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Alberta Diary: Thanks to Tom Lukaszuk’s memo, Albertans know it wasn’t just Alison Redford with the entitlement problem

Members of the Alberta government’s Public Affairs Bureau spin a good yarn in response to freedom of information requests filed ages ago by Alberta journalists, opposition politicians and other busybodies. Actual government propaganda officials may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk, Information Commissioner Jill Clayton and Finance Minister Doug Horner.


Albertans owe Thomas Lukaszuk a small gesture of thanks for illustrating it’s not just Alison Redford who had the problem with entitlement.

Surely it’s a sense of entitlement that drives the attitude, all too typical among members of Alberta’s still-ruling Progressive Conservative elite, (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Todd Bentley: I need $10,000 NOW!

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

Well, perhaps it wasn’t stated as bluntly as in my headline. But Todd Bentley put on the pressure a couple hours ago by e-mail. And he only has about 45 hours to go.

Is he paying a ransom to kidnappers? Owe 10 large to gangsters? No. he’s trying to meet a deadline for a down payment on an “apostolic kingdom center” If he can come up with $10,000 US to meet the 48 hour deadline, he can have the facility, complete with 300 seat sanctuary.

Thus the e-mail tonight. He’s quite (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Scandal at 24 Sussex Drive

Well compared to all the other scandals he is facing this may not be the biggest. Paramedics were called to the Prime Minister’s official residence in Ottawa over the weekend after an 18-year-old woman suffered from severe intoxication. The Ottawa Paramedic Service confirmed that it responded to a call involving an 18-year-old who suffered from “possible alcohol intoxication” at an event at 24 Sussex Drive.But it is scandalous to see how lightly the incident is being treated, and the way the RCMP seem to be trying to protect Stephen Harper.Read more »

DeSmogBlog: Only With Political Will Can We Avoid The Worst Of Climate Change

This is a guest post by David Suzuki.

It’s fitting that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released during Earth Month. After all, the third chapter of its Fifth Assessment focuses on ways to keep our planet healthy and livable by warding off extreme climatic shifts and weather events caused by escalating atmospheric carbon.

Doing so will require substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions – 40 to 70 per cent by 2050 and to near-zero by the end of the century. We must also protect carbon “sinks” such as forests and wetlands and find ways to store or bury carbon. (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External-Naomi Kline

Naomi Kline once again shares her eloquence and understanding of the challenges facing us on what is the threatened condition of ‘Planet Earth’

The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.

“If the ideas that rule our culture are stopping us from saving ourselves,” says author and activist Naomi Kline, “then it is within our power to change those ideas.” (Image, via The Nation)One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call “mismatch” or “mistiming.”

This (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: ‘Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’: Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe

The pressure is mounting as it well should be. The unconventional pursuit of gas and oil is a crime against nature and humanity. Water is more valuable than gas or oil!

Here a former insider speaks out in the piece from Common Dreams

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’: Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested 

By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams staff writer

In a message “straight from the horse’s mouth,” a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: My Jesus

Lisa’s, too (and who just became a Catholic, BTW).


Cathie from Canada: No, its not art. Its garbage

Critics trash environmental artwork

This definitely falls into the “don’t piss on me and tell me its raining” category.

What an insult from our Visual Arts Placement Jury to a poorer neighbourhood, to put a couple of bales of plastic garbage on one of their streetcorners and then tell them its “art” and is meant to start “a discussion about waste”.

Inner city Saskatoon neighbourhoods have had plenty of opportunity over the years to talk about waste — the needle cleanup every spring, to start with.  They don’t need any more.

I cannot imagine the “discussion” that the residents would (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: You Can’t Call It Momentum: Ontario Poll, Not Widely Circulated Yet

From “earlier this month”, no idea if that matters @natnewswatch: Nanos on Ontario election: Dead heat – Grits 36, PCs 36 NDP trailing at 22— Rob Silver (@RobSilver) April 23, 2014

Their March poll had the OLP 3 up.  All margin of error stuff.  But note the NDP has lost a couple of points. Can’t call that momentum.

