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Coyne: Belief in Harper government’s consequentiality unites critics and friends

Posted October 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Polls come and polls go, but one thing remains a constant: The government of Stephen Harper is among the most polarizing in our history. That Ekos poll over the weekend putting the Tories 12 points back of the Liberals, 38 […]

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Ebola Scandal

Posted October 20, 2014 by Simon

A few days ago I pointed out that Stephen Harper was trying to fan the flames of an Ebola panic.Even though his response to the epidemic has been lethally inadequate. And far from making us safer he has been decimating the ranks of those who would protect us from dangerous diseases.But this is simply obscene. Read more »

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Collingwood in the Top Ten

Posted October 20, 2014 by Ian Chadwick

There’s a story in today’s Financial Post that is headlined, “Collingwood’s debut in top 10 on ranking of business friendly cities is no accident.” No accident at all, as anyone on council, in staff or who follows local politics knows. We’ve worked hard to get to this. We deserve it. We told you during the […]

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Copyright

Copyright and attack ads: Progressive mayor uses Sona image to attack conservative challenger

Posted October 20, 2014 by David Akin

Karen Farbridge is the the four-term left-of-centre, progressive mayor for the city of Guelph, the city and federal riding that is ground zero for the robocalls controversy. Farbridge is facing a stiff challenge from Cam Guthrie who is pitching ideas familiar to small-c conservatives.  Last week, the Farbridge campaign bought a half-page of ad space […]

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New Conservative ad: Stephen Harper still climbing those stairs

Posted October 20, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

The Conservatives just aren’t impressed by Justin Trudeau

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This week column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Changes unfairly target non-profits.

Posted October 20, 2014 by Laila

This week’s topic: Should proposed new rules be enacted allowing B.C. non-profit societies to be taken to court? Make no mistake, the legislative changes to the Society Act proposed by the B.C. government are not about keeping registered societies accountable and … Continue reading

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Thomas Mulcair on child care and assisted suicide

Posted October 20, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

An interview with the NDP leader

The post Thomas Mulcair on child care and assisted suicide appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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One year until Canada’s 42nd general election: Can we get $5 from you?

Posted October 20, 2014 by David Akin

We’re one year from the 42nd general election in Canada’s history. A new poll from the folks at Ekos Sunday says the Liberals start this 365-day countdown well out in front but that the NDP may be the party to watch. In any event, all parties are blitzing their volunteers looking for the money they’ll […]

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Canada

Ontario’s legislature resumes today

Posted October 20, 2014 by The Canadian Press

The government is looking to pass more than 20 bills that died when the spring election was called.

The post Ontario’s legislature resumes today appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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CSIS has tabs on radicalized Canadians who have fought abroad

Posted October 19, 2014 by Michael Friscolanti

Only one Canadian of the 130 who allegedly left to help a terrorist group has been charged. Why?

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Canadian Politics

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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Liberal attack columns TV networks and newspaper chains

Posted October 19, 2014 by JR

Media Party columnists hacks routinely bleat about those mean Harperites and their “attack ads” against boy-Justin.  Which is really rich coming from the set that has entire newspaper chains and TV networks at their disposal to attack Conservatives on a daily basis, all at no expense to Liberals. 

Stephen Maher, a “Robocall” hysteric, is one of those.  Presumably to coincide with the release of Trudeau’s new autobiography, yesterday Maher enthused about a new book by Michael Harris smearing Stephen Harper Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover“:

… Michael Harris writes about the Harper- Finkelstein link…
Harper is inspired by Republicans, a leader hostile to Canada’s system of parliamentary democracy, and in Party of One Harris meticulously traces what he sees as Harper’s attack on that system.
… Harris connects the dots between Harper and Finkelstein, who is nicknamed the “merchant of venom” because of his skill with attack ads….

In other words Harris’ book is chock-a-block with paranoid anti-Harper venom.  Of course neither Harris nor Maher would mention that Trudeau’s campaign is inspired (if not actively advised) by Barack Obama’s crew and that Obama has actually vowed to “fundamentally transform America“.

Maher does, however, bring up the Media Party’s recent phony outrage over alleged Conservative copyright abuse:

Harper has been fighting to make Canada safe for attack ads.  … Last week, leaked cabinet documents showed that he wants to change copyright law to allow political parties to use news footage in attack ads.

You’d expect that Maher, as a journalist, would know full well that under copyright fair dealing provisions political parties have long been allowed to use news footage in political ads.  What Maher could also be reasonably expected to know, but fail to mention (naturally), is that the real scandal in this is that the heads of CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV “news” organizations had been secretly colluding (conspiring) to thwart those provisions by mutually agreeing (forming a cartel) not to run Conservative ads using their news clips.

