BlogsCanada.ca
"The Pulse of Canada "


 
 

 
Entertainment

“Where’s the evidence?”: Russell Brand takes on Stephen Harper and Ottawa shooting in new video

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

Comedian and actor Russell Brand has added his voice to the ongoing discussion surrounding Wednesday’s tragedy in Ottawa, devoting the latest episode of his online series The Trews to dissecting the political response to the shooting. In the 15-minute segment, […]

Full Story »

 
Canada

David Frum on the allure of radical Islam in Canada

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

After the shock and sorrow, Canadian law and its institutions will adapt to the threat — and surmount it

The post David Frum on the allure of radical Islam in Canada appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
Europe

Serbia awarded 3-0 win over Albania after drone brawl, but deducted three points by UEFA

Posted October 24, 2014 by Associated Press

LONDON – Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium. The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned […]

Full Story »

 
General

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No. Just No.

Posted October 24, 2014 by MgS

As I had expected, the first steps in the Harper Government’s overreaching reaction to this week’s events in Ottawa are starting to surface.  

Introducing Harper’s Thought Police:

Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online. 

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Thursday that Canada’s law and policing powers need to be strengthened in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. He said work is already under way to provide law enforcement agencies with “additional tools” and that (Read more…)

Full Story »


 
Federal Politics

Babel-on-the-Bay: A year can be forever in politics.

Posted October 24, 2014 by Peter Lowry

It will feel like a year long federal election campaign between now and October 2015. Wars have not lasted as long. Yet, despite all the strategies at play, the key decisions by the real electors will not be made until September and October next year.

Much of the first six to nine months will be taken up with making sure of each party’s base vote. Regionally and demographically, you can define the base for each of the main political parties. In the same sense as most rich, white males vote Conservative, many mid-income, educated, females vote Liberal and a high (Read more…)

Full Story »

 
General

Politics and its Discontents: And Thus It Begins

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lorne

One of the misgivings I expressed in yesterday’s post seems to be a little closer to reality today.

The National Post headline reads:

Conservatives mulling legislation making it illegal to condone terrorist acts online.

Says John Ivison, The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online.

There is frustration in government, and among law enforcement agencies, that the authorities can’t detain or arrest people who express sympathy for atrocities committed overseas and who may pose a threat to public safety, one Conservative MP said. “Do we need new offences? (Read more…)

Full Story »

 
General

The Day Stephen Harper Was Forced to Hide in a Closet

Posted October 24, 2014 by Simon

It was a remarkable scene in the House of Commons. Stephen Harper hugging Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau. 

And I must admit I was impressed, because I’ve never seen Harper look so human.

But then there’s nothing like having to cower in a broom closet, while the Con caucus prepares to defend you with spears.

Stephen Harper spent about 15 minutes hidden in a Parliament Hill closet after a gunman stormed Centre Block where he and the rest of the Conservative caucus were guarded by MPs who’d fashioned sharp spears from flagpoles, sources say.

To make a Great Warrior Leader more humble…
Read more »

Full Story »

 
General

Our House gets back to its business

Posted October 23, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

We are here and here we are

The post Our House gets back to its business appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
General

Disturbing Narrative

Posted October 23, 2014 by lance@catprint.ca

I’m reading lots of media and lefties getting in a bunch about whether the shooter was or wasn’t a terrorist. Whether he was ‘just’ mentally unstable, a dope-head and a criminal. He was a terrorist. He attacked two symbols of…

Full Story »

 
Alberta

In Alberta, the opposition scores direct hits using Access to Information laws

Posted October 23, 2014 by David Akin

There are four important by-elections underway right now in Alberta. The vote is on Monday. The Premier, the Health Minister, and the Education Minister have their names on ballots in three of the four ridings. Jim Prentice, Stephen Mandel (above, pictured in 2006), and Gordon Dirks, of course, are all members of the longest-ruling-party in […]

Full Story »

 
General

Stunning Video

Posted October 23, 2014 by markscollins@hotmail.com

At the press conference today the RCMP presented this. Video via Global….

Full Story »

 
General

Anatomy of a shooting: Where were you?

Posted October 23, 2014 by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Everybody has a story from the scene. Tell us yours.

