Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes http://www.progressivebloggers.ca Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:02:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Alberta Diary: The bloom is off the (Wild)rose – Opposition Leader Danielle Smith assailed by doubts, dissent and departures http://albertadiary.ca/2014/11/the-bloom-is-off-the-wildrose-opposition-leader-danielle-smith-assailed-by-doubts-dissent-and-departures.html http://albertadiary.ca/2014/11/the-bloom-is-off-the-wildrose-opposition-leader-danielle-smith-assailed-by-doubts-dissent-and-departures.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:02:10 +0000 David Climenhaga http://albertadiary.ca/?p=15683 Are the wheels falling off the Wildrose bus, which may or may not look exactly as illustrated any more? Below: Beleaguered Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, Taber-Warner-Cardston MLA Gary Bikman and Wildrose House Leader Rob Anderson.

These may be happy days for the Progressive Conservatives under Premier Jim Prentice, but the bloom is definitely off Alberta’s Wildrose Opposition.

Just weeks ago seen as a sure bet to be the province’s next premier, Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith is today buffeted by an embarrassing scrap between her party’s social conservatives and socially progressive members over LGBTQ rights, troubled by questions about her (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: UBC Must Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies: Faculty Members http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/11/21/ubc-must-divest-fossil-fuel-companies-faculty-members/ http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/11/21/ubc-must-divest-fossil-fuel-companies-faculty-members/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:22:25 +0000 Various Authors http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/?p=19491 Open letter signed by 215 University of British Columbia faculty members asks university to divest from destructive fossil fuel companies within five years.

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The Disaffected Lib: Justin, Tommy – Please, Please Wake Up! http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/justin-tommy-please-please-wake-up.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/justin-tommy-please-please-wake-up.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:16:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=a47a3bfc7e32d21462a0e8734699896a This Associated Press report from the Houston Chronicle, lays it out about as well as it could be said.

The world still isn’t close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That’s despite some nations’ recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.“The time window (for reaching that goal) is closing, closing,” said United Nations undersecretary for environment Achim Steiner. And the cost of getting to that goal “is increasing, increasing.” To meet that goal, the world has to hit a peak of carbon dioxide, (Read more…) ]]> http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/feeds/5930145931868482882/comments/default 0 daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Are the wheels falling off the Wildrose bus? http://daveberta.ca/2014/11/wildrose-election-alberta/ http://daveberta.ca/2014/11/wildrose-election-alberta/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:29:28 +0000 daveberta http://daveberta.ca/?p=24334 TweetA short few months ago, it almost felt inevitable that the Wildrose Party would sweep into a majority government at the next election. They were up in the polls and the long-time governing Progressive Conservatives looked corrupt, broken and battered. But over the past few weeks, it appears the Official Opposition is stumbling into disarray. Leader […]

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Yappa Ding Ding: Wearable tech http://yappadingding.blogspot.com/2014/11/wearable-tech.html http://yappadingding.blogspot.com/2014/11/wearable-tech.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:30:00 +0000 Yappa http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=0d50760d529b2736657f09662b234092 Forget the eye glasses, the arm band, the watch, the ring. What I want is a smartphone in a narrow stick about 18″ long, and I want the controls to be based on gestures (moving the stick through the air) and voice commands. C’mon…. we have got to have wands.

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Yappa Ding Ding: Buffalo’s wall of snow http://yappadingding.blogspot.com/2014/11/buffalos-wall-of-snow.html http://yappadingding.blogspot.com/2014/11/buffalos-wall-of-snow.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:25:00 +0000 Yappa http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=105f666721fb945b907153cb253b94d1 Here are some photos of the blizzard that rolled into Buffalo a couple of days ago dropping five feet of snow in one day. I’ve seen similar photos of snow squalls around here, but none that high. Gadzooks.

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The Canadian Progressive: Maude Barlow: Five questions for Justin Trudeau, a year later http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/11/20/maude-barlow-five-questions-justin-trudeau-year-later/ http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/11/20/maude-barlow-five-questions-justin-trudeau-year-later/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:04:51 +0000 Nehanda 1896 http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/?p=19488 Justin Trudeau’s views on key issues do not represent the real change Canadians will be seeking during the 2015 federal election, says Maude Barlow.