This was all in a corrupt effort to protect Justin Trudeau from his own idiotic musings and, while they were at it, attempt to smear Harper.  This is, apparently, their idea of objectivity and ethics in the news business.  The up-side is that now those CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV “news” executives face criminal charges, big fines and even jail time for violating the Competition Act.

Conservatives use paid “attack” ads, as do all the other parties.  Liberals use the Media Party’s attack newspapers and attack TV networks full time, at no expense to themselves.

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Equality

Beauty Pageants and the BC Liberals

Posted October 19, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

There are no words. 2 former @HyackFestival Miss New West girls and 1 former Miss White Rock now working for Today’s @bcliberals pic.twitter.com/dHUctYlBrE — Kirsten Hamilton (@kirstenmay13) September 21, 2014 December 16, 2013 The Secret Weapon: Self-Esteem (0)April 16, 2009 Some Early Justification for NDP’s Gender Policies (2)May 16, 2011 A Snapshot of the Vulnerable […]

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London’s terrorists next door

Posted October 19, 2014 by Anonymous

How did one of London’s swankiest neighbourhoods become a breeding ground for terrorists?

The post London’s terrorists next door appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Capitalism

Stephen Harper and the Deadly Politics of Ebola

Posted October 19, 2014 by Simon

The scene couldn’t have been more ironic or more appalling. For even as the Ebola epidemic raged out of control, and Oxfam sent out a desperate call for more boots on the ground, in Africa. 

On Saturday Oxfam took the unusual step of calling for troops to be sent to west Africa, along with funding and medical staff, to prevent the Ebola outbreak becoming the “definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation”. It accused countries that did not commit military personnel of “costing lives”.

And leaders like Obama urged Americans not to surrender to fear and hysteria.

There was Stephen Harper, with a strange look on his face, receiving an award for helping stamp out polio, while cranking up the fear factor.
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BREAKING: Russian Ship Threatens BC Coast Again

Posted October 18, 2014 by Simon

Well it looks as if Stephen Harper has jumped the gun again. For this morning he tweeted this:

Thank you to the @CCG_GCC‘s Gordon Reid and others for the great work they are doing off the coast of the Haida Gwaii off the coast of BC.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) October 18, 2014

After it looked like the Canadian Coast Guard had managed to avert disaster by towing a disabled Russian ship away from the B.C. coast.

Until the tow lines broke. 
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Harper warns Canadians about spread of Ebola

Posted October 18, 2014 by The Canadian Press

The Prime Minister made the comments as he accepted a Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award

The post Harper warns Canadians about spread of Ebola appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Censorship!

Posted October 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As you know, your often maligned reporter goes on rants and raves about stuff that seems grossly unfair, unjust, or just plain ridiculous. I have campaigned against the far left, far right, feminists, (especially the femi-nazi’s) special interest groups, animals lovers and vegetarians, bigots, racists, survivalists, cops, minorities, immigrants, liberals and conservatives, lobbyists, […]

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Stephen Harper the Big Lie and the Merchant of Venom

Posted October 18, 2014 by Simon

It’s hard to tell these days whether Stephen Harper is lying because he’s desperate, or because he’s lost his moral compass.

Or on a day like yesterday, because he’s simply delusional. 

He says he doesn’t want to sound paranoid, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is concerned his own federal bureaucracy is trying to bring back the long gun registry “through the back door.”

“I don’t want to feed paranoia, but as prime minister I can tell you I share the frustrations of our caucus members,” said Harper, before alluding to “bureaucratic initiatives that we think are effectively trying to put the long gun registry back in through the back door.” “This is not something we can tolerate.” 

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Environment

Green leaders keep Barrie clean

Posted October 17, 2014 by Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Have you ever sprung into clean? Every April on a weekend near Earth Day, Barrie residents “Spring Into Clean” through community litter clean-ups, tidying parks, schoolyards, parking lots, roadsides, and other areas where litter accumulates. Living Green pioneered this activity in 2003 when the Georgian College student group Responsible Adventure Travel Society (R.A.T.S.) contacted us about doing a waterfront clean-up right around the same time that Tim Horton’s contacted us about sponsoring one, so we brought them together and got the City’s permission to coordinate a clean-up along Centennial Beach. The event grew by leaps & bounds, more sponsors came on board, and Living Green handed over coordination to the City of Barrie and moved on to start more new initiatives (the latest being FruitShare Barrie).

