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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict.

What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take.

The Premier emboldened people to take out anger for the Paris Attacks against innocent Muslim people.

And talk radio’s Conservative stalwart Gormley tweeted that chanting Muslims in North America should be shot. He retracted and apologized for the ridiculously violent comment that encouraged a mob (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Dangers of mid trial R 21 motion

Holgate v. Sheehan Estate, 2015 ONCA 717:

[28]       The issues raised by the appellants – albeit unsuccessfully – demonstrate the challenges and potential pitfalls involved when a r. 21 motion is entertained by a trial judge.  

[29]       In this case, the trial judge’s initiative in inviting a mid-trial r. 21 motion was clearly designed to narrow the issues and streamline the trial.  These objectives are commendable. Unfortunately, however, the initiative produced the opposite result. The mid-trial motion resulted in a bifurcated trial, created the possibility for two appeals to this court arising from the same proceeding, (Read more…)

The Decarie Report: well, we averted disaster – but that’s all….

My computer has been in computer hospital since Sunday. I’m hoping it’s now showing paragraphs and slightly larger print. The Canadian federal election had the second-worst possible result. I’m much relieved at the defeat of Harper. He was a threat to democracy and to any independence of the Canadian nation. He’s an ideologue who ignores reality in favour of a belief system. Trudeau is an old-time political hack. That is, he has no beliefs at all. Politics is just a game, and it’s only point is to win. Mulcair is a liberal who adopted Liberal thinking because that’s the way (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: It Wasn’t Just Harper Who Went Down in Flames Last Night.

Damn! I forgot to unload my Enbridge stock. I expect the market for pipelines is a tad wobbly this morning. The Northern Gateway (we’re told) is dead, dead, dead. The north coast is saved.

Face it, Enbridge/Harper never succeeded in establishing ‘social licence’ for the Northern Gateway, especially not with our stalwart First Nations. The rest of us owe them an immense debt of gratitude.

That said, had Harper prevailed last night it’s probable that he would have used his next term in power to steamroller the pipeline operation and get dilbit to “tide water.”

We still have to (Read more…)

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

If polls are to be believed, the Liberals are dominating in Ontario. Grenier’s poll tracker projects the Liberal support in Ontario at 43% and the Conservatives down to 31%: Ontario Polls from Poll Tracker This shift against Harper is showing up on the ground in ridings that one would normally assume are fairly safe, such as Perth-Wellington, where a local poll conducted by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia, which found a neck-and-neck race between the Conservatives and Liberals: If this poll is correct, strategic voters in Perth-Wellington should vote for the Liberals.

The riding includes such towns as Stratford, St. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

Northern Reflections: What Does He Say In Private?


The differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives are getting starker. Susan Delacourt writes:

If this election is distilling down to a potentially ugly culture war in the final two weeks before the vote, much could rest on how Canadians feel about the people living around them.

Trudeau gave an important speech in Brampton on Sunday — one that all those who have dismissed him as ‘not ready’ probably ought to see for themselves. This being an election and all, it was analyzed immediately afterward through the prism of political strategy — for its (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42

I’ve long called for More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters, and CBC again disappoints.

Not much watchdog press left in Canada. No wonder people reject mainstream journalism for real reporting online.#cbc

— John MacDougall (@coircomann) October 2, 2015

Despite efforts by the major TV broadcasters, NDP have refused to participate in the debate.

— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) October 2, 2015

Nope. @Blahaaron @josh_wingrove @acoyne uh the final election debate is next week..

— kady o'malley (@kady) October 2, 2015

My Feb. prediction, sadly is coming true.

The unethical fools (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Will Mulcair look left and Harper’s eyebrows not move in Monday’s debate?

An expert in body language viewed the French language debate and Christine Gagnon had this to say about Tom (Thomas?) Mulcair’s body gestures:

Watch for Mulcair to repeat these gestures in Monday’s debate on foreign affairs. What about Harper? The expert says he had a fake smile, and his eyebrows gave him away:

Gagnon didn’t beat around the bush: “Stephen Harper lacks all spontaneity in his gestures.” The Conservative leader endlessly repeats the same gestures, which are all very symmetrical, almost robotic. This symmetry indicates a desire to control the debate.

