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ABOUT KEN CAMPBELL
Ken began his editorial cartooning career while attending university philosophy class in the late 60’s. Today —after years as a commercial artist, illustrator, art teacher and fine art painter— he’s still penning humourous satire! Ken lives in Victoria, BC. and works from his creative company, Imagecraft Studio Limited. So why cartoons? Campbell says, “Burning social issues could stand more critical illumination —cloaked in fine satire, of course.”  Below are some editorial cartoons from the 70’s when he drew for publications including the Canadian University Press (CUP), The Argus at Lakehead University, and various Thunder Bay and Victoria newspapers.

ABOUT THIS PORTFOLIO BLOG
The low-rez cartoons on this portfolio blog are ‘samples’ for reference only and are not intended for reproduction. All images are copyrighted and require permission to use. For information, licensing and to order hi-rez cartoons for reproduction contact Ken Campbell at (250) 592-8999 or kencampbellfineart@gmail.com.

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Click on month name to review editorial cartoons for each 4 week period. For licence and fee infromation contact Ken Campbell at (250) 592-8999 or kencampbellfineart@gmail.com.

Editorial Cartoons: January 2012

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CANADA LEAVES KYOTO ACCORD
Despite excuses put forward by the Conservative government for withdrawing from the Kyoto Accord, the optics were damning and embarrassing to Canadians.  Here, Environment Minister Peter Kent, is seen defiantly tearing up the Kyoto Accord — favouring business and rubbing it in the faces of environmentalists — while ignoring the rising waters lapping around his ankles — one of the very real climate change effects increasingly being felt all around the world.  With a majority Conservative government elected in the fall of 2011, Canadians are witnessing the ideology of the right in new legislations.  Kent’s comments are prophetic… “This is just the start”.

DFO GAGS STAFF
In 1966 the sustainable biostock (fish) on east coast Canada fell below sustainable levels.  The government appeared to do nothing.  DFO fisheries biologists were told by DFO not to talk to the public or the press.  33 years later in 1999 the Atlantic cod fishery collapsed.  The same thing appears to be happening on the West Coast today — the wild pacific salmon are threatened and DFO has issued, real or implied, gag orders on fisheries biologists.  Here a plague of sea lice, tied to foreign owned fish farms in BC waters, is being denied while the DFO Minister, Keith Ashfield, looks for neutral talking points to avoid public criticism.

DFO SEA LICE DENIAL
Yet again I have gone after DFO and their refusal to discuss or act on dealing with aberrant sea lice numbers on fish near BC fish farms.  These political clowns are supposed to be looking after the natural fish resource (wild salmon) on our behalf, not killing it off to facilitate fish farming at any cost.  Gag orders, denials and feigning ignorance seems to have reached new highs in this ministry!

CONSERVATIVES PUSH FOR OIL PIPELINES
To be clear, I believe diversifying clients for Canadian oil is a sound idea.  After all you don’t want all your eggs in one basket.  It’s just good business.  But in light of recent disastrous oils spills (Exxon Valdese, BP Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, etc.) the Conservatives rush to push through the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline by the some of the same people in the press for unprecedented environmental disasters seems a tad imprudent.  The big oil friends of the Conservative party must love this push in their direction while little will dissuade the public concerns about spills and pollution.  I was influenced by a line from Robert Duval’s character in ‘Apocalypse Now’ who uttered these words after a raid on an alleged Viet Cong village…“I love the smell of napalm in the morning!”

NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER TAINTS INTERVENORS AS RADICAL IDEOLOGISTS
Who will forget Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver’s words, earlier this year, vilifying opposition at the pipeline hearings citing terms like “radical”, “foreign”, “ideologists” and “hijack”.  Particularly galling in light of the funding pro pipeline coming from oil and political concerns that are definitely “lobbyists”, “foreign”, “profit-driven” and “powerful”… such as China, India, the Sinopack oil industry, etc.  And what’s at stake? Tar sands pollution for indigenous peoples, habitat loss for threatened wildlife, and future threats of pollution and loss of culture in the path of the pipelines and the waters off Kitimat, BC.  Wake up Minister Oliver… name calling is not what is called for here. A sound win/win plan is.

