First off concerning SheafGate:
Here’s an excellent opinion about the events surrounding the publishing of Capitalist Piglet in The Sheaf UofS paper. And I’ve got links from the editor in the heart of the storm. He points out that there was no outcry at the cartoon depiction of love between a hot lady and rabbit. Before that The Wayward Reporter details a timeline in the controversy. There has also been a blog set up to support the Sheaf, and to counter the boycott blog that got provincial media coverage while the webmaster remained anonymous and bashed bookstores for selling The Da Vinci Code [while claiming the work of fiction is an anti-Christian historical document possibly].
Now moving on to war, a REAL war, the one we’re fighting in Afghanistan. I feel that Canada is justified in staying in the battlezone and assisting the defenseless Afghani people who have no control over the warlords or Taliban thugs. I also feel it’s essential that the House of Commons vote on where our Canadian Forces are deployed. If the House can’t be consulted before the deployment, then they should at least review the action every 6 months, because we owe our brave troops at least that much consideration.
It’s so, pardon me for drawing from recent events, American to send an army overseas without consulting the people’s representatives in an official capacity. It doesn’t show disrespect to the troops or mission to vote on their deployment, it just shows good common sense if we want to remain a democracy. After all, how would you like it if your government sent your daughter overseas to invade Belgium, and you didn’t have a voice in Parliament, or any organization for that matter, that holds the Defence minister accountable if the invasion isn’t in the defense of Belgians and Canadians?