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PostArctica: Turcot at La Biennale de Montreal http://neath.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/turcot-at-la-biennale-de-montreal/ http://neath.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/turcot-at-la-biennale-de-montreal/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:56:55 +0000 neath http://neath.wordpress.com/?p=6872 OK, I have sure been out of the loop here.

Stumbled on this article about an artist who is featured at the Montreal Biennale whose work is focused on ideas about Turcot.

That’s pretty cool in itself until I listened to the audio where it seems there are concerns about the new Turcot plan being kind of boring and the implication that not a whole lot of thought went into the plan. And I do have to agree that the plan is indeed quite boring but this blog has about 4 years of posts discussing the politics and development of (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Former NDP Comms Director Key Strategist on Edelman Energy East Astroturf Strategy http://www.desmog.ca/2014/11/20/former-ndp-comms-director-key-strategist-edelman-energy-east-astroturf-strategy http://www.desmog.ca/2014/11/20/former-ndp-comms-director-key-strategist-edelman-energy-east-astroturf-strategy#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:20:19 +0000 Ben Jervey http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=813b79ad35ad77b3d71cb4765cd1cdf9 TransCanada has bought some unlikely support for the company’s public relations astroturf offensive aimed at winning support for the Energy East pipeline.

Erin Jacobson, the recent director of communications for the NDP, Canada’s official opposition party, will be helping advise TransCanada on developing the astroturf campaign, bringing her expertise in Canadian public affairs and developing digital political campaigns.

As revealed in documents obtained by Greenpeace (reported Monday on DeSmogBlog), TransCanada hired Edelman, the world’s largest PR company, to create a “grassroots advocacy” campaign to help push the oilsands crude pipeline through the eastern provinces to New Brunswick.

A document (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Former NDP Comms Director Key Strategist on Edelman Energy East Astroturf Strategy http://desmog.ca/2014/11/20/former-ndp-comms-director-key-strategist-edelman-energy-east-astroturf-strategy http://desmog.ca/2014/11/20/former-ndp-comms-director-key-strategist-edelman-energy-east-astroturf-strategy#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:20:19 +0000 Ben Jervey http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=163f8bf04a5e31fd9b90957afe3ecbbd TransCanada has bought some unlikely support for the company’s public relations astroturf offensive aimed at winning support for the Energy East pipeline.

Erin Jacobson, the recent director of communications for the NDP, Canada’s official opposition party, will be helping advise TransCanada on developing the astroturf campaign, bringing her expertise in Canadian public affairs and developing digital political campaigns.

As revealed in documents obtained by Greenpeace (reported Monday on DeSmogBlog), TransCanada hired Edelman, the world’s largest PR company, to create a “grassroots advocacy” campaign to help push the oilsands crude pipeline through the eastern provinces to New Brunswick.

A document (Read more…)

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OpenMedia.ca: ICYMI: Check out this innovative teach-in featuring members of the Fair Deal Coalition and Meghan Sali https://openmedia.ca/blog/icymi-check-out-innovative-teach-featuring-members-fair-deal-coalition-and-meghan-sali https://openmedia.ca/blog/icymi-check-out-innovative-teach-featuring-members-fair-deal-coalition-and-meghan-sali#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:49:16 +0000 Eva Prkachin http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=8715603a155a8b42cf995e349baa5299

This teach-in is brought to you by OpenMedia International

OpenMedia has been here with you throughout the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – rallying a huge global movement to oppose the Internet censorship provisons included in the agreement.

As negotiators and political leaders are pushing hard to finalize the agreement in the coming months, we need to speak out to show decision-makers just how unpopular Internet censorship is, and what they risk by continuing to advance the TPP without a major overhaul of its Intellectual Property chapter.

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Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: respect http://warrenkinsella.com/2014/11/in-fridays-sun-respect/ http://warrenkinsella.com/2014/11/in-fridays-sun-respect/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:44:06 +0000 Warren http://warrenkinsella.com/?p=17301 Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial Premiers.

It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he expressed it this way, once, but the quote remains elusive – Canada is also more than a grouping of feudal fiefdoms, held together by bribes doled out by the central government.

