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Babel-on-the-Bay: First lessons in the environment.

Posted July 5, 2015 by Peter Lowry

It hardly matters at what age young men have their first camping experience. The most common first lesson is to never pee into the campfire. Not only is that a part of your body that should never get singed but urine on an open fire smells terrible. This lesson occurred to us when reading the Toronto Star’s Thomas Walkom’s take on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s announcement on a Liberal environmental policy. He should not have panned young Trudeau’s first steps in such uncharted waters.

In fact, that speech by the Liberal leader was pretty damn good for baby steps! Give (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: First It Was Harper’s Police Now It’s Harper’s Army

Posted July 5, 2015 by Simon

A few days ago I wrote a post about how Stephen Harper was turning the RCMP into Harper’s police.Just another tool in his campaign to try to win the next election.Now please stand to attention, kiss our democracy goodbye.And salute Harper’s Army. Read more »

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Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

Posted July 5, 2015 by David Climenhaga

PHOTOS: Leaders of the Greek military government of 1967 to 1974. Is something similar waiting in the wings if the eurozone leadership’s effort to terrorize the Greeks into voting Yes to never-ending austerity fails today? Below: Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien and Nobel-Prize-winning American economist Paul Krugman. Recent Western […]

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2015 Election: Harper’s Conservatives down 30% in EKOS poll

Posted July 4, 2015 by CuriosityCat
The most significant statistic in the latest EKOS snapshot of Canadian politics is that the “new” Conservatives lead by PM Stephen Harper have now plunged to a level in anticipated support which is 30% below the votes they garnered in the May 2011 election:

You can find the EKOS report through the reference in this Huffingtonpost article. 
The Tories are 12 percent lower in the latest poll than they were on election day 2011. That’s a 30% plunge in total votes!
Now ask yourself: You are in early July with an election in October. Almost 1 in 3 of your party’s elected MPs is not running for re-election in the October election, thus diminishing the power of incumbency. Your front bench in Parliament has been obliterated. Your party election spokesman is tripping over his own tongue with his unconvincing responses to questions about tawdry and perhaps illegal ads your party has put out. Your leader looks wooden, avoids journalists, takes only limited, previously-submitted questions when he does face the press, no longer has Parliament to voice his views, and seems to have no policy ideas for the coming election except a stay-the-course-elect-me-because-the-world-is-a-fearful-place-and-I-am-the-only-one-who-can-keep-the-monsters-at-bay.
Given these events and facts, just how motivated do you think you would be as a Conservative Party supporter, to work your butt off to re-elect your government?
Or would you say Yes to any telephoned request you get from your party, but make sure that you either find something else to do on election day (trim your toenails or watch all the Godfather movies) or vote for change if you do go into the polling booth?
After all, hundreds of thousands of your Conservative Party fellow members did just that during the recent Alberta election.
One thing is becoming clearer each day: Stephen Harper will not be PM of Canada again, and perhaps will quit as an MP.
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Election 2015: Incredibly, 28% of Harper’s Conservative MPs are not running

Posted July 2, 2015 by CuriosityCat

The numberof non-runners is staggering:

Stephen Harper is losing incumbent lawmakers at one of the highest rates in decades, and history suggests that weighs heavily on the Canadian Prime Minister’s chances of winning another term in power later this year.

 Of 166 Conservatives elected to the House of Commons during Harper’s first majority in 2011, at least 46 are not running for the party this fall. It’s the third-highest dropout rate since the Second World War and the highest since 1993, according to data compiled by Bloomberg…
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the first Prime Minister since Louis St. Laurent 1953 to seek reelection with such a high proportion of his caucus bowing out.
When next you read a poll, think of that number: 28% – nearly 1 in 3 – of elected Conservative MPs have decided not to contest the coming election.
They have, in a sense, voted with their feet.
What does that indicate regarding the fierceness of the support of PM Harper by the rank and file MPs? And what impact is this going to have on the Newbies, who have to fill the shoes of those missing in action Tory MPs?
Remember this fact:
In 1993, the Progressive Conservatives lost 40.8 percent of their incumbents and then 99 percent of their seats… Nine other postwar governments had a dropout rate of at least 20 percent, and seven went on to lose seats. The average dropout rate in the postwar period for a government that ended up losing seats was 21.8 percent, while Harper’s is a third higher than that.
Incumbency is powerful, true, but it takes an incumbent to wield it. Almost one out of three incumbent Conservative MPs are not exercising the power of incumbency this time.
This poses the question: Have the Conservative MPs – and other members of the Tory party – already ceded the election to the opposition parties?
And when it comes to the actual election campaign, how would you feel if almost one in three of your “winning” team decided to do something else, rather than fight in the trenches for your party?
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Feminism

How I Started a Magazine While Overcoming Mental Illness

Posted June 29, 2015 by Anonymous

I wanted to create a publication that built people up rather than tore them down, that promoted real bodies instead of Photoshop, real issues instead of gossip, and ethical and inexpensive products instead of having big corporations influencing how we live.