URBAN DEER GRAZE NEIGHBOURHOOD GARDENS
Urban sprawl and a fondness for wildlife has come home to challenge communities throughout BC.  While locals admire up-close deer populations, gardeners curse their passion for grazing flowers and shrubs in their own back yards.

Editorial Cartoons: February 2012

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IS ATTACK-DOG BAIRD GOOD FIT FOR CANADA’S IMAGE?
Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, not only has a reputation for being Stephen Harper’s pit bull and a fighter, but also looks the part.  His smile is described as reminiscent of the sneer of a carnivore just before it rips your lungs out.  I suspect he can’t help it.  It’s just him.  But it is a perfect attribute for the moniker “Harper’s pit bull”.

MIN OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS DELIVERS TOUGH TALK TO PALESTINIANS
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, is an ambassador for the rightist ideology of the Harper Government.  This is not a surprise.  His recent warning to the Palestinians to hurry back to the table to get a ‘reasonable’ agreement with Israel seems part and parcel of his job too.  The reason for this cartoon, is to ask Canadians, how on earth did we allow this state of affairs to happen? “Harper’s pit bull” indeed.

PETTY CRITICISMS: BC PREMIER’S WARDROBE CHALLENGED
Recent criticism by NDP pundit David Schreck of BC Liberal premier Christy Clark showing too much cleavage in the Legislature is an attempt to make a big deal over nothing.  There are lots of reasons to challenge the BC Liberals on policy, but this isn’t one of them.

CLARK COOKS-UP NEW JUSTICE MINISTRY
The classical sculpture ‘blind justice’ came to mind as I learned about premier Christy Clark’s renovation of the BC justice services.  Like many actions of the Clark government, however, this seems to be window-dressing in preparation for upcoming elections by an unpopular incumbent government.

PANDA DIPLOMACY: HARPER OPENS UP CANADA RESOURCES TO CHINESE
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent trip to China netted him (and therefore us) the opportunity to babysit two ‘cute’ pandas for a few years for a few million per.  Dubbed ‘panda diplomacy’ it has the dubious effect of mollifying the Canadian public’s concerns over loss control of futures for natural resources while nailing down impressive contracts for oil and lumber sales in the current economy.  There are dangers in this however.  Remember, the potash deal that almost went through last year in Saskatchewan?  Good thing the pandas weren’t in play then.  But, hey, how horrible can it be if we get to rent cute pandas in the bargain, eh?

MIN OF JUSTICE: TOEWS, LAYS OUT INVASIVE SURVEILLANCE LEGISLATION
Right wing policy wonks are probably resting better at night knowing that Justice Minister Vic Toews is on the job.  Scrapping the long gun registry (despite the protests from the police across the nation); building more prisons (despite the lowest crime stats in years); threats to end the ‘Vancouver Needle Exchange’ (despite proof that it has reduced deaths and spread of disease); etc, etc.  Now, the proposed Surveillance Legislation that strips all Canadians of a little freedom in order to catch some real bad guys. [I remember when I could carry a 170 ml tube of toothpaste onto an airplane. But not anymore! Because I could be a ‘dental-bomber’. 911 turned world governments into fulfillment agents described in Naomi Kline’s book ‘Shock Doctrine’.] While Toews’ new bill may help catch bad guys, its sweeping powers could make criminals out of our kids working on homework assignments.

SAANICH MISMANAGEMENT OF CEDAR HILL PARK MEANS CLOSURES AND DISAPPOINTMENT
Municipal politicians in Saanich, BC have closed a much loved restaurant and meeting place, popular with locals, seniors and golfers. Why? Under their watch, Mayor Frank Leonard’s staff and council allowed it to languish, refused to advertise and promote it and when the inevitable happened—the bills began to mount—they closed the doors. This was done quietly and without public input! Surprisingly, this poor state of financial affairs was not part of the public awareness in the 2011 Fall municipal elections that returned this mayor to office!!  (With not so subtle nods to Machiavelli and Dickens.)

