The Opinionated Group

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With this post I bring some of the most exciting news I’ve ever written about. zakopinion has formed The Opinionated Group. After long pondering, I have decided to form these individual pages into a group. I will be appointing Bossjamesinternational as President of the Opinionated Group. He will be working alongside myself and Rolfli. Boss will have to work very hard and I wish him lots of success. The Opinionated Group consists of Facebook Pages which include Justin Trudeau Doesn’t Know Nothin and Anti Pan-Am. The links to these pages are as follows.

Justin Trudeau Doesn’t Know Nothin: https://www.facebook.com/Justintrudeauno

Anti Pan-Am: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anti-Pan-Am/1519185778335362

Stay tuned for more!

Manitoba to Spend Extra $3.5 Billion on Hydro: Power This Conversation

By: Rolf Li

In the recent weeks, the Manitoba government has declared that a proposed hydro-electric power plant will go into its final stages of planning and debate. This plant was to be the third major hydro dam in Manitoba, and it was to bring secure and affordable energy to Winnipeg and many southern cities in Manitoba. At around $0.08 per kwh, Manitoba is still one of the most expensive energy consumers in North America. By spending a budgeted $1.3 Billion (set in 2013), Manitoba would begin to build a power plant that allowed the province to export energy to the USA. So how does a $1.3 Billion project suddenly come to a total of around $4.6 Billion? Why are we going to spend that alarming amount of money on a hydro plant, that is estimated to only make $150 Million a year?

I really do believe that our governments are doing their best (I hope) to benefit all of us. Sure, they have scandals and mis-allocation of funds, but they are relatively smart–right? Except in this case, the Manitoba government is definitely making the wrong decision. If you do not know why the government is spending the extra $3 Billion, don’t worry, because here it is. A majority of landowners in the area that will be flooded due to the dam have voted to negate the project. However, the power authorities of Manitoba have the rights to purchase land without permission as long as the house of Manitoba agrees that it is in the province’s best interest. Landowners in this case were offered up to 150% of the retail value of their land, and benefits of additional income and health care. So is this the only reason that the project is delayed and diverted? In some sense it is, but I have many objections to the arguments made by residents. This original plan was to deliver clean and affordable energy to thousands. So although many turned down the purchase order, I am very disappointed with the Manitoban government for not applying the powers they were given to create practical plant into reality. Is the extra $3.5 Billion worth a couple of landowners saying “no”? We don’t ned to take this. If Canada wis to become an energy capital in North America, Canadians must take sacrifices. This new route for the power plant will actually take an additional 1500 km and flood another 10,000sp. feet of forest. Is it worth it to do this? $4.6 is a lot of money that a small province doesn’t have to spend. So what will you you vote for?

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Don’t Put A Picture Of Yourself On Your Business Card

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I am a big fan of business cards. In a recent article, I explained how business cards will never go extinct. They’re just too precious. The common businessman/businesswoman could never go without their trusty cards. Obviously if you’re gonna hand out your business cards in order to promote your business, you’d want them to look professional. Design is everything. You definitely don’t want someone to look at your card and think of yourself as a clown. Speaking of clowns, do you happen to look like a clown? Even if you don’t appear to look like a clown, you can easily get made fun of. That leads me to why I wrote this article. You should’t put a picture of yourself on your business card.  I take this with my own experience. Back in the day, Bossjamesinternational and I used to prank call this one guy. Somehow Boss obtained his card and from then on we’d prank call him. They say when you’re young, you’re foolish. We were the exact definition of this. The sole reason as to why we would prank this guy was that he had a funny picture. A note to all businesspeople: don’t put your funny ass pictures on business cards, or else teenagers will prank you. Unless you’re a James Bond or David Beckham, I don’t recommend putting your pictures on a business card. You’ll probably get more prank calls than business related calls. 

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Conservative Party: Trudeau Attack Ads

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Well, it is that time of year again: political party attack ads! I was on a highway listening to news radio and a Conservative attack ads plays. I listened to what the lady said, then what Trudeau said, finally it ended with the lady leaving a short message: “Trudeau is way over his head.” I then went on YouTube to actually watch the ads, and it showed Justin Trudeau removing his shirt at a club. Honestly, watching the ad was way better than listening to them on the radio because the footage that was filmed emphasizes the words.

From watching the ads, it makes me not want to vote for an irresponsible, careless, French-Canadian prick. When word got out about two Liberal MP’s sexually harassing two NDP MP’s, Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, respectively. I was shocked, and Trudeau claimed it as misconduct. Misconduct? Misconduct? Misconduct? It seems like Trudeau doesn’t really care, clearly it was sexually harassment and not misconduct. Sir, do you know what misconduct means? The definition of misconduct means to not be acting in a professional manner. Fix up your vocabulary, Trudeau, this could have meant something else back in your time, this is 2014 stop being stuck in the past!

