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Michael Hardner

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  1. 1 hour ago, QuebecOverCanada said:


    1. The Iranians hang enemies of Islam on cranes. The Iranians beat women who dare to show too much hair or skin.

    2. The two authors of the study are two Iranians in exile. They are not what's on the ground in Iran.

    1. The Government not the people.
    2. So dismiss it then.  Dismiss their methodology and their effort.  It's pretty easy for you to do so in the 15 seconds it takes to write a post.  Others are working to solve problems.

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  2. 1 hour ago, I am Groot said:


    Maybe set up one national licensing group for doctors as a privately operated organization but operating under federal government guidelines and oversight to license a doctor to practice anywhere in Canada. How many provinces will object to such doctors practicing in their province? It isn't the provincial governments right now that license doctors and nurses, after all. It's their own associations but backed by law. I don't think Ontario, for one, would object, and would probably amend their law to allow for such people to practice. medicine there.



    A national licensing group - that would do it.  I'm hoping Poilievre can think outside the box on such things.

  3. 6 minutes ago, I am Groot said:

    The solution for our healthcare crisis has to start with more doctors, nurses and other medical personnel. Nothing else, no changes to how the system functions will work well with the existing shortage. 

    And that shortage is created by government.

    There are far more qualified applicants for medical and nursing schools than those schools can accommodate. The number of nursing/medical school spaces was frozen by governments for decades. They were only recently increased in Ontario. But from what I have read they can only be increased so fast so far due to the lack of instructors, classrooms, and then on the far end, the number of supervising doctors and nurses for the mandatory hands-on coop period for nurses and residency periods at hospitals for doctors. 

    I don't know if the number of spaces has been increased in other provinces. 

    I would suggest the numbers be increased nationwide as fast and far as possible. To this end they should be actively recruiting RNs and doctors who have retired or left the profession to help as instructors. The lack of family physicians can be remedied by increasing their fees or lowering tuition for those who elect to take family medicine or both. 

    Doctors should not be forced to be businessmen. It's a waste of time which could be devoted to seeing patients. Family doctors prefer to work in team setting where there are colleagues in both family medicine and varied specialties to consult with. More of these organizations should be set up.

    Yes.  I find the idea that 'classrooms' is a limit, and Ford's subsequent plan to create a new building to be mind boggling.  There are empty offices everywhere ... get some solutions people.

    Following up on my previous post, the other group of know-nothings I had to deal with in management were doctors' committees.  As stakeholders in any problem, the senior groups refused to move with any urgency whatsoever and would throw roadblocks to progress on anything.  I found the same problem with other non-profits such as academic groups, and charities.  Say what you want about capitalism, and putting a dollar sign on everything but it moves things forward at least.

    When you add that the biggest problems are with family doctors, who can be provided with the least training and lowest costs it absolutely boggles my mind even more.

    Bring in family doctors from overseas who have been certified at the best schools, and get them working NOW.   Hire doctors who have set up clinics and pay them well to set up publicly funded walk-ins NOW.  Then foster a culture where these vital facilities are created/supported.

    What Agile management in IT taught us is that excessive planning is a cancer.  The costs are lost lives, despite the intuitive strangeness of the idea.  Taking too long to test a new drug means the successful drugs aren't saving lives now.  Not testing means lives are lost needlessly.  Finding the balance requires intelligent discussion.  Fail fast

    Just now, ExFlyer said:

     Are you trying to blame someone for something??

    No, it's a question of culture.  If you want me to single out one group that needs to change it would be the public.  They have to start imagining a new model.  Maybe populism is the start of that.

  4. 10 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    Once again, the Iranians celebrated yesterday in the streets of Tehran to support the launch of missiles and drones toward Israel. Just like the Palestinians celebrated after October 7th, before they knew what was coming to them.

    They are not what @CITIZEN_2015 wants you to believe.

    More argument via image.   Iran wants you to think their citizens hate Israel and the US.  But is it so ?  This poll says not.


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  5. 6 minutes ago, I am Groot said:

     In addition, to avoid ever being blamed for anything, any new project of whatever size has to have massive buy-in from as many 'clients and interested groups within the public service as possible. This requires innumerable reports, documentation, meetings, and time-consuming changes and alterations before anything sees the light of day. All of which is designed to shield management from blame, not to make sure the eventual project works. Witness Phoenix, which is a disaster and has been for years. No one was ever disciplined for it either. 

    I worked on the initial stages of a few government initiatives in the past.  I can verify that I witnessed what you are talking about.  The preventative measures to waste end up wasting far more than the problem they're designing to solve.

    When I worked for the civil service, I saw a massive internal effort put into effect because a Globe and Mail article detected a somewhat minor error.  It doesn't matter that nobody cares, they can't have the risk of a perception of something going wrong.

    Question Period is the symptom: Poilievre finds out about a guy whose truck was stolen, and detected that it was on an outbound ship.  The layman thinks " if that were my truck, I should be able to just go down there, show my ownership and get the dock master to give me my truck" ...  ah well....

