Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:07:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dead Boy In The Sea Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:07:08 +0000 John Klein Wednesday’s Twitter feeds were jammed with the body of a young corpse of a boy facing down in the sand as an authority stood over the body and soon picked him up to carry his body away. I realized the boy was from a refugee family that didn’t make a boat crossing. He was a Syrian attempting to leave Turkey. His family had sought refuge in Canada. Regrettably, the Canadian Government did not make it possible, and the family fled Turkey by boat and most of them died.

Growing concerned that this woman is going to be savaged by this (Read more…)

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cmkl: Waterskiing Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:45:37 +0000 cmkl A happy reminder that my daughter is not me.

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The Common Sense Canadian: NDP, Green candidates oppose Woodfibre LNG outright; Liberal and Tory are different story Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:31:51 +0000 Damien Gillis Green candidate Ken Melamed doesn’t see a future for Woodfibre LNG (facebook/Mitch Stookey)

Local NDP and Green candidates are steadfastly opposed to the Woodfibre LNG project near Squamish, reveals a recent series of one-on-one interviews.

Meanwhile, the Liberal candidate for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, is on the fence, while Tory incumbent John Weston remains predictably supportive of the controversial project.

According to the survey, conducted by Propeller Strategy – a non-profit group with a focus on environmental and public interest issues in BC – former West Vancouver Mayor Goldsmith-Jones has “four conditions that would need to be in place before Woodfibre (Read more…)

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The Decarie Report: Sept. 3: I can’t even pretend to understand why…. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:16:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

In section A, “riggers,stage crew assemble giant AC/DC stage”. Please. This isn’t news They’re doing what they are supposed to do. It’s no surprise, and it in no will affect the course of our lives. (If they weren’t assembling the stage, that might be news – but not page 1.)                      

“Nova Scotia orders review of fuel system” So?   “Province’s stone quarry industry (Read more…) ]]> 0 DeSmogBlog: The Trouble With Tailings: Toxic Waste ‘Time Bombs’ Loom Large Over Alaska’s Salmon Rivers Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:48:11 +0000 Judith Lavoie There are a few unarguable truths about mine tailings, the pulverized rock, water and sludge left over from mineral extraction — mining is a messy business, the leftovers have to be dealt with forever and it’s impossible to guarantee against another tailings dam failure such as the Mount Polley catastrophe.

In B.C., there are 98 tailings storage facilities at 60 metal and coal mines, of which 31 are operating or under construction and the remaining 67 are at mines that are either permanently or temporarily closed

That means communities throughout B.C. and Alaska are looking nervously at nearby (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Should that NDP MP resign? Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:10:38 +0000 Warren If this is true – if, contrary to what he claimed to the media, no application at all was made on the family of that boy – he should resign. He has not only tried to politicize that child’s death, he has lied to do so.

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Queer-liberal: Let’s all support Mark Holland’s campaign in Ajax to stop Chris Alexander’s reign of error Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:46:00 +0000 Matt Guerin With today’s international crisis of Syrian refugees exploding, including the tragic death of a 3-year-old boy, his brother and mother off Turkey, it’s put a strong focus on the record of Stephen Harper’s government on refugees in general.

We had a commitment to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees come to Canada which the government has barely begun to honour.

We have a government that played politics with the refugee issue by cutting off health care to refugee claimants and other social supports in a bid to placate the Conservative Party base, which generally hates refugees.   When the Ontario government stepped (Read more…)

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The Common Sense Canadian: Burning: A summer of fire, smoke, ash and change Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:23:13 +0000 Ray Grigg Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr CC licence

Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding.

The old ecologies of the Pacific Northwest are being reshaped as climate change begins the long and disruptive process of altering the weather and remaking the biological structure of the region.

Washington fires claim lives, threaten BC

Countless statistics tumble out of news (Read more…)

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somecanuckchick dot com: Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems… Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:20:29 +0000 somecanuckchick

Stephen Harper says, “Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems.”

Of course, Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems. Canadians do, however, expect Canada not be part of the problem and Canadians do expect Canada to be part of the solution.

Bottom line: Stephen Harper is creating more refugees by bombing these regions.

PS Stephen Harper’s reforms have had devastating effects on refugees, as well as damaged Canada’s reputation as a refugee-welcoming country.

