OMG. What did I do to deserve this? So I can do it again, and again, and again.Because this is just too good to be true eh? As if that Con scandal in the House of Pork wasn't already one of the most amazing shows I've seen recently. Right up there with The Bates Motel. Or Rob Ford and the Scary Crack Dealers.
Now if you can believe it, here comes Mike Duffy demanding a full public inquiry !!!!Read more »
Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.
The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at their lowest level of support in Canadian history. Those polls were of course conducted in the last three general elections and they are the only ones that matter.
A lot of Liberals will take refuge in a new opinion poll out that shows their party with an incredible lead, 44% to the Conservatives’ 27%, with the NDP even (Read more…)
Prime Minister Harper has met with Peruvian President Humala to discuss the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, among other issues. It is so important that we continue to send a clear message to our government as talks are reaching a conclusion: Please reject copyright proposals that will infringe on our fundamental rights. Demand a Fair Deal: http://ourfairdeal.org/
Article from Arab News:
OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Peru and Colombia on a two-day visit beginning tomorrow to bolster trade with Latin America and beyond.
Maude Barlow puts the robo-call decision in perspective.
Just hours ago the long-awaited Federal Court ruling on election fraud was released…In a clear and bold statement, Judge Richard Mosley wrote: “I find that electoral fraud occurred during the 41st General Election.”
While his ruling stopped short of annulling election results, this is a powerful victory for Kay Burkhart, Ken Ferance, Yvonne Kafka, Bill Kerr, Sandra McEwing, Tom Parlee, Jeff Reid and Peggy Walsh Craig – the eight brave Canadian voters who launched their legal challenges and the thousands of us who continue (Read more…)
Members of the Wildrose Party try out their new robo-calling technology, which should avoid future problems with the CRTC. Right-wing Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Party Executive Committee President David Yager.
You don’t have to agree with Alberta’s right-wing Wildrose Party to admire the skill with which it stick-handled yesterday’s revelation it had been fined $90,000 by the federal broadcast regulator for a series of improperly identified robo-calls made to voters during the 2012 election campaign.
Compared to the federal Conservative Party’s blundering response to its various recent troubles, it seems mildly astonishing the two (Read more…)
This is the third part of a series on evolution and politics. You can also check out “Why Bacteria are Smarter than Drug Companies” and “Science Denialism and the Future of Humanity.”
One of the most common truisms you’ll run across in commentary on politics and the economy today is that the private sector is efficient and the government is not. For this reason, we should leave all policy problems to be solved by the private sector if at all possible: it can solve them cheapest. It’s only when the market fails that the government should (Read more…)
(Click on image to enlarge … )Saskatchewan is the home of publicly funded healthcare in Canada. Unfortunately, under the stewardship of Premier Brad Wall and his right leaning Saskatchewan Party administration, public health care performance has fallen to an embarrassing #FAIL.“When it comes to maintaining a healthy province, Saskatchewan gets a poor grade.A new report by the Conference Board of Canada examines more than 90 factors, giving Saskatchewan a “D” grade for overall health-care performance.“We know that there’s great patient-centred care being delivered (in Saskatchewan),” said Tyler McMurchy, spokesman for the provincial Ministry of Health. “We know (Read more…)
Fascist-friendly concert planned for Toronto June 22, 2013:
This link was sent to me by a reliable source. At the moment, no venue for the concert has been announced. Instead of adding my own commentary, here are some highlights from the article.
A concert slated for Toronto, featuring Condemned 84 (England), supported by the likes of Légitime Violence (Quebec), threatens to flood the area with fascist lowlife and their passive supporters on the night of Saturday, June 22.
Clearly, Condemned 84 and bands in their orbit are interested in playing to the extreme right, as well as the apolitical (Read more…)
Reblogged from Edenborough:
Essential viewing for fans here.
A very interesting, and potentially useful collection of stills from Hitchcock films.
● “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” – disgraced American president Richard Nixon
● “I don’t recall. I don’t recall that.” – disgraced American president Ronald Reagan
● “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. (Read more…)
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Yes I can read and yes I know that I read in today’s National Post that the Justin Trudeau’s are at 44 points, massive majority territory and the Stephen Harper’s are at 27 points.
Election is not for another two years.
By Betty Krawczyk. This article was first written as a Facebook posting and is reproduced by permission of the author. In the book”Games People Play” by Eric Berne (1964) the author delineates some of the more common social transactions between humans and describes them as games. AIN’T IT AWFUL is a game played by people who are not moved to try to change a situation so much as they are to complain about it. I think the continuance of the BC Liberals in power will be lamented by at least some people who didn’t bother to vote. In (Read more…)
R. v. Killiktee, 2013 ONCA 332 holds that Gladue principles are factors but not necessarily dispositive factors in sentencing:  Further, in our opinion, the sentencing judge gave proper effect to Gladue principles. Her reasons demonstrate great sensitivity to them. She held, however, that while rehabilitative and Gladue objectives must inform a fit sentence, they do not automatically trump other sentencing objectives. The sentencing judge recognized that a fit sentence must meet rehabilitative goals but that in this case public safety was paramount. We see no error in principle in her reasons and the sentence she imposed was fit.
