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Good for Grapes does Canadian tour

Posted April 8, 2014 by Jes

Folk music has been gaining momentum for the past few years and is at its peak with the likes of the ever popular Mumford and Sons (and others of the exact same sound). It was only a matter of time before Canadian band of the same started to pop up.

Good for Grapes is a folk band from Surrey, BC. They are one of these bands that I was referring to. I liked their song Renminbi Tips (I have NO idea what that means) and now it looks like they are doing a Canadian tour. Joy. They start it in the happiest place on earth (if you are a sadist and want to have a parka and shorts on hand every hour of the day – just in case).

XOXO
Jes…

Good for Grapes Canadian tour dates:

Apr. 30 @ Broken City, CALGARY, AB
May. 1 @ The Pawn Shop, EDMONTON, AB
May. 2 @ Vangelis Tavern, SASKATOON, SK (w/ Zerbin)
May. 3 @ Pyramid Cabaret, WINNIPEG, MB (w/ Zerbin)
May. 4 @ Bijou Steakhouse, KENORA, ON (w/ Zerbin)
May. 6 @ The Casbah, HAMILTON, ON (w/ Zerbin)
May. 7 @ Supermarket, TORONTO, ON (*Canadian Music Week)
May. 8 @ Clarkson Pub, BARRIE, ON
May. 9 @ The Great Hall, TORONTO, ON (*Canadian Music Week)
May. 9 @ Rivoli, TORONTO, ON (*Canadian Music Week)
May. 10 @ Van Gogh’s Ear, GUELPH, ON (w/ Zerbin)
May. 13 @ Divan Orange, MONTREAL, QC (w/ Zerbin)
May. 14 @ The Mansion, KINGSTON, ON (w/ Zerbin)
May. 16 @ Cluster Bar, LEVIS, QC (w/ Zerbin)
May. 17 @ Sgt Pepper Club, THETFORD MINES, QC (w/ Zerbin)
May. 22 @ The Root Community Emporium, LLOYDMINSTER, SK (w/ Zerbin)
Aug. 10 @ Sqamish Festival, SQUAMISH, BC 

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Bell lays out plan to shutter its CDMA network by January 1st, 2017

Posted April 8, 2014 by Ian Hardy

Following TELUS, Bell will begin shutting down its CDMA network. According to an internal doc we received, Bell’s plan is to start shutting down its CDMA EVDO network in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador & Prince Edward Island effective July 1st, 2015. Bell also notes that its CDMA 1xRTT network will

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Greens welcome David Robinson as Natural Resources Critic

Posted April 8, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. David Robinson has taken on the Natural Resources portfolio on the Party’s Shadow Cabinet.

A Professor of Economics and the Director of the Institute for Northern Ontario Research and Development (INORD) at Sudbury’s Laurentian University, Robinson is an accomplished academic and longtime advocate for environmentally and socially responsible resource development.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Robinson will be taking on our Natural Resources file,” said Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader and Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands. “With the Canadian economy more dependent than ever on reckless and short-sighted resource development, it is absolutely essential that our party remains committed to a profitable and sustainable economy, one based on meaningful employment and wise use of resources, not a race to the bottom in serving as a resource colony for other countries’ manufacturing and processing.”

“Dr. Robinson has a real first-hand understanding of the issues that Canadians, and Northern Ontarians in particular, are currently facing in terms of our resource economy,” said Bruce Hyer, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North and the Green Party’s Democratic Reform Critic. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the mining and forestry sectors, and will be a great addition to our team.”

Dr. Robinson can be reached at david.robinson@greenparty.ca

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Contact:

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca

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Activism

Occupy Canada For May Day, With Bananas

Posted April 8, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

A few days ago, I wrote about picking May Day as a good time for Occupy Vancouver to reboot itself and catch up with the Occupy Movement’s worldwide #WaveOfAction. But I think that idea can be bigger, it can be a day for all of Occupy Canada to reboot. Here’s how: May Day is a […]

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Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis

Posted April 7, 2014 by Elizabeth May

There has been a lot of attention of late to what moves on Canada’s rails. Train derailments, disasters such as Lac-Mégantic and near-disasters, such as the railcars loaded with toxic diluents that were suspended on a crumbling bridge over the Bow River during the June Calgary floods, have focused on the threat of unsafe rail cars and inadequate infrastructure. It really matters to accelerate the complete phase-out of the unsafe DOT-111 cars moving hazardous goods. Tragedies such as Lac-Mégantic must never happen again.

It really matters to ensure that grain farmers can move their harvest and that farmers in British Columbia have that grain as feed for livestock. Back in December 2013, farmers on Vancouver Island were desperate as a mere three-day supply of feed for livestock remained. High-cost and last-minute trucking got grain to the feed mills, but it was a very close call.

With the attention on serious concerns on our freight traffic, it is easy to miss the looming crisis in passenger rail.

VIA Rail is in trouble. While billions have been committed to VIA by the Harper administration, a very welcome investment, the spending has been concentrated in the Windsor-Quebec corridor, leaving the transcontinental, remote and rural rail service at risk.

Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis. The long-standing service The Ocean between Montreal and Halifax has lost half of its service in VIA cuts, from six days a week to only three. This route has existed since 1875, built as part of the Intercolonial Railway. Meanwhile, CN Rail has put 70 km of track between Bathurst and Miramichi, N.B., up for sale. It no longer uses that stretch for freight. The remaining user is VIA. Leaders from municipal governments, CUPE, local NGOs, Green MPs, and New Democrats have been pressing to keep the trains rolling from Montreal to Halifax.

Can we afford $10-million for this track? Considering that the February 2014 budget document (which I will insist we should call the “annual thick brochure” since it does not actually include a budget), committed $10-million to two years’ worth of snowmobile trails, I don’t know how the Harper Administration can credibly say “no.” I don’t think they want New Brunswickers imagining the 70 km passenger rail gap being handled by snowmobile relays.

At the other end of Canada, on Vancouver Island, rail service between Courtenay and Victoria is desperately in need of a new agreement, investment in rails and a new station in Victoria. The Island Corridor Foundation claims a tentative agreement has been reached with VIA Rail and the Southern Railway of B.C. to resume vital daily service on the E and N Corridor Railway, a claim VIA denies. With a growing population on southern Vancouver Island and the potential for properly scheduled passenger rail taking thousands of commuter vehicles off the road, this link is essential. We need the minister to ensure parties reach a firm agreement.

As the Toronto-Vancouver Transcontinental The Canadian snakes its breathtaking way across Canada, it must not be forgotten that just as is the case with The Ocean, while wealthier tourists love the bedroom and dining car service, lower-income Canadians need the economy train. Linking the country from coast to coast (sadly missing Newfoundland and Labrador at this point) is part of the national identity.

It could be improved by adjusting the route along the Great Lakes. One of the world’s most spectacular and popular scenic rail rides was the run from Sudbury to Thunder Bay. It was also profitable. Restoring it would add to the sustainability of VIA, and help boost Canada’s flagging tourism.

As VIA faces financial and ridership targets, the cutbacks inevitably cause a drop in passenger miles. The Ocean dropped four per cent last year, but its service was also cut in half. If its route through New Brunswick is not secured quickly, The Ocean could lose a whole season of tour operators and travellers—a disaster from which it would be unlikely to recover.

Unlike Amtrak, south of the border, VIA has no enabling legislation, no statutory mandate. Just before resigning her seat, Olivia Chow put forward a private member’s bill to establish such a legislative mandate. That bill should be taken up by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and used as a way to put her stamp on the sustainability of rail in Canada.

We need to overhaul the system for rail travel in Canada. We need to stop sabotaging VIA by the historical mistake of giving freight the ownership of tracks built through public investment. We need to update and modernize track to allow for high-speed rail along those routes where it would be profitable, starting with Edmonton to Calgary.

It is a feeble excuse to abandon passenger rail claiming our geography works against it. Why then do we maintain, at public expense, a vast highway system? Why do cars and trucks travel for free on our highways, when rail is stigmatized for requiring subsidies to operate? It’s time to get Canada’s rail, for freight and people, back on track.

Originally published in The Hill Times 

New article in @TheHillTimes by @ElizabethMay on the crisis in Canadian #rail

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Lose Firefox. But if you must keep it, don’t do web searches with it and they’ll go broke.

Posted April 7, 2014 by Joel Johannesen

If you haven’t heard of the backlash against Mozilla, which is the owner of the Firefox browser brand, here are a few links to bring you up to speed: Mozilla CEO & The Intolerant-Left Thought Police Liberals Who Have Forgotten How to be Liberal A Faculty Revolution Against Free Speech Mozilla’s Intolerance OkFascist Tolerance: Tech […]

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Statement for National Volunteer Week 2014

Posted April 7, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – On the occasion of the 11th annual National Volunteer Week, the Green Party of Canada acknowledges and celebrates the important work of Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers.

Every day, volunteers from coast to coast to coast are working hard and making invaluable contributions to their communities and to Canadian society.

Volunteers play an integral role in every aspect of the Green Party, and we are immensely grateful for their energy, their talents and their dedication.

To all our volunteers, we say thank you for all that you do.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer with the Green Party of Canada? Click here to find out more.

Contact:

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca 

Statement for National Volunteer Week 2014 @volunteercanada #volunteer

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ConCalls: No Charges Despite New Prescott #RoboCon Information

Posted April 7, 2014 by John Klein

After giving some immunity to a man who either lied to me, or to Elections Canada’s investigators, Canada’s election agency has no new charges to announce against the perpetrators of 2011′s Guelph or national election fraud robocalls. Andrew Prescott’s information fingers the already charged Michael Sona, and the exiled Ken Morgan who is living in […]

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The Ontario Motorcycle Diaries: Day 1 – MotorSoul Riding School

Posted April 7, 2014 by Anonymous

We awoke at 4:30 am to drive to Toronto for our motorcycle course with Motorsoul Riding School. A fresh blanket of snow had fallen on the ground and they were calling for high wind warnings today. We were dreading the cold day ahead but excited to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Plus, we knew that this was our only chance to take our test before our weekend training rides begin. Dave and I are taking on another epic challenge [...]

