Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes http://www.progressivebloggers.ca Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:44:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 The Canadian Progressive: Twelve national medical associations join call for Conservative government to drop reckless appeal of refugee health ruling http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/10/21/twelve-national-medical-associations-join-call-conservative-government-drop-reckless-appeal-refugee-health-ruling/ http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/10/21/twelve-national-medical-associations-join-call-conservative-government-drop-reckless-appeal-refugee-health-ruling/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:44:23 +0000 Nehanda 1896 http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/?p=19050 More national medical associations join Canadians’ call on the Conservative government to respect the Federal Court’s refugee health care ruling, urge it to drop its “reckless appeal.”

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The Disaffected Lib: Say What? How Bad Is It? http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/say-what-how-bad-is-it.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/say-what-how-bad-is-it.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:03:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=c304b0131ca6d0339be1b2377a59d1bf To quote Sverker Göransson, Sweden’s top military commander, “it’s fucked up.” Referring to Sweden’s so far fruitless search for a suspected Russian sub lurking somewhere around the islands off its capital,  he said, ”This is very serious. I would even go so far as to say, to say that it’s fucked up.”   The Swedish military won’t even say that they’re hunting a submarine.  They have, however, described it as a vessel that was spotted surfacing.  I guess you have to connect the dots yourself. The Swedish military has released a map of the Stockholm archipelago (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Say What? How Bad Is It?]]> http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/feeds/5566048861070792619/comments/default 0 Warren Kinsella: SFH at the Garrison Wednesday night! http://warrenkinsella.com/2014/10/sfh-at-the-garrison-wednesday-night/ http://warrenkinsella.com/2014/10/sfh-at-the-garrison-wednesday-night/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:59:22 +0000 Warren http://warrenkinsella.com/?p=17071 For Shift! For Chris Turner! For Evan Solomon! For civil liberties!

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Politics and its Discontents: Another Group Shames Harper http://politicsanditsdiscontents.blogspot.com/2014/10/another-group-shames-harper.html http://politicsanditsdiscontents.blogspot.com/2014/10/another-group-shames-harper.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Lorne http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=30334aa7129b91aa396dd42342be06c0 It is to be hoped that the closer we move to next year’s election, more and more Canadians will be wagging their fingers at Stephen Harper for his various acts of destruction in this country. For now, let’s enjoy the fact that this group is doing it for us: An organization known for its efforts to improve scientific integrity within the U.S. government is taking aim at Prime Minister Stephen Harper over policies and funding cuts that it says are detrimental to Canadian public science.

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The Disaffected Lib: Pontifical Council to World Hindus – Globalization Sucks! http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/pontifical-council-to-world-hindus.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/pontifical-council-to-world-hindus.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:22:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=67f64233ce000c35d0f008b1d0c7c8ee The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a heads up to world Hindus for Diwali, the Hindu Autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October 20 and entitled “Christians and Hindus: Together to Foster a Culture of ‘Inclusion,’” the Pontifical Council stated that “globalization has not achieved its primary objective of integrating local peoples into the global community. Rather, globalization has contributed significantly to many peoples losing their sociocultural, economic and political identities.” Globalization, the message continued, has contributed to relativism, syncretism, “a privatization of religion,” and “religious fundamentalism and ethnic, tribal and sectarian violence in (Read more…) ]]> http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/feeds/8109975063206195085/comments/default 0 The Disaffected Lib: A Nation Awash in Pigs and Guns. What’s the Problem? http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-nation-awash-in-pigs-and-guns-whats.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-nation-awash-in-pigs-and-guns-whats.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:21:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=37d04ca1829b40e10319decfa2e4be95 How can a nation with a lunatic gun culture ever find itself at the mercy of pigs?

The United States, or at least 39 States so far, is being overrun by a burgeoning population of wild pigs.  There’s even a TV show about a family of L’il Abner rednecks who make their living at pig pest control.

In the past 30 years …their ranks have swollen until suddenly disease-carrying, crop-devouring swine have spread to 39 states. Now, wild pigs are five million strong and the targets of a $20-million federal initiative to get their numbers under control.