In the dying days of the corrupt Conservative administration of Brian Mulroney, David Tkachuk was named as a senator from the province of Saskatchewan. His patronage reward of appointment to the undemocratic, unelected Senate was due to his may years served as Principle Secretary to Saskatchewan’s Conservative Premier Grant Devine.
For those who need a reminder, Grant Devine oversaw one of the most corrupt governments in Canadian history. Grant Devine was premier of Saskatchewan for two terms, holding power from 1982- 1991:
“Saskatchewan Tories in Fraud ScandalIn what is easily the biggest political scandal in Saskatchewan’s history, (Read more…)
The Federal Court found there was fraud in the 2011 federal election (duh), but decided the irregularities were not enough to justify calling byelections to let a fair election play out in each of the six challenged ridings.
Six contested election results stand but Federal Court finds evidence of robocalls fraud in 2011 election. Story soon.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) May 23, 2013
UPDATE I: The court by ruling there was a “concerted campaign” to defraud voters, has decided the Members of Parliament for those cheated out of a fair election. Votes have been denied to (Read more…)
By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Stephen Harper’s executive decision that Canada should try to join the Pacific Alliance political and trading bloc should be as controversial as his taking a trip to Peru and Colombia to dodge questions about overspending and lack of accountability in the Senate, says the Council of Canadians. “It’s highly [...]
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So begins The Inferno, the first of the three books that comprise Dante’s magnificent and complex work, The Divine Comedy.* It’s a rich, complex and challenging read. I have to admit I have not read it all – all three books … Continue reading →
I always thought they were called Calgary tuxedos but then I don’t play major league baseball.
Elite Daily, the voice of generation Y, reports that when the Baltimore Orioles visited the semi-pro Toronto Blue Jays for a series that starts tonight they got dressed up for the occasion. Tuxedos. Canadian tuxedos.
OMG. This is so spooky.I knew they were as close as peas in a pod.I remember how in that video of them at Rob Ford's bush party, they were falling all over each other.But who knew that just days after Stephen Harper lost his Chief-of Staff, Rob Ford would fire his? Read more »
One of the falsehoods to come out of this whole Rob Ford fiasco is that drug dealers cannot be trusted.
Steve Desroches, a city pol in Ottawa said as much on CFRA’s Lunchbunch today and the rest of the radio talking heads, led by former Sun newspaper guy Rick Gibbons, bobbed their collective heads.
If they were not wrong they would be right. But they are wrong. If anything most drug dealers are ethical. It is how the business works. Everything is based on trust. Seriously, you read the paper, watch TV. How many drug deals a day happen in (Read more…)
OMG what a great, great, amazingly great deal that is.The Cleveland Plain Dealer tells all that “The man who famously put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for a decade in an Ohio house will never have to pay for another burger in his hometown. Charles Ramsey has been promised free burgers for life at more than a dozen Cleveland-area restaurants.”One can expect to see Mr. Ramsey on NBC’s The Biggest Loser in 2016.WFDS
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A narrative is like a frame only bigger. It’s an overall frame that fits most of your policies together and sums up why you object to the other guys. It’s a story that says what you stand for and why not standing for that means the other guys are standing for something bad. You might say it’s the bare skull of an ideology–not even the skeleton, just the thing you can hold up and say “Alas, poor Yorick” and people can grok that there can be a whole body associated with that. I think it helps if it’s substantially true, (Read more…)
TarSandsRealityCheck.com launches today (May 16, 2013) to reveal the gritty truth about the tar sands and counter misinformation spread by the oil industry By: Environmental Defence Canada | Press Release: Toronto/Washington/Brussels – Launching today in Canada, Europe and the United States, TarSandsRealityCheck.com presents up to date, accurate facts about Alberta’s tar sands to counter the high-level pro-oil sands lobbying ongoing in [...]
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The price of gasoline has soared in Edmonton in the past week, beginning with the traditional holiday weekend gouging, and continuing with another outrageous 6-cent a litre hike on Wednesday. Gas in Edmonton is now at $1.29 a litre; one month ago, it was at $1.04. That means a 50-litre fill-up now costs an extra $12.50 today than it did just 30 days ago.
Why have gas prices gone up so dramatically in so little time? Why are gas prices in Edmonton approaching all-time record highs? What possible justification is there for gas prices to jump, in (Read more…)
If history is any guide, some amount of subterfuge and/or bribery will probably be required By: Lee Tunstall | Troy Media Sick of the senators? And by senators I do not mean the ones on skates, although admittedly the other ones are skating on pretty thin ice right now. Given the recent antics in the Canadian Senate, [...]
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