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I wanted to post this to our frontpage. Alheli Picazo has been a blogging affiliate of ours for a fair # of years, though she has gone in fits and spurts.. and this is partially due to her health issues she has suffered. Those have come to a head, as you’ll see here in her own words, explaining what is going on with her health.

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Warren Kinsella: Lisa does not like my paintings 

…so I’m promoting them on the Internet to irritate her. 

  

Dented Blue Mercedes: Indiana put the lie to “religious freedom.” But Canadian Evangelicals hope you didn’t notice.

Everyone’s familiar with the old adage, “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.”

Which is why the Evangelical leaders who held a press conference on Parliament Hill calling for greater religious freedom laws and schmoozing with Conservative politicians last month might do well to remember Indiana.

“Unfortunately, Christians in this country find themselves under attack. This is a violation, and we are calling on the Canadian government to stop this type of violation across this country…” — Charles McVety

Because almost to the day that the collection of Canadian religious leaders held a (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Business Leaders pen an open letter warning the government that Bill C-51 will cause serious damage to Canadian businesses

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60 leading businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors warn that “unbalanced” legislation will undermine operations and international trust in Canadian businesses

APRIL 21, 2015: 60 leading Canadian business people, entrepreneurs, and investors have sent Prime Minister Stephen Harper an open letter warning that Bill C-51 will stifle business, undermine international trust, and do lasting damage to Canada’s economy. The letter was circulated by digital rights organization OpenMedia. In the letter the business leaders also join with 198,000 Canadians who have added their name to a joint petition at StopC51.ca.

The leaders affiliated with companies worth billions of dollars (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Why the UK needs proportional representation

The Damsel is in distress

The Telegraph has this introduction to the article on safe seats: Has your constituency already been won in the 2015 general election? Find out here. Does your vote really count? New research shows that more than half of MPs are in safe seats. Find your constituency on this map to discover if you’re one of the 25 million people (out of 60 million) who already know who will be your MP after May 7. And here’s the harsh reality:

Have you ever had the feeling that your vote was pointless? You could be right. (Read more…)

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Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Winnicki Donates to Free Dominion’s Warman Appeal

Looks like London's biggest hater (his own words, by the way) has warm and fuzzy feelings for Free Dominion. Or more likely vitriolic and caustic feelings towards the people Free Dominion isn't fond of. With him it's more likely the former than the latter.

Not long ago, the folks at Free Dominion opened up for business again on a more limited basis, however they soon launched a fundraising effort to appeal the Warman defamation suit that went to horribly against them.

Now, to be fair, the content of Free Dominion hasn't been as bat-fucking-insane as it had been in the (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Communications Breakdown: Speak Boldly and Carry a Big Schtick

This article was originally published in “Canada’s Map to Sustainability,” a special issue of Alternatives Journal (A\J) in partnership with Sustainable Canada Dialogues (SCD). Comments on the A\J website will inform SCD‘s white paper on how Canada can achieve sustainability later this year.

Even though people pay attention to images of oil-soaked birds in the aftermath of oil spills, researchers know that another, less perceptible, issue is the death of algae from the use of chemical dispersants after these disasters. Although people focus on shifting to hybrid cars to reduce their carbon footprint, researchers show that we also need to think about (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: IPOLITICS: CSIS IS KEEPING EVERYONE IN THE DARK ABOUT RECKLESS BILL C-51

CSIS is keeping everyone, including ministers of the Crown, out of the loop. And Harper seems to be OK with it. 

Article by Andrew Mitrovica for iPolitics 

When it comes to strengthening what passes for oversight of Canada’s spy service, Stephen Harper doesn’t listen to his critics. Maybe he’ll start listening to his friends.

Earlier this week, I spoke at length with a former senior government official who not only spent decades deep inside the Canadian spy biz, he also worked closely with, and remains a political ally of, the prime minister.

This former official — who agreed to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Betrayal of the Canadian Rangers

They are one of Stephen Harper's favourite photo-op props. The thin red line of Canadian Rangers who guard Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.He even likes to dress up as one of them…

But now that there is news that the Rangers may be in trouble. A "significant number" of Canadian Rangers in the Arctic have died in recent years, a trend that is causing concern about the strains on those tasked with being Canada's "eyes and ears" in the North, according to documents obtained by CBC News.There is no comment from him or the Canadian military.Read more »

Blunt Objects Blog: #abvote: Google Surveys Poll puts NDP Near Majority Territory – Yes, Really

I’m serious, look at it here.

