Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:20:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Ghastly Cinderella Budget Show Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:20:00 +0000 Simon

Well let's put it this way, his PMO handlers did their best to turn it into a glamorous photo-op, but it wasn't exactly Cinderella slipping on her dainty glass slipper.And it wasn't pretty.It was just Ol' Joe Oliver, pulling on his new pair of Made in America, New Balance running shoes with Con blue laces. But as bizarre as that spectacle was, it did mark the beginning of Stephen Harper's final push for another bloody majority. Read more »

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Warren Kinsella: From the desk of the Senior Liberal Strategist™ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:13:45 +0000 Warren What’s interesting isn’t that Larry Martin has written a column about the downward slide of the Trudeau Liberals – lots of the other mostly pro-Grit writers are doing likewise, these days. What’s interesting is the answers he got to his questions – from an anonymous correspondent, whose identity everyone knows.

Let’s examine some of the Senior Liberal Strategist’s claims, shall we?

“[The Ontario Liberal government’s early age sexual education policy is] hurting the brand badly in certain ethnic communities, especially in the west 905.” This is unmitigated B.S. For one thing, it recalls the efforts of Anne McLellan to blame Dalton (Read more…) ]]> 0
Blunt Objects Blog: Teddy’s view on Alberta with 2 weeks to go Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:05:00 +0000 TheNewTeddy I was without internet for a week, but I am back now with an updated prediction map.

As you can see I still suspect inbuilt errors with polling. In particular, that group of voters that seems to have not gotten correctly polled last time is still not being correctly polled, or so it seems. The NDP vote, however, does appear to be a real thing, but due to this “missing” group, that pushes down the NDP.

I suspect the real numbers to be closer to a tie for the Tories and NDP with Wildrose close behind.

The Liberals are really (Read more…)

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism-Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:59:00 +0000 H L Doherty The newsletter that follows reports on 4 studies of the autism-epilepsy connection.   It is a connection which our own son Conor has lived with and which has presented serious challenges. Conor received an autism disorder diagnosis the day after his 2nd birthday 17 years ago.  We have been focused on his autism ever since but we were not initially aware that because of his autism disorder he might also be at greater risk of epilepsy as set out in the following report reviewing 4 studies of the autism-epilepsy connecction.   We began to suspect seizure activity when Conor entered (Read more…) ]]> 0 Dead Wild Roses: The Anti-Vaccination Position – Chickens be comin’ home to roost all over this… Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:37:04 +0000 The Arbourist Vaccination is one of those medical topics in which people tend to lose their shit. As it happens, you can also risk losing your children if you decide to embrace the foolishness that is the anti-vax movement. Here is a story of a mother’s close encounter with easily preventable childhood diseases.

Learning the Hard Way: My Journey from #AntiVaxx to Science

“I’m writing this from quarantine, the irony of which isn’t lost on me. Emotionally I’m a bit raw. Mentally a bit taxed. Physically I’m fine. All seven of my unvaccinated children have whooping cough, and the kicker (Read more…)

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point Wind-Farm Case Goes Back To Tribunal Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:36:00 +0000 bigcitylib The decision is here.  Put briefly, the case will now get bounced back down to the Ontario ERT, where Ostrander Point Wind Energy will have a chance to convince the tribunal that their proposed remedy, a series of fences and gates that will block public access to the roads around the wind-farm, are enough to prevent “irreversible” harm to the local population of endangered turtles.

Some background can be found here, here, and here.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The problem with no problem #nlpoli Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:30:00 +0000 Ed Hollett Dwight Ball is the latest Liberal to emerge from the candidate protection program.  He popped up on NTV on Monday evening to tell us all two things:

First, he thinks there should be an inquiry into the Dunphy shooting.  He made up some nonsense about the need for an imaginary process that supposedly had to play out before he revealed the real Liberal position.  After telling us about Step One:  the Dunphy family grieving,  and then Step Two the two investigations that aren’t finished,  he could now announce Step Three, namely that he will appoint an inquiry when he is premier.

Not gonna call on the Conservatives to do it now. Nope. Gonna wait until he is on the 8th.  If that happens. And, allowing that he might not get to be Premier until October 2016, that could be a long wait for an inquiry that could begin soon and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The problem with no problem #nlpoli]]> 0 - Alberta Politics: NDP inspired by Lougheed, PCs wage war on Wildrose Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:15:13 +0000 Dave Cournoyer Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley released her party’s election platform and fiscal plan over the weekend, with a focus job-creation, a serious review of royalty rates and a reversal of cuts to health care and education included in the Progressive Conservative government’s recent… Continue Reading →

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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Laila rules Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:15:00 +0000 Norman Farrell

Laila followed that with additional information, including: Sea to Sky retaining wall questions continue as ministry employee emails indicate Kiewit inspected their own work.

In 2014, the transportation ministry reported the problems were merely cosmetic although correspondence uncovered by Ms. Yuile suggested government was relying on inspections conducted by the original contractor, not by ministry staff or independent engineers. It (Read more…) ]]> 0 Warren Kinsella: Lisa does not like my paintings Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:14:41 +0000 Warren …so I’m promoting them on the Internet to irritate her. 


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Dented Blue Mercedes: Indiana put the lie to “religious freedom.” But Canadian Evangelicals hope you didn’t notice. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:21:26 +0000 dentedbluemercedes 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…)

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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

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

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CuriosityCat: Why the UK needs proportional representation Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:30:00 +0000 CuriosityCat 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 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:06:00 +0000 Naberius200

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…) ]]> 0 DeSmogBlog: Communications Breakdown: Speak Boldly and Carry a Big Schtick Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:46:31 +0000 Guest 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…)

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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…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Betrayal of the Canadian Rangers Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:17:00 +0000 Simon

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 »

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Blunt Objects Blog: #abvote: Google Surveys Poll puts NDP Near Majority Territory – Yes, Really Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:00 +0000 Kyle H. 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…)

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Warren Kinsella: Dear Eve Adams Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:59:06 +0000 Warren 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.



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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: April 20: How could they be so stupid? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:56:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

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…) ]]> 0 Terahertz: 10 reasons the Saguenay ruling establishes Canada as a secular country Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:54:42 +0000 Ian 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…)

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Warren Kinsella: On this day in 1968 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:47:16 +0000 Warren This guy was sworn in as Prime Minister. I still miss him.

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Wise Law Blog: Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Cracks Down on Plenty of Fish Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:24:00 +0000 Rachel, Law Clerk and Office Manager

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…) ]]> 0 Warren Kinsella: The Star is not happy with Mr. Trudeau Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:14:35 +0000 Warren 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…) ]]> 0
Blunt Objects Blog: #PEIVotes 2015 – Candidate Counts Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:10:00 +0000 Kyle H. 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…)

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