DeSmogBlog: Critics Concerned Pipelines, Tankers Reason for Downgrading "Threatened" Status of Humpback Whales

This week the Federal government was legally obligated to establish protected habitat for threatened North Pacific humpback whales. Instead the Harper government suddenly moved to take the humpback off the “threatened species” list. That would eliminate the legal requirement under Canada’s Species At Risk Act for protecting habitat along the British Columbia coast.

The government based the downgrade on a recommendation made by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), the independent scientific body that designates which wildlife species are in trouble, in 2011.

Critics have noted the decision eliminates a major obstacle to both the (Read more…)

Cathie from Canada: Shorter

Shorter statement from the Weyburn restaurant at the centre of the Temporary Foreign Worker program controversy:

“It’s all the employees’ fault!”

Darn it, that “restructuring” will just trip you up sometimes.

The Canadian Progressive: Open Letter: 400+ Academics Demand Withdrawal of Harper’s Orwellian Fair Elections Act

“Free and fair elections lie at the heart of our democracy. The government should not underestimate the commitment of Canadians to defend this fundamental principle.”

by: Various | April 23, 2014

Last month, more than 160 professors signed an open letter to express grave concerns about the damage to Canadian democracy that the “Fair Elections Act,” Bill C-23, would cause. Today, we the undersigned, an even larger group of professors who share a deep concern over this legislation, urge the government to withdraw the bill and draft truly fair election reforms based on meaningful consultations with opposition parties, non-partisan (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nations show Nancy Greene, Harper govt positive alternative to open net fish farms

Namgis First Nation-grown closed-containment salmon ready for market (Photo:

Part 2 of DC Reid’s appeal to Canadian Senator and Olympic hero Nancy Greene Raine, who recently came out in support of a massive increase to open net pen salmon farms on BC’s coast. Read part 1 here.

While Nancy Greene Raine has taken a stance to push in-ocean fish farms, there is a lot of science that she likely does not know. And I doubt she realizes she is taking a stand against wild BC salmon. The bullets from my earlier article are discussed further here, with (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Liberal Nominee: Joseph Angolano in Scarborough North

This is another in a series of blogposts I’ve done for folks I know that are running to be the Liberal candidate in certain ridings*, be they for federal or provincial. This time, I’m highlighting Joseph Angolano, who is running to be the Liberal nominee in the new riding of Scarborough North.

Joseph is a tad different from the other candidates I’m highlighting; he was not/is not a Liberal blogger, as some of my other folks I’ve highlighted here, but was/is friends with a lot of them, and he did get involved in a couple of political chat sites I (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Barnett Shale Fracking Victims Win First Round in Court Battle with Gas Industry

Legal tremors are reverberating in the Barnett Shale region in Texas after yesterday’s $2.925 million dollar verdict in favor of the plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Aruba Petroleum for damages to their health and the devaluation of their home in a fracking nuisance case.

Earthworks energy program director Bruce Baizel stated in a press release that the jury’s decision is important for two reasons:

“When evidence of fracking’s impacts are shown to an impartial jury in a court of law, they find them to be real and significant. And it shows why the fracking industry is (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: April 23: actually, I’m starting this on the night of April 23…

You see, I thought retirement was a time of taking it easy. That’s a dirty lie. I’ve never been busier in life. And April 23 is going to be a very busy day what with a doctor’s appointment, and exercise class and the blog. With that sort of pressure, I find it hard to maintain my schedule of cleaning the apartment once every two months (or so).

Anyway, it’s getting really tough to say much about the TandT in recent weeks. There’s just nothing in it. And it’s hard to write about nothing every day.

So I’ll start with answering (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PMO: RCMP is Deeply Offended You’re Not Buying Their Crap

“Come on!” – RCMP

The Canadian people know when they’re being fed smoke and mirrors, and things taste very smoky and shiny right now.

