Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:36:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe: vote Liberal Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:35:00 +0000 buckets The riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe in New Brunswick offers another opportunity for strategic voters to work together to defeat the Conservatives. Strategic voting inMoncton-Riverview-Dieppe In 2011, the breakdown of votes (link) was: Con (37%) / Lib (31%) / NDP (28%) / Green (4%) Eric Grenier at predicts that Liberals (whose support in Atlantic Canada has increased since 2011) will take the riding Strategic voters in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe should vote Liberal Other posts: Strategic voting in Fredericton: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Saint John-Rothesay: vote Liberal Strategic Voting in Madawaska-Restigouche: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Saskatchewan Strategic voting in Winnipeg ]]> 0 Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: PEGIDA Canada Wants Niqab Ban Because it Symbolizes Violence and Oppression Against Women; Justifies Assault on Woman Wearing Niqab Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:23:00 +0000 Nosferatu200 0 Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Opines On The Campaign Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:16:00 +0000 Lorne The always interesting and insightful Rick Mercer needs no introduction from me. Enjoy.

Recommend this Post ]]> 0 Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saint John-Rothesay: vote Liberal Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:13:00 +0000 buckets Continuing our survey of strategic voting opportunities in New Brunswick, we turn our attention to Saint John-Rothesay in the last election, the electoral results in Saint John-Rothesay were: Con (50%) / Lib (16%) / NDP (31%) / Green (3%) a recent local poll conducted by Environics found voting intentions as follows: Con (38%) / Lib (33%) / NDP (25%) / Green (4%) This suggests that strategic voters in Saint-John Rothesay should vote Liberal. Other posts: Strategic voting in Saskatchewan Strategic voting in Winnipeg Strategic voting in Fredericton: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Saint John-Rothesay: vote Liberal Strategic Voting in Madawaska-Restigouche: vote Liberal ]]> 0 Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Madawaska-Restigouche: vote Liberal Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:21:00 +0000 buckets 0 Montreal Simon: Another New Anti-Harper Song: Vote that F***er Out !!! Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:21:00 +0000 Simon

In my last post I wrote about how Stephen Harper and his filthy Cons want to torture and kill gay kids.And since we all know how he is using bigotry to hijack this election.When I see how some progressives are moaning and groaning or surrendering to despair. Or playing stupid partisan games. Or trying to figure out how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.I've gotta say I really like this song.Read more »

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:06:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Deconstructing cats.

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In-Sights: Shockingly high BC Hydro rate increases inevitable Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:56:00 +0000 Norman Farrell

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Montreal Simon: The Disgusting Homophobia of Stephen Harper’s Filthy Cons Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:08:00 +0000 Simon

Stephen Harper has always been a stealthy but vicious enemy of the LGBT community.He has voted against every bill or measure designed to protect their human rights.He believes that being gay is just a choice.And now I see one of his candidates is following in his master's ghastly footsteps.And advocating the torture of gay children.Read more »

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The TPP is bad news for 800 million internet users. That means you and everyone you know with a computer. We have to stop this. Check out the article below, and speak out at

Article by Deirdre Fulton for CommonDreams

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Queer-liberal: Yet another anti-gay dinosaur found on Stephen Harper’s ConservativeParty ticket… Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:03:00 +0000 Matt Guerin This is gross, especially since this candidate is running in a winnable riding for his party. 

“A Conservative candidate (pictured in the blue turban) in suburban Toronto is defending therapies that attempt to turn gays straight, having penned an editorial that referred to homosexuality as “unnatural behaviour” and heterosexuals as “normal.” “Jagdish Grewal, running in Mississauga-Malton, wrote an editorial in the Punjabi Post earlier this year entitled, ‘Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?’ 

Grewal was responding in his editorial to a new law passed in Ontario this year that banned the discredited (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Harperism and the Decline of Altruism in Canada Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:04:16 +0000 Guest Over the past year we have seen a growing body of public opinion critiquing varied aspects of what is now termed ‘Harperism,’ for many a vexing and disturbing approach to Canadian governance.

My own criticism of the syndrome is increasingly annoying to my wife. ‘Your anger about Harperism seems to have deep emotional roots; it’s bigger than just — you need to dig deeper to discover its real cause.’

Well, I have. A key aid to my political exploration has been E. O. Wilson’s 2012 book, The Social Conquest of the Earth. The dust jacket commentary refers to (Read more…)

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The Decarie Report: Oct. 6: Wow! Wow! Wow! Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:54:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

But that would be most people.

Here, in New Brunswick, we have people who are not most people. It took  our provincial minister    of busy stuff, Rick Doucet, only minutes to pronounce this deal a great success. The reporter continued that theme, even though he’s never even seen the (Read more…) ]]> 0 Critics raise data privacy concerns in Trans-Pacific Partnership deal Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:38:52 +0000 Andrew O'Sullivan

“Canadians have no idea what they’re signing away” We have a right to know. Speak out at

Written by Kate Porter for CBC News

Canadians need to see the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in order to know what they might be giving up in terms of the privacy of their data online, copyright and other internet-related issues, critics say.

