately below them are career civil servants who have worked their way up through the ranks over a period of decades. The ministers will set the policy directions, but the means by which the details of that policy are formulated and the work carried out is by the civil service.

The end result is that while you can have "Yes Minister" type moments in Ottawa, there is also a great depth of professional experience to draw from.
I think you've got that a tad awry.

There are indeed a couple of newbies in senior positions, but that's a small number, not "most" nor even "many".

Mike Pompeo, (State) has been in Congress since 2011, went to West Point, and has a doctorate in Law. Not to mention having a couple years at the CIA.

Steven Mnuchin (Treasury) is an out-and-out NIG, fair cop. Just a self-made multi-millionaire in banking.

Patrick Shanahan (Defense) is an industry veteran. Another newbie, but not to defense.

William Barr (Attorney General) was AG in 1991. An old sweat.

David Bernhardt (Interior). 18 years in the department.

Sonny Perdue (Agriculture). Nearly 30 years in government. He was my state Governor when I first moved to the US.

Personally, I think the mix of career politicians and career business guys makes a good combination. All from one side or the other would be less experienced in one sphere or the other. Shame Mattis is no longer at Defense, but that's what happens when you piss off the Mad Dog. I hope he runs for President.
 
And just for the fun it, here's a story on a man getting caught trying to smuggle 5,000 leeches from Russia into Canada. He was apparently discovered by a sniffer dog. I hadn't realised that there were leech sniffer dogs.
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/leeches-smuggling-1.5151370?cmp=rss




Apparently the leeches are bought by "new age" types who claim them to have all sorts of weird medicinal benefits. Medicinal leeches sell for $8 to $20 apiece.


These leeches are an endangered/threatened species, so those hippy dippy leech pushers who promote their use are bad for the environment.
I sometimes used to watch this CBSA Border Patrol or something series on YT and some of the stuff they used to come across was unbelievable.
 
Is the time coming where he will have battle honours removed from the colours of Canadian regiments that fought in the North West Rebellion and other actions against the Injuns and Metis? Will he stoop that low and change or erase history in order to appease ethnic groups because he is just that weak and pathetic?
Yes, yes, and yes. Trudeau has a mania for making pointless, teary-eyed apologies to our casino Indians that it's sickening. Back in 2002, I thought Chretien was the biggest embarrassment we could ever possibly have as a PM, but Trudeau's antics and skin-crawling stupidity really takes my breath away.
 
Well now, just to show how progressive the RCAF has become, they have a unique news presenter on the CAF youtub channel.......I wonder if the CAF is going to foot the bill for him her to get hair-plugs, a combover on a man woman with long hair is just unbecoming......
 
Come on it’s the only Canadian team. Can’t you and @terminal find some positivity in it.
People in Toronto will pay to watch anything. However, watching other people play basketball is about as exciting as watching paint dry and I don't know anyone who feels differently. Toronto fans are only "excited" because they think there's a chance they might win at something for once.
 
People in Toronto will pay to watch anything. However, watching other people play basketball is about as exciting as watching paint dry and I don't know anyone who feels differently. Toronto fans are only "excited" because they think there's a chance they might win at something for once.
Wow you and your friends must be a joy to hang out with. That’s three of you, guys if you are that jealous of Toronto you could always move.
 
I don't want to get into this discussion, but I actually don't know/ met a single Canadian friend of mine or colleague who was ever excited by basketball. And I know a ton of them having lived across the river from Canada...
 
Not my favourite sport either but for me it’s exciting times because it’s local and Canadian.

The Raptors have brought a new sports dimension to what is essentially a hockey and to a lesser extent baseball town.

More of a younger generation sport and in my company for one a lot of people behind the team.
 
Not my favourite sport either but for me it’s exciting times because it’s local and Canadian.

The Raptors have brought a new sports dimension to what is essentially a hockey and to a lesser extent baseball town.

More of a younger generation sport and in my company for one a lot of people behind the team.
Nah, that's a fair enough point.

Growing up around Detroit - I was blessed to have decent teams like the Pistons (NBA), Red Wings (NHL) and Tigers (MLB) all in close proximity, so it was easy get into all of them. The execption was the Lions (NFL) who almost never won anything and always were at the bottom - though, over the couple of years they have improved massively. So for football, I used to support my college NCAA team - the Wolverines - who eve though have the most number of titles have been mostly shit since late 2000s.. though I also like the New England Patriots because of Tom Brady and a few ex-MI players.
 
Nah, that's a fair enough point.

Growing up around Detroit - I was blessed to have decent teams like the Pistons (NBA), Red Wings (NHL) and Tigers (MLB) all in close proximity, so it was easy get into all of them. The execption was the Lions (NFL) who almost never won anything and always were at the bottom - though, over the couple of years they have improved massively. So for football, I used to support my college NCAA team - the Wolverines - who eve though have the most number of titles have been mostly shit since late 2000s.. though I also like the New England Patriots because of Tom Brady and a few ex-MI players.
Ahem.

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The only positivity I can take away from this is to see the Raptors go down to a humiliating and cataclysmic defeat.
Why, why on earth would you relish a Canadian team being beaten by a US one. Where is your national pride man. No need to type it I can hear the harrumph from here.

You can easily move if it sucks that badly where you live.
 
Why, why on earth would you relish a Canadian team being beaten by a US one. Where is your national pride man. No need to type it I can hear the harrumph from here.

You can easily move if it sucks that badly where you live.
Easy. Because I despise Toronto. Anything that gets that city hyped up just to see it crumble on them when they think they're on the cusp of greatness is just aces to me.

And remember, I'm a Leafs fan.
 
More of a younger generation sport and in my company for one a lot of people behind the team.
Nah, that's a fair enough point.
Hockey is on its way out, particularly amongst the younger crowd. The cost of having one son play from Timbits to Rep has become prohibitive. More if he (or she) plays goalie. Add to that losing franchises in the major markets, and the kids look elsewhere for champions. Basketball, popular with a large sector of new Canadians, has become the new cool thing. The Raptors have done in 24 years what the Leafs haven't done since... well, you know.

Hockey will always be popular, but one hasn't seen the excitement for a sports franchise in Toronto like what's happening now. Standing room only in Jurassic Parks all through the GTA.

However, the current Maple Leafs are on track to the Stanley Cup within three years, good Lord willin' and the river don't rise. Can they bring the youngsters back?
 

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