Settlers first brought (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension: From Israel to ISIS: Harper’s ‘Orwellian’ foreign policy https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/from-israel-to-isis-harpers-orwellian-foreign-policy https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/from-israel-to-isis-harpers-orwellian-foreign-policy#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Murray Dobbin https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/from-israel-to-isis-harpers-orwellian-foreign-policy

Photo by SPC Ronald Shaw Jr., U.S. Army

It’s getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations. But we should try. Perhaps a first step in returning to such a time was the decision of the NDP and Liberal Party to oppose Stephen Harper’s most recent ill-considered and cynical march to war with his decision of join the bombing of Iraq.

Harper’s amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has little to do with any genuine (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Dispossession by Negotiation – Harper’s Approach to Native Land Rights http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/dispossession-by-negotiation-harpers.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/dispossession-by-negotiation-harpers.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:48:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=cb4e28abc690ccefcbe6753080c7a5cc In what appears to be “Shame on You, Canada” Day, the Guardian has a damning piece on how the Harper regime is intent on severing Canada’s First Nations from their rightful claims to ancestral lands.

First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in nation to 1750 square kilometres of their land in central British Columbia – not outright ownership, but the right to use and manage the land and to reap its economic benefits.The ruling affects all “unceded” territory in Canada – those lands (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension: My Day at the International Criminal Court https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/my-day-at-the-international-criminal-court https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/my-day-at-the-international-criminal-court#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Leigh Brownhill https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/my-day-at-the-international-criminal-court

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I have written previously about the two Kenyan crimes against humanity cases being heard before the International Criminal Court in The Hague – in December 2010, when six suspects were first named in the case, and in January 2012, when the judges confirmed charges against four of the accused. By October 2014, there were only three suspects, charges being dropped again the other three. Two of the remaining defendants have, since the cases against them began in 2010, been elected President and Deputy President of Kenya. William Samoei Ruto (now Deputy President, but accused in (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Nov. 21: late news. In fact, it isn’t here yet. http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/2014/10/nov-21-late-news-in-fact-it-isnt-here.html http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/2014/10/nov-21-late-news-in-fact-it-isnt-here.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=961df610be176d35fbc6aa16e1baafd0

The National post for today (Tuesday) breaks the story that Harper has ordered Revenue Canada to crack down on the tax files of “left-wing” think tanks to take away their tax-free status. He claims that they are biased. But they are not touching right-wing think tanks like the CDHowe or AIMS, (Read more…) ]]> http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/feeds/266230641673902931/comments/default 0 The Disaffected Lib: The New Republic Slams Harper, Abbott and Canada’s "Government of Thugs" http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-new-republic-slams-harper-abbott.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-new-republic-slams-harper-abbott.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:19:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=cb99f396a60e490bc37d5ac0e3b4e0c7 It’s an American publication so you’ll have to excuse the hyperbole.  The New Republic, in an article entitled, “These Two World Leaders are Laughing While the World Burns Up,” obviously conflated Stephen Harper and his Australian ventriloquist’s dummy, Tony Abbott, with “world leaders.”

Canada once had a shot at being the world’s leader on climate change.  Back in 2002, our northern neighbours had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties.  In 2005, the country hosted an international climate change conference in Montreal, where then-Prime (Read more…)

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Queer-liberal: But then again, Olivia Chow gave her best speech yet last night http://queer-liberal.blogspot.com/2014/10/but-then-again-olivia-chow-gave-her.html http://queer-liberal.blogspot.com/2014/10/but-then-again-olivia-chow-gave-her.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Matt Guerin http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=f4442ca332133f34643dd8689eba6d21

I must admit that I’m very torn still about how to vote in the Toronto election, despite my last post.

Some, including myself, previously have said Olivia Chow hasn’t articulated a clear and inspiring vision in this campaign.  But this speech at last night’s debate in Toronto proves that Chow has finally come into her own as a candidate with a clear and inspiring vision.