He frequently looked into the camera, which (Read more…)

Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET

Who wrote that headline, some-under-assistant from the Tory propaganda division of the Conservative party? It’s been shown time and again that doing things like raising taxes, raising the minimum wage, etc. do not in fact unemployment, layoffs, or cause corporate types to run away, screaming…it’s way too late for that. Those corporate greed-mongers who would (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada

This afternoon I gave a presentation at Raising the Roof’s Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit in Toronto. My slide deck can be downloaded here. To accompany the presentation, I’ve prepared the following list of “Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada.”

1.Efforts to enumerate persons experiencing homeless have generally been spotty, but it is reasonable to assert that homelessness in Canada saw substantial growth in the 1980s and 1990s. On a nightly basis in Toronto, there were about 1,000 persons per night staying in emergency shelters in 1980. By 1990, that figure had doubled. And (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Dix Choses à Savoir sur l’Itinérance au Canada

Cet après-midi, j’ai fait une présentation au Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit, organisé par Chez Toit, à Toronto. Ma presentation, illustrée de diapositives, peut être téléchargée ici. Pour accompagner la présentation, je vous ai préparé la liste suivante des « Dix choses à savoir sur l’itinérance au Canada. »

1. Les tentatives de dénombrer les personnes en situation d’itinérance ont généralement été intermittentes, mais il est raisonnable d’affirmer que l’itinérance au Canada a connu une croissance importante entre 1980 et 2000. Sur une base quotidienne à Toronto, il y avait environ 1,000 personnes par nuit séjournant dans (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Near the bottom of a very big rabbit hole #nlpoli

Thursday was one of those days where you felt like you had dropped down the rabbit hole with Alice.

Or maybe had indulged a bit too heavily in some mind-altering substance.

There was Lorraine Michael on the radio complaining that Muskrat Falls would likely cause environmental problems through the release of methyl mercury.  Let’s be clear:  there is nothing we know about Muskrat Falls today on any subject that wasn’t known when Lorraine endorsed Muskrat Falls. Yet, there is Lorraine trying to make it sound like she never, ever supported this megaproject.

(Read more…)

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Collaborate to Conserve: The Rise of Business-Municipality Water Initiatives

As the creation of the Water Program by the Carbon Disclosure Project shows, managements and investors increasingly recognize the importance of the water-energy nexus and water-related risks. Businesses across Canada are collaborating with municipalities on innovative water conservation projects. With free water audit and financial incentives for capital retrofits, municipalities are helping companies like Toyota and Brick Brewing to conserve water and reach their corporate environmental goals. We look at some example projects and offer tips on how your corporation can get started.

Drinking water, wastewater, stormwater

Being a good water steward when using municipal water services takes many forms and often requires innovative (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 28, 2015

Your news links for today:

Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers – TorrentFreak Ashley Madison abusing DMCA “to put genie back in the bottle,” EFF says – Ars Technica TISA and Tech’s Double Standards On Secret Government Internet Deals – EFF Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games And ‘Unauthorized’ Hardware – Techdirt Pirate Bay Founder Released From Jail But Immediately Re-Arrested – TorrentFreak Many police departments spy on you without oversight. This must end – The Guardian Autobiography of a Canadian SIGINT Officer Published – Matthew Aid I made the choice to donate to the (Read more…)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM

I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am.  Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor.  Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic seizures, including half a dozen grand mal or tonic clonic seizures, since last Christmas. One feature of Conor’s autism disorder is that he gets up at precisely 6:01 a.m. every morning.  He often wakes up before 6:01 but stays in bed until that time and then (Read more…)

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ron Banerjee, André Drouin, and Rise Canada

We had mentioned in our previous article that we were working on a new story. In fact, it's a story that sort of fell into our laps, though initially we didn't quite realize how significant it would turn out to be: Before being sent the above unsolicited link we had been aware of Rise Canada though we didn't pay it a lot of attention as it was yet another Islamaphobic project of Ron Banerjee:

Ron Banerjee holding pamphlet We've discussed Banerjee on the blog in the past. He styles himself as the director and spokesman of Canadian Hindu Advocacy, a (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ron Banerjee, André Drouin, and Rise Canada

Morton's Musings: Court of Appeal may overrule itself albeit rarely

Fernandes v. Araujo, 2015 ONCA 571:

[45]       As an intermediate court of appeal, we are ordinarily bound to follow our past decisions, even decisions with which we disagree. It is important that we do so. Our common law legal tradition rests upon the idea that we will adhere to what we decided in the past. As expressed by the Latin phrase stare decisis, we stand by things that have been decided. The rule of precedent provides certainly, consistency, clarity and stability in the law. It fosters the orderly and efficient resolution of disputes and allows parties to obtain reliable legal (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: JRfm Promotes Rape Culture, Sigh

Is it only sexual assault if he rapes her?

