Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Thu, 28 May 2015 03:43:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cowichan Conversations: Speculation increasing that 2015 election writ will be dropped in August Thu, 28 May 2015 03:43:31 +0000 Richard Hughes Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Steve Harper and his thugs in suits are in high gear cheating, lying, rigging the system.

They are desperate, and for good reason.

When they lose and the curtain is

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Morton's Musings: Condominium title held in trust for purchaser Thu, 28 May 2015 03:21:00 +0000 James C Morton (ii)          The principles of real estate law give rise to an equitable interest

[46]       The common law has long recognized that a valid contract for the purchase and sale of land gives rise to a trust relationship, with the purchaser acquiring a beneficial interest in the property: Jessel M.R. summarized this principle in Lysaght v. Edwards (1876), 2 Ch. D. 499 at p. 506:

[I]t appears to me that the effect of a contract for sale has been settled for more than (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives nuke motion seeking end to violence against women in Canada Thu, 28 May 2015 01:56:41 +0000 Obert Madondo Today, the Harper Conservatives voted down M-444, an NDP-sponsored motion seeking to end violence against women in Canada.

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Warren Kinsella: Dear Ontario legislators: Thu, 28 May 2015 01:55:33 +0000 Warren if you reappoint this guy, you need help. 




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Blunt Objects Blog: Dream electoral reform, part 2 Thu, 28 May 2015 00:59:00 +0000 TheNewTeddy I’ve asked a lot of people on Twitter for feedback, and every single one of their responses lead me to one conclusion – I was unclear in my previous post.

I will try to be a bit more clear this time.

How MPs are elected I actually don’t care. Use a closed list, an open list, a system like 308 proposed; this “electoral reform” does not concern itself with how a member is elected. Frankly, this system could work as well with a house of 10 members as it would with a house of 10,000.  When people go to (Read more…) ]]> 0 National Observer: A first account on government surveillance Wed, 27 May 2015 23:56:01 +0000 Soledad Vega

This journalist experienced first hand what Canada will look like if Bill C-51 is passed. Keep speaking up at

Article by Darren Fleet for the National Observer

Out of morbid curiosity I made a Freedom of Information request to the government spy agency, CSIS. I asked them if I had ever been subject to surveillance. To help with their inquiry, I gave them my name, and a brief description of my activities over the past five years – writing, environmental and social activism, and working for the Vancouver Observer and Adbusters magazine.

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: May 27:The best is the cartoon page… Wed, 27 May 2015 22:22:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

But comics can be both funny – and have something useful to say.  Try the site below.

That short strip is a profound insight into how (Read more…) ]]> 0 DeSmogBlog: Groups Want Pipeline Regulator to Explain Why it Won’t Order Safety Test of Enbridge’s Line 9 Wed, 27 May 2015 21:42:03 +0000 Derek Leahy Environmental and citizen groups in Quebec are demanding the National Energy Board (NEB) explain why it refuses to order a hydrostatic safety test of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, a west-to-east oil pipeline that could come online as early as next month.

A hydrostatic test or hydrotest is a commonly used method to determine whether a pipeline can operate safely at its maximum operating pressure. The test involves pumping water at through the pipeline at levels higher than average operating pressures. Enbridge is reversing the flow of the 39-year old Line 9 pipeline, which previously carried imported oil (Read more…)

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Stuart Mackinnon: BetterParks for Vancouver: Park commissioners lament Vancouver Aquarium only option for rescued false killer whale Wed, 27 May 2015 21:10:00 +0000 Stuart Mackinnon

 Park commissioners have said they are saddened to learn another cetacean will live in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Green Party’s Stuart Mackinnon suggested animals deemed unfit for release could be relocated to protected sea pens.

“Another creature from the wild is going to be kept in captivity,” he said in a telephone interview. “I understand the aquarium is saying that it was too young when it was taken and that it cannot be released. But keeping it in a small pool for the entertainment of humans doesn’t (Read more…) ]]> 0 How Canadians can end mass surveillance Wed, 27 May 2015 21:04:53 +0000 Soledad Vega

A version of this article by our David Christopher was originally published by The Tyee, as part of a new series about Canada’s Privacy Plan

Just two short years ago, if you stopped people on the street and asked about mass surveillance, you’d have likely been met with a blank stare. Older generations may have brought up scenes from long-toppled totalitarian regimes, such as the system of ubiquitous domestic surveillance designed by East Germany’s spy agency, the Stasi.

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DeSmogBlog: Group Asks New Alberta Government to Review Oilsands Water Usage Amid Extreme Wild Fires Wed, 27 May 2015 19:59:53 +0000 Carol Linnitt Conservation group Keepers of the Athabasca is asking the Alberta government to review water usage rules for oilsands companies as the province struggles with unseasonably low water levels and raging wild fires.

Current rules set out under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework allow two oilsands majors, Suncor and Syncrude, to continue water withdrawals for their operations even when water levels are extremely low. All other oilsands operators are required to abide by set limits.

Alberta is currently fighting 65 forest fires, some near oilsands projects, that are being fueled by extremely dry conditions. Twenty fires are currently considered “out of (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension: EU’s military strategy to deepen Mediterranean tragedies Wed, 27 May 2015 19:55:00 +0000 Nizar Visram

Photo by Kim Hansen

More than 800 migrants died on April 19 this year when their overcrowded boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. The tragedy sent soaring this year’s Mediterranean death toll which was by then around 1,500 – 10 times the deaths during the same period last year.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), between 23,000 and 24,000 migrants had tried to cross over to Italy since the beginning of the year, while just under 21,000 migrants made the same journey between January and April 2014. While the number of migrants rose to (Read more…)

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LeDaro: 2015 campaign has been started by Stephen Harper Wed, 27 May 2015 19:13:00 +0000 LeDaro Harper’s main strategy to vilify the leaders of the opposition parties has begun.

