Why I despise Red Tories

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By: BossJames

In this world, there are two types of Conservatives: Red Tories and Blue Tories. The difference is that Red Tories have more Liberal views than Conservative views and Blue Tories have more Conservative views than Liberal views. Basically, Conservative colours are blue and Liberal colours are red, simple.

I really hate Red Tories because they are not real Conservatives. A perfect example would be John Tory, the irony is that his name sounds like a true blue Tory, when he actually is a red. Tory hangs out with many Liberals and Red Tories.

Why are there Red Tories? Red Tories became common in the 1960’s and they were progressive times and the conservative party at the time was named: The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Once Brian Mulroney was elected prime minister in 1984, he changed things around and improved relations with the United States as the President at the time was Ronald Reagan, a Republican (Conservative).
Canada slowly grew more right-wing and Progressive Conservatism was in decline as a Conservative alternative party, the Reform party of Canada, came into existence and later became the Canadian Alliance. Eventually a decision was made between the PC party and the Alliance, they would merge to form the modern-day Conservative party of Canada. Those who opposed the merger were seen as Red Tories and they would later form a minor party called the Progressive Canadian party. As we can see today, there is a number of Red Tories left, but they are in support for the provincial PC parties in Canada.

Let’s move on to Conservative ideologies, specifically speaking, Red Tory ideologies. Progressive Conservatism is an example of a Red Tory ideology. Research tells me that Progressive Conservatism is a form of Conservatism with Progressive ideologies. Mixing these two ideologies really confuse me as both sides are at the opposite sides of the political spectrum and usually are enemies. But this is just a mix and match situation, where two ideologies come together and remove certain things that don’t go well with the ideology.

This is Bossjamespolitical, and Red Tories were never true Tories!

 

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Eve Has Learned Her Lesson

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Let’s face it. Floor crossers are traitors. They are elected by the people mainly because of the party they represent. Today one of Canadian Politics’ greatest floor crossers learnt her lesson. Eve Adams failed to secure the Liberal nomination in the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, the riding currently represented by Canada’s Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver.

I personally believe this is a first hint of failure that Justin Trudeau will experience during the next elections. Justin controversially backed a traitor and ironically enough, the biggest traitor Canadian Politics has ever seen (his name is Bob Rae) endorsed longtime Liberal Marco Mendicino. As a candidate trying to secure a nomination, an endorsement from the party leader (who in this case is Justin Trudeau) would usually mean HUGE things. Since Trudeau’s endorsement really didn’t mean anything (maybe it worsened her chances) it shows that the Liberal Party of Canada, which is HIS OWN party, doesn’t have too much trust in him. After all, who would trust a supply drama teacher running for Prime Minister?

Well, I’m sorry about that Justin. One of Canada’s most sexiest MPs won’t be walking through your office door anytime soon.

 

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I Am a Facebook Addict

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Sigh. Today I just realized that I have become something that my 10 year old self would condemn. Today I realized that I’m a prime example of the social-media-addict-millennial stereotype that disgruntled baby boomers frown upon.

When I was younger, I thought Facebook was the most idiotic invention to man. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO POST YOUR PICTURES AND INFORMATION WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE? Since my younger days I have been very zak-opinionated in terms of my views on almost anything. I would get into arguments with my older cousins about Facebook and why the should delete it. Once I convinced (or so I thought) my cousin to delete her Facebook. I was so proud of my achievement. Ha, take that Mark Zuckerberg! Little did I know that I would become 10 times more of a Facebook aficionado than my cousins were, 10 times more than perhaps almost all the people I know.

So in early 2014, I decided to do the deadliest sin known to the 10 year old version of Zak. I got Facebook. Why? Well lots of family and friends were on Facebook and since I was older, I decided it was time for me to catchup with all these people. So I did the evitable and created my Facebook account. I then realized how much I had been missing. Family, friends, pages, each and everything I had an interest for was on this one platform. On top of that, I opened a Facebook Page for zakopinion.

So here I am, a Facebook addict. A stigma of 21st century culture.

 

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He Slips Up, Makes a Video About It, Then It Gets Removed

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Yeezus. And I thought we USED to have an indescribably embarrassing mayor. As shown in my last article, my disapproval for Mayor Tory and the Pan Am Games had gone over the top after Tory claimed that Kanye West “Is a proud product of our music industry here.” Perhaps I got a little bit too angry with Mayor Tory, after all, everybody makes mistakes right? Well…

The “wtf” in the story I am telling you is about to reach new heights. In response to Tory’s “honest mistake,” he released this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmF-40PZF0U

When I first watched this video I was speechless. What point is the mayor trying to make? Let’s slow down and analyze this video. Like any “cool” man over 60 years of age, Tory shows up wearing The Hudson’s Bay mockery of a snapback, and has his Apple earbuds (which are most likely connected to his BlackBerry Q10 inside of his suit jacket) blasting Kanye West’s 2007 hit “Stronger.” WHAT? And the weirdest part about it is that he’s bobbing his head up and down like a Robbie Bobby.

