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Orange Wave Rising: A New Poll Shows the NDP On Top

Posted May 22, 2015 by Simon

Last week I said that the way Tom Mulcair’s NDP was surging in the polls it wouldn’t be long before it passed both the Liberals and the Cons.

And sure enough that seems to be what’s happened. 

A new EKOS poll has the NDP on top. 

And another orange wave is now a real possibility.
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Montreal Simon: Orange Wave Rising: A New Poll Shows the NDP On Top

Posted May 22, 2015 by Simon

Last week I said that the way Tom Mulcair’s NDP was surging in the polls it wouldn’t be long before it passed both the Liberals and the Cons.And sure enough that seems to be what’s happened. A new EKOS poll has the NDP on top. And another orange wave is now a real possibility.Read more »

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Auditor will urge Senate to send 10 misspending cases to RCMP

Posted May 22, 2015 by Anonymous

Canada’s auditor general will recommend the Senate refer up to 10 cases of misspending to the RCMP, naming names and detailing the disturbing findings that have raised concerns of criminality, the Citizen has learned.

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Africa

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: With Millions To Spare, Here’s How to Save Thousands of Lives

Posted May 22, 2015 by John Klein

This rich couple is doing good with their money.

Regina caught sight of a jacket in the water during the cruise, and when she asked about it, she was told it might belong to a dead migrant who was trying to find safety in Europe.

While some Europeans criticize the rescue operation, saying it draws more migrants to the sea, Xuereb says that’s just not true. People are desperate, undertaking the journey to find a better life. They deserve to live, he says.

Last year, about 218,000 people made this journey — a record. Some 3,500 people drowned. And the (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: The Life And Death Of Worker Resistance

Posted May 22, 2015 by Lorne

When it comes to jobs, we live in very precarious times, with fewer and fewer people securing full-time work with benefits. Paradoxically, union membership continues to decline, while right-wing propaganda about the evils of such associations flourishe…

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Federal Politics

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s the Third Law of Politics too.

Posted May 22, 2015 by Peter Lowry

Not all of us are trained in physical sciences but we seem to easily grasp Newton’s third law of physics. It simply makes sense that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It should come as no surprise that it also applies to other aspects of life. We have become used to it in politics. We expect it.

The difference in politics and human relations is that the reaction to a given force is not necessarily immediate. The energy expended in a slight or perceived grievance, can be stored and accumulated over time. In that time of (Read more…)

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Chicken Harper and the Great Con Debate Scam

Posted May 22, 2015 by Simon

Well now it’s official. The Con fluffer Kory Teneycke and his chicken leader Stephen Harper really don’t want any serious political leader’s debates.They want to hold their own mini-debates, and prevent as many Canadians as possible from watching …

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Big Brother

Will Stephen Harper Really Get Away With Rewriting History?

Posted May 22, 2015 by Simon

It couldn’t be a more Orwellian move, or a greater threat to our democracy.

Stephen Harper’s outrageous decision to protect the RCMP by rewriting history. 

But this is Harperland, he is drunk with power, he really does believe the truth is what he says it is, and he is out of control.

So it seems there is nothing we can do to stop our Big Brother from bending the law to suit his sinister purposes. 
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General

Ottawa, this is BC calling… Come in Ottawa.. this is BC calling – we actually need the Coast Guard here. Do you copy? …….

Posted May 21, 2015 by Laila

http://globalnews.ca/news/2011052/second-major-coast-guard-communications-outage-in-three-days/ “For the second time in three days, the communication system for the Coast Guard in Canada’s busiest waterway had an extended malfunction. “There was a loaded tug and barge with 86,000 barrels of diesel and gasoline going through the … Continue reading

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Will the Con’s Porky Behaviour Cost Them the Next Election?

Posted May 21, 2015 by Simon

As you probably know Stephen Harper’s Cons have been in a feverish, grunting frenzy recently.

Running wildly all over the country,  spewing our tax dollars out of every orifice, in a blatant attempt to bribe voters, and try to buy the next election.

But although Canadians have seen this disgusting spectacle before, in the lead-up to an election it looks even worse.

And as John Ivison points out, this porky act just might cost Stephen Harper the next election. 
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Jason Kenney, Stephen Harper, and the Absurd Chicken Hawk Cons

Posted May 21, 2015 by Simon

In retrospect it could only be called a triumph of bad timing. For there was Jason Kenney at the Canadian Club in Toronto, puffing out his chest like a chicken hawk, and claiming that the Great War in Iraq was going according to plan.