PPS Check out Stephen Harper’s Syrian refugee numbers for yourself.

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Warren Kinsella: And the psycho tweet of the day award goes to… Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:56:45 +0000 Warren No surprise, either. This one has been a few fries short of a Happy Meal for a long time.

Alternative version: “I will show my outrage about the plight of children by using your children as rhetorical cannon fodder.”

]]> 0 Georgia Straight: OpenMedia encourages voters to consider policies around access, privacy in federal election Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:54:34 +0000 Soledad Vega

Check out this amazing coverage of our pro-Internet election plan on The Georgia Straight! The Internet is something we shouldn’t take for granted. We should take action to have our democratic rights as citizens, to make sure it stays open, accessible and free for everyone. This election, vote for the Internet!

Article by Stephen Hui for the Georgia Straight 

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government represents a “lost 10 years” for the Internet in Canada, according to a digital-rights advocate.

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Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Jane McAlevey on organizing to win today Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:23:28 +0000 Michal Rozworski


I’m very happy to have an extended interview with Jane McAlevey this week. Jane is a well-known US labour organizer and author. During the 2000s, she worked for the SEIU, organizing mostly service and care workers. Much of her work was in right-to-work states, places where the labour movement has had limited success in new organizing. Her work led to strong unions that engaged workers, brought hundreds of workers out to regular bargaining sessions among other innovative tactics and helped fight and win political and community campaigns.

Raising Expectations and Raising Hell is Jane’s account of her (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Gaza Goes from Prison Camp to Death Camp Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:53:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Gaza’s imprisoned Palestinians have a problem – getting out. If they don’t, they could die. Sorry, Tommy Angry Beard, that’s the truth. From ViceNews:

Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 due to war, its economic blockade, debilitated infrastructure, and environmental concerns, according to a new UN report on Palestine released this week.

The findings of the UN’s Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) echoed an earlier assessment made by the UN in 2011, which determined that Gaza would not be livable by the start of next decade “without herculean efforts” to improve health, education, energy, water, and sanitation. Remember (Read more…) ]]> 0 Left Over: No Hope With This Pope… Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:48:04 +0000 cityprole The Guardian

Tuesday 1 September 2015 16.46 BST

How condescending can this ‘religious’ leader get? Who cares about forgiveness when there is nothing to forgive? Will the Pope also issue orders to ‘forgive’ the man who didn’t wear a condom, or get it snipped, or whatever? Once again, the onus is on the woman, who, while only 50% of the equation must continue to suffer 100% of the consequences and the blame…. And, once again, the Catholic Church, along with every other form of organized religion, proves my point…organized religion (Read more…)

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LeDaro: Stirring Images of Syrian Boy’s Body Now Symbol of Europe’s Crisis-NBC Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:35:00 +0000 LeDaro Today, a photo from Turkey showing the body of a lifeless Syrian boy washed upon a beach became a symbolic image of the refugee plight.

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:29:00 +0000 Greg Fingas This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Following up on this post, it was Terry Glavin who broke the story about refugee children dying after being refused admission into Canada. And the Guardian recognizes that the tragic image of Aylin Kurdi represents only a reminder of a a long-running human tragedy.

- Which is why Canada’s treatment of newcomers was already emerging as a significant issue – with Harsha Walia rightly slamming the Cons’ policy of jailing refugees and favouring temporary immigration. And Jason Kenney’s response was to offer spin which was readily debunked by his government’s own (Read more…)

]]> 0 Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, September 3, 2015 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:26:45 +0000 Andrew Currie

Your news links for today:

Vice News Employees Charged With Terrorism In Turkey… Because They Used Encryption – Techdirt Journalists arrested on terrorism charges in Turkey for using crypto software – Ars Technica Business Cable-Box Rentals: A Needless $19-Billion Industry. But letting customers buy their own would force cable companies to improve their equipment – The Altantic City-run ISP makes 10Gbps available to all residents and businesses – Ars Technica Study: Average Smartphone User Consumes 9.7GB Monthly – DSL Reports Videotron Music Service Violates Net Neutrality: Consumer Groups – iPhone in Canada Judge eager to re-enter NSA surveillance fight (Read more…) ]]> 0
Accidental Deliberations: New column day Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:11:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Here, condensing this post about the lessons the federal NDP can and should learn from past provincial elections.

