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OpenMedia.ca: B.C. experts ring the alarm on Bill C-51 as it is set to get voted

Posted May 6, 2015 by Anonymous

 We ain’t giving up this fight, and we are going to keep it up all the way through to the October election if that’s what it takes. You have only a few more hours to tell your MP to vote against reckless, dangerous an ineffective Bill C-51. Speak out: https://stopc51.ca/?src=blg

Article by Stefania Steccia for Vancouver 24hs

B.C. experts say the impact of the federal anti-terrorism bill spells a significant loss of privacy rights for everyone, and it’s getting voted on this week before heading to the Senate for final approval.

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B.C. experts ring the alarm on Bill C-51 as it is set to get voted

Posted May 6, 2015 by Anonymous

 We ain’t giving up this fight, and we are going to keep it up all the way through to the October election if that’s what it takes. You have only a few more hours to tell your MP to vote against reckless, dangerous an ineffective Bill C-51. Speak out: https://stopc51.ca/?src=blg

Article by Stefania Steccia for Vancouver 24hs

B.C. experts say the impact of the federal anti-terrorism bill spells a significant loss of privacy rights for everyone, and it’s getting voted on this week before heading to the Senate for final approval.

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Climate Change

Are You Supporting Politics of Nihilism?

Posted May 4, 2015 by Anonymous

2030.  You do realize that’s just 15-years away.  Do you realize that 15-years is a heartbeat when it comes to making fundamental change?So, what’s so important about 2030?  Plenty.  By then we’ll be experiencing climate change impa…

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Ooh, This Is Beginning to Reek of RCMP and Richard Nixon

Posted May 4, 2015 by Anonymous

As the Mike Duffy trial begins to dissolve in the Crown’s hands, it’s beginning to smell like a political drive-by hit.  Steve Harper’s attempts to distance himself from it only makes the smell worse.

Michael Harris looks at Sideshow Steve and sees visions of Richard Milhous Nixon.

While the Judge publicly rattled the Crown’s case against Duffy, Stephen Harper blundered in parliament by fumbling the ball on the five yard line. In Question Period, under queries from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Harper pulled the standard Harper move — suggesting that Mike Duffy was to blame if his actual residency disqualified him from taking a Senate seat from PEI.

“Mr. Speaker, according to constitutional practice, all senators must make such a declaration [of residency]. As members know, it is Mr. Duffy’s actions that are before the court right now.”

This is a dude in the closet.

One hundred gallons of Kool Aid chugalugged in a minute are required to believe Harper’s absurd attempt to say, for the hundredth time, that the prime minister of Canada is responsible for absolutely nothing when things go south politically.

Not responsible for putting a felon in his office as an advisor (Bruce Carson); not responsible for putting an accused felon in charge of Canada’s deepest security secrets (Arthur Porter); not responsible for keeping a parliamentary secretary gainfully employed who may now be on his way to prison (Dean del Mastro.)

Visions of Nixon: If your prime minister does it, it’s not a crime.

Here is the constitutional truth about Duffy and the Senate. Both the Prime Minister and the Governor General have the obligation to assure that an appointee is eligible for an appointment to the Senate before they are elevated. The GG accepts the appointment on the advice of the PM, not the nominee. They not only blew it, they knowingly blew it — unless the PM is going for the Hans Christian Anderson Award for fairly tales; that he was the only guy in Ottawa who didn’t know where Mike Duffy — or Pamela Wallin for that matter — really lived.


Of course Steve knew what was going on.  This is, after all, the micro-manager in chief, Canada’s CEO, Chairman of the Board.  He’s also demonstrated, time and again, that he’s a chronic, if clumsy, liar.  Steve lies with an expectation that others will accept what he says without too much scrutiny.  When one lie falls apart, he simply substitutes another.  
Yeah, sure, Steve needs to be hauled into court and put under oath.  He has a lot of explaining to do and lies floated on the floor of the Commons are no substitute.  But there’s something else that demands close scrutiny – the top cop in the RCMP, Commissioner Bob Paulson.
The Crown may be looking hapless but those prosecutors are working with the load of garbage dumped on them by the Royal Conservative Mounted Police.  It was these cops who decided that Duffy had committed what has been called “Immaculate Bribery.”  It was criminal for Duffy to receive the money but there was nothing criminal in the giving of the bribe, even with the conditions attached to it.  Really, Bob?  You really signed off on that?  As investigations go, this one is pure political Kabuki theatre.  Is Paulson Steve Harper’s lap dog or did Steve have to hit him a couple of times with a rolled up newspaper first?
As long as the Prince of Darkness has a majority, Paulson won’t have to account to opposition MPs for the RCMP’s role in this Potemkin investigation.  I’d bet that if you could look in the top drawer of Paulson’s desk you would find his resignation letter already signed, ready to go in case Paulson has to bail out in a hurry.
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Climate Change

We’re Responsible for Letting Them Off the Hook.