In constitutional negotiations, in negotiations of transfer payments and the like, Pierre Trudeau was (in)famously dismissive of the petty ambitions of the Premiers. No one could ever accuse the (Read more…)

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Good Friends vs Toxic Friends http://www.donnathomson.com/2014/11/good-friends-vs-toxic-friends.html http://www.donnathomson.com/2014/11/good-friends-vs-toxic-friends.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Donna Thomson http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=8e6b3bf5d98a1e3c54723b3e6d9343af Telling the difference between good friends and toxic friends is especially important for caregivers.  Caregivers simply don’t have the dual luxuries of boundless time and energy to invest in friendships that are not reciprocal.  So, here’s a quick guide to recognising good friends and toxic friends.

TOXIC FRIENDS

For caregivers, there are two common types of toxic friends; the troll and the narcissist.  The troll is someone who calls and visits often.  He or she will ask many questions about your loved one and may even visit in hospital to chat over coffee or lunch.  They will appear warm and (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Nov. 21: Despite the date of this one…… http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/2014/11/nov-21-despite-date-of-this-one.html http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/2014/11/nov-21-despite-date-of-this-one.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=2d5422e9ce3d1b86ceeeaa500a60d392

And I humbly apologize to the editors of the TandT. They did have a short story (Read more…) ]]> http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/feeds/6168681340055756714/comments/default 0 The Disaffected Lib: Grandmas on Weed http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/grandmas-on-weed.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/grandmas-on-weed.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:38:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=c770a7377e1e63f2d7898c915f8a8bce Hilarious.  In Washington State, 3 grandmothers hit the bong for the very first time.  They’re so precious.  Now, pass the chocolate chips.

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OpenMedia.ca: We’re taking your voice straight decision-makers at the CRTC. Join us. https://openmedia.ca/blog/we’re-taking-your-voice-straight-decision-makers-crtc-join-us https://openmedia.ca/blog/we’re-taking-your-voice-straight-decision-makers-crtc-join-us#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:45:57 +0000 Josh Tabish http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=1e357a9d1b82543e70193a34be171fe5

We Need Your Voice Right Now

Next week, a crucial hearing begins that will determine how you are able to access the Internet – and whether or not Big Telecom will be given license to continue price-gouging you, and kill off what independent (i.e., non-Big Telecom) Internet services we have.

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reeves report: Hamburg, Illinois man charged selling live Asian carp http://thereevesreport.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/hamburg-illinois-man-charged-selling-live-asian-carp/ http://thereevesreport.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/hamburg-illinois-man-charged-selling-live-asian-carp/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:33:54 +0000 awreeves http://thereevesreport.wordpress.com/?p=2180 A HAMBURG, ILLINOIS man has been charged with possession and distribution of live bighead and silver carp, a felony under United States law.

On October 7, 2014, Randall E. Watters was arrested and charged in Calhoun County in the state’s southwest for the unlawful possession and sale of more than 1,800 pounds of Asian bighead and silver carp.

Location of Hamburg, Illinois. (Google Maps)

Watters was charged with the Unlawful Sale of a Live Injurious Species which is a Class 3 felony. It carries a penalty of two to five years imprisonment followed by a year of mandatory supervised release, (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Well, That’s a Plan! http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/well-thats-plan.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/well-thats-plan.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:27:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=5e6fb3e9b26eaa150975a3e999b35183 We don’t need to let the Ukraine plunge us back into cold war.  There is a way out.  A duel.

The head of east Ukraine’s separatist People’s Republic of Luhansk (LNR) has challenged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to a duel to bring a decisive end to the conflict between government loyal forces and pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine’s east. “Let’s follow the example of the ancient Slav and Cossack chieftains and face each other in a duel,” said Igor Plotnitsky, head of the self-proclaimed LNR, told Russian state news agency TASS on Wednesday. “Whoever is declared winner dictates the rules (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Well, That’s a Plan!]]>
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The Disaffected Lib: Now This Is an Eye-Opener. Greenland Goes Black. http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/now-this-is-eye-opener-greenland-goes.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/now-this-is-eye-opener-greenland-goes.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:20:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=a0514bdd98842af5b5c59a47b62e10f2 Glaciologist Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland is trying to wake up the world to just what’s actually happening to the Greenland ice sheet.  He’s crowd-sourced a venture to bring these photos to the public. They reveal the extent of dust and soot contamination of the ice fields and how they’re accelerating the melt, the water digging crevasses before racing to the sea.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Arrests begin on Burnaby Mountain in Kinder Morgan standoff http://commonsensecanadian.ca/REPORTED_ELSEWHERE-detail/arrests-begin-burnaby-mountain-kinder-morgan-standoff/ http://commonsensecanadian.ca/REPORTED_ELSEWHERE-detail/arrests-begin-burnaby-mountain-kinder-morgan-standoff/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:01:57 +0000 Common Sense Canadian http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=c49835f0fc2e4797d7d7394bebb57d34 One of the first arrests made on Burnaby Mountain (Photo: Brad Hornick/facebook)

