Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:37:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Montreal Simon: Why Does the Chicken Hawk Jason Kenney Lie So Much? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:37:00 +0000 Simon

Well let nobody say that I didn't warn them. I predicted that Jason Kenney would be the worst Defence Minister this country has ever known.A Cold War warrior, a chubby chicken hawk, who would lead us to disaster.Or judging by the crazy stuff he tweets…

Help trigger the Third World War.I knew he didn't know what he was doing. But who knew he would lie all the time?Read more »

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cartoon life: #retromatic Amber Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:05:26 +0000 dougrogers via Instagram

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Cowichan Conversations: It Has Now Been 100 Years Since Vancouver Won a Stanley Cup Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:42:12 +0000 Richard Hughes Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

I have been following the Canucks since about 1956 when they played in the Western Hockey League. Jim Cox was still doing play by play on CKNW and then later a young Jim Robinson stepped to broadcast Canuck games. Jim was behind the mike from 1958 until he retired in 1994.

Don Maroc – Still loves to retell the events of that game

I was not around when the Millionaires won the Stanley cup but I do recall some very good Canuck hockey prior to them joining in with the NHL in 1970.

Don Maroc saw the (Read more…)

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cartoon life: Jacqueline Made with @tangentapp Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:07:47 +0000 dougrogers via Instagram

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A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Ungrounded Progressive Rhetoric of Alarm & Two Awful Stephen Harper Innovations That Really Do Matter Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:03:00 +0000 Scott Neigh Often, when faced with a barrage of new awfulness from a government or party of the Right, people who fall under the broad umbrella of “mainstream progressive” do a pretty ungrounded job of framing and articulating their opposition. It’s not a problem of a lack of vehemence in their objections, or at least not in the kinds of examples I’m thinking about today. Rather, it’s a disconnect that

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Montreal Simon: Vic Toews and the Never-Ending Scandals of the Con Regime Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:43:00 +0000 Simon

He emerged from a Mennonite colony in the Paraguayan jungle to terrorize Canada. He was one of the worst cabinet ministers this country has ever known.A brutish religious fanatic, a vicious anti-gay bigot, and a ghastly hypocrite.He called those who didn't agree with him perverts.He was dogged by one scandal after the other.And now Vic Toews is in trouble. Again. Read more »

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Bill Longstaff: Our wise men have spoken—will the politicians listen? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Bill Longstaff Last week a report produced by 60 Canadian scholars stated that we can create a clean, sustainable future for our country with only a minimal effect on the economy. The scholars, representing every province as well as climate change expertise in areas from engineering to sociology, offered a consensus on viable, science-based solutions for greenhouse gas reduction.

The report, Acting on

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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Enough said… Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:58:00 +0000 Norman Farrell This comic conveys my disgust at people who diss teachers and try to shortchange education. What is wrong with you?

— Doug Coupland (@DougCoupland) June 18, 2014

Please, take time to scroll through my writings on education.

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A Creative Revolution: Dear Rob Nicholson: you are a sanctimonious blowhard Chickenhawk GIT. RANT MODE ON. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:43:21 +0000 pale In yet another Bush moment…….

The only form of recycling that the HarperTools believe in, recycled rhetoric…….

“ISIL has declared war on Canada,” Nicholson said. “By name, it seeks to wage its jihad against our people. No matter how these facts are communicated, Canadians know that the leaders of the opposition parties will dismiss that and with that, they [are] dismissing Canadian values.”

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The post “Bill C-51 is reckless and dangerous,” says OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Politicians Reject Staff Driven Bid For Hiring PR Spinners-Slash Budgets Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:51:12 +0000 Richard Hughes Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is too easy to poke at our politicians of all stripes and all stations but recently encouraging signs have emerged that show our elected folks are paying attention.

At the CVRD table perhaps it is an injection of newly elected Directors that is making the difference. They actually turned down the budget a couple of weeks back sending it back for further adjustment and trimming.