Posted May 1, 2015 by Anonymous

When it comes to Canada and climate change, who can fault the Americans for seeing us as almost schizoid.  We acknowledge the reality and danger of climate change, we worry about it, and yet we tolerate, even support, politicians who will do nothi…

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They Get It. We Don’t.

Posted April 29, 2015 by Anonymous

California has set an ambitious target for greenhouse gas emissions.  Their target is to cut emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.  That’s an ambitious target but, let’s face it, 2050 is a long way off in the world of politics which means there’s lots of time to duck any meaningful action, enough that it can be left until it’s simply too late.

Apparently California governor Jerry Brown knows the best way to make that 80% of 1990 by 2050 target a reality is to trim the lead time.  What better way than to order an interim emissions reduction target.  And so he’s ordered the state to cut emissions from 1990 levels by 40% by 2030.  

2030 is not that far off for reductions of the magnitude governor Brown has ordered.  Analysis, planning and implementation have to get underway almost immediately.

Mr. Brown’s order marks an aggressive turn in what had already been among the toughest programs in the nation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Under the law put into place by Mr. Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state was required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 on the way to reach the 2050 target; California is already well on its way to meeting the 2020 goal, and may exceed it, officials said Wednesday.


So California is just five years away from reducing its emissions to 1990 levels and they might exceed that target.  Ten years after that, they have to cut their emissions a further 40%.  
Now remind me, what are Canada’s targets?  What are we aiming for?  Oh yeah, a 17% reduction below 2005 levels by 2020.  And, what, we’re not going to make even that?  Even as Ontario and Quebec make inroads on cutting their emissions, Alberta’s are already far more than those two provinces combined and are set to soar even further.  Price of progress, I guess.  
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2015 election: Harper on road to minority government?

Posted April 15, 2015 by CuriosityCat
The problem?

The latest compendium of polls by 308 have good news and bad news.

Good news for Harper who – based on these results – would form a minority government after the 2015 election.

Bad news for the Liberals, whose support is slipping.

And good news for the besieged Mulcair’s NDP, which has steadily lost whatever magic it had in the 2011 election, despite herculean efforts in Parliament by their leader.

Here’s the chart showing the steady but slight erosion in Liberal support:
And here is the 308 forecast of possible seats if those polls hold:

With these levels of support, the Conservatives would likely win between 120 and 161 seats. That puts them short of the 170 needed to form a majority government. The Liberals would take between 98 and 136 seats, while the New Democrats could win between 61 and 88 seats.
The Greens would likely take two seats, with one to nine seats going to the Bloc Québécois.

The polls do not explain the changes, but recent polls have given hints.
One clear aha! moment was Justin Trudeau’s flippant remarks about the size of Harper’s planes, when the Isis crisis first hit the headlines. The next series of responses to the security issues by the Liberal Party leaders showed a lamentable tendency to practice kneejerking to older Liberal tenets, as if what was good for the past under Chretien must be good for the present under Trudeau. The responses showed a lack of depth in consideration, and an appalling lack of attention to framing.
The result has been that Harper has managed to persist in keeping his framing of the ballot box question (Who is the strongest man to lead the country when terrorists are threatening and attacking it?) in the public’s eye, just at the time that his earlier framing (Who is the best to manage the country’s economy in tough times?) was starting to fray.
This gift to Harper’s 24/7 war machine has led to questions about Trudeau’s ability to lead a modern country in troubled times.
The Liberal Party in general and Justin Trudeau in particular have now got to do some serious thinking about security issues, and especially about how to frame matters. Loose lips sink ships, the Allies said in WWI. They also sink parties.
And time is running out.
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OK, CSIS and RCMP,

Posted February 20, 2015 by Boris

You guys know the Harper Government is not forever, eh? That Bill C-51, with all the whizbang spy-and-dick-with-everyone-and-make-everything-illegal bill looks shiny and fun, but it sets you up for a terrific fall. Here’s why.

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First round for ranging …. Battery! …. SHOOT!!!

Posted February 1, 2015 by Dave

Ohhh … look at this …

On target. Repeat!!

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