Several years ago, the regina mom wrote a letter to the editor of the local daily newspaper, accusing the Premier of the day of misogyny. trm received supreme shit from an older male family member for doing so because it forced him to look up the definition in the dictionary and because she dared to call a man a “woman-hater.” Well, there are some very subtle ways of expressing hatred toward women and trm wishes a few more people, particularly those in the Senate and the House of Commons would do some digging and come to an understanding of how misogyny works.
Take, for example the attack Senator Dagenais delivered to NDP MP Charmaine Borg and cc’d to all Senators, several media outlets and all Members of Parliament because Ms Borg sent a flyer critical of the Senate to her constituents. Perhaps people in Quebec are not aware that the NDP has a long-standing policy to abolish the Senate and reading about that set the Senator off. Perhaps Dagenais was reminded that he lost an election next door to Borg in the 2011 election and he still feels bitter about that. Perhaps he spent too much time as a police officer. Who knows? But here is Dagenais’ letter to Borg, from Nathan Cullen’s Facebook page:
Member for Terrebonne-Blainville
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OA6
What a rag!
That is the only word I can think of to describe the pamphlet that you sent to citizens in the riding at the expense of all Canadian taxpayers.
As an NDP MP, who would likely never have been elected without Quebecers’ spontaneous sympathy for Jack Layton, who appointed a bunch of puppets to fill the holes in several of the province’s ridings, did you know that the abolition of the Senate that you’re talking about isn’t even part of the NDP’s platform? And you certainly don’t know enough about constitutional matters to be making such claims. There is a well-stocked library on the subject, available to you in Parliament, and I suggest you use it.
Under the circumstances, I understand that you are blindly parroting your leader Thomas Mulcair to denigrate the Senate and its senators. Can you remind him that he has wasted enough time in the House of Commons, where other priorities like the economy, jobs and security could have been discussed in recent months for the good of the country? However, with a program as weak as yours, I understand that he may not have anything else to talk about.
I hope that the results of the recent by-elections will make him reflect on your chances of returning to Parliament in the next general elections.
Because you believe that senators are useless, allow me to inform you that since the election of NDP MPs in Quebec, I have been asked on numerous occasions by citizens and organizations in your riding to intervene in government matters. When I suggested that they first go and talk to their MP, they all responded that you were useless and powerless to do anything. Make a note of that and tell your colleagues. You can even tell them that it gave me some pleasure to hear that.
Parliamentary life, Ms. Borg, is not just about whining, although you’ve become very good at it and the media certainly takes delight in it. Canadians and a large majority of Quebecers recognize that we have a healthy economy thanks to the Conservatives and they continue and certainly will continue to reject your socialist ideas.
Conservative senator and citizen of Blainville
According to trm‘s friends at DAMMITJANET! the MSM has been glossing over the misogyny of the attack, taking the lead from Harper harpie Stephen Taylor who suggests the unsuggestable, that naming it as sexist weakens the definition of sexist. How he purports to know anything about that makes trm want to bash her head against a wall. Remember, these are the boys and girls who took the word “equality” out of the mandate of Status of Women Canada! And this Senator was appointed by the Prime Minister.
The letter is a demeaning, dismissive and shaming personal attack and has no place in Canadian politics. trm invites you to demonstrate support for Ms Borg by demanding the Senator apologize to her. Regardless how you feel about the Senate, surely we can all agree that this kind of behavior is exactly what drives people — especially women — away from politics. Borg has been an excellent, hard-working MP and should be encouraged, not abused, for her good work. Getting a rise out of a Conservative Senator, though possibly a badge of honour, can negatively impact a person. trm wants to make sure the impact of positive support from the grassroots is stronger. Please take a moment to demand an apology. And cc it far and wide. Email addresses and additional information are below.
Senate of Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-267-7362
Charmaine Borg, MP
House of Commons
Web Site:*www.charmaineborg.info/ (in French only)
Preferred Language: French
Consider cc’ing your message to
Prime Minister Stephen Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition email@example.com
Niki Ashton, Opposition Critic on the Status of Women firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada email@example.com
Kirsty Duncan, Status of Women Critic, Liberal Party firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada email@example.com
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Maclean’s Magazine: http://bit.ly/1gNzRfe
Borg’s Member of Parliament Profile Page: http://bit.ly/1hEUD3C
Borg’s NDP-NPD page: http://www.charmaineborg.info/
Borg on Katimavik at rabble.ca: http://bit.ly/1csI6fT
Wikipedia Page on Charmaine Borg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charmaine_Borg
Michael Geist on Charmaine Borg: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6794/125/
NDP note on Harper’s Senate Appointments
Dagenais and China: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/MX/ct.asp?xItem=432360&ctNode=2240&mp=1
Should any readers take a look inside today’s National Post, they might find a letter of mine defending Canada’s United Church and its boycott of goods from Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Click here to read my letter and scroll down to the heading “… or is it just?”
It may have come up before a time or two but it's worth stating again; I got my start as a gamer on the SNES (that's the Super Nintendo Entertainment System for you young whippersnappers out there) with Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia, Chrono Trigger, Mario Kart and of course, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The 16 bit SNES sound and graphics hold a special place in my heart to this day, and I've spent hours combing through plastic totes at various second hand stores trying to get my hands on hard to find cartridges for my still running system. (Other than LoZ and Mario Kart, I have all of the above!)
You can imagine my delight then when I saw a preview for Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds a month or two ago, the first direct sequel in the Legend of Zelda universe! I picked up my copy today and shared the opening first bit with my son, Gabe. It took a couple of tries for his 3DS to read the game but as soon as that shining golden Triforce spun it's way onto the screen accompanied by the familiar (and yet somehow better!) tune, it was magic. Sheer nostalgia flooded through me and for a little while I was transported away from all the stress and bother of my life right now and into the world of my childhood. Who needs drugs when you've got Nintendo, amirite?
Seriously though, the gameplay is solid, the music is multi-layered and gorgeous, the graphics are clean and bright, and while the story is quite familiar (I almost feel not that I'm playing a sequel but a reboot) there are new elements that are quite refreshing. In an hour and some of gameplay I've already defeated the first dungeon and opened up the world for exploration both within the storyline and outside of it. At some point I know Zelda will get kidnapped and need rescuing (she IS one of the decendents of the 7 Sages after all) and there are 3 pendants I need to recover (again!) and the Master Sword (this IS a LoZ game after all) but I don't really care.
Unlike with the Mario franchise, which basically has no story but 'go rescue Peach using this new gimmicky item/gameplay/trick we created', the Zelda games have always centered on the story, and I'm a story hound at the core. RPGs are the meat and potatoes of my gaming experience and once again Nintendo has delivered exactly what I want in a game.