But litter doesn’t wait for spring, so the City also has the Adopt-a-Park or Trail program, which allows individuals or groups to take on spring and fall clean-ups of any city-owned park or trail. Your group can adopt here, or you can join in with an existing adoption, for example, Living Green has adopted Queen’s Park and the Barrie Green Party has adopted Kidd’s Creek Trail at Sunnidale Park.

Barrie Greens are crazy about collecting litter!
In fact, this Sunday, October 19th, marks a special anniversary for the Barrie Greens’ adoption of Kidd’s Creek: this will be the 10th year we tidy it up, having started the adoption process way back in the spring of 2005. To help us celebrate, Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner will take a break from trying to clean up politics and instead join us to clean up this wonderful green space in Barrie.

This is the first of two Green Party leader visits to Barrie; the second will be when federal leader Elizabeth May presents her new book at the Southshore Centre on November 22nd. (Watch this space for more info about this exciting visit.) Green leaders like to visit Barrie because of our enthusiastic support: in the past 11 years, the Barrie riding has consistently shown about 50% higher Green support than the provincial or national average and been in the top 10% of Green vote results.

This clean-up is now a long-term tradition with us; photogenic Barrie Greens at work are even featured prominently in the City’s official Adopt-a-Park/Trail brochure. We’ve found some pretty startling things alongside the normal litter: bikes and shopping carts (both functional and junked), waterlogged down comforters, wheel rims, tires, and clothing, to name a few. Getting this garbage out of the stream and forest is an important way to help nature thrive in our urban surroundings.

You can be a part of this, too! Our clean-ups are always open to the public, and are great fun for the whole family. Meet us at the Dorian Parker Centre at Sunnidale Park this Sunday morning at 10 and join us for 2 hours of tidying, then we’ll treat you to lunch! You also get to roll up your sleeves and get down & dirty with a provincial party leader; how cool is that? Dress for the weather and wear something tough and waterproof on your feet; we’ll provide gloves and trash bags. See you there!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as “A variety of community clean-ups to choose from
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
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Big Brother Harper and the Gentle Birdwatchers

Posted October 17, 2014 by Simon

First he came for the environmentalists and the activists. Then he came for the scientists.

Then he came for those who fight poverty, and help the poor.

Now he’s come for the birdwatchers. 
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The Con Regime’s Republican Assault on Canadian Children

Posted October 16, 2014 by Simon

It was one of the first things Stephen Harper did when he came to power. Declare war  children.

By destroying plans for a national childcare program. 

Parents have been paying for that decision ever since, with a lack of daycare spaces, and exorbitant fees. And children have been paying for it with their lives.

But still the Harperite cult is unrepentant.
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Stephen Harper and the Propaganda War on Canadians

Posted October 16, 2014 by Simon

Ever since he came to power Stephen Harper has been trying to brainwash Canadians with the greatest barrage of propaganda this country has ever seen.

A barrage of lies and half truths worthy of Big Brother, and almost impossible to avoid.

They’re on TV, and on the radio, they jump out at you in newspapers and magazines.

And now you can’t even get away from them when you check out the weather.

For all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of the newly redesigned Environment Canada site to see what I mean. 
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Feminism

My daughter is a stripper for Third Wave Feminism

Posted October 15, 2014 by Faye Sonier

I came across Brain, Child Magazine this summer. Someone sent me a link to an adoption article they published, and I was hooked. The article was a quality piece and I was challenged by what I read. Today I received my first email newsletter and it included a link to this article. I think it’s […]

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Canadian Politics

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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Feminism

About that egg freezing “perk”

Posted October 15, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Oh Satire. How I love Thee. Courtesy of The Onion, a biting look at the ridiculousness of egg freezing as a supposed perk:
As part of their efforts to accommodate women who wish to delay parenthood, Facebook officials announced Wednesday that the compa…

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Will Stephen Harper Go For a Late Fall Election?

Posted October 15, 2014 by Simon

It’s been the subject of much fevered speculation. Will Stephen Harper call an early election? And if so how early?

And no doubt Great Desperate Leader is consulting his crystal ball, and the fevered voices in his head.

And in his brief moments of lucidity, probably wondering if he DID go early what would be his excuse?

But now some Cons are apparently saying that he already has two good excuses, and he should pull the plug immediately.
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Africa

The Con Regime’s Lethally Inadequate Response to the Ebola Epidemic

Posted October 15, 2014 by Simon

We are still awaiting our first case of Ebola.

And even though the risk of a major outbreak in Canada is almost negligible, in the emergency rooms of the nation, doctors, and nurses, are already struggling to contain an epidemic of fear.

Not just the irrational fears of their patients, but legitimate fears over their own safety. 