Despite the setback in Ramadi. 

The seizure of Ramadi by ISIS is a regrettable setback, Defence Minister Jason Kenney says, but no indication that coalition forces are losing the battle in Iraq against the militant organization.

“Just imagine if we weren’t there, how much more territory they would have claimed,” Kenney told reporters following a speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto

Even as the Syrian city of Palmyra was falling to the ISIS crazies.
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The Madness of Stephen Harper and the Insane War on Science

Posted May 20, 2015 by Simon

In my last post I looked at Stephen Harper’s Great War on Canada.

And because it’s such a vast subject and such a long nightmare, it raised a lot of disturbing questions.

Like is he the Axis or the Essence of Evil? Or is he just CRAZY?

So I’m really grateful that when it comes to his Great War on Science, it’s a lot simpler.

It is totally insane. 
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Is Stephen Harper the Worst Prime Minister in Canadian History?

Posted May 20, 2015 by Simon

It’s not a question most people who know me would dare ask me.

Lest they be forced to listen to a five-minute diatribe, or watch my face turn red, and smoke pour out of my ears.

But now somebody has asked the question: Is Stephen Harper the worst prime minister EVER?

And since I’m really too tired to erupt right now, all I can say is thank goodness Bruce Livesey answers his own question. 
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Stephen Harper and the Great Failing Con War on Terror

Posted May 19, 2015 by Simon

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Stephen Harper has suddenly stopped talking about the Great War on Terror, and the Great Terrorist Menace.

These days he wants to project a  kinder gentler image as a Great Friend of Children Leader.

So now almost every photo-op features a group of bored kids in the background…

But of course, there’s a good reason for that. He is desperate.

And The Great War on Terror is going badly disastrously. 
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The Cowardly Dodger Stephen Harper and the Great Con Debate Scam

Posted May 19, 2015 by Simon

It’s frustrating to see that even some of my readers think that Stephen Harper’s crass attempt to fix the party leader’s debates might be good for progressives.

And are sending me comments like this one, with lots of periods in it:

Anonymous 2:29 AM 

Let.the.other.Parties.Debate.without.him.and.it.will.be.HarperCons.Downfall…Good.for.Canadians!!!!!

So that I might read it slowly, and understand that hopeful belief better.

Even though I thought I had made it clear that Harper’s plan, as might be expected, is just another grubby Con scam.

So. I. guess. I’m. going. to. have. to. be. even. clearer.
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Books

God Beyond Gender: On Peter Wilkes’ A Woman Called God

Posted May 18, 2015 by Anonymous

I wrestle intellectually from time to time with the issue of god and gender. Maybe you do, too. Over time, I’ve grown skeptical about the importance of gender to divinity, as gender seems like a human issue, whereas God, to me, is unfathomably beyond that. Even if gender is “just” a construction, it’s an incredibly […]

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General

Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Scientists

Posted May 18, 2015 by Simon

In his almost ten years in power Stephen Harper has done so much to diminish our once proud country and shame it in the eyes of the world.

And few things are more deeply disturbing and more disgusting than his Great War on Science.

For without truth there can be no democracy. Just a broken country stumbling blindly into the future.

But now at last I’m glad to report, the scientists are revolting.
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Robert Fisk: Why Harper’s Blind Support of Israel is Dangerous

Posted May 18, 2015 by Simon

Last week I wrote that Stephen Harper’s threat to use hate laws against Canadians who peacefully protest the actions of Israel’s brutish Netanyahu regime, was the first shadow of a police state. 

Now Robert Fisk, the distinguished Middle East correspondent, has taken that criticism a step further.

By calling Harper’s blind support of Israel both crazy AND dangerous.
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General

Ireland and the Amazing and Historic Struggle for Marriage Equality

Posted May 18, 2015 by Simon

A wonderful thing may be about to happen in Ireland in just a few days.

Millions of people are preparing to take on the power of the Catholic Church, and some of the nastiest bigots you can imagine.

And make that country the first in the world to vote to approve same-sex marriage. 
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General

The Real Reason Stephen Harper Wants To Sabotage the Election Debates

Posted May 17, 2015 by Simon

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about Stephen Harper’s plan to torpedo the party leader debates, or shrink them until he can drown them in a bath tub.

