George Tihanyi: A Good Speaker and a Great Man

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Today I had the pleasure of listening to a speech by George Tihanyi. His story about growing up in Budapest during the Second World War and then later immigrating to Canada really touched me. Mr. Tihanyi who is about 80 years of age, was full of energy describing the prejudice he occurred in his life.  Tihanyi grew up in an era where he was surrounded by war and killing. From World War II to the Hungarian Revolution. After seeing all of this, he fled Hungary for Austria and from there went to Canada. When asked of his childhood, Tihanyi replied “What childhood?”
What really touched me as a Canadian about his speech is how he spoke of Canada. As a refugee who arrived in Canada and spoke very little English, he experienced great segregation. Despite this he had nothing but praise for Canada. He mentioned how the Canadian government flew him to Canada and when he arrived in Moncton, they paid for his train ride to Vancouver. Mr. Tihanyi, a machine engineer by profession (he learned in Europe) could not get the job he desired because he did not have any experience in Canada. He described himself as not a pacifist, taking up any job that he could find. After spending some years in Vancouver, Tihanyi moved to Montreal where he got a job at (the now defunct) Nortel which required him to travel around the world and teach others about his work. Despite having such a hard time coming to Canada, whenever Tihanyi would return from work abroad, he would kiss the Canadian ground. His reason being that he was extremely fortunate to be let into Canada and having a great life here. Tihanyi said that we are all lucky to be living in a country like Canada. As a man who has been through so much, I respect his word.
I have nothing but respect for people like Tihanyi. They are immigrant success stories. Mr. Tihanyi now works for Historica Canada. Mr. George Tihanyi, I salute you!

 

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McFlurry Spoons: Why SO WEIRD?

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They say with everything good, comes some bad (or weird I should say). I’m sure we all know of McDonald’s. If some of you don’t know of McDonald’s, then you’re probably living in a remote and barren part of the world. Summer is rapidly approaching and I’m sure we (well most of us) eat ice cream.
Imagine McDonald’s and ice cream put together. Well lucky enough, you won’t have to be doing any imagining. The McDonald’s people have already combined those 2 which form the McFlurry. This cold treat is the ideal snack on a warm summer day.
I’m sorry to interrupt the good thoughts. We’re now moving onto the weird part of the McFlurry. Now after you pay the cashier for this McFlurry, she will whip it up for you fresh from the machine. As you get the McFlurry you see the spoon.
The spoon.
The spoon?
You get this weird-ass spoon with your McFlurry. It looks like something from mars. It has this thick handle and is made out of some shitty industrial plastic. The spoon also has a hole going from the bottom to the top. Now you would think that this hole is kinda like a straw. Well, it isn’t. It’s actually so hard to use this spoon as a straw it’s not even funny. The spoon is also a nuisance. It weighs so much. Imagine! Using your energy to have enjoyment. Weird eh?
McDonald’s! Change your McFlurry spoon! It’s too weird for the average consumer. Make the McFlurry eating process less weird and more enjoyable!
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Conservative and Young Adult relations

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When we were children, we had no idea what this world was like until high school. As we grew older, we would learn more from, both home and school. From school, we learned everything to prepare for the business world. From home, we learnt from our parents and/or grandparents and got a small taste of what the real world was like. One thing our parents never really taught us well was which political party to vote for.

When we were young, we never were into politics, only very few people were into politics. The only course in high school that ever taught us about politics was Civics. After taking Civics, very little people went into political classes in later grades. Sometimes during voting time we would be completely unsure who to vote for because we cared less, only our parents voted. We sometimes didn’t really think about who to vote for because our parents taught us too little about politics. Eventually, time passed and we were in the business world, and because the Conservative political beliefs didn’t satisfy us, we became leftists. As we got more experience in the workplace, we eventually thought that Conservative beliefs were good and beneficial so we converted to supporting the Tories.

I can see that there will be odds against Harper winning this election because of young voters. Times have changed and young voters think that Conservatives have horrible ways of money spending. What does ‘conservatism’ mean to us and other Conservative supporters. It means to keep and preserve our beliefs and way of life, in political terms. I think that the older generation should really teach the younger generation when it comes to political beliefs and voting. I say this because the younger generation just doesn’t know what they do sometimes and maybe the person they vote for, will screw up the country.

This is Bossjamesopinionated, and the younger generation should know who to vote for!

Back-Up Generators Kickstarting: Canadian Economy Healing?

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By: Rolf Li

The year 2015 started off poorly for the Canadian economy and the dollar alike. In the span between September and March, the Canadian dollar dropped over 10% from $0.95 US to $0.78. With oil price plummeting from $140 a barrel to just over $40, the future looked bleak for our oil-dependent culture and economy, but is there hope in the horizon?