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Warren Kinsella: Has Andre “Kid Kodak” Marin lost his mind? Wed, 27 May 2015 18:19:07 +0000 Warren The multiple instances of defamation notwithstanding – and my lawyer tells me we can, and should, sue and that we’d win – what I found most astonishing, here, is that Andre Marin has disclosed confidential information about a complaint I made to his office many years ago, and he has acted in a manner that is anything but impartial. I’ve redacted that section of his email to his staff, but I can say that my concern, at the time, was that TVO was paying a white supremacist to come on air. Does Marin think it’s defensible to pay white supremacists? But (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: U of T: Toronto is already segregated – on transit, services and just about everything else Wed, 27 May 2015 17:24:16 +0000 Warren But God help you if you actually say that out loud. I mean, Olivia Chow may pretend that she doesn’t know you!

“David Hulchanski, a professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto, has spent years documenting how Toronto evolved from a mixed-income city to an increasingly segregated one. His “Three Cities” research [PDF], which was updated earlier this year, shows that from 1990 to 2012 the average household income in a number of neighbourhoods, such as North Toronto, increased by more than 20 per cent. In roughly the same number of neighbourhoods, though, average household (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links Wed, 27 May 2015 16:51:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Citizens for Public Justice provides a useful set of fact sheets on the importance of tax revenues in funding a civilized society. And Daphne Bramham follows up with a look at what we’ve lost from tax cuts – and the public demand for more tax fairness: Tax cuts during the past decade have meant that $45 billion has been trimmed from government spending and programs each year since 2006 and almost 30,000 jobs have been lost.

One reason Canadians willingly pay taxes is they believe it’s a fair system. But as the fact (Read more…)

]]> 0 Zuckerberg’s is NOT the real Internet. It’s a trap’s-internetorg-not-real-internet-it’s-trap’s-internetorg-not-real-internet-it’s-trap#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:08:21 +0000 Josh Tabish

In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like India, Brazil, 

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cartoon life: Captain Cosmo Cat sends a selfie Wed, 27 May 2015 15:49:01 +0000 dougrogers Filed under: art Tagged: Cat, madeWithPaper, procreate, space exploration

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The Disaffected Lib: Conspicuous By Our Absence Wed, 27 May 2015 15:49:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound I’m posting this because: 1) I just know nobody else will, and 2) it’s important.

There are two military exercises underway in the Arctic right now.  Putin decided to stage his polar war follies and the West hastily responded.

The Russians are putting on the whole land/sea/air package in Siberia and elsewhere in their north.  Our side is staging air exercises, perhaps to show Putin we’re ready and willing on short notice to push back if the Moscow strongman gets uppity.

Ready and willing, eh?  Well not entirely.

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Your news links for today:

Cellphone customers have bargaining power thanks to CRTC contract rule – CBC Shomi to be made available to all Canadians this summer – Mobile Syrup Rampant telecom surveillance conducted with little transparency, oversight – CBC News CSE and friends target mobile phones – Lux Ex Umbra B.C. Senator Mobina Jaffer slams Bill C-51 – CBC News 5 reasons your Internet bill keeps climbing – CBS News Government’s Expansion of PIPEDA in Budget Bill Raises Constitutional Questions – Michael Geist The Senate Has Passed the TPP Fast Track Bill—We Now Take Our Fight to the (Read more…) ]]> 0
BigCityLib Strikes Back: New Poll Suggests Ignoring Hippies On Bill C-51 Wed, 27 May 2015 14:13:00 +0000 bigcitylib That’s my takeaway, at least.  All the raging away on twitter is merely the caterwaul of elderly scenesters trying to relive that golden time when they flipped the bird at a traffic cop and ran away, freak flags lifted in the wind.

Also, Scott says this.

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Parchment in the Fire: Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show — the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal Wed, 27 May 2015 13:56:35 +0000 geofftkennedy Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show — the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Things Are Good: We Need to Hold Banks Accountable (again) Wed, 27 May 2015 13:35:02 +0000 Adam Clare The financial sector is like a hydra and we need to get it under control. The bad news is that bankers have been able to get away with some unethical practices for the last decade or so. The good news is that finally American politicians are taking notice of this and are talking about what to do.

This discourse is needed now while the banks are stable to try to ensure that the their crazy actions don’t lead to yet another financial boondoggle.

Yes, the banks are back. As the New York Times’s Neil Irwin reported, employment has returned (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: The Ad Wars Begin Wed, 27 May 2015 12:48:00 +0000 Lorne Since I am currently preoccupied with rebuilding a small part of our deck (unskilled non-trades person that I am, the work is proceeding slowly), I shall take the easy way out this morning and embed some political ads that are making the rounds on You Tube and inviting commentary from the punditry.

The Conservative attack ad, which sows the seeds of doubt about Justin Trudeau, was stolen from inspired by a 2011 Manitoba NDP 30-second spot; for the sake of comparison, the latter immediately follows the Conservative one.


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How big is the propaganda machine? Well, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reported last year the government employs no fewer than 3,300 communications staffers whose primary function is to make the government look good. The cost to taxpayers is $263 million a year.

The total number of journalists in the press gallery — your independent watchdogs on government — is less than 300. And no newspaper, television network or other Canadian media outfit has anything like the funds the government has available to manufacture propaganda. With these vast resources, the government (Read more…)

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