Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:30:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: April 18: Journalism and ethics Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

It set the beginning of the crisis with the Russian annexation of Crimea. In fact, almost all the western press begins with that annexation. And that is propaganda and lying. The Russians annexed Ukraine for a reason. It was because highly organized street mobs had overthrown the elected government of Ukraine, replaced the government with, among others, neo-Naziis, and were planning to join Ukraine (Read more…) ]]> 0 THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caring, Inspiring, Teaching: Caregivers’ Careers Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Donna Thomson You can see in Susan Beayni’s eyes just how much she loves her daughter, Rebecca.  Love, contribution, friendship and community have been the pillars upon which Susan has built her personal and her professional life.  My interest is in how longterm caregivers use their experience to teach, to inspire and sometimes, to create a career.  Susan Beayni is the Coordinator of Family Supports at Partners for Planning in Toronto, Canada – she taps into the wisdom she’s gained from her own caregiving to advise and support others.

Susan Beayni is the mother of two young women – Rebecca (31) and (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: "Russia with Love": Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:28:41 +0000 Steve Horn A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska’s statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty.

It’s not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

The question of who owns Alaska’s natural gas and where they’re from, at least for now, has been off the table. More on that later.

At its core, the controversy centers around a public-private entity called the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) created on April 18, 2010 via House Bill 369 for the “purpose (Read more…)

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The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff… Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:17:22 +0000 The Ranting Canadian

Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff party, his new theme song could be “Half Empty Halls” by The Evaporators.

By most accounts, the April 17, 2014 event was a flop, with low turnout, no “history in the making” moments (another Ford promise broken), none of the celebrity appearances that were anticipated, and a lackluster speech full of lies, clichés and vague pledges. According to some, Ford was even heckled a bunch of times.

TV footage showed a lot of people waiting in line to get Ford T-shirts and bobblehead dolls, but it seems that (Read more…)

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Queer-liberal: Adam Vaughan’s ‘game changer’ candidacy in Trinity-Spadina puts the downtown Toronto riding into Liberal reach… Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Matt Guerin The announcement yesterday that popular downtown city councillor Adam Vaughan is seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Trinity-Spadina is a “game changer” that puts the Grits back into major contention in the upcoming by-election.

In fact, I might even suggest if Vaughan does secure the Liberal nomination (which seems very likely), he becomes the likely frontrunner in the by-election race due to his amazing name recognition, his solid policy chops, his message promoting urban issues in Ottawa, and his street cred as a councillor who won his ward in 2010 with almost 75% of the vote.  Against NDP insider (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:37:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Assorted content for your Friday reading.

- Robert Kuttner discusses Karl Polanyi’s increasingly important critique of unregulated markets and corporatist states. Sarah Kendzior writes about the latest cycle of workers stuck in poverty who are striking back against a system designed to suppress their standard of living. And Michael Rozworski examines the effect of the Cons’ temporary foreign worker focus on Canadian workers: (W)hile food attendants made up 9% of all TFW Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) issued in Canada in 2012, they comprised 17%, or almost double, of TFW LMOs in Alberta, the province that has the tightest labour market. (Read more…)

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Recreating Eden: Why We Need a Strong Public Broadcaster: Radio Canada’s Enquête Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Mary Soderstrom The knives were out last week at the CBC and Radio Canada: 657 jobs will be cut and $130 million slashed from the budget. This is just the latest in the campaign to bring down Canada’s public broadcaster orchestrated by the Stephen Harper Conservatives. 

Many times in the past I’ve ranted about the cuts to serious programming on what used to be the music service.  About five years ago, both the CBC and its French-language twin Radio-Canada started dumbing down the music content in a (I think) mistaken attempt to make the service more “accessible.”  The repercussions (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Most of the victims went to my Calgary high school Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:44:04 +0000 Warren Bishop Carroll.

Just can’t stop thinking about this terrible thing. Know that street, know that neighbourhood, know the family names. The horror of it – it’s hard to shake.


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Babel-on-the-Bay: Wrong again, Justin Trudeau. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:39:43 +0000 Peter Lowry Even in Julius Caesar’s day, the Rubicon was a very shallow river. Caesar’s legion waded across. Justin Trudeau dives in and ends up looking silly.

