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BigCityLib Strikes Back: NEWS FLASH! NDP MP Anonymously Accuses LPC MP Of Sexual Assault!

“It was sex without explicit consent,” she said.

This is bullshit, because, want to or not, she has in fact destroyed a man’s career.  And seems willing to keep the story alive via anonymous interviews.  This is starting to look like a sleazy NDP political maneuver.  The alleged victims should come clean or clam up.

Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Scandal and the CBC Management Cult

About ten days ago I wrote a post about the CBC and the Ghomeshi scandal, and I blamed its hapless managers for creating a cult of celebrity where such a horrible thing could happen.Then came this shabby incident. Which not only reinforced my belief that CBC management treats its "stars" like gods. It also convinced me that some of those managers don't know what they're doing, and should be fired immediately.And now from the guy most responsible for exposing the Ghomeshi scandal comes this latest shocking revelation: CBC management isn't just promoting a celebrity cult.It's a cult ITSELF!!!!!Read more »

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Experience and government #nlpoli

In the 1980s, local entrepreneur Craig Dobbin bought a batch of helicopter service companies across Canada and merged them with his own company  – Sealand – to form Canadian Helicopters. 

By the time Dobbin died in 2006,  CHC was one of the largest providers of helicopter support services in the world.

Not just Newfoundland and Labrador.

Or Canada.

Or even North America.

The world.

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Cowichan Conversations: Frances Kelsey’s Passing Was as Incorrect as is Possible.


Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

I wrote earlier about the passing of Frances Oldham Kelsey, the 100 year old physician-pharmacist who saved Americans from the ravages of thalidomide. I was wrong. I misinterpreted the stories that I had read. She is alive.

Mill Bay’s Frances Kelsey Secondary School was named in her honour.

I absolutely apologize for this error. I especially apologize to Frances Kelsey. I did not intend anything other than to express my response to the misinterpreted belief that had that she had died.

Happily, she has not.


Alberta Diary: Wildrose Party endures its cruelest day as two MLAs quit to join Jim Prentice’s PC government

Ian Donovan, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Kerry Towle at yesterday afternoon’s floor-crossing news conference in the Legislature Building. (Ici Radio-Canada photo.) Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and quotable former prime ministers Harold Wilson, Brian Mulroney and Winston Churchill.

There was the cruelest sort of irony in the battering suffered yesterday by Alberta’s Wildrose Opposition, which lost two MLAs to the apparently rejuvenated Progressive Conservative Party of Premier Jim Prentice.

Kerry Towle, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and last week the party’s seniors and human services critic, and Ian Donovan, MLA for Little Bow and the party’s agriculture (Read more…)

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Dean Clifford and Bill Noble: Emails

This day last November freeman-on-the-land guru, former active Stormfront member, and general nutter Dean Clifford was taken into custody during a seminar he was conducting in Ontario. Since that day, Clifford has been claiming that his release would be imminent as would be his take-down of the political and economic system in this nation. And despite his continued incarceration, which now includes charges that he made threats to directed at the police and court officials while in custody (we have at least one of those recordings saves), Clifford continues in his delusional belief that he has them all right where (Read more…)

Cathie from Canada: #BlackLivesMatter but not in #ferguson

The failure to indict Darren Wilson is a travesty.

 By Langston Hughes:




New York:

Los Angeles:


And in Toronto tomorrow

Cowichan Conversations: BC Liberals LNG Tax Bill equals Unprecedented Wealth Transfer and Will Pass Unopposed

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

The LNG Tax Bill currently winding its way through the BC legislature will impact the very fundamentals of this Province and paves the way for a massive transfer of wealth extending decades into the future.

It’s an unprecedented time.

The BC Liberals had to prorogue the house and start anew with a Throne Speech that completely rewrote everything they built their re-election campaign on.

In other words, they were forced to halt proceedings, rewind the clock on their election platform and instead of delivering prosperity, strong arm British Columbians into accepting the dictates of foreign oil (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan’s Existing Soccer Fields–Better, Safer and Healthier Than Artificial Turf!

Crumby Soccer Fields to be replaced!

Don Maroc

If someday you want to feel good about the ever-increasing property taxes you pay to the Municipality of North Cowichan just take a ride to the soccer fields at Sherman and Somenos Roads, especially on the weekend.

There, rain or shine, you’ll find hundreds of school-age boys and girls kicking a ball around a half dozen pitches. With them will be hundreds of parents and spectators. These well-used sports fields were built and now maintained with your tax money.

There are few facilities as well used and enjoyed as these fields. (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Ian Mulgrew: Judge robbed Burnaby Mountain Protesters of Right to Civil Disobedience

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger


There is a great deal at stake when the court acts as accommodators for the corporate interests while denying the civil rights of citizens to protest.

Ian Mulgrew has reported on legal matters for decades and he is not impressed with this highly questionable ruling. When due process is subverted then justice is denied. That is all that stands between violence, oppression and anarchy.

Injunctions like those used on Burnaby Mountain have been railed against for years by other judges


The B.C. Supreme Court smeared its robes with political tar (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Ferguson, right now

Spotted by Michael Bolen. Remind you of anything? - Alberta politics: As 2 more Wildrose MLAs leave, can Danielle Smith’s leadership survive?

TweetLast week, the wheels were falling off the Wildrose bus. This week, the passengers have flung open the emergency exits and started leaping out into traffic. The Wildrose Official Opposition started the month of November with 17 MLAs and might be ending it with only fourteen. Today, Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice, flanked by Little Bow […]

Morton's Musings: An independent contractor cannot recover for wrongful dismissal

Ho v. World Financial Group Insurance Agency of Canada Inc., 2014 ONCA 832: In particular, the motion judge found that the appellant was not an employee but rather an independent contractor and that there could be no claim for wrongful dismissal. 