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In-Sights: "Radical" environmentalists proven correct Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:07:00 +0000 Norman Farrell In 2009, the Wilderness Committee issued a press release. Gwen Barlee and Joe Foy were prescient: “Requiring BC Hydro to purchase power that it doesn’t need is an idiotic decision and a gift to the private power industry. Three months ago, the BCUC said buying this power was not in the public interest, and yet the BC government is ignoring their own regulatory watchdog and ordering BC Hydro to spend billions of dollars on power we don’t need. This decision won’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions in BC by one iota, but it will damage a lot of streams and rivers (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Canada Election 2015: Where do the Parties Stand on Climate Change? Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:08:55 +0000 Kevin Grandia With only a couple of weeks left in the Canadian federal election, voters are starting to ask fundamental questions about where the major parties stand on important issues like climate change. Canadians already rank climate and environment as a top issue both during and between election cycles.

But with both the federal election on the horizon and international climate talks scheduled in Paris for late November, Canadians have a real opportunity for their votes to translate into substantial climate action on the global stage.

Pressure is mounting for Canada to play a leadership role at these negotiations, with major (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: Motion to reopen trial after judgment Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:48:00 +0000 James C Morton Mehedi v. 2057161 Ontario Inc., 2015 ONCA 670:

[13] The test under rule 59.06(2)(a) to re-open a trial that applies after the judgment or other order has been issued and entered was set out by Doherty J.A., speaking for the court, in Tsaoussis (Litigation Guardian of) v. Baetz (1998), 41 O.R. (3d) 257, [1998] O.J. No. 3516, at paras. 41 and 44. As he noted, the onus is on the moving party to show that all the circumstances “justify making an exception to the fundamental rule that final judgments are exactly that, final.” In (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:34:00 +0000 Sean Carleton Highway of Tears

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Sean Carleton is a member of the CD collective and writes The Popular Front column on pop culture.

Highway of Tears is an excellent new documentary by filmmaker Matt Smiley that sheds light on the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada with a special focus on the “highway of tears” in British Columbia. Enriched by a series of interviews with family members of missing and murdered women, Highway of Tears is a timely film that shows how state culpability as well as interconnected inequalities caused by colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy continue (Read more…)

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The Common Sense Canadian: Anti-Harper vote settling on Trudeau? Polls show seismic shift Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:16:44 +0000 Damien Gillis Photo: Canada 2020/Flickr CC licence

Many a pundit has pointed out that the worst thing that could happen for Stephen Harper in the homestretch of the federal election campaign is for either of his opponents’ support to collapse, consolidating progressive votes around a single challenger. Well, if recent polls are any indication, that’s precisely what is happening – and Justin Trudeau appears to be the chosen one.

Just look at CBC’s Poll Tracker (as of Oct. 6): Out of the eight national polls conducted in October, Trudeau has topped 6 of them while Mulcair has placed a distant third in (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Reasons I Can’t Vote Conservative Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:07:34 +0000 John Klein Originally posted on jadecypress:

Some of you are aware that I am fairly active on Twitter, which is my social media of choice. (@CBCGardener, if you’re looking for me there.) I made a commitment that I wasn’t going to post anything about the election and that I was going to try and remain neutral about it. Well, I failed pretty spectacularly at that. I love the Green Party and I think Elizabeth May is sensible and smart and hard working and brilliant. I think the Conservative Party is slimy and deceitful and has been utterly horrible for our (Read more…)

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Why we need to see the full text of the TPP and not just the edited summaries that various governments deem us worthy to have.

Written by Michael Geist for his website,

The initial Canadian press coverage on the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations has unsurprisingly focused on the dairy sector, with word that the government plans to effectively create a milk tax by transferring billions of dollars to dairy farmers without any evidence of loss. Lost in the coverage are the copyright and privacy implications of the deal. From a copyright perspective, it is notable (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: I Should Go Away More Often Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:42:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound It’s pleasant having a few days off, in this case for a daughter’s wedding.  Let’s put it another way – no news is good news, at least every now and then.

This morning I hit up CBC’s web site to learn that they figure the election is now a two way knife fight. They’re calling the runoff Trudeau versus Harper. Mulcair, it seems, is being written off.

“What [Justin] Trudeau’s team is trying to do, what Trudeau is trying to do, is look at who they would deem is their prime competition, which is the prime minister,” said Conservative strategist (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:38:38 +0000 Obert Madondo Justin Trudeau promises to give the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s most secretive spy agency, more powers to spy on Canadians if the Liberals form the next government after the 2015 federal election.

The post Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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The Disaffected Lib: Destroyer Down – Again Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:33:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Canada’s geriatric Atlantic fleet flagship, HMCS Athabaskan, is getting a reputation for impromptu port calls when its tired engines falter and fail.

The old warrior was on its way to scare the bejeezus out of Vlad Putin when one of its engines crapped out sending it dockside in the UK to await repairs.  Ottawa Citizen defence correspondent, David Pugliese, writes that the navy’s last destroyer, a veteran of 43-years service, has been having a pretty rough time of it lately.

HMCS Athabaskan, the flagship of Canada’s Atlantic fleet, was also sidelined earlier in the summer with cracks in its hull (Read more…)

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The Common Sense Canadian: UBC-led panel tackles water worries, solutions Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:11:46 +0000 Common Sense Canadian California’s Central Valley is facing record drought conditions

Common Sense Canadian publisher and Fractured Land co-director Damien Gillis will join a UBC Dialogues panel this Wednesday evening titled “Water Worries: What is the state of our most valuable resource?”

Moderated by CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, the discussion will examine the key challenges facing our water resources in an era of climate change and drought. Other panellists include:

Margaret Catley-Carlson – Vice chair of the Canadian Water Network Board and patron and past chair of the Global Water Partnership. She is also a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory (Read more…) ]]> 0