A leader who was conscious of how quickly and easily he could be dispatched — a matter of days — would be less likely to get dangerously out of touch
Let’s begin with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s version. One can think what one likes about deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, but his election in 2012 was recognized as legitimate by international observers and, after a certain hesitation, by the defeated candidate, Yulia Timoshenko. In fact, relatively honest elections were just about the only positive outcome for ordinary people of the last big mobilization on Maidan Square, the ‘Orange Revolution’ of December 2004.
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me.
I am not a Muslim.
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By Patrick Smith For The Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA – Parliament, not the courts, must decide how long a federal department can wait before releasing records requested by a member of the public, according to a ruling this week. The federal […]
Friday, March 14, 2014
Tony Benn has died at 88. He was a member of the Labour Party, a Member of Parliament for 50 years and a voice for radical democracy …
The Public Health Agency of Canada is moving to calm any fears of a potential major measles outbreak as clusters of cases emerge across the country. While recent outbreaks in four provinces have been “unusual,” the virus remains relatively rare […]
Doug Ford talks for almost the entire show, and shares thoughts on the recent Ford trip to Los Angeles.
It’s been more than two weeks since our last YouTube installment, and a lot has happened since then. The Fords went to the Oscars, and called Bill Blair more names, and Olivia Chow has officially entered the mayoral race—so there were lots of sensational items to choose from in addition to the usual suspects. Let’s […]
OTTAWA — Canada’s anti-money laundering agency believes it can legally collect and keep personal information such as social insurance numbers, despite the objections of the federal privacy commissioner. Records released to the Ottawa Citizen under the access to information act […]
BOLIVAR, W.Va. — The mayor of the happiest village in the saddest province in the U.S.A. is a large man, 360 pounds (or 163 kilos). When I arrive, Robert J. Hardy, age 72 years and 11 months, is contained in an […]
HALIFAX — Firefighters responded to a radiation scare aboard a ship at the port of Halifax on Thursday night, but later determined there was no leak of radioactive material. A city news release says firefighters received a call shortly before […]
There’s the missing plane, and then there’s the missing Ukraine. They seem related. The plane story appeared and the Ukraine story went into hiding (like the plane) almost simultaneously last weekend, as if the plane story provided a cue that the gatekeepers at the news media were seeking. Whoosh, they sprung a trap door on the earlier story, leaving only traces of it — though there was far less material, less to say about the plane, it just wasn’t there — while Ukraine had ongoing info, visuals, interviews, etc.
Denis Lebel is Canada’s Minister for Infrastructure and Communities. He is also the “political minister” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper who — I feel silly for pointing it out — leads the Conservative Party of Canada which is dedicated to preserving and enhancing a Canada which includes Quebec. And yet, once upon a time, Lebel […]
Christine Innes planned to seek the Liberal nomination in Trinity-Spadina. She was the Liberal candidate in the last two general elections, losing both times to Olivia Chow. With Chow’s resignation yesterday, Innes fired up her campaign to win the Liberal nomination for a third time. But she was told by e-mail today that she would […]
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wondering what you think about the Canada-South Korea free trade agreement? To help you decide, here are four things you can consid…
Dear Readers: I am not going to name any names so that I don’t get sued as well, but our friend Ezra Levant has just spent the last ten days in court after being sued by a bunch of Muslims for talking about how they tried to get Hamas and Hezbollah taken off the government […]
Rob Ford ‘is no role model,’ Chow says at campaign launch
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Without outlining specific policies, Chow tells her supporters that it’s time for a new mayor, and she’s up for the job.
Campaign launches are a time to preach to the converted. You gather your core supporters in a room and energize them—make them feel as if they’re going to make the city better, one knocked door at a time. And so it was that Olivia Chow kicked off her campaign in an overflowing St. James Town […]
Discontent brews within Redford’s PC Party
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PQ leader and star candidate brush off Quebec sovereignty questions
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Were you wondering what the effects of legal prostitution might be? Read here, and wonder no more. Learn from the German experience. Then, after have overcome feelings of wanting to throw yourself off a ledge because it’s so depressing, GO AND TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT TO LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION IN CANADA. If you feel motivated […]
The answer is yes—but it’s complicated.
After much deliberation, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow has resigned from her federal seat and is launching her campaign to become mayor of Toronto. However, mere moments after she declared her intentions, old accusations surfaced that she and her late partner, Jack Layton, had lived together in “subsidized housing” earlier in their public careers. Karl Baldauf […]
A closer read of the 33-page decision in fact shows that if the company discriminated against Garrie, it did so with the consent of her parents and likely the complicity of the government
And her mayoral opponents are quick to attack
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Armand Dubois will run for the Liberals
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You have until Monday to fill out the government online questionnaire. I suggested some answers here. It doesn’t take long. Rest assured those who believe prostitution is standard work, like any other job, will take the time to fill out the form. Don’t let their voices outnumber ours.
OTTAWA — The federal auditor general plans to refer any cases he finds of questionable spending by senators to the RCMP even before his current comprehensive audit of Senate spending is made public. The detail is contained in a list […]
OTTAWA — Military advisers working on the cyber-security file warned a year ago that the Canadian Forces were on the verge of being pushed entirely out of the realm of cyber-defence, according to internal emails from the military’s cyber task […]
This link lists a bunch. I was once into Ben Folds and knew the song Brick well. It’s a sad song, no doubt about that, but what makes me more sad is that we continue to allow, even tacitly encourage, people to make this same mistake, over and over, as if we couldn’t learn from […]
Most people would consider “Hack the planet” to be some sort of black-hat hacker battle cry. It might more accurately describe the unconstitutional efforts of the United States of America’s NSA spy agency.
From a comment on the story: ““The intelligence community’s top-secret “Black Budget” for 2013, obtained by Snowden, lists TURBINE as part of a broader NSA surveillance initiative named “Owning the Net.””
Translation: They declared a Technology War against this world”, using our own computers against us.
TURBINE is an illegal NSA program, supported by GCHQ and who knows what other intelligence services around the world.
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Tweaks to mortgage rules are more of a threat than high prices, says a new report on the Canadian hot housing market
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