We get ya Mayor, cool video. Everyone is happy and laughing along with the Mayor(some laughing at him). AND THEN THE VIDEO GETS REMOVED. WHAT??? The only cool thing that this grandfather mayor has ever done gets removed due to some copyright BS.

Yeezus Christ, what a weird situation for Toronto.

 

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Kanye West at the Pan Scam Games

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The Pan Am Games (or Pan Scam as I like to call it) are happening as I type. Let me say it now. I HATE THE PAN AM GAMES. Why? Well for starters, I believe the $2.5 billion price tag is just absurd. Why waste our money on these games when we could’ve done something BETTER for Toronto? Well if you ask any Liberal, leftist, or Progressive Conservative whose last name starts with a T and ends with a Y (no, not Troy, but close guess) why the games are good, you will be bound to get the same answer. TOURISM.

Let’s get to the point.

To add insult to injury, on top off all the HOV, over budget spending, and claims that Torontonians are nothing more than moaners and groaners, our favourite AMERICAN rapper will be performing at “CANADA’S games.” Kanye West will be taking over the stage (see what I did there) during the closing ceremonies at the Pan Scam Games. When I heard this, I was enraged, West is an American who will be headlining Canada’s closing ceremonies. As a Canadian who has written for Canadian rap websites and who has experience in the Canadian rap scene, this was the perfect thing to erupt my anger. We have talent like Classified, Kardinal Offishall, Maestro Fresh Wes, K-os, even Drake for Christ’s sake, yet we have to choose this American. In my zakopinion, I think this was a desperate move on the organizers’ part to gain more traction for the games. After my anger had erupted, a certain comment by a certain mayor whose last name starts with a T and ends with a Y, made me boil over for the second time. John Tory, who called Torontonians “moaners” and “groaners” over the Pan Am Games, said about West “and I’m smart enough to know that he’s a proud product of our music industry here, as are a number of others.” Mayor Tory, I’m smart enough to know that you’re an idiot when it comes to naming “proud products of our music industry.” This guy is mayor of Toronto, yet he doesn’t know anything about our music industry. John, I guess your trip to Austin which was aimed at promoting the music industry really didn’t help. So to all Torontonians, your money is paying for this, so why don’t we all march up on the stage and interrupt Kanye?

Also, remember to sign the petition against Kanye performing here: https://www.change.org/p/toronto-pan-am-games-don-t-have-kanye-west-perform-the-closing-ceremony-for-the-toronto-pan-american-games

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Luxury Brands Coming To Canada At The Wrong Time

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It’s inevitable, and no matter how much Finance Minister Joe Oliver whines about it, it’s gonna happen. Canada is headed into a recession, and by Canada, I mean everywhere else but Southern Ontario and Vancouver. If Canada is headed into a recession, then why do luxury brands keep rolling in? Saks Fifth Avenue has announced that they will be moving into Canada starting Spring 2016. Like anyone else, I was wondering what this brand really is. Turns out, our (not so) Canadian icon The Hudson’s Bay owns Saks. Now I can’t be too negative as I own $500 of Hudson’s Bay stock, but at this time of economic crises (and ISIS) I don’t think major corporations should be making expansions like Saks is.
Since we know that Canada is definitely headed into a recession (mainly triggered by oil), Ontario could soon be in the same place. Why do I say so? Well, China is down, so the US will be down, which leads to Ontario being down. Despite all the economic terror that is awaiting us, big luxury corporations are still moving in. Nordstrom, is yet another big box luxury retailer that has expanded into Canada recently. I had never heard of them upon their move to Canada and probably will never hear of them in Canada sooner or later. Nordstrom you could say messed up the most. They expanded into CANADA, and by Canada, I mean the economic heart of Canada.
And this heart pumps oil not blood, oil that is going for prices in the $50 per barrel range.

Why I’m Andong Song’s Newest Fan; Multiculturalism In Canada’s Game

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The NHL draft was held a couple of weeks ago. Aside from the Oilers getting the 1st overall pick (like they always do), something much more IMPORTANT happened. The New York Islanders made history, and the history that they made is probably one of the most important parts in the history of the NHL. The Islanders drafted the first ever Chinese born hockey player. Andong “Misha” Song moved to Canada around the age of 10, although he started playing hockey in China at a young age. This is undoubtedly the Canadian Immigrant story of the year, if not the decade. A Chinese player being drafted into the NHL speaks numbers, and by numbers, I mean millions. It is estimated that 2.5 million people from China tuned in to watch Song get drafted, heck, there was even a Chinese news crew following Andong throughout the whole draft day.

