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Allan's Perspective

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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Europe

NATO alliance increases military presence on eastern border to counter Russian threat to Ukraine

Posted April 16, 2014 by Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over […]

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Europe

Convoy of combat vehicles flying Russian flag enters east Ukraine city of Slovyansk

Posted April 16, 2014 by Associated Press

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A column of armoured vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine. One of men aboard the vehicles said they […]

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Dead Wild Roses: Ukraine – What the hell is going on?

Posted April 16, 2014 by The Arbourist

The situation in the Ukraine has me puzzled. The violence and protests leading up to the deposing of the Ukrainian president were not given much coverage in the media that I follow/ or I just plain missed it. Whatever the case may be, I’m getting a couple of nearly diametrically opposed narratives of what is going on in the Ukraine and for my edification and yours we’ll go through them together.

For clarity, and the fact I like using coloured text, the article for Al Jazeera will be in green, and the articles from Counterpunch in the usual (Read more…)

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Canada

Political players of all party stripes gather to bid fond farewell to Jim Flaherty

Posted April 16, 2014 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canada’s political elite gather today to pay their final respects to Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister whose sudden death last week spurred an outpouring of grief that has stretched across the country and across party lines. A state funeral […]

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Canada

Hundreds line up to pay respects to Jim Flaherty

Posted April 15, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the former finance minister a day before his state funeral

The post Hundreds line up to pay respects to Jim Flaherty appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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The Senate’s suggestions for the Fair Elections Act

Posted April 15, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

Some things would change, other things would stay the same

The post The Senate’s suggestions for the Fair Elections Act appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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The problem with homeless counts and M-455

Posted April 15, 2014 by rabble staff
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Conservative MP Peter Goldring introduced motion M-455, which seeks to develop a nationally shared definition of homelessness and a common methodology. The only problem is homeless counts don’t work.

It’s not unreasonable to think that a good starting point for solving a social problem like homelessness, is to get a handle on exactly how many people are affected. Especially when you hear numbers being bandied about like 150,000 to 300,000 people in Canada are homeless. That is, after all, a pretty significant difference. Which is it: 150 or 300? Who wouldn’t be tempted to get out there and start counting? That’s exactly what Conservative MP Peter Goldring suggested we do — on a national scale.

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Canada

Trudeau, Ontario campaign head face $1.5 M libel suit

Posted April 15, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Christine Innes is accusing the pair of slander after blocking her from running for the Liberal party

The post Trudeau, Ontario campaign head face $1.5 M libel suit appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Family and friends to pay respects to Jim Flaherty

Posted April 15, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Visitation today in Whitby, Ont., for former finance minister

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The Senate vs. The Fair Elections Act

Posted April 14, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

Senators seem prepared to propose amendments

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Senators to recommend changes to Fair Elections Act

Posted April 14, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Nine proposals to amend the controversial legislation

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About that Pierre Karl Péladeau cover…

Posted April 14, 2014 by Martin Patriquin

Martin Patriquin on what he got wrong about the PQ’s star candidate

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Linda Frum vs. Elections Canada

Posted April 14, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

Should Elections Canada be trying to improve turnout?

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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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Agriculture

Changes to Agricultural Growth Act Bill C-18 patently absurd

Posted April 11, 2014 by rabble staff

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18 is before Parliament. The potential changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will…

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Abortion

New Brunswick Morgentaler Clinic closure: Time to act is now!

Posted April 11, 2014 by rabble staff

Friday, April 11, 2014

MP Niki Ashton responds to the Morgentaler Clinic closure and urges everyone to act and demand the federal government enforce the Can…

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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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Conservatives

Flaherty Dies, Canada’s Contemptible Finance Minister

Posted April 10, 2014 by John Klein

Canada’s finance minister Jim Flaherty vows to stay in job till 2015 ca.reuters.com/article/domest… #cdnpoli #FlahertyJobs— Truth Mashup (@truthmashup) November 30, 2012 Most people are quite cautious about what they say, but a few people have said to me, ‘Do you have cancer? … What’s going on? Are you going to die?’ That kind of thing,” […]

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Canadian Politics

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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Duly Quoted: Olivia Chow, on Not Being Another David Miller

Posted April 10, 2014 by Anonymous

Mayoral candidate wants to be judged on the basis of her proposals.

“I’m not male. Not white. Want to start there?” -Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, responding to a question from a Toronto Star reader during an online Q&A on April 9. The reader had asked: “Can you please tell us how you will be any different than the man that ran from Toronto with his tail between […]



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Glad Hand: Where Things Are Hollow

Posted April 10, 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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#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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Who is Kermit Gosnell?

Posted April 7, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

So many people don’t know. Watch this and then donate a small amount or large to make a movie so that people will know. Donate here.  

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Africa

Remembering Rwanda

Posted April 7, 2014 by Lyn Brown
http://www.kwibuka.rw/

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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Canadian Politics

Celebrate Young Feminists in Vancouver on April 13

Posted April 5, 2014 by Anonymous

by Jarrah Hodge It’s  not uncommon for me to hear older activists express a combination of relief and disbelief when I openly identify as feminist. There seems to be a feeling out there that my generation, the “millennials”, aren’t embracing feminism. While there are certainly women of all ages who don’t identify as feminists and […]

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Environment

Hard To Survive

Posted April 4, 2014 by John Klein

We think of population control as unethical, but is it ethical to not respond to reality?

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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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Jason Kenney, Tony Clement and…

Posted April 4, 2014 by trashee

… a number of other ReformCon Ministers and PMO staff are reportedly on their way to the site to get new material for the 2015 CPC election campaign. Artifacts like these meets the criteria necessary to be considered as platform planks – material must be very old, fail the smell test and originate from Middle […]

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Give money to these great Irish filmmakers

Posted April 3, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Mark Steyn writes about them, here: For me, the silence of the broader culture became as disturbing as the mound of corpses: Gosnell’s murderous regime in Philadelphia reflects on him. The case’s all but total absence from the public discourse reflects on America. Phelim McAleer and his missus Ann McElhinney have determined to break the […]

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Hunger Games comes to TV? Survival for entertainment?

Posted April 3, 2014 by Faye Sonier

When Survivor hit TV for the first time years ago, I think I was in high school. Everyone was caught up in this brand new TV program format. People were talking about it non-stop and it seemed that everyone was watching it. Except me apparently. I worked at a pharmacy and one day between customers, […]

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Economy

Are you in Justin Trudeau’s middle class?

Posted April 2, 2014 by David Akin

Monday Ajax, Ont., Reporter (Marissa Semkiw): “What income range for individuals and households constitutes middle class?” Trudeau: “You’d like a number?” Reporter: “What income range constitutes middle class?” Trudeau:  ”There are all sorts of different ways of calculating which decile or quintile constitutes the middle class. The reality is that I consider the middle class […]

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Canada

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: UnFair Elections Act

Posted April 2, 2014 by John Klein

Sent by email to pierre.poilievre@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Poilievre:

I’m very disappointed with the proposed Fair Elections Act. I agree with experts like the CEO who says Canadians will be disenfranchised if your plans to change ID requirements go ahead. Having assisted with past elections, I think your bill is awful, and will have mostly the opposite effect claimed by its Orwellian title. Your party’s refusal to include Green Party and independent voices at committee betray your efforts to create an unfair Elections Act, lacking broad consultations with most voting Canadians.

Sincerely,

John Klein

My MP’s office already (Read more…)

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