Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:58:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dead Wild Roses: So, You Wanted To Learn Another Language… Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:58:19 +0000 The Arbourist Funny things found on tumblr.

spanish and italian: So THESE words are feminine and THESE words are masculine, and you ALWAYS put an adjective AFTER the noun. french: haha i dont fuckin know man just do whatever german: LET’S ADD A NEUTRAL NOUN HAHA english: *shooting up in the bathroom* gaelic: the pronunciation changes depending on the gender and what letter the word starts and ends with and hahah i dont even know good fucking luck polish: here have all of these consonants have fun japanese: subject article noun article verb. too bad there’s three fucking alphabets lmao hope (Read more…) ]]> 0
The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s overcrowded jails full of legally innocent people: Report Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:31:45 +0000 Obert Madondo A new study from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says Canada’s provincial and territorial jails are holding thousands of legally innocent people.

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A. Picazo: A Circus On The Levant Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:15:09 +0000 Alheli Picazo “Being a Jew isn’t like being Black or being gay or being a woman, or even Israeli where many Jews come from. Being a Jew is a choice, like being a Blood or Crip. Jews are the medieval prototype of the Occupy Wall Street movement; a shiftless group of hobo’s that doesn’t believe in property … Continue reading →

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Sudbury Steve May: Greater Sudbury Election Notes, Part 5: Will Bigger Be Better? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 Sudbury Steve It looks like Greater Sudbury’s Auditor-General is seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring to become the City’s next Mayor. Clearly, if Brian Bigger does ultimately decide to run for the Mayor’s Chair, his entry into the race is going to shake things up. How this might unfold isn’t apparent – but it’s not going to stop me from speculating!

Tomorrow, our Council will decide whether to authorize Mr. Bigger’s request for a leave of absence from his municipally-contracted position in order to pursue his political ambitions. I can’t imagine that the City will decline Mr. Bigger his request, (Read more…)

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Might As Well Go Home Right Now Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:07:00 +0000 bigcitylib Target Canada’s new price-matching promises are, like the shelves of their stores, empty.   That is all.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mullet Policy #nlpoli Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ed Hollett Government is like a lot of things in life:  it’s about finding solutions to problems.


If that upsets your cynical sensibilities,  think about it as about finding answers to questions.



Now matter what way you want to look at it,  that’s basically what government is supposed to do.  There’s a problem.  Government comes up with the answer.  Ideally, they ponder the problem.  They look at it from a whole bunch of angles.  They figure out if it really is a problem first and then come up with a way to deal with it.  They might even come up with a bunch of ways of dealing with it

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Cathie from Canada: Whose job is it to play by the rules? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:11:00 +0000 CathiefromCanada Here’s one thing that I don’t blame former Alberta Premier Alison Redford for doing — taking her daughter with her on many of her government flights was the right thing to do.  This is kind of thing any parent SHOULD do, and we should expect it when we elect people with children to public office.Now obviously, there was a serious attitude problem here, a inflated and egotistical sense of entitlement by Redford and her office staff which lead to deliberate and gleeful abuse of their access to government flights.But here’s the other thing — a political studies professor also (Read more…)

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Alberta Diary: Flights of folly: Air Redford’s airborne ghost riders will be the death of Alberta’s Tories Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:27:47 +0000 David Climenhaga De Plane! De Plane! Tattoo calls out from the tower to announce the arrival of the premier’s plane at Calgary International Airport. Actual members of former Premier Alison Redford’s staff may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Redford; Alberta Auditor General Merwan Saher.

Those ghost riders on Alison Redford’s government flights aren’t going to go away. They will be the death of the party she led to government in 2012.

As Tattoo used to cry from the bell tower in the creepy Fantasy Island TV series: “De plane! De plane!”

Yesterday the CBC revealed that when she (Read more…)

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Willy Loman: Payback, Cutbacks, Kickbacks Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 WILLY Have you noticed that Jason Kenney has not been in the news as much lately? 

The Smiling Budha, Curry in Hurry, Minister of Citizen, Immigration and Multiculturalism, who is also considered to be a leadership candidate to replace Harper, failed to step up during the Senate scandal by dumping on Nigel Wright, leaving the heavy lifting in Parliament, to Baird and Moore. It would appear that this, along with Kenney’s open dispute with Flaherty over Rob Ford, might not have gone unnoticed been Harper.

The governments multiculturalism budget which Kenney controls was reduced in 2013 by a third and (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:47:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Feline oversight.

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Radical Feminism Versus Reality Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:40:00 +0000 MgS 0 - Alberta politics: False Passengers and Fake Promises: Could the PC Party be choosing the next opposition leader? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:57:09 +0000 daveberta TweetHere’s a question that isn’t often asked in Alberta: Which of the three Progressive Conservative leadership candidates would make the best Leader of the Opposition? An insane trail of scandal continues to leak out of the 43-year-long governing PC Party as it lurches towards a leadership vote on September 6. A CBC exclusive story alleged today […]

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Montreal Simon: The Horror of Gaza and the Crimes of Stephen Harper Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Simon

The situation in couldn't be bleaker or more horribly symbolic.The brutal Israeli assault on Gaza continues.The lights have gone out. Efforts to end the violence are going nowhere. And Stephen Harper's Middle East policy couldn't be less helpful or more criminal. Read more »

