Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:17:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 - Alberta Politics: Alberta candidate update: 111 days until Canada’s federal election Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:17:41 +0000 Dave Cournoyer With only 111 days left until Canada’s next federal election, parties are scrambling to nominate candidates in Alberta’s thirty-four new electoral ridings. Despite their win in the recent provincial election and sharp rise in the polls, the federal NDP are still… Continue Reading →

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:35:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Entranced cats.

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In-Sights: Blood on their hands Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:54:00 +0000 Norman Farrell An earlier In-Sights article included: I have no doubt BC Liberal involvement with Big Pharma is at the root of high-level government decisions to knee-cap research into the safety and efficacy of more than $25 billion worth of pharmaceuticals sold each year in Canada.

Writing in the Vancouver Observer, family practitioner Dr. Warren Bell emphasizes and enlarges upon my inference: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her senior ministers are using every tactic in the book to avoid any sort of public disclosure of what happened behind the scenes when eight health researchers were illegitimately fired, one after the other, (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: In Frank and Passionate Defence of Thomas Mulcair Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:10:00 +0000 Simon

Well I've defended Justin Trudeau a lot recently, in three of my last six posts.When she was attacked, I defended Elizabeth May. And now it seems I must defend Tom Mulcair.From a story that suggests that he is really a closeted Harper Con. Read more »

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: June 31: Bad news – very bad. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:49:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

But, just for laughs, let’s go back to the hospital story. What it’s really (Read more…) ]]> 0 Queer-liberal: Slimy Harperites battle to stop the bleeding as Trudeau recovers and Mulcair soars… Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:54:00 +0000 Matt Guerin Before anyone believed the NDP under Tom Mulcair could win, Stephen Harper enjoyed a slim lead over slumping Justin Trudeau from last fall until May of this year.   

But now that things have changed, we’re seeing the various players react.   Voters who were unsure about Justin Trudeau’s readiness and might’ve stuck with the Harperites are now seriously considering a vote for the NDP.  Old ideologies are breaking down, especially in Ontario. 

The private media are still shooting at Justin Trudeau to try to undermine any possible recovery (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: The Canada-China FIPA Restricts Canada’s Climate Options Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:58:42 +0000 Guest This is a guest post by Gus Van Harten, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and author of Sold Down the Yangtze: Canada’s Lopsided Investment Deal with China. This post originally appeared on the Globe and Mail.

For years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government told Canadians that it could not act on climate change until China joined in. Yet, in 2014, the government quietly finalized a 31-year investment treaty that, in essence, gives Chinese oil companies an advance bailout against a range of steps that Canada may need to take on climate change.

Take, for example, the call by more (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: France Has Law To Put Solar or Plants on Rooftops Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:09:06 +0000 John Klein I was impressed to learn that France had made new commercial buildings do this. I’ve felt badly that new buildings going up all over the University of Regina campus since I started paying attention to it in 1998, haven’t put a single solar panel up on them. There’s a building on Research Dr. with a round skylight that looks like a CD player, that would have been a perfect spot for some solar panels. At least the RIC building in 2006 had a partial green roof built onto its shady side.

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reeves report: Can Elizabeth May Unmuzzle Canada’s Scientists? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:02:56 +0000 awreeves Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May.

The success rate of private member’s bills in the federal parliament is abysmal. In the 100-plus years since 1910, Ottawa has passed just 271 of them. For comparison, more than 1,600 PMB’s were tabled between 1997 and 2015, and the rate at which they’re being drawn up is on the rise.

It’s not unusual for entire sessions of parliament to hum along without the passage of a single PMB. And when an errant private member’s bill does become law, more often than not the content of the bill is symbolic, proclaiming National Philanthropy Day (November (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: As Canada Day Approaches Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:32:00 +0000 Lorne A little something to think about:

Recommend this Post ]]> 0 Cowichan Conversations: Council of Canadians Ready to Heave Steve Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:29:32 +0000 Sharon Jackson They have a HEAVE STEVE banner and are planning to meet under the City of Duncan sign just south of Duncan at 5 pm on Thursday, July 2nd. Everyone is invited.

If you could

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Canadian Dimension: Beyond teamsters and turtles: Jobs, justice, climate Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:27:00 +0000 Judy Rebick

Photo by Matt Brown

Jobs, Justice, Climate is the slogan of what we hope will be a massive march in Toronto on July 5 and Vancouver on July 4. To my knowledge it’s the first action in Canada that has linked jobs with the battle for climate change in a context of social justice. While turtles and teamsters have marched together in the past, it has usually been with a focus on social justice, against corporate globalization and trade deals. This is not only the first time climate change is a focus in a march co-sponsored by the labour movement, (Read more…)

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Things Are Good: Living Architecture Tour of Toronto Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:57:03 +0000 Adam Clare If you’re in Toronto or visiting you can now go on a special tour of the city that will reveal all the cool living architecture! It’s a free tour that you can download and go on anytime you’d like.

Toronto abounds with green roofs and walls, but most people aren’t aware since living infrastructure is often hidden atop buildings or behind closed doors. This tour reveals our city’s vegetative roofs and walls.

