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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: August 2: Sunday odds and ends.

Yesterday, I forget to mention  the Faith Page of the Irving Press – always  inspiring and uplifting page. I was always look forward to the sermonette on this page as a key to understanding the world. And the contributing cleric does it again. This time, the message of the day, the solution to the world’s problems is we must not take the Lord’s name in vain. Well….

There are exceptions of course – though the writer does not mention them.The U.S. government is free to say it is God’s will for the U.S. to rule the world. (Read more…)

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Orange Wave…

This is from a photo I took of a clementine back in 2011, just after the amazing sweep of Quebec by the New Democratic Party.  Election night was amazing–nobody believed what was happening really, old stalwarts were crying, the young were ecstatic.

Of course, I was glad and amazed at the Orange Wave, but I also was worried because the election ended with Stephen Harper and his Conservatives with a majority government. They were going to have a blank cheque to do whatever they wanted to do.  No matter how effective an opposition the NDP was–and it has proved to (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: An hour and a bit later 


Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

- Frank Pasquale and Siva Vainhyanathan write that we shouldn’t mistake schemes intended to get around employee standards and other laws for innovations worth celebrating or embracing: Uber has confronted admittedly stifling restrictions on taxi driver licenses in France by launching a service called UberPop. Several authorities in Europe have ruled UberPop illegal, but Uber kept it operating anyway as it appealed. Now France has charged Uber’s general director for France, Thibaud Simphal, and the company’s director for Western Europe, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty with enabling taxi-driving by non-professional drivers and “deceptive commercial practices (Read more…)

Scripturient: Strat Plan Part 2: The Shuffle Game

In the second part of my critique of Collingwood’s woo-hoo strategic plan, I will look at the shuffle game. This is where consultants give contestants – I mean participants – a limited series of options and ask them to shuffle these around in order of their perceived priority. Then the results are collated and the […]

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Does Hypocrisy Underlie the Long Writ Period?

It’s official. Stephen Harper went to the Governor General and initiated the official election campaign period, which will be about twice as long as the minimum the Canada Elections Act requires. That Act declares that the date of the election must be at least 36 days after the writs have been drawn up. It doesn’t … Continue Reading

Accidental Deliberations: Good to go

A few images which may or may not become highly relevant in just a few minutes.

Politics and its Discontents: The Choice Is Ours

And don’t forget that the first leaders’ debate is August 6. Hosted by Paul Wells, it will be recorded in City’s Toronto studio and air live, commercial-free and with closed captioning, on City, OMNI.1, OMNI.2, and CPAC. It will also stream live at,,,,, Facebook, YouTube, and on Rogers Radio stations at,,,, and

Perhaps not as accessible as the consortium debates would have been, this will nonetheless be Canadians’ first opportunity to see the federal combatants in (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: Election ad review: Ready (and repeating vs busting the narrative)

After months of the Conservatives carpet-bombing the air waves with an ad declaring Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau just not ready, the Liberals finally responded with an ad of their own yesterday: Ready.

While many initially dismissed the Conservative ad as lame and ineffective (as they have every ad they’ve released for a decade, only to later concede they were devastatingly effective) I immediately saw it as a very effective piece because it zeroed it on a doubt most Canadians already have: is Trudeau ready to be Prime Minister? Very smart was the line at the end — I’m not saying (Read more…)

Scripturient: Reading Tennyson’s Ulysses

Last weekend, while watching the delightful movie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I heard Bill Nighy make a wedding speech that included lines from one of my favourite poems: Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson. I recognized it immediately and it made me open the poem and read it again. The poem was written by […]

Northern Reflections: I Think Not


On Saturday, the Globe and Mail published an excerpt from John Ibbitson’s recently published book, Stephen Harper. The piece begins with a pean to Harper:

He is a lion in autumn, weaker than in his prime, but still a force of nature. He faces his fifth, and perhaps final, test as national leader. But in a way, the result won’t matter. Whether Stephen Harper wins or loses the general election of October 19 is moot. He has already reshaped Canada. And Canada will not easily be changed back.

He has made the federal government smaller, less intrusive, (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The bully tactics of Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be a bully who has never grown up. He seems to be a misanthrope: a person who dislikes other humans. He shows narcissistic tendencies with his vanity over that hairpiece that is always so perfectly in place. He has always been stuffy, vain and demanding of power. His hairdresser is always on hand to fix his hair, make-up or take the lint off his suit. He has turned on all his mentors and has no close friends.