The post Anatomy of a shooting: Where were you? appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
General

Maclean’s Live: After a devastating shooting in Centre Block

Posted October 23, 2014 by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Maclean’s is your home for the daily political theatre that is Question Period. If you’ve never watched, check out our primer. Today, QP runs from 2:15 p.m. until just past …

The post Maclean’s Live: After a devastating shooting in Centre Block appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
General

Denver teens encouraged online to travel to Syria, official says

Posted October 23, 2014 by The Associated Press

School official says three Denver area girls were victims of an online predator who encouraged them to travel to Syria.

The post Denver teens encouraged online to travel to Syria, official says appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
General

The Assault on Democracy: When Fear is the Enemy

Posted October 23, 2014 by Simon

It was for me strangely enough, the most terrifying moment of a nightmarish day. Standing in a crowded subway station, waiting for a train to take me home, watching the fear on people’s faces.

It was only a few hours after most of them must have heard about, or seen what had happened on Parliament Hill.

So I can understand why they were so deathly quiet. Many were probably still stunned by what they had seen. Or the idea that it could happen here. 
Read more »

Full Story »

 
General

Parliament will carry on

Posted October 23, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

And please let there be yoga again on the lawn

The post Parliament will carry on appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
General

Parliament Hill shooting: Justin Trudeau remarks from Parliament Hill

Posted October 22, 2014 by Aaron Wherry

‘They want us to forget ourselves. Instead, we should remember’

The post Parliament Hill shooting: Justin Trudeau remarks from Parliament Hill appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Full Story »

 
General

“Nobody’s gonna intimidate us” : The NDP experience this morning

Posted October 22, 2014 by David Akin

This remarkable video, shot by Globe and Mail reporter Josh Wingrove on his iPhone, shows a view of the Hall of Honour, the main hall running north-south from the front door of the Centre Block to the entrance of the Library of Parliament at the north end. Security forces appear to shoot an armed suspect […]

Full Story »

 
General

Andrew Coyne: We can’t stop every terror attack, so let’s brace ourselves and adapt

Posted October 22, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

As it is we live with the reality that a certain number of murders will take place every year, or a certain number of traffic deaths. We can live with this

Full Story »


 
General

Harper’s Canada and the Attack on Parliament Hill

Posted October 22, 2014 by Simon

I’m sure you’ve all seen the pictures of this nightmare day on Parliament Hill, this criminal assault on our democracy. 

So all I have to say tonight is this:

(1) To the crazy fanatics who killed a young soldier today and another one in Quebec the other day: you and your kind will not intimidate us.

And we will remember Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and  Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent​…

Long after we have forgotten their cowardly killers. 
Read more »

Full Story »

 
Canadian Politics

I can’t wait for this election to be over

Posted October 22, 2014 by MGK

Over the past few weeks I have been very busy at Torontoist helping to write a lot of endorsements – including our mayoral endorsement of Olivia Chow, as well as a bunch of other city council endorsements – as well as liveblogging debates and I will presumably be liveblogging election night as well. All of […]

Full Story »

 
Entertainment

Little Girls Drop F-Bombs For Feminism

Posted October 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Several potty-mouthed little princesses make it clear that gender inequality needs to f*cking end in advocacy T-shirt company FCKH8.com’s shocking viral video. It’s not every day that you hear adorable little girls swearing like truckers, but in FCKH8.com’s new charity […]

Full Story »

 
General

Is it a crisis yet?

Posted October 22, 2014 by Ted Bird

   Whether this week’s attacks on Canadian Forces members in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu are organized acts of war by committed jihadists or self-motivated copy cat rampages by disenfranchised and deranged social misfits, there’s no lon…

Full Story »

 
General

Stephen Harper, The Great Fear, and the Great War on Justin

Posted October 22, 2014 by Simon

Uh oh. Now we really are at war again. The ominous signs are unmistakable.

The CF-18s are on the way to the Middle East. 

To save us from the ISIS hordes that would behead us in our beds. Or mow us down in a Tim Horton’s parking lot.

Because you’re not safe anywhere eh? And even if you arrest them you can’t stop them.

