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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Canadian? Yes. Proud? Sometimes.

There are times when I think I need a scale. On the far right end, at about 100 or so, there's Canadians like Stephen Lewis, who make me proud to be Canadian.

On the far left end, at about -100 or so, there's Canadians like Andrew Uitvlugt, mayoral candidate for Kelowna, B.C., who wants to offer crack to homeless people who will pick up garbage! His idea being to reward them with crack, hoping that their sense of a job well done will make them need less crack.

I have lost all hope that such people will key into reality.

So um . . . yeah. If you live in Kelowna, don't vote for him. Because that just might be insane.