From seeing him in a club, removing his shirt makes me believe everyone was smoking Marijuana in there, which he wants to legalize. He believes the Boston Marathon Bombings were caused because someone was left out and the Canadian budget can balance itself. Good words Trudeau, very good words!

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You’re No Fan If You Steal The Work

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We live in an age I like to call the “Piracy Age.” Everything is available online. The price? FREE. Movies and music are the two most biggest things that people like to take (or in the FBI’s terms steal). I’m not so much of a big movie fan. I’d rather listen to music. I buy about 50% of my music off iTunes. The other 50% are on CDs. I still listen to CDs. Isn’t that crazy? You can find me listening to an Eminem album on my portable CD player. I do not download free music. It’s like stealing. I believe the artist deserves what they’ve worked for. Whether they be worth $1 million or $100 million, they still worked to get there. I believe people should pay for their favourite artist’s work. People who don’t pay for an artist’s work shouldn’t be fans. After all, the artist definitely wouldn’t like fans stealing their music. I believe that if you’re a fan of the artist, you should buy their music. If you download their music for free, you’re no fan. You’re a thief. In my eyes you’re considered a stupid loser. You play that stolen Eminem music all damn day, and nothing goes to Em himself. Instead the credits go to the cheap and illegal site you got the music off of. You claim you’re a fan, yet you take the music for free. Some fan eh? I wonder what you’re favourite artist would have to say (they’d probably call you a jackass). 

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Young Adults in debt: The Line Between Education and School

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Many young adults are currently in financial trouble . They are thousands of dollars in debt and have no job to pay it off. There are many problems with this. It affects us and our economy as a whole. The problem actually starts way younger, when the teenagers are still in school.

The first problem is their parents. A parent is supposed to teach their son(s)/daughter(s) how to manage and organize things in their life. Many parents love their kids so much, they’d do anything for them. This makes the child spoiled. The first problem with a spoiled child is that they won’t be liked in school, however, that is only a very small problem. The big issue here is that they will have no sense of money and finances. In their mind and eyes, they see expensive stuff come to their hands on a daily basis with no effort. They don’t know the value of money and they have no sense of how to manage or spend their money. Whereas a child who is on an allowance for doing chores will know to save up money for a big item. Also, they would know many important skills like money management and the dangers of overspending. I think some parents just need to change their attitude towards their kids and treat them like a young adult. In the long run, it will definitely benefit their child.

Now, to the other major problem. Financial literacy is hardly taught in schools. We only learned the basics like interests and banks and a little bit if the stock market when we are young. We were never taught how to save money, organize funds, save for a pension etc… There is also the problem of credit cards. I clearly remembered that when I was two years old, I though credits cards were pieces of plastic with an infinite about of money. Then, at the age of four, I realized that credit cards have to be paid back and that they are only funds given to the user. However, without schools teaching that, many young adults don’t know that. They would end up using thousands of dollars that they don’t have and expect their parents to pay the money. Well, parents ain’t going to support you when you’re older than 18. These people often get buried in debt as they will have a family to raise, a car to support and a mortgage to pay off. The education boards should seriously add more content for their financial literacy section. Credit cards should also be seen as dangerous money grabbers, not miracle money producers. Cause’ in the end, the bank will always win.

I seriously hope that the world changed sometimes. Teenagers should know how to spend their money effectively. Most importantly, their parents and the education board have to change.

Anti-Pan Am Update: What’s Going On?

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Hello Anti-Pan Am supporters,

I am here with the latest on Pan Am updates. I live in York Region in the GTA (for those who don’t know where it is). I drove on this street last year and while I was approaching a block, I saw a Pan-Am site and examined it a bit. Over time it went into a new phase of development. Currently, it seems like it is fully developed, but maybe being evaluated on the inside to see if the facility is up to the safety requirements.

Pan-Am go back home, no Canadian wants you here! I am wasting my tax dollars just for this, a game that I will not watch, costing Canada billions of dollars to be wasted. Do you know what we could have used that wasted tax dollars for? All this good money could have been spent for fighting Ebola in west Africa or something Canadians actually NEED. We could have improved the TTC or something. Not all this money will be given back to us, the Pan Am games will start on July 10 and end on July 26.

If Canada wins, the only thing I will have is pride. Well, I don’t think pride costs over 3 billion dollars. If some other country wins, then they could have held the games instead. I mean, just compare this to the 2014 World Cup. Brazil hosted it and they got fourth place, FOURTH PLACE, are you freaking kidding me!

As I mentioned in a post during the world cup, Brazil had to spend money on renovating stadiums and building new stadiums for the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and they are hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics. This has cost Brazil billions of Reais, causing mass protests.

