As you know I hate bullies with a passion. Especially those who bully children and seniors, and those who are cruel to animals.So it troubles me that although Canada likes to think of itself as an enlightened country, our laws on animal cruelty are barbarous, and haven't been updated since 1892.
And a horrible . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Our Animal Cruelty Laws Must Be Modernized
PHOTOS: The Stampede chuckwagon races … exciting, but traditionally bad news for horses. Below: Stampede duds last year on Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair. Did last year’s effort work out as intended by the Stampede Board? The C… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Calgary Stampede’s vital cultural and political role explained, sort of …
Only 26 days to the Calgary Stampede. Yee-haw! This is our premier event of the year—the greatest outdoor show on Earth. Mostly it’s great fun for Calgarians and visitors alike: agricultural exhibits, a huge midway, entertainment from around the world plus Calgary’s very own Young Canadians, Stampede breakfasts, endless bar-hopping—10 days of fun and frolic.
. . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Vancouver Humane Society gives CBC Stampede coverage a thumbs down
Once again, I am writing a post that, in one sense, has nothing to do with politics but in another sense has everything to do with it and much more. If we consider political systems simply a methodology by which we engage with the our fellow human beings and the larger world, then the film . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Documentary Recommendation: Blackfish
Meow! Prime Minister Stephen and Patron of the War Animals Laureen Harper with their Military Intelligence advisor “Trinity.” Below: the GRU and CSIS lapel pins. Note the similarity of design. Coincidence? I think not! A Royal Canadian animal hat: Here be Dragoons. And below that: Modern elephant-mounted light artillery … so don’t give . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Harper Tories cry havoc and let slip the wars of dogs!
A chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede in 1957. Canada’s greatest city? Below: One resident of Canada’s greatest city camps it up for the occasion.
“Autopsy shows lead horse in chuckwagon accident died of ruptured aortic aneurysm,” shouts a headline in yesterday’s Calgary Herald.
So… what? The Calgary Stampede’s going to blame . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Chuckwagon carnage: Three horses die and Calgary Stampede blames the lead horse!
Stampede celebrates 100th anniversary
For all those barbaric yahoos who enjoy torturing animals for fun, entertainment, and most of all – profit..you can keep your little circus…leave the rest of us out of it.. CBC..perpetuating this anachronism is beyond belief..if you polled, nationally, I think you’d find that most Canadians would not be interested in . . . → Read More: Left Over: It’s 40 below, and I don’t give a ….
Cowboys in the aftermath of a bad chuckwagon spill at the 1937 Calgary Stampede. Below: Chuckwagon races as they’re supposed to appear; Stampede Programming VP Paul Rosenberg; Bell Canada logo of yore.
Money talks, and what money is saying now, the day before the 100th opening of the Calgary Stampede, is that Canadians . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Big money speaks quietly to the recalcitrant Calgary Stampede on its 100th anniversary
A chuckwagon race in 1924 – then and now, unquestionably exiting and unquestionably cruel. Time for it to stop. Below: Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, both looking fashionably butch in their cowboy duds.
There’s no doubt about it: chuckwagon races are as exciting as hell. There’s also no getting around the . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The 100th Calgary Stampede: real men don’t kill horses for fun