1ABVote’s most recent commissioned poll puts the Alberta New Democrats ahead with a 12% lead over the Progressive Conservatives.

On the numbers provided, my model spews out this intensely whimsical result at me for seats:

New Democratic Party: 34% – 42 seatsWildrose Party: 20% – 26 seatsProgressive Conservative: 22% – 11 seatsLiberal Party: 14% – 6 seatsAlberta Party: 9% – 2 seats

What. I imagine everyone’s collective heads have tilted slightly and are staring at the page, wondering if I, Google Surveys, or yourselves have (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Dear Eve Adams

Step away from the Twitter. Going after someone’s spouse – and, along the way, offering up what I hear is unmitigated bullshit – is bad for you, bad for your leader, and bad for the party you profess to support.

Signed,

Everyone

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: April 20: How could they be so stupid?

Early yesterday, a major news story broke in plenty of time to make today’s newspapers. But, apparently, nobody at Irving press realized it was important.  As usual, all the world news stories seem to have been chosen by a toss of the dice. But this story has consequences to think about.

A boat carrying refugees, almost a thousand of them, sank in the Meditteranean, killing all or almost all aboard.

Why is that so important? The reason goes back to a conference in Evian, France way back in 1938. Millions of Jews were desperate to get out of Germany. I (Read more…)

Terahertz: 10 reasons the Saguenay ruling establishes Canada as a secular country

It’s been only 5 days since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that the prayers said by the City of Saguenay discriminated against atheists, and already cities across Canada are reviewing their own practices. But I suspect (although caveated with the standard, I am not a lawyer) this ruling will have wide reaching consequences as there are very few Supreme Court precedents on cases of religious freedom in Canada.

Reading the ruling, I think secularists should feel confident. Here’s my interpretation of my 10 favourite parts of the ruling (in the order they appear).

1. Canadian society supports (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: On this day in 1968

This guy was sworn in as Prime Minister. I still miss him.

Wise Law Blog: Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Cracks Down on Plenty of Fish

Global News recently reported that popular free-dating site Plenty of Fish (POF) paid $48,000.00 for violating Canada’s anti-spam legislation that came in to effect on July 1, 2014.

The violations happened within a 4 month window between July 1 and October 8, 2014. POF is accused by the CRTC of sending emails to users with: “an unsubscribe mechanism that was not clearly and prominently set out, and which could not be readily performed, as required by the legislation.” 

Just a reminder to businesses that you must receive explicit consent, not implied consent, to send a user or client (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The Star is not happy with Mr. Trudeau

Quotage:

“Time is running short for Justin Trudeau to produce his policies: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s charm and magnetism aren’t enough to counter his weak economic credentials..One of the biggest challenges Justin Trudeau faces is his lack of economic heft. The Liberal leader has no business or financial experience…None of the positions he has held in Parliament required financial literacy…[He has] weak economic credentials.” – Carol Goar “With exactly six months to go before the federal election, Justin Trudeau is facing a rising chorus of complaints about his leadership of the Liberal party. Importantly, many of the complaints are (Read more…)

Blunt Objects Blog: #PEIVotes 2015 – Candidate Counts

Since I covered the final candidate counts for Alberta’s election race, I thought I’d quickly go over PEI’s since they’ll be voting a day earlier, and like in Alberta, something interesting is going on.

Liberal Party: 27 out of 27Progressive Conservative: 27 out of 27New Democratic: 27 out of 27Green Party: 24 out of 27

All four parties have full slates or nearly full slates, with a total of 106 candidates running for 27 seats across the Island – that’s compared to 103 spread among five parties in 2011, and 89 among four (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: You’ve Been Served – On Facebook

In a March 27, 2015 decision in Baidoo v Blood-Dzraku, 2015 NY Slip Op 25096, New York County Supreme Court Judge Mathew Cooper permitted substituted service of a divorce summons via Facebook:  As recently as ten years ago, it was considered a cutting edge development in civil practice for a court to allow the service of a summons by email. Since then, email has all but replaced ordinary mail as a means of written communication. And while the legislature has yet to make email a statutorily authorized method for the service of process, courts are now routinely permitting it (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canada’s non-commercial copyright fail

Current copyright regimes are favouring the interest of big corporations while threatening our freedom of expression.