Read the original post The Ontario Motorcycle Diaries: Day 1 – MotorSoul Riding School on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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Activism

Welcome to Stephen Harper’s Banana Republic

Posted April 7, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

#PMSH goes #BananaRepublic: the (un) #FairElectionsAct lets incumbents SUPERVISE their own election! pic.twitter.com/SG3IT8GMAz #cdnpoli — Politics, Re-Spun (@PoliticsReSpun) April 6, 2014 Just how stupid does Stephen Harper think we are? He thinks that we’re fine with the idea that incumbent parties should be able to pick the poll supervisors in the next election. I kid […]

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The next step in “Political Correctness” is here!

Posted April 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, we got trouble in River City! Or at least in the University of River city! For any of you that thought “political correctness” was stupid, GET A LOAD OF THIS! University students have come up with an even more bizarre and asinine concept called “TRIGGER WARNINGS!” (That’s right kids, from now on, anytime a […]

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International Pillow Fight Day is today!

Posted April 5, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

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On the first Saturday of every April (that’s today!) people in 150 cities around the world come together to have massive pillow fights in public. This holiday was invented in Canada :) Here is a listing of the 7 pillow fights taking place across Canada today:

Calgary: 2pm @ Eau Claire Market. Facebook link.

Kitchener-Waterloo: 3pm @ Waterloo Public Square. Facebook link

Montreal: 3pm @ Phillips Square. 

Penetanguishene, ON: 11am @ Royal Canadian Branch 68. More info.

Quebec City: 3pm @ Place d’Youville. Facebook link.

Toronto: 3pm @ Nathan Phillips Square. Theme: Superheroes vs. Villains. Facebook link. E-mail list signup.

Vancouver3pm @ Vancouver Art Gallery. More info.

Complete listing of pillow fights around the world.

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NEB grants Intervenor status to federal Green Party Leader ‎and BC Greens

Posted April 4, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands has been granted Intervenor status in the upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

May will join fellow Intervenors Adam Olsen, BC Green Party Leader, and Green MLA Andrew Weaver. Adriane Carr, Green City Councilor for Vancouver, will be attending the NEB hearings as a Commenter.

As an Intervenor, May will provide expert input at the NEB hearings both in her capacity as an environmental lawyer and a leader of the Canadian environmental movement, and on behalf of her constituents in Saanich­–Gulf Islands, who stand to be significantly affected by the proposed pipeline. 

“Saanich-Gulf Islands lies directly in the route of the bitumen-loaded tankers that would service the proposed projects,” said the Green Leader. “As such, my constituents are deeply concerned about this project and expect me to represent their concerns in this process.”

Kinder Morgan has applied to the National Energy Board to triple the current capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries dilbit, a pre-crude mix of bitumen and diluent, from northern Alberta to Burnaby, BC where it is loaded onto tankers for export to foreign markets. This proposed expansion carries a number of significant risks, including the increased likelihood of a devastating tanker spill on the BC coast.  

“I have worked in the environmental movement in Canada as a volunteer, staff, expert and environmental lawyer since 1975, I have extensive experience working with small communities dependent on natural resources, such as fishing, forestry and tourism, and I have participated in dozens of environmental impact reviews,” said May. “I think it is absolutely necessary that my constituents have a voice at the table, but I also look forward to speaking on behalf of all British Columbians and all Canadians who are fighting to stop this pipeline.”

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Contact

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca

 

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Interview: Andrew Gordon leaves the Big Brother Canada house

Posted April 4, 2014 by Jes

This week on Big Brother Canada the twist was – Canada was HoH. Which means, they get to pick the nominees. In the end it was Andrew Gordon from Calgary that felt the wrath of first Canada and then the other houseguests and was sent out the door.I’m no…

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Canada, eh!

Posted April 4, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

1. People in Churchill leave their car doors unlocked in case their neighbours need to make a quick escape from polar bears. 2. There’s also a prison for polar bears who break into peoples’ homes for food. Flickr: ankakay / Via Creative Commons 3. No cows in Canada are given artificial hormones for milk production. […]

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Finance, Budgets And Shuffles

Posted April 3, 2014 by Elizabeth May

In the last few weeks, there were a few shake-ups on the Canadian political scene. Allison Redford resigned as Premier of Alberta, the Supreme Court ruled that Stephen Harper’s new Quebec appointee did not meet the requirements of the Constitution, and his long-serving Finance Minister, playing that role since 2006, Jim Flaherty resigned.

All three events seemed to catch pundits by surprise. Regrouping, the commentaries poured in for Mr Flaherty’s ‘steady hand’ over the last eight years. It made me reflect on the nature of budgets and the real bottomline of Canada’s finances.

It was a rare privilege to hear Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page speaking March 13, hosted by Salt Spring Forum. His commitment to public service, to evidence-based decision-making and to the institutions of Westminster Parliamentary democracy is unparalleled. He has sacrificed for these principles, in particular for his commitment to the principle that Parliament must control the public purse.

That principle is simply no longer respected. Parliament is marginalized as the Prime Minister’s Office pushes through fiscal decisions for which Parliamentarians have inadequate information.

As Parliamentary Budget Officer, Page went to court to obtain information to which Parliamentarians are entitled. He went to court to obtain the details of where cuts had been made throughout the Government of Canada and how those cuts had affected public service.

Even after the court ruled that the PBO had the right to such information, over a year later and despite continued efforts from Page’s successor at PBO, the information is still being denied.

On February 11, 2014, Jim Flaherty brought down what will be his last ‘budget’. However, that document should not be described as a budget. It did not contain the basic elements of a budget. There was no statement of total revenue, of expenditures, and no bottom-line. There was no breakdown, department by department of how the money is to be spent.