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Record That Please

Ex-Anders aide stumbles around hunting dirt on @MarloRaynolds. Quotes CPC voter instead. Sun News runs it. Cabinet mins chime in. Beautiful.

— Chris Turner (@theturner) November 25, 2014

When has recording things gone well for the Conservatives?

She'll be fine. The Tories are compassionate and forgiving to their own when they make mist… I can't finish that sentence without laughing

— Adam Stirling (@Adam_Stirling) November 25, 2014

Woman alleged to have secretly taped the conversation for the CPC, seen here climbing a statue, has yet to comment.

— Adam Stirling (@Adam_Stirling) November 25, 2014

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bgrice blog: Dirty Tricks

“Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Dirty tricks are a part of politics. Why do otherwise smart and responsible people suddenly think to themselves “Oh, I know what we can do…”? I guess part of it is that they sometimes work, and the other part is some weird self-reinforcing group think that happens on campaigns. AlphaBeatic: Big Telecom wants to kill indie high-speed Internet

An upcoming CRTC hearing will decide the future of independent high-speed Internet in Canada. Learn more below, and find out how you can pitch in to save indie ISPs at

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

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Bill Longstaff: The Conservatives sabotage NAFTA

The road to the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began under a Conservative government and has been championed by Conservatives ever since. Surprising then that they should treat it with such contempt.

Not all of it, of course, definitely not the part that benefits the corporate sector, just the environmental part. Side agreements were attached to NAFTA to protect workers and the

Progressive Proselytizing: The NDP’s 7% problem

The NDP’s biggest problem electorally isn’t a question of policy or values or leadership or connecting with voters or just about anything else perennially brought up to explain their difficulties in the polls both federally and provincially across Canada. Their big problem comes down to one stat: only 7% of Canadians think they will win the next federal election, less than a fifth the number the Liberals get. If nobody thinks they can win, there are going to be hordes of theoretical supporters who will vote instead for the person they think might win, typically a Liberal.

Of all the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: hear both sides, or end it

In Latin, it’s called “audi alteram partem.”

That is, “hear the other side.” It’s a principle of what is referred to as natural justice. Put simply, natural justice offers citizens specific procedural rights – the right to be heard, and the right to a hearing free from bias.

Natural justice is an important concept, because it still forms the basis of much of our common law. Hear from both sides, and make it fair when you do: if you ever get in big trouble, that’s what you are entitled to expect.

Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Frances Kelsey Will Be Remembered

Frances Oldham Kelsey Born 24 July 1914 (age 100) Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia Died November 24th, 2014 Occupation Physician, FDA employee Known for preventing thalidomide from coming to market in the United States Spouse(s) Fremont Ellis Kelsey Could Bell get kicked out of Apple’s AppStore for breaking the rules and rigging the rankings?

If you’re an enormous telecom conglomerate, and you release a new app to unfavourable ratings, what do you do?

You could invest some of your vast resources into listening to customers and making the app better — or you could get your senior managers to leave fake reviews to mislead customers and fluff up your ratings instead.

In the case of Bell Canada, the answer was clear.

Thanks to awesome detective work by UnMarketing’s Scott Stratten, we know that senior Bell executives deliberately left fake reviews for its MyBell Mobile app in clear contravention of the AppStore’s rules.

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Politics and its Discontents: Citizenship That Speaks Loudly

Although we live during a time when the term ‘citizen’ has been largely supplanted by corporate misnomers like ‘stakeholders’ and ‘customers’ and ‘taxpayers,’ the concept of citizenship still lives in the hearts of many. And while we hear all the time about the ‘rights’ of stakeholders, not often are we reminded of the ‘responsibilities’ of citizenship.

A recent post of a speech given by Tamo Campos, the grandson of David Suzuki, was one such reminder, as is this one by Simon Fraser University molecular biologist Lynne Quarmby, arrested at the same place as was Camos, Burnaby Mountain, for exercising her (Read more…)

In This Corner: The least wonderful time of the year.

Welcome, shoppers, to the most frenzied time of the year, when most of what used to be called ‘spare time’ is taken up by shopping, planning your shopping list, scanning online for bargains, or simply driving around the mall parking lot looking for a spot.

Christmas (or, if you prefer, the ‘holiday’ day) is a month away, which seems like a lot of time. But according to the retailers of the world, a month is barely enough time to get everything done. That’s why Christm — sorry, ‘holiday’ — shopping advertising began before you had the chance to throw out (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Airbnb vs Uber and the power of mobile

Airbnb and Uber are similar in many ways. They both use tech (particularly mobile) to solve a distribution problem and they are both market darlings with skyrocketing valuations. They are both massively disrupting the established hotel and taxi industries respectively, complete with significant legal battles in these highly regulated industries that have arguably outdated business models and regulations.

The distribution problem works like this: Airbnb makes it vastly easier for anyone to rent out their property and become effectively a hotel; Uber makes it vastly easier for anyone to rent out their time and vehicle and become effectively a taxi. (Read more…) Canadians to Senators: Do the right thing and remove online spying from Bill C-13

Online Spying Bill C-13 is now at a crucial stage in the Canadian Senate, where it faces its last hurdle before becoming the law of the land.

Key senators on the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee are now considering the bill in detail – and Canadians certainly haven’t been shy about speaking out against the spying provisions, using our new letter-to-the-editor tool.

Hard-hitting letters are now appearing in newspapers from coast to coast, as Canadians express their outrage at the government’s attempt to ram Bill C-13 through despite overwhelming opposition from 73% of Canadians, including a huge majority (Read more…)