And I said how shocked I was to see many in the MSM, and even some progressives, swallow the Con line hook, line and sinker.

And proclaim that this move was good for democracy, diversity blah blah blah.

When in fact it’s a monstrous assault on our democracy, it’s not good for diversity, and it’s just another grubby Con scam.
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Feminism

Theatre: Who Got the Spoils That Night?

Posted May 16, 2015 by Anonymous

We often trace misogyny and sexism in far-reaching media like books and movies, but more short-range events like plays can, unfortunately, fly stealth under this radar. It makes sense. New movies are seen on thousands of screens. New books are sold in countless bookstores and online retailers. But new plays open at one theatre, in […]

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General

Stephen Harper’s Strange and Desperate Spring

Posted May 16, 2015 by Simon

He is still campaigning furiously all over the country, sprinkling dollars all over the place, trying to buy the next election.

But the spring has gone out Harper’s step, he seems listless at times, his cold dead eyes seem deader than usual. He’s packing on the pounds.

The events of the last two weeks have clearly taken a terrible toll. Every day seems to bring more bad news.

And yesterday was no exception.
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Why Bill C-51 Is Starting to Terrorize Stephen Harper

Posted May 16, 2015 by Simon

It couldn’t be more ironic. Stephen Harper creates a monster called Bill C-51, to go after his enemies, and scare Canadians into submission.

So he can turn this country into a police state.

But before he can unleash the monster on the population, the monster slowly turns around, grunts loudly.

And starts scaring the living daylights out of Great Leader.
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Stephen Harper and the Great Con Debate Scam

Posted May 15, 2015 by Simon

For almost ten years Stephen Harper has tried to brutalize this country beyond recognition, bludgeon our democracy, and rape our values.

But still his bestial lust for destruction isn’t satisfied. 

Because now as you probably know, he’s trying to blow up the party leader debates.
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General

Breaking: A New Poll Suggests the NDP is Surging

Posted May 14, 2015 by Simon

For months Tom Mulcair and the NDP have been creeping up in the polls. 

But this latest EKOS poll is still stunning.

For now it’s starting to look like an orange surge. 
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General

Omar Khadr: The Supreme Court Gives Stephen Harper Another Slap in the Face

Posted May 14, 2015 by Simon

It’s the third time the Supreme Court of Canada has been asked to rule on the case of Omar Khadr.

Twice before it has ruled in his favour, and today it did so again.

And the way it did couldn’t have been more of a slap in the face, or a kick in the head, to the Con regime and its depraved leader. 
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Feminism

Welcome to North Dakota

Posted May 14, 2015 by Anonymous

When it comes to rights for women and LGBTQ people in North Dakota, the pattern in the state seems to be one step forward, two steps back.

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Big Brother

Stephen Harper’s Orwellian Move to Protect the RCMP

Posted May 14, 2015 by Simon

Sometime today Canada’s Information Commissioner is expected to recommend that charges be laid against the RCMP, for withholding and destroying gun registry documents, before Parliament had finished debating whether they should be shredded.

But if she does it will now be a meaningless gesture. For it too will be shredded.

Because it seems that buried deeply in the Harper regime’s latest foul omnibus bill, is a bill to protect the RCMP by rewriting history. 
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Canadian Politics

Can’t Ignore Race When Talking About Gains in Politics

Posted May 13, 2015 by Anonymous

It was Rosemary Brown who once said: “Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.” It seems this message has been lost on the team at CBC Radio’s Day 6 program, whose recent segment focused on whether gender and sexual orientation have turned into non-issues for candidates seeking elected office. To weigh […]

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General

Stephen Harper, The Duffy Trial, and the Lost Summer

Posted May 13, 2015 by Simon

It’s sometimes hard to remember, and even harder to believe, that Stephen Harper came to power promising to clean up government.

And a new era of accountability.

But we all know how that turned out. That was then.

This is now…

And now that we know that there is even more evidence that the PMO was involved in trying to whitewash a Senate audit of Mike Duffy.

As Lawrence Martin points out, if integrity becomes a ballot issue, him and his Cons are finished. 
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Alberta

Alberta’s radical new premier’s radical new chief of staff hates Alberta energy

Posted May 12, 2015 by JR

Just frickin’ lovely!  Here’s Ezra Levant with Brian Topp’s resumé:

Can things get any worse for Alberta and Canada?  You bet they can.

