At this point, I really don’t give a damn if Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did drugs. If he did it certainly hasn’t impaired his performance as a politician. What I do care about are the following:
Ford obviously has major issues. Be they mental or substance, or both, he needs to deal with them before someone really gets hurt. His city has an excellent benefits package that includes
Finally someone has told the Prime Minister he can stuff it on his brand of changes to the Senate of Canada. It comes courtesy of the Québec Court of Appeal which has unanimously ruled Bill C-7, if passed, would be unconstitutional and therefore a form of “dead letter clause”.
(The official ruling, in English is here — courtesy The Montréal Gazette)
Stephen Harper has been so determined to “
Barring a last minute change of minds, it looks like Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin will be effectively impeached from the Senate.
I think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. I will recognize that I have written all three have a lot to answer for.
But I also believe in the principle of presumed innocent until proven guilty. Something that Stephen Harper, the
Today, Harper and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso initialled a trade and labour agreement between Canada and the world’s most powerful trading bloc. Like I said in my last post, I think open trade with the EU will be overall good for Canada.
But don’t you find it odd that there isn’t even a draft text available for public consumption? The final agreement may be two years off, but wouldn’t it
I couldn’t believe it when I heard it on the radio this morning. On the first day of the debate regarding the Reply to the Speech from the Throne, Stephen Harper doesn’t face off against Tom Mulcair — by tradition it’s the Opposition Leader that starts the debate. Nope. Harper hightails it to Brussels to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union.
The second session of Canada’s 41st Parliament opens today. And early word about the Speech from the Throne is that PMS (Prime Minister Steve) will make a move towards consumer rights.
He was against pick-and-pay cable and satellite, before he was for it.
He was for long term cell phone contracts before he was against it.
He was against cell phone company mergers — now in the next
The recent passing of Dr. Donald Low, who guided Toronto through the SARS crisis in 2003, unexpectedly sparked a revival of the difficult issue of assisted suicide when his widow, CBC alumna and medical expert Maureen Taylor, released Low’s final home video where he asked Canadians to consider what it would be like to live in his body — rapidly degenerating — for twenty-four hours.
Currently, the minimum wage in Ontario is $10.25 per hour. Presuming a 40 hour week, no sick days and two weeks vacation, that works out to about $20,500 per year. Not a bad piece of change; but with the lowest marginal income tax rate of 20% and payroll taxes of 7%, that leaves $14965, well below the “low income cutoff” — a bastardized way of saying poverty line. And don’t forget, a
Over the last year, there has been a huge amount of debate over Enbridge wanting to reverse the flow of oil in a major pipeline — “Line 9″ — from east to west, to west to east. The claim has been made that an already fractured pipeline could become even more of a threat when raw tar sands oil makes it way from Alberta through our our neck of the woods. Indeed a lot of the protests have
Over the last few weeks, the three big players in Canada’s wireless business — Bell, Telus and Rogers — have been running two separate but related series of ads which are related to the almost certain reality that America’s largest phone, cell and IPTV company, Verizon, will made bids to buy out two of the smaller and financially troubled carriers, Mobilicity and Wind Canada. They never
Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.
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New York-based news and gossip website Gawker has announced that the money raised on Indiegogo to buy Toronto Mayor Rod Ford’s alleged crack cocaine video will now be donated to four Toronto-area non-profits.
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In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids and adults were used as unwitting subjects of nutritional experiments by Canadian government bureaucrats during and after World War II, The Canadian Press reported Tuesday.
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Bob Rae. (Photo: Fair Vote Canada)
Former Liberal leader Bob Rae has joined the National Advisory Board of Fair Vote Canada, a grassroots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform in Canada.
Rae joins a cast of distinguished Canadians and progressives already serving on the board, including David Suzuki, Mel Hurtig, Maude Barlow, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Hugh Segal, Rafe Mair and Ed Broadbent.
This release from Fair Vote Canada:
Fair Vote Canada is pleased to announce the addition of former Liberal Leader Bob Rae, PC, OC, OOnt, QC, MP, to its National Advisory Board.
“Canadians need to (Read more…)
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Aboriginal people in Canada today suffer from much higher rates of poverty, illness, dysfunction and incarceration than non-Native Canadians. Many non-Native Canadians believe that this is due to the Indian Act and the reserve system which set Aboriginals apart from other Canadians. When these non-Natives see protest movements like the Idle No More movement and
Once again, I’m happy to lend over this space to my colleague Jared Milne. This time, Jared talks about the troubles that the Aboriginal community has been in for years — or in his words, “how the reserves and the Indian Act, which are seen as ways by which Native Canadians are supposedly clinging to their backward ways of life and preferring to rely on government handouts rather than work for
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Premier Christy Clark. (Photo: via Facebook)
Christy Clark got what she desperately needed to remain premier of British Columbia: a seat in the provincial legislature.
Clark convincingly won Wednesday’s by-election in the riding of Westside-Kelowna over NDP challenger Carole Gordon.
Clark was rejected by voters in her riding of Vancouver-Point Grey during the May 14 provincial election. The voters chose New Democrat David Eby. Instead of stepping aside, Clark stayed on as premier but wasn’t allowed to partake in legislative business. So, fellow Liberal MLA Ben Stewart had to step down to allow her to win Westside-Kelowna, (Read more…)
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Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC)
Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa.
Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal riding of Bourassa.
“Today is an important day for me. It is the result of many years of community involvement. I would be so proud to be chosen by the people of Bourassa to be their representative,” said Laraque, who (Read more…)
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Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 2012 (Photo: Obert Madondo)
The Idle No More movement just launched a new, activism-oriented, social media-friendly website!
The launch coincides with the beginning of Sovereignty Summer (#SovSummer), an education and action-based campaign focused on Indigenous Rights and in defense of Mother Earth.
This press release from #IdleNoMore and Defenders of the Land:
This Friday Idle No More launches a new website and communications platform that will engage hundreds of thousands of people via the web, social media, email, and text. Timed to coincide with the beginning of (Read more…)
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It’s a fair question, because there was another putsch in Australia today. Three years after Kevin Rudd was forced out as Prime Minister by the ruling Labour Party in favour of Julia Gillard, today Gillard herself was shoved aside when it became clear her party has no chance of winning the spring elections in September (remember the seasons are reversed there) with her as leader. The new
by: Alberta Federation of Labour | Press Release:
EDMONTON, June 25, 2013 – Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan has called on the federal government to extend EI coverage for all those affected by floods in Southern Alberta.
Only about 22% of unemployed Albertans are eligible for EI and the waiting period is 2 weeks.
McGowan wrote to Minister Diane Finley today and asked her to immediately undertake the following:
Waive all waiting periods for those who qualify for benefits. Extend EI benefits to small business owners affected by the flood. Many of the establishments under water in Inglewood/Mission, downtown Calgary, Bragg Creek, Medicine (Read more…)
The Con government has announced that Canadian energy companies who cause an environmental disaster will be liable for a much larger amount. Currently, it’s just $30 million for the east and west coasts and $40 million for the Arctic. Now it will be $1 billion.
That’s fine, but when one considers Exxon Valdez has cost Exxon / Mobil $7 billion to date (and this disaster happened in 1989),
The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), condemn the federal government’s cuts to essential health services for refugees.
This press release:
OTTAWA, June 17, 2013 – On June 17th, 2013, National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Cuts, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), together representing all Canadian medical students, express their firm stance against the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) cuts.
The CFMS has repeatedly expressed its staunch opposition to the changes to the IFHP since their inception last Spring, and continues to support (Read more…)