BC GOVERNMENT BUDGET CHOOSES ROOF OVER EDUCATION
Teachers’ union contract talks are stalled and the government of the day is drafting legislation to force them back to work.  In this province, teacher contract problems are as inevitable as the season changes and salmon runs.  To exacerbate things (as if they weren’t stressed enough already) the BC Liberal government has just brought out a provincial budget that, while holding all government employees to 0% increase in wages, approves replacing the multi-million dollar roof on a Vancouver sports stadium.  As it turns out teachers are not going for wage increases, they are looking for better classroom teaching considerations.  Someone isn’t listening!

VICTORIA’S POLICE CHIEF GRAHAM: IS HE THE RIGHT FIT?
Victoria police chief, Jaime Graham has been cited by Victoria Police Board for leaving his loaded service gun under the seat in his unlocked car in the police parking lot.  Graham, not a stranger to reprimands, before coming to Victoria, left as head of the Vancouver City police under controversy.  This cartoon highlights the ‘ oops-es’ in a ‘Fawlty Towers-esque’ moment.

Editorial Cartoons: March 2012

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BCTF VS. BC GOVERNMENT: ARE STUDENTS COLLATERALLY DAMAGED?
The BC Teachers Federation (union) and BC Government are squaring off with strikes and other job actions on one side and the consequential back to work legislation on the other.  The public can only sit back and hope that their kids, the victims in this perennial ‘gun fight’, are not left with lasting collateral damage.

FEDERAL CONSERVATIVES ACCUSED OF ELECTORAL FRAUD
The Harper majority government may NOT be legitimate according to accusations brought forward by voters across Canada this week.  Elections Canada has received over 31,000 complaints of irregular and potentially illegal interference posed by malicious and misleading automated phone calls or ‘robo-calls’ allegedly sponsored by the Conservative party.  One type of robo-call cited, was to identified Liberal voters to tell them to vote at the wrong polling station in the Fall 2011 federal election.  Such high-school pranks!

BC GOVERNMENT TO LEGISLATE TEACHERS BACK TO WORK
‘BILL 22’ is the back to work legislation brought forward by BC Minister of Education George Abbott last week. In this class room drama we see kids have learned the lesson well, to the chagrin of their teacher, and, well, the rest of us.  This cartoon really asks the obvious question, why can’t this government and the BCTF set a better example for our kids?

ETHICS IN QUESTION: HAS BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT LOST ITS WAY?
Unemployment is a present day curse on society.  Cut-backs by employers, mortgages under water, recession economics, protesters of conscience, etc.  With governments making increasingly ideological choices for legislation and pork barrel politics, not surprisingly the latest victims are ‘ethics’ in our governments.

VICTORIA’S NEW BRIDGE COSTS: WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?
Local Victoria news this week led with announcement that the price tag just went up for the new Johnson Street bridge. Should Victorians be surprised? Or really annoyed? When Mayor Dean Fortin was elected, the buzz was (as it always is in municipal politics) for responsible fiscal management. So, how can it be that the bridge is so out of sync with the budget approved by council and passed in a recent referendum? In the end, only one truth remains, the tax payer pays for ‘everything’! Are this mayor and council up to the job of looking after tax payers’ trust?

GLOBAL WARMING DENIERS HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO
Shockingly, there are still people who deny ‘global warming’ is taking place. These kinds of ‘thinkers’ probably belong to a flat earth society somewhere (not the parody one, but the real thing).  They would have been relegated to the corner with a dunce cap in years past, but today our system of government is remarkably tolerant. It is important to note, that the vast majority of scientists refers to global warning denial as faulty logic. The danger here is that, while you should be able to believe whatever you want, actions based on faulty logic can become embedded in social thinking and political policy and drive idiotic actions that are bad for people and the planet. Take, for example, the Conservative government’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Accord last year. On the surface, it looks like they are saying ‘global warming’ is a myth.  However, what they told the press was that “…it was way too expensive to try and save the planet, so count us out.” Which, it seems to me, is tantamount to saying “…global warming doesn’t really exist for the Conservative Government of Canada. Let people in the future worry about it!” I am sending a gross of dunce caps to Parliament Hill.