This is good stuff from Chow.  I agree with her 100% on Light Rail Trains, or LRTs.  I’ve always wanted to vote for her.  I’m disappointed the early months of her campaign didn’t sound more (Read more…)

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OPSEU Diablogue: Champlain CCAC in freefall as patients get dropped from home care http://diablogue.org/2014/10/21/champlain-ccac-in-freefall-as-patients-get-dropped-from-home-care/ http://diablogue.org/2014/10/21/champlain-ccac-in-freefall-as-patients-get-dropped-from-home-care/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:06:19 +0000 opseudiablogue http://diablogue.org/?p=4691 “It’s a question of how we can do work more efficiently and maybe less people.” – Patrice Connolly, vice-president of people and stakeholder engagement, Champlain CCAC. The Ottawa Sun is reporting the Champlain CCAC has cut services to a patient … Continue reading →

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Warren Kinsella: On ISIS fight, Canadians are with Obama http://warrenkinsella.com/2014/10/on-isis-fight-canadians-are-with-obama/ http://warrenkinsella.com/2014/10/on-isis-fight-canadians-are-with-obama/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:20:40 +0000 Warren http://warrenkinsella.com/?p=17067 So sayeth Abacus. The polling firm didn’t ask, but I suspect that they would have found that Canadians don’t think the President is doing what he’s doing because of his ego, either. Libs, take note.

 

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Blunt Objects Blog: New Political Party http://blunt-objects.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-political-party.html http://blunt-objects.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-political-party.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:57:00 +0000 TheNewTeddy http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=446e4e516b354f4c692454e4ce345d10 http://blunt-objects.blogspot.com/feeds/2465682019102423565/comments/default 0 Parchment in the Fire: Mark Blyth: The Return Of Class Politics In The UK http://geoffkennedy.org/2014/10/21/mark-blyth-the-return-of-class-politics-in-the-uk/ http://geoffkennedy.org/2014/10/21/mark-blyth-the-return-of-class-politics-in-the-uk/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:51:31 +0000 geofftkennedy http://geoffkennedy.org/?p=1409 Mark Blyth: The Return Of Class Politics In The UK.

For David Cameron, cutting spending in a highly unequal society works because it doesn’t affect those who matter to him. This used to be called class politics.

The prime minister’s speech at the lord mayor’s banquet last year was notable in part because its main message, that “we need to do more with less. Not just now, but permanently,” was delivered from a throne bedecked in gold to applause from members of the financial elite. But it’s the other less commented upon aspects of last year’s speech that signal why the (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Right-Wing Charities Escaping CRA Audits: New Report from Broadbent Institute http://www.desmog.ca/2014/10/21/right-wing-charities-escaping-CRA-audits-new-report-broadbent-institute http://www.desmog.ca/2014/10/21/right-wing-charities-escaping-CRA-audits-new-report-broadbent-institute#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:48 +0000 Emma Gilchrist http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=d473c5fa9e841d5c21fca362b95871f0 A new report from the Broadbent Institute raises fresh questions about whether Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audits are being used as a politicized tool to pressure critics of the federal government.

The report, Stephen Harper’s CRA: Selective audits, “political” activity, and right-leaning charities, says several right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the CRA’s definition.

“We know charities that have been critical of policies of the Harper government are being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. With mounting evidence suggesting bias in auditing decisions, we need to (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Right-Wing Charities Escaping CRA Audits: New Report from Broadbent Institute http://desmog.ca/2014/10/21/right-wing-charities-escaping-CRA-audits-new-report-broadbent-institute http://desmog.ca/2014/10/21/right-wing-charities-escaping-CRA-audits-new-report-broadbent-institute#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:48 +0000 Emma Gilchrist http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=f30f6e4694cdd97335055095dae536a5 A new report from the Broadbent Institute raises fresh questions about whether Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audits are being used as a politicized tool to pressure critics of the federal government.

The report, Stephen Harper’s CRA: Selective audits, “political” activity, and right-leaning charities, says several right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the CRA’s definition.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Harper, the Dog of War http://politicsrespun.org/2014/10/harper-the-dog-of-war/ http://politicsrespun.org/2014/10/harper-the-dog-of-war/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:21 +0000 Stephen Elliott-Buckley http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=397b0c66022fce66ac1ca4c41f1e5a97 For Harper, 6 CF-18s in Kuwait, all war all the time, phoning up the Pentagon asking where we can become more militarily engaged…all these things lead to a war posture, including a soldier being killed at home.

