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Currently all attention is on the November 15, local government elections for municipal councillors and mayors, plus regional directors for nine districts, plus a Board of School Trustees, but there is another equally important, if much less known, “election”.
The management of Island Savings Credit Union, who’s head offices are in Duncan, have decided to “merge” with First West Credit Union, an amalgam of three former independent credit unions on the mainland.
Only four years ago the three credit unions pooled their resources to form First West.
It is now the intention of management that Island Savings be (Read more…)
In this month’s IABC magazine, Warren and I were asked to argue opposite sides of the issue. He says yes, while I say no (sort of).
Unfortunately, you must be an IABC member to have access to the magazine, but I’ve uploaded our piece to Issuu. Or, if you have younger eyes than mine, you can check out the graphic, below. Enjoy!
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. – Archimedes
The Harper government might think that a deranged gunman has given the lever and fulcrum necessary to change their fortunes and introduce laws that might other wise be unpalatable. However, I’m not the only one to think that the rush to bring in anti-terror legislation as a response to an insane man with a dim knowledge of Islam runs screaming into Parliament with a gun is a bit of an overreaction. Heck, even Russell Brand has a (Read more…)
Thought for the day. Harper sternly said that ISIS leaders have threatened to launch attacks on Canada. But, said our hero leader, we will not allow such barbarism from evil people. We will stand shoulder to shoulder and, in fact, we have already sent jets to kill them.
Isn’t that bizarre? The reason ISIS exists is because western power have been killing Muslims and looting their lands for over a century. Among the worst killers in history have been our good friends the US and Britain. We have not only supported what they are doing. We are now actively joining (Read more…)
TweetWith less than two days left in Alberta’s mini-election, voters will head to the polls on the morning of October 27, 2014 to cast their ballots in by-elections being held in Calgary-Elbow, Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-West and Edmonton-Whitemud. As these mid-term elections approach, what is at stake for Alberta’s political parties? Progressive Conservatives In a normal general election, […]
And it’s in Toronto-Danforth – think about that. Hmmmm.
This and that for your weekend reading.
- Geoff Stiles writes that instead of providing massive subsidies to dirty energy industries which don’t need them (and which will only have more incentive to cause environmental damage as a result), we should be investing in a sustainable renewable energy plan: (W)hereas countries such as Norway have gradually reduced…subsidies as their oil industry matured, at the same time maintaining one of the highest royalty rates in the world, Canada has allowed its subsidies to remain at a relatively high level while many provinces have actually decreased royalties on oil company profits.
There’s this phrase that scholar Sherene Razack has used that I’ve been thinking about: “the race to innocence.” I’ve been thinking about it as I’ve watched the reactions to the shootings in Ottawa unfold.
By this phrase, she means “a belief that we are uninvolved in subordinating others” (Looking White People in the Eye, p. 14). My understanding of how she uses the idea of “innocence” is that
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“Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.” – The opening sentence of Franz Kafka’s The Trial
Having read The Trial many years ago, I remember being initially struck by the patent absurdity of the novel’s premise, that a man could be under arrest, allowed to move about with certain restrictions, and yet never learn the nature of the charges against him. The story does not end well for Josepsh K.
After reading it, of course, I realized that it was a metaphor for the (Read more…)
This still frame taken from CBC video shows Kevin Vickers, gun drawn, walking down the hall moments after the death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau inside Centre Block. (CBC)
No SWAT teams. No bluff and bluster. No fetishized automatic weapons. Not even a whisper of concealed carry. No body armour. No armed bystanders wearing the white cowboy hats. No militia.
He went to his desk and took out his revolver. One designated licensed officer knowledgable and trained with his weapon. One old man.
I am troubled by my own admiring reaction. I say to myself that I shouldn’t (Read more…)
The New York Times has a huge piece this morning, with multiple contributors, about the shooter and Ottawa (whose name I still refuse to use).
Was he an Islamic radical, or just a drug addicted loser? Here are the Times’ first few grafs:
OTTAWA — A loner. A drug addict. A criminal. A drifter. And lately, an Islamic radical.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the bearded, 32-year-old gunman who was shot dead Wednesday after killing a soldier and storming Canada’s Parliament, aptly fit each of those descriptions. In the tumultuous wake of what Canada’s prime minister has called a terrorist act, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau’s (Read more…)
I haven’t blogged much over the last few days. We are currently involved in moving my ninety-one year old mother into an assisted living facility in Montreal. For today, all I wish to say is that, while cancer is a viscous disease, and diabetes is a horrific disease, the most tragic disease is the one that results in the body outliving the mind.
I will be back in — hopefully – at a not too distant date. There is plenty to write about.
We were all deeply concerned the other day. It just takes time to think it through. How awful that this sad, mentally-deranged person with a gun be enabled to attack and kill one of our soldiers standing ceremonial guard duty at Canada’s national memorial to our dead of foreign wars?
And we also need to share the common concern for our parliamentarians closeted in caucus as a gunman runs amok in the Hall of Honour. This place is the core of our democracy and it has to be respected.
It is only in retrospect that Canadians need to better understand (Read more…)
Many of you have already heard about the desperate pleas of a family in a life and death struggle to save a Lake Cowichan woman, a mother, a wife desperately seeking medical help.
‘Brother Bill’ came through once again showing the passion that he brings to the legislature on behalf of those in need.
Bill’s Constituency Assistant, Doug Morgan, sent this along
From this speech the family received the attention of the media and it was on CHEK 6 four times and the family has now raised over $9000.
Please pass this on to anyone you think would (Read more…)
Black Box – Everybody Everybody
Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism.
The post Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
I knew Stephen Harper wouldn't waste any time exploiting the senseless tragedy on Parliament Hill.I knew he'd strike when many people were still in shock, emotions were still raw, the MSM in Ottawa was still making it sound like it was Canada's 911. And he could still scare some Canadians into believing that our country, and its values, were under attack.And that only he can save us… Read more »
Following official confirmation from the Competition Bureau that the Big Three are artificially keeping prices high, OpenMedia and CIPPIC’s joint submission to the CRTC sets out common sense steps for fixing Canada’s broken wireless market
October 24, 2014 –Bold measures are required to reduce cell phone bills, rein in the Big Three, and fix Canada’s broken wireless market. That’s the message of a detailed policy submission (PDF) to the CRTC by CIPPIC and community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is running a nationwide Unblock Canada campaign aimed at lowering prices and improving wireless choice for Canadians. The launch of (Read more…)
I have no way of knowing if the two troubled young men who took down Canadian soldiers this week had any kind of religious education as children. Given their age, they probably were exposed to a bit of Catholicism in school, since when they were little kids, Quebec schools boards were set up on religious lines. The change to a language based system came in 1997, although a certain amount of teaching about religion–as opposed to teaching religion itself–remains in a compulsary ethics and religious culture course.
The school commission reorganization was something I advocated when our (Read more…)
Harvard prof Stephen Walt says Canada’s MPs are delusional if they think doubling down on counterterrorism will make the country one bit safer. In a Foreign Policy op-ed, “Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper“, Dr. Walt sums up our situation succinctly: “the blowback powerful states experience needs to be understood as part of the price they pay for an active, interventionist foreign policy.”This basic reality also undercuts the illusion that the United States and its allies could run an ambitious but cost-free foreign policy: that it could use military force to shape (Read more…)
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