Last night they lopped off a chunk headed for the black hole known as the Economic Development function.

Too bad they did not just deep six the entire Economic Development operation. (Read more…)

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Blunt Objects Blog: UK election kicks off Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:35:00 +0000 TheNewTeddy Back in 2013, I posted an election projection for the UK. You can view it by clicking here.

In it, (I hope) I made clear that this projection was based on what I expected the trends to be, between then, and 2015.

I called for 23 SNP seats, and 10 for UKIP.

I posted this projection in many places, and many people called me crazy, said it was insane for UKIP to ever get close to 10 seats, and even moreso insanier for the SNP to have 23 whole seats!!

Yet now credible sources are admitting I was right all (Read more…)

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Things Are Good: Violent Video Games can be Good Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:17:29 +0000 Adam Clare Violent video games get attacked a lot. Media and news companies are quick to blame the influence video games have on youth to be the reason that youth commit acts of violence. This is not the case though. Every year there is more evidence that it’s not true that violent entertainment leads to real-world violence. In fact, it can be stingily argued that playing violent video games can be a good thing in your life.

First, an international research team from the USA and Canada found that by playing a game together we can change attitudes of players towards others. (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: Apparently, The Proof Is Not In The Tasting Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:15:00 +0000 Lorne Dr. Patrick Moore, a shill lobbyist for Monsanto, refused to put his mouth where his money is when offered the opportunity to prove his claim that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has nothing to do with increasing cancer rates in Argentina: “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” Moore insists.

“You want to drink some?” the interviewer asks. “We have some here.”

“I’d be happy to, actually,” Moore replies, adding, “Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”

“If you say so, I have some,” the interviewer presses.

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]]> 0 Today, CRTC announces new protections and shows they’re listening to Canadians’re-listening-canadians’re-listening-canadians#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:12:05 +0000 Eva Prkachin

This morning, the CRTC announced they’ll bring in a new customer protection code for Canadian TV users. While the CRTC has not yet drafted the code, they’re offering a two month consultation period for Canadians to weigh in. You can add your comments here.

Your OpenMedia team welcomes this news, and hopes it will lead to improvements for Canadian telecom subscribers. In addition, the CRTC also announced they’ll have rules to increase the percentage of programs with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. This is great news for many Canadians, and will help keep more of our friends, family, and (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: March 26: Damn! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:46:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

The front page headline looks important. “Bilingualims giving unilingual workforce more jobs, says report.”.In the first place, language bigots are not going to change their minds based on any report. In the second place, it doesn’t matter if it creates more jobs. Not everything is a matter of money. French-speaking people have every right to see, hear, and (Read more…) ]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: From the Mekong to the Rio Grande – Some Things Just Don’t Change Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:28:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound During the Vietnam War, America maintained a large and active riverine force to patrol the Mekong and its tributaries to engage Viet Cong elements.  It was a role featured in the movie, Apocalypse Now.  Remember this scene from the movie?

That was then, this is now only today it’s the Rio Grande that the Americans are patrolling with machine guns.

Gee that machine gun looks familiar.  Wow, it’s the same (only a bit updated). But what about the menacing looking guy with the baseball hat and sunglasses? That’s former Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, manning up for (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension: The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:28:00 +0000 Jeff Noonan

Photo from Public Domain

The essence of an unjust society is to continually demand and take from those with the least the little that they have to support their lives and life-goals and add it to the money-value hoards of those who have the power to restructure public life to serve their limitless appetites. So we see a recurrent pattern of struggle across history: those with the least power are forced to fight the hardest just to maintain what little they have.