Linda Haslam-Stroud, president of the Ontario Nurse’s Association, said Tuesday that her organization is particularly concerned that nurses are not being offered all the equipment they might need to protect them from contracting the virus, as a Texas nurse did last week.

And as might have been expected, the response of the Harper regime has so far been woefully lacking. 
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New Brunswick MLA quits politics 3 weeks after winning seat by 9 votes

Posted October 14, 2014 by David Akin

  New Brunswick held a general election as per its fixed election date law on Sept. 22. Because it’s a fixed-date election, none of the parties or candidates were surprised by the date of this election. The result? The New Brunswick Liberals, led by 32-year-old Brian Gallant, would oust the incumbent Progressive Conservatives led by […]

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Feminism

Egg freezing: New employee perk

Posted October 14, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

I’ve now received this news item three times. This is a subtle cue for me to do a post. The undertone from those sending the item, of course, is that this is strange and/or upsetting.  And it is. Two major companies, Apple and Facebook, are offering egg freezing as a perk for their female employees. […]

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Economy

Fun with surpluses, Part II: Are we richer than we think?

Posted October 14, 2014 by David Akin

Last week, the economists at TD Bank put out a helpful paper in which they tried to calculate a) how much extra money the federal government is likely to have between now and March 31, 2020 and b) how much it will cost the federal treasury to do the things Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised […]

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Stephen Harper and the Murderous Con War on Drugs

Posted October 14, 2014 by Simon

As you know, I can’t criticize and denounce enough what Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime are doing to this country. 

Just like I can’t praise our Supreme Court enough for standing up to those beastly bullies, and defending our Canadian values.

And today I get to do both at the same time. By pointing out that if the court hadn’t stopped the Cons three years ago from closing down Vancouver’s Insite Clinic. 

Sixteen people could have died yesterday.
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Feminism

The Fathead Minnow on the Pill

Posted October 13, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

We study the effect of estrogen on the fish populations. I have no problem with that. We are then allowed to say if and when there are problems. Likewise, no problem with that. However, if anyone should assert that the effects of daily synthetic hormones on living, breathing women are problematic, it shall be denounced […]

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Feminism

Audre Lorde Fall Festival in Vancouver This Week

Posted October 13, 2014 by Anonymous

UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is putting on an Audre Lorde fall festival this week in Vancouver to celebrate and explore the work of the noted black feminist activist and poet. On Wednesday, October 15 from 4:00 -5:00 p.m., Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be speaking at UBC. Gumbs, founder of School of […]

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Federal Politics

“Christy Clark would do well to remember that Canada is a free nation…”

Posted October 13, 2014 by Laila

Late last week I was contacted by a new member of a local community association here in Surrey, who expressed great concern over this Tyee blog post: http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/2014/09/29/Non-Profit-Attack-Petition/ Her concern of course,is that the potential for these proposed changes to be … Continue reading

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The Abominable Horror of Harper Night in Canada

Posted October 13, 2014 by Simon

I haven’t been a regular viewer of Hockey Night in Canada for a long time. 

The thuggish goons, the concussion casualties, the grotesque Don Cherry, as well as the sad fact that a Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup for more than twenty years, having gradually turned me off the game.

So I didn’t watch the new Rogers version of the show with George Stroumboulopolos the other night.

But after reading what happened on the broadcast, I think I can safely say that I will NEVER watch Hockey Night in Canada again.
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Feminism

Socialist, AND Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Posted October 12, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

…And after reading that, do you have an urge to say, “yeah, but” – she’s young – she’s a woman – she’s uneducated – whatever other condescending, dismissive thing you can imagine? As a post-partisan eco-socialist, I affirm her words. And if you follow the link below, you’ll see that The Nation Magazine uses the […]

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Climate Change

Stephen Harper and the Climate Change Charade

Posted October 12, 2014 by Simon

With every day that passes, the devastating consequences of climate change become more obvious and more alarming.

The galloping horsemen or signs of the impending apocalypse. 

Flooding, famine, disease and war to name but a few.

Only to be joined by the latest one: the fish are swimming towards the poles.
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Stephen Harper and the Big Business of War

Posted October 12, 2014 by Simon

In the fog of war there are some things about Stephen Harper’s plan to use airstrikes to defeat the ISIS crazies that are already abundantly clear.

One, they make him look as if he’s taking decisive action, even though so far they are proving notoriously ineffective. 

Two, they are REALLY expensive. 

In a crazy sort of way.

And three, so far the only clear winner is the U.S. military industrial complex, and Harper’s really good friends at Lockheed Martin. 
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