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Canadians to carry 1,000 litres of water to Detroit to protest water shutoffs

Posted July 23, 2014 by Canada.com

DETROIT — A Canadian group is planning to bring about 1,000 litres of water from Windsor to Detroit to protest thousands of residential service shutoffs by Detroit’s water department. The Windsor chapter of the Council of Canadians says the water […]

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Blog Interview with Michael Levitt – LPC candidate for York-Centre

Posted July 22, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Today, I’m publishing an interview I’ve done with Michael Levitt, who is the LPC candidate for York-Centre. This was the riding held by such Liberal stalwarts as Art Eggleton and Ken Dryden. Mr. Dryden was one of those who got swept away in the Liberal collapse in the 905 region of Ontario back in the ’11 election. It is currently held by Mark Adler for the Conservatives, and Mr. Levitt is going to be trying hard to return it to the LPC. Here are a series of questions I asked Mr. Levitt (who I had the pleasure of meeting in February at the Montreal Convention) and his responses. I thank [...]

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Russia must be stopped! And Peter Goldring’s just the man to do it!

Posted July 22, 2014 by djclimenhaga

Whenever you think it’s safe to start ridiculing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford again, Peter Goldring opens his mouth, proving that this province remains Canada’s Home Sweet Alabamberta of egregious political buffoonery.
Goldring, 69, is the Member of P…

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Andrew Coyne: We can’t realistically reform or abolish the Senate, but we can defang it

Posted July 18, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It should be possible to enact one very specific reform: removing its power to defeat, obstruct or amend bills over the objections of the House of Commons

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Andrew Coyne: Now Mike Duffy has been charged, the truth about the government’s role can emerge

Posted July 17, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Why were so many senior people in and around the government so utterly transfixed with paying Duffy’s falsely claimed expenses?

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Andrew Coyne: Judges rule to hold Parliament to its word, not to usurp its power

Posted July 16, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Let’s try this again. All laws, not just constitutions or charters of rights, constrain government discretion. That’s the point

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Andrew Coyne: Federal transfer system not to blame for Ontario’s fiscal shortfall

Posted July 14, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Not only have federal transfers to the province grown rapidly in recent years but they have grown as a share of all federal transfers

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Kate Holloway and Dan Fox for Toronto City Council; more endorsers for Danielle Takacs

Posted July 14, 2014 by Scott Tribe

A couple of items for you today. I don’t live in Toronto, so you might be wondering why I would endorse folks who are running for Toronto City Council. Quite simply, I’ve known Dan and Kate personally for a long time from their provincial and federal connections, and I count them as friends, so why wouldn’t I?

Dan Fox is who I’ll talk about first; I’ve previously mentioned him, but I’ll mention him again: he is running in Ward 24 against a city councillor who I understand voted for Rob Ford supported agenda items a fair bit. That makes me doubly want to see Dan get elected here. You’ll [...]

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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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Interview with Tyler Banham – running to be LPCO President

Posted July 11, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I’ve had the chance to have an interview with Tyler, the current Executive VP of the LPCO, who recently announced he will be running for the LPCO President position. That will be voted on by delegates Sept 12-14 in Markham (the same convention will also elect LPCO VP of Communications – which Jeff Jedras is running for and who I endorsed last week)

I was curious about this position, what it entails, and why someone would want to run for it, so I asked Tyler for an interview, which he agreed to. I submitted 5 questions to him, and his replies are below (Note: I am neutral in this race [...]

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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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Endorsed candidates – news for a #Brant one, and a new LPCO one!

Posted July 4, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I was very pleased to receive an email from Jeff Jedras – a Liberal blogger compatriot and friend of mine who has long blogged at A BC’er in Toronto, and who has announced he will be seeking the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario):

I have watched with concern and frustration at the growing disengagement of Canadians with federal politics — a trend encouraged and exploited by the Harper government. I believe we can and must reverse this trend, and it begins with giving Liberal activists across Ontario — you and me — the tools we need to bring our fellow citizens back into the [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s Canada Day speech the latest volley in pointless history wars

Posted July 2, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Surely it is possible to honour both sides of our selves, in a country so accustomed to duality. Surely our history is distinguished both by war-making and by peacekeeping

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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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July 1, 2014 — A Great Day for Canada, as you like it, and a toast to next year in a Canadian republic

Posted June 30, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

The grandfather of one of we (various and intermittent) counterweights editors used to say that it was “A Great Day for Canada” on his own birthday. And it has long seemed to us that there is something quite admirably as well as agonizingly Canadian about this kind of practice. In any case, with July 1, [...]

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Happy Byelection Day!

Posted June 30, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Yes, its Byelection Day in Canada, thanks to our PM Stephen Harper, who apparently wants to try to set new records for low turnout in byelections.

Nevertheless, there are fouer races to watch, with the 2 of most interest being in Trinity-Spadina and Fort-Mcmurray-Athabasca. Adam Vaughan, former TO city councillor is hoping to wrest away the former seat of Olivia Chow from the NDP. You might wonder why I’m interested in Ft Mcmurray, since its supposedly safe for the Tories; well, a) I know Kyle Harrietha – he was an early Liberal blogger and still promninenbt on social media, and I hope nothign but the best for him, and b) [...]

