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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Porky Action Plan From Hell

Posted November 27, 2014 by Simon

Well I see Stephen Harper is leaving the country again today, this time to attend the Francophone Summit in Senegal. Which as you may or may not know is the greatest collection of corrupt dictators in the whole wide world.But that’s not the only reason he’s going.He is no doubt also fleeing Canada so he doesn’t have to answer any more embarrassing questions about his latest and most disgusting Porky Action Plan.Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Porky Action Plan From Hell

Posted November 27, 2014 by Simon

Well I see Stephen Harper is leaving the country again today, this time to attend the Francophone Summit in Senegal. Which as you may or may not know is the greatest collection of corrupt dictators in the whole wide world.But that’s not the only reason he’s going.He is no doubt also fleeing Canada so he doesn’t have to answer any more embarrassing questions about his latest and most disgusting Porky Action Plan.Read more »

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Canada

Pardon backlog affects thousands of former offenders

Posted November 27, 2014 by The Canadian Press

For thousands of Canadians who have long-since served their sentences and returned to a crime-free life, advocates say the backlog means their criminal records are easily obtained

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Canada

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Conservative Tried To Vote Twice

Posted November 26, 2014 by John Klein

Here’s yet another example of Conservatives behaving criminally, and being let off the hook by Elections Canada. There’s such a culture of crime in the Conservative Party, I wonder when it will be deregistered as a legitimate political party in Canada. With election fraud examples from the past three elections, what’s the hold-up? I wouldn’t expect any other party to survive a review at Elections Canada after consecutive dirty, unethical election attempts.

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Economy

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Build The Change #skpoli #YXE

Posted November 26, 2014 by John Klein

This is awesome. The 3 competing projects are all so great, it’s honestly hard to choose. I was just talking about being able to invest in solar power though, so I may go with the SES option. $1000 gets a future co-op membership too!

BCBC GFJ

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Canadian Politics

Progressive Proselytizing: The Conservative’s scripted talking points get them into trouble

Posted November 26, 2014 by bazie

This little scandal Tories have gotten themselves into is a bit delightful, but underscores a more important point about the dissemination of talking points. The problem started when a Conservative operative secretly recorded a conversation including, allegedly, a Liberal MP Rob Anders saying some not-so-lovely things about the people benefiting from the Conservative’s income splitting proposals. The problem? It now appears it wasn’t the Liberal MP who said it, but the conservative supporter he was talking to.  In the short time after Sun news put this up, no less than four MPs – including Employment Minister Jason Kenney – (Read more…)

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Memo to PM questions across the board budget cuts

Posted November 26, 2014 by The Canadian Press

‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ memo suggested poorly executed austerity undermines trust and confidence in public institutions.

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The Trudeau Foundation

Posted November 25, 2014 by JR

Peter Foster:

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation last week held a conference titled “Weathering Change: Pathways to Sustainability in Canada. It confirmed that the pathway to serfdom now makes its way through the thickets of climate hysteria, past social-mediated mobs, and via smokeless backrooms filled with radical NGOs. …

essentially a sleeper cell to promote the kind of big and pervasive government favoured by its eponymous hero, who died in 2000, and now by his son, Justin. It was endowed in 2002, by a Liberal government, with $125-million of taxpayers’ money….

One big strategic difference since the days of Trudeau pere is that much of the bogus conversation has been hijacked by radical environmental groups masquerading as “civil society.”

Who knew?

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A user’s guide to secretly recording an MP

Posted November 25, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

The 2015 election is going to be ever so much fun

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Feminism

Freedom of Choice, T.M.

Posted November 25, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Products for women…from people who care. This university bathroom ad on top of a tampon machine is either severely outdated or going for a retro look. (I took the photo this morning.) Note the trademark on freedom of choice, too. Reminds how pro-life or pro-choice, we are all selling an idea, a worldview. People who are activist […]

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QP Live: The AG gives the Tories another bad day

Posted November 25, 2014 by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Your daily dose of political theatre

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Feminism

Speak Out, Because Violence Against Women is #NOTokay

Posted November 25, 2014 by Anonymous

In honour of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which kicks off today, and our National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, YWCA Canada is urging all of us to call out things we see that are #NOTokay because they promote violence against women. #NOTokay (or #PAScorrect for […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Politicians lie because there is no incentive to tell the truth

Posted November 25, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

We’ve been burned so often, we now assume they’re all lying. Virtue may be its own reward, but it doesn’t do much for your election chances

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The NDP looks to 2015: “We’re up against our own belief in the ability to get this done”

