Swimming lessons should become part of every child's education, says the federal minister of state responsible for public health.
Carolyn Bennett is calling for swim lessons to be part of the school curriculum and for the federal government to help fund the initiative.
"In this country that is covered in swater, it seems like it should be like reading and writing," Bennett said.
Ooookay, so what's next? Will Canadian taxpayers need to pay for all government school students to learn how to skate? (And what's "swater" anyway?)
Pardon me if I cough (pun intended). I remain highly skeptical of Russian industry's interest in spending money on any type of cleanup. There is little or no evidence that I have seen of either business or government being willing to spend money to please someone else (which is certainly what Kyoto is all about: appeasing the environmentalists and making the EU feel good about themselves). If money comes to Russia because of Kyoto, you can be pretty certain that the funds will be well-invested (that is, into the politicians' pockets!).
In the article linked above, Hans notes "It should not be forgotten that the Russians are reputed to be tough negotiators." Good point, and it's not just reputation, it's fact. Russian businessmen (let alone politicians) are adept at finding ways to get around obstacles. Ratification or not, it is quite unlikely that Russia will truly implement the Kyoto treaty. And that may not be a completely bad thing...