Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:21:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Montreal Simon: The Day Jason Kenney Got Taken to the Woodshed Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Simon

I have written about Jason Kenney's outrageous collaboration with the shadowy Con operative Alexandra ConstantinidisHow he used her secretly taped recording to go after a Liberal candidate.How he refused to apologize after it turned out to be the wrong guy.And instead delivered this crazed diatribe…

But now he has finally ran out of hot air, or been sedated, and has been taken to the woodshed by the Globe and Mail. Read more »

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Ants Marching/Ode to Joy Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:11:29 +0000 The Arbourist Leave it to the Piano Guys to concoct something as neat as this.

Filed under: Music Tagged: Beethoven, Piano Guys, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Assorted content to end your week.

- Jeremy Warren reports on the latest Canadians for Tax Fairness events working to ensure that Cameco and other megacorporations pay at least their fair share. And Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen point out that Ontario could do plenty to reduce its deficit by reining in regressive tax giveaways.

- APTN documents the devastating reality that people who can’t afford overpriced food in Northern communities are having to forage through garbage dumps in order to scrape by. And naturally, Leona Aglukkaq and the Cons are concerned…that anybody’s finding out about that fact, leading (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Fracking a ‘Violation of Our Basic Human Rights’, Argues New Report Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:04:54 +0000 Richard Heasman A hard hitting report commissioned by the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation was delivered this week to David Cameron and called on the government to investigate the impact of fracking on the rights of individuals.

The report cites human rights liabilities for the British government if fracking is to commence commercially across the UK. It was co-authored by the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment as well as the Environment and Human Rights Advisory and the Human Rights Consortium at the University of London.

It focuses primarily on the health implications of people living by frack sites, (Read more…)

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Welcome to the bottom of the rabbit hole #nlpoli Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ed Hollett Putting a freeze on any discretionary spending is the very least that the provincial government could do in light of the dramatic – but entirely predictable – volatility in oil prices that have made the government’s huge budget deficit even larger.

The fact that Premier Paul Davis finally admitted on Thursday that oil prices are likely to remain low for the foreseeable future – something that has been clear for some time now – is a pathetically small sign that the provincial cabinet is finally starting to realise the depth of the problem the provincial government currently faces.

As small and as pathetic as it is, we do at last have a sign.

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Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Doubly Disastrous Day of Reckoning Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Simon

I'm sorry I wasn't able to check out Ezra Levant's reaction to the latest court judgement against him.

Because I'm sure it must have been priceless. Sun News Network host Ezra Levant has been ordered to pay $80,000 in damages for libeling a Saskatchewan lawyer in a series of “reckless” blog posts, according to a Superior Court decision released Thursday evening.But I'm not surprised that he's reacting like that ghastly bully always does. Portraying himself as a martyr.And begging for money…Read more »

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Politics, Re-Spun: Entitlements? What About Understanding UNentitlements? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:36:58 +0000 Stephen Elliott-Buckley OK, I’m fine admitting it. I focus on entitlements a lot. I’m often trying to encourage people to examine our unexamined entitlements: race, age, economic class, gender, sexuality, etc.

But one way to understand entitlements is to understand how unentitlements work.

I’m guilty of overlooking this. Until today.

Read this, below, then read the rest of it. See if you don’t weep.

And ask yourself if BC Liberal MLAs can read this and understand what they don’t know about unentitlements.

This same boy, earlier in the year when the weather was just getting cold, was wearing flip flops (Read more…)

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Alberta Diary: Maneuver to derail Alberta gay-straight alliance bill shows Prentice Tories will tolerate bullying for political gain Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:10:00 +0000 David Climenhaga Laurie Blakeman, veteran Alberta Liberal MLA for Edmonton-Centre, flanked by a couple of her friends at the 2014 Edmonton Pride Parade. Below: Premier Jim Prentice and Education Minister Gordon Dirks.

By choosing yesterday to put the right of citizens to use their religious beliefs as an excuse for bigotry on the same level as the right of citizens not to be victims of bigotry, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and his Progressive Conservative Government chose to tolerate, if not encourage, anti-gay bullying in schools.

Sorry, but that’s just the way it is.

No matter what’s in Mr. Prentice’s promised amendments to (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: As Much As I Like Snow… Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:18:28 +0000 The Arbourist I think so much at once kinda sucks. 20cm and still accumulating…


The view from my front window.

Filed under: personal Tagged: Break it down! Its shovel time!, Edmonton, Snow, Too Much Snow

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centre of the universe: Signs, signs… Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:27:17 +0000 cenobyte I was tagged more than five consecutive days ago by my friend Julian (@saskajules) to post five photos for five days. There’s a reason I am the way I am. I have no idea what that reason is, but there’s some speculation it may have something to do with my mother’s strict diet of beer and sunflower seeds when she … Continue reading →

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Warren Kinsella: So much I want to say Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:57:26 +0000 Warren But can’t.

I’m trying to learn impulse control, but it’s really hard.

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Evil Scientist: Ezra Levant loses a libel lawsuit, again… Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:49:25 +0000 Evil Scientist At this point it’s probably safe to say serial libeller Ezra Levant has been ordered to pay $80000 to a lawyer Ezra called “illiberal Islamic fascist”. Now this wasn’t Ezra’s first time in front of a judge for libel, as he was ordered to pay $57000 in another libel case he lost.

The fact that Ezra is a lawyer begs the question of how good of a lawyer is he? After all one would think that any lawyer who was able to pass the bar would be knowledgeable about what statements would be constituted as libel. In fact Levant has (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: The Battle for Burnaby Mountain and Kinder Morgan’s Day of Defeat Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:37:00 +0000 Simon

They have gathered on Burnaby Mountain to try to prevent the giant energy company Kinder Morgan from drilling a hole through its heart.Dozens of young and old activists have been arrested.