Posted November 24, 2014 by David Akin

On Saturday, in the western Prince Edward Island riding of Egmont, 1,500 local Liberals showed up to vote in a four-way nomination race. For those not in politics, let me assure that 1,500 at just about any nomination anywhere is a helluva good turnout but this is a rding where, in 2011, there were just […]

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Federal Politics

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Kinder Morgan Protesters need to continue to pressure government

Posted November 24, 2014 by Laila

I’m just waiting for some further information on my promised story, so while that government department figures out what they are going to say, this is todays column! This week’s topic: Are people protesting Kinder Morgan likely to make a … Continue reading

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Okay you Liberal Bastards, What Now?

Posted November 23, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

Trudeau the Lesser’s Liberals did backflips to support Israel’s brutal outrage against Gaza’s civilian population this summer.  It was as though no one had ever heard the Israeli military’s term, Dahiyeh.  Of course you didn’t need any fancy …

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Defence

What are you scared of? Canadians polled on security threats

Posted November 22, 2014 by David Akin

Ipsos Reid polled citizens of 26 countries about security threats and released the results at the Halifax security conference on this weekend. Here’s the Canada-only results from that poll: 64% in Canada support the international coalition’s airstrikes against ISIL. 37% feel the international coalitions airstrikes against ISIL will eliminate them as a serious threat to […]

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Feminism

Can you spot the demeaning?

Posted November 22, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

This article about what makes a man just proves few today actually know. I read it with great interest because there is a need for men to mentor men in what it means to be masculine. Fathers ideally would be doing this for their sons. However, I recall being at a conference about human sexuality where […]

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Let’s learn to work together like Canadians

Posted November 21, 2014 by Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Can you imagine the sitting leader of a political party writing a book endorsed by prime ministers from two other parties? I didn’t, until I picked up Elizabeth May’s latest work, “Who We Are: Reflections on My Life andCanada” and turned it over to find that both Progressive Conservative Joe Clark’s (the first PM whose election I recall) and Liberal Paul Martin’s (the first PM whose candidate I ran against) glowing recommendations on the back.

Last week I introduced some of May’s fascinating background in politics, environment, and government, from the unlikely start of a semi-employed waitress. But most of her new book documents the current ills of our democratic system and suggests remedies. Learn more from Maclean’s Best Orator of 2014 when she visits Barrie’s Southshore Centre this Saturday at 7 PM (tickets at www.BarrieGreenParty.ca). In the meantime, I share some of those insights here.

Perhaps our greatest weakness is short memories, letting us believe politics was always as dysfunctional as now. Yet Canadian politics used to be more inclusive and respectful, as recently as the late 1980s when May worked for a cabinet minister and interacted regularly in committee with MPs on both sides of the House.

Let the colour of this room be a subtle political hint.
Back then, queries in Question Period were answered by the actual minister for the file, and the answer had something to do with the question, instead of being a scripted attack on the opposition with no regard to what was asked, delivered by an MP with little connection to the relevant ministry.

Under majority governments like Brian Mulroney’s, opposition leaders were consulted on major legislation, to see if consensus could be reached; opposition MPs attended international conferences. Nowadays, the government introduces legislation its own MPs or even ministers haven’t seen, and bars opposition MPs from important multinational negotiations.

In the good old days, the PM served at the pleasure of the MPs, persuading backbenchers to vote for legislation on its merits. Nowadays, MPs are told how to vote on each motion, saving them the trouble of having to read or think about the actual text.

How did this change? One major switch, which seemed a good idea at the time, was shifting approval of candidates from local riding associations to the party leader. With the leader able to authorize or withhold each MP’s candidacy, they risk losing their job if they don’t follow in lockstep. So toe the line they do, on all sides of the House. A private member’s bill by Conservative MP Michael Chong, which has Liberal and Green support, would reverse this mistake.

Another change is committee work, where MPs from all parties meet behind the scenes to revise pending legislation. In recent years, this process has been poisoned by seekers of partisan advantage, with committees now reduced to rubber-stamping legislation instead of improving it. To get around this problem, May has joined or even helped found a number of issue-based all-party caucuses whose unofficial status allows MPs to put partisanship aside and interact based on science, evidence, and public need, then bring those ideas back to their own parties. May sits on the executive of 5 such caucuses, addressing the issues of women, climate, oceans, population/development and HIV/AIDS.

A true Canadian value is putting aside differences to work together. May continues to prove it can be done, as the Right Honourables Paul Martin and Joe Clark affirm.

