“good will win out over evil.”

“In the end,” he predicts, “good will win out over evil.”

Will it? Perhaps it’s just a problem of definition, maybe we disagree on the meaning of “the end” vs “end” or maybe it’s my mentality regarding good/evil – morality in general the past few years, that gets me caught up. In the end, who of us will be around to see “the end”?

The above quote and title of this post was cut from this article about WieBo Ludwig. [full article copy and pasted below]
My favourite part was at the end;
“Our social life is in shambles … family, marital … all these things are just busted up. Individualism has wrecked us terribly, made us lonely and isolated.

Oil/Fossil Fuels:

Get rid of this stuff and replace it as soon as possible with alternatives, and stop being so stubborn and stupid about it. My advice is, why don’t you just go for it? Do the right thing. You can tell the oil and gas industry that we knew we were right all along, but I’ve come to see they also knew that.”

Would have loved to make him chat with my boss who poo-poos my support of Tesla (electric autos), recycling, composting (hoping to start vermi soon) and other “green” ideas. It saddens me to listen to this man mock my investments whilst speaking to others and still encouraging them to purchase barely ethical (if that) investments because – look at their past returns. I hope the future is different, we don’t have a choice.

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Original article from The Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1140250–wiebo-ludwig-dying-of-cancer-an-interview

Wiebo Ludwig dying of cancer: An interview

Published On Sat Mar 03 2012
HYTHE, ALTA.—Eco-warrior Wiebo Ludwig is fighting his final battle.It’s a question of when, not if. Diagnosed last year with cancer of the esophagus, Ludwig, 70, is in palliative care and preparing for death.

Ludwig was rushed to hospital in nearby Grande Prairie last Monday after food became lodged in his throat. Doctors enlarged the stent they first inserted in his esophagus in late January.

The patriarch of a Christian clan returned to the compound of his roughly 60 followers and family near here at Trickle Creek Farm, the 324-hectare parcel of nearly self-sufficient land in northwest Alberta’s Peace River country. The Dutch-born enemy of the oil industry — eco-terrorist, his many foes would label him — has lost 30 pounds in the past month alone.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Ludwig said of his impending death, during a Trickle Creek interview last week. “I’m quite grateful about my life, in many ways a concentrated series of battles. I enjoyed the battles. They were difficult times, but meaningful. I was seldom bored, put it that way.”

Boring is definitely not a word to associate with Wiebo Ludwig.

Ever since he moved here in the mid-1980s, his name has been a lightning rod for deep, bitter controversy over the good and bad things about life in the oilpatch.

For those who espouse green living and turning our collective backs on uncontrolled oil and gas drilling and development, Ludwig is something of a messianic folk hero. For decades he has stood as an outspoken, implacable, media-savvy foe of the oil and gas industry, as evidenced by Toronto filmmaker David York’s 2011 National Film Board-backed documentary, Wiebo’s War.

That history, however, also carries a murky, lawless side that includes a 28-month prison sentence for oilfield equipment destruction and vandalism (he served 19 months, released in 2001), other arrests, most recently in January of 2010, multiple armed RCMP raids of the Trickle Creek compound, and the unproven suspicions of involvement in numerous other bombings and oilpatch vandalism across northern Alberta and B.C.

Most tragic was the still unsolved death of a 16-year-old local girl, Karman Willis, shot while roaring around the Trickle Creek compound with other teens in pickup trucks early one morning in June, 1999.

Instead of battling oil and gas companies, Ludwig will spend his final days with his family. “I feel there’s a time when you have to sign off,” he says. “You have to stop at some point.”

He plans to die in his log cabin at the farm he founded nearly three decades ago, now a sprawling complex of modern chalet-type homes, industrial shops, barns, a gazebo, greenhouse, power-producing solar panels and a windmill.

Ludwig spends a lot of time resting in bed, lying down on the couch or sitting in a recliner chair near a wood-burning stove. His eyes still penetrate, but he sounds exhausted. When he’s up to it, Ludwig and his wife of 43 years, Mamie, walk hand-in-hand along paths that cut through nearby woods.

He maintains he’s looking forward to “crossing over.”

“It is apparent to everyone there is an afterlife, even though we repress that in our anxieties,” he says. “In some ways, I am eager for redemption, eager to see what’s there. I just hope I die without too much pain.”

Ludwig, a carpenter, has completed his final construction project: a wooden casket. Last month his daughters finished the lining — a cream-coloured satin that covers a layer of soft foam and straw. The simple casket rests on two metal stands in one of the compound’s main houses.