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I’m Starting to Like Thomas Mulcair

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I have a thing for NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. I think it started back during the days of the senate scandal. He did a very good job at what he is appointed to be: the leader of Canada’s official opposition. Before those days of the senate scandal, I really didn’t take Mulcair seriously. Former NDP leader the late Jack Layton had just won the federal elections when he announced that he’d be stepping down because of cancer. Jack had just achieved a feat that he had been working a very long time for. His NDP was finally recognized as the official opposition. Jack never got to live through what he had achieved. However, he was confident that Thomas Mulcair could carry on and named him his successor. I alongside the rest of Canada reacted very oddly. Although Mr. Mulcair isn’t a fool, we thought that he would not carry on Jack Layton’s legacy. We didn’t necessarily doubt him, however we underestimated him. Well, I alongside the rest of Canada were wrong about what we thought.

Duffy, Wright, and a 90 thousand dollar cheque. Those words should ring a bell. They were undoubtedly the most used words in Canadian politics during the latter half of 2013, especially during May of 2013. The conservative party was a mess. Their senators were stealing money and all that stuff. To make matters worse for Prime Minister Harper came Thomas Mulcair. The knight wearing shining (orange) armor. As leader of Canada’s official opposition, Thomas found a great way to grill Harper at last. The senate scandal was a game changing time for Canadian politics. Each and every day Thomas Mulcair would lead an uprising against Stephen Harper. He did an amazing job and I think that’s what led me to like him.

After the senate scandal Mulcair kept on continually grilling the Prime Minister about anything and everything. He has made his mark on Parliament Hill. More recently, the two have gotten into constant spats about Canada’s mission in Iraq. A few days ago, Mulcair indirectly called Stephen Harper and idiot when discussing Canada’s extended mission in Iraq.
This is just a sample of what’s going to come down during the elections. It’s gonna be tense. OH! I even forgot to mention that Mike Duffy’s trial starts tomorrow.

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Politician Match Up of the Week: Rob Ford and Stephen Harper

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Stephen Harper, Rob Ford,

Hello zakopinioners, this is the second Politician Match Up post. Today, we have the most Conservative leaders of Canada, as they are the most right-wing politicians I know of. Presenting, Rob Ford and Stephen Harper! Lets get to it!

Rob Ford: As the former mayor of Toronto, I would say Rob Ford has satisfied many Torontonians with his plan for the city. Though, through out his final two years as mayor, he had gotten into drug scandals, causing citizens to dislike him. Despite the drug scandals, he saved nearly one billion tax dollars for Torontonians, but citizens disliked his personal life. He went into rehab for a matter of time, he was out-of-town and no one got sight of him, when he returned, he said he was fine and was cured from his addiction.

When the elections came around, this started to get tough on him, the former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, John Tory stepped in and offered Torontonians a better vision of Toronto, and the former NDP MP, Olivia Chow of Trinity—Spadina, resigned to run for mayor. During the mayoral race, it was Ford, Tory, and Chow left in the race. While the three were racing to the finish, Ford was diagnosed with cancer, and his brother, Doug Ford stepped in for him. Rob decided to run for City Councillor for Etobicoke (Toronto City Councillor for Etobicoke North (Ward 2)). John Tory, ended up winning the election, while Rob Ford became city councillor in Etobicoke. After that, Tory and Ford became rivals because Tory’s plans for Toronto were not good for the city (in Ford’s eyes).

Opinion: Ford would have been able to win the election in late November if he hadn’t gotten himself into drug scandals. When his Doug came in for him when he was diagnosed with cancer, Ford Nation lost some supporters because they didn’t know what Doug Ford was like. Once the results were in, many were happy that Tory won the election, as Doug was the runner-up and Chow was third. I believe John Tory won the election be of his last name, a nickname for the Conservatives because he acted like a real Conservative until he revealed that he was a leftist.

Stephen Harper: Since there are a few months until the election, let’s look back to what Harper has done for Canada since he became prime minister. Harper says that he will not let Canada be a target for ISIL and his willing to defend Canadians at all costs. He has introduced the Victim’s Bill of Rights; putting victims ahead of criminals. He has created 900,000 jobs since the economic recession in mid-2009. Because he created that many jobs, it was marked in the G7 that Canada had the strongest job creation record. He has lowered the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 7% to 5%, this is because Conservatives favour lower taxes and are for their citizens than themselves.

Opinion: I feel that Harper needs another term as prime minister because he should not be losing to the son of a former prime minister. Harper has a Master’s Degree in economics, while Trudeau himself is a summer camp instructor and a drama teacher. Though Canada’s economy is not doing well because of oil and our debt is high, Canada is strong and we can rely on Harper to balance the budget, while Trudeau thinks budgets balance themselves. Even though Harper started out as a Liberal, he has gradually became politically right as he joined other Conservative parties, such as Progressive Conservative, Reform, Canadian Alliance, and finally the Conservative party.