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Federal Politics

Hindsight is only helpful if you apply the lesson learned to future actions.

Posted June 27, 2015 by Laila

It was a day like any other day of my childhood summers; quick breakfast,clothes on and then running out the door to do the morning rounds of the yard.Checking to see where all the salamanders and toads had settled for … Continue reading

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Angela Lansbury’s School of Feminist Witchcraft

Posted June 21, 2015 by Anonymous

My deep love for the character of Eglantine Price was a reflection of my inner desire to free my own intellect of society’s narrow concept of “womanhood.” She was the first witch I had ever seen who, with obvious feminist sensibilities, claimed her power and used it to transform society.

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Crime

When growing pains become intolerable, the community needs to act.

Posted June 15, 2015 by Laila

This… is my Surrey. Beautiful, yes? We have beaches and sunsets to take your breathe away, parks and trails, farms that grow incredible local produce and fruits and fields of daisies to lay down and dream in. “Communities in fear”  … Continue reading

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The Lessons Captain Janeway Taught Me

Posted June 14, 2015 by Anonymous

As soon as I saw Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway, I knew she was going to be my Captain. She was lost in the Delta Quadrant, and I felt lost too, but she wasn’t going to give up.

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Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

Posted June 13, 2015 by H L Doherty

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007.Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy ScottFormer PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a forme…

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Horror Story: The Ghastly Picture of Chris Alexander

Posted June 13, 2015 by Simon

As some of you may know, I like to compare the Con Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, to the ghastly portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s classic story.

Except in this story Dorian is Chris, and his portrait starts to turn monstrous after the once young bright diplomat sells his soul to Stephen Harper.

And today I have another scary chapter in that horror story.

Which begins when Alexander is interviewed, appropriately enough, by Vice Magazine.
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Orange Surge: New Poll Shows the NDP Leading the Other Parties

Posted June 12, 2015 by Simon

As I’ve been saying for quite a while the winds of change are sweeping across this country, and the latest EKOS poll only confirms that.

The NDP is still rising like a rocket.

It’s lead over the other parties continues to grow.

And if an election was held tomorrow it would likely be in a position to form a minority government. 
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Will the Politics of Division Help Bring Down the Harper Regime?

Posted June 12, 2015 by Simon

Let it be recorded in the chronicle of this dark time, that seven years to the day after he apologized for the residential school tragedy, Stephen Harper deliberately chose not to help heal that still bleeding wound in the history and the soul of Canada.

By meeting with Pope Francis, whose church ran two-thirds of those schools, but failing to ask HIM to apologize for what was done to so many poor aboriginal children.

Which can only make his apology ring deathly hollow. Or as Don Martin suggests, look like just another empty act. 
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The Day Pope Francis Humiliated Stephen Harper

Posted June 11, 2015 by Simon

Well it seems that it was as I predicted yesterday. Pope Francis was indeed not too happy to see Stephen Harper.

And couldn’t have made his feelings more obvious. 

Harper’s 10-minute meeting with the Pope Francis was unusually short by Vatican standards. Russian President Vladimir Putin had a nearly 50-minute private audience with the pontiff a day earlier.

But then who came blame him eh?
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The Day Stephen Harper Stared Down the Russians

Posted June 11, 2015 by Simon

It had to be one of the scariest confrontations in the Baltic Sea since the darkest days of the Cold War.

Or one of the most ridiculous.

For there was Stephen Harper, on day five of his mega tour of Europe, in feverish pursuit of the ethnic vote…

You know, the mega photo-op that’s costing us MILLIONS.

When old Queeg, the self-styled Scourge of Putin, peered through his binoculars and saw the Russians were coming !!!! 
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Stephen Harper and the Great War on Pensions

Posted June 10, 2015 by Simon

Well there he was in Poland yesterday, relentlessly pursuing the ethnic vote again, by portraying himself as the fearless leader of the Great War on Russia.

And the champion of freedom and democracy.

Even as the Senate rammed through his totalitarian anti-terror bill.

Which will kill OUR freedoms and turn us into a police state,

But at least on the Great War on Pensions front, Stephen Harper did suffer a serious setback.
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Climate Change

The Day Stephen Harper Helped Destroy the Planet

Posted June 9, 2015 by Simon

I hate to admit it, but it seems I was tragically wrong. Stephen Harper did play a major role at the G7 summit after all.

