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Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi: One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.

Posted October 30, 2014 by Richard Hughes

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Like so many Canadians I jumped on the bandwagon in defence of Jian Ghomeshi. It was a knee jerk reaction and my earlier comments mocking the CBC management were out of line. I apologize.

‘Q’ was one of Canadian Radio’s best and I mourn its’ passing but it is over and so is Jian.

His carefully structured Facebook disclosure was a signal that crisis management was in play. His attempts at marginalizing the women speaking out to reporters underlined a powerful, wealthy male power play, but it was too slick.

Now my concern has shifted to the (Read more…)

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Sifting Through Municipal Campaign Promises: Use an Intersectional Lens

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

As we approach the municipal election on November 15th, potential voters may feel unsure about which party or candidate represents the best interests of their community. One way to begin sifting through the different approaches to hot button issues is through an intersectional lens. Addressing the specific needs and concerns of our city’s most marginalized […]

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Andrew Coyne: Time to scrap property taxes and give cities power to raise their own income or sales taxes

Posted October 29, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne: The property tax conforms to no known principle of sound taxation, being neither fair nor efficient nor simple

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Participate in the 2014 Women’s Forum des femmes

Posted October 28, 2014 by Anonymous

Friends, This Thursday, I will host the third annual Women’s Forum des femmes in Ottawa. The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively to begin “Building the Feminist Agenda.” This year’s Forum theme is about fighting for a feminist vision of our lives, our communities, our country and our world. We’ll start the […]

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Andrew Coyne: Politics weren’t put aside during the Ottawa hug-out, they were just made over for the occasion

Posted October 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

What we have seen, then, is not the absence of politics, but politics as it should be — and could. There is no reason our politics must be so cheap or shallow

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A Terrible Thing Happened in My City Yesterday

Posted October 23, 2014 by Anonymous

A terrible thing happened in Ottawa today and it doesn’t feel like it’s ended yet. I live in the downtown area, and the wail of sirens fades in and out of hearing as I write this, nearly ten hours after violence unexpectedly engulfed my beautiful, peaceful city.

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I can’t wait for this election to be over

Posted October 22, 2014 by MGK

Over the past few weeks I have been very busy at Torontoist helping to write a lot of endorsements – including our mayoral endorsement of Olivia Chow, as well as a bunch of other city council endorsements – as well as liveblogging debates and I will presumably be liveblogging election night as well. All of […]

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Andrew Coyne: Anti-Harper hysteria is puzzling, but so is the total devotion of his supporters

Posted October 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Does the government of Canada look all that different, almost nine years later, than it did when it took office? Tough decisions? Which ones?

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Join Feminists Taking a Stand Against ‘Cyberbullying Bill’ C-13

Posted October 19, 2014 by Anonymous

Cybermisogyny, including non-consenual sharing of intimate images, has to stop. But the Conservatives’ Bill C-13, the so-called “Cyberbullying Bill” is not the solution, not in its current form.

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Andrew Coyne: The flaw in Mulcair’s child-care plan — not all parents want their kids in daycare

Posted October 15, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The assumption behind the NDP plan is that every child should be in a formal daycare centre: regulated, preferably non-profit, ideally unionized

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Andrew Coyne: Now the federal deficit is gone, we can have a big fight over the surplus

Posted October 8, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The democratic thing to do now is to fess up about the needless deficits, and let the public in on the discussion about what to do next

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More facts than you can fact a fact at

Posted October 7, 2014 by MGK

I did a lengthy fact check of a recent John Tory policy speech. Really, the last month for me has been work and Torontoist municipal election stuff – a lot more is coming down the pike this week – and I will be so glad once the damn election is over, you have no idea.

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Andrew Coyne: Whether we choose action or inaction against ISIS, there will be risks

Posted October 6, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The myth, so prevalent, that all of the risks lie on the side of action — as if there were a risk-free option with a status quo of peace

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Andrew Coyne: If Liberals won’t support limited action against ISIS, what kind of mission would they support?