BACK TO WORK LEGISLATION: AIR CANADA AND RIGHT TO STRIKE
This week, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt, ordered Air Canada back to work… or should I say, not to try and impose any labour actions—like a strike—that might disrupt transportation, because that would be inconvenient, especially during Spring Break. Hmmm… reminds me of a pre-school teacher ruling with an iron fist. I’ll bet there will be some pretty pissed-off reactions. And while, as an occasional air traveller, the prospect of delays is annoying… the prospect of MISERABLE airline service providers is equally scary! Minister Raitt, get back to the bargaining table and work out a win/win agreement. Any majority government can legislate this or that, but it takes real talent to fashion consensus in tough times. Which, I believe, is the job you have been entrusted to do on our behalf?

WILD PACIFIC SALMON THREATENED BY FISH FARM PRACTICES
Increasingly the image of Pacific wild salmon resembles the victim of a train wreck than a beautiful creature of the pristine Pacific coast. They have been highly politicized. In recent years, in particular, questions abound about their unliklihood of survival in light of pressure from big fish farms—many owned by large Norwegian aquaculture corporations. Threats include concentration of disease in crowded fish pens, escapement of foreign species (Atlantic Salmon), sea lice epidenmics, and more threatening the 5 indigenous salmon species (coho, chinook, sockeye, chum and pink) that share local waters with fish farms. To add to the problems, information presented at the current ‘Cohen Commision’ recently, despite DFO’s attempts to withhold it, has revealed some large wild salmon stocks are suffering from two lethal diseases: salmon anemia and lukemenia.

CONSERVATIVE GONG SHOW: GOVERNING FOR DUMMIES
If there was a ‘reality’ show on the future of Canada’s natural resources—based on performance to date—I believe the Conservative czars of ‘environment’, ‘fisheries & oceans’ and ‘natural resourves’ would loose.  Each has demonstrated remarkably poor judgement at innovation and sustainabily planning. While good business should be encouraged, we have witnessed them selling off resources and ignoring growing signs of problems. Here we seen each minister ‘frozen’ as they try to process the impossible—making policy that doesn’t involve their pals in big business. Dunce hats all around.  In the end, Canadians must be the beneficiaries (not victims) of government policy, this includes conservation of the natural resources and values that make Canada what it is—not simply a resource depot for the highest bidder. A recent example of good resource managment was the preservation of the potash industry by the Saskachewan government last year. Are you guys paying attention?!

THREATENED WILDLIFE NO CONTEST FOR BC LIBERAL POLICY
This week the BC Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson, approved the long outstanding application for the Jumbo Glacier Resort—an all-year skiing destination near Invermere, BC. The public reaction is splitting the community in half and it looks like a bumpy road ahead. On the wildlife side, clearly it is a loose/loose scenario. Grizzlies—representing species at risk from this development—may be just a memory in the near future. Meanwhile, first nations, environmentalists and like-minded non-aligned residents are ramping up their protests!

THREE TRUTHS ARE MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
Most of the small weekly papers dotting the countryside sprang-up as advertising flyers—nothing more than ads and shoppers. It wouldn’t be an exagerations to say that most are conservative-leaning. I couldn’t help draw this one, even though it will probably shorten my cartooning career in some circles. Here we see the editor-sales manager grinding an editorial cartoonist on fees.  It speaks for itself.  Are these 3 beliefs… truths or lies?

FIRST CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY BUDGET: HARD ON SENIORS AND ENVIRONMENT
This week Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, brought down the federal Conservative government’s first majority budget. I toyed with having Flaherty saying to PM Stephen Harper, who is holding him aloft—either in celebration of his budget, or to dodge the inevitable projectiles—“…a bit to the right, now a bit more to left…”. This in reference to avoiding the tomatoes lobed by the Opposition but at the same time referring to the direction of his budget, which, on the face of it, seems to have a little for everyone. (A third possibility is that Harper is using Flaherty as a shield.)  But ideologically it is a very Conservative budget—easy on big oil and hard on seniors, the environment and thousands of civil service jobs.  So, in the end I opted for “Incoming!” which is foreshadowing the pitched battle to come in the house of commons led by the newly minted leader of the Official Opposition—NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