But it is the bully that is most dangerous to Canadians. You would accept the vanities and narcissism (Read more…)

Buckdog: Stephen Harper Makes A Mockery Of Our Democracy – Tell Your Grandma !!!

There is nothing nice about Stephen Harper.  I am sure his mom still speaks well of him, but for the rest of us he is a vile, sneaky, conniving little weasel of a man. His arrogance and petty vindictiveness is stunning in scope. He has achieved the office of Prime Minister of Canada while in possession of utter disgust for most of his fellow Canadians.

He does not deserve re-election because he has not served Canadians in any way that has improved the nation and the lives of its citizens during his watch.

And yet your own mother or (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice: Bringing Back Traditional Marriage

Funny how christian advocates of ‘traditional’ marriage don’t bring this stuff up…

Thank you Darkmatter2525 for showing one of the ‘moderates’ on the republican slate of possible presidential candidates all the while skewering loopy christian logic.


Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce, Traditional Marriage

Democracy Under Fire: Too Much Money?

With much speculation (Harper, will meet with Governor General David Johnston, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Canada, Sunday at 9:55 a.m., according to a statement released late Saturday by the prime minister’s office.) that today is the day that Harper will go to the GG and dissolve parliament thus resulting in a record 11 week election period (or not) here is a quick review of the inordinate amount of money that will be spent during that time. No attempt has been made to estimate the millions spent by the Harper regime in recent months assassinating (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

The Political Road Map: Something Scary Happened 3 Days Ago…

A few days ago I posted this link on to correspond with my blog entry and make a point about the state of affairs in the Canadian job market, but also in our leadership.

What still makes me feel uneasy is the direct feelings that went through me when I was about to click confirm and actually make the link go live. A sense of fear and uneasiness took over as I began thinking of the strong possibility that I would either get into a lot of trouble or be arrested for posting this job advertisement for (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Zimbabwe Wants To Extradite Cecil Lion Killer

Warren Kinsella: Here we go!

When historians look back on this one, they’ll observe that the winners knew it was a knife fight – and that the loser thought it was the McGill Debate Club. 


cmkl: Bibshorts: MAMIL sausage

Wherein I compare the comfort and usefulness of the various bib shorts I’ve used

CuriosityCat: Election: EKOS poll – Seniors will return Harper to power as Prime Minister

A key statistic is not who favours what party before election day, but how many voters actually cast a vote on that day.  Seniors vote. Younger voters don’t vote in the same proportions. The latest EKOS poll explains why Stephen Harper will be Prime Minister on September 20, 2015, leading a minority government: Neither the Liberal Party nor the NDP has managed to make big enough inroads into the senior vote in order to knock Harper’s Conservatives out of power. This means the key to who will actually govern Canada will be settled in the months after the election, (Read more…)

In-Sights: Let’s not forget, they tried to steal democracy

You can support ‘Election Day in Canada – The Rise of Voter Suppression’ with a contribution to documentary filmmaker Peter Smoczynski.

A Puff of Absurdity: On Marriage and Divorce and Trolls and Haters

I moderate my comments because I once got 67 comments about carpet cleaning on one post. I rarely get comments at all, so I hate to block any I do get, but an anonymous writer sent in a comment on my recent post on Krakauer’s latest book. The comment had little to do with the post; it’s largely just misdirected vitriol, so I thought I’d share it here for some closer scrutiny. (Sorry about the swears.)

We men must boycott marriage, and never marry. Why? Because there are ZERO benefits for men in marriage. If you get married, there (Read more…)

Geoff Campbell: HubSpot Academy Inbound Certification

Hi all,

I’d like to share that I retook the Inbound Certification exam offered by HubSpot, which follows their Inbound Methodology (and passed)!

I also took today to learn all of the features of the HubSpot platform through their HubSpot Academy and passed the HubSpot (platform) Certification test, which is halfway to becoming certified. I’m impressed with the fact that they require a practicum proving effective use of the platform. Looking forward to learning more and using this new tool effectively.

Filed under: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Tagged: certification, hubspot, inbound, marketing

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: So That’s It! How To Be Happy

Recently I had a conversation with our family GP.  “Why do you take all the complex patients?”, I asked.  “You are amazing – I’ve heard you advocating on the phone for frail seniors who have no one else and when other GPs turned our family down because Nick is too complex, you said YES.  Why do you say yes when other doctors say no?”  He shrugged.  “I’m OK with uncertainty, I guess.”  I could have hugged him. I’ve been thinking a lot about that short conversation and what it means to (Read more…)