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Feminism

The Spice Girls Were My Riot Grrrl Lite

Posted May 12, 2015 by Anonymous

As a kid in the 90s, anything related to the Spice Girls was pure bliss. The fact that boys and adults didn’t really seem to get it only made it more special.

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General

The Con Regime and the First Shadows of a Police State

Posted May 12, 2015 by Simon

When I saw this photo during the hearings into Bill C-51 it sent a chill down my spine.

Because that posse is a horrible combination of stupidity and brute force, it looks like something out of a police state, or Pinochet’s Chile.

And I knew those three amigos would lead us to a bad place.

And sure enough, now that their totalitarian bill has cleared parliament, they’re smiling like cats who just ate a bucket of mice.

And threatening those who would peacefully protest against the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu’s racist settler regime.  
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Feminism

It’s Not Rude to Talk About Money

Posted May 11, 2015 by Anonymous

Not talking about money means when pay discrimination happens to you, it’s that much harder to diagnose.

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Crime

Politics must not trump public safety – It’s time for government to put it’s money where it’s mouth is when it comes to Surrey.

Posted May 8, 2015 by Laila

After another Detroit style rolling shoot-out yesterday in Newton,the last thing Surrey residents wanted to wake up to was news of more gun violence this morning- this time in North Surrey. It is little solace to anyone that todays shooting … Continue reading

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Canadian Politics

It Couldn’t Be Clearer but Nobody in Ottawa is Listening – Running Out the Clock

Posted May 7, 2015 by Anonymous

Okay, I agree – the science isn’t in.Not all of it anyway.  There’s more coming in almost daily – research, studies, experiments, observations and analyses, projections – there’s a continually growing mountain of information and knowledge.The thin…

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Alberta

Who is the real Rachel Notley? How worried should we be?

Posted May 7, 2015 by JR

Ezra Levant provides some interesting background and parses her election night speech: A 51 year-old politician wears a Che Guevara wristwatch? Good grief!Ezra’s Financial Post column today: Albertans wanted a broom, not a hammer and sickle

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Alberta

Orange Crush served up in Alberta by Notley win,but can the BC NDP ride the wave to leadership in 2017?

Posted May 6, 2015 by Laila

There were two things on my TV agenda last night : the season première of Deadliest Catch, and the Alberta election. Flipping back and forth on commercial breaks, once the news that an NDP majority was being called by media, … Continue reading

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Canada

Alberta Elects the New Democratic Party (NDP)

Posted May 6, 2015 by Ian Welsh

This is fairly extraordinary: For non-Canadians, the NDP is the most left-wing party in Canada and Alberta is the most right-wing province in Canada. It’d be like an Elizabeth Warren-inspired party winning Texas. (As a Canadian let me say that this is amazing and almost unthinkable even a few years ago.) Following were NDP’s key promises: […]

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Environment

Pope Francis and his Vatican succumb to the ideology of their worst enemies.

Posted April 29, 2015 by JR

Secular progressive leftists and their eco-alarmist fellow travelers are normally hostile to expressions of Christian faith.  But, occasionally, when Pope Francis and his Vatican “experts” come out with a statement seemingly supporting collectivist and eco-alarmist dogma, their natural enemies exploit it to the hilt, as if it came directly from Gaia and/or Marx. The Pope is making a big mistake, much bigger and much farther reaching than the one made by the Pope who condemned Galileo.

Peter Foster: Vatican becomes an arm of godless United Nations with climate statement

Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change …  is due to land in September to rally climate True Believers ahead of the U.N.’s giant policy shindig in Paris.

This week’s statement, from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PAS/PASS) … confirms that Vatican not merely has slim or no grasp of economics or history, but is on its knees before tried-and-failed collectivist policies, and committed to a crusade against rich nations.

The pope, who is an economic ignoramus, has allied himself with forces that would perpetuate poverty, not relieve it.

 A message for Pope Francis: Energy restrictions based on climate fears threaten the poor by Paul Driessen.

Denying humanity the use of still bountiful hydrocarbon energy is thus not simply wrong. It is immoral – and lethal. This is the real reason that climate change is a critical moral issue. No one has a right to tell the world’s poor they cannot use fossil fuels to improve their lives, or to tell others they must reduce their living standards, based on speculation and unfounded fears about a man-made climate crisis.

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