Editorial Cartoons: April 2012

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IS THE NEW NDP LEADER READY TO LEAD, OR IS IT MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?
Last week the NDP elected Thomas Mulcair as the new leader of the NDP Party and leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. An ‘Orange Crush’ of sorts, Mulcair was elected on the 4th ballot, despite vocal opposition from former leader Ed Broadbent. None-the-less Mulcair has caught the imagination of the NDP and the country—fluently bilingual, Montreal riding, a consummate debater and reputedly quick to temper—we will be watching as he settles into ‘Stornoway’ and takes the reigns in the House of Commons. But for now, he has achieved a bit of saintliness, following in the shadow of the much missed Jack Layton. Will he keep the peace (as Layton did) or become a new lighting rod in house debate?

PREMIER CLARK’S REALITY CHECK: LOW APPROVAL RATING
This past week, BC Premier, Christy Clark, received her lowest public approval rate yet—well below the NDP opposition and tied with the rejuvenated BC Conservatives! You gotta wonder where she gets her political insight from… where she learns what British Columbians want.  While ignoring poles is useful for self-esteem, it may well cloud the real potential of grim times ahead for the Clark government. Recent defections have further shaken her Liberal brand.  She may need some ‘real’ magic to survive the coming storm.

WILL MULCAIR’S STYLE MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE IN THE HOUSE?
Thomas Mulcair debuted as Leader of the Official Opposition last week in the House of Commons. The big question is, can he fight effectively using his own style and not the diplomatic charm of his predecessor, Jack Layton. The Budget debate, F-35s, and more are filling the docket as he enters the ring.

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE LIES TO CANADIAN PUBLIC ABOUT F35 PRICE TAG.
Minister of Defence, Peter MacKay has been caught in a lie. Brought to the attention of the nation several days ago by the Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, and now being hotly debated in the house the Ministry of Defence claimed the cost of the new F-35 jets was 16 billion when in fact the all-in cost is 25 billion! The @$%# hit the fan this week and the Opposition has been hammering the government. Meanwhile, Canadians remember an earlier criticism of this same minister, chided publicly for ordering an armed forces Sea King helicopter ride for a fishing holiday.

VICTORIA PEST CONTROLS: 100,000 LADYBUGS RELEASED
This week the city of Victoria conducted its annual release of 100,000 ladybugs. The small beetles are a ‘green’ pest control measure to control aphids in city trees, and by some accounts, do a great job. Here we see Mayor Dean Fortin releasing some ladybugs while lamenting aloud that he wished he could control Victoria’s plague of ‘street people’ in such an elegant manner as well.

VICTORIA POLICE TO USE FACEBOOK TO RETURN PROPERTY
Victoria Police have decided to use Facebook to contact victims of property crime to return stuff. It is possible Victoria’s finest will add social networking to their bag of law-and-order tricks. Here we see Chief Jamie Graham boning-up on Facebook edicate… with a little help from his staff.

ART IN SOCIETY: PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
Here we see the tough love approach to teaching art. The threat of achieving ONLY the level of an editorial cartoonist is sometimes enough to spur dramatic results in thoughtful students. However the opposite is true too… the art student stops growing—at their embryonic lowest—drops out and starts pumping out drek to appear in local newspapers for $10 a shot! Sometimes this path of least resistance approach to cheap artwork robs the student of valuable learning time, and the public of quality newspaper content.

ART IN SOCIETY: MAKING OF A CARTOONIST
What can I say about this one? As a painter, cartoonist and art teacher I appreciate it is important to provide positive critique. Here the counsellor is calling the cup ‘half full’… or in this case ‘one-sixteenth full’ to salvage student’s moral. So why pick on editorial cartoons? While there are some fabulous cartoonists being published today, increasingly I have seen small newspapers publish astonishingly poor artwork as editorial cartoons.  They generally lack much skill in writing and visual literacy, while, on the other hand,may be ‘highly original’. This is sort of like posting pictures of a two-headed politician (OK, bad example—they actually DO exist) just because it is unusual and the artist is willing to take only $10, not because it is clever or good.  To conclue: young cartoonists need opportunities like this (I did too) but they also need to grow; and the reading public deserves quality editorial content, not a steady diet of ‘reality cartooning’.

