Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

wmtc: happy blogiversary to wmtc

This month – July 11, 2014 – I have been blogging for 10 years. Ten years!

I clearly remember telling Allan I was considering beginning a blog about emigrating to Canada. He thought it was a great idea.

July 11, 2004. I was working weekends at my (incredibly easy, wildly overpaid) job at Most Evil Corporate Law Firm. Our applications had been submitted, and we were waiting.

August 30, 2015 will be the 10-year anniversary of our move to Canada, but I felt the 10-year anniversary of wmtc was worth a mention. Thanks for being part of what I (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crime Severity Indices, St. John’s #nlpoli

This week, Statistics Canada released their latest compilation of crime statistics based on reports by police.

The figures in the release were year to year but if you hunt around a bit,  you can find the original tables of data.  from there, you can pluck out specific information.  In this post, we’ve pulled out the data for St. John’s from 2003 to 2013.

(Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: How does our garden grow?

Fairly well this year, as long as we keep up with watering!

Le jardin chez Arbourist et Intransigentia

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: gardening

Alberta Diary: Anti-gay pastor, denied by Ric McIver, endorses the PC leadership candidate anyway for his ‘traditional Alberta values’

Pastor Artur Pawlowski and members of his flock march uninvited in 2012 at the head of the Calgary Stampede Parade, also known as the March for Mammon. Pastor Pawlowski, who holds extreme views about homosexuality, also has his own parade, which he calls the March for Jesus. Below: Ric McIver, whom Pastor Pawlowski yesterday endorsed as PC leader, at the pastor’s parade; and the pastor with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Calgary pastor who believes gays aren’t merely being duped by Satan, but are practically on the demonic payroll, endorsed Tory leadership candidate Ric McIver yesterday.

Artur Pawlowski of Calgary’s (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Prostitution Bill C-36 ‘Offends’ Charter: Legal Experts

Over 200 legal experts from across Canada recently wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protest Bill C-36, the Conservatives new prostitution law.

The post Harper’s Prostitution Bill C-36 ‘Offends’ Charter: Legal Experts appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

BetterParks for Vancouver: And the race is on…

Courtesy of someone from Facebook.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Vineeth Sekharan debunks the myth that a job represents a reliable path out of poverty, while reminding us that there’s one policy choice which could eradicate poverty altogether: A job alone does not guarantee freedom from poverty. In fact, in 2012, at least one member of the household was employed in a staggering 44% of all poor households. Even in situations where an individual is employed, there may still be the need for income supplements, as well as educational and employment supports.

This is partially because of the monumental changes that have occurred (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: What is reasonable doubt?

A reasonable doubt is not a doubt based on sympathy or prejudice; it is based on reason and common sense. It is logically connected to the evidence or absence of evidence. It does not require proof to an absolute certainty nor is it proof beyond any doubt. It is not proof beyond an imaginary or frivolous doubt. A determination that an accused “probably” had the requisite intent falls far short of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. (R. v. Lifchus, [1997] S.C.J. No. 77, paragraph 36)The reasonable doubt standard “falls much closer to absolute certainty than to (Read more…) Reuters: Why our digital divide won’t be bridged any time soon

The government’s unambitious rural broadband plans will leave tens of thousands of Canadians stuck with last-century Internet speeds. Tell James Moore it’s time for Canada to finally start catching up with our global counterparts at

Warren Kinsella: Team Ontario at NAIG were over the moon when they saw this tweet

. The Star: You won’t believe how many times this government spied on Canadians

We knew that the government made over 1 million requests for Canadians’ private information in 2011. Now it turns out that they’ve been making scores of these requests going back to 2006, meaning millions of innocent Canadians have been spied on with no oversight or safeguards. Speak out now to put an end to this reckless spying at

Article by Sean Kilpatrick for The Star

Government authorities have been making millions of requests to telecommunications companies for Canadians’ personal information as far back as 2006, newly released documents show.

read more

DeSmogBlog: Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling

Deploying the age-old “Friday news dump,” President Barack Obama’s Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves.

It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease on (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling

Politics and its Discontents: Yet Another Desperate and Despicable Ploy: More Harper Narrowcasting

The politics have a look of desperation about them. As they see their electoral chances diminishing among the wider Canadian public with each new sordid revelation, it looks like the Harper crowd is doubling down with its base, a strategy that I questioned in my earlier post today.

Steven Blaney, who could only be considered a Public Safety Minister in a Canada that has grown decidedly Orwellian, has announced a plan that will erode public safety but perhaps fire up the base. CBC News reports the regime minion has announced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act which would make (Read more…)

Art Threat: Just For Laughs: David O’Doherty & What Would Beyoncé Do?

The Just For Laughs Festival is taking place in Montreal, and Art Threat’s Kristi Kouchakji is there to review the politically-tinged humour for us.

Luisa Omielan’s What Would Beyoncé Do?

Despite some terrible promotional copy, Luisa Omielan’s What Would Beyoncé Do? seemed promising. A single 30-something woman moving back in with her mother holds a lot of potential for comedy gold, as well as discussions about the economic reality facing under-40s and Beyoncé’s status as a new feminist icon.