    We had initial meetings only because they would invite so many people to meetings and ask for revisions to our proposal over and over again... new people would attend the next meeting and insist more changes.  We figured out that this would be unworkable, so we insisted our proposal limit the structure and number of revisions to the product as well as timliness.

    Well, guess what... that didn't work because only the Deputy Minister could have final say and he wouldn't have the time to meet with us with any kind of predictability.  We saw where this was going and told them we weren't going to work with them anymore.

    I'm not sure if they recognized what was happening, or whether they they just thought we weren't flexible enough.  Anyway I got very curious over how the companies that dealt with this operated.  I guess the unbelievable ArriveCan costs explained it.


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  6. 22 minutes ago, Nationalist said:

    So we're down to...

    1. Ukraine can and probably will continue to drone attack sites inside Russia proper. However all that's gonna do is raise oil prices and p1ss off the Russians. At this point, I think p1ssing off the Russians further would be to invite them to bomb the Hell outta Kiev.

    1. If it costs the Russians a lot of money, it could do them damage.  Every escalation has a price for sure.

    And high oil prices would cost Biden the election at some point.

    Side issue - @August1991 might enjoy this meta observation - have international politics ever impacted all of us so directly as these days ?  It's like we're in a small room with the walls closing in 1 inch an hour.

  7. 9 minutes ago, Nationalist said:

    I can't get over that hump Mike. They are knowingly screwing with the hormones and bodies of kids. It's sick and I'm sorry but every bone in my body screams

    "Cage the bastards!"

    I get it.  I don't blame you for being emotional either... Believe me I get emotional about policy too.  But I come here to listen and share ideas.   

    Maybe I get resentful having to read the emotional outbursts of folks I disagree with politically.  I don't know.  Maybe I shouldn't and maybe I do.

    But I do try to see the value in other opinions, and try to love the chuds.  This is an example where the chuds are on the left side of the social spectrum btw.  Which is why 'chud' doesn't apply solely to populists or conservatives like me.

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  8. 1 hour ago, ExFlyer said:

    1. Service levels. Well, the person with an ailment certainly has a different opinion of their ailment that the service providers and perhaps others with ailments. Who is to decide?

    2. Democracy?? Your comment was "suggestion for me is to create online Public groups, busy bodies", I say that is a committee as it holds no authority.

    3. I am not sure what you mean. That the public service is not fast enough to respond to issues? Understand that the public service does  not respond to individuals and only regurgitates policy. If it is not to your satisfaction, that is not their fault.

    4. I said "Public service and it's management is beholden to policy, rules and regulations. " in retort to your comment "Canada's Public services. Management today is beholden primarily to their bosses, not the public.". The thing is they only have rules to go by.

    5. You have opinion and personal issues and reasons. they do not know you nor care too much about you.

    1. The decision makers might not change but the discussion around what is happening, priorities, etc. likely would.
    2. Is the public a committee of millions then ?  I don't have a problem with you using such a word but I don't see how it's different than a public.
    3. Yes, I wouldn't blame the public service.  Indeed I think they would be emancipated by such a system.  My understanding is that there was an internal web discussion forum for the public services at some point, perhaps years ago, and there were great ideas and solutions that were put forward.
    4. Well... maybe that's a quibble.  After all it's the bosses that set the rules, and more importantly form the culture.  I worked for the public service 40 years ago.  I was young so I didn't understand the problems at play the way I do today.  
    5. I also have ideas and criticisms... and suggestions.  They should care.  There was a revolution in customer care in the 1980s, in marketing, and in the 2000s - in IT - a new revolution behind the scenes, flattening management and making direct links between the consumer and the provider.

    It's actually more natural and understandable than the rubric of mirrors that our bureaucracy is, in practice.

    1 hour ago, Moonbox said:

     It's just upper management's fault?  

    Looking for blame is a distraction from fixing it.   It's a "culture" and we all own it, to varying degrees.

  9. 35 minutes ago, ExFlyer said:

    1. System? Public and private medical? What is there to monitor?

    2. Online groups like the ones we have here on repolitics?? LOL You know that they say a camel is a horse deigned by committee. LOL

    3. Public service and it's management is beholden to policy, rules and regulations. The poor folk that work there cannot and are not allowed to waiver from that. Where the shitstorm happens is when th epublic do not like what is going on, the public for the first time actually find out what the rules and regulations really are. :)



    1. Service levels, all right wait times, costs... If we don't care then the politicians who go stateside for services won't carry either. 

    2. Democracy is not a committee, it's a voice of the people. Town Hall meetings are not a committee, it's the public voicing ideas and questioning those who make the decisions. But these things are not anonymous. That's one thing I would do differently. 

    3. And the feedback cycle for that is about.. what 10 years? Too slow 



  10. 8 hours ago, Nationalist said:

    Because they are doing this to kids!

    What's wrong with you? Kids Mike!

    Okay, but they could still be following the Hippocratic oath and just be wrong. 

    This topic is infused with so much emotion on both sides, and that's the problem. It also explains why parents lose their minds and allow this to happen. Parents would have approved this. 

