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A. Picazo: Move Along, #Harperman – We’ll Take It From Here

What began as a discussion* (and mocking) of the sideshow of the day song of a generation turned into a great exchange about political/protest tunes. I’ve collected some of the best recommendations, and in addition to my own suggestions, have linked to the better ones found throughout the night. Feel free to post the songs I’ve missed, but which you’re … Continue reading →

wRanter.com: Israel shouldn’t be a political football or litmus test

Despite public and private appeals to call off the event, the Jewish Defence League (JDL) went ahead with its unfortunate decision to picket a Liberal fundraiser at the Toronto home of pharmaceutical magnate and Jewish philanthropist Barry Sherman. Before the Aug. 26 protest, Sherman was viciously attacked on social media, with trolls questioning his motives […]

OpenMedia.ca: Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music

Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don’t they treat all services equally? Let’s put Canadians in the driver’s seat – not these out of touch telecom giants.

Article by Peter Nowak for Arstechnica

Quebec wireless provider Videotron looks to be stepping into a net neutrality battle with a new unlimited music service that boasts “zero data usage.” But is the offer offside Canada’s fair internet rules? Unlike previous, similar situations involving the country’s wireless carriers, this one isn’t as cut and dried.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair on Trudeau’s surprise comeback, Mulcair’s continued strength

Justin Trudeau continues to defy expectation (Flickr/Canada 2020 CC licence)

Churchill once stated that the best time to predict events was after they had happened and I think he was probably right.

The current federal election is demonstrating that predictions at any time are pretty iffy but in a hugely long campaign like this one, they’re positively dangerous.

I find myself flying all over the place, which is hardly unusual considering my record on these matters. The benefit of this experience of incompetence is, of course, that you learn that changes always take place and often very rapidly. The question (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper in danger of slipping to third place: New polls

Read this Aug. 28 story from CBC.ca and political columnist Éric Grenier’s Poll Tracker series, noting recent polling trends that suggest the Harper Conservatives are in danger of being leap-frogged by the Liberals – with the NDP minting a comfortable lead over both parties.

Are the Conservatives in danger of dropping into third place?

Recent polls suggest that the Conservatives may be in the midst of a slide in public support. The party is averaging 28.3 per cent in the CBC Poll Tracker, marking one of their lowest ebbs in the polls since last year. They now (Read more…)

LeDaro: Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin meet

Michal Rozworski: This election, let’s really talk about the economy

Here’s a short, “populist” piece on going beyond the very limited economic debate in the election campaign so far. It was published on Ricochet:

The word ‘austerity’ is finally in the mix, but all parties stuck in the right-wing’s frame

Austerity is on the agenda of the Canadian election, as the word was finally uttered — by Justin Trudeau. Bizarrely, this came the same day as the Liberal leader rolled out his economic agenda flanked by Paul Martin, the former finance minister and prime minister who engineered deep austerity measures in the 1990s.

The way austerity has finally made it (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: A Balanced Budget Isn’t A ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ Thing

Fiscal management isn’t a ‘left’ ‘right’ issue. It’s good housekeeping that anyone can organize. It’s the priorities that are different and ultimately set the parties apart. By their record, the Conservatives are the worst when it comes to financial management.

The Common Sense Canadian: Why privacy matters in this Canadian election

While you are out this weekend enjoying the last days of summer on the beach and the RCMP come by to check whether your cooler is full of (gasp) beer or wine, you have every right to tell them (I would suggest politely) that no, they cannot look in your cooler.

Now I am not a lawyer (although I did consult one to write this article), so don’t come looking for me if the whole exchange doesn’t go smoothly, but the law is very clear in Canada that the police only have a right to search your cooler if they (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Rabble: Fact-checking the Conservatives’ rural broadband strategy

The government’s rural broadband strategy falls way short of our digital platform and here’s why.

We need to fight back by pledging to vote now at OurDigitalFuture.ca

Article by Nora Loreto for Rabble.ca

The 2015 federal election promises to be an ugly fight, with a lot of half-truths and fact twisting. This has been the tone set by the Harper government so far, and it shows no sign of changing course. Luckily, rabble.ca together with our allies will be pulling together real numbers and evidence to refute the mistruths and fact check the election campaign.

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The Common Sense Canadian: The Harper Conservative economic disaster

Photo: Stephen Harper/Flickr cc licence

Guest post by Doug Carrick

According to Stephen Harper, the coming election offers a choice between the certainty of Conservative economic expertise