It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle. Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand called to testify before a House of Commons committee.To talk about the foul voter suppression bill known as the Fair Elections Act, and the Harper regime's attempts to muzzle him.Only to have the Cons try to muzzle him again, by breaking a deal they had with the opposition, and scheduling a vote in the Commons, just as Mayrand was preparing to address the committee.Which had even the MSM gasping in disbelief.Read more »
The scrappy mom-and-pop shop may be a nice image, but how well does it reflect the reality of employment? Small business may be neither as ubiquitous nor economically heroic as many people think. If this is the case, then perhaps the needs of small business should not figure as prominently in some economic policy debates. The minimum wage debate is a case in point.
This line of thinking arose from finding an older piece by the excellent Doug Henwood, which questions the nearly universal platitudes directed at small business. Doug writes,
[S]mall business often serves an ideological purpose. (Read more…)
Well, yesterday he brought forward a gentleman named Greg Felton to contest some of the statements made by complainant Khurrum Awan. Former CJC head Bernie Farber is familiar with the Greg: Greg Felton, arguably one of Canada’s more notoriuous antisemites will be testifying today on behalf of Ezra Levant http://t.co/oKqypKmMV0— Bernie M. Farber (@BernieFarber) March 6, 2014
So how did his testimony go? Christie Blatchford gives us a relatively g-rated account:
Felton, a blogger and freelance journalist, sounded for all the world like a 9/11 “truther.” For instance, he said he’s quite sure no planes ever flew into (Read more…)
The provincial New Democrats have dropped to single digits among respondents to the latest Corporate Research Associates quarterly omnibus poll. [See note below]
Other than that everything in the party choice results is the same as it was before Christmas.
For the Conservatives – up by three points, but well within the margin of error of 4.9% for the unadjusted party support figures – the party has been at the same level in the polls since last May.
Gerald Celente is right, as usual: he said, look at how the government handled the prohibition of alcohol – it was a disaster. They completely failed. All they managed to do, was to push organized crime through the roof. Alcohol didn’t disappear, but crime soared. Look at the so-called “war on drugs.” Over $300 billion […]
BY ANA KRALJEVIC, LAWYER, WISE LAW OFFICEIn an interesting January, 2014 decision, a Kansas court held that a man who became a sperm donor after answering an ad in Craigslist was the legal father of the child that resulted. He was ordered to pay child support. The ad was placed by a lesbian couple unable to afford a doctor-assisted artificial insemination procedure not covered by their insurance policy. The couple had been together for eight years at the time they placed an ad soliciting a sperm donour. They purchased the home insemination kit online and eventually (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Sperm Donors – The "Seed" of Legal Liability Has Been Planted In Kansas
BY ANA KRALJEVIC, LAWYER, WISE LAW OFFICEIn many workplaces in the service sector, tips are pooled together and, at the end of a shift, divided up among the workers on duty during that shift. It is common practice for the employer to take a portion of the tip money in a practice known as “tipping-out,” wherein the employees are forced to pay a fixed portion of their tips to the managers and owners. The oft-cited justification is usually to recoup the losses that should be absorbed by the employer anyway such as the cost of broken dishes or worn-out (Read more…)
BY ANA KRALJEVIC, LAWYER, WISE LAW OFFICELast year, British Columbia wholly revamped its family law legislation with a new approach that has serious implications for common-law spouses, whether desired or not. The B.C. Family Law Act, S.B.C. 2011, c. 25, came into force on March 18, 2013, and replaced the province’s 32-year-old Family Relations Act. Perhaps the the weightiest change in the law was its new definition of “spouse,” which includes both married couples and those who have lived with another person “in a marriage-like relationship” for a period of at least (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: New BC Family Law Act – No More Palm Tree Justice for Unmarried Couples
BY ANA KRALJEVIC, LAWYER, WISE LAW OFFICEBritish Columbia used to have a program in place which permitted inmates to serve their prison sentence with their babies. Despite the untold benefits of accommodating the health needs of babies in the critical window of infancy, the program was eliminated. The reason cited by a prison official was the fact that infants did not fall within the purview of the correctional service. The Ministry of Children and Family Development was left with no other option but to “apprehend” babies previously in the care of their mothers and place them (Read more…)
The, Oh My God! from April Hernandez in the promo at 1:42 is um…er… ah…sets a tone for 100 Huntley Street US brought to you by the Canadian evangelical charity/broadcaster Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
The show, hosted by April Hernandez and Eric Metaxas is currently scheduled to run on CW and ReelZ starting March 9th.
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TweetGenerally speaking, Budget Day and the Speech from the Throne have been big events that gave Albertans an indication about the government’s agenda for the year ahead. This week, no real agenda was not laid out in the Throne Speech or in the provincial budget. Each event is stage-managed to allow the government an opportunity […]
I'm glad the mother of Cpl. Justin Stark decided to speak out about the one-cent cheque the government sent her dead son.And that the Cons were forced to apologize, for the pain that was caused.The mother of a dead Hamilton, Ont., soldier who received a cheque for one cent from the federal government has accepted an apology from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson but said the incident has reopened wounds.So hopefully it doesn't happen again, because it has happened before.Read more »
Tom Lehrer is a Renaissance Man of the twentieth century. He’s not only a composer, pianist, and singer, who lectures extensively on musical theatre; he’s also a published and teaching mathematician.