Upon hearing of this news, I was aesthetic. Why? Well for the longest time, hockey has been regarded as a white man’s sport, a sport where coloured people are discriminated. As hockey is Canada’s sport, I believe we have to look beyond that, we are a multicultural country and cannot afford to be so exclusive towards others just because of ethnicity. Heck, I have a 9 letter Muslim last name and have a beard but I still know much more than the average white kid about my favourite sport, which is, you guessed it, hockey. As our immigrant population is quickly rising, we need to preserve and try to make hockey a game for all Canadians. Hockey is Canada’s game, and that is undeniable.

 

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Grexit: What’s Next?

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By: Rolf Li

As you may have heard in the news, Greece is officially the first developed country to miss an International Monetary Fund (IMF) payment in the history of civilization. Now the country that “is the bedrock of democracy” is facing one of the worst economic downturns that have every occurred. If you have read my previous article on the economic collapse of the Eurozone (http://zakopinion.com/2014/09/07/eurozone-loses-grip-euro-continues-downwards-slide/) , it is clear that Greece is the first country in Europe to finally crumble and default on its debt. So what is next for this cash-starved, bankrupt nation?

Greece has an estimated GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of 242.2 Billion USD, which contributes to around only 2% of the Eurozone combined GDP. Ever since the recession in 2008, the Greek Debt to GDP ratio is 175.1%, and the unemployment rate in March 2015 was 25.6%, one of the highest in the developed world. So what is going on with the country? If it isn’t obvious enough, Greece has been overspending for years upon years, and is now paying the price for not cutting back on spending and controlling government debt. Greece owes a grand total of 323 Euros to countries, banks, and organizations. 5 years ago, Greece was also teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, and there was no end in sight, but the IMF applied and loaned  a large sum of 110 Euros in bailout funds to encourage economic stability and recovery. Now, Greece was not able to repay the 1.6 Billion payment that was due on June 30th, 2015. Hopes of another bailout plan came short after 6 PM EST after the deadline came to a close, but there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. A supposed agreement is in the works after the Greek government said that they would follow even more austerity measures, such as pension cuts and heavier taxation, in order to receive a 2 Billion Euro bailout fund–again. However, the referendum that will be held on Sunday will determine in Greece will stay in the Eurozone, as the citizens of Greece will decide if they want to have the demanded austerity measures that Germany, France, and other countries are demanding. If they vote “No”, Greece will most likely fully default on national debt, and will be forced out of the Eurozone. The country will revert to using the Drachma as a national currency, and the situation will worsen as value of the currency will deflate and international creditors will still demand that loans be paid back in full. There is most likely only 2 solutions to this massive problem. First, more austerity will be applied and a bailout will be lent, or a debt forgiveness plan is forged to relieve Greece of its debt. Either way, this will not be easy on Greece, or the world. So should Greece vote “YES” or “NO” to austerity? What’s your zakopinion?

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Why I am done with Apple

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Every now and then, people will always experience trouble with their phone, whether if it is a battery problem, glitch, crash or post-jailbreak issues. These are what really annoy us, especially if they consistently occur. As an iPhone user, I am done having to deal with the bullshit that Apple keeps giving me. I used to have an iPhone 5 until it started having some battery issues, so I eventually bought an iPhone 5s, but just recently I started experiencing the same issues again on my 5s. Before experiencing this battery issue on my 5s, my 5s did not charge to 100% overnight so I had to call Apple and I was on the phone for an hour. They told me I had to back up my phone, and restart it, it fixed the problem for the time being. I also had to find a new charging cord to replace my old one.

It seemed like my problem would be gone for now, until the same battery issue that happened to my old phone came to this phone. This battery issue is when your phone battery is at 0-20%, what I call “the red zone”. So basically your battery is in the red zone, your battery can drain at some point and you will have to charge it so it can be back at its last percentage. I think this has been really irritating and using certain apps can cause it to happen even if you phone is not at the red zone.

Now as you iPhone users think about it, it is time for a switch to Samsung or BlackBerry. I am deciding to switch to a BlackBerry as mentioned in a previous technology post. Now I have decided to upgrade to a BlackBerry Leap instead as I find the Passport more complicated to use. But either way, I will get a phone that will not have issues that iPhones have.

This is Bossjamesopinionated, and this is the truth about Apple!

 

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