In months, perhaps weeks or even days — his pain-ridden voice could barely be heard on the phone three days ago — Ludwig will die. That coffin will be placed in a concrete crypt above ground in the family cemetery in the nearby woods. Ludwig at first jokes that the government might go after him if he went underground, but later says the reason for having the crypt above ground is for “possible future restlessness … in case we have to move again.”

He expresses no regrets about the infamy of his life at Trickle Creek.

“I feel very reconciled,” he says. “My life has had some sordid chapters, especially my youthful life. But I feel a peace with the Lord and with man in terms of having dealt with those things in my soul, my spirit.

“I’m not a person who has had small prayers. I’ve asked for major things to change my life and the lives of those I’m with. I’m not disappointed.”

“I have been somewhat persistent — I guess that’s been my one quality that’s been admired, not to give in and compromise with the BS … not to complain all day long either but to work at something that is commendable, a solution to some of our problems, hopefully.”

According to family members, their leader’s funeral will be a private affair, not open to the public or to the news media. Ludwig says he wants the people of Trickle Creek to “retreat” for a while after his death.

“Not so much to mourn my dying,” he says, “but to give them some time to work their way through it.”

“I’m glad this is a bit of a process. I can spend time saying goodbye to the family and give them some direction on different issues. Everybody has a chance to face it … rather than ‘boom, he’s gone.’”

“We’ve had some beautiful conversations about the reality of us having to give up mortality,” he adds. “We’ve worked out some good things together.”

Ludwig won’t miss much about the broader world outside the compound, the one he led his family away from so many years ago.

“It’s gone that wild out there,” he says. “Our social life is in shambles … family, marital … all these things are just busted up. Individualism has wrecked us terribly, made us lonely and isolated.”

In musing about his accomplishments, he doesn’t dwell on his infamous battles with the oil and gas industry, but on what his family and followers have built at Trickle Creek.

“I’ve seen men and women here really taking hold of this vision. They’ve come through. Many talks, many plans … They’ve come to see the beauty of withdrawing from all the riff-raff the world wants you to chase.

“They’ve pursued something quite steadily that has some character, that has some sense again when it comes to practical issues, like raising your own food. That is almost critical.”

He can’t resist some perhaps final advice to the oil and gas industry:

“Get rid of this stuff and replace it as soon as possible with alternatives, and stop being so stubborn and stupid about it. My advice is, why don’t you just go for it? Do the right thing.

“You can tell the oil and gas industry that we knew we were right all along, but I’ve come to see they also knew that.”

“In the end,” he predicts, “good will win out over evil.

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Call it what it is: Arbitrary Tax

This stuff is not new. I know that, I’m just… happy? satisfied that it is being focused on… increasingly, it seems. With every development there is an apex to be reached. Now that is not the end all be all of what the society, race, civilization.. etc can reach. No, it is merely a measure in time.. an indication of the right direction, and the slope flanking it indicates poor choice.

I truly believe that Canada, a nation I claim to know rather well, has passed an apex and is NOT nearing a new one. Most definitely not following our current path.

I have long been touting “The Free Market WORKS!” which is my way of saying: STOP tying everything up in red tape to make it ‘better’. You only make it worse. If you want me to get all mythological on your behind let me put it in another way:

A mythical bird that periodically burned itself to death and emerged from the ashes as a new phoenix. According to most stories, the rebirth of the phoenix happened every five hundred years. Only one phoenix lived at a time.

Now, does it say that the phoenix sometimes held on to life past that 500 years and tried to restructure itself? Does it say that the phoenix ‘did alright’ by reducing the amount of feathers it had to make it to the 1,000 year mark? NO NO THAT is NOT how it works! Jesuoiauls ckjrohoialk! Accept nature! People, you cannot control everything, (and thank god or jehovah, Buddha, Allah..whoever that we CANNOT) you cannot change nature. Things are created to be destroyed, everything that lives must die, all that stands will fall and so on and so on. How stupid we are, lauding ourselves as ‘the smartest animal’, and we don’t even know the rules of the game.

So, the next time you think your country, city, business, department store, marriage, house, etc will last forever.. will never change.. or must be ‘bailed out’ at all cost to keep it the same PLEASE think again! The only constant is change. Everything is temporary. Bailing out a failing economy with taxpayer’s precious funds was wrong. Using taxes to do anything besides maintain order and cleanliness (sewers, streets, garbage collection, recycling) is borderline wrong. Why? Because, as a tax payer I have certain expectations: that I can walk the streets/roads where I live safely. Not having to worry about the black death or falling down an open sewer shaft.