These two political and historical principles need to be kept in mind when thinking about the ongoing strikes (Read more…)

]]> 0 Use our tool: Tell your MP to #RejectFear and #StopC51 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:25:54 +0000 David Christopher

  Stephen Harper is trying to ram his Secret Police Bill C-51 through Parliament in the next few weeks – so it’s crucial that MPs hear from Canadians.    Have you ever written to your MP before? It’s a lot easier than you might think – and we’ve made it even more straightforward by creating an easy-to-use tool at:   Just enter your postal code, type in your letter (we’ve even suggested some points you may wish to raise), and our tool will send your letter automatically to your local Member of Parliament.   This is a (Read more…) ]]> 0
The Common Sense Canadian: ‘By any means necessary’: Heiltsuk vow to stop herring gillnet fishery Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:11:48 +0000 Damien Gillis The Heiltsuk Nation is vowing to stop DFO’s opening of a gillnet fishery amid threatened herring stocks in Area 7 by “any means necessary”, after DFO refused to listen to leaders’ concerns in emergency talks yesterday afternoon.

The gillnet fishery comes in the wake of a highly controversial seine fishery in the same central coast region this past weekend. Said Chief Counsellor Marilyn Slett:

We are saddened that it has come to this, but we cannot stand by while DFO uses flawed science to destroy a resource we have depended on for thousands of years…If we don’t protect the herring, (Read more…) ]]> 0
Half an Hour: The Power of Reuse: Wikipedia in Action Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:04:00 +0000 Stephen Downes Summary of a panel at the Hewlette Grantees’ Conference. Errors are again my own.

Pete Forsyth, Wiki Strategies(See also his blog post with resources for this panel at )

In the past we’ve been saying that it’s important to the field of OER to improve content. But really, it’s about teaching and learning. So what is it about Wikipedia that is an opportunity for learning?

Jeanette Lee, the Cambridge School of Weston

We are integrating technology in the classroom, and students are always asking whether they can use Wikipedia. We have a handout we created on how (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Here’s How Canada Could Have 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:03:59 +0000 Kyla Mandel Canada could become 100 per cent reliant on low-carbon electricity in just 20 years and reduce its emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, a new study shows.

The report calls for bold policies to be adopted immediately in order for Canada to transition to a sustainable society.

“Twenty years ago Canada was a leader on the climate change file. But today our reputation on this issue is in tatters,” James Meadowcroft, political science professor at Carleton University and one of the report’s authors told DeSmog Canada. “It is time for us to get serious and take vigorous action to (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: New Contest. Spot the Progressive! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:02:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound I’ll bet you’ve got inside yourself some sense of progress, progressive, progressivism.  Even bad people have a little.

The question today is whether progressivism remains a real construct in Canadian politics.  Have our political parties become so neoliberal as to eradicate progressivism?

Let’s take a look at some of the major problems of the day.  You think of how a progressive would respond.  Then compare that of any of the three main parties seeking power today.

What about an easy one, Palestine?  How would a progressive respond to that volatile and worsening problem?  How would Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair respond? (Read more…)

]]> 0 Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, March 26, 2015 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:03:25 +0000 Andrew Currie

Your news links for today:

Bell Media president Kevin Crull apologizes for ‘intrusion’ into CTV’s CRTC coverage – CBC News Can CTV News and BNN be trusted to report on themselves? Depends on Kevin Crull’s mood – Fagstein Bell censorship: the status quo can’t endure – AlphaBeatic Cord Cutting Denier Nielsen To Begin Tracking Netflix Streaming – DSL Reports ‘You’re Playing God with the Internet!’ Republican Shouts at FCC Chief – National Journal Information sharing debates continuing in problematic directions – Mozilla Blog Here’s what happens when a hacker gets mistaken for a spy – The Verge Google joins (Read more…) ]]> 0
Warren Kinsella: ISIS: I am confused, as usual Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:50 +0000 Warren

How does bombing targets in Syria, without asking Syria for permission, and continuing to condemn Syria, make us an ally of Syria? #cdnpoIi

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 26, 2015

Opposing the Obama-led international coalition for whatever reason is one thing. But to actually suggest we have now somehow become allies of Syria’s despicable regime is, well, despicable.

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