Here’s a pretty standard definition of a budget, as related to government spending:

A ‘budget’ is a plan for the accomplishment of programs related to objectives and goals within a definite time period, including an estimate of resources required, together with an estimate of resources available, usually compared with one or more past periods and showing future requirements. (Smith, Robert W. and Thomas D Lynch. (2004) Public Budgeting in America. 5th Edition. Pearson; Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 37.)

Years ago, I used to go to the budget lock-ups and read budgets that did include such information, but no longer. I have suggested, and not lightly, that we should stop calling the spring economic propaganda device a ‘budget’. It should be called the seasonal ‘thick brochure’.

The only news media to make note of these new-style budgets was The Economist (February 15, 2014) in its editorial, ‘Canada’s budget: Something doesn’t add up.’

It opened with this sentence, ‘Central to the sovereignty of parliament is that it, not the executive, should ultimately control the public purse. It ends with this: ‘So much for sovereignty.’

The Economist quoted Kevin Page: ‘the system is broken,’ a point Mr Page made in spades in his comments on Salt Spring.

While we have ‘budgets’ that no longer meet the definition, Mr Flaherty has re-organized the revenue flow to Canada’s Consolidated Revenue accounts. Dramatically reduced have been the revenues from corporate taxation. Slashing the corporate tax rate is something about which Conservatives boast, but it has been so steeply reduced that Canada now has the lowest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. Some may recall Mr Flaherty’s framing of these cuts as liberating the ‘job creators’. But Canada’s unemployment rate remains rather flat, at 7 %, (and twice that level for youth).

Meanwhile, corporate bank accounts are awash in so much cash that it is now labeled ‘dead money’. The term, first used by the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, described over $600 billion worth of cash—equal to an astonishing 32% of our GDP. It isn’t creating jobs. It isn’t being invested in research and development. It is doing nothing.

Cutting the GST and dozens of other boutique tax-cuts have been criticised by even conservative economists. Flaherty and Harper have vastly complicated the tax code, serving up highly specific pandering cuts, eliminating what had been budgetary surpluses even before we hit the 2008 financial crisis.

There will be debates about the legacy of Mr Flaherty as Finance Minister. Largely, as is the case for all ministers in this administration, his freedom of action was severely limited by the tightly centralized PMO operation under Stephen Harper. Still, it is my hope that we can focus attention on the fundamentals. We need to return to fiscal decisions supported by evidence. Parliament must control the public purse. And we need a budget that actually allows Parliament to understand what is being planned with the nation’s finances.

Originally published in Island Tides

New @IslandTides article from @ElizabethMay – Finance, Budgets And Shuffles #cdnpoli

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Greens celebrate victory of Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation in defending traditional territory

Posted April 3, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA/VICTORIA – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, today joins BC Green Party Leader Adam Olsen in celebrating the Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation’s victory in blocking the opening of an unsustainable and environmentally destructive commercial herring fishery on the Nation’s traditional territory.  

The Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation, located on BC’s central coast, had previously requested and had been granted the voluntary closure of critical herring spawning habitat in Kitasu Bay. The herring have been a staple food for the coastal community for generations.  

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea had sought to re-open a commercial herring fishery in the area, against the advice of scientists and senior officials within her own department. In response to the Minister’s decision, the Kitasoo/Xaixais Heriditary Chiefs led a protest blocking commercial fishing boats from accessing Kitasu Bay.

In a statement released Monday, Kitasoo/Xaixais Stewardship Director Doug Nealoss and the First Nation’s elected and hereditary chiefs declared that the bay had been closed to fishing, noting that “The success of our fishery relies on the predictable spawning patterns which we have learned, and sufficient abundance of herring, which we have protected in Kitasu Bay since time immemorial.”  

Yesterday, DFO officials had attempted to negotiate access for the commercial fishing boats, but the request was denied by Kitasoo/Xaixais Nation elected Chief Clark Robinson Sr. It now appears that the department will not be pursuing further negotiations at this time. 

“It was reckless and ill-advised of Minister Shea to contradict her own department’s scientists and attempt to re-open this fishery,” said federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “Fishing the herring of Kitasu Bay to exhaustion would have been an ecological disaster and an appalling violation of this First Nation’s treaty rights.” 

“The Kitasoo Nation has stood firm in defending their land and water, and we applaud the peaceful resolution they have achieved,” said BC Green Party Leader Adam Olsen. “Today marks an important victory for First Nations rights, and for the ecological integrity of our coast.” 

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Contact:

Nicholas Gall
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Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca

 

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Harper’s evasion speaks volumes on Canada’s failed Copenhagen targets

Posted April 2, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada is calling on Prime Minister Harper to provide real answers as to whether Canada has officially given up on combatting climate change.

In Question Period today, the Prime Minister side-stepped a question from Green Leader Elizabeth May on Canada’s projected failure in meeting the emissions reduction targets set out during the 2009 Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen.

Under the Copenhagen agreement, Canada had pledged to reduce total emissions by 17% over 2005 levels by the year 2020. Instead, the federal government predicts that by that time our emissions will have been reduced by barely 1%.

In responding to May’s question, the Prime Minister made only vague reference to greenhouse gas emissions, and completely ignored the question of Canada’s Copenhagen targets.

