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Adam Vaughan Wants to Focus on Housing

Posted April 24, 2014 by Desmond Cole

The popular two-term councillor officially launches his campaign for the Liberal party nomination in Trinity-Spadina.

In a move that could see him resign his seat on Toronto city council, Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) has officially launched a campaign to seek the federal Liberal party nomination in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Former NDP member of Parliament Olivia Chow vacated the seat earlier this year to run in the mayoral election. […]



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Glad Hand: Rabbits Are Us

Posted April 24, 2014 by Anonymous

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Glad Hand is Torontoist’s political cartoon, created by Brett Lamb and appearing here every Thursday.



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Time to Clean House at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Posted April 24, 2014 by Patrick Metzger

Will the TCHC board do the right thing and show CEO Gene Jones the door?

Photo by Flickr user Padraic.

Tomorrow, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s board of directors is expected to respond officially to ombudsman Fiona Crean’s blistering report on human resources practices at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Will they have the courage and sense to fire CEO Gene Jones? The highlights of the report have been well publicized. According to Crean, hiring […]



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Abortion is a choice! No, it’s necessary! No, a choice!

Posted April 24, 2014 by Faye Sonier

Confusion reigns in pro-choice camps over the closure of the New Brunswick Morgentaler clinic. Jonathon Van Maren touches on it here. I also write about it over at WeNeedaLaw.ca: Farquhar is brazen in claiming that the New Brunswick government is in clear violation of the Act. I can’t imagine any lawyer worth their salt making […]

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Putin strikes again

Posted April 24, 2014 by Michael Petrou

Russia is effectively calling the shots in Ukraine’s east, even if it doesn’t formally rule it

The post Putin strikes again appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Courageous Canadians–making us proud

Posted April 24, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

I want to draw your attention to this new web site, Porn Fuels Rape. My friends Daniel Gilman and Jonathan Van Maren have started this important initiative. They held an event at University of Ottawa campus recently. Here’s what I love about this initiative: sexual ethics or the lack thereof is a real problem in […]

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A quarter of Canadians believe abortion is “unacceptable”

Posted April 24, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Sad. From the Pew Research Global Values project. Alternatively, should I be encouraged? One in four Canadians believe abortion is unacceptable! That’s strong language. Click around a bit, there are some really interesting global comparisons. I see there are limitations to only having three possible answers: “Acceptable,” “Unacceptable,” and “not a moral issue.” Still, interesting.

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A government of low expectations for Philippe Couillard

Posted April 23, 2014 by Martin Patriquin

Martin Patriquin on the new Quebec Premier and his cabinet picks

The post A government of low expectations for Philippe Couillard appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Could we limit political advertising between elections?

Posted April 23, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

A Liberal senator wonders if it’s time to expand the level playing field?

The post Could we limit political advertising between elections? appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Couillard officially becomes Quebec premier, names cabinet

Posted April 23, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Lise Theriault named deputy premier in Quebec Liberal government

The post Couillard officially becomes Quebec premier, names cabinet appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Where the TCHC Scandal Goes From Here

Posted April 23, 2014 by David Hains

CEO Gene Jones could find himself out of job on Friday—but his supporters are starting to hit back at the ombudsman.

Photo by That Boy, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

In response to ombudsman Fiona Crean’s scathing report on hiring and practices at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the organization’s board of directors held a special meeting yesterday. No decisions were reached, however, because the board determined it needed more time to review the 111-page document and adjourned the meeting until Friday. The report presents […]



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20 days left…

Posted April 23, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

…to get the good people who want to make a movie about America’s worst serial killer to their goal. These fine Irish folks are on to something. Talented people with a good idea. And a mere 3000 dollars gets you Ann’s signature dish! What could be better! Donate here. And forward to friends.

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Does BC’s Neglect of Poverty Constitute a Eugenics Plan?

Posted April 23, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

There has been a great deal of talk in recent decades about the cycle of poverty, how it’s a vicious circle that children have difficulty getting out of. It makes sense. If parents are short on economic resources, have to work multiple jobs, have little free time to nurture their children, it can impede children’s […]

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Ah. I am not alone.

Posted April 22, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

And isn’t that what this here World Wide Web is about? I was angry with the Sports Illustrated display all around me, roughly two months ago. Why is it OK to display porn like that? How many times have I been in convenience stores and wanted to turn magazines around? I need to figure out […]

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Report Exposes Climate of Fear at TCHC

Posted April 22, 2014 by David Hains

Damning report from Toronto’s ombudsman could lead to the firing of TCHC CEO Gene Jones.