A male person didn’t run up to CBC-tv’s Megan Batchelor on air in Squamish and shout, “Fuck Her Right in the Pussy.”

Maybe he knows people can get fired for that.

Instead he was maybe trying to be “nice” by trying to kiss her. She complained to the RCMP.

If I went into a car dealership and kissed a woman or man on the cheek, out of the blue, I think the business would support their sexually violated employee. That makes sense.

If I went into a Starbucks and tried (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bearding a bully.

Canadians watched a bully get his comeuppance last night. There were no knock-out blows or deathbed repentances but some solid points were made. In balance, the Greens’ Elizabeth May looked good, the New Democrat’s Thomas Mulcair was stuffy, the Liberal’s Justin Trudeau showed strength and the Prime Minister kept saying “Let’s be clear,” when he really was not.

But why did it all look like an attempt at stand-up comedy at a funeral directors’ convention? Why were the men all in black suits with ties out of the Salvation Army bag? At least Elizabeth May could stand out in her (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Joseph Stiglitz discusses how Greece has been turned into a sacrificial lamb at the altar of austerian economics: Austerity is largely to blame for Greece’s current depression — a decline of gross domestic product of 25 percent since 2008, an unemployment rate of 25 percent and a youth unemployment rate twice that. But this new program ratchets the pressure up still further: a target of 3.5 percent primary budget surplus by 2018 (up from around 1 percent this year). Now, if the targets are not met, as they almost surely won’t (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, June 29, 2015

Your news links for today:

Latest Conservative ad could violate government’s own anti-terror law – CTV News Video: Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke defends use of ISIS video in recent attack ad – Global News Conservative’s ISIS ad violates Geneva Convention, opposition says – ThinkPol Police face little accountability, five years after the Toronto G20 – Toronto Star Gormley: The false choice between security and privacy – Ottawa Citizen CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad, Claims “No One” Can Re-Use Its News Clips Without Permission – Michael Geist ‘Blind agreement’ and closed-door deals: Report slams TPP negotiations – CNET Trans-Pacific (Read more…)

Queer-liberal: Yet another Harper appointee accused of wrongdoing…

Disgraced senator Don Meredith…….and the guy who appointed him

Don Meredith, the holier-than-thou religious dude who won such admiration from Harper for his work with youth that he not only appointed him as a Conservative candidate in Toronto Centre in 2008 (where he was quickly trounced in a byelection) but also appointed him to the Senate in 2010, now stands accused of a very inappropriate relationship with a minor.   This is on top of sexual harassment in the workplace allegations. 

Yes, the toxic mix of fundamentalist religion with conservative political power has seemingly produced more gross behaviour. (Read more…)

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Four Ways to Reduce Your Business Travel Carbon Footprint

What is your carbon footprint? Each Canadian causes 15 tons of CO2 emission per year, American 18 tons, Australian 17 tons, Dutch 11 tons, German 9 tons, British 8 tons, Chinese 6 tons, Indian 2 tons. How much of these emissions are caused by business travels? What can you do to reduce your business travel footprint? Let’s find out.

Go Digital

According to a report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), videoconferencing can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,271 tons over five years — equivalent to the emissions from 400 passenger cars. The study, (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: IMF study: Fossil fuel industry gets $5.3 TRILLION in public subsidies a year

A tar sands operation in Fort McMurray, Alberta (photo: Chris Krüg)

Read this shocking May 19 story from the EU Observer on a new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which pegs subsidies to the fossil fuel sector at a whopping $5.3 Trillion USD per year.

Around 1.6 million premature deaths would be prevented annually if the world’s governments stopped subsidising fossil fuels, a study by four researchers from the International Monetary Fund found.

The most relative gains could be made in eastern Europe and Turkey, where 60 percent of the people who die as a result (Read more…)

Blunt Objects Blog: The Rise of Anti-Choice Canadians

The news today is about yet another graphic flyer being distributed by the anti-choice #No2Trudeau campaign, run by group of Canadians (mostly) who are concerned with this country’s rather lax abortion laws, some of the least restrictive in the world. This flyer in particular has been focused on attacking federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for his correctly perceived support for abortion access in this country. Big surprise, right?

In a way, it kind of is. The current campaign, being run jointly by the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) and the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCRB, and I suspect they (Read more…)