“It has been clear since 2006 that Stephen Harper has never understood that the climate crisis is a real threat to our future — to both the economy and global security. Having shamefully withdrawn from Kyoto, Stephen Harper is now running away from his own pledge to other world leaders in Copenhagen,” said the Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “The IPCC report made it clear that the opportunity to avoid global tipping points is shrinking. We cannot afford delay, procrastination and denial. We can no longer afford Stephen Harper.”

Below is a transcript of the exchange between the Green Party Leader and Prime Minister Harper:

 

Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the IPCC released its first update in six years on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, demonstrating that even low degrees of warming globally can lead to abrupt and irreversible changes, threatening global security and even human civilization itself.

In 2009, the Prime Minister committed this country to join the world to avoid those small changes in temperature. My question to the Prime Minister is given that Environment Canada now projects a 100% failure rate in meeting our 2020 target, are the government and country still committed to the Copenhagen target? If so, when will he publish a credible plan?

 Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as you know, the government remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while doing so in a way that obviously respects Canadians’ jobs and protects our economy. I am happy to note that under this government for the first time in history we have both growth and jobs and we actually are seeing emissions reductions. The government will continue to work on getting our emissions down.

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Contact:

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca

 

 

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Arctic

Online classroom brings southern experts to Arctic students

Posted April 2, 2014 by The Canadian Press

The $1.6-million program was developed by Cisco Canada and uses interactive video link

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Greens congratulate parties on reaching last-minute ELA deal

Posted April 1, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada today congratulated and thanked the key players in saving the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA): the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) as well as provincial and federal agencies.

Since 1968, ELA scientists have conducted vital research into human impacts on freshwater ecosystems. The facility, located near Kenora, Ontario, lost all federal funding in the 2012 omnibus budget, but had been operating under a temporary agreement between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and the Winnipeg-based IISD.

A new deal was reached shortly after the March 31 expiration of the temporary agreement, enabling the IISD to fully take over the operation of the facility.

“I am glad to see the parties come together to save the crown jewel of Canada’s freshwater research efforts,” said Bruce Hyer, Green MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and a long-time defender of the ELA. “While it is unfortunate that the federal government is choosing to get out of basic science, it is a real relief to Greens, concerned scientists, and millions of Canadians who depend on crucial ELA research for their health, safety, and livelihoods that this won’t end up killing the work done at the ELA. I’d like to thank Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, David Orazietti, past Minister Michael Gravelle as well as the IISD and federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea for their work in coming to an agreement.”

ELA research has led to a number of critically important discoveries in the study of water pollutants and wastewater treatment, such as the impacts of acid rain, mercury poisoning, and of phosphates and nitrates from detergents and fertilizers. Findings have resulted in policy changes in many countries around the world, including the United States and the European Union. Current work includes research on the ecological impacts of silver nanoparticles – tiny particles of silver that are found in countless household products such as clothing.

“Canada’s ELA is unique. It is the world’s most innovative water research facility – one whose findings have helped save fish and freshwater habitat around the world, and it is a treasure we cannot afford to lose,” said Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “The SaveELA Coalition, scientists such as Diane Orihel, David Schindler and Jules Blais, and many civil society groups across Canada who fought the ELA’s closure can claim a real victory today. I also would like to single out the International Institute for Sustainable Development for thanks; without them stepping up to the plate to assume responsibility for this facility we would have lost it.”

The ELA is expected to continue university-funded research under the IISD, although it is unclear whether federal restrictions on DFO scientists participating in research at the facility have been lifted.

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Contact:

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca

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Abortion

Help fund new TV movie about serial late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell

Posted March 31, 2014 by Joel Johannesen

The movie-makers behind the excellent documentary “FrackNation” are launching a unique crowd-sourcing effort to fund a new TV movie about the late-term abortionist and baby killer Kermit Gosnell. Click here to help fund this important TV film, since liberal Hollywood and the mainstream media won’t do it.

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Canada

Interview: From Head of House to Homeless, Ika Wong gets evicted from the Big Brother Canada house

Posted March 30, 2014 by Jes

This week on Big Brother Canada the girls tried once again to get out Heather and ended up back-dooring one of their own. Every year they say it and it’s true. All girls alliances never work.Rachelle won HoH and nominated her nemesis Heather and the ne…

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Canada

JUNO Awards Gala to be streamed lived for the first time

Posted March 27, 2014 by Jes

The JUNO Awards are live from Winnipeg this Sunday on CTV. There are a handful of awards given out this night, but as most live televised shows, they only do the big ones.This year, for the first time ever, you can stream the JUNO Awards Gala that happ…

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Canada

Canadian lottery results

Posted March 26, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

Canadian lottery results 

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Abortion

Actual news, not satire: aborted babies thrown into furnace to heat hospitals. Thanks liberals.