When writing about the metaphorical Rubicon that young Trudeau faced in Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding, we were talking about his relationship with the Liberal Party. Instead of listening to the party, he is getting things screwed up even worse.

Instead of meeting with Christine Innes to resolve the questions about her candidacy, he gets pictures in the newspapers inviting Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan to run for the Liberals in that riding. This is not solving the (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: There once was a time when everyday folk spoke one language, and learned men wrote another. It was called the Dark Ages. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:24:00 +0000 James C Morton Samuel T. Williamson

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Melissa Fong: @VisionVancouver @MayorGregor Manifesto #YVR #Homelessness Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:16:56 +0000 Melissa Fong aka @InternationalMF Vision Vancouver Manifesto? 1 Promise to end homelessness 2 Pass inadequate #DTESLAP 3 Ballem report worst AFTER ppl pleaded to stop gentrification 4 Gregor blames Prov — Melissa Fong (@internationalmf) […]

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Politics and its Discontents: Slamming Harper Secrecy Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Lorne

The Toronto Star recently revealed the following:

Health Canada is keeping secret the vast majority of the drug reviews it conducts despite a clear promise from the federal minister to publish this critical safety information.

Only 24 of 152 drug reviews completed last year by Health Canada are being considered for public release, the Toronto Star has learned. The drug safety reviews that will be open to the public are those triggered by alarms raised by foreign regulators, medical or scientific literature or Health Canada’s routine monitoring activities.

The main reason? Wholly consistent with the Harper regime’s legendary secrecy and (Read more…)

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Further Adventures of Premier Peek-a-boo #nlpoli Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Edward Hollett Frank Coleman didn’t speak to reporters about the Conservative Party by-election loss in Virginia Waters.

Someone wrote up a prepared statement and sent it to reporters later on.

The Western Star caught up with Frank Coleman on Thursday after Bill Barry bailed on the rigged Conservative leadership election.  Barry said the process was “disingenuous”.

Coleman begged off any detailed comments “So, I’m just trying to figure this out myself,” said Coleman, who noted he’d barely had time to discuss it with his team.Coleman said his communications co-ordinator would be issuing a media release later in today.

Coleman doesn’t (Read more…)

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: MPAC Report: Wind Turbines Have NO Negative Effect On Home Values Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:20:00 +0000 bigcitylib MPAC is the Municpal Property Assessment Corporation.  They determine what each piece of property in Ontario is worth so that the various local governments can hit you up for taxes.  Several years ago they were asked to do a study to determine what if any effect the placement of wind turbines had on the value of neighboring properties.  They released their report yesterday.  From its executive summary:

Conclusions  Following MPAC’s review, it was concluded that 2012 CVAs of properties located within proximity of an IWT are assessed at their current value and are equitably assessed in relation to homes at (Read more…) ]]> 0
Things Are Good: Band of the Month: SOHN Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:40 +0000 Greg Hey readers!

This months band is SOHN.

London born and Vienna settled, SOHN is longing, brooding, and beautiful. Much like Toronto’s current state of anticipation for this winter’s eventual end. SOHN uses powerfully pulsing digital beats with spiralling layers of arpeggiating synth to provide an appropriately intense foundation for the mezmorzing, high tenor vocal harmonies.

Crank it while you look out your window and dream of the oncoming Spring.

Greg O’Toole

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DeSmogBlog: Pseudoskeptics Are Not Skeptics Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Mashey Genuine scientific skepticism is not just the unmoving rejection of evolution or climate change by fake skeptics, called pseudoskeptics. The real thing avoids premature conclusions, recognizes uncertainty, motivates searches for good data and causes real skeptics to change their minds, as put succinctly by John Maynard Keynes:

“When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”

Martin Gardner and Carl Sagan were famed skeptics, but most of the time, most scientists and many others must be, too, including contributors at DeSmogBlog or Skeptical Science. Gardner and Sagan were among the cofounders and illustrious Fellows of the (Read more…)

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Northern Reflections: Christians Like Us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Owen Gray

The Harper Party insists that its values are the values of the vast majority of Canadians. But, Linda McQuaig writes, Senator Linda Frum’s recent musings reveal just how narrow and inverted Conservative values really are:

Frum’s adamant insistence — at a Senate hearing and later in a series of well-publicized Twitter exchanges — that Elections Canada should not encourage people to vote sounded so out of sync with widely-held democratic principles that it appeared mystifying.