But today they won a big court victory, and Kinder Morgan got a big slap in the face.Read more »

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The Common Sense Canadian: Kinder Morgan loses on injunction extension, civil contempt charges Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:17:54 +0000 Common Sense Canadian Burnaby Mountain Caretakers locked to Supreme Court doors in Vancouver today (Burnaby Mountain Updates)

Read this Nov. 27 story from on American pipeline giant Kinder Morgan’s rough day in court.

An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday, meaning the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1.

In denying the company’s request to extend the injunction to Dec. 12, the judge also ruled that all civil contempt charges against those arrested so far have been thrown out due (Read more…)

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Ezra: Ezra Levant Gets Legal Ass Handed To Him Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:57:00 +0000 bigcitylib He’s going to be paying Khurrum Awan $80,000 for “reckless disregard for the truth”.  I’ve read the decision, and will excerpt a bit tomorrow, and try to post it if it isn’t available elsewhere by that time,  but it isn’t really that interesting if you have followed Levant’s career.  He spread evil bullshit intent on destroying careers and lives and when brought before the legal system, got hosed.  Just like all the previous occasions.  And just like the next time, because it’s hard to imagine the Warman v. Levant case being any less of a slam dunk. Ezra’s dad will (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: May was never contacted about #elxnfraud complaint in #RoboCon Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:52:27 +0000 John Klein “If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”

Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.

It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader of a national political party after they made a formal complaint in 2011 alleging election fraud took place on a wide scale.

Green party's Elizabeth May wants new investigation of 2011 election robocalls.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) November 27, 2014

Meanwhile (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: Charities And Political Activities Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:51:00 +0000 Lorne

I am not a lawyer, but I post the following information for those who are, and for those deeply offended by the Harper government’s ongoing attacks on non-profits that dare question the regime’s wisdom while giving a free ride to right-wing entities whose ideology matches that of our overlords.

Here is the CRA policy statement on the difference between political purposes and charitable purposes (Reference number CPS-022): All registered charities are required by law to have exclusively charitable purposes. As the Act does not define what is charitable, we look to the common law for both a definition of charity (Read more…)

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Five Tips for New Caregivers Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:20:00 +0000 Donna Thomson 0 The Disaffected Lib: A Swift Kick In the Nuts for Kinder Morgan Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:22:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound The worm has turned – for now.  Pipeline giant, Kinder Morgan was in court today only to be sent packing.   The court refused an application to extend the company’s injunction against protesters at the two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain.  That means the company has to be off the mountain by December 1st.

Better yet, due to errors in the enforcement of the company’s injunction, the judge threw out all civil contempt charges laid so far.

Among those who stood up to defy Kinder Morgan and be arrested was Grand Chief Stewart Philip of the Union of B.C. (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: TV killed the radio star (and others, too) Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:00:04 +0000 Warren It’s quaint, almost, the notion that other media are more important than television. Watching a CTV helicopter hover over King Street East in Toronto at lunchtime on Wednesday should have dispensed with it, once and for all.

The helicopter was there, clattering overhead like a antediluvian bird of prey, for most of the lunch hour. It was there, budgets be damned, to catch a glimpse of Jian Ghomeshi leaving court. That’s it. What did it cost CTV, to do that? As those on the ground gawked up at it, did anyone recall O.J. Simpson in that iconic white Ford (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: They Said What? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Lorne Funny how right-wing non-profits with charitable status can be political whenever they want with no fear of tax audits, whereas those with progressive credentials are singled out repeatedly by the Harper regime for special attention from the CRA.

Take as an example The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a right-wing entity that is calling on governments to rethink Canada’s child labour rules in an effort to get more young Canadians into the workforce.

Specifically, the Centre’s brain trust, apparently of a decidedly Dickensian disposition, has deemed certain labour rules as “rather unnecessary.” Which rules exactly? The Frontier Centre (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: Inukjuak, Resolute and Grise Fjord Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:36:00 +0000 James C Morton . . . → Read More: Morton's Musings: Inukjuak, Resolute and Grise Fjord]]> 0 The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Nov. 27: The news and other bunk…. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

A big story on A1 for Wednesday tells you all you need to know about the TandT. “Pup has dramatic recovery after being found abandoned”.  And, sure enough, there’s a huge photo of  a recovered puppy, with another photo inside. I can imagine the scene in the newsroom now. An editor calls for ace reporter Brent Mazerolle.

“Mazerolle, get on on your horse. We have a fast-breaking story. It’s about a puppy. Front page stuff. Bring a photographer. Get all the facts.”

An excited Brent Mazerolle rushes home, and opens his secret closet. What (Read more…) ]]> 0 48 hours left! You’re the Best Around, Nothing’s Gonna Ever Bring You Down Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:40:46 +0000 Eva Prkachin This innovative OpenMedia blog features audio design by Survivor. Click below to start the soundtrack and make sure your speakers are cranked for maximum pumpage.

What’s that sound I’m hearing? Is it music? Yes, I know those chugging guitars, that’s the opening riff to “Eye of the Tiger.” Can you hear it? I don’t know about you, but that song gets me pumped for competition.

Lucky for me, OpenMedia has been gamifying our innovative online tool for shaping the future of privacy laws in Canada. If you go to and use the tool before the crucial deadline (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: Pangnirtung: Photograph by David Kilabuk Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:30:00 +0000 James C Morton

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