Living architecture offers a cornucopia of benefits, which you can experience by looking, smelling, touching and listening. #LivingArchTOur helps Torontonians and visitors to our wonderful city experience these (Read more…)

]]> 0 Connie Fournier: Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:46:43 +0000 Soledad Vega

Principled Conservative and founder of the website Free Dominion Connie Fournier writes another poignant piece looking at how Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles, and how this will become a key election issue. 

Article by Connie Fournier by the National Post

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The Disaffected Lib: It’s Time to Bury the Myth of the NDP Being the Party for Blue Collar Canadians Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:43:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound As the Layton-Mulcair tag team “Blairified” the NDP, it triggered some grumbling among its more devout members who briefly bemoaned the extinction of social democracy in Canada.  Even that passed quickly enough and the membership got used to being what they for so long so loudly decried – liberals. Yessir, real honest to Odin, market fundamentalist, neoliberals.

They still like to make themselves out as progressives (is there such a thing as a “closet progressive”?) but that’s just pretentious.

Yesterday Emily Dee ripped the beard right off Tommy Mulcair to expose his true colours.  It was a scathing indictment (Read more…)

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Your news links for today:

This can be said succinctly: Clips of people being killed shouldn’t be used as campaign fodder – National Post Dear Reddit, this is how the Conservative attack ad using ISIS propaganda is ILLEGAL under C51. Let’s hold the Conservative party accountable for violating the law. – r/Canada Cellphones mark 30 years in Canada – CBC News Exploring roaming choices in Canada – Mobile Syrup EU to end roaming charges in June 2017 – Silicon Republic MLAB Data Shows Massive, Avoidable Congestion on ISP Networks – DSL Reports Anti-Piracy Outfits Boost Numbers With Bogus Takedown Notices (Read more…) ]]> 0
Calgary Grit: Almost Blue Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:14:06 +0000 calgarygrit

These days, it must feel good to be Thomas Mulcair. The polls show he has a chance to become Canada’s first NDP Prime Minister, and the entire country has been engulfed in an orange afterglow since the Alberta election. But as Uncle Ben once said, with great polling comes great scrutiny.

Indeed, one of the downsides of surging four months before election day is that leaves a lot of time for journalists and voters to put everything you’ve ever said or done under the microscope, and study it at the atomic level.

So when you make the type of verbal (Read more…)

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Parchment in the Fire: This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:09:42 +0000 geofftkennedy This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza

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Parchment in the Fire: Greece in chaos: will Syriza’s last desperate gamble pay off? | World news | The Guardian Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:06:48 +0000 geofftkennedy Greece in chaos: will Syriza’s last desperate gamble pay off? | World news | The Guardian.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza

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Warren Kinsella: Trudeau, Dion and the Green Shift Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:27:08 +0000 Warren Liberals still wince, a little bit, when reminded of Stephane Dion’s Green Shift. Some of them even attempt to rewrite history, and suggest they never supported it when it was party policy in 2008.

But everyone did, including Justin Trudeau, who – like a good soldier – came out to Vancouver in October 2008 to stump for votes for Dion. News reports of their rally at Science World make no mention of Trudeau attempting to shift away from the Green Shift. None. Given how successfully the CPC demonized the Green Shift in 2008 – and how they have campaigned against (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:13:00 +0000 Greg Fingas This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- The Broadbent Institute details Rhys Kesselman’s research on how the Cons’ expanded TFSAs are nothing but a giveaway to the wealthy. And Dean Beeby reports on their withholding of EI supplements from the families who most need them – paired with a complete lack of responsibility or contrition now that the problem has been discovered.

- Matt Saccaro discusses the widespread burnout among U.S. workers as huge increases in hours worked and productivity have done nothing to improve wages or living conditions over a period of decades. And Bill Tieleman slams (Read more…)

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Mulcair peaking too soon? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:52:38 +0000 Peter Lowry Gosh, reading and listening to some political pundits, you would think that the coming federal election is already decided. It is all over but the shouting. It is one of those times when you wish you could take all those bets from the suckers. Frankly, this political apparatchik would not bet on New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair for prime minister.

It is certainly interesting to try to imagine Thomas Mulcair as prime minister but reality keeps getting in the way. Recently we wrote about the New Democrat leader that Canada needs a prime minister, not a prosecutor. And it is (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Mulcair honeymoon ending in 5…4…3… Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:43:12 +0000 Warren In this, the NDP leader frankly looks not unlike a megalomaniac without a shred of principle. But, then again, the main source is Dimitri Soudas (a guy who allegedly has been investigated by the Mounties for stuff like this, according to the Globe), and the author is Martin Patriquin (a guy who trades in inaccuracy and prejudice, according to the Quebec Press Council).

So NDP stalwarts will likely shrug it off. Should they?

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Northern Reflections: Paying To Be Lobotomized Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:31:00 +0000 Owen Gray                                    

We are awash in images, Chris Hedges writes. And that makes it easy for corporate propagandists to succeed. It’s been that way for quite awhile:

The entrapment in a world of nonstop electronic sounds and images, begun with the phonograph and radio, advanced by cinema and television and perfected by video games, the Internet and hand-held devices, is making it impossible to build relationships and structures that are vital for civic engagement and resistance to corporate power.

We have become, Hannah Arendt wrote, “atomized” — unconnected and illiterate individuals. And, as long as we are unconnected, (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: She blew a big lead before, she’ll do it again Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:28:18 +0000 Warren He’ll beat her.

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