He took a reasonable proposal to fight climate change, before it changes the world beyond recognition.

And helped turn it into a plan which will almost certainly torch the planet.
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Pierre Poilievre’s Sad and Desperate Popularity Problem

Posted June 9, 2015 by Simon

Well at least now we know the real reason Pierre Poilievre made those ghastly vanity videos.

Which were all about him, but paid for with OUR money. 

Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre commissioned a team of public servants for overtime work on a Sunday to film him glad-handing constituents in promotion of the Conservative government’s benefits for families

Which didn’t seem to bother him…

But can now be reasonably explained. He was flogging the Con’s porky vote buying scam, as well as flogging himself.

Because he has a serious, possibly terminal, popularity problem 
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Stephen Harper’s Absurd Hyperbolic Performance at the G7 Summit

Posted June 8, 2015 by Simon

His propaganda machine has been furiously pumping out pictures like this one, to make it appear that Stephen Harper is a big player at the G7 summit.

Desperately trying to portraying him as leading the charge against Putin’s Russia, and the charge for a new trade deal with Europe.

And some in our MSM have been helping to foster that delusion. 
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Raif Badawi: Saudi Court Upholds Brutal Sentence of Liberal Blogger

Posted June 7, 2015 by Simon

I don’t expect much, or anything really, from the barbaric kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

The home of the beheaders, and the nexus of terrorism.

But even by its brutish standards this is outrageous. 
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The Latest Senate Scandal and Stephen Harper’s Horrible Image Problem

Posted June 7, 2015 by Simon

As you know Stephen Harper has a terrible image problem. His numbers are tanking, his personal popularity is about as low as it has ever been.

He can’t call himself a Great Economist Leader without risking being charged with fraud.

Many are calling him Great Chicken Turkey Leader, and hardly anyone believes a word he says.

So this latest desperate move can only make matters worse. 
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Stephen Harper’s Great Desperate and Shameless European Tour

Posted June 7, 2015 by Simon

He may not be looking his best, and it was a grim scene on Air Harper last night, as Great Leader and the First Lady left Ukraine and headed for the G-7 summit in Germany.

And there was certainly no danger of something like this happening.

Thank goodness.

But don’t be fooled, he is inflamed. His nose isn’t as red as Rudolph’s for nothing. Because he is making a frantic dash across Europe in a desperate attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records. 

By pandering to the greatest number of ethnic voters, in the shortest amount of time.
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Stephen Harper and the Trouble With the PMO

Posted June 6, 2015 by Simon

Well there he was waving happily as he set off for Ukraine to pander to the ethnic vote. Again.

And no doubt Stephen Harper WAS happy, because if that plane didn’t have wings we’d have to call it a getaway car.

For at least now he won’t be in Parliament next week to answer questions about the latest senate scandal.

Or the latest example of his appalling judgement. 
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The Mohawk Institute and the Disturbing Silence of Stephen Harper

Posted June 6, 2015 by Simon

After following Stephen Harper’s bestial political career for so long, I didn’t think anything he did could shock me.

But I must admit I was stunned by his strange silence at the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I wondered why a Canadian Prime Minister wouldn’t say something, anything, to mark the significance of the moment.

Or recognize the pain and suffering of so many. Or all the horror stories like this one. 
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Breaking: New Poll Suggests The NDP is Now Leading the Other Parties.

Posted June 5, 2015 by Simon

For weeks Tom Mulcair and the NDP have been climbing steadily in the polls, and it was clear that if that trend continued it was only a matter of time before they passed the other parties.

Well now they finally appear to have done it.

According to the latest EKOS poll they are now in first place.
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Stephen Harper and the Great Desperate War on Terror. Again

Posted June 5, 2015 by Simon

Nothing could tell us more about the dilapidated state of the Con regime, than Stephen Harper’s absurd attempt yesterday to crank up the Great Terrorist Menace.

For there he was at yet another staged photo-op, with his travelling “Protecting Canadians” sign, trying to make Canadians believe that our country is besieged by hordes of dangerous terrorists or tourists.

In yet another other desperate attempt to scare Canadians into voting for him, so he can turn this country into a police state.

When in fact, if you take a close look at his face, it’s pretty clear that the most desperate and frightened person in Canada is Harper himself.
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The Con Clowns Go After the Veterans Again

Posted June 5, 2015 by Simon

Oh no. Not Erin O’Toole. Not Stephen Harper’s shiny tool. Again.