@PierAsselin It almost seems like he just doesn't like the questions being raised.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014

+1 RT @mdemeny: So the letter refuting the RCMP as an agent of the governing party by policy had to be vetted by an agent of party. Ironic.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014

“Thanks to the RCMP, we know that senior officials in our government were conspiring to cover up (Read more…) Your OpenMedia team is now on Tumblr!

Our Stop the Secrecy campaign launched Tuesday – and already we’re having a major impact, with over 2.8 million people calling for an end to the secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We’ve just launched our hard-hitting “bat signal” in Washington D.C., and we thought what better way to share these images than by launching them on a new OpenMedia Tumblr.

We’re big fans of Tumblr here at OpenMedia and we know it will be a great way for our community to keep up with this and other OpenMedia campaigns, and to share the latest developments (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brothers in Weyburn

Brothers restaurant owner in #Weyburn says he can't comment on TFW controversy due to employee privacy. #yqr #sask— Kim Smith (@KimSmithGlobal) April 22, 2014

Then this:

#Weyburn restaurant releases statement: 'entirely their choice to reject our offer of employment…' #sask #yqr #TFWP— Kim Smith (@KimSmithGlobal) April 23, 2014

The so called Temporary Foreign Workers program is little better than indentured servitude. That’s a form of slavery, where the employer holds an unreasonable level of power over their workers, so the workers will not stand up for their human rights.

Ask yourself it’s a coincidence (Read more…)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Shannon Hill Speaks Up About About ABA Autism Intervention Benefits and Autism "Services" in Saskatchewan

Shannon Hill of Saskatchewan, parent of a child on the autism spectrum,  Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, (Florida Institute of Technology ABA program), autism advocate and BA (Psychology) Following is a letter written by Shannon Hill to Linda Restau director of continuing care and rehabilitation for the Ministry of Health, Province of Saskatchewan, including comments on ABA and its benefits for autistic children. “Dear Ms. Restau, I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the article presented by Ashley Wills of 650 CKOM April 22, 2014. In the article you state with regard to Saskatchewan’s funding for ASD (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Shannon Hill Speaks Up About About ABA Autism Intervention Benefits and Autism "Services" in Saskatchewan

tcnorris: An exceptional poll

TC does not ordinarily take note of just one poll unless there is something unusual or special about it.  Well there is a highly unusual result in the latest Angus Reid poll released on April 22.

Ordinarily, the numbers go up and down routinely, but the data within one poll is typically within shouting distance of the previous survey and is not worthy of note. Unless an election campaign is underway it is unusual for public opinion to depart sharply from previous patterns, particularly with regard to a single poll.

However, the regional data for Ontario in the Reid poll (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: Mickey D’s foreigAnt worker practices halted in face of investigation

Inspired by this headline:

wmtc: help me buy a tablet, part 2

Three months have passed since I asked you to help me buy a tablet. Money is tight – thanks to past and upcoming travel! – and I squeezed a few more months out of my dying netbook. But now I am serious about replacing it.

After that last post, I was sure I wanted the ASUS Transformer, the tablet that docks into a keyboard, so it’s both a tablet and a netbook. I love the idea of that, but the price with the keyboard is quite a bit more than I should spend for something that’s a want, not a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Needs Work Or Death May Result

I wonder how many dummies were thrown with this ‘chute on first? If the answer was less than 1, then I’d suggest the answer could be no less than 1.

Check out this amazing series of old films, including the Hindenburg and a British war ship torpedoed by the Nazis.

Cowichan Conversations: Defiant Northern Chief Galvanizes BC First Nations Against Premier’s LNG Plans

A new leadership figure has emerged in the politics of LNG, Enbridge, pipelines and native rights. Fort Nelson Chief Sharleen Gail has blown Christy Clark and her MLA’s into major damage control mode.

It could however be too late. Chief Gail’s stand might well have spelled the turning point in this long drawn out battle over efforts to ship bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands to processing and shipping facilities in BC.

The “Fort Nelson incident” has united First Nations against speedy approvals of a $78 billion industry – potentially “destabilizing” the Premier’s entire strategy.

Read this important feature report (Read more…)