I have run out of shit to say, I hate it when Canada has to waste money for something we will never get back. Yeah like who’s gonna pay money to watch some shit games. The Olympics are much better. Vancouver already paid off their debt. Toronto is gonna be a totally different story I just hope that I can quickly design an Anti-Pan Am t-shirt and we can get this on the zakopinion market. Thank you and be prepared for the new Anti-Pan Am t-shirts in mid-2015.

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Forces et Democratie: The New Canadian Political Party

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Forces et Democratie, in English, Strength and Democracy is a new political party in Canada created recently by former NDP MP Jean-Francois Larose and former Bloc Quebecois and independent MP Jean-Francois Fortin. They have competition with Bloc Quebecois at the moment, and sources say that Bloc Quebecois will suffer with votes due to the new party. Well, this should also affect the Liberals that mainly are voted in Quebec, the reason for this is that the Liberal Party is mainly led by French-Canadians, that is why many French-Canadians would vote for them.

To be honest, I think this new separatist party is completely stupid. Why does Canada need a new separatist party? We already have Bloc Quebecois and Parti Quebecois (Quebec provincial party). I swear, this will lead to a merger with Bloc Quebecois and this new party. If you want to know why I believe this is because before 2003, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was not doing so well. A new Conservative party, Canadian Alliance was created in 2000, lead by Stockwell Day, then, Stephen Harper. Talks about a merger between the two Conservative parties occured during 2002. On December 7, 2003, the present-day Conservative Party of Canada was founded and registered with Elections Canada.

I know what you are all thinking, “Bossjamesinternational just explained the history of the merger that founded the present-day Conservative party and how the same thing will happen with the two Quebec separatist parties. Well Bossjamesinternational, you must know the party was recently founded and you should not assume this so quickly.” Well viewer, I am just saying that this new party will have a short lived history, and that Bloc Quebecois will take over. Besides most of Canada’s main political parties have seats in the House of Commons, but not in the Senate.

For those residing in Quebec right now, I believe that you should think about who to vote for either the Bloc Quebecois because I hate the Liberals or the new party, because I want to see how challenged they can be. I can not see the future of what’s going to happen, but I can believe what will happen. Think clearly about your decision Quebec.

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The Downfall of Rob Ford: A story about how he cracked and went out of the “door”

