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Montreal Simon: The Incredible Cowardice of the Mad King Stephen Harper

He is already the best protected Prime Minister in Canadian history. Wherever he goes he is surrounded by an army of RCMP bodyguards.His motorcade of sinister black vehicles is as big or bigger than Obama's secret service convoys.No ordinary Canadians can get anywhere near him. Only Con supporters who have been vetted by his office.But even that isn't enough to reassure our cowardly mad king.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

Acting on the understanding that we’re part of nature, and caring for the environment, makes people healthier and happier, argues world-renowned Canadian scientist, broadcaster, activist and author, David Suzuki.

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Morton's Musings: Agency, election and merger

1196303 Inc v Glen Grove Suites Inc., 2015 ONCA 580:

[80]       Election and merger are separate, albeit related, concepts. Election refers to a decision to pursue either the agent or the principal for a single cause of action. Once a plaintiff has definitively elected to sue either principal or agent, he or she may not later choose to pursue the other party. Whether a party has elected is a question of fact, and is often difficult to prove. Merger, by contrast, occurs once judgment has been granted against either agent or principal. Once judgment is given against (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On final choices

Following up on this post and some additional discussion, let’s take a look at the question of what options would be available to Stephen Harper if he decided he wanted to escape a drubbing at the polls by cancelling the federal election. And fortunately, the answer looks to be “not much”.

The Canada Elections Act does allows for a writ to be withdrawn, but only with some important limitations (emphasis added): 59. (1) The Governor in Council may order the withdrawal of a writ for any electoral district for which the Chief Electoral Officer certifies that by reason of (Read more…) Straight: OpenMedia crafts plan to unshackle Internet with help of more than 250,000 Canadians

Do you want to know what our election platform is all about? Learn more here and pledge your vote for the Internet at

Article by Charlie Smith for Georgia Straight

And it says that it was compiled after crowdsourcing opinions from more than 250,000 people across the country.

OpenMedia’s political platform opens with a mission statement: “Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for Internet service and we increasingly face online censorship and widespread surveillance.”

read more The Register: Canadians taking to spying on their spies

The Internet has changed Canadian politics. Issues like C-51 simply don’t go away. This election is our best chance to repeal C-51, pledge your vote at

Article by Trevor Pott for The Register

Comment As Canadians settle in for the longest general election campaign since 1867, some uncomfortable incidents that had been ignored by commercial media outlets are gaining new exposure.

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The Disaffected Lib: Bitter Truth

This is the butchery Paul Manly stood up against – and it cost him the NDP nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

One thing is for sure. If Mulcair becomes prime minister, Canada will sure as hell not be part of the “international process” to bring Israel to account.

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe:–The Christy Clark Excuse For a Government and The BC NDP’s Lack Of Opposition Vigour

Rafe Mair


Dear Richard

Your article of yesterday is very disturbing in a number of ways. Quite by coincidence, the following story appears on the CBC

A leading seismic scientist says B.C.’s energy

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LeDaro: Stephen Harper’s dance moves

Needs more practice.

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nations occupying Lelu Island, blocking early Petronas LNG work

The battle over Malaysian energy giant Petronas’ controversial LNG terminal in the Skeena River Estuary is intensifying, as local Lax Kw’alaams First Nation members are setting up camp on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert – the site of the proposed project.

“Basically we’re going to be occupying our traditional land, exercising our rights, harvesting whatever natural resources we have” says Joey Wesley, a member of the Lax Kw’alaams band.

A barge carrying equipment related to geotechnical work for Petronas’ proposed Lelu Island LNG plant (facebook)

A recently-launched facebook page spearheading the campaign has garnered over a thousand likes in just a few (Read more…)

cmkl: I was one of Matt Moore’s jerks the other day

Wherein I counter-rant about Matt Moore’s rant about cyclists on

LeDaro: Earl (cat) for PM advertisement 1892

Interesting. Cruelty to animals must stop.

The Disaffected Lib: Props Wanted. Great Pay and Benefits.

So it’s come to this. Apparently feeling the sting of Canadian combat vets angry with Steve Harper and vowing to do everything in their power to run him out of Ottawa, the Tories are trying to recruit veterans willing to appear with the prime minister.The email appears to have been written by Kris Sims, who is on leave from her role as director of communications for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole in order to work for the party during the campaign.

In it, she asks to be connected with ex-soldiers who are willing to appear on camera and prepared (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: I’ll Vote "No" on Strategic Voting.

Quick trip to Victoria yesterday to buy a jacket for my daughter’s pending wedding. I rode the great yellow Beast and, even with end of summer traffic, there was room to get a little adrenalin going.

The province of Vancouver Island has this one highway that runs from Victoria in the extreme south that connects the city to Nanaimo, my town, Courtney/Comox, Campbell River and on all the way to the northern reaches at Port Hardy. One highway, just the one. Which makes it predictable that the highway is the place you’ll see who is running for which party and (Read more…)

LeDaro: Prime Minister Stephen Harper taking a break from campaigning

Is he drunk?

