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In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 29: I’m ‘Just Not Ready’ for an election.

Are you sick of those ‘Just Not Ready’ commercials from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives? Tired of seeing that baggy-eyed old man, that mandatory immigrant with the heavy accent, and the generic woman looking over Justin Trudeau’s ‘resume’? And are you sick of hearing “Nice hair, though”?

Well, get ready to get even sicker.

Harper is, by all accounts, ready to perform the traditional anachronism of asking the Governor-General to shut down parliament in order to hold an election. Since the date is already set (Oct. 19) that means we’re have an election campaign that goes through August, September and into October, (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We forget

Buy all accounts it will be a long and dirty campaign. Time to awaken Canada in any way we can.

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Politics Canada: Stephen Harper Speaks

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Asorted content for your weekend reading.

- Ezra Klein talks to Bernie Sanders about how to build a more fair economy in the U.S. and around the globe. And Lynn Parramore interviews Tony Atkinson about the options available to rein in economic inequality – and why we should be working on putting them in place: LP: Some of the possible prescriptions you discuss, such as a basic income for all citizens, may sound radical, but you point out that they are actually already implemented as policy in many countries in various ways. Are ideas like basic income getting more (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Planned Parenthood Is Not Selling Baby Parts… More Evidence Against the Anti’s

The Arbourist:

An antidote to all the hyperbole and foolishness recently emanating from American fetus-fetish brigade. So, my anti-choice friends, stop wallowing in your gullibility and for *once* try to face the facts of the situation.

Originally posted on Pro Abortion – Pro Life:

Why would anyone want to collect fetal tissue, you may be asking… (By the way, this is not something only Planned Parenthood does as you’ll see below. It is perfectly normal and legal, not to mention beneficial to the field of medicine and science. Planned Parenthood has been attacked with false videos, so let’s (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: By invitation only

Yes, Paul McLeod’s report that Stephen Harper will go through a three-month election period without meeting a single person who hasn’t been previously vetted by partisan operatives is pretty much the logical extension of the Harper Cons’ attitude toward the public. But it’s worth offering a reminder how that relates to the flood of propaganda going in the other direction.

Any place in Stephen Harper’s campaign – or any consideration by his government – is by invitation only.

The few people who receive personal invitations due to their perceived political value – the Carsons and Duffys, Porters and Del Mastros (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: A Man Of His People

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The former head of Elections Canada, Jean Pierre Kingsley, says that Stephen Harper is “gaming the system.” And Kory Teneyche, the former head of Sun News, says that,when  Mr. Harper has a campaign event, attendance will be by “invitation only.”

Ten years ago, no one would have thought that a prime minister could treat the voting public with such brazen contempt. But this is Stephen Harper. Contempt is in his DNA. Elizabeth Thompson reports:

While all parties keep an eye on who is showing up for events, largely for security reasons, most parties (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Grifts within grifts

Shorter Saskatchewan Party Ministry of P3 Giveaways: There’s always a risk that the corporate giants we’re paying to take over government operations might be more interested in making money than the public interest. We’re pretty sure the only answer is to pay off more corporate giants.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Sideshow versus reality in Toronto.

Toronto always has some carefully watched ridings in every federal election. It comes from being a major centre of liberal thinking in Canada and the ongoing schism of the city with its suburbs. There is always a good fight going on somewhere. In the current campaign, people seem to have selected Eglinton-Lawrence and Spadina-Fort York. What happens in those riding will be followed across the country.

Eglinton-Lawrence might have been a black eye for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau but he can handle it. When Liberal Marco Mendicino defeated former Conservative MP Eve Adams for the Liberal Party nomination it said (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Celebrate!

It’s the birth of the Warren Child and the greatest day in Lisa K’s life!

  

Scripturient: Time of Use Billing

Until I sold my business, a few years ago, and started working from home again, I didn’t realize how much of an aggressive assault on many Ontarians – especially seniors and stay-at-home parents – our hydro time-of-use (TOU) billing is. I had a naïve belief that it was fair. A user-pay balance. A tool to encourage […]

Dead Wild Roses: Caturday: we forgot V’s birthday

It was July 7. He’s six now, which makes him a senior kitty according to the local Humane Society.

Filed under: Cute Tagged: caturday, Cute, grey kitty, V-kitten

A Puff of Absurdity: On Rape on Campus

Since I saw Into the Wild and started reading Krakauer, I haven’t stopped. But this last one took a while to open. It’s about rape on college campuses, specifically in one football-lovin’ town: Missoula.

The book is readable only because the rape scenes are reported factually and “reporter-ly” without any emotional language attached to the narrative. But the descriptions are still really detailed.