I, as a taxpayer do NOT authorize you to hand out my money to businesses YOU deem appropriate, aligned with YOUR needs. And I do not condone you passing a percentage of my taxes to other provinces I’ve never been to and who may or may not take care of my health, education, social needs. It just doesn’t make sense. That’s charity. And charity SHOULDN’T be forced or coerced.

Finally, before I get to the article on ‘Canada’s wealth sharing plan is unconstitutional’ I think we should review a definition.

Constitutional:

adj
1. denoting, characteristic of, or relating to a constitution
2. authorized by or subject to a constitution
3. of or inherent in the physical make-up or basic nature of a person or thing: a constitutional weakness
4. beneficial to one’s general physical wellbeing

For this article I would apply the use of #4. Because this and many other federal programs (I’m not getting started on Provincial today.. what a huge kettle of stinky fish) are not “beneficial to one’s general physical wellbeing” if the “ones” involved are Canadians.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1126602–canada-s-wealth-sharing-plan-is-unconstitutional-study-says

Canada’s handouts to big businesses put middle class, and by and large our standards of living, out of business. Is anyone surprised? Really is anyone surprised??

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1126578–tim-harper-ottawa-outsources-the-attack-on-the-middle-class

… if you read the article, nice point U of T about Vale’s resources in Sudbury.

Define “goop”
Okay, if you’re taking hard measures to prevent rider’s deaths.. that’s a good thing. But if you are concocting a deadly mix (that may blind/maim/poison people) that has a much or better chance of killing riders.. hrm… not so good in my book.

Read full story here: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1126812–indonesia-s-train-roof-riders-to-get-swatted-with-putrid-goop

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More of an observation really

as opposed to a “case”

Glancing at this article today, “The Case for Virtue” there isn’t really much to learn.

It’s a long drawn out story of a man, named Arland D. Williams, and how he sacrificed his own life by assisting other passengers on a sinking plane be airlifted to safety. The wreck sunk taking him down with it in the icy water back on January 13th, 1982.

Now the writer’s intended purpose is to get us to think “why would he do that?” Myself, always biased, I ask “why don’t people do that, why don’t we all?”

My answer to my own question is of course “self” or ego, if you prefer Latin terms.

But I did find some tidbits in the article I’d like to copy and paste here to draw your attention to them:

 

“If you ask me why I should do things that benefit other people, the answer might be just that I should,” says Hurka. “You have some moral obligation to care for other people. You just do.”

Hey, it’s like that famous song “you better be good for goodness sake.”

Thomas Hurak      you’re an idiot.

“My idea of virtue consists in loving the good and hating the evil,” says Thomas Hurka, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. “Loving the good is good.”

Wow, a very childlike and vague answer. Could you define “good” for us? Is it absolute, can it change? Is your “good” the same as my “good”? Perhaps Hitler was ‘loving the good’ as you say because one of his goals was to create a superior race.. and we all want to be the best we can be right? So he was only helping future generations to be their best by eliminating some individuals who did not suit the definition (as he saw it) as superior. So.. he was in fact acting on his belief of “good” wasn’t he? He wasn’t trying to make the world “bad”. … One more reason NOT to go to U of T. Thank you.

During the past several decades, this notion of virtue has enjoyed something of a rebirth among North American philosophers, who believe that actions should be judged, not by what they achieve, but by what they are.

Are you… comparing us to the.. Renaissance?

“Virtue isn’t just a matter of behaviour,” says Hurka. “Virtue is a matter of motivation.”

In many ways, this outlook — known as virtue ethics — harkens back to the teachings of Aristotle.

Ahhh.. now you’ve said something I think I can agree with. Yes, it is a motivation. It is something that structures one’s routine and daily life. Tell me the last time that selfish, self-centered person you know (sibling, coworker, person in the elevator with you) did one thing, one action that totally threw you. They did something so self-sacrificing that couldn’t possibly benefit them in anyway .. and they did it on purpose. Then returned back to their usual ways.  … Virtue is not an accident.

“There is something beautiful about the virtuous person,” says Tiffany. “There is a kind of aesthetic component to it. Aristotle thought a person who cultivates the virtues has bloomed into a beautiful example of the kind of person we want to be.”

(who’s “Tiffany”? Evan Tiffany a prof from BC mentioned earlier in the article). Now, that’s a sweeping statement.. because really if that “we” applies to all of humanity .. we’d have a whole lot less negative stories to report and an undeniable amount of ‘do-gooder’ stories everywhere we look. You know.. like this.

