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The Misanthropic Bird – new blog affiliate

From Hamilton Ontario, please welcome our new blog affiliate to Progressive Bloggers.

centre of the universe: It’s been….

I dreamt of you last night. We were in the garage in your home town, sitting on an old brown couch with a bunch of our friends. Your sister was there – in fact it was her I was visiting, dropping off some of your abandoned things and collecting some of my own. A few discs, my old books, a … Continue reading →

Blunt Objects Blog: Personal New Brunswick Gut Prediction – Liberal Minority

I have a terrible sinking feeling that my gut is wrong on this one. My gut sometimes serves me well, Ontario for example, even in Scotland, but here, I just don’t know. I have a terrible feeling my gut is wrong on this one.

Despite that I will go with what my gut tells me.

For those looking for a math based prediction, they can check out this post, which has it.

As for my gut, it tells me the following:

I see trouble for the NB Liberals. They have run a pretty weak campaign and their leader has (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Behn, Gillis talk Yukon, fracking on CBC radio

The Liard River Basin is threatened by proposed fracking (Two Island Films)

Listen to this 11-minute interview on CBC Yukon with First Nations resource management expert lawyer Caleb Behn and Common Sense Canadian publisher and filmmaker Damien Gillis – who has been co-directing a film about Behn for the past 3 and a half years.

Caleb Behn in Whitehorse

Behn and Gillis were in the Yukon this past week to discuss the pros and cons of shale gas development, in advance of the final public hearing by the Select Committee conducting a review into the industry. The Yukon has had a moratorium (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that to end your weekend.

- Paul Krugman notes that a concerted effort to combat climate change could be as beneficial economically as it is important for the future of our planet: Where is the new optimism about climate change and growth coming from? It has long been clear that a well-thought-out strategy of emissions control, in particular one that puts a price on carbon via either an emissions tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, would cost much less than the usual suspects want you to think. But the economics of climate protection look even better now than they (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Some Latin Quotes to Ponder

Here are some translations from Latin quotations I took from a few books of mine, notably The Anchor Book of Latin Quotations, compiled by Norbert Guterman (Anchor-Doubleday, New York, 1966 and reprinted 1990) and Cave Canem: A Miscellany of Latin Words & Phrases, by Lorna Robinson (Walker & Co., New York, 2008). Some of these […]

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Die Media Die: Quebecor Ready To Dump T.O. Sun

…and other Sun Media media products:“To be honest, if somebody was to call me [with an offer], I would certainly listen,” he said. “We understand that it is a declining business.”

And an interesting comment from T.O. Sun Family:

Who in their right mind would buy one of these papers? They are interconnected with publishers/sales managers, shared editorial service and here’s the big non-selling point no damn presses! Remember when they thought it was a good idea to share services? Now it has made these papers almost worthless. Great call Stun Media. this would be akin (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Disproving Geo Centrism – Part 10?

Who knew we would need 10 segments to properly dismember Geocentric theory. I’m still sorta shocked that people would believe in Geocentrism in 2014.


Filed under: Religion, Science Tagged: Confirmation bias, Geocentrism, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Warren Kinsella: Attention Team Propellerhead: Warren’s free commentary on iOS8

I thought about inserting this web posting into the hard drive of your Mac, iPad or iPhone while you slept – without your permission, gratis! – but thought that would be a really ignorant and possibly illegal thing to do. But, in my ongoing quest to impress my annual 2.2 million page viewers with my technical know-how, I decided to give you my review of iOS8, which Apple is billing as The Biggest Thing They’ve Done© since the last Biggest Thing They’ve Done©. You’re welcome.


• It takes up a ton of room in your device, which necessitated (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To March for the Climate

* Today we march. Even those who aren’t in New York City (like me). Do what you can. “To change everything, we need everybody”

Northern Reflections: Wearing It Proudly


This week Stephen Harper heads to the United Nations, an organization which he has consistently snubbed. The goal is to present himself as a world statesman — not to the UN, but to the folks back home.

The problem, however, is what the problem always is for Harper. He’s never willing to put his money where his mouth is. In fact, his singular talent lies in taking money away, even as her praises (Read more…)

wmtc: will canada become a country continually at war? or, stephen harper gets his wish in iraq

I had been living in Canada but a few short months when Stephen Harper, as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, formed his first minority government. At the time, this blog hosted an active and lively ongoing discussion about Canadian culture and politics, and my personal acculturation. I did not like Harper or his Conservatives, but I balked at what I saw as hyperbole from certain progressive people: Harper will turn Canada into the United States. I felt the two countries were different enough to make that particular magic trick impossible.

Now, almost ten years later, at least a (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Star Readers Respond To Health Canada’s Fecklessness

While “Let them swallow tainted pharmaceuticals” seems to be the motto of both Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Health Canada, always-vigilant Star readers take issue with such deference to the corporate agenda. Here is just a small sampling of their reactions:

Good thing we have the FDA and the Star to look after our best interests with regards to clinical drug trials. Health Canada appears to just run diversion tactics for the medical profession and big pharma.

Richard Kadziewicz, Scarborough

I really appreciate all of the hard work that David Bruser and Jesse McLean are doing to enlighten and (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: MPs Obstructed, Undermined and Impeded!

Recently Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke to her fellow MP’s and the Speaker of The House regarding the governments ever increasing practice of limiting debate upon important legislation before The House. She contends that the rights of her and her colleagues in parliament have been “obstructed, undermined and impeded” and that “constituents are deprived of their right to have their concerns adequately voiced in the House” by this practice. It is hard to disagree with that assessment. What follows are a few extracts from her presentation which I recommend you read in full and may be viewed on her (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Babel-on-the-Bay’s best bets.

