Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:02:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Paul S. Graham: Video: Solidarity with the Pimicikamak Cree Nation Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:02:08 +0000 Paul S. Graham Oct. 23, 2014: Members and supporters of Pimicikamak Cree Nation rallied at Manitoba Hydro’s Winnipeg Headquarters to explain the reasons for their occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Yesterday, after a week-long occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station, representatives of the Pimicikamak Cree of Cross Lake brought their protest to Winnipeg. Community members and local supporters rallied at Manitoba Hydro’s downtown headquarters to pray, sing and tell their story to Winnipeg media.

They began with a prayer and followed with a moment of silence and an honour song for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the young reservist murdered (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:10:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Black Box – Everybody Everybody

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The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:29:11 +0000 Obert Madondo Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Suppress Our Freedoms Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:08:00 +0000 Simon

I knew Stephen Harper wouldn't waste any time exploiting the senseless tragedy on Parliament Hill.I knew he'd strike when many people were still in shock, emotions were still raw, the MSM in Ottawa was still making it sound like it was Canada's 911. And he could still scare some Canadians into believing that our country, and its values, were under attack.And that only he can save us… Read more »

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Following official confirmation from the Competition Bureau that the Big Three are artificially keeping prices high, OpenMedia and CIPPIC’s joint submission to the CRTC sets out common sense steps for fixing Canada’s broken wireless market

October 24, 2014 –Bold measures are required to reduce cell phone bills, rein in the Big Three, and fix Canada’s broken wireless market. That’s the message of a detailed policy submission (PDF) to the CRTC by CIPPIC and community-based, which is running a nationwide Unblock Canada campaign aimed at lowering prices and improving wireless choice for Canadians. The launch of (Read more…)

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Recreating Eden: Pure Laine Terrorists, Or Why a Little Religious Education Never Hurts Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:09:00 +0000 Mary Soderstrom I have no way of knowing if the two troubled young men who took down Canadian soldiers this week had any kind of religious education as children.  Given their age, they probably were exposed to a bit of Catholicism in school, since when they were little kids, Quebec schools boards were set up on religious lines.  The change  to a language based system came in 1997, although a certain amount of teaching about religion–as opposed to teaching religion itself–remains in a compulsary ethics and religious culture course.

The school commission reorganization was something I advocated when our (Read more…)

]]> 0 Saturday at 6.30pm ET: Watch Glenn Greenwald speak in Ottawa Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:21:04 +0000 David Christopher WATCH LIVE: Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak in Ottawa about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians. This event is organized by Bill Owen of Eyestir Communications, and sponsored by and your team. It takes place on Saturday Oct 25 from 6.30-8.30pm ET.

Here’s a live stream of the event, courtesy of our co-sponsors at – let us know what you think about the points under discussion in the comments below. Enjoy!

(This live stream will start working on Saturday October 25, at 6.30pm ET)

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The Disaffected Lib: Keep Calm and Carry On, Canada Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:29:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Harvard prof Stephen Walt says Canada’s MPs are delusional if they think doubling down on counterterrorism will make the country one bit safer.  In a Foreign Policy op-ed, “Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper“, Dr. Walt sums up our situation succinctly: “the blowback powerful states experience needs to be understood as part of the price they pay for an active, interventionist foreign policy.”This basic reality also undercuts the illusion that the United States and its allies could run an ambitious but cost-free foreign policy: that it could use military force to shape (Read more…)

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It’s been a terrible few days. Wednesday’s events on Parliament Hill have left all Canadians shaken and asking questions about how we move forward as a country.

I doubt I’ll ever forget waking up on Wednesday to learn that Parliament – the very symbol of the rights and freedoms we hold dear – was under attack. Since then I’ve talked with a lot of people – my friends, family, OpenMedia colleagues, and engaged supporters – trying to process this news and consider how we can all move forward.

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Parchment in the Fire: CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:17:30 +0000 geofftkennedy CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English –

(ANSA) – Rome, October 24 – As many as one million people, one thousand police officers, and a small number of dissident members of the governing Democratic Party (PD) are expected at a major rally called for Saturday by Italy’s largest trade-union federation CGIL against Premier Matteo Renzi’s Jobs Act. The rally has been planned for several weeks as the country’s most left-wing union takes aim at provisions in the Jobs Act, which is moving through Parliament and would reduce job protections for new employees. (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Crude Oil Transport Project Halted In California After Environmentalists Sue Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:44:29 +0000 Mike G Back in August, DeSmog reported on California environmentalists stopping “stealth carbon bombs” in their communities. Now they’re celebrating another victory as a dangerous—and illegal—crude oil transport project in Sacramento has been halted as well.

According to a report by the Sacramento Bee last March, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District first caught InterState Oil Company, a fuel distributor, offloading ethanol without a permit in the fall of 2012. Inspectors with the AQMD then caught InterState transloading crude oil from trains to trucks bound for Bay Area refineries in September of last year, again without a permit.

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Cathie from Canada: It isn’t "terrorism", its mental illness Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Cathie from Canada What Canada should always remember about Wednesday was the courage of our politicians – hearing a fusillade of gunfire right outside their meeting room, they armed themselves with flagpoles and prepared to defend Parliament and their colleagues against what they must have believed at the time to be an invading force.But to me, it inflates the importance and significance of Wednesday’s attack in Ottawa to continue to call it “terrorism” or even “micro-terrorism”.It actually appears to be an almost-random outburst by a mentally ill man.While Michael Zehaf-Bibeau may well have thought of himself as an “ISIS terrorist”, (Read more…)

]]> 0 The Guardian: U.N. report criticizes bulk spying Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:31:31 +0000 Eva Prkachin

Mass surveillance is “corrosive of online privacy” according to U.N. special report.

