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Give me a break! Why can't British autistic boy visit his father in Canada?
Bill Payment
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Give me a break!  Why can
Someone tells me story which is hard to get my head around. There is a couple, both British citizens, who fell in love with Canada in general and Cornwall in particular. They bought a house in town. The husband has a son in Britain living with his mother and they wanted him to come to Canada for a visit. They were refused because (WAIT FOR IT) the boy is autistic.
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Cornwall - Sep. 26, 2011 - Well, I mentioned I was off to Boston for a Fenway experience - which we did last week. It was truly fun. I went with my brother Brian, brother-in-law Bernie and friend Lenny Currier. The trip went as planned - the weather was outstanding - when we checked into our hotel and opened the curtains I could easily put a 9 iron into the park - it was that close! We had great seats - the fan were friendly, the baseball was worth watching - just a good idea to be there. I have seen big league baseball before and didn't remember the speed of the pitchers and the amazing arms on all the outfielders. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that before the afternoon game, we had some time to kill so Bernie and Lenny got to counting the steel pillars in that old stadium (26). Brian and I suggested they needed counselling. Oh well, it was fun!

  • As I have said before it is tough being a conservative these days. I am a politcal junky and used to watch Fox News and MSNBC and gave up on both because neither was interested in delivering news. MSNBC is clearly left in a big way and spent most of their time chirping about Fox, who is so far right they are hard to see - which is difficult for a progressive to stomach. Now on the local scene on the same day, the local QMI outlet did an editorial pushing for reinstating capital punishment and the local guy writes a column saying anyone on a parole board that releases a prisoner should be made to have the parolee live with him fof a week. Think about those two jems for a minute - it would make a Tea Party member in Texas really proud. The conservative side has been hi-jacked and I will end my connection with QMI.

  • The US political scene is clearly out of control and it looks like Obama is in trouble. Odd to think that at one time in my life, I was in favour of a republic-type government. I will say I like our Prime Minister settling into the middle, which must have been tough for a Reform Party grad. We will see if he can hold his own party in that posture.

  • We hear that consumer confidence is in the tank - no kidding. If you listen to all the "Sky is falling", 24-7 on the news, then talk to your banker and discover they are sitting on buckets of money (probablywaiting for better rates), it gets hard. I guess as always it is up us the public to generate some consumer demand and force the bankers into the game. Don't forget 90-93% of the public is working and waiting for the panic talk to end.

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    Someone tells me story which is hard to get my head around. There is a couple, both British citizens, who fell in love with Canada in general and Cornwall in particular. They bought a house in town. The husband has a son in Britain living with his mother and they wanted him to come to Canada for a visit. They were refused because [WAIT FOR IT] the boy is autistic. Say what??? The couple gave the Government a written undertaking that they would personally underwrite any medical expense. They are clearly not trying to sneak him into Canada or jump a queue line. He was never going to be here more than a few weeks at a time and now they won't even let him into the country at all, even under those terms. Friends contacted the local MP Guy Lauzon and were told there was nothing he could do [probably above his pay grade]. The couple has been forced to list their house and will be moving back to to England.

    With all the horror stories connected with passports and visas how can they justify that? The boy has no record, the couple have no records. Apparently, the only sin is he is autistic. Give me a break!!!!

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