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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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Some Liberal bits and bites – provincial and federal

Posted June 24, 2014 by Scott Tribe

- Re-elected Premier Kathleen Wynne will be swearing in her new provincial Cabinet today. One of the chief shuffles I’m pleased to see is Dr. Eric Hoskins moving into the Health Ministry portfolio. I’ve been a long time supporter of his from his running as a federal LPC candidate in Haldimand Norfolk and before that heading up War Child Canada (now headed by his wife, Dr.Samantha Nutt). I’m also pleased to see Mitzie Hunter, who brought forth the private-members bill last session to allow ranked ballots to be used in Toronto’s civic elections, has been given a promotion to associate finance minister responsible for the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. [...]

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Olivia Chow is the reason we don’t have that many fact checks

Posted June 23, 2014 by MGK

Over at Torontoist, we’re doing a series of fact-checks of mayoral candidates’ policy speeches. We just recently did Olivia Chow, who was unsurprisingly pretty accurate. (My idea to enliven the post with a series of GIFs of adorable dogs was shot down.)

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Andrew Coyne: Ontario PCs should move the political centre to where they are

Posted June 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Kathleen Wynne defines where the political centre is today, just as Mike Harris did in his day — not by watering down their policies, but by winning elections

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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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Andrew Coyne: Hiring foreign workers in Canada is a crime, but outsourcing overseas is fine

Posted June 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The government will not forbid a manufacturer from moving his plant overseas, or demand he show what efforts he made to employ Canadians

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Andrew Coyne: How the opposition can beat the Tories in 2015 despite a strong economy

Posted June 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In more than 50 years, no majority government has been defeated when the unemployment rate is below 7% — as it is now

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Andrew Coyne: No, Mr. Mulcair, it’s not Northern Gateway that is a threat to our social order

Posted June 18, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Governments are obliged to act within the law — to follow due process, to consult as required, etc. But so are their opponents

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More women MPP’s in Ontario; will there be more women MP’s after next federal election?

Posted June 18, 2014 by Scott Tribe

One of the things I was interested in highlighting today was comparing and contrasting post-Ontario election the number of women that are now active MPP’s in the new Ontario legislature, as there have been many discussions in recent years about the lack of female representatives running or being elected to the political halls of power, and what can be done to increase that.

Specifically, the Ontario Liberal Party has elected nine new Liberal women MPP’s, and has the most elected women MPP’s in caucus. Overall in the legislature, the combined three parties have elected 38 women MPP’s representing 35.5% of the Ontario legislature – the most women ever to sit [...]

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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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Man stunned, but doesn’t go down!

Posted June 16, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Nova Scotia Report: A 48-year-old Halifax man will appear in court to face charges today after police first used a stun gun on the suspect …, and then tackled him during an arrest. Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs says Halifax police responded to a call on Sunday evening alleging the suspect was threatening to shoot another […]

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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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Andrew Coyne: The Ontario election was a referendum on fiscal conservatism. Fiscal conservatism lost

Posted June 13, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The public were presented with a clear choice: cut spending or increase it, cut taxes or raise them, borrow less or borrow more, and in every case chose the latter

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Was Tim Hudak Ontario’s version of Michael Ignatieff circa 2011?

Posted June 13, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I was thinking about that comparison as I digest a surprising Liberal majority in Ontario this AM (but the folks at Forum and Ekos with their last polls called it – so kudos to them. I think Nanos also had 1 poll out that pretty well mirrored the results).

Thinking back to 2011, Harper was (and still isn’t) not a universally loved leader, but Ignatieff was less popular then him (due both to attack ads and his personality in general, I’d argue). In Ontario, the OLP as a whole were not obviously loved by all due to some of their track record, but Hudak was disliked worse, it seems.

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We got trouble in River City Folks!

Posted June 12, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, this is wrong on so many levels that I hardly know where to begin! Why this wasn’t one of the main election issues is totally beyond me, but then again, people just seem naturally reticent about asking for my opinion about stuff………, and that’s why I started this “Blog!” SO! How do I begin? […]

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Ontario final polls (almost): Pick a poll you like

Posted June 11, 2014 by Scott Tribe

…and then see which one after tomorrow night comes closest (Eric Grenier of threehundreeight.com did this nice photo of all polls he’s had up to this tweet)

I said almost in the title because Ekos may have an updated poll release before midnight tonight.. but we’ll see. The Eligible voter models are more or less close… its when you get into “Likely Voters” that divergence happens. It will be very interesting to see which models work and which dont – and also the accuracy of online polls vs IVR push button polling. Unfortunately, no recent telephone polling done, so we can’t compare that methodology, but it would have been nice [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Betting the farm on swing votes

Posted June 9, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

This explains, too, why parties do not campaign across the province, but only in ‘key’ ridings. It’s all a matter of incentives

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Gun Size Tied to Dick Size?

Posted June 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well, folks, we finally did it! The Perspective Research Department, along with the Naked News staff, have finally found a direct correlation between guns and dick size! After years of study and conjecture, we began to realize that men in the NRA had a unusual, and unhealthy fascination ………, no, let’s make that OBSESSION, with […]

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Andrew Coyne: We once had to wait weeks for a new Harper abuse of power. Now we’re getting them two or three a day

Posted June 6, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It is a kind of tribute to the prime minister that so many of his appointees have proved so disruptive of his designs

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Saturday Morning Confusion: Carey / Carney (?) to quit!

Posted May 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Carey / Carney to quit! Folks, we have received a report here at the Blogs Canada Research Center, and the Perspective Naked News Department, that either Jim Carey, or Jim Carney, is about to quit. Because of poor communication, and computer problems, we don’t know if Jim is quitting the movie business, or politics ………….! […]

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Not all holes are assholes, but some are!

Posted May 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Kimberley Big Hole – South Africa – Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds, before being closed. Folks: These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying – Especially the final one ! The sheer scale of these holes reminds […]

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