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Today in irony: Conservative facebook post may violate the government’s own proposed anti-terror law

Article from CTV News

Even some Conservatives say the party’s Facebook post promoting its anti-terrorism bill, using an image of a Somali militant and a quote threatening an attack on the West Edmonton Mall, was over the top. But the ad may also be in violation of the very law the government is trying to implement.

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The Disaffected Lib: Harrison Ford Is Hans Solo.

When I looked at the wreckage of the Ryan PT-22 my first thought was, “wow, they should be able to rebuild that.”  After that I got that good feeling from knowing that pilot Harrison Ford found himself at a point where he had to make a very difficult decision and, unlike many before him, made the right call.

In the immediate wake of the crash there was no information on the cause but a look at the photo left no doubt it was engine failure on take off.  One of the first lessons drummed into the brains of every (Read more…) Hope Springs Municipal: How small towns are driving Canada’s digital future

This piece originally appeared in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor

“If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” 

In a bold take on this adage, more and more municipalities across Canada have taken it upon themselves to ensure affordable, citywide Internet access through community-based networks known as municipal broadband, typically operated by local governments, public utilities, co-operatives, non-profits or public-private partnerships. Recent developments in the United States highlight their significance and potential role in galvanizing Canada’s otherwise lacklustre digital policy.

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The Disaffected Lib: Fighting Fear With Even More Fear

Fear is a weapon.  It’s a weapon of choice of modern terrorists.  Not for nothing are they named “terrorists.”  They seek to use fear to manipulate a result.  It’s a despicable, heinous thing to do – deserving of nothing but our contempt.

Fear is also a weapon of choice of the Harper government.  They too regularly inflict fear on the Canadian people to manipulate a result they could not hope to achieve by legitimate, democratic means.  It’s a despicable, heinous thing to do and those who attack the Canadian people with fear and those who support their efforts are (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in his own words

So much for the notion that he wasn’t a jihadist, I guess. Examples of folks getting it wrong here and here and here.

DeSmogBlog: 18 Groups Call on Federal Politicans to Update Charities Law

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Eighteen Canadian charities have written a letter to the country’s political parties asking them for platform commitments to enhance the ability for charities to engage in public policy debates.

The charities argue in their letter that “without years of organizing effort by Canadian charities, Canada would not have dealt with issues such as addressing acid rain, promoting safe driving, reducing smoking and banning toxic chemicals.”

The chief concern lies around the current regulation of so-called “political activities” — defined by the Canada Revenue Agency as any activity (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Russia, Ukraine, the West – It’s Close to Out of Hand

We’re Backing These Guys

If we don’t want another Cold War or, worse, a full-blown shooting war with Russia (and quite possibly China to boot) it’s on us to stop treating them like we’re already enemies.

Russia expert, University of Kent professor, Richard Sakwa, has added his voice to the chorus arguing that the debacle in Ukraine is the inevitable result of the West’s – and especially America’s – policies over the past 30 years since G.H.W. Bush and Gorbachev ended Cold War I.

Sakwa maintains it was the United States, fearful of suffering economically, that subverted efforts (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, March 6, 2015

Your news links for today:

​Canadian faces $20k fine, jail time for refusing to unlock phone during airport check – RT News Quebec resident Alain Philippon to fight charge for not giving up phone password at airport – CBC News Anti-terror law ‘unprecedented’ in peace time, says ex-Tory senator Hugh Segal – Toronto Star Conservatives’ Facebook post promoting Bill C-51 may be violation of same law: expert – CTV News Are internet service providers keeping tabs on your browsing? – Toronto Star Wind Mobile wins new licences at spectrum auction – Globe and Mail WIND Mobile big winner in AWS-3 (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On dumbed-down messages

Shorter Tom Lukiwski: When it comes to terror laws, we Conservatives have no time for “legal jargon” like rights, life, liberty or justice. In fact, we’d like you to focus solely on one word.

Warren Kinsella: Dear Tom: ten reasons why Trudeau is right to support C-51

Dear Mr. Mulcair:

Your New Democrats, who won’t commit to scrapping C-51 in the unlikely event they ever attain power, are presently attacking the Liberal Party leader for indicating support for the anti-terror law. You and your colleagues are being wilfully obtuse, and shameless hypocrites, too.

Here are ten reasons why Trudeau is doing the right thing:

Canadian have considered the law, and overwhelmingly support it. Polls show about 82 per cent of Canadians support, or strongly support, C-51. Their opinion matters – to all but the NDP, that is. The law reflects with what other Western democracies already have on the (Read more…) New Wireless auction results point to improved wireless service choice for Canadians

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Industry Minister James Moore has announced the outcome of the AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction. Proactive spectrum rules appear to have ensured independent providers have the infrastructure they need to expand services


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Accidental Deliberations: On clear oversight

Shorter Chuck Strahl: I can’t see why a secret police service should be overseen by anybody other than the MPs who are willing to break their own rules to inflict it on the public in the first place.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Tavia Grant, Bill Curry and David Kennedy discuss CIBC’s analysis showing that Canadian job quality has falled to its lowest level recorded in the past 25 years: Several reports have concluded that the country’s job market is not as strong as it looks and now a study from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce paints an even worse picture. According to the bank’s analysis, job quality has fallen to its lowest level in more than two decades. A CIBC index that measures 25 years worth of data on part-time versus full-time work, paid versus (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On That Fear Thing

Our National Treasure nails it yet again:

And for additional biting commentary, be sure to check out Alison’s latest at Creekside. Recommend this Post

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ontarians really drink that stuff?