For further reading…- Michelle Gagnon notes that one area where matters don’t seem to be in doubt is Quebec, where the NDP looks set to hold or even build on its 2011 wave. And with the NDP’s numbers looking strong in B.C. as well, that leaves Ontario as the largest piece of the puzzle which remains in substantial doubt.- Susan Delacourt comments on the ghosts looming over each of the federal parties.  - Finally, John Ivison writes (Read more…)

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Things Are Good: Get Informed with Pollenize Canada Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:10:33 +0000 Adam Clare

Pollenize for iOS and Android can help you navigate the upcoming Canadian election. I’ve checked out the app and it’s a really great way to see where the parties stand on popular issues. I recommend Pollenize if you’re looking for an easy way to understand the election.

Pollenize is free so they can reach as many potential voters as possible. Let’s hope that Pollenize gets into the hands of every Canadian. An informed populace may help Canada avoid another Harper-led recision and ongoing destruction of the environment and Canada’s overall wellbeing.

Nonpartisan and tailored to young voters, Pollenize breaks down (Read more…) ]]> 0
centre of the universe: Don’t Need to See Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:29:11 +0000 cenobyte I love radio. I’ve always loved radio. Right now, I love radio more than usual. Just because you can do something, like take photos of dead refugee children, or take live footage of people being shot in the street, doesn’t mean you should use that footage. The best news reporters don’t need to shock their […]

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kirbycairo: After Election Speculations Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:12:00 +0000 Kirby Evans Andrew Coyne Wrote an interesting article, on which a number of people have commented, about the uncertainly that might prevail even after the election. Coyne, though he has sometimes been a rather mindless supporter of the Conservative government, has become enlightened enough to understand the depth of Harper’s duplicity. He has finally realized that this mentally disturbed, power obsessed Prime Minister might do almost anything to hold on to power including trying to form government even after an election loss, refusing to recall parliament, or pressuring the GG into calling another election.

Let me just say that I take Coyne’s (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: Criminal Assault Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:11:00 +0000 James C Morton The concept of criminal assault is a fairly simple one. It is a criminal offence to hit other people.  Unfortunately as with many legal concepts the simplicity of a basic assault gets complicated because life is complicated.  First, as a technical matter an assault takes place whenever you touch someone without their consent. So even putting your hand on someone’s shoulder and telling them off is an assault.  Such an assault may be trivial – but it is an assault.  Second, consent is not always straightforward.  Consent means an agreement to the touching. Agreement requires knowing (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Morton's Musings: Criminal Assault]]> 0 Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Conservative Deflection, the NDP Truth Team and the Erosion of Trust Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:09:00 +0000 Emily Dee

As many of you know I took some time off from my blog, mainly for personal reasons, though I did keep up with current events. I blogged a bit during the 2014 Ontario provincial election, and then saved my strength for this coming federal contest. Fully prepared to continue in a relatively, non-partisan way, I was immediately broadsided by the NDP’s attack on the Liberals and Justin Trudeau, with the whole C-51 debacle. I expected things to die down, once common sense kicked in, and the media reminded Canadians that this was about two Canadian soldiers, killed on Canadian soil; (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: A Shameful Indifference Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:48:00 +0000 Lorne

By now we have all seen the terrible image of the drowned three-year-old Syrian refugee on the shores near a Turkish resort. The juxtaposition couldn’t be any more telling of desperation confronting world indifference.

What perhaps isn’t as widely known is the fact that the boy, Aylan, and his bother and mother, Galip and Rehan Kurdin who also drowned, were rejected for emigration to Canada: Canadian legislator Fin Donnelly told The Canadian Press that he had submitted a request on behalf on the boys’ aunt, Teema Kurdi, who had wanted to bring the family to Canada, but her request was (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition II: Humanitarian Boogaloo Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:41:00 +0000 Greg Fingas From one stunt… The news of McCain’s suspension drew gales of derision from the press. No one was willing to give him the slightest benefit of the doubt…that his motivations were anything less than craven…

McCainworld had assumed that the suspension would be viewed as an authentic, characteristic act of putting country first. But…McCain was now seen as a typical, and faintly desperate politician – and his campaign a campaign of stunts.

…to another: Conservative candidate Chris Alexander has suspended his campaign for re-election in the riding of Ajax, Ont., in the wake of the Syrian (Read more…)

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