Posted October 3, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

This is not the position that previous Liberal leaders have taken. In 2003, Jean Chretien’s decision was not remotely comparable

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Andrew Coyne: Battle against Islamic extremists offers few ready answers about Canada’s role

Posted October 1, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The unpleasant likelihood is a shifting, open-ended conflict — the Taliban yesterday, ISIS today, someone else tomorrow

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Andrew Coyne: The real problem with Parliament is its shared culture of cynicism and gall

Posted September 26, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It may have suited the government to humiliate Paul Calandra today. But nothing else has changed, and on past form nothing will

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Andrew Coyne: Just because McGuinty hasn’t broken laws by lobbying does not make it right in any way

Posted September 17, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The premise — after 11 months he might be improperly exploiting his connections, but after 12 months everyone would have forgotten who he was — is absurd

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Andrew Coyne: Justin Trudeau’s great run put to the test as focus turns to policy

Posted September 15, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The Liberal leader’s ambiguous message has carried him, and his party, this far. But the other parties are already trying to turn it against him

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We got trouble in River City folks!

Posted August 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Box Office Goes Bananas for Planet of the Apes!

Posted July 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well I said I was going to see the movie ……………………….. and I did! It turned out to be exactly what I figured it would be, no more and no less, and that’s O.K. with me! —————————————- Quebec Report! Why Quebec is closed for business: La Belle Province comes close to dead last in almost […]

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Give them a finger!

Posted July 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: My dad used to say “give them a little finger, and they will take your whole arm!” This cute little quote can be used in a lot of situations, but two in particular come to mind this morning! The Gays and the French! First of all we mentioned that the LGTB community just […]

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407 – ‘Common Sense Revolution’ in action!

Posted July 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers, we got this in the mail today:: A lot of talk lately about what the provincial Liberals are going to do to Ontario now that they have a majority, but it can’t be any worse than what Mike Harris did to us back in may of 1999! The Common Sense Revolution in action: […]

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World Cup Soccer invaded by giant crickets!

Posted July 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

It’s time for Fifa World Cup Soccer news, kids! Host Brazil is moving on to the semifinals of the World Cup after beating fellow heavyweight Colombia 2-1 in a game that had its share of suspect calls. As Matthew Cowley noted there were a total of 51 fouls in this match, which made the whole […]

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Happy Canada Day!

Posted July 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A lot of talk in the local, and national media about moving the July 1st holiday to the nearest weekend! Great Idea: We need long weekends in May, June, July, August and September, folks! (And then a mini-vacation between Christmas and New year!)http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2014/07/02/should-canada-day-remain-july-1-or-nearest-weekend-to-that-date ————————————————————— Cattle rustling is alive and well in S.W. Ontario, folks!THIS GUY […]

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A “view” of the future!

Posted June 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Perspective Research Department has done an extensive inquiry into the future of the “Google Glasses” and come up with a very probable scenario for these marvels of modern technology! Do ya remember Geordi’s visor on Star Trek? They will look something like that, only have what appears to be plain glass […]

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To hell with pipelines, let’s transport by rail!

Posted June 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Public interest in what is trundling by rail past their homes has ignited in the wake of the July 6, 2013, derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., when a runaway oil train skipped the tracks and exploded, killing 47 people. That’s right folks, we need to keep the Environmentalists happy! Let’s not build any more pipelines ………………………., […]

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A Royal Pain!

Posted June 22, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Oh the burden of being ROYALTY! The monarchy has defended the cost of refurbishing a Kensington Palace apartment for Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son Prince George. A royal spokesman did not confirm the seven-figure cost — reportedly at £4 million — for repairs and refurbishments, but said the royal couple had […]

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“Assholes of the Day!”

Posted June 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Two! Count ‘em, Two for the price of one! The Government announced the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline yesterday, which means thousands of jobs and billions of dollars pumped into our economy …., and both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau came out against it! For playing politics, and jeopardizing the economic health of Canada, […]

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Post Election Pride

Posted June 14, 2014 by Lyn Brown

I left work extra late Thursday and it was only when I was whipping down the highway that I remembered it was election day — AND I ONLY HAD 40 MINUTES UNTIL THE POLLS CLOSED. I panicked. I knew I had to get there – every vote counts – absolutely. Neve…

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