Looking forward: I feel that many people are leftists as of today. People don’t like Conservatism anymore and believe reform from Liberalism would satisfy them. Leftists have risky beliefs that won’t satisfy anyone, but the government. I hope the Torontonians will think better about their decision in 2018 when the next mayoral election comes out. I can tell that many people don’t like John Tory because of his plan for Toronto. I hope that Rob or Doug Ford will be able to become candidates of the next mayoral election, Hail Ford Nation!

I think Stephen Harper has to step up his game a bit. He can not lose to some with no experience and horrible leadership. If the Liberals win this election, who knows what will happen? The polls have been changing and most of what Harper has been saying is satisfying his supporters. Elections are coming up and he must make Trudeau look like a fool so he can continue with his plan for the country.

This is Politician Match-Up of the Week, next week we will have two leaders that are far-leftists!

Consumerism Is Killing Quality

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As you may know, consumerism has spawned off some great inventions. The flip phone, the cell phone, more TVs, all sorts of items. But, there is one company who uses consumerism to slack off, to cut corners, to lessen the quality. This company goes by the name of Apple.

Apple’s latest phone, the iPhone 6, was less than revolutionary. It was as tall as an Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini, but a bit wider. Already, it shows off its height, but it competes with a mini version of a phone, a mini! Is Apple so cheap that that’s all there willing to do for a new model? Also, the iPhone 6 was bendy. This, my kind viewers, was NOT a marketing ploy. It was NOT a new feature. The property of the phone was because Apple rushed it out. This was an accident. An expensive accident. The phone was at the peak of the hype, so Apple rushed it to meet maximum profits. And our consumerist sheep of Apple worshippers bought it. That’s right, this abomination of technology was successful. That means we gave Apple the clear on making big cuts on effort and quality. Who knows what Apple might produce next. The iPhone 7 might not even support iTunes or maybe will shrink in size and the amount of pixels it allows. #BigMoneyLittleEffort

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Future Shop is Now in the Past: What’s Happening to Canadian Retail?

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I was shocked to hear that Future Shop closed its doors on the weekend. I was a great customer of Future Shop’s and even bought the device I am writing this article on from Future Shop. Some of the stores will be converted into Best Buys. I was curious to see if the location near my home was converting to a Best Buy so I went and checked it out. To my dismay, the location will not be converted into a Best Buy.

I am quite saddened and upset over this announcement. For one, Canadian retail has taken a huge hit. Target shut its doors on Canada, and Future Shop (Best Buy) has done the same. In my town, we had a huge Target and a huge Future Shop. Not only would I go to these stores, I was also impressed by them. Now that these two have left, it bothers me. Canadian retail has taken a big hit.

The predominant reason as to why Future Shop shut down is because of “showrooming” meaning that people would visit the store, get the feel of a device, and then buy it for a cheaper price off a site like Amazon. The act of “showrooming” is stupid in my mind. I was speaking to a cousin of mine earlier today about this. Him and I both agreed that, we would rather spend a little bit more to buy a device from Future Shop, so that we could support the local economy and the people who are working at Future Shop and who are just trying to make a living.

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Germanwings- The Avoidable Tragedy

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We know for sure that the copilot on the Germanwings flight crashed the plane on purpose. We can see this through many factors. First and most importantly, the copilot was alone in the cockpit. Also, he purposely locked the doors so the captain get in. In fact, the passengers and the pilot and passengers were heard screaming “Open the damn door!” However, there was no response from the copilot. We also know that there were no problems with anything related to the aircraft itself. No engine failures, no hydraulic fluid leaks, nothing at all. Indeed, the copilot was the one who wanted this to happen. The copilot was depressed for a long time. Also recently, his girlfriend apparently dumped him, so his emotional and psychological stress was quite significant. To prevent this from ever happening ever again, the airline industry has to take some drastic measures.

Yes, I have heard that many airlines are forcing both pilots to be in the cockpit for the entire duration of the flight. However, there are two major problems with this management and the pilots themselves.

First is management. There is a major flaw with this plan. This is because you can’t manage whether if both pilots are in the cockpit. The pilots are going to have to be honest. But honestly, which pilot is stupid enough to purposely say “Yes, I was alone in the cockpit,” and risk themselves getting fired? This is totally illogical and flawed.
Second is the pilots themselves. If a pilot is set on destroying the aircraft, there is no way to stop them. Even if there is another pilot in the cockpit, it won’t help. The other pilot could easily knock the other pilot out and nobody would notice.
There is a better solution and that is doing psychology tests.

The pilots should all be forced to do psychology test to assume the risk in which they present to the operation of the aircraft. People who are possibly radicalized, have a history of significant illnesses or is depressed should not be able to fly the plane. To conduct all these screenings for pilots will cost a bit for an international airline but consider this a passenger jet WITHOUT any seats or fixtures in it costs around $300 000 000. How is it worth it?

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