Babel-on-the-Bay continues to have an almost perfect record when it comes to forecasting elections. People who used to make foolish bets with us either hold us to being within a few percentage points or have given up and save their money and pride. The latest win was our forecast for the ‘No’ side in Scotland’s referendum.

Only last week we were discussing the Scottish question with our barber. She was clipping away at our hair while explaining in her lovely Scots brogue why the ‘Yes’ side should win. Rather than lose an ear to an errant pair of scissors, we (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Human Rights Museum and the Aboriginal Genocide

I see that the Canadian Human Rights Museum has finally opened its doors in Winnipeg.Which as someone who has fought all his life for human rights, is something I would normally celebrate.Except for the ghastly almost unbelievable fact that it doesn't recognize Canada's aboriginal genocide.Because Stephen Harper and his disgusting Con regime won't acknowledge what was done to our precious native people. Read more »

DeSmogBlog: Labour Attacks Climate Denier Lawson for Gas Bills Double Standards

Shadow minister vents fury on eve of world climate summit about environment being blamed for higher gas bills by climate deniers and says privatisation and deregulation are the real culprits

Labour shadow minister Barry Gardiner today accused the Tory grandee Lord Lawson of “promoting global warming” and apparent double standards after the former chancellor blamed climate change measures for high gas bills for British families.

The shadow minister for the natural environment said the former chancellor’s “militant privatisation” played a key role in increasing energy prices for millions of hard working families when the Tory was in power.

Lawson helped double gas (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence: The Glorious Failure and the Glorious Revolution

It hasn't been easy being a YES supporter in the 48 hours since Scotland's latest glorious failure.First there was the pain of defeat. Then a mob of unionist bigots descended upon them in Glasgow's George Square where they had been peacefully camping out for days…

Tossing flares, singing Rule Britannia, chanting the Orange Lodge slogan "No Surrender," or racist stuff like "Asians out."Giving the Nazi salute…

Assaulting them, stealing their flags.Or acting like only some of the Protestant supremacist thugs in that city can act…Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Activists Join Tar Sands Bloc at People’s Climate March

Activist members of Alberta First Nations to tell world leaders: “We will not stop fighting until we’ve stopped tar sands at the source.”

The post Alberta Activists Join Tar Sands Bloc at People’s Climate March appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Tom Mulcair and His Centralized Control Leaves NDP Democracy Begging

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

NDP Federal nominee Ian Morrison sent out this email to many Cowichan-Malahat-Langford members as well as our MP Jean Crowder-National Vice Chair of the Federal Campaign.

Ian’s email followed yet another top down decision from Ottawa delaying the second scheduled nominating convention without explanation.

Clearly the centralists in Ottawa want to control the nomination to decide who that will be, democratic process and membership be damned.

This may well be happening right across Canada. Democracy in the NDP today has been reduced to sit down, shut-up send money.

I have included nominee Ian Morrison’s email below followed (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Rob Anders, Canada’s Worst MP, has been handed his great big hat a second time

Calgary West MP Rob Anders waves farewell from the back of a pickup truck, a type of vehicle that along with firearms was numbered among his most loved things. Below: Nomination victor Martin Shields; Mr. Anders in one of his favourite poses, with a great big pistol, and asleep in the House of Commons.

Leaving so soon, Mr. Anders? Here’s your hat.

Long before Canadians had the Ford Brothers to humiliate them around the globe, there was Rob Anders, the hardy perennial of the Canadian loony right – elected six times over 17 years by the inattentive voters (Read more…)

Cathie from Canada: Saskatoon’s Press Release War has begun!

I see the first shot in the press release war between the city of Saskatoon and its bus union was fired by the city tonight when they locked out the bus drivers — likely we can expect to see an answer tomorrow from ATU Local 615.*I am totally annoyed about how the city has been managing our transit system lately — this lockout is the last straw. SaskatoonHomepage News summed it up today: Saskatoon Transit is dealing with a multitude of issues at the moment: a transit union dispute, lack of mechanics, lack of available buses and (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada fails to match U.S. actions on climate change

While Canada and the U.S. have the same official carbon reduction target, the U.S. is on track to meet its target while Canada continues to slide further and further behind.

The post Canada fails to match U.S. actions on climate change appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Warren Kinsella: “The lead communicator can’t communicate.”


DeSmogBlog: Prominent Canadian Academics Call Out Canada’s “Sustainability Deficit” Before Climate Summit

A group of prominent Canadian academics has signed a letter that says the nation is “running a sustainability deficit” when it comes to climate change.

“Unlike budgetary deficits, it does not seem to preoccupy our politicians,” said the letter, penned by at least 53 frustrated academics in advance of the People’s Climate March held in New York City and many other urban centres around the world on Sunday.

“Canada has repeatedly missed its own climate change emission reduction targets. Last January, Environment Canada acknowledged that Canada won’t meet its least ambitious target to date, proposed in 2009 as part of (Read more…)

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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Tax evasion at the heart of global economy

The Globe and Mail reported September 19, 2014: “Internal Canada Revenue Agency documents confirm the agency is cutting some of its most highly-trained staff and folding international tax evasion units…

“The shakeup is raising concern both inside and outside the agency that the government is backing away from its promised crackdown on offshore tax cheats. Both the 2013 and 2014 federal budgets contained extensive pledges to increase enforcement in this area. There is also concern that veteran staff who know the ins and outs of offshore tax schemes will lose their jobs, leading some to take jobs in the (Read more…)