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Aaron Manton: 2014 Municipal Election Endorsements

Toronto Mayor – Olivia Chow Brant Mayor – Roy Haggart Toronto City Council Ward 1 – Idil Burale Ward 2 – Andray Domise Ward 9 – Maria Augimeri Ward 13 – Sarah Doucette Ward 14 – Gord Perks Ward 16 – JP Boutros Ward 17 – Alejandra Bravo Ward 18 – Alex Mazer Ward 19 – […]

Cowichan Conversations: A ‘Yes Vote’ Will Mean That Island Savings Will Cease To Exist–’VOTE NO’

Don Maroc

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…) Head to head: Do you need social media to win a political campaign?

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!



If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: Some lever. Some fulcrum

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how precarity is a serious concern in far more areas than the workplace alone – and how we should think about public policy as a means of eliminating precarity (whether it be in work, housing, food or other necessities of life) wherever possible.

For further reading…- Once again, there’s been plenty of discussion about the hazards of precarious work. But for a few examples see pieces from Emily Fister (interviewing Andrew Longhurst), Margaret Simms, and Nora Loreto. – And it’s also been well documented that other aspects of poverty also cause enormous and avoidable personal (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Oct. 25: Patriotism: the last refuge of a scoundrel

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…) - Alberta politics: What’s at stake in the four Oct. 27 by-elections?

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, […]

Warren Kinsella: Tonight on the Danforth! SFH for Aboriginal Legal Services!

And it’s in Toronto-Danforth – think about that. Hmmmm.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

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.

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A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: The Ottawa shootings and "the race to innocence"

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

ffibs: Leadership

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Politics and its Discontents: We Could All Be Joseph K.

“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…)

cartoon life: On solving things

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…)

Warren Kinsella: Jihadist or lunatic?

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…)

Northern Reflections: Down For A Bit


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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: How the Hair hastens havoc.

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…)

Cowichan Conversations: NDP MLA Bill Routley Takes Cowichan Family’s Desperate Pleas to the Legislature

Richard Hughes

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…)

Paul S. Graham: Video: Solidarity with the Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Oct. 23, 2014: Members and supporters of Pimicikamak Cree Nation rallied at Manitoba Hydro’s Winnipeg Headquarters to explain the reasons for their occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Yesterday, after a week-long occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station, representatives of the Pimicikamak Cree of Cross Lake brought their protest to Winnipeg. Community members and local supporters rallied at Manitoba Hydro’s downtown headquarters to pray, sing and tell their story to Winnipeg media.

They began with a prayer and followed with a moment of silence and an honour song for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the young reservist murdered (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Black Box – Everybody Everybody

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians

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.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Suppress Our Freedoms

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 » builds definitive case for opening Canada’s wireless networks to lower prices for all Canadians


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, which is running a nationwide Unblock Canada campaign aimed at lowering prices and improving wireless choice for Canadians. The launch of (Read more…)

Recreating Eden: Pure Laine Terrorists, Or Why a Little Religious Education Never Hurts

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…) Saturday at 6.30pm ET: Watch Glenn Greenwald speak in Ottawa

WATCH LIVE: Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak in Ottawa about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians. This event is organized by Bill Owen of Eyestir Communications, and sponsored by and your team. It takes place on Saturday Oct 25 from 6.30-8.30pm ET.

Here’s a live stream of the event, courtesy of our co-sponsors at – let us know what you think about the points under discussion in the comments below. Enjoy!

(This live stream will start working on Saturday October 25, at 6.30pm ET)

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The Disaffected Lib: Keep Calm and Carry On, Canada

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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