Editorial Cartoons: May 2012

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CONRAD BLACK TESTS HIS WELCOME IN CANADA
Some people just rub you the wrong way. Conrad Black is one of those. Apparently a smart man and perhaps a talented writer, amongt other things, he is equally noteworthy for his bad qualities like aloofness and intellectual snobbery. I’ve never met him yet the press has, rightly or wrongly, painted an unpleasant picture. Now a criminal (still wearing striped prison clothes beneath his jacket and tie) and known to his wife as Lord Black of Crossharbour in the English House of Lords (for which he chose to give up his Canadian citizenship) he has returned to a less than enthusiastic Canada for a year on a guest visa. Yesterday Black was released, after serving a 6-year sentence for fraud in Florida’s Federal Correction Institute. Sometimes the higher you climb, the longer the fall to earth and the harder you hit—when you do screw up.

OAK BAY REAL ESTATE BUBBLE—BEAM ME UP!
Victoria’s prestigious residential areas like Oak Bay are well-known for their high cost of real estate.  Even now with downward pressure in the market, local prices remain high: great if you are in the market, but a pain if you are trying to get in.  Imagine your advantage if you could time-travel?!

CONSERVATIVE IDEOLOGY MISSING THE BIG PICTURE
Just when you think this government has pulled the stupidest bonner possible, they do something even dumber. (Apparently this Minister of Environment is ideologically prone to make many such goofs.)  Perhaps what is most tradgic, and why I am beating on Kent again, is not what he has done, it’s what he hasn’t done.  He has not replaced the Kyoto Accord (which he dumped last year) with more effective legislation for Canada to reduce its carbon footprint. By way of comparison, last week Mark Jaccard, Nobel Prize-winning Canadian economist, was arrested for blocking the export of USA coal to Asia that he says contributs to CO2 emmissions and global warming.  Jaccard’s action was based on certain knowledge that this was part of a large problem and his willingness to act on the facts.  Kent, a former CBC reporter, has apparently lost the ability to collect and anlyse facts. Now he’s content to act on Conservative ideology alone.

MINISTER RISKS CANADIAN VALUES ON SHORT TERM GAIN
Currently the evisceration of the the environmental impact assessment regulations is under way by the Conservative government. Basically this will make it harder to argue for ‘reasonable’ protection of environment and culture and much easier to float development projects like mines, pipelines, etc. You gotta love the pro-free enterprize zeal with which this cadre of clowns has dismantled safety margins, and careful considerations to reshape the world in their own image—galloping capitalism. Oliver is the same Natural Resources Minister that chidded foreign environmentalists for arguing against a rush to development of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, for example, while, at the same time, encouraged foreign deveopment firms to invest.  Breathtakingly myopic!

CAKE AND THE OCCUPY DEMONSTRATION: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE
2012 is the 150th Anniversary of Victoria, British Columbia. While pondering this I also was mulling over its juxtaposition with the ‘occupy Victoria’ camp-in of several months ago. Since there will be lots of celebratory cake being offered, I married this with my experience with cheap cake. With very few exceptions, practially every ‘public occasion cake’ I have tasted is like the one described here. It then ocurred to me that there were some interesting parallels between it and the recent ‘occupy’ demonstrations. Here some office workers supply the comparison and essential sarcasm.

COPS AND DONUTS: A SECRET TEST OF TRUST
Cops and donuts. I know the cliché is old but fun to resurrect from time-to-time. Here a sargent is razzing a rookie for breaking the special code cops have with this confection by choosing a begal instead. Maybe he is thinking, “If I can’t trust him with donuts, can I really trust him to have my back?” Ridiculous of course, but humourous.

DONUT DNA IS A PIECE OF CAKE
Victoria’s sesquicentennial anniversary celebrations are slated for August 2012.  Each part of the municipal work force will be touched by celebrations some how. I mused about how employees would be able to demonstrate their own personal touches. Here we see repurposing of the ubiquitous donut as anniversary cake at the police celebration.

