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cmkl: Trans-Outaouais Terror

Sure the maps all say there’s a road there. And so what if there’s no Google Street View? How bad could it be? I’ve got wide tires and disc brakes. That should be fine, right? Right. So off I went. It wasn’t supposed to be all that hard. But there were some tell-tale signs that … Continue reading Trans-Outaouais Terror →

Politics and its Discontents: Robert Reich’s Warning About the Trans Pacific Partnership

Although directed to an American audience, these warnings are equally applicable to Canada:

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The Trans Pacific Partnership is a zombie that refuses to die no matter how many stakes are driven through its heart. Today the Senate voted 60 to 37 in favor of “fast track” negotiating authority, and final passage of fast track is expected tomorrow – laying the groundwork for an up-or-down (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Let’s work to stop the crackdown on domain privacy

Have you ever wondered just how many domain names there are out there? Turns out, there are a lot! According to Verisign’s Domain Industry Brief, there were a whopping 288 million domain names registered by the end of 2014, with 16.9 million new domains registered in 2014 alone.

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The Canadian Progressive: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

The post Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Parchment in the Fire: Will the Greek Referendum Bring the Troika Back to the Bargaining Table? (2/2)

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza

Parchment in the Fire: Will the Greek Referendum Bring the Troika Back to the Bargaining Table? (1/2)

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor After Another Seizure

Conor has been on  a good run for the previous 7-10 days and today was pretty much the same until 6:15 this evening when we heard a loud thump uupstairs.  His mom ran upstairs and screamed for help when she saw him convulsing on the floor with thick fluids oozing out of his mouth.  We had to keep him on his side with his head away from any corners or hard objects.   This was Conor’s 4th grand mal seizure since Christmas. Conor’s convulsions did not appear to last too long compared to some previous seizures ..  approximately 2 minutes. (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On delay tactics

Following up on this post, let’s look in a bit more detail as to how the Cons might try to make excuses for a delay in this fall’s expected federal election – and why they might be happy to use the more questionable means to do so.

As noted in the previous post, the fixed election date set in October was set by an act of Parliament, and could easily be changed through the same process given the Cons’ well-whipped majorities in both chambers. So why then might Stephen Harper prefer to ignore or flout legislation rather than changing (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Treaty 8 First Nations file lawsuits to protect sacred lands, stop Site C Dam

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Guest bloggers Allison Russell and Emily Beveridge from Rana Law explain lawsuits by a group of Treaty 8 First Nations against the federal and BC governments’ approvals of the Site C Dam in the Peace River Valley of northeastern BC.

This is a guest post by Allison Russell, a lawyer at Rana Law, and Emily Beveridge, an articling student at Rana Law, who are part of the legal team representing a group of Treaty 8 First Nations in their legal challenges against the controversial Site C Dam.

Overview

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OpenMedia.ca: Ottawa Citizen: The cost of our security is not our privacy

At the human level, privacy is the most fundamental form of security. Speak out to commit all party leaders to repeal Bill C-51at KillC51.ca

Article by Shannon Gormley

Ever-benevolent in exactly the wrong ways, our federal government has given our national spy agency powers that no spy agency should have. This particular gift has unsettled many of us since Bill C-51 came into its regrettable existence. But until last week, we didn’t know that our spy agency itself knew that it didn’t need new information-sharing laws.

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Canadian Dimension: The Lonely American

“Time Square Caught Napping” • Photo by Nana B Agyei

Michael P. Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, one of the country’s largest racetracks, stood with a group of about a dozen race fans at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Next to him were boxes of free doughnuts and coffee. A line of men with towels, who had spent the night in nearby RV campers, pop-up campers and tents, stood patiently outside the door to a shower room. A light drizzle, one that would turn into a torrential downpour and lead to the races being canceled in the afternoon, coated the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got Trees

We’ve only hand planted trees (and their heirs), but we also have smoke.

If "forest fires" or "smoke" isn't trending in #YQR right now, what the heck are people looking at? It's like NYC smoggy when smoke blows in

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 29, 2015

In just the last couple of hours, Regina has been enveloped in forest fire smoke from up north. pic.twitter.com/T5QFLFFHAz

— Edward Willett (@ewillett) June 29, 2015

@GlobalRegina we're visiting friends near Wakaw and woke up to the smoke and orange light like this pic.twitter.com/H8kUN4sMa4

— Feel The Fire Pages (@feelthefirepgs) (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Queen City Ex Musical Ride

Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?

Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence. http://t.co/MSqET5fY0G pic.twitter.com/XHipX4zt4f

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015

OpenMedia.ca: VICE: Opposition to C-51 is as high as it’s ever been

Even after the bill passed, opposition to C-51 is as high as it’s ever been.

This reckless legislation is shaping up to be a key election issue.  Speak out now to get it repealed at KillC51.ca

Article by Justin Ling for Vice

Canadians aren’t the biggest fans of C-51, the anti-terrorism bill that is now law.