Why it seems like it was just yesterday that he was making an absolute fool of himself, claiming that marijuana doesn’t help veterans with PTSD, and that it’s dangerous.

Despite considerable evidence to the contrary.

Now he’s going after veterans with PTSD again, claiming they’re making misleading videos. 
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Chicken Harper’s Possibly Fatal Great Debate Miscalculation

Posted June 4, 2015 by Simon

I don’t know  who came up with the idea to have Stephen Harper dress up as a chicken and boycott the debates organized by the three main television networks.

Whether it was Kory Teneycke, or one of the other incompetent stooges in the PMO.

Or whether Chicken Harper himself laid that egg.

But one thing is for sure, that decision is starting to look like an absolute political disaster.
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Will Bill C-51 Be Stephen Harper’s Waterloo?

Posted June 4, 2015 by Simon

I wouldn’t be surprised if the dark idea crept into Stephen Harper’s Jurassic brain even as he cowered in that closet, on that fatal day on Parliament Hill.

And at the time he must have thought it was brilliant.

He’d draft a sinister anti-terrorist bill that would turn Canada into a police state, and end internet freedom. Use it to go after his many enemies real and imagined.

And if the opposition parties dared vote against it, he’d accuse THEM of being terrorists.
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Queeg Harper and the Sinking Con Ship

Posted June 3, 2015 by Simon

He’s still the Captain of the dilapidated Con ship, the rusty tub that should have been scrapped long ago. 

And like the crazed Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny, he’s still going after his bloody majority, like Queeg went after the strawberries.

But unfortunately for Stephen Harper that majority is proving as elusive as those strawberries.

Because as yet another poll suggests, the Con ship is slowly sinking.
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Truth, Reconciliation, and the Shame of the Con Regime

Posted June 3, 2015 by Simon

They are images that should haunt every Canadian. Native children taken away from the parents by the RCMP and sent to residential schools with more cemeteries than playgrounds.

And even though our generation wasn’t to blame for that story of brutality and attempted cultural genocide, we can’t look away or ignore the problem.

Because it is still an open wound that needs healing.

And as the Globe points out, it was, it is, and it will always be our story. Canada’s story. 
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Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Cruelty of the Con Regime

Posted June 2, 2015 by Simon

Sometimes when I’m writing about the atrocities of Stephen Harper’s bestial Con regime ,I like to end a post by saying please unite to defeat that monster before he kills more Canadians.

And I’m sure some who read that probably think I’m exaggerating. But actually I’m not.

Because when you put ideology before humanity, and wage war on the poorest and most vulnerable Canadians, you will blight their lives further and kill many of them.

And this is just the latest example. 
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Exeunt Huckabee

Posted May 26, 2015 by John Seavey

(This post contains discussion of the Duggar family. For those of you for whom this is triggering, or who just don’t want to hear any more about it, please do not click on the “more” tag.) To the extent that I want to talk about the Duggar family scandal without using the words, “Child Protective […]

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It’s against the law, bunky!

Posted March 30, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Coming soon to a city near you ………,stupid laws and regulations! Yup, they’re doing it in England and the States, BUT,  we got them all beat!! In England, Councils creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’       <img alt=”PA Wire” src=”http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/629342/article_update_img.jpg”A campaign group has criticised a new law which allows councils to ban activities such as […]

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U.S. Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites!

Posted March 26, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Remember the big kerfuffle because the Republicans in the States claimed Obama was ineligible to be President because he was born in Nigeria, or Slobvania, or somewhere else ……… anywhere else except the United States? (Wrong, and that asshole Donald Trump is STILL going on about that!) Well kids, apparently what’s good for the goose is […]

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Feminism

Lego Magazine Want To Beautify Your 5-Year-Old

Posted March 17, 2015 by Anonymous

On the heels of the whole “Toy Of The Year” fiasco, we now have this: Lego is handing out beauty tips to girls aged 5-12. Yup. If you remember, back in 2011 Lego introduced their Lego Friends line. Aimed at […]

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Feminism

A Decent Girl

Posted March 6, 2015 by Kath

My fourteen-year-old daughter came home from school one day this week and sighed. “Rough day?”  I asked. “Everyone was making fun of me because I said I was a feminist.” My first emotions were pride and relief. Well, I must’ve […]

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Books

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Posted March 3, 2015 by Anonymous

Image via My husband asked me the other day if I had changed the password on his phone. My negative reply caused us to pause for a moment before turning to our daughter. Let’s just say that she needs to […]

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And How Was Your Day?

Posted February 23, 2015 by kate@smalldeadanimals.com

Jerusalem Mayor Takes Down Knife-Wielding Terrorist…

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