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as “Political parties can sometimes work together
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
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Feminism

Spellbinding series on marriage from around the world

Posted November 21, 2014 by Anonymous

The ancient, organic, and timeless design of man and woman has been revered across all cultures throughout human history. There is a singular wisdom and beauty of this complementarity that “fits” with the universe. The family, founded on marriage, is our first school in what it means to be human, how to love, to seek […]

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If it looks like a duck and it prays like a duck and it rapes and murders like a duck…

Posted November 20, 2014 by Ted Bird

   It’s been a tough week for the religion of peace.    Defenders of the One Truth Faith took a significant hit with the release of a report citing religious extremism as the main cause of terrorism in the 21st century, and Mus…

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Entertainment

Barbie Is A Computer Engineer. Well, Kind Of…

Posted November 20, 2014 by Anonymous

In her fifty years of existence, Barbie has had over 150 careers. Even with her insane body proportions and unattainable beauty standards, Barbie has always had one thing going for her: she could do anything. In 1973, she was a […]

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Family

Who Are the Main Caregivers for People with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis?

Posted November 20, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

It’s women, of course, who pick up the slack when our healthcare system neglects people. It’s either picking up the slack or being the excuse for systemic neglect. The main informal caregiver was typically a woman (62%), lived in the same household (72%), and provided assistance on a daily basis (76%). For the most part, […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: When politicians ‘cross the floor,’ there should be a byelection — in some cases

Posted November 19, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In truth we don’t elect MPs solely on the basis of their party affiliation — or there would be no need to elect MPs at all

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Feminism

T-shirt outrage and Western feminism

Posted November 19, 2014 by Faye Sonier

Robyn Urback tackles the same issue I addressed yesterday: It’s quite reasonable to suggest that Taylor’s shirt wasn’t exactly the most professional choice of clothing for an interview, but I’ll let his employer reprimand him for that. It’s less reasonable to suggest that a shirt — a shirt — can drive women away from pursuing […]

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Conservatives win two by-elections, Trudeau takes a victory lap

Posted November 18, 2014 by JR

By-elections in Whitby-Oshawa (Cons margin +8.5%) and Yellowhead (Cons margin +42.6%).  For Justin Trudeau, that means it’s time for a victory speech:Bryn Weiss points out that the turnout for both byelections was crappy – for Whitby Oshawa 32% an…

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Whitby-Oshawa Shows the Need for Active NDP-Liberal Cooperation

Posted November 18, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

The Pundits Guide has a spectacular analysis of what it takes to almost take out a strong Conservative seat in a by-election. See below. It shows that a relatively weak NDP campaign with a very strong Liberal campaign almost is enough. What more does it take?  Ask Nathan Cullen and others in the NDP and […]

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Climate Change

This MAY be your best chance to meet one of Canada’s best

Posted November 16, 2014 by Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Countless accomplished Canadians, including three PrimeMinisters, many scientific pioneers, artists, writers, and performers, were born abroad, chose to live here, and in doing so made Canada better.

One such person is Elizabeth May. From New England stock, counting three ancestors’ signatures on the Declaration of Independence, her family uprooted themselves and resettled in beautiful Cape Breton, a move that wiped them out financially but was a boon for Canada. You can now read about her early life and how she came to know and love our country with the intensity often found in new Canadians in her latest book “Who We Are: Reflections on my Life and Canada.

Luckily, French studies in elementary school put her in good stead upon arriving in Canada, inhabiting a one-room log cabin with gaps the snow blew in and a TV that only got CBC and its sister French station, Radio-Canada. While friends went off to university, she spent her twenties waitressing and cooking for tourists in the family restaurant, campaigning to protect Cape Breton’s forests from toxic spraying in the off season.

Under a special admissions program and armed with a recommendation from the governor of Arkansas (an old activist friend destined to be United States president), this waitress/cook/activist from the Cape directly entered law school and went on to an environmental career so successful she was elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada with a teaching chair at Dalhousie University named after her.

Between founding several major environmental organizations (Canadian Environmental Defense Fund, Canadian chapters of Cultural Survivaland Sierra Club) she also spent two years as senior policy advisor to Tory Environment Minister Tom McMillan, an extremely productive and successful period that led to Brian Mulroney being honoured as Canada’s “greenest” prime minister. During this time she also learned how Canada’s parliament worked: MPs from all parties rolled up their sleeves in committee and made legislation better. The Prime Minister showed respect for opposition leaders, consulting with or notifying them of major policy initiatives; international delegations included members from both sides of the House.