“Females between sixteen and twenty-four years old face a higher risk of being sexually assaulted than any other age group. Most victims of campus rape are preyed upon when they are in their first or second (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Foals – What Went Down

Trashy's World: The CPC, liars since 2006…

Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit. Like, what do they know? The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.    (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Progressive Proselytizing: GMO labeling shows that "states’ rights" is just a convenient lie for the GOP

Imagine that the Democrats wanted to pass a federal law requiring food companies to label their products if they contained genetically modified organisms. What would be the Republican response? Undoubtedly a big piece of their argument would be the appeal to states’ rights. That is, the federal government shouldn’t be going around impose their will and view on the states, and that it would be horribly wrong for the federla Democrats to impose their view on GMO labelling on the states.

Except, the US House did this exactly backwards. The Republicans (with some Democratic support) have passed a GMO labelling (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: If Canadians Have Any Self-Respect

…. this will outrage them.

It turns out Stephen Harper is not going to interact with anyone during the election campaign that wasn’t cleared in advance by his staffers. Even “public” rallies with hundreds or thousands of people will be made up entirely people who are pre-screened.

Conservative spokesman Kory Teneycke said Friday that only invited guests will be allowed at each and every event over the expected 11-week campaign.

“You need to have been invited and if you don’t have a ticket you’re not getting in,” Teneycke said.

Like the cowards he and his master are, Teneycke broke the news (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Sandra Bland to be honoured with a candlelight vigil in Ottawa

A candlelight vigil honouring Sandra Bland, organized by Black Lives Matter Ottawa, BlakCollectiv and other allied grassroots movements, takes at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on Friday, July 31.

The post Sandra Bland to be honoured with a candlelight vigil in Ottawa appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics Canada: The ad no one would air on Harper

http://www.straight.com/blogra/402951/watch-anti-harper-ad-cbc-refuses-air

Politics and its Discontents: Share. Inform. Engage.

It sounds like it will be a long campaign. Each of us has a role to play.

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: July 31: The good part is….

…it doesn’t take long read a newspaper of the Irving press.

The headline this time is, though, a real one. “Moncton ExxonMobil jobs at risk” And they are. ExxonMobil is moving some, perhaps most, maybe all of the jobs at its world call centre to India.  Gee! But haven’t we been told that unregulated capitalism creates wealth for all of us?

It doesn’t, of course. It never  has. And it never will. ExxonMobil is moving because having a call centre in India is cheaper. Result? More profit for ExxonMobil. Fewer jobs for us. That sums up the meaning of the (Read more…)

LeDaro: Greek philosopher Plato’s view of God

“When speaking of divine perfection, we signify that God is just and true and loving, the author of order, not disorder, of good, not evil. We signify that he is justice, that he is truth, that he is love, that he is order, that he is the very progress of..” Plato

“In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these means, man can attain perfection.” Plato

Interesting! He lived in 5th century B.C.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Smart Or Stupid? (Mulcair And The Debates)

Mulcair is threatening to pull out of any debate that Harper ain’t at.  Already, a tide of outrage is rising on twitter.  Democracy is being defiled!!! and so forth.  Mulcair would be wise to ignore it. Catering to that tiny sliver of the nation’s citizenry  who are immersed in its federal politics is profitless.  Its like trying to service a few thousand high maintenance girlfriends. Exhausting, and a money sucker.  So how will this play to the wider audience of the unwashed and apathetic?   That is, the target audience?  Well, probably not badly.  Mulcair wants to be Prime Minister, (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: I’m Writing Three Cheques

It’s pretty obvious that Harper intends to use his party’s fundraising advantage to skew the election in his favour.  I don’t like it but, fair enough. He’s not breaking any rules. Plenty of Canadian governments before his have done similar things.

That said, I don’t like it. I’ve been thinking about it and realized I could sit and fume – and sit and fume a little more – or maybe I could do something about it, just a little bit.

So I’ve written three cheques for $200 in total.  There’s a $50 cheque for the New Democrats and a $50-cheque (Read more…)

Cathie from Canada: Shut up, Jake, its election-time!

Everybody is talking about the Harper Cons fiscal advantage if he calls a mid-October election this weekend.

I have another question about such an early election call: what information will Canadians NOT be hearing about during the next eleven weeks? Does Stats Canada still get to release or update unemployment rates during an election campaign? What about government economic forecasts and updates? Both would, I think, prove that Canada is in a recession. And what about other types of information — in 2008, DND restricted interviews with the military during the election campaign.Not forgetting, of course, the League of (Read more…)