Bit of a gamer & designer/playtester all my life. Some military & historical background...
What's your favorite wargame (et al)? Board or computer...no matter.
Some of the new ones are remarkable...
War of Rights...MMO US Civil War...FPS w/ musket and bayonet.
For 40 years Canadians have seen the NHL expand into US markets where the locals have little interest in hockey. We understand that in some cases this has been a good thing for hockey, expanding interest in the sport and creating new hockey markets. We also understand that sometimes the local Canadian hockey market couldn’t afford to support the team, as was the case briefly in Winnipeg and Quebec, mainly due to the currency exchange rate. However, hockey markets like Montreal and especially Toronto are starving for additional NHL teams. Toronto could easily support an additional two teams, probably one west of the city and one to the north.
NHL Commissioner Gary Betman shut down expansion into Toronto when investors wanted to move the money losing Phoenix Coyotes to Toronto. Betman would rather prop up money losing US teams than add teams in markets where people love hockey and would fill seats in arenas. Yes there are US expansion success stories, such as Nashville, but it’s ridiculous that teams like the Florida Panthers should exist while Toronto has only one NHL team. The city of Toronto is now bigger than the city of Chicago, which has two Major League Baseball teams. If Chicago can support two baseball teams, surely Toronto can support two hockey teams.
When it comes to budget cuts, police seem to always be sacrosanct. I've seen cuts to teachers, social workers, scientists, all kinds of admin staff and almost every other type of government employee. But not police. Nor, come to think of it, fireman.
This editorial claims that policing costs have risen faster than the rate of inflation in Canada (at all 3 levels of government) despite a falling crime rate. It also claims that police resources are used inefficiently with $100k a year policeman doing all kinds of work that could be done by lesser trained staff.
Perhaps when marijuana is legalized, that would be a good opportunity to examine policing needs. Maybe there is an opportunity to redirect resources towards supporting people, not prosecuting them.
The Benefits Of Reforming Our Senate With US Senate As Model
US senate plays crucial role in US politics. It equally represents each state, balances and adjusts the mood of people which reflects in US House of Representatives. It deals with much farther concerns and issues related to US benefits in long run, which integrate with the current benefits of US people represented by US House of Representatives.
Comparing with US political system, Canadian Senate is near to useless. Although we have the Queen Governor General system in Canada, which somehow plays partial function in Canada similarly to the role of US senate in US, we still need a Senate more similarly with US senate.
With a US Senate-like Canadian Senate, the benefits of each province and each territory are represented better in federal level, and some important concerns would be much better dealt through this mechanism than any other present mechanism. The reformed Senate would have many important and powerful committees for researching and understanding Canadian benefits in long strain. And also important, each Senator has the right to run for the Prime Minister directly, which increases the mental function of the position of Prime Minister, which means each senator who has right to run for PM in future, would naturally consider each legislation in the eye of a PM.
Canada should admit US political system is more advanced in both political theory and human natural expectation, which has already proved by histories of these two nations. I admit our political system has some advantage which US political system has not.
My argument is all in all, today we should have an ambition to unify the advantages of these two political systems for our benefits and the benefits of our offspring in future and far future.
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