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Winning Math

Last week reporters looked at me with a sceptical eye when I told them the Green Party could win a seat in the next federal election. I didn't say it would be easy. But I do think it could be done.

Bruce-Grey Owen Sound has approximately 77,000 voters (2001 census data). In the last federal election incumbent, Larry Miller, won 23,000 votes. Dick Hibma (Green Party candidate) won 13,000 votes. Approximately 48,000 voters went to the polls and 29,000 did not. If each one of the 13,000 Green voters convinced two of their non-voting friends to vote Green in the next federal election we would have a landslide victory.

It won't be easy, but it can be done.

If you want to be a part of history the time to start talking to your friends isn't the day an election is called. The time is now. Do you have two or more friends who opted not to vote in the last federal election? Ask them why. Ask them what it would take to get them to the polls on the next go round. Be patient, but be persistent. Change isn't easy, but it does happen one person at a time.

Transport Canada

Next on the list was Transport Canada. I heard back from them a few minutes ago.

To issue a "Certificate" (which used to be a "Permit") to issue Dangerous Goods, Transport Canada uses the following procedure:

  • Classify the goods. If it's radioactive, this classification is deferred to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
  • Based on the classification the appropriate container is defined. Appropriate containers are defined by the CNSC for radio active material.
  • A shipping document is then issued (jointly with CNSC for radio active material).
  • An appropriate label is placed on the container. (e.g. for trucks transporting gasoline to petrol stations there's a red label with a 3 and a white flame).
  • The goods are shipped.

It can take up to a year for this process to happen and sometimes, even after a year of researching appropriate containers, the certificates still aren't issued.

Environmental Assessment Triggers

Today I talked to Brent from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Using the same list of inclusions (scroll down to #42) to determine what triggers an Environmental Assessment, it seems as though DFO can't trigger an EA either. They are specifically concerned with "The harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat" as it relates to intentional built projects and activities. Accidents are the responsibility of the agency who is performing an activity.

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