While Omielan is funny, charming, and completely unafraid to share some of her darkest moments, much of her material seems like (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Obama Administration Releases Weak Proposed Rules On Crude By Rail After Industry Lobbying Blitz

The Department of Transportation released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today for the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. With the release of the proposed new regulations, a public comment period now begins before the rules will be finalized.

The proposed rules offer a wide variety of options for the public to comment on with the weakest proposals essentially being the status quo, as is the case for the rail tank car recommendations.

These proposed regulations have been under review for the past several months at the White House’s Office of Information of Regulatory Affairs where industry lobbyists have (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Consider the global impacts of oil pipelines

Read this June 25th story by Wendy J. Palen, Thomas D. Sisk, Maureen E. Ryan, Joseph L. Árvai, Mark Jaccard, Anne K. Salomon, Thomas Homer-Dixon& Ken P. Lertzman in Nature on how debates over oil-sands infrastructure obscure a broken policy process that overlooks broad climate, energy and environment issues.

The debate over the development of oil sands in Alberta, Canada, is inflaming tensions in and between Canada and the United States.

In April, US President Barack Obama deferred a decision on the fate of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite escalating pressure to approve it from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen (Read more…)

bgrice blog: Occupying Oppenheimer Park is Damaging to the Cause

I was very proud of Andrea Reimer and the Vancouver City Council when they passed the motion recognizing that Vancouver sits on unceded indigenous land. While this is an entirely symbolic gesture, it is an important recognition of the unresolved issues facing Canada’s relationship with indigenous peoples – especially in BC. If enough municipalities take stands on this issue – even symbolic ones – the pressure on other levels of governments will be impactful.

I am also deeply concerned by the issues of homelessness and social housing in Vancouver. The evidence is clear that indigenous peoples make up a disproportionate (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: USA: Elizabeth Warren takes the fight to Wall Street

The Real USA

The highly intelligent, courageous and scrappy new senator is not stopping in her fight for the middle class. She is pounding the streets, raising money for long-shot Democrat candidates, and focusing on the rigged stock market that favours the wealthy and has a lock on many elected senators and House representatives:

Yet Warren’s 2014 road show is important in its own right. By stumping for long-shot Democrats in red states, raising and spreading around campaign cash, devising innovative legislation for candidates to borrow and, most importantly, sharpening the left’s rhetorical attack on Wall Street, Warren could (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: USA: Elizabeth Warren takes the fight to Wall Street

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Those Crazy Creationists

I know, I know, it’s the proverbial fish in a barrel when you critique creationists. They are just so easy to mock. But how can you help yourself when someone like Ken Ham opens his mouth in public? The media just love to pounce all over him. He must take his lessons in PR from Ann Coulter. And […]

Morton's Musings: Informer Privilege

R. v. Lucas, 2014 ONCA 561: [53]    Informer privilege protects from revelation in court or in public any information that might tend to identify one who gives information related to criminal matters to the police in confidence. Its twin objectives are to protect the informer from possible retribution, and to encourage other potential informers to come forward. The Supreme Court has emphasized that the rationale for the informer privilege rule “requires a privilege which is extremely broad and powerful”:  Named Person, at paras. 16-18, 30.

[54]    There is a presumption that any proceeding that might reveal the identity of an informer (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Pennsylvania Environmental Regulators Flunk State’s Own Shale Gas Audit

In January 2013, Pennsylvania’s auditor general announced that he would conduct an investigation into whether state regulators were effectively overseeing the impacts from the shale gas drilling rush.

A year and a half later, the results are in: the state’s environmental regulators are failing badly in at least eight major areas, at times declining to cite drillers who broke the law. In a damning 158-page report, the state’s auditor general highlighted the agency’s wide-ranging failures. The report detailed the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) use of a legal “loop hole” to avoid inspecting wells and described the agnecy’s (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Israeli Attack on Gaza – You Will Not See This On the MSM

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Lead CBC News story the other day told that an Israeli soldier had been killed and the Palestinian’s continue to fire rockets. They eventually got to the part of the story where 52 more Palestinians were killed and score more injured.

Obama and Harper both roll over in fear of the political reaction if they dare to tell the truth about the reality of the slaughter that is still underway.

There is one big difference this time and that is that word is getting out in spite of our political leaders. In Canada Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your news links for today:

OECD Releases New Broadband Data: Canada Ranks in Bottom Third on Mobile Broadband Subscriptions – Michael Geist BCE to take regional unit Bell Aliant private in $4-billion deal – The Globe and Mail The View Up Here talks #TPP Trans Pacific Partnership – blogtalkradio Millions of police requests for Canadians’ data every year, documents show – Toronto Star Canada’s border agency had thousands of outdated lookout flags in system – CP24 Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge – Naked Security The creepiest Internet tracking tool yet is ‘virtually (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: King Stephen And The Law Of Diminishing Returns

Last evening I wrote a brief post on how the Harper regime is exploiting the tragedy in Gaza for political gain.

Anon responded with the following:

It is worse than no shame. It is disgusting. Over 630 people have died, including 30 Israelis and over 600 Palestinians, mostly non combatants and civilians including children. And he uses it as an opportunity to fundraise? And Cons supporters are OK with it? No wonder they are called the Nasty Party by pundits (e,g, Hebert, Coyne).

That comment got me thinking about the much-vaunted Tory base, which, perhaps, is beginning to show some (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Saskatchewan: not too hilly, from this vantage point