Article by Owen Bowcott and Spencer Ackerman for the Guardian

Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is “corrosive of online privacy” and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

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Trashy's World: Ottawa City Council candidates worth voting for! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:00:22 +0000 trashee I have already endorsed some of these candidates in past posts, but being that it is only a few days till E Day, I thought I’d go over some of them again. Jean Cloutier will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for […]

]]> 0 Power to the people (through the Internet) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:33:31 +0000 Meghan Sali

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century. See Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

One thing we hear over and over again from our community is that they value the ability of the Internet to foster creativity and advance human progress. It often provides us with solutions to some of our most stubborn problems. Here at OpenMedia, we talk about “the possibilities of the open Internet,” and it’s something we all keep coming back (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Fund for Officer Vincent and Corporal Cirillo Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:30:11 +0000 Warren Please donate. Here.

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Nov.24: The Heirs to Dr. Goebbels Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:21:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

1. The story is not  news story. It’s an opinion piece. There’s a difference, a very big difference. News is something that happened. News (Read more…) ]]> 0 Stuart Mackinnon: BetterParks for Vancouver: MEDIA RELEASE: Green Park Board candidates call for time out in community centre association negotiations Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Stuart Mackinnon After dozens of meetings and thousands of hours invested, and still no agreement in sight, everyone needs to cool off and take a time-out in negotiations between the City of Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation and local Community Centre Associations for new Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs), say Green Party of Vancouver Park Board candidates.

“It’s time to pause and reboot,” says Green Park Board candidate Stuart Mackinnon, a Park Commissioner in 2010, when the process began after the Park Board (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Stuart Mackinnon: BetterParks for Vancouver: MEDIA RELEASE: Green Park Board candidates call for time out in community centre association negotiations]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: A Divided World that Pits Fact Against Fantasy Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:13:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound It’s the battle line between conservatives and everyone else.  It’s incredibly divisive and it is powerfully corrosive of social cohesion.  It’s a high-stakes war to control the national narrative between those who embrace fact and those who prefer fiction.

Pew Research set out to find what’s behind what it considers the increasing political polarization of the United States; why the country is moving away from political moderation and becoming more and more divided between liberals and conservatives. Its first report on the phenomenon, which examines where people are hearing news and opinion in both regular and social media, shows (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Divided World that Pits Fact Against Fantasy]]> 0 CANADALAND: Why is Canadian media stalling debate on online spying? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:01:05 +0000 Eva Prkachin

Why did major Canadian news outlets refuse to report on CSEC spying and the Snowden documents?

Article by Jesse Brown for CANADALAND

Last Tuesday evening at CBC’s Toronto headquarters, CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire played host to maverick reporter Glenn Greenwald. Shortly after her introductory remarks to a crowd of journalists at Glenn Gould Studio, former CBC News content director David Walmsley (now editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail) sat down with Greenwald for an admiring interview about journalistic bravery, exposing State surveillance and standing up to government pressure. A standing ovation followed.

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Cowichan Conversations: Save Island Savings- This not a Merger–This is a Takeover- VOTE NO! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:50:33 +0000 Richard Hughes

Well they managed to get the logo right! “It’s good to be here”


Richard Hughes-Vote No! Save Island Savings

Vote No to this takeover attempt so that we will be able to keep our Credit Union based here in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

The Board of Directors and the CEO are about to sell us down the river through being taken over by First West Credit Union based in Langley BC.

The benefits for the top executives include a sizable yet undiclosed retirement package for CEO Little wonder he is pitching with such enthusiasm. This is a (Read more…)

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The Enlightened Savage: Govern Yourselves Accordingly Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Enlightened Savage Just a quick hit as I sit waiting for my oil change today, Nation. In a little over 80 hours, we will start to get by-election results in Edmonton-Whitemud, Calgary-West, Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-Elbow.  These last 80 hours are “crunch time”. Elections are won and lost in these last 3 days. Senior members of every campaign, and the candidates themselves, pull out all the stops. They forego sleep. They scramble, work every angle, fight for every last vote. As they should. But a reminder to those campaigns, candidates and parties, that is always valid at this time of year but (Read more…) ]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: Another Glimmer of Hope, This Time From the European Union. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:33:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound 0 The Disaffected Lib: An Unlikely War Pits the Pentagon Against the GOP Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:10:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Over the past decade, America’s military has raised the climate change threat level until today it stands at a screaming, howlin’ red.  The Pentagon’s position inflicts a certain degree of cognitive dissonance on those worshipers of military muscle, the Republican Party.

The Pentagon says there’s a shit storm looming.  The GOP responds, ignore it. The Republicans control the House of Representatives where, in May, they amended ”the annual National Defense Authorization Act forbidding the Defense Department from spending money on any climate-related initiatives, including planning programs.”The Republican congressmen contended they merely wanted to maximize America’s military might (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Will the Opposition Capitulate to Harper’s Police State? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Steve Harper is taking a page, maybe a chapter, out of Dick Cheney’s neocon playbook to exploit a couple of relatively minor incidents to plunge Canada into a deeper form of surveillance state.

A report in Foreign Policy magazine warns that Canada – the Canadian public, you and me – could be headed for NSA-style surveillance sooner than anyone imagined.

When Harper proclaimed that Canadians would not be intimidated by this week’s killings he was lying through his teeth.  He’s counting on Canadians being fearful and intimidated enough to let him shred our rights and freedoms in the name of (Read more…)

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