A war posture is good for Harper’s base and makes Canadians more scared so that we more more disinclined to vote him out next year.

Don’t change horses in midstream, as the sick spin goes.

Expect Harper to manufacture/inflame more political strife and militarism in the months leading up to the federal election.

All of us should be profoundly uncomfortable that any politician (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Lori Iannidinardo Has Been An Active, Committed Director for Cowichan Bay http://richardhughes.ca/cowichan-conversations/lori-iannidinardo-has-been-an-active-committed-cvrd-director-for-cowichan-bay/ http://richardhughes.ca/cowichan-conversations/lori-iannidinardo-has-been-an-active-committed-cvrd-director-for-cowichan-bay/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:04:15 +0000 Richard Hughes http://richardhughes.ca/?p=47939 Cowichan Bay’s Lori Iannidinardo

For six years, Lori Iannidinardo has been an active, committed Director of Area D – Cowichan Bay. She serves on the Cowichan Watershed Board and the Parks Board, where she was Area D Chair for 11 years. For 18 years Lori has been a coordinator for Cowichan Community Kitchens and is a founder of the Vancouver Island Logger Safety Support Group.

Ms. Iannidinardo wants to continue her work and be a strong voice on issues that people tell her matter: water, a sustainable economy, fiscal responsibility and respectful relationships. For that reason, she is standing (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Really, Is This a Good Idea? http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/really-is-this-good-idea.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/10/really-is-this-good-idea.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:57:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=5d480ddaaf378581b75afbbbbac0bd40 Back in the days when General Motors ruled the world it was said that the business of America was business.   That’s what came to mind on reading an item today about the US ordering more than a thousand Hellfire missiles on behalf of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Qatar.

Just what is Saudi Arabia going to do with hundreds of Hellfire missiles?  They don’t go to war.  We do that for them.  They do fund Islamic extremists of the sort that we wind up having to fight.  They do use their militaries to brutally suppress dissent, especially of the (Read more…)

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Logical Fallacies http://ianchadwick.com/blog/logical-fallacies/ http://ianchadwick.com/blog/logical-fallacies/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:33:18 +0000 Ian Chadwick http://ianchadwick.com/blog/?p=12220 Last night at council I referred to seeing what I believed was a post hoc fallacy in a report, or more properly a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy. Yeah, I probably annoyed some folks in the audience because I used Latin words and that confused them. But hey, they already think I’m a jerk because […]

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OpenMedia.ca: Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 https://openmedia.ca/blog/your-daily-digital-digest-tuesday-october-21-2014 https://openmedia.ca/blog/your-daily-digital-digest-tuesday-october-21-2014#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:24:18 +0000 Andrew Currie http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=68453f15ea76670d7d06699704694b34

Your news links for today:

The Expansion of Personal Information Disclosure Without Consent: Unpacking the Government’s Weak Response to Digital Privacy Act Concerns – Michael Geist The Troubling Arguments from the Government in Smith v. Obama – EFF Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying - NZ Herald FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go “too far” with default encryption – Naked Security Congress to the FBI: There’s ‘Zero Chance’ We’ll Force Apple to Decrypt Phones – VICE Motherboard Dawn of Ultrafast Broadband Era – MarketWatch South Korean ISP set to unveil 10Gbps fiber connection, 1GB download in (Read more…) ]]>
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cmkl: I’m thinking I should own these http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cmkl/~3/SIQ7J5UObRU/index.php http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cmkl/~3/SIQ7J5UObRU/index.php#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:18:51 +0000 cmkl http://cmkl.ca/?p=3394 The time is fast approaching, if today is any indication. But it seems hard to locate them. Phat Moose, says they do. But oh the price.

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ParliamANT Hill: ConservAntive Campaign Strategy Session http://parliamanthill.blogspot.com/2014/10/conservantive-campaign-strategy-session.html http://parliamanthill.blogspot.com/2014/10/conservantive-campaign-strategy-session.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Jim Sadlemyer http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=1c529be1665e0b039135d520995e28ff http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-rejects-charges-of-bias-in-cra-s-scrutiny-of-birdwatchers-1.2806620

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