Posted March 25, 2014 by Joel Johannesen

I found the story not by being informed via the ever so trusty mainstream media, but via Twitter. One of the conservatives I follow on Twitter tweeted it out. Then another, then another. Only conservatives tweeted it out. A link to The Telegraph was included. I set out to read more about it. Being parked […]

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Canada

Une stratégie électorale axée sur la peur, le mensonge et le “salissage”

Posted March 24, 2014 by Claude Dupras

Drôle de campagne électorale que celle que nous vivons au Québec cette année. Le Parti Québécois (PQ) au pouvoir, minoritaire, a déclenché une élection générale sans avoir perdu un vote important à l’Assemblée Nationale. Élu de peine pour un mandat de quatre ans, il y a près de dix-huit mois, il se retrouvait en difficulté dans les sondages il y a un an. Il a eu alors la brillante idée de créer un débat sur l’identité québécoise en proposant une charte des « valeurs québécoises ». Ce fut un coup de maître. Le PQ grimpa subitement dans les sondages au point que la PM Pauline Marois y a vu l’opportunité de déclencher une élection rapide afin de profiter de l’opinion populaire favorable du moment, nonobstant le fait qu’elle ait fait voter à l’Assemblée Nationale une loi fixant la tenue d’élections générales à tous les quatre ans, pour éviter des cas similaires du passé. La date de la prochaine élection était déjà fixée, mais la PM a décidé de ne pas en tenir compte préférant renier sa propre loi dans l’intérêt électoral de son parti.

Le débat sur la charte a démontré clairement que les Québécois sont fortement divisés sur la question, mais une majorité demeure favorable. Un récent sondage a indiqué pourquoi. Un grand nombre de francophones craignent les musulmans, les sikhs, les juifs et d’autres nationalités. Ils ont peur de la différence, de la société plurielle.. Et cela, même si les populations de ces groupes ethniques ont toujours agi correctement et n’ont jamais suscité de problème majeur. Pourtant de nombreux ex-PM, ex-ministres, ex-députés, recteurs d’universités, maires dont celui de Montréal, chercheurs, sociologues, etc.. plus les chefs des trois autres partis politiques du Québec, se sont prononcés publiquement pour s’objecter à la charte ou à une de ses parties. Face à ces complaintes, le gouvernement n’a changé que le nom de la charte, plusieurs fois. Aujourd’hui, le nom utilisé par la PM dans la campagne électorale est « la charte de laïcité ».

Les sondages internes du PQ soulignent la division profonde de la société québécoise. Ils indiquent, tout comme les sondages récents des journaux, que ceux qui l’appuient sont en grande partie des gens qui ont peur de l’autre, peur des étrangers, peur de leur habillement, tels un foulard, un turban, une kippa… Une peur irraisonnée et irraisonnable. Les autres partis politiques à l’Assemblée Nationale, ressentant ce malaise et pensant à l’intérêt général, ont voulu que le débat-diviseur cesse. Ils ont proposé des ajustements et des compromis à la loi 60 sur la charte afin qu’elle puisse être ratifiée unanimement. La PM a refusé et a déclenché l’élection sur la foi que la peur ferait son œuvre chez la population francophone. Elle a misé que cette peur continuerait à travailler pour elle afin qu’elle puisse se maintenir à la tête des sondages et gagner un gouvernement majoritaire. Au lieu d’agir en dirigeant responsable qui doit s’assurer d’éviter que des crises graves s’installent entre des groupes de la société, elle ne l’a pas fait par intérêt personnel politique.

Le parti Québécois est un parti démocratique dédié principalement à la séparation du Québec du Canada, comme l’indique clairement l’article 1 de sa constitution. Au dernier congrès du parti, la PM Marois a déclaré « nous l’aurons notre pays ». Depuis son élection au pouvoir, la PM et les ministres ont répété souventes fois des déclarations similaires. Son candidat-vedette, l’homme d’affaires Pierre Karl Péladeau (PKP), a fait le gros saut en déclarant qu’il était là pour faire un pays et que c’était sa motivation la plus profonde, le poing levé. Cela allait dans le même sens que ce qu’on entend et lit depuis que les péquistes sont au pouvoir. En obtenant une majorité à l’Assemblée Nationale, ils sont convaincus qu’ils pourront faire le pays parce que, disent-ils, « la conjoncture est favorable ». Pour eux, c’est clair, c’est net, c’est précis.

J’ai toujours eu de l’admiration pour des gens convaincus, même si je ne partageais pas leurs points de vue. Les meilleurs débats en découlèrent. Le malheur pour la PM Marois est qu’elle a voulu cacher son jeu. Depuis que les Québécois l’ont découvert, le PQ coule dans les sondages au point que les libéraux ont actuellement une avance de plus de 6 points (je ne tiens pas compte du récent sondage de Forum Research qui place le parti libéral encore plus haut car je ne crois pas dans la crédibilité de son travail au Québec).

La PM Marois reconnait ses problèmes et a changé de discours. Elle dit maintenant avec insistance qu’ « il n’y aura pas de référendum mais… ce n’est pas certain » et ajoute « ce qui compte c’est l’économie et la charte ». En plus, voyant que même ces derniers arguments accrochent difficilement, elle s’abaisse à dénigrer la personne du chef libéral et son parti. Il est clair que son discours ne tient compte que de la température politique. Elle dit n’importe quoi, face aux sondages défavorables, pour retrouver sa crédibilité. Sa stratégie électorale est en désordre. Une preuve additionnelle, au même moment ses ministres continuent à parler de référendum. Par exemple, le ministre J.F. Lisée vient tout juste de déclarer devant les étudiants de l’Université de Montréal que le référendum se fera le plus rapidement possible.