Read this Nov. 20 story from CBC.ca reporting on the first round of arrests at Burnaby Mountain since an injunction was issued last week to remove Kinder Morgan protesters. A 10 AM update posted on a facebook page dedicated to the issue reported the number of arrests rising to at least 10. Conservation group Sea Shepherd has been livestreaming from Burnaby Mountain

Police have arrested four pipeline protesters camped out on Burnaby Mountain east of Vancouver and ordered the remaining protesters to move their camp or face (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Nov. 20: It isn’t just money… http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/2014/11/nov-20-it-isnt-just-money.html http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/2014/11/nov-20-it-isnt-just-money.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=7c0c4b49f50414103fb2ec137729bd71

The hospital bill, thanks to the spirit of American free enterprise, was $950,000. The story was presented in most news media largely for pure sensationalism. But it’s much more important than that. Households making up 1.6 million people file for bankruptcy in the US – EVERY year, and most for medical bills. Over twenty percent of (Read more…) ]]> http://themonctongrimes-dripdrain.blogspot.com/feeds/1438103620757418612/comments/default 0 Morton's Musings: Privacy rights continue even in information or items lawfully seized by the State http://jmortonmusings.blogspot.com/2014/11/privacy-rights-continue-even-in.html http://jmortonmusings.blogspot.com/2014/11/privacy-rights-continue-even-in.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:28:00 +0000 James C Morton http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=0a45291868f733b69b41fb959eb25770 Wakeling v. United States of America, 2014 SCC 72:

[39]                          The highly intrusive nature of electronic surveillance and the statutory limits on the disclosure of its fruits suggest a heightened reasonable expectation of privacy in the wiretap context. Once a lawful interception has taken place and the intercepted communications are in the possession of law enforcement, that expectation is diminished but not extinguished. This heightened and continuing expectation of privacy in the wiretap context is further indication that s. 8  ought to apply to disclosures under Part VI.

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The Disaffected Lib: The Royal Canadian Rent-a-Navy http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-royal-canadian-rent-navy.html http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-royal-canadian-rent-navy.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:06:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/?guid=8fb655832bd46d12ee959fd5fbb1a493 Mr. Harper.  It’s probably not a brilliant idea to get into Vlad Putin’s face when you’ve left Canada with as navy so neglected that it can’t defend one coast much less three.  Our essential supply ships beaten and battered, our air defence destroyers rotted out – it takes a Heart of Oak to sail on under the conditions you’ve created for Canada’s navy.

Algonquin is gone, along with the Iroquois.  Our two supply ships, Protecteur and Provider, – same story.

Without those supply ships we can’t send a fighting formation, a task force, to sea.  The (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Breaking: Police begin removing protesters at Burnaby Mountain http://richardhughes.ca/cowichan-conversations/breaking-police-begin-removing-protesters-at-burnaby-mountain/ http://richardhughes.ca/cowichan-conversations/breaking-police-begin-removing-protesters-at-burnaby-mountain/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Richard Hughes http://richardhughes.ca/?p=49054 BY STAFF REPORTER, THE

Reports are coming in that police have begun removing protesters from Burnaby Mountain. The #KinderMorgan Twitter hashtag has a number of people saying arrests have been made and protesters have formed a blockade to try to stop them.

 

More to come.

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The Canadian Progressive: 5 people who used extreme empathy to change the world http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/11/20/5-people-used-extreme-empathy-change-world/ http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/11/20/5-people-used-extreme-empathy-change-world/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:55:09 +0000 Nehanda 1896 http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/?p=19482 English economist and social reformer Beatrice Webb is one of the five “empathy heroes” who changed the world by taking compassion to the extreme.

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