Article by Michael Geist

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) starts tonight with events planned around the world. Last year, my daughter Jordan participated in the March of the Living, an annual event that brings thousands of people from around the world to the concentration camps in Poland. The experience had a profound effect and since her return she has become increasingly active within the March of the Living organization including joining the Ottawa board of directors. As part of tonight’s Holocaust remembrance event (Read more…)

Things Are Good: A Competition and Journal Looking Into Philosophy and Games

Games are a very popular cultural medium with a reputation for not being very “deep”. Game Praxis is a new project I’ve co-founded to encourage game makers and players to ask big questions through gameplay. It’s a game competition and a journal focused on philosophy and games.

The goal is simple: generate more interesting content about how games can be used to explore bigger questions. For the first run of Game Praxis pre-existing games can be submitted so if you’ve already made a game that you think should be considered you can do so.

The Game Praxis mission:

Should you (Read more…)

ffibs: The Missing Modi Photo Op

Filed under: Cartoons (Single Panel), Making fun of Conservatives, Making fun of Harper Tagged: Political

OpenMedia.ca: Over 200,000 actions to #RejectFear and #StopC51 – MPs are back in Ottawa this week, but are they listening?

Thanks to you, and countless thousands of other Canadians, our #StopC51 Week of Education to #RejectFear and #StopC51 was a smashing success.

In all our time at OpenMedia, we’ve never seen numbers quite like these: over 2,200 letters sent to local newspapers, over 1,400 phone calls to MPs (thanks Leadnow!), over 12,000 letters to MPs (in a single day!), and over 2,000 taking part in our Thunderclap that reached an amazing 1.9 million people.

And, of course, we also saw dozens of events organized by everyday Canadians in local communities across the country – not to mention (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On radioactive proposals

Never mind Brad Wall’s hand-picked group of nuclear industry shills using public money to further their own profits found that nuclear power is not price-competitive even among an artificially limited set of options absent a substantial carbon price – and that Wall himself refuses to set one.

And never mind that a subsequent public consultation found that “the overwhelming response…was that nuclear power generation should not be a choice for Saskatchewan”.

When it comes to locking in a high-cost, high-risk nuclear plant just as renewables are emerging as a viable large-scale alternative, Wall won’t take “no” for an answer. (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Jay Baron Nicorvo discusses how the myth of U.S. meritocracy serves largely as a means of funneling profits toward the 1%. And Mary Hansen points out one way of fighting back against evolving forms of corporate power – being the development of new, cooperative alternatives to businesses designed to exploit workers.

- David Korten highlights a few of the most obvious dangers in the Trans-Pacific Partnership as just the latest and most draconian agreement intended to lock anti-democratic principles in as a restriction on government decision-making. And ICIJ and the Huffington Post (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Brown Retort

Since Patrick Brown looks set to become PCPO leader, its good to start looking for sources of intel on him now.  The Brown Retort has material on the PC MP that I hadn’t heard.  From the latest post (a couple of months old now):

In a photo submitted to The Brown Retort…a criminally convicted supporter of Barrie MP Patrick Brown, is pictured at the opening of Brown’s provincial leadership campaign headquarters in Brampton.

Good to get in on the ground floor, so when Oppo Leader Brown goes up in flames like an oily bag full of greasy rags, you (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Blue Ocean Event: Much Worse Than Predicted By The Models

Although I gladly yield expertise on the environmental and climate change files to my fellow blogger, The Disaffected Lib, who has been doing exemplary work these past several years, every so often I come across something that is a screaming indictment of world leaders who have been content to whistle past the graveyard while we plunge headlong toward irreversible climate change, change that will make life very difficult, if not impossible, for many of our children and grandchildren.

One of the blessings and, in some ways, curses, of using the Internet to seek out information that the mainstream media (Read more…)