Feb 232017
 

Uber

In the city of London Ontario last week, a 7-6 municipal council vote defeating a motion to force cameras into vehicles driven by Uber drivers was seen as a victory for the ride-sharing company. But the conflict between the taxi “industry” and the Uber “ride sharing service” is certainly far from over.

Vowing to “regroup” after the municipal vote setback, Roger Caranci of the London Taxi Association has been single-mindedly pushing a “safety first” justification for continuing the local taxi monopoly and maintaining the limit on the number of taxis permitted to operate in the city. It is a strategy that has remained unchanged since his first live on-air debate with Bob Metz in 2015, through his second live debate with Bob in 2016 and through his live appearance on talk radio following the municipal vote last week.

On today’s broadcast of Just Right, you’ll get to hear their on-going debate in a way that will leave no doubts in your mind about the one huge taboo topic that Mr. Caranci and the taxi industry fear most: any discussion of taxi limits.

Refusing to discuss limits forces the discussion to one of irrelevant distractions employed to keep everyone’s attention away from the limits.

The good news is that Caranci’s defence of the taxi monopoly using his “safety first” spin has begun to wear thin with the public and with London city councillors alike. Without his “safety” shield, Caranci may find himself in a very vulnerable position in terms of his own credibility. We can hardly wait to see what his next monopoly rationalization will be, after he “regroups” with the industry that has hired him to protect it from competition.

It’s time to end the limits – both on the number of taxi drivers allowed, and on the debate itself. Setting both free from their limits would be Just Right by us.

Jan 262017
 

Trump oath

In keeping with past Inauguration addresses made by American presidents, Donald Trump‘s Inauguration Address last Friday turned out to be very presidential indeed.

Criticized as being a “dark speech” the likes of which has never been heard before, it would be more accurate to suggest that Trump’s Inaugural Address followed a tradition that has been a presidential practice since the days of John Adams, the second president of the United States.

The parallels are striking and are part of the conversation on today’s Just Right, along with our point-by-point analysis of some key essentials in Trump’s address. Could Donald Trump’s address be resurrecting the symbolic “ghost” of John Adams?

“A nation exists to serve its citizens,” Trump declared, in stark contrast to the opposing philosophy that has been running the White House since the days of John F Kennedy.

Under Trump’s “America first” agenda, is “Buy American” an un-American slogan? Can trade restrictions and import/export taxes possibly benefit the general welfare, or are they simply a continuation of crony politics that benefit the few at the expense of the many? Continue reading »

Dec 312015
 

telephone
Topics:
00:03 Opening the line to public discourse: influence of open line talk shows, spoken word vs talk, Andy Oudman on cross border shopping, promoting the general welfare through self interest, wealth creation, will Trudeau get elected?
11:10 It’s in the mail…: taxes, jobs, Canada Post’s mail monopoly, ending door to door delivery, technology the challenge to Canada Post, privatize mail delivery, Kellogg’s survival, biting the hand that feeds, community mail boxes
24:20 Officially complacent: reconciling Islamist terrorism with Muslim immigration, Tarek Fatah, Salim Mansur, vigilance not intolerance, appropriate response to Montreal attack, political Islam’s open and stated objectives, avoid political correctness, a war has been declared upon the West, ideological conversions, radicalization of Islamist terror, Western society penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood
42:00 Triple play on governance-voting-democracy: fining or rewarding the vote, voting is not democracy, voting a right-not a duty, obtaining a false sense of consent through the forced vote, democracy about equality under the law, informed voter responsibility, buying your vote through advertising, purpose of political advertising, government expanding beyond governance 59:42 END

May 152014
 

Freedom Party of Ontario

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Pulling the plug to avoid the shock: Freedom Party Candidates in London, Paul McKeever, Salim Mansur, Clare Maloney, Al Gretzky, pulling the plug on wind turbine and solar contracts, history of Ontario’s electricity price woes, Trillium vs Ontario, no penalty to cancel green-energy contracts, gas plant move penalties, Lawrence Solomon’s view on cancelling contracts, the environmental penalty
14:39 Jobs Jobs Jobs – Tim Hudak’s 1,000,000 – 100,000 Jobs Plan: 100,000 job losses equals 100,000 severance packages or 100,000 lawsuits, the other side of the job cut promise, TTC expansion costs, nuclear reactor replacement costs, Hudak getting back at the teachers’ unions, lack of trust, corporate welfare
28:49 Trust Me, I’m A Politician: John Robson – Hudak vs an empty suit, purple Tory, Progressive Conservative history of tax and spend, 1 million jobs for half a million people, Freedom Party stealing votes?, who owns your vote?
45:00 Stealing votes – owning votes – earning votes: Erin Goodwin for the Freedom gang, Al Gretzky earning votes or stealing votes? can you waste a vote? earning a vote without fraud or misrepresentation, trusting liars, the Freedom Party strategy in London, the 5% solution, I’m voting for Freedom Party, London is the spearhead, FPO’s social media success 60:00 END

Apr 242014
 

The Middle Class

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 The middle has no class: the middle class, government protecting the middle class, free enterprise, success, lowering standard of living, government spending cuts, protecting the middle class – from government, classless society, College of Trades, Obama’s reign of error, job creation, inflation, money supply
17:35 Reign of error? government mistakes, gold, Sparta, inflation, tripling of US money supply, cut in wages, standard of living, government pensions, snake oil, nice people
30:35 Kathleen Wynne’s leadersh*t leadership: Kathleen Wynne vs NDP and PC, unions, labour, College of Trades, Wynne’s proposed partnership – government-business – government-labour, Ontario budget and election, technology and the internet, economic history of the automobile, creation of wealth and high wages
48:10 Catch A Fire: Toronto 4/20: Toronto 4/20, Vapor Central, London 4/20, policing pot events 55:53 END

Apr 172014
 

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Topics:
00:07 Ontario’s College of Trade Barriers: Ontario College of Trades, Jeff Yurek, Tim Hudak’s promise to scrap Ontario College of Trades, Trade barrier horror stories: Peter’s story, Doug’s story, Don’s story, Rich’s story, Brian’s story, Pete’s story, victims of trade barriers
16:45 Tory Story – Can you believe it? PC David Tsubouchi – Head of Ontario College of Trades, socialism-communism-fascism, PC Garfield Dunlop supports grandfathering College of Trades in, College of Teachers brought in by PCs
27:30 College discipline – We’re fine if you’re fined: Ontario College of Trades – from the horse’s mouth, ‘joining’ the college, fines and penalties apply to non-‘members’ as well, complaints and discipline, the public interest
40:35 Ontario College of Trades: Guild fascism: guilds, guild socialism, guild fascism, Ontario College of Trades, implied contract with public, medieval origins of guilds, tax-grab, not a ‘mistake’ but a crime 54:58 END