Thursday, November 22, 2012

Car of theYear - Telsa

Tesla Model S: Motor Trend "Car of theYear" Award

(The first electric car to win this award)

 The Tesla S, which is assembled in California, carries a sticker price of $49,900 to $97,900.
 It has a range of 265 miles and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds.
The company is also building a network of charging stations that run on solar power.

Tesla Model S

MY CANADA IS DISAPPEARING - FAST

(just like the Arctic Ice and clean atmosphere)

1) $2-million in toys and donations have been stolen from Salvation Army warehouse, just as their annual Christmas "kettles" are appearing on the streets all across Canada. There have always been individuals stealing a few dollars from a single kettle, probably rationalizing their theft as: "well the money is for the poor, and I am poor. I am just helping them with distribution of their money." But $2-million? Who steals toys from needy children at Christmas? And in Canada?

2) Robocalls In Canada.
       Canada has been arguing about the use (or non-use) of robocalls in our Federal Election with great rhetoric, pointed accusations and partisan fury ever since the election (May 2, 2011).  
      Just when the furor seemed to have died down, recent information in the form of emails between Election Canada and the Conservative Party headquarters and their lawyers has re-opened this disquieting chapter of our political scene.

3) The Council of the Confederation is a meting of all the Canadian provincial premiers. This year it is meeting for two days in Halifax to discuss the economy and other matters of importance to all Canadians. As usual, Prime Minister Harper has been invited and has declined to attend without even giving a reason. And he is in Canada at that time.

 4 ) Our Federal government used to be centered around the parliament and the elected Members of Parliament. Over the past few years there seems to be deliberate move to emasculate the Parliamentary process and denigrate its usefulness.
      It began with having government announcements (including presenting the budget) made in locations such as Tim Hortons coffee shop and business establishments. The ultimate affront to Canadians, in my opinion, was the recent signing (in Russia) of a trade agreement between Canada and China, without any significant involvement of our elected Parliament. It would seem that such a major trade agreement could at least have been signed in Canada or China. There are more government announcements (such as the plan to raise the age for pensions) made by the government in foreign countries rather than in our Parliament
     This trade agreement is binding for 31 years (compared to NAFTA which can be terminated  or amended on six months notice). It will give Chinese firms in Canada, and Canadian firms in China, 31 years of “protection”  from environmental, human rights or resource conservation measures they don’t like.


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