Politics and its Discontents: Some Comeuppance For The Minister of Democratic ‘Reform’

The minister responsible for the Unfair Elections Act, Pierre Poilievre, has finally gotten a taste of his own medicine. In the following you will hear a telemarketer calling on behalf of his campaign being answered by ‘Lenny,’ a software program that manages to tie her up for about 11 minutes. Lenny, in essence, picks up calls and answers them with pre-recorded audio clips from a doddering Australian man, sometimes keeping telemarketers on the phone for over 20 minutes.The clips include non-sequiturs, complaints that he can’t hear the caller, and extended reflections about one of his daughter’s academic achievements. At (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC’s biggest fracking quake yet? 4.6 felt by residents north of Fort St. John

Republished from the ECOreport.

A recent earthquake near Wonowon, 100 km north of Fort St. John, is the largest of over 500 seismic events in northeastern BC, believed to be related to hydraulic fracturing. It may be remembered as BC’s 4.6m fracking quake.

“Likely induced by hydraulic fracturing”

Though the connection has not yet been proven, the quake’s epicentre was just 3 kilometres from Progress Energy’s fracking site. The company immediately shut down operations and notified the province’s oil and gas commission.

“It’s still under investigation, but it was likely induced by hydraulic fracturing,” said Alan Clay, the commission’s communications (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On statements of values

It’s true that a party’s policy book is not the same as its election platform.

But it’s also true that there is more to a party than a single campaign or platform. And considering that the difference between a policy book and a platform can be pointed out in a single sentence, I’m hard-pressed to see what the NDP stands to gain by limiting access to the policy goals developed by its members.

Accidental Deliberations: On needless machinery

Those of us who have seen the Libs focus much of this year on criticizing the Cons’ partisan advertising might be rather surprised to learn they don’t think there’s any room to cut or redirect any current federal spending, and in fact consider it offensive that anybody might suggest such room exists.

But on a closer look, there’s actually a consistent theme behind the Libs’ message. While their petition on advertising criticizes the Cons for wasteful spending, it doesn’t promise to change anything other than to create a new commissioner position to oversee future publicity – meaning that it could (Read more…) How do you think the parties are doing when it comes to our Digital Future?

It’s a big day for our small team here at OpenMedia! This morning we’re unveiled our detailed election platform, packed with great ideas on restoring privacy rights (including repealing C-51), access to affordable Internet and cell phone service, and safeguarding free expression.

Our whole team is excited: this morning marks the culmination of many years of work for us, across what we call our Three Pillars of Internet Freedom; Privacy, Affordable Access, and Free Expression.

All in all, an incredible over 250,000 Canadians have been involved in shaping this positive, pro-Internet platform. It brings together key recommendations from our (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Learn About Conservatives

Here’s a fun way to learn about the Conservative Party of Canada.

Reminds me of how I speak of Prime Minister Harper while on Twitter, I reference this guy instead:

I have been Prime Minister for 10 years. #elxn42 #cdnpoli

— Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) August 4, 2015

LeDaro: America’s Got Talent 2015, The Professional Regurgitator Stevie Starr

It is amazing what he does.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Our Addiction to Balanced Budgets May Need an Intervention

“There is always a storm. There is always rain. Some experience it. Some live through it. And others are made from it.” Author Shannon L. Alder Recently NDP candidate and former Saskatchewan finance minister, Andrew Thomson, stated on Power and Politics, that cuts were inevitable, in order to balance the budget. In Saskatchewan, he cut funding to education, though it still didn’t balance the books.  He had to take money from the province’s contingency fund, including almost a half million dollars for advertising, that he had balanced the books, when in fact, he had not. Hiding deficits for (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Our Addiction to Balanced Budgets May Need an Intervention

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On The Theory Of The "Sleeping Electorate"

From ONW’s Susanna Kelly:

Most people take two, perhaps three weeks vacation a year.That means that for all the other summer weeks, they’re back at work, starting the day as usual by listening to newscasts in their car during commutes, spending lots of time on their computers and Internet-rigged up (CHANGE) devices and chatting around the water cooler – just like they do the rest of the year.On top of that, even if they are at the cottage, many of those same cottages have now been equipped with the Internet.And there are fewer and fewer people who (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, August 27, 2015

Your news links for today:

G20 Police Conviction Reminds Us Not to Repeat History – Torontoist The most disturbing thing we learned from the G20 – Toronto Star Tory candidates told to avoid debates, media during campaign – Toronto Star Virginia Police Force BBC Reporters To Delete Camera Footage Of Police Pursuit Of Shooter – Techdirt North Dakota cops can now use lobbyist-approved taser/pepper-spray drones – Cory Doctorow Study: 15% Of Wireless Users Now Tracked By Stealth Headers, Or ‘Zombie Cookies’ – Techdirt Videotron loses class-action lawsuit after lying to customers about their “unlimited data” – Barking Technology Rogers Renames (Read more…)