    Parental choice is something that everyone agrees with. In fact, it's the cornerstone of the Alberta legislation recently. Remember? 

    So you have a lot of emotion, which is leading to situations where doctors and parents are making bad choices. 

    And then you get regret, people who thought it was a good idea. Realize that It wasn't. 

    Put the discussion out of the emotional realm and give it back to doctors and caregivers. 

    But stop demonizing people, based on assumptions. Regrettable decisions, sad results... All of these things come out of any system 

    Kids and parents get breast implants to look sexier also. We never heard about that, even with levels of regret. 

    It's all emotion... And it's leading to looking for scapegoats and scheming monsters. Sometimes systems just fail. 


  11. 9 hours ago, Nationalist said:

    1. What about them?

    2. Meh...from what I'm seeing...as long as it takes.

    3. Groovy

    4. The economy is not improving Mike. Counting a person with 2 part time jobs as 2, is just more Libbie cheating. The answer to our economic woes, is obvious.

    5. No. I think he'll have serious opposition. I expect cities and provinces will oppose his plan for home building. Quotas are never popular. Do I think he'll be better for Canada than Pixie-Dust? Lol...

    1. From what I've read, they are such a game changer that Biden has asked Ukraine to stop doing them. 

    2. 0k. I agree it will be a long time. 

    3. 4. 5. Generally, I agree with what you've written here, although I do think the economy is getting slightly better.

  12. Indeed, the French system works this way to a degree. 

    I don't have enough confidence that our Healthcare public is mature enough to monitor the system. 

    Continued suggestion for me is to create online Public groups, busy bodies, to monitor and discuss delivery of service and costs. 

    And above all, we have to instigate a revolution of management in Canada's Public services. Management today is beholden primarily to their bosses, not the public.

  13. 1 hour ago, August1991 said:

    , we can empower individuals to engage with AI technologies responsibly and shape their development in ways that benefit society as a whole.



    Yes, and I have done this finally. I asked it to write. Put together some short stories on topics, themes and with characters I specified. It created a convincing, if bland, wallpaper prose for me.

    Cute, but it's just a mechanical extension of what has been happening to intellectualism in the human world. 

    The real breakthrough will be when people learn to tell the difference between imitators and the real deal in that world. 

    In the meantime, I will refer to AI as adept imitation.

  14. 5 hours ago, August1991 said:

    For many years, the Republicans have lost urban counties in California, Illinois and New York.

    These counties belong to Democrats - and the Democrats get the electoral votes.

    1. Why? How?


    2. In Canada, we vote in person - show who we are, scrutineers check: one ballot, we check one name behind a screen

    3. In the US, voting is different.

    Americans have zillions of names on a ballot. They can even write a name on the ballot.

    They have to register before voting.

    Americans have to vote every November or in primaries.

    1. Are you really asking why specific types of jurisdictions are attracted to one party or the other? Would you say it's possibly a conspiracy that Alberta never votes? Liberal? Of course not. There are always specific geographic areas where the people feel that a party does not speak to them, and the vote goes elsewhere. 

    2. Curious, I looked up whether Canada has mail-in ballots. It seems that we do. 


    3. The systems are different, however the US system has audits and oversight by both parties. Parties. How could it ever have worked that one party tricked the other into an advantage in 50 cases in 50 states.  Example:



  15. 3 hours ago, Nationalist said:

    At worst it's controversial? It's disgusting and yes Mike, any Dr. Who prescribes this is a Gawd Damn MONSTER.!

    They belong in cages. 

    Well I explained my position. Would you care to explain yours or are you just going to express personal disgust? 

    As such, there's nothing much for me to respond to if you just say that's disgusting. 

    Other than I don't agree.

    And Nationalist, I prefer to respond to your thoughts on your argument. I don't think it's right for other people step in and paraphrase what you think.

  16. 6 minutes ago, Nationalist said:

    Any adult who prescribes hormone blockers to kids IS A "MONSTER" and deserves much worse than simply being identified correctly...

    As a fcking "MONSTER".!

    I disagree.  You are presuming that the doctor had alterior motives, and given that the process is at worst controversial... it's an unfair designation.

    I assume that you're trying to apply your morality as a requirement for others to follow, but we don't live in that world.

    The closest common morality we have is still liberalism, classically... Live and Let Live.

  17. The Guardians take on this. 




    Tribalism, threatening and calling people inhuman... Monsters and so on.... Is the problem here. Liberalism is the answer. 


    If you're a reasonable centrist, do your best to support Free speech. Our problems can best be helped by throwing light on these situations.

  18. 1 hour ago, SkyHigh said:

    Completely off topic, but you seem to be one of the only balanced, rational people on this site.

    Do you know of any other forums where people don't have to resort to calling people pedophile or Nazi ?


    I've heard there's a forum on Reddit that has extreme moderation on any ad hominem statements and so forth. 

    I think that's okay, but such a thing seems disconnected from real people. I've been on here for over 20 years. There's another forum I'm on, that includes members of here. It's smarter, smaller, but also as insulting or more so. 

    Just stay here.  If you want any advice on others you can DM me.

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