Photo by Vik Pahwa, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Today, the ombudsman released a damning report about human resources practices at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)—one that could lead to the dismissal of CEO Gene Jones at an emergency board meeting being held this afternoon. In the report, ombudsman Fiona Crean suggests the work culture at TCHC is governed by a “climate of […]



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When pro-choice feminists study pro-lifers

Posted April 22, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

So, so very often, when pro-choice feminists study what it means to be pro-life, they totally and utterly miss the mark. I agree with Big Blue Wave’s assessment of this attempt. (I have not yet read the full article, which appears to rely heavily on only one pro-life group for the pro-life side.) I suppose […]

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Rebel without a cause

Posted April 22, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

A young woman who believes marriage still matters. Crazy.

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Herb Gray. 1931-2014

Posted April 21, 2014 by David Akin

Statement from the Liberal Party of Canada: Statement on the death of the Right Honourable Herb Gray The Right Honourable Herb Gray, P.C., C.C., Q.C., passed away peacefully at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the age of 82. Herb Gray was Canada’s first Jewish federal cabinet minister. He was […]

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Another slow news day – so let’s stoke the climate scare

Posted April 21, 2014 by JR

Vancouver Sun, front page, above the fold:

VANCOUVER — British Columbia Environment Ministry staff have warned their minister that the province’s dreamed-of liquefied natural gas industry poses some big challenges with greenhouse gas emissions.
… Internal briefing notes prepared for Environment Minister Mary Polak … single out methane emissions for concern.
emissions remain a hurdle for the provinces, which has legislated targets for reductions. Legislation dictates that emissions are to be reduced by at least a third below 2007 levels by 2020. …
 
 
 
 Okay, I know that politics demands that Ms Polak at least nod in the direction of the climate hysterics, but it’s long past time to be realistic.

Even IF there’s a chance that “warming” is a problem, and it’s a mighty big IF, nothing that BC (or Canada) does to limit GHGs (even limiting them to absolute zero) will have any measurable effect on global climate.  The mere increase in China’s annual emissions is enough to swamp Canada’s (and 10 times BC’s) entire annual output.  Then there’s India.  Then there’s the rest of the developing world.  Then …

Polak’s (or her eco-bureaucrats’) apparent concerns are a drop in Canada’s bucket and the world’s ocean of emissions.   It is not worth the sacrifice of one BC job to pursue what are at best symbolic gestures towards avoiding that big, remote IF.

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Canadian Politics

New Brunswickers Rally for Choice

Posted April 21, 2014 by Anonymous

by Sorcha Beirne April 10th was a sad day for many New Brunswickers, as the Morgentaler Clinic announced it’s plans to close in July due to lack of government funding during an early morning press conference. This was an announcement that many knew would have to come someday, as the provincial government had been refusing […]

The post New Brunswickers Rally for Choice appeared first on Gender Focus.

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Servant leadership

Posted April 19, 2014 by Faye Sonier

Thoughts on Jesus and leadership from Brian Lilley: “Couldn’t we use a little of  that servant leadership today?” I have to say, I see plenty of ‘servant leadership’ from the pro-lifers with whom I connect. They pour out their lives for those who can’t speak up in defence of their own lives. I’m a member […]

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Where the mind goes…

Posted April 19, 2014 by Faye Sonier

Last weekend was eventful. I developed complications following the birth of my son, and ended hitting one medical clinic and two hospitals before being hospitalized Friday night. (We also paid $52.50 in hospital parking fees over 24 hours, but that’s another issue.) Friday afternoon, my husband and I were sitting in the waiting room of […]

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This Is My Rally Cry: #NBProchoice

Posted April 19, 2014 by Anonymous

by Kathleen Pye. Originally posted at Fem2pt0. Cross-posted with the author’s permission. It takes a special kind of person to work at an Abortion Clinic. You need to possess just the right combination of kindness and compassion, combined with courage, determination, and a whole lot of humility. Not something you can put on a resume, […]

The post This Is My Rally Cry: #NBProchoice appeared first on Gender Focus.

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Let it die, Jim.

Posted April 18, 2014 by vsp

Jim Prentice has intimated to multiple individuals that he is considering a run for the leadership of Alberta’s 44-year-old governing party, the Conservatives. If you’ve read this blog you know very well that this blogger thinks that the Conservatives ought to pack it in and fold the party. Forty-five years is a good run. It doesn’t get […]

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Welcome Johanne Brownrigg

Posted April 17, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Today we welcome a new blogger, one Johanne Brownrigg, to the team. I’m excited because Johanne is very fun. In fact, at pro-life meetings, there’s her and one or two others I look to to spice things up. Kindred spirits. Johanne is also warm and empathetic, on top of being fun. I think we have […]

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Canada Coaching Countries to Waste Water

Posted April 16, 2014 by John Klein

Canada, a decade ago, used to do more good than bad in the wider world. Now we’re an international wrecking crew, teaching countries how to waste their water supplies on international disasters like shale oil. article by me: Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy gu.com/p/3zep9/tw via @guardian #cdnpoli— Martin […]

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Wynne: “Asshole of the day!”

