Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weird news of the weekend

Canada might have been spraying agent orange along it's highways in Ontario as late as the 1980's?

A provincial New Democrat says former officials with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have told him that Agent Orange was sprayed near highways across the province until the 1980s.

Gilles Bisson, the member for Timmins-James Bay, said during question period at Queen's Park in Toronto that an email sent to him by the officials indicates the substance was sprayed along the side of the highways to curb the growth of grass and shrubs.

"It would appear that there was a good chance that if you were an employee, you were exposed," said Bisson. "And if you were the travelling public walking along the roads — blueberry picking, doing whatever — you might have been exposed to these chemicals."

Probably worthwhile following this story since we share many waterways with Ontario.

Having just finished watching the PBS cartoon series "Liberty Kids" on netflix (recommended viewing for introducing the concept of the American Revolution to your 6-8 year olds) so this poll is particularly timely.

"Influential Harvard and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig noted in a must-watch speech last week that polls show that only 11% of the American people have confidence in Congress.

He notes that more people believed in King George at the time of the Revolutionary War than believe in congress today.

Historians have estimated that between 15 and 20% of the white population of the colonies were Loyalists."


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