Indeed, it only made sense when you realized she was inadvertently revealing how deeply she and other Harperites mistrust the public at large — (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Tim Minchin Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:20:08 +0000 The Arbourist Music with a subtle message.

Filed under: Music Tagged: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, Tim Minchin

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Fix Was In #nlpoli Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Edward Hollett Bill Barry, in the Western Star, on the Conservative leadership show he quit on Thursday:

“I just chose to recognize that the leader has been selected by the party insiders.”

“But if they’re going to do that, why have a convention?” he asked. “If the determination is going be made before the debate happens, and before an event happens and people are going to all head in one particular direction, why go through the process? It seems disingenuous to me.

Read the rest of Barry’s comments in the Western Star exclusive.


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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Experience still counts #nlpoli Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Edward Hollett Now that Frank Coleman is the de facto leader of the provincial Conservative party, there’s no reason why Coleman can’t be in the Premier’s Office with his new cabinet in place when the House of Assembly resumes its current sitting in early May.

Absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Coleman can appoint Tom Marshall as the deputy Premier or leave whomever Coleman appoints as Government House leader to stand in for him until Coleman can get a seat in the legislature.

It’s really simple.

And when the budget is done,  Coleman can head down to Government House and ask the Lieutenant Governor to issue a writ for a provincial general election to be held by the end of June.

There is no reason for Coleman to delay going to the voters to ask them for a mandate of his own to govern the province as Premier.

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Montreal Simon: Harperland, the Con Monsters, and the Death of Reason Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Simon

Once upon a time Canada seemed like a brighter, better place to me than it does today.A more hopeful, more optimistic, more decent country.A country where an opposition MP could write a polite letter to a Minister like this one. (PDF)And expect to get a reasonable reply.But this is Harperland, and this is Pierre Poilievre…Read more »

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drive-by planet: German TV program ‘Monitor’ on Kiev sniper attack: ham radio intercept of sharp shooter chat surfaces Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Jay Cables A report that aired on the German public TV program “Monitor” includes audio recordings and interviews that strongly suggest opposition involvement in the Kiev sniper attack of mid-February. The program is available online in German – here. I believe the segment on the Kiev shootings is in the second part of the show so you may need to fast forward.

World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) has a recent article that discusses the Monitor investigation: “According to research it appears unlikely that the shots on demonstrators came exclusively from the side of the old regime,” stated a press release made available (Read more…)

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Blunt Objects Blog: Political Seasons – a Teddy Theory Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:19:00 +0000 TheNewTeddy I’ve always felt that Politics does not quite match the seasons we see in the real world. In fact, they are probably closer in scope to the seasons that are used in the game Diplomacy. I’ve given this some thought, and referenced the Commons Calendar and developed the following theory. I welcome feedback. There are, like in the game Diplomacy, 5 seasons. My preference in the game is to differentiate two of them by using two names for the same season, as seen below. 1 – Spring Length: 18-22 weeks Time: end of January to early June The most important (Read more…) ]]> 0 Alberta Diary: In one day, the ground shifts in Alberta politics in ways unexpected, sometimes uplifting, sometimes troubling Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:57:51 +0000 David Climenhaga On March 23, Lewis Cardinal became the first nominated federal NDP candidate in Canada for the expected 2015 election. (Photo by Dave Cournoyer, used with permission.) Yesterday he stepped aside in the face of undisclosed health problems. Below: Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson.

What a strange day it was yesterday, at times uplifting, at times profoundly depressing, and at times just disorienting.

In the morning, Alberta suddenly dropped most aspects of its official homophobia. This less formal kind will continue to longer for a spell, of course, but as an issue for most Albertans it’s done like the family’s (Read more…)

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Canadian Trends: This is what "we" believe in, and we’re batshit crazy Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:48:00 +0000 Richard Hi there, I’m back. Sort of.

I needed to take a break from everything, my blogging sort of goes through cycles but I’ve also had a lot of life shit going on and I also wanted to spend some time focusing on women, sometimes you just gotta do that. However, with the death of Michael Ruppert, I started looking at the news again. Why? I dunno, everything that’s going on is ridiculous beyond belief that it’s just been driving me crazy to think that people might even for a second be fooled by what’s going on. Whether Ukraine, the (Read more…)

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