Sunday, October 25, 2009

A late addition to the ad extravaganza...and other notes

Some things to note this early evening...

1. The federal government gets in on the creation of ads for H1N1:"New swine flu ads to urge Canadians to roll up their sleeves for the shot."
A sweeping ad campaign is planned over the next few weeks to prod reluctant Canadians to get the swine-flu shot, The Canadian Press has learned.

The new campaign comes as officials try to persuade a wary public to roll up their sleeves for the H1N1 vaccine - though the ads won't be ready when most provinces begin their vaccination campaigns Monday.

Unlike the current crop of ads, which tell Canadians to cough and sneeze into their sleeves and to wash their hands with soap and water, the new batch will urge people to get the swine-flu shot.
As has been blogged around here of late, there are timing questions about the government's activities. Let's hope for the best.

2. Rare news about the Iranian blogger known as the "blogfather" of the Iranian blogging community. He is also a Canadian citizen and he has been held in Tehran's "notorious" Evin prison for almost a year now. He has been tortured. The New York Times has a human rights report on his condition and publishes a letter from his parents to the Iranian government.

Contact information for the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, here. A new round of emails, contacts from Canadians might be in order.

3. "Disabled Nortel employees lose out." We should not be permitting this obscenity to happen:
As Nortel divvies up its assets and former CEO Mike Zafirovski paws for $12.3 million (U.S.), employees on long-term disability are forgotten and abandoned, providing yet another example of how more than 40 per cent of Canadians with disabilities find themselves earning less than $10,000 per year.
It turns out that while Sun Life administered the LTD payments, most of the money came from Nortel's operating revenue, which means that if Nortel stops operating, those on disability are on their own.

Unlike Nortel's 17,000 retirement pensioners, the law does not require Nortel – or other employers that do not insure liability benefits (the majority of them) – to keep the money in trust for those on disability. And unlike the tens of thousands of other Nortel employees who have lost their jobs, those on disability leave are unable to find new employment.
But we should stop it here – and we can. We owe it to ourselves as a country that cares for its most vulnerable to press Nortel to honour its promise to those on long-term disability and call upon the federal government to reform regulations governing LTD pensions.
4. The Rural Canadian writes about Ontario's debt. It's depressing him. Hang in there pal:)

5. Internet trolls in the U.S. pay a price. More for your online litigiousness file.

6. Finally, on the occasion of Harper's latest hockey photo-op, seems media are at least providing the embarrassing context now surrounding the old chestnut that's always hauled out:
Harper has been researching his hockey book since he was Opposition leader.

A spokesman said the prime minister tries to devote a few minutes a day to the project, has largely finished the research phase and has begun writing.
Yes, the ongoing "research" effort since what...2005? And a few minutes a day...totally believable. the draft box is totally empty...:)