Posted April 16, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law has been named the interim chief executive of e-Health Ontario, a move that raised the hackles of New Democrats at Queen’s Par. Folks, after everything that has happened to the Liberals in Ontario, this sort of thing does not surprise me! It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are: It doesn’t matter […]

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Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

Posted April 14, 2014 by John Klein

It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness. What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy? People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline […]

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North Korea stares at Abbott and Harper (and me)

Posted April 13, 2014 by David Akin

  Last week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. Here’s The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Philip Coorey reporting on Abbott’s visit: Prime Minister Tony Abbott stared across the border at North Korea and labelled it an outlaw state and a threat to world peace on Wednesday. Meanwhile, there […]

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Daily Life Can Be Insane – Venezuela

Posted April 11, 2014 by John Klein

When insanity becomes normal, we’ve adapted to the way things shouldn’t be, so we don’t spend all of our energy trying to fix systemic problems.

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Haven’t posted two entries on the same day for a while.

Posted April 10, 2014 by trashee

… For quite a while. But I had to say something to a wider audience than FB. I am SICKENED by some of the comments I’m seeing on the news stories about Jim Flaherty’s sudden death. Shit, peeps, really? This is just the depth that som conservatives sunk to when Layton died. I’m as partisan […]

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Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic Forced To Close. How You Can Help.

Posted April 10, 2014 by Anonymous

by Jarrah Hodge Today the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick announced it will be forced to close its doors at the end of July, after a 20-year long battle with the provincial and federal governments to get the funding it should be entitled to under the Canada Health Act. This will seriously jeopardize the […]

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#Motion503: The Problem with Cusanelli

Posted April 10, 2014 by vsp

Allow me, for a moment, to rant. If you’ve been watching this blog, or twitter, or any major newspaper or television broadcast, you may have heard of Motion 503, a private members motion that was moved April 7th by Liberal Education Critic Kent Hehr. Between a petition on his party’s website gathering more than 1,300 signatures, a twitter storm, forty or more […]

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Andrew Coyne: Very little ‘fair’ about how Conservatives are pushing controversial Elections Act

Posted April 9, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It is coarse to imagine the Conservatives are conspiring to fix the next election, but they seem to be doing their best to convince people they are

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Will the real Pierre Peladeau please step forward!

Posted April 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

After the surprising news in this week’s Quebec election I was going to look up that guy who owns Quebecor, (Pierre Peladeau) and see what he is all about…., since he is now rumoured to be the next P.Q. big shot! After reading a bunch of stuff about him that didn’t make much sense, I […]

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Barbara Kay: Five takeaways from a brutal Parti Québécois defeat

Quebec is going to have at least four years of rational, inclusive governance and political stability, a gift that cannot be over-estimated in the light of the psychological turmoil we have experienced since 2012.

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A cheesy story, if ever there was one!

Posted April 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

STOP THE PRESSES, BACK UP THE TRUCK …..,, GATHER ROUND KIDS! (We got a cheesy story for ya!) Le Baluchon, a cheese from Quebec, has been named “cheese of the year” in the inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards. The cheese, from Fromagerie FX Pichet in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, Que., won in the competition, which featured 76 producers from […]

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Remembering Rwanda

Posted April 7, 2014 by Lyn Brown
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Today, April 7, is a day of remembrance in Rwanda of the genocide that ravaged that country twenty years ago. 800.000 souls were slaughtered, including 300,000 innocent children.

It is an ugly, evil chapter in the history of humanity, and a topic that most want to avoid discussing. We want to bury the hideous – the evidence of barbarianism of that which humans are capable – and the shame. We want to silence and we want to forget.

However, we must remember, and we must be courageous in our efforts to protect and defend; to speak out and rage against senseless, systematic murders. It continues.

LGen Romeo Dallaire, now a Canadian Senator, was Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the Rwandan genocide. These are his words:

“Rwanda will never ever leave me. It’s in the pores of my body. My soul is in those hills, my spirit is with the spirits of all those people who were slaughtered and killed. 

Still, at its heart, the Rwandan story is the story of the failure of humanity to heed a call for help from an endangered people. The international community, of which the UN is only a symbol, failed to move beyond self-interest for the sake of Rwanda. While most nations agreed that something should be done, they all had an excuse why they should not be the ones to do it. As a result, the UN was denied the political will and material means to prevent tragedy.  

No matter how idealistic the aim sounds, this new century must become the Century of Humanity, when we as human beings rise above race, creed, colour, religion, and national self-interest and put the good of humanity above the good of our own tribe. For the sake of the children and our future.”   

- LGen Romeo Dallaire


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The smartest money Marc Mayrand ever spent

Posted April 4, 2014 by David Akin

So here’s the conspiracy theory. Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand surely knows that the Harper government —  and its majority in the House of Commons — has a dim view of his impartiality. Whether that view is deserved or not is not the issue: The fact is Conservatives believe Mayrand has improperly interpreted and unfairly […]

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