January 01, 2005

Quiet New Year 2005 - Disaster Response

Yumi and I had a quiet New Year. No parties or big meals, no long lists of resolutions. I'm just happy to be on the mend following some health problems that put me in the hospital for a week in December.

It wouldn't have felt proper to celebrate anyway, what with all of the horrific events around the world.

I am amazed at the outpouring of global support for the victims of the south Asian tsunami, and appalled at all the government posturing. I'm proud of the response from countless individuals and businesses, and disgusted by the Canadian government that has the gall to talk about magnanimously "matching" donations from individual donors. Matching with what? It's our tax money!

I am also outraged by the dithering that has taken the government so long to decide to deploy the DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team), and embarassed by the fact that the Canadian Forces have been allowed to deteriorate to a state that they cannot even transport the team.

I know and admire certain individuals working for the government, however I am getting increasingly despondent about the overall political culture.

Posted by Paul at January 1, 2005 12:59 PM