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In this article, I will be talking about what led to Rob Ford’s downfall and what the people and media thought of Rob Ford. I will be highlighting what actions made him crack and get out of the “door. The first reason for Rob’s downfall was because of a Toronto Star report. On Friday May 17th, 2013, the Toronto Star had a report on the front page of their newspaper. It read “Ford in ‘Crack Video’ Scandal.” What soon ensued after the story broke was, and still is, perhaps one of the most controversial topics in Canadian politics. The social media absolutely exploded. People all over were responding to this story on social media. Many people were in shock and in awe at the report. Let’s go back here one minute. There was a picture of Rob Ford and drug dealers together, however, that doesn’t prove anything. How can you just say that someone does drugs because they took a picture with a drug dealer? It’s like saying that a person gave birth to a baby just because they took a picture with the baby. There is absolutely no logic in what the Toronto Star suggested. This created a huge fuss. All the reporters from news channels were crowding around Rob Ford’s office waiting for him to announce the truth to the public. This is outrageous. I mean… This is just a guy. He makes mistakes just like you and I. Why should what he does in his personal time affect his political career? After saving tax payers one billion dollars, after Rob Ford cut the stupid land transfer tax by half, after he privatized garbage collection and much more, why would you just do that to Rob Ford because he made one simple mistake? Imagine that you were Rob Ford. How would you feel? Rob Ford was almost targeted by the Toronto Star. I say this because the picture might not even be real. The entire story could be phony, and yet, the Toronto Star still does a report on it-ON THE FRONT PAGE. Where in the world have you seen a news report where a story that is still up in the air goes in the front page? The editor or the publisher must have been mad or something. The entire reason why the downfall of Rob Ford happened was because of this stupid report. The Toronto Star is biased. I am telling you right now: They are biased. The crack story does not end here. On November 5th, 2013, Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine. When later asked why he did not admit to smoking crack cocaine the first time, he said the reporters “didn’t ask the right questions.” The reports were actually very clear. They asked Rob Ford if he smoked crack cocaine. Later, Rob said that he was embarrassed and ashamed of his actions. I totally understand Rob Ford’s decision on this one. I think the pressure of media and the pressure of being a mayor in a big city like Toronto really put a lot of stress on Rob Ford. The media should stop harassing politicians. Politicians should be treated as managers, not movie stars. In the case of Rob Ford, that clearly wasn’t the case. The second thing that led to Rob Ford’s downfall was the fact that he kept on denying that he smoked crack but later admitted to it. I totally understand why Rob would do that. At first, he must have been so overwhelmed by the stupid media attention to think straight… so he lied. Then, he couldn’t take the heat of the media anymore… so he told the citizens of Toronto the truth. That was a major error. Doing this made the citizens of Toronto not trust Rob Ford. I think that Rob Ford panicked here and made a horrible decision. What Rob Ford should have done is admit that he has a drinking/drug issue. Then, he should have gone to rehab. This leads me to my next point- rehab. When Rob Ford announced that he would go to rehab in Chicago, many citizens of Toronto began to have faith again. However, just as the good things start, disaster strikes. When Rob Ford arrived in Chicago, he was forced to go back to Canada for unknown reasons. This forced Rob Ford to take rehab in Muskoka. I personally thought that this was a great decision- you came here to fight for something that has great importance and you don’t stop. However, he never announced that he was rejected in Chicago and lied about rehab for a while. In other words, he still pretended that he was in Chicago. Many people thought that he wasn’t in any kind of rehab which made many people mad. He should have just been up-front with us Torontonians. To make matters worse, he was spotted in a Muskoka dry cleaner when he said he was in Chicago. Rob Ford pretty much screwed himself up here. He lost over half of the trust from Torontonians. This combined with the crack incident really affected Rob Ford’s reputation as mayor. As you may already know, reputation in politics is everything. I think that after this incident, not many people took him seriously. After lying to the public 2 times, not many people could trust him. Next, was the international media and Jimmy Kimmel’s interview that affected Rob Ford. Places as far as China and Europe had news cast reports of Rob Ford. This was a HUGE smack in the face to Rob Ford. The situation in Toronto was already bad enough. With all the new international broadcasting pressure, Rob was overwhelmed. The world knew of him as the “Drunken Mayor” or the “Crack Mayor” and thought of Rob Ford as a joke. This is crazy; hell broke loose. Now, we shall talk about Jimmy Kimmel’s interview with Rob Ford. Personally, I think that Jimmy Kimmel was trying to humiliate Rob Ford in every way possible. He first introduced Mayor Ford by saying that he stumbled, drunken and smoked his way here etc… which was just very unprofessional. On top of that, all that Jimmy Kimmel said of Rob Ford was negative. He asked if Rob Ford was homophobic because he didn’t attend in pride Toronto and much more. Of course Rob Ford isn’t homophobic; he attended every other previous pride parade and just had a little family issue the last time. Poor Rob, Jimmy Kimmel thinks everything is a joke. Jimmy Kimmel- know your stuff bro. Know when to stop. Politics is a personal matter. I think Rob Ford thought that the Jimmy Kimmel interview would play out well, however it didn’t. After that, a picture of Rob Ford holding a crack pipe while he was at his sister’s house surfaced. It was actually a video; however, the video couldn’t be released. After this incident, things became even worse. The media was crazy. Everyone lost hope in Rob Ford. Whatever amount of hope they still had left The next big blow was the police involvement. Rob Ford is friends with Sandro Lisi. Sandro Lisi is also Rob Ford’s occasional driver. Sandro Lisi and Rob Ford were seen at many places such as convince stores together. Sandro Lisi was seen handing white substances to Rob Ford. It was believed to be narcotics. They were seen, on many occasions, together. This made the public think that Rob Ford had connections to drugs. The big problem here is that this made the public think that Rob Ford has a serious problem and was not honest about his problems in the beginning. This resulted in the public’s disapproval of Mayor Rob Ford. Last but not least, were the council votes. The Ford brothers seemed to have changed in their last council meetings. They stood alone. All the other councilors would pass a bill while the Fords would just say “no.” It seemed as if they had gone mad. Perhaps it was physiological. This certainly sparked up an argument in city hall. People said that the Fords “didn’t care anymore.” I think this really just finished Rob Ford off. One of the most important things that you have to have in politics is a good attitude, which Rob Ford seemed to have lost by then. I do realize how hard it was for Rob Ford to be mayor of Toronto. I know he has a huge weight on his shoulders. However, I think that he still should have gone about business is a more central and professional way. After saying all this, I should perhaps ask you one question: Do you thing, that one of Rob Ford’s personal problems, should affect his political career? After all he had done for us (decreasing the land transfer tax, saving money by privatizing garbage, building good infrastructure and saving the taxpayers over $1,000,000,000), do you think he deserves to have his political career derailed, just because of one mistake that he already has put behind? I say no. I think that Rob Ford is one of best mayors that Toronto has ever seen. The 2018 Elections are gonna be fun. Until then, we’ll be enduring the wrath of John Tory. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zakopinion/273580552796063?ref=hl YouTube channel: http://m.youtube.com/channel/UCmgN4lpPA0wORouqMyESeHg © Zakyr Rhemtulla and zakopinion, 2013-2014. 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