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The Common Sense Canadian: BC govt hires accounting firm to give fracking a green stamp

A storage pond in northeast BC containing fracking fluids (Image: Two Island Films)

Republished with permission from the ECOreport

There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it.

Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY), based upon which Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman says, “British Columbians can have confidence they (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Trudeau, CPC and the ISIS footage

There has been a ton of commentary about what the ad is. There hasn’t been a lot of commentary about what it isn’t.

It isn’t:

Proprietary: The CBC has tried to claim it is, but the CBC is mistaken. There is no copyright in news. Geist slices and dices Mother Corp., here: “The CBC is simply wrong. Its guiding principle is wrong and its attempt to use copyright to take down an offensive advertisement is wrong.” Ubiquitous: I don’t know about you, but the only place I have actually seen that ad is online. All the stories say (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Conservative campaign spokesman tried to defend the use of ISIS video in their ad

Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke tried to defend the use of ISIS video in their recent attack ad. He tried. ‪#‎Harpocrisy‬

By Global TV

Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark sat down with Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke to discuss HarperPAC and a recent attack ad that features ISIS video and why they chose to show such imagery.

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Morton's Musings: Brief reasons in civil matters are not insufficient especially where urgency exists

PDM Entertainment Inc. v. Three Pines Creations Inc., 2015 ONCA 488:

 [32] I begin with an important contextual point. After the two applications were filed, they were scheduled for hearing on an urgent basis on the first available date that permitted time for responding materials, examinations and facta. In its Notice of Application, PDM said, under a separate heading titled “Urgency”: (eee) [I]t is imperative that the Application be heard on an urgent basis. PDM has funding applications that are presently being considered and, if there is uncertainty as to the ownership of the rights, the funding applications may (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: June 29:All the news that isn’t news…

“Anti-smoking laws to cause revenue shortfall.” That’s the lead story for today. Well, yeah. But I suspect the Irving enterprises cause us a much, much bigger revenue shortfall than smokers do. But you’ll never see that headline. Nor will you ever see the headline story that the very rich around the world have been piling up wealth since the days of Mulroney and Reagan while the rest get poorer.

Jobs and wealth have been transported to the cheap labour part of the world. Of course, the cheap labour  isn’t getting the wealth. That stays in the pockets of our (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: #NDP trying to turn The Beard™ into an asset. 

Smart. (Shows what I know.)

kirbycairo: On Hope and Fear in the run up to the Elections. . .

Despite wanting to turn off recent political events, an urge that is motivated by a depressed feeling of helplessness and hopelessness, I have kept a careful watch on things over the past few months, almost like a addict who willingly engages in dangerous activity. Like someone addicted to gambling, I think many of us on the left watch political events because we are continually nagged by the hope that things will get better, that the big win is just around the corner, that people are going to wake up to the shocking evil that has become our government and that (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Emmanuel Saez examines the U.S.’ latest income inequality numbers and finds that the gap between the wealthy few and everybody else is still growing. The Equality Trust finds that the UK’s tax system is already conspicuously regressive even as the Cameron Cons plan to make it more so. And Tom Clark reviews Anthony Atkinson’s Inequality, featuring the observation that even returning to the distribution of the 1970s will require major (if needed) changes to the economic assumptions we’ve meekly accepted since then.

- Andrew Mitrovica comments on the Cons’ pandering (Read more…)

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Watching a moment of the police watching people

Earlier today, I was out in downtown Sudbury running some errands. Before I came home, I stopped to have some fast food. I was sitting, munching on my pizza, and watching out the window of the establishment.

Across the street, sitting on a ledge, was a group of people — about eight in total, all visibly Indigenous, about half a dozen men and two women. It’s a lovely day here, and they

Canadian Dimension: Can You Trust Justin Trudeau?

Cartoon by Greg Perry

Here we go again – the Red Book 3.0. Yet another build-up of Liberal election promises just like the ones we’ve seen before (though I admit the one about changing the voting system might be hard to dodge).

The most infamous, of course, was Jean Chretien’s, which he held high and waved at every opportunity in the 1993 election. Co-authored by Paul Martin, it promised the world as we would like it: strong communities, enhanced Medicare, equality, increased funding for education, an end to child poverty. You could almost hear the violins playing. But what (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: John McCallum visits #Brantford #Brant again, Danielle Takacs Community Office officially open!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a lot of activity happening this past Friday and Saturday in Brantford-Brant where my friend Danielle Takacs is running. On Friday, the Honourable John McCallum came down to the riding to spend a half day with Danielle greeting people and talking to them at the Via Rail Train Station about the Fairness plan. This was the 2nd visit by Mr. McCallum in the past 3 months in support of Danielle and the local campaign. We were also joined by former Brant MP Lloyd St. Amand at the Station. They then proceeded to (Read more…)