The ancient Greeks had a word that we usually translate as “virtue.” The word is arete, and it really means something closer to what we think of as “excellence.” “When you perform an action with excellence, you’re serving the ends of the activity rather than your own interest,” says Zupko. “The good life means doing things in an excellent way.”

(Who is Zupko? A prof from Winnipeg named Jack.)

Alright so what I got from the article is, be good for goodness sakes. Someone out there is measuring us for “supererogatory” with an “excellence stick” so if you want to impress them live a life of virtue. And if you want to know about the good in human nature/virtue – interview a bunch of Uni profs. Is that.. is that correct? Seriously.. like the people around you.. that you pass on the street everyday can’t differentiate between “good” and “bad” as well as those profs..ahem.. Hurka.

So the song spoke the utter truth “be good for goodness sake,” there is no other reason.. we have no scientific evidence you live longer or happier (not in this article anyway.. if anything it shows that those possessing this flaw live shorter lives), nor that others around you will learn and imitate your “good” behaviour.

*sigh* Merry Christmas, if you don’t believe in Christmas you can wish me whatever on whatever day you do believe in. I’ll be happy to receive the greetings.. consider that my “good”   ?

 

 

Now this bit… try to guess which era it is from:

It’s a world where little or nothing is prohibited, where governments may assassinate their enemies summarily, along with their enemies’ families, a world where even water-boarding is defended if water-boarding does the job.

In a world where almost anything is permitted, why would someone bother to be good?

Hrm.. Medieval times? When the Huns were rampaging across continents? Shanghai during the 1920s-30s? Rwanda 20 years ago? Russia 1917? Mexico/US border circa 1945? … you tell me, seems we just keep going around in circles but talking about it like it’s new…. “news” some might say.

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Columbus, what a dick.

Literally.
Columbus credited with bringing Syphilis to Europe. Hurray! ?

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New Zealand was this year’s clear winner

Today in the News:

– Fuck it, he deserved it

– Boil your water

– New Zealand, clearly wins

“Fuck it, he deserved it!”

Seems P.O.S. means more than Port of Spain or Point of Sale to Justin Trudeau. I’m refreshed to hear a healthy dose of name calling (cause I don’t do enough of it) when name calling is due. And reading, from more than one source, the scene that it arose during – totally understandable.

Boil your water for Longevity

She also believed tap water could be contaminated and insisted on only drinking water that had been boiled.”  Said the 112 year old woman, I wonder if she missed 113 because of someone foolishly slipping an ice cube in her drink. Thanks a lot! (no I know, I read the article.. that wasn’t what got her)

I can see clearly nowin New Zealand

New Zealand 9.5

Finland & Denmark = 9.4

…..

Canada = 8.7

…………………

U.S. = 7.1   

Sweden was ranked 4th after Finland and Denmark as least corrupt countries (in the Public Services section) were ranked by Transperancy International. I liked the little blurb for Sweden:

“Sweden’s transparency makes it hard for officials to be corrupt. A recent article by the BBC quoted Swedes as saying, ‘there is a Swedish way of doing things: discuss, agree, do good.’ Citizens can check the expense claims of any public official.” <- Source article Sympatico

Did you know that in 2010 “1 out of 4 people worldwide reported paying a bribe to services providers”? (Page 51 of 2010 Annual Report)

As for Canada they wrote: It’s unclear whether corruption is getting worse, or the public is merely more aware of corruption. But Canada has been slipping lower in global corruption standings for the last five years. Canada is also low on the bribery enforcement rankings.

>> My guess?  .. you already know it; the former AND the latter. Otherwise known as “a little of column A, a little of column B.”

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Canada has no qi

Qi is an interesting concept. ‘Qi’  sounds just like the English spelling ‘Chi’ as in the English way of saying ‘Tai Chi’ (although that ‘chi’ in Chinese is actually ji .. long story).

But I can say to you, truly, Canada lacks qi.

起 = (起来=get out of bed, raise up) rise, stand

汽 = steam

其 qi = (其他= other, next one after this one)

生气 sheng qi = anger, vitality

神气 sheng qi = impressive

And today I learned another ‘qi’

企 = to look forward to (企望= to hope for)

Canada, today you have truly disappointed me. Sure, I may  have said that before but now I can say I am more ashamed than ever to call myself ‘Canadian’. I have no idea how anyone in this country can look at themselves in the mirror and say that word with any sense of pride.

  Canada Quits Kyoto

This action, or more correctly LACK of action, is appalling.

The Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997 and ratified by most major countries except the United States. It committed industrialized nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels and provided financial help to developing countries to accomplish the task.

    So now, 14 years later we decide to throw in the towel after doing what? FUCK ALL! WE DIDN’T EVEN TRRRRRRRYYYYYY! USELESS. Canada for the FAIL. You’re asking yourself ‘1990 levels’ that must be quite low if we couldn’t do it….Take a look at the chart below.

“The Kyoto Protocol does not represent the path forward for Canada,”

WELL THEN WHAT THE FUCK DOES? WHAT represents Canada’s elusive ‘PATH forward’ ???? TAR? COAL? PAPER MILLS? OIL? Hazy days filled with smog? Are we trying to compete with China? (oh no we can’t because THEY are more concerned about and invested more in their environment – which is smaller than ours).

First of all we outsourced most of our manufacturing to give the appearance of going green with out actually altering our over-consuming, polluting ways. NOW we find it too difficult to even TRY to come through on a promise we made to ourselves, to the world, and our future.

“It’s now clear that Kyoto is not the path forward for a global solution to climate change. If anything, it’s an impediment.” Peter Kent continued

YEAH, that’s what’s been holding us back! OH I can’t wait to see how our mentality changes and our environment-friendliness increases by leaps and bounds now that we’ve broken our promise! ffs

Harper’s Conservative government has opposed an extension of the Kyoto accord to future international agreements, arguing that other large emitting countries in the developing world, such as China and India, should be required to meet targets.

This one just sounds like straight up jealousy. Okay, you know what would happen if you required ‘developing’ nations to revert to 1990s levels? Simple, we’d get our toxic fume belching factories. While those countries topple into chaos and endless social unrest because they no longer have work supplying our Dollar stores, Walmarts and clothing stores.

Kent said that in order to comply with Kyoto, dramatic action would need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dramatic action? OH NO, that sounds like a CHALLENGE, Canada’s not up to that.. nope ..uh un.. no way.. we’re not doing it.. count us out.. we like to sit here like a useless stick in the mud. In fact, we shouldn’t have even signed it.. hell the US didn’t.. and look how well THEY’RE DOING.

<<In 2008, TransCanada Corporation proposed the 1,661-mile (2,673 km)  pipeline to carry oil from the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta to refineries near Houston, Texas…opponents of the project argued that this route posed an unacceptable risk to the Ogallala Aquifer owing to the possibility of contamination from oil spills. In August 2011, an environmental-impact report by the U.S. State Department found the Sandhills route would be the most economically feasible, and would be unlikely to have significant environmental impacts.  – Ohh was that the same DEPT in charge of inspecting the GULF oil rigs??? Does anyone else remember a little spill in the Gulf?? >> Don’t even get me started on the US…

Harper’s Conservative government repeatedly made it clear it would not be tied to the international commitment made by the previous Liberal government.

OHHH.. Now we’re getting to it. THIS is the real reason we fail isn’t it? You would rather sacrifice the future of your country over some goddamn political feud!? OUTRAGEOUS! Ottawa you rat-infested slum hole.

Leslie said the decision to abandon Kyoto will have “long-term implications” on Canada’s international reputation. “I wonder what international treaty we’re going to back out of next. I can’t imagine anyone will want to come to the table to negotiate with Canada in good faith.”

Our international reputation PFFT! Who cares?!! We don’t.. wtf does the rest of the world care about us. We’re idiots. We deserve our own demise if this is how we treat ourselves. RIDICULOUS!

At the summit in Durban, the Canadian government’s anti-Kyoto Protocol views angered emerging economies.

   No shit. I’m a little perturbed myself.

“Canada, though, cannot do it alone,” he said, noting that this country produces just two per cent of global emissions.   (Kent, again)

Well, considering how many toes you’ve stomped on on the international scale.. we just may have to go it alone. Hope you’ve got a damn good plan. Cause it appears to me so far Canada’s only ‘reduction in green house gases’ has been from stocking our shelves with items produced in those ‘developing nations’ that are polluting so much and we keep telling them to stop that nasty habit. Canada get a life. You preach and preach to others.. all ‘holier than thou’ but really you are one of the worst if not the worst. Right now we are contenders alright .. contenders to be the most ignorant nation on this planet. We’ll give the US a good run for their money. But you know what, last time I was abroad I found American people nice and friendly. Something we ignorant, cocky (because we’re not American), proud (for whatever unsubstantiated reason) “Canadians” no longer are.

