May 2011

With the lovely weather we have been having all I seem to be able to think about is sitting on patios drinking delicious beers. Thus, inspired, I thought I ought to share my favourite summer brews with you!

1. Früli
2. Wrasperry Ale
3. Rock Creek Cider
4. Lindemans Pêche Lambic
5. Bud Light Lime
6. Beaver Tail
7. Rickards White
8. Aprikat
9. Pump House Blueberry Ale
10. Strongbow

That is all for today!


Recently, to the dismay of many Canadians, we had another federal election. Due to the lack of majority government over the last decade we have had trouble getting anything done and have had to frequent the polls a tad too often.

I had high hopes for this election, mainly because I was yearning for a government that could get shit done and a cessation to the overly frequent elections. The election couldn’t have turned out much better than it did, I was really impressed with our voting population up here in Canada. For those of you who have not followed, the Conservative government won a majority, the Liberal party lost upwards of 40 seats down to 33 only, the NDP for the first time ever became the official opposition party, the Bloc Quebecois lost party status along with a whole bunch of seats and the Green party gained their first seat ever!

I would argue the results of this past election as monumental. It is evident to see that Canadians voted strategically and it was great to see the rise of federalism with the fall of the Bloc. I am glad we finally have a majority that will hopefully get a move on but have a significant enough left wing influence to balance them out a little.

With the results of our municipal election last fall as equally monumental due to a significant increase in the youth vote, and now these results, I have hope for the democratic process once again! One thing I did not enjoy about this federal election process though is the fact that people were so desperate to vote against certain parties, rather than specific candidates, that they didn’t pay much mind to the individuals they were giving seats in parliament. There are some questionable newly elected NDP representatives some of whom include a 19 year old first year university student who has never been able to vote before this election, a party hearty young bar manager in a French riding who doesn’t speak French and many other inexperienced students and new comers. Although these individuals will likely bring fresh ideas the NDP has a lot of work ahead of them if they intend on keeping the large number of seats they gained this time around.

The moment I saw the news release about the death of Osama Bin Laden I felt sick. It is somewhat morbid in my mind that a nation is rejoicing and celebrating the fact that they found and murdered a man who, yes was no saint, but was still a human being.

“Justice served” or not it makes me sick to my stomach to see “civilized” people actually parading in the streets and full out cheering as if someone had won something. I don’t believe this war on terrorism has any winners. This incident just triggers further inflated American machosim throughout the country. The discovery and capture of Bin Laden should have been a sobering moment not a shit show display of arrogance in the streets. Now don’t get me wrong in thinking I am upset he has been captured or killed, as I understand the situation was likely an “us” or “them” type scenario, but I just don’t see how anyone can feel so empowered and proud. I see this as a way to fuel the anti-American fire among those who were Bin Laden supporters and although it is fantastic that there is no longer a need to worry about a dangerous man, he was one man among many with the same ideals.

Although it is still contested among various groups that Bin Laden or al-Qaeda were even responsible for the tragedies of 9-11 I understand the events were devastating. I do not reject that 9-11 was horrible or that the people who were behind it are equally horrible, but I still don’t see how those who were affected by 9-11 can feel as though they are any better people than the terrorists who caused it when they can say and support equally blood thirsty sentiments. Many seem to only see the outcomes of these tragic events and the conflicts that have arose around the world, and not how they have developed. People aren’t born blood thirsty and malicious, they are forced into that way of life due to circumstance and desire to change unfavorable conditions in their own lives. America is and has been known to be a terrorist nation by all definitions, they’ve been in the wrong throughout recent history as much as people and groups like Bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been.

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King