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Sudbury Steve May: Why Green Party President Paul Estrin’s ‘Why Gaza Makes Me Sad’ Crossed a Line Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:07:00 +0000 Sudbury Steve This blogpost is not about the conflict currently underway in Israel and Gaza. Rather, it’s about the reaction to that conflict which is currently playing itself out in my Party, the Green Party of Canada. And it’s also about my personal experiences with the reaction to the conflict. The specific motivation for this post was a recent blog entry made by the Green Party of Canada’s President, Paul Estrin (see: “Why Gaza makes me sad,” Paul Estrin, Green Party of Canada Blogs, July 25, 2014) which made its way into the public sphere over the weekend thanks to (Read more…)

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“We have too much Internet here in Canada” said literally no one ever.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

If you’re looking for some good summer reading, check out a recently released report from the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation titled “The Development of Fixed Broadband Networks.” It’s page-turning stuff that’s as addictive as any trashy novel. If you’re a nerd for telecom policy stuff, of course.

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Politics and its Discontents: Is There Anything Wrong With This Picture? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Lorne The Obama administration’s $225 million request to aid Israel during its war with Hamas may not be enough, warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday afternoon.

So far, no word about humanitarian aid for the Palestinians, who so far have suffered over 1000 civilian deaths.

Recommend this Post ]]> 0 DeSmogBlog: Former Grassy Narrows Chief Endures Hunger Strike in Face of Ongoing Mercury Poisoning Tragedy Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:35:37 +0000 Carol Linnitt Former Chief of the Anishinaabe of Grassy Narrows, Steve Fobister Sr., is enduring a hunger strike to “call for justice for mercury survivors” suffering from the negative health effects of a mercury crisis that dates back to the early ‘60s.

The Grassy Narrows First Nation said it has just obtained a copy of an unreleased government report that confirms there is “no doubt” community members near Kenora, Ontario have suffered from mercury-related neurological disorders. The band says this is something the government has never before acknowledged.

The Grassy Narrows mercury crisis, which first began 1962, occurred after a (Read more…)

]]> 0 The Star: Who is looking out for your privacy? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Eva Prkachin

Thousands of Canadians spoke out against government mass surveillance on our cell phone usage over the past year. As a result, Big Telecom is starting to respond, and we are now learning the full extent of dragnet government spying and what tactics law enforcement used to access our private information. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available and don’t forget to keep speaking out at

Article by David Paddon for The Star

An Ontario judge has agreed to hear a Charter of Rights challenge brought by Telus and Rogers after they were asked by police in (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension | Articles: NDP’s anti-Palestine sentiment is part of a much wider problem Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:48:01 +0000 Tyler Levitan This piece originally appeared in Independent Jewish Voices.

Paul Manly aimed to run as a federal NDP candidate for the new riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, British Columbia. His key focus areas range from environmental and energy issues to health care, but he has been denied candidacy for this riding by the federal NDP because of his association to the issue of Palestine.

Paul’s father, Jim Manly, is a retired United Church Minister and former NDP MP. He and his wife Eva are vocal supporters of Palestinians’ human rights. In 2012, Jim was on a boat carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: July 29: It’s noon – and my morning paper is still not here… Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

Christians are told “to love thy neighbour”. Good idea. But it gets screwed up by being tied to the concept that if you don’t “love they neighbour”, then you’ll  be tortured in horrible pain and go down to the burning flames of hell for ETERNITY, while those who have been saved (which only counts if it’s salvation by believing in (Read more…) ]]> 0 Eh Types: How To Beat Ford Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:39:10 +0000 andrewtumilty There can be no one left in their right mind who supports re-electing Rob Ford. I’m all for differences of political opinion. We can hold different ideas on transit, the environment, what sort of development is best for the city. However, if you want to re-elect a corrupt substance abusing serial liar with criminal ties, […]

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Scott's DiaTribes: Upcoming interviews/campaign news from #LPCO, #Brant, etc Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:33:38 +0000 Scott Tribe Yes, the blog has turned into a bit of an interview/campaign theme in the last bit, but that’s what happens when Parliament and the Ontario Legislature aren’t in session, and because I don’t wish to touch the Middle East Gaza morass with a 40 foot pole.

So, a couple of things in to mention:

- I will be having interviews upcoming with Kanata-Carleton Liberal nomination candidate Karen McCrimmon, as well as Brandon Sage, who is running to be the LPCO VP of Organization (upcoming meaning as soon as they get their replies to me).

- Staying on the LPCO front, (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Help wanted Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:49 +0000 Warren Looking for a Toronto-area accountant who can do occasional accountancy stuff for smallish consultancy-type firms. Anyone know anyone? God bless.


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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian party leaders’ “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” condemned Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:52:57 +0000 Obert Madondo In open letter, 690 academics, community leaders decry the “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” by the Canadian government and federal party leaders, urge condemnation of the continuing violation of international law in Gaza.

The post Canadian party leaders’ “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” condemned appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Politics and its Discontents: They’re Buzzards, But You’re Their Carrion. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Lorne

We all know that average Americans have been reeling financially since the Great Recession. We know that the post-recession recovery has gone mainly to the richest of the rich and, this time, it’s pretty clear there’s been no ‘trickle down’ to the plebes.

A new study by the Russell Sage Foundation in conjunction with Stanford University shows the hit ordinary American families have taken since the recession. In 2003, the median American household wealth stood at $87,992. A decade later that figure had plummeted to just $56,335. In other words, ordinary Americans (the median family) became 36% poorer in the (Read more…)

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