Ailleurs, l’ex-Ministre péquiste Rodrigue Tremblay, professeur émérite de l’Université de Montréal, reconnu pour sa perspicacité politique et qui connait les intentions réelles de la PM, la supplie :

Madame Marois, s.v.p. réveillez-vous ! Fermez la porte au plus sacrant à un référendum lors de votre prochain mandat et clouez le bec à vos adversaires. Mais, vous n’avez pas une éternité pour le faire. Seulement un jour ou deux. De grâce, n’attendez pas de le faire à quelques jours de votre prochain débat public, jeudi le 27 mars ; il sera sans doute trop tard. Coupez l’herbe sous le pied de vos adversaires, dès maintenant.

Voici ce que je vous suggère de dire clairement : « … je prends aujourd’hui l’engagement ferme qu’il n’y aura pas de référendum de cette nature au cours d’un second mandat du gouvernement que je dirigerai ».

D’autres, des penseurs et des blogueurs péquistes, comme le célèbre JC Pomerleau, abondent dans le même sens que Tremblay.

Cela indique quoi ? Que ceux parmi eux qui connaissent la politique, jugent que l’allure de la campagne électorale les mène vers la perte du pouvoir du PQ. Leur cri en est un de désespoir puisqu’ils sont prêts à sacrifier la tenue d’un référendum pour demeurer aux affaires. Ils argumentent que dans les circonstances, la meilleure stratégie pour leur parti est de bien administrer le Québec et de convaincre les Québécois sur le long terme que la séparation du Canada leur sera profitable.

Depuis le lancement de l’élection, il me semble clair que la PM Marois ne dit pas la vérité sur la question d’un référendum et profite de la peur chez certains Québécois pour gagner l’élection. De plus, ses propres supporteurs lui prédisent la défaite si elle ne se ressaisit pas. Elle semble prise dans une souricière. Si elle va dans le sens de Tremblay et accepte de faire la déclaration proposée, elle aura l’air de quoi ? Comment les Québécois pourront-ils réélire une personne qui joue ainsi avec sa crédibilité ? Si elle persiste dans sa voie actuelle, son sort semble scellé ! C’est le fruit d’une mauvaise stratégie.

Claude Dupras

Ps. Par contre, il ne faut pas vendre la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tué. Les députés (tous partis confondus) de près de 50 comtés sont certains d’être élus nonobstant les sondages. Ils sont de bons députés et reconnus comme tels par leurs commettants. De plus, l’avance (si elle est réelle) du parti libéral, selon les sondeurs, est fragile. Tout peut arriver !

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Former Big Brother Canada contestant enters Big Brother Mzansi house

Posted March 23, 2014 by Jes

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INTERVIEW: Big Brother Canada’s third evictee Paul Jackson

Posted March 22, 2014 by Jes

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When government deems a park as sacred and organizes a “pilgrimage?” Tweet Poo!

Posted March 20, 2014 by Joel Johannesen

Total confusion! The upcoming “Earth Day” (barf) promises lots of pure, natural, “organic,” un-man-made, Earthy stuff to do. If, that is, as a normal person, you can ignore the left-wing aura that envelopes the obviously politically tainted “Earth Day.” For example, you could do like the Muslims do when they embark on their sacred pilgrimage, […]

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Le poing levé de PKP

Posted March 19, 2014 by Claude Dupras

L’arrivée politique spectaculaire de l’homme d’affaires Pierre-Karl Péladeau (PKP) n’a pas eu l’effet positif escompté par la PM Pauline Marois lorsqu’elle l’a recruté pour briguer les suffrages du Parti Québécois dans le comté de St-Jérôme, en vue de l’élection générale québécoise du 7 avril prochain.

Malgré cette annonce surprise qui devait apporter une publicité extraordinaire au Parti Québécois (PQ), l’effet recherché ne se concrétisa pas. Depuis, la PM Marois a vu ses appuis diminuer, les probabilités d’une victoire certaine pour son parti s’évaporer et son adversaire libéral Couillard prendre une avance de trois points dans les sondages.

Qui est le responsable ? PKP ? Marois ? J’estime que la faute incombe à la première ministre. Elle et ses conseillers ne se sont pas assuré que le discours de PKP respecterait la stratégie établie pour gagner l’élection. Il est clair qu’elle a laissé PKP libre de dire et d’agir comme il le voulait. Et, celui-ci y est allé d’une déclaration tonitruante sur la situation du Québec au Canada. Il a affirmé n’être là que pour faire un pays du Québec. De plus, pour donner plus de force à son affirmation, il a levé le poing. Subitement, les Québécois ont compris que l’élection devenait référendaire et que la question était : « OUI ou NON, voulez-vous d’un troisième référendum sur la séparation du Québec du Canada ». Et, comme ils sont 61% à ne pas le vouloir, les résultats des sondages démontrèrent que l’entrée politique de PKP fut un fiasco ! Ses mots et son expression gestuelle ont déplu aux Québécois.

Le poing levé était le signe d’appartenance par excellence de la gauche du milieu des années ’30, tels que : marxistes, anarchistes, communistes ou pacifistes. Favorisant le pouvoir attractif des symboles, le poing levé se voulait pour ces derniers l’expression concurrentielle au bras tendu et à la main déployée des fascistes et des nazis. Plus tard, il a été utilisé par les nationalistes noirs et les nationalistes israélites.