How much things change! Now an MP in her own right, she sits in a House more sharply divided and subject to more top-down control than ever before in our history. Much of her book deals with how unhealthy government is failing to serve the public interest, how we have strayed from the democratic ideals enshrined in our founding documents and instead fallen under the power of a dictatorial Prime Minister’s Office and party leaders, leading to policy failure on many key issues, particularly climate change.

But this topic, which takes up most of her book (with some common-sense prescriptions for how to fix it), goes beyond the capacity of a short column. Luckily, we have a chance to hear Elizabeth speak directly about these topics when she visits Barrie next Saturday (November 22) on her book tour. At 7 pm at the Southshore Centre, May will read from her book and take questions from the audience – unique among elected party leaders, with no pre-screening of attendees or questions! This is your chance to hear from the amazing source in person. For information, to book a ticket or attend the VIP reception, please visit www.BarrieGreenParty.ca.

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as “Elizabeth May shares her insight in new book
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
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Culture

Yes Means Yes: A Reading to Start Your Week

Posted November 16, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

If you read anything about Yes Means Yes, this week, read this paragraph, then click the link to read it all. We all need to be talking about this around the water cooler this week. We’ve come a long way in our acceptance of all manner of sexual relationships and habits, but the one I […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Frisky lame duck Obama has backed Harper into a bit of a corner on climate change

Posted November 14, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The officially stated policy of the government of Canada, recall, is to match whatever the U.S. does

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Economy

Voter preference by household income: Parties of the rich and poor

Posted November 14, 2014 by David Akin

The Liberals have just released a new online video (see below) arguing against the Harper government’s income splitting plan. Liberal Justin Trudeau has vowed to roll back income splitting for parents if he’s elected PM.  Thomas Mulcair this week has vowed the NDP will fight the plan thought he was a bit more cagey about […]

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Allan's Perspective

What’s up with Obama?

Posted November 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

We got a letter from Rick Brunt: Brunt wrote in his letter, titled “You Americans have no idea just how good you have it with Obama,” that his fellow Canadians were confused about the results of the midterm elections. For Brunt, the Republican gains in those elections did not make sense to him when things […]

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General

The nasty Vancouver election! An incumbent apologizes!

Posted November 13, 2014 by David Akin

Left-leaning, progressive Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has twice won at the polls but this time, it appears he’s in tough against challenger Kirk LaPointe, the former journalist (who was my boss at not one, not two, but three different news organizations in my career) who is the candidate in this race for the Non-Partisan Association. […]

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Wait a minute: Mulcair’s NDP says Andrea Horwath’s NDP beat Christine Elliott?

Posted November 12, 2014 by David Akin

Oh dear. I think the federal NDP has mixed things up terribly. Check out this invitation from the federal NDP to a rally featuring NDP leader Thomas Mulcair in the riding of Whitby-Oshawa, where a by-election is underway — they vote on Monday — because of the death of former finance minister and MP Jim […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Any ‘box’ the Tories have put the NDP and Liberals in is one of the opposition’s own making

Posted November 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

If they are prepared to campaign on raising the GST — or on borrowing more — they will be offering a true left-of-centre alternative to the Conservatives

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Federal Politics

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Donors wield too much influence.

Posted November 10, 2014 by Laila

This week’s topic: Should we move to public financing for municipal election campaigns? I never thought I would see the day that any big municipal campaign would open its books and disclose whose pocket they were in prior to the actual … Continue reading

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China

Stephen Harper’s Bizarre Missionary Mission to China

Posted November 8, 2014 by Simon

Well I see that Stephen Harper’s visit to China has got off to a heavenly start. 

With our new Chinese overlords wanting to talk about business, now that Harper has signed the sellout FIPA deal, and they have us over a barrel for the next thirty years.

While Lord Harp seems more interested in talking about crosses. 
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Paperwork makes the world go around: Liberal get set for 338 universe

Posted November 8, 2014 by David Akin

The following notice was in the Canada Gazette this morning. One might think that Liberals were giving up in, say, Wascana — the riding of Ralph Goodale. Not so, of course.  Today’s batch of deregistrations are all part of paperwork shuffle involved in moving from the current 308-riding universe to the new 338-riding universe. Expect […]

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Conservatives

F-35iness

Posted November 8, 2014 by Boris

Aviation Week is reporting that it has evidence showing Canada has asked for a switcheroo with four formerly US-bound production F-35s so that Canada would receive these airframes next year.
Four isn’t anywhere near the total figure of 65 that was in …

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