The dreaded Threat Level, which I didn’t even know existed, is glowing yellow. 

And in the Seventh Sign of the Apocalypse, Stephen Harper has just fired another missile out of his rear orifice, in the general direction of Justin Trudeau…
Read more »

Full Story »

 
Economy

Parliament’s budget watchdog warns: We’re not as rich as we think!

Posted October 21, 2014 by David Akin

Canada’s Parliamentary Parliamentary Budget Office is warning all political parties that while the federal treasury is about to overflow with billions in surpluses, any major tax cuts or new spending programs could plunge the country back into deficit. But with political silly season upon us in advance of the 2015 general election, it’s unlikely the […]

Full Story »

 
General

Spin doctors report to emergency, STAT

Posted October 21, 2014 by Ted Bird

   It’ll be fascinating to see how the Kumbaya crowd tries to spin the hit-and-run death of a Canadian soldier in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu and subsequent fatal police shooting of the alleged driver – a reported Islamic convert.   I ca…

Full Story »

 
General

Left-leaning think tank says right-leaning ones getting a pass on taxman scrutiny

Posted October 21, 2014 by David Akin

A left-leaning think tank says right-leaning think tanks have not been subjected to the same scrutiny of their political activities as have opponents of the Harper government.  The Broadbent Institute, an Ottawa-based group named in honour of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, said in a study released Tuesday that its findings support the contention made […]

Full Story »

 
General

Stephen Harper, the Terrorist Scare, and the Police State

Posted October 21, 2014 by Simon

I warned that Stephen Harper was looking for a way to scare Canadians, so he could try to stampede them into believing that only a Great Strong Leader like himself could save them.

So he could use fear to try to save himself, and turn this broken country into a police state.

Well today he got his “terrorist incident.” 

A 25-year-old man who injured two soldiers in a hit and run and was later fatally shot by police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was known to federal authorities as someone who had been “radicalized,” according to the RCMP and the Prime Minister’s Office.

And the way he handled it, and some of the strange things that happened today, should make all Canadians wonder whether we’re still living in a democracy.
Read more »

Full Story »

 
Canada

If You Read But One Thing About Universal Childcare This Week

Posted October 21, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Line them up here. In this one section of universal childcare analysis by one of the smartest people in the country, Michal Rozworski, we see a number of significant policy issues addressed: affordable childcare. universality. feminism. including mothers in the workforce more effectively. a better shot a living wage for childcare workers. national standards. standardized […]

Full Story »

 
Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Anti-Harper hysteria is puzzling, but so is the total devotion of his supporters

Posted October 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Does the government of Canada look all that different, almost nine years later, than it did when it took office? Tough decisions? Which ones?

Full Story »

 
General

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 »

Full Story »

 
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 […]

Full Story »

 
General

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

Full Story »

 
General

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 […]

Full Story »

 
General

The Journey to the End of the Con Regime

Posted October 20, 2014 by Simon

I was watching them make a music video on an old schooner in the harbour yesterday, when I suddenly realized that in exactly one year, if Stephen Harper doesn’t break his own law, we’ll be voting in a general election.

And then, like the cabin boy lashed to the mast on a ship of female pirates, I thought oh boy this could be a long and exhausting journey eh?

Because while just a few days ago I was almost sure that Harper was going to go for an early election, maybe even a late fall election. In a last desperate kamikaze move to seize the moment, by posing as a Great Warrior Leader, and catch his opponents off guard.

You know, his Tora Tora moment….
Read more »

Full Story »

 
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.

Full Story »

 
General

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.

Full Story »

 
General

Party of One: The Book That Will Help Destroy Stephen Harper

Posted October 19, 2014 by Simon

Eight years ago when I started attacking Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime, it sometimes felt lonely out there.

Almost nobody, and certainly nobody in the MSM, was attacking him like I did. Many of the old poobahs in the blogosphere thought I was over the top. That he was bad but not THAT bad. And that I should grow up.

Then a few years ago things started to change. The blogosphere caught fire, Lawrence Martin wrote his book Harperland.

And now Michael Harris’ new book Party of One should just about seal the record and finish him off. 
Read more »

Full Story »

 
 


The Latest