La première fois que je l’ai vu fut aux Jeux Olympiques d’été de Mexico de 1968, lorsque les coureurs américains Smith et Carlos, premier et troisième au 200 mètres, protestèrent, sur le podium de la remise des médailles, contre la ségrégation raciale aux USA en baissant la tête et en pointant, lors de l’hymne américain, leur poing ganté de noir vers le ciel. Ils appuyaient ainsi le Black Power et particulièrement le mouvement afro-américain des Black Panthers. Ils furent exclus à vie des JO. Pourtant, il avait été question d’annuler les Jeux à cause de tout ce qui était survenu durant l’année. Le pasteur Martin Luther King avait été assassiné le 4 avril et Bob Kennedy le 6 juin. Le 20 août, les chars soviétiques avaient pénétré dans Prague. La guerre du Viêt Nam faisait rage. Un conflit au Nigeria provoqua un véritable génocide au Biafra. Les noirs américains étaient très affectés par le racisme qui trônait toujours dans leur pays et par tous ces évènements politiques majeurs qui touchaient beaucoup de noirs. Jusqu’à un certain point, on pouvait comprendre leur ras-le-bol, mais les blancs américains ne pardonnèrent pas ce geste de leurs athlètes qui pour eux était provocateur et menaçant.

Avec le temps, le poing levé, est devenu une expression de révolte, de force ou de solidarité. Aujourd’hui, il sature l’espace mondial des révoltes et est un signe qui annonce qu’on est prêt à en découdre.

On se rappellera la sortie Nelson Mandela de la prison de Robbins Island, marchant main dans la main avec son épouse Winnie et du moment où ils levèrent le poing pour marquer l’évènement. Le poing levé rappelait la marque de commerce de Mandela qui l’avait utilisé du temps qu’il préconisait un régime communiste pour l’Afrique du Sud au moment de son emprisonnement. Par la suite, le grand homme qu’il était en changea la signification de revanche pour celle de la tolérance.

En juillet 2010, en vacances, le président Obama achète une glace de « Mount Desert Island Ice Cream » dont l’affiche publicitaire est un poing levé tenant une cuillère et les mots « Mt. Desert is Icecream. Fearless power ». Les conservateurs républicains l’accusèrent sur le champ d’envoyer un message de « Black Power » à sa base militante. Cela démontra clairement que le poing levé est toujours un signe qui fait peur.

Durant les récentes années, le poing levé a été le symbole adopté par les mouvements de la révolution égyptienne en 2011 ; par le groupe international de protestation sociale Occupy, en 2011; et par les manifestants contre le mariage homosexuel en 2013 durant le Printemps français.

Je ne veux pas être injuste envers PKP et le taxer des défauts de la gauche. Il est un homme de droite et c’est bien ainsi. C’est un homme qui peut contribuer à ce que le Québec ait des programmes économiques et des lois pouvant le rendre plus prospère. Si le PQ est réélu, il aura besoin de lui pour le faire.

C’est dommage que PKP ait fait une telle erreur électorale qui de toute évidence nui à son parti. En politique, il faut savoir que les images ont souventes fois plus d’effet que les grandes théories. Dans plusieurs cas, l’apparence est plus forte que la réalité. C’est malheureux, mais c’est comme ça ! Pour une grande majorité de Québécois, l’image du « poing levé » peut être menaçante, un défi marqué de colère, de violence potentielle et l’engagement d’un combat sans merci. PKP n’aurait pas dû l’utiliser pour marquer sa détermination de séparer le Québec du Canada. Je ne crois pas qu’il va répéter ce geste, dans l’avenir, car il vient de comprendre qu’il ne s’apparente aucunement aux Québécois ni à leur façon de vivre. C’est un peuple calme, paisible, renseigné et démocrate.

Claude Dupras

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Barbara Kay: After a divorce, equal parenting rights should be the norm

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Shoppers Drug Mart

Posted March 18, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

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Shoppers Drug Mart (or simply “Shoppers” to most people, or “Pharmaprix” in Quebec) is an only-in-Canada pharmacy chain with over 1,200 locations across the country. Most Canadians don’t know that Shoppers also has ties to Poland, Israel and China via the Super-Pharm brand, but the company is now owned by Loblaws. Canadian homes are stocked with Life Brand generic goods from Shoppers like soap and painkillers, and many girls in Canada are familiar with the “last resort makeup” if you can’t go back home before a night out. Unlike most loyalty programs, Optimum points are actually worth collecting, and getting an iPod after a year of normal shopping is common. One thing about Shoppers that may surprise Americans: you can’t buy cigarettes there.  

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INTERVIEW: Big Brother Canada’s Kyle Shore after the backdoor

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jes

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Good evening. Here’s your totally useless news report from your crackerjack journalists, for Friday.

Posted March 14, 2014 by Joel Johannesen

So… what the heck are “encounters” with police? And how many “encounters” with police by one or two thugs does it take to wake up a reporter… 12? 97? How about 120? Still asleep? 300? OK how about 460-odd? Does that wake you up?

Apparently the magic number of police encounters is well over 700.

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Landscape Inchies Part 2

Posted March 14, 2014 by Gail Bartel

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Andrew Coyne: Pauline Marois’ vision of independence looks an awful lot like dependence

Posted March 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

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