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: HOMICIDE OR SUICIDE?
Victoria’s world famous Empress Hotel has, in the past, offered a dessert plate called ‘Death By Chocolate’. They may still do. I wondered what the implications might be if they actually lost a customer that way. Here the attending cops work out their report. (Clearly I have been watching way too much TV!)

BC LIBERALS PANDER TO AGRIBUSINESS AT EXPENSE OF WILD SALMON
BC Minister of Agriculture, Don McRae, is pushing through BILL 37—THE ANIMAL HEALTH ACT—and is trying to get it into law in the next few days before the end of the current sitting. Why the big rush? Many critics have pointed out problems with the bill including the sloppy wording in section 16, that, in effect, says no one can talk about diseased animals for fear of being thrown into jail.  This is a real problem for fisheries biologists who are fighting to alert the public about the existence of a number of diseases (salmon flu, salmon heart virus) affecting Pacific Salmon… including those that are being sold as food in grocery stores. Under the wording of this bill, if they raise a warning, the Minstry of Agriculture could throw them into jail. And wouldn’t you know it, the beneficiaries of this bill would be big agribusiness, like the foreign-owned fish farms that seem to have the free-enterprize-thirsty BC Liberals, right where they want them.  (And no, I didn’t invent the hair-do.)

Editorial Cartoons: June 2012

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THIS GUY IS NOT HELPING. REALLY!
It seems local Saanich mayor, Frank Leonard, has fallen asleep at his post. I think he has run out of gas. He should never have been ellected to a third term. A case in point is his handling of Cedar Hill Park.  His laissez-faire attitude and political lethargy has caused the park to suffer from weak management, loose buckets of money and fall into decay. Witnesses at public meetings for the park earlier in 2012 claimed Leonard appeared to want to be anywhere else than dealing with his responsibilities on this file.  I am sure many Saanich residents would gladly oblige him and trade this guy for one that is engaged and compitent.  Some are probably wishing they had knawed off their voting hand in disgust instead of having helped Leonard get elected to a third term last October!  Hmm, 29 more months…

LEGAL STRIKE? YOU CAN’T HAVE NO STINKING LEGAL STRIKE ‘CAUSE YOU’VE BEEN LEGISLATED BACK TO WORK!
Labour Minister, Lisa Raitt, has done it again. She has legislated a labour union—engaged in legal job action—back to work. In this case, CP Rail. If you recall, earlier this year she did the same thing to Air Canada. It seems to be the perferred method of management in the Conservative-led Government these days. Heavy handed? Yes. Effective? We’ll see. Certainly not for the CP Rail employees. Raitt’s actions are intended to keep the wheels of industry greased and running, even if the people running some of those wheels are pissed. On the otherhand, I am sure she has made her corporate supporters very happy. Hard not to see Conservative ideology retooling this country, one back-to-work-legislation at a time. (Is it just me, or does the next federal election seem way too far away?)

HARPER CONSERVATIVES ARE AS BAD AS MANY FEARED, PROBABLY WORSE!
It seems the first order of business in year one of the majority Conservative mandate has been to recreate the world in their own image. You know what I mean here. Harper’s ‘to do list’ looks more like it was taken from the the rightest of the right Republican Tea Party play list. And trust me, he is just getting warmed up. ‘Harper revealed’ is something, I am willing to bet, most soft Conservatives in Canada, will find is ugly. But hey, don’t take my word for it, look at the legislations he is pushing through. You don’t have to be very ‘reasonable’ to know a lot of this stuff is just plain wrong for the future of this country. And like the current omnibus budget legislation (Bill C-38) inching closer to law, the devil is in the details!

