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The Disaffected Lib: Guess Who Can’t Make the Party?

It’s quite a gathering.  55-warships from 13-NATO countries are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior in the waters off Scotland.  This year’s war games are considered especially important given the perceived resurgence of Russian naval forces.

They take place against a background of rising concern about Russian expansionism but the Ministry of Defence said the Exercise Joint Warrior war games are a twice-yearly exercise rather than a response to any specific threat.

However, the Joint Warrior exercises are the biggest yet held by Nato and are intended to act as a show of strength while honing the ability of member (Read more…)

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: First Nations and the political economy of land


This episode looks at the political economy of land in Canada and the Canadian state’s relationship with First Nations as mediated by land. I’m happy to bring together two guests who deal extensively with these issues and pose challenges to rethink the way land is governed.

My first guest is Hayden King, Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario and director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Toronto’s Ryerson University. He joined me to discuss his recent piece in the Globe and Mail on land and the institutions that govern it.

My second guest (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Royal Canadian Rent-a-Navy

Protecteur Being Towed Home

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Senator Patrick Brazeau Must Go!

If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: First Nations’ statement of assertion of Aboriginal rights and title

by Algonquin Nation Secretariat And Programs and Services Ottawa, Jan. 22, 2013 – The Algonquin communities of Timiskaming, Wolf Lake, and Eagle Village today announce their assertion of Aboriginal rights and title to their traditional territories. The purpose of the announcement is to put other governments on notice, and to establish a firm basis for an effective READ MORE

cmkl: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources contemplates extending cottage leases in Algonquin Park

This is what I told the MNR via their online consultation system about their pondering extending leases on cottages within the boundaries of Algonquin provincial park. In short: They’ve had a good run. And now they’re done.

cmkl: Looking for kid-friendly Algonquin interior destinations

We’ve thought of Achray. We’re headed to the park (we hope) in August, and were hoping to keep crowds to a dull roar. We’re willing to do a couple of short portages (aka less than 500m each). We’ll be coming from Ottawa and driving four or five hours is about as much as the family can tolerate.