Martin Regg Cohn, provincial affairs writer at the Toronto Star seems to be on a similar track as this writer on many aspects of politics in Ontario. He just works for a family friendly newspaper and has to be more polite. He really caught us off guard the other day with his article about the Wine Rack and the Wine Shop that are usually part of large grocery stores. We have always tried to ignore those pathetic places.

But when Martin started quoting sales figures in the billions, the jaw dropped. Are that many people in Ontario so desperate for (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: What’s Behind It All?


I wrote yesterday that Canada’s newest piece of proposed tough on crime legislation is unnecessary. In fact, Stephen Harper’s whole tough on crime agenda is unnecessary. So what’s behind his latest move? Michael den Tandt and Tasha Kheriddin believe Harper has found his wedge issue for the next election. And so does Michael Harris:

There is always a sub-plot with everything done by the sneakiest prime minister Canada has ever had. And (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Baroque Interlude – Francois Couperin – The Israel Sinfonietta.


Couperin was born in Paris. He was taught by his father, Charles Couperin, who died when François was about 10, and by Jacques Thomelin. In 1685 he became the organist at the church of Saint-Gervais, Paris, a post he inherited from his father and that he would pass on to his cousin, Nicolas Couperin, and other members of the family. In 1693 Couperin succeeded his teacher Thomelin as organist at the Chapelle Royale (Royal Chapel) with the title organiste du Roi, organist by appointment to Louis XIV.

In 1717 Couperin became court organist and composer, with the title ordinaire (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Fear Campaign Gets Slammed by Canadians

Well as you know Stephen Harper has been busy trying to crank up the Fear Factor in his Great War on Terror.By spreading terrorist propaganda on his Facebook site, to try to scare Canadians into voting for him. While he turns Canada into a police state with his dangerously flawed Bill C-51.But unfortunately for him and his ghastly Cons, his crass performance is a little too obvious.And it's getting some really bad reviews.Read more »

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

New Brunswick governments have been outstanding in establishing an internationally recognized early evidence based autism intervention service and have made some gains in autism training for Education Aides and Resource Teachers.   There has been no progress though  in establishing an autism centre for adult treatment and permanent residential care for severely impacted autistic adults with a network of autism group homes around the province.

It is very easy to become discouraged in advocating for adult autism care in New Brunswick.  The establishment of early evidence based autism intervention services was not easy but successes have been achieved.  While there (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Richard Warman Vs. David Icke: Warman Wins Again

From Richard’s website:

DAVID ICKE SETTLES LIBEL ACTION5 March 2015British conspiracy writer David Icke and co-defendants have paid Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman $210,000 CDN (117,000 GBP) in damages and legal costs to settle a libel action against them.In 1999-2000, Warman had worked with various Jewish and anti-racism groups to notify public venues in Canada of discriminatory elements within Icke’s mishmash of conspiracy theories. After being provided with material from Icke’s own writings, a number of these venues withdrew permission for Icke to use their facilities in his tours.In retaliation, Icke included false allegations in (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Breaking: The Duffy Trial Just Got Bigger and Better !!!

We always knew it was going to be a big trial. We knew that Mike Duffy would make sure it was.Especially now that he has had time to think about how Stephen Harper treated him, and he's REALLY pumped or pissed.And of course, as I pointed out yesterday, the perp walk of PMO witnesses will be bigger than the Macy's Parade…

But believe it or not, as big as it already is, the trial just got even BIGGER. Read more »

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Federal Presents, the 2015 edition #nlpoli

November 2005.

The Harris Centre at Memorial University issued a report on the number of federal public servants working in Newfoundland and Labrador.

With a Liberal administration in Ottawa and with a provincial Conservative government that enjoyed shooting at foreign enemies,  the whole argument about federal presence was a big deal.

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Bill Longstaff: Prentice is right—Albertans are to blame

If Albertans want to know why their government is having budget problems, Premier Jim Prentice advises them to “look in the mirror.” His comment went, as they say, viral. Opposition leaders have demanded he apologize for his insult to the people of this province. “I was really quite surprised that he would come out with something that was so insulting and so disconnected from the reality in - Alberta Politics: Who is really to blame for Alberta’s financial situation? #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans

Are Albertans are to blame for the province’s current financial situation, as Premier Jim Prentice would have you believe? Mr. Prentice faced a public backlash this week when he commented on a CBC Radio call in show that “in terms of who… Continue Reading →

Sudbury Steve May: Northern Ontarians Get a SLAPP in the Face from FONOM

Did you know that Northeastern Ontario’s municipal leaders are petitioning the government to enact legislation which will silence the participation of environmental organizations who oppose clear-cutting and bitumen pipelines? It may come as a surprise to voters in centres like Greater Sudbury and North Bay that their tax dollars are going towards a lobbying effort which puts the interests of corporations ahead of citizens – but that’s just what’s happening.


In December, 2014, the Province of Ontario re-introduced “The Protection of Public Participation Act”. Bill 52, is the successor to Bill 83 – a bill which died (Read more…)