Yolanda, applying for refugee status to a country near you .. as long as you are not in North America. Mexico – you’re the best of the bunch, hats off to you.

Canada – 2%, 23.2

Mexico – 2%, 6.4

The first figure is the country’s or region’s emissions as a percentage of the global total. The second figure is the country’s/region’s per-capita emissions, in units of tons of GHG per-capita

 

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A breeze stirs the sleepy leaves

Wow, it never fails.. when one door closes another opens.. when one light is gone, another appears. As smoke rises on one side, a spark ignites on the other.

  Be happy it does.

   I have to smile reading this, regardless of whether the man is disappointed that he couldn’t totally monopolize … reaping tons of money from Canadians.. or had his heart in a better place – he says what needs to be said.

  Why is it only people from outside of this country have a voice? And you know what.. I really really like the comparison to China.. I find it very poignant.

Funder of Wind Mobile regrets coming to Canada

Wind Mobile backer regrets Canadian launch – Yahoo! Canada …

On Thursday November 17, 2011, 3:42 pm EST

The billionaire financier behind the Wind Mobile cellular telephone company says he regrets getting involved in Canada in the first place.
That’s one of several revelations made by Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian founder of the Orascom media conglomerate, in an interview with the CBC’s Amanda Lang.
Orascom provided much of the financing for Globalive’s Wind Mobile service when the brand launched in 2009. “It was a bad idea,” he said in the interview, which aired on The Lang & O’Leary Exchange at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Globalive, headed by Canadian entrepreneur Anthony Lacavera, has a complex ownership structure under which the Canadian equity owners control the company, but Orascom put up more than 80 per cent of the funding.
That raised the ire of telecom incumbents Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. which complained to the CRTC that the company doesn’t adhere to Canada’s stringent foreign ownership rules.

After a lengthy process, Canadian officials eventually ruled that Wind was within the rules and was allowed to launch a cellular service in late 2009.

Canada is the only country in the world, besides China, that hasn’t opened up to foreign direct investment for foreign capital, Sawiris said. “I don’t know why Canada wants to be matched with China,” he said. “There’s only two countries [with] very ridiculous old laws, and nothing is happening.”

“There’s no real political will here to introduce competition into this closed market,” he said.

Sawiris spent roughly $500 million in a wireless spectrum auction in 2008 to get the necessary space on airwaves to launch a cellular service. The federal government set aside a certain percentage of that spectrum specifically for new entrants, in the hopes of spurring competition.

Another spectrum auction of more powerful 700 MHz frequency auction is coming up, but based on his Canadian experiences thus far, Sawiris says Wind won’t be bidding on any new spectrum.

“We would like to, but these are not fair rules,” he said. “Our position is clear: if they don’t set aside, we won’t bid for it — why would we go in and just increase the price so the government makes more money and we get devastated,”Sawiris said.

Sawiris said Canada’s antiquated telecom rules are destined to hurt the economy’s productivity and dampen innovation. “You need to ask yourself, why isn’t Rogers in the U.K., like Vodafone or France Telecom,” he said. “Why aren’t they everywhere if they’re so good? The answer is simple, here they’re protected. They can be inefficient, their cost structure can be expensive.”

He says Wind helped bring down cellphone prices by an average of 30% across the board. He says the three incumbents all have virtually identical ARPU numbers — an acronym meaning average revenue per user, or the amount of money they get from each customer. That’s an indication of a market with no competition, he says.

“Why would an Egyptian like me be in 25 countries, and a big company [stay] here? Because they’re pampered,” he said. “How can you create innovation if you close up yourself like that? What’s the argument? I don’t see it.”

Wind Mobile added 45,000 new customers last quarter, bringing its subscriber base to 317,000 in total. That’s an impressive growth rate, but still a long way off the 9.1 million wireless customers Rogers has, or the 7.3 million at Bell or 7.1 million at Telus.

Sawiris says he isn’t afraid of competing with the big boys — but Canadian competition rules make that impossible.

“We are trying to help [consumers] and not because we are good guys — because we want to make money,” he said. “We want to come here and earn with hard work, but we are encountering nightmares,” he said.

He says wireless prices remain higher than they should be on the retail level. “If they can reduce their prices 30 per cent, why didn’t they do that before we came?” he asked.

“And how will they continue after we leave? If we leave, maybe prices will go up to where they were.”

Wind Mobile backer regrets Canadian launch – cbc.ca / Yahoo news

 http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/Wind-Mobile-backer-regrets-cbc-3410332520.html?x=0
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