Mystro is a particular fan of Dr. Lehrer’s work and has performed it on several occasions, when our choir replaces rehearsal with Talent Nite.
Last week was our singing teacher’s student cabaret. Upon learning, maybe a month ago, that the Italian aria he had been working on wouldn’t do for a cabaret, Arb had to scramble for some different, lighter repertoire, and decided to follow Mystro’s example. Here’s the (Read more…)
Budget 2014: let the good times roll. Life’s great nowadays if you’re a Tory insider in Alberta – like these happy political staffers from the Premier’s Office. Actual political advisors to Premier Alison Redford may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Former Premier Ed Stelmach as he counted up ways he could save money; Ms. Redford.
Another million dollars for the Premier’s Office?
Now that’s interesting!
As in Pravda back in the day in that other one-party state, the name of which escapes me at the moment but which you’d think was still around judging from the chest-thumping 1960s-style rhetoric (Read more…)
“Much of the reporting by the mass media gives the impression that Venezuela faces a national rebellion. The reality, says Miguel Tinker Salas, is that the protests have been restricted to mostly middle and upper middle class neighborhoods, not entire cities.” – Truthout, What is happening in Venezuela?(Many, many thanks, to the honest journalism […]
New Government Report Warns of ‘Cascading System Failures’ Caused By Climate Change WASHINGTON — From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a pair of government reports released Thursday.
The reports are technical documents supporting the National Climate Assessment, a major review compiled by 13 government agencies that the U.S. Global Change Research Program is expected to release in April. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory put together the reports, which warn that climate-fueled storms, flooding and droughts could cause “cascading (Read more…)
I’ll note that since the last Nova Scotia election was rather recent, and since the poll does not show a radical change from that result, I will not be covering Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island
The damage the PC Party faced Way back, a year ago, when I first posted on it has yet to heal. The NDP has consistently been in second place since the incident, and remains in second place even as the NDP’s provincial numbers in other provinces – which were virtually all boosted by the 2011 election showing – are returning to more traditional levels.
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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson loves fracking other people’s back yards – just not his own
Dear Rex Tillerson,
I am writing to express my disappointment in learning that you recently opposed the construction of a water tower essential to shale gas development near your home in Texas.
As you and I both know, hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking”, as rabid environmentalist-types refer to it – is a game-changing technology that presents many wonderful opportunities to the American people and economy. Your company, ExxonMobil, has been a global leader in its development, for which I applaud you, as CEO.
I recognize (Read more…)
The National Energy Board has approved energy giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of a pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years.
The green light for the Calgary-based company is subject to certain conditions and requirements.
A statement from the National Energy Board says “the board’s conditions require Enbridge to undertake activities regarding pipeline integrity, emergency response, and continued consultation.”
Enbridge will also have to submit a plan to manage cracking features in the pipeline, and manage water crossings.
The board says that with these conditions in place, the project will be “safe (Read more…)
The thing I find the most interesting about Progressive Bloggers and that which I like about it is that there is such a wide variety of opinion. It’s a great experience rolling through the blogs and reading opinion whether you agree or disagree with them. I also enjoy the fact it is a loose-knit community, I read many of the blogs on there fairly regularly and I would hope the other authors read mine. The more ideas that are exchanged the better the dialogue that can develop.
Often while reading other blogs I find they jog different trains of thought, influence, (Read more…)
One of the centrepieces of Bill C-23 are a series of measures intended to put a stop to voter fraud.
Central to all of this is the testimony of one MP – Brad Butt who rose in the House of Commons to state the following:
Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that there are 30-plus documents that individuals can bring with them when they want to vote that will verify that they are, indeed, the persons they are.
Earlier this afternoon I asked the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversificationa question. I (Read more…)
In most settings I interact with people there is a presumption that a person will keep quiet about his or her religion, and not assume to know what religion the other person is. In homeschooling settings the rules are often different. Homeschoolers are often quite vocal about their religious beliefs.
Of course there are many secular homeschoolers. Some of the secular homeschoolers are atheist, some are religious, but choose to homeschool in a relatively secular manner. There are regular news articles about “the new homeschoolers” and how “homeschooling isn’t just for religious people.” Yet still the abundance of secular (Read more…)
2010 was a record year for Fraser River sockeye. DFO is predicting an even bigger return this summer.
Read this Globe and Mail story from Mark Hume on the record run of Fraser River sockeye being forecasted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for this summer. And see The Common Sense Canadian’s video of the last record sockeye run in 2010 below.
If the early signals are correct, the Fraser River could have the biggest salmon run in B.C. history this summer, with up to 72 million sockeye returning.
That would be more than double the record number that (Read more…)
Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters – and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans – and they’re using their power and control to do so. It’s not too late to push back by telling decision-makers at the CRTC to put Canadians first when it comes to our digital future.
Have you cut the cord from your television service recently – or are you considering it? (Read more…)