ARE CANADIANS MISTAKING ENTERTAINMENT FOR FACT?
Rex ‘why-use-one-word-when-fourty-will-do’ Murphy is an entertainer. This verbally rambunctious Newfounlander’s reputation is as a wordsmith of sorts. In military terms… he’s from the ‘shock-and-awe’ school of verbosity not the stealthy ‘assassin’s’ school. He tends towards capriciousness wielding words and metaphors masterfully while side-tracking upon his side-tracts has become as recognizable to CBC listeners as the stupifying droning of hockey’s answer to Liberachi meets gladiator—Don Cherry. And like Cherry and Rick Mercer for that matter, Rex is fun to witness from time-to-time, but is largely unbeleivable. Not because he isn’t logical. He may well be. But who can tell?  His diatribes are so interwoven and at the same time caught is a feedback loop, that often they baffle and cause drowsiness in me and I submit no sane person can easily candle the wisdom within. A recent survey reported that political pundits predictions were no better than random guesses most of the time. So why does the media put so much stock in people like Rex?  Entertainment, plain and simple. I enjoy Rex, but would never let him think for me about politics. His opinions seem to be wrapped in ‘Canadian bacon’ marketing, and I think 99% is pure entertainment. The remaining 1% is no better than my own thoughts. And that is what Canadians need to do more… think for themselves, not mistake entertainment—disguised as news— for unbiased information, and follow it blindly!

WITH APOLOGIES TO THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
What Stephen Harper (‘Steve’ to George W. Bush and other conservatives) needs to do is learn how to play nicely with others.  His condescending, scolding demeanor makes him even less appealing than his ideology. Crazy, I know, but true! This is particularly so with his ‘damn-the-torpedoes-full-speed-ahead’ approach to developing the Alberta tar sands. You will remember he counselled Ministers Kent to pull out of Kyoto and Oliver to kill environmental guidelines for resource development in order to clear the path so he could make his mark on the world. A large oily mark! Miss Canada (above) of course represents all Canadians and while she displays some brave wit in her perilous situation, she is, none-the-less, captive to the whims of this ‘monster’. And while the actual Creature from the Black Lagoon probably has much more charm than our PM, their reputations for blunt action are similar. With apologies to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. (This cartoon is rendered in ‘classical’ newspaper B&W.)

PLEASE, ARE THERE ANY ADULTS IN THE ROOM?
I am not a monarchist, but I like this Queen. So, it is with much respect that I have appropriated her voice for this gag.  I believe that the whole world, including our very bright and wise queen, sees clearly that Canada is changing for the worse under the rule of Steven Harper’s Conservatives. Need proof? How about the series of black eyes Canada has received on the international front: loosing our seat in the UN security council; one of very few nations to turn against the Kyoto Accord on the Environment for which we have received the ‘Fossil Award’ from the world; daning to lecture European Nations on how to run their financial affairs when Canada’s situation is probably more the result of luck than stealth; and the list goes on. And it is our damned bad luck that we have another 3-years of this clown. It seems fitting then that—even if only in my mind—the grown-up in the room (her Majesty) calls a spade a spade. (This cartoon is rendered in ‘classical’ newspaper B&W.)

VIC TOEWS IS LIVING IN GEORGE ORWELL’S ‘1984’, AND HE WANTS US TO MOVE IN WITH HIM!
Conservative Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, has a view of the world where we should all be treated as potential criminals.  He has famously been quoted on his earlier proposed-then-aborted C-51 so-called Surveilance Bill, that “You Either Stand With Us Or With The Child Pornographers” (paraphrasing George W. Bush). That bill would have secretly surveilled all private emails in Canada for potentially illegal pornography activity. ‘1984’ anyone? In this cartoon, the current Airport Eaves-Dropping Bill (not kidding) the government will be able to clandestinely listen to private conversations of passengers in the departure lounge waiting for their flights. If they hear target words or phrases you could be detained or arrested. So, for example, if you say to your wife… “meet me at the snack bar” and the spy thinks he heard “Allahu Akbar (Arabic for ‘god is great’ sometimes called out by suicide bombers) you could be in jail quicker than you can say ‘Maher Arar’. If you don’t see the privacy rights problem here, perhaps you should go to the crossword now. I am not saying Toews isn’t trying to make flying safer. I think he is. What I am saying, however, is that his stunningly narrow-minded approach has made us all a bit less free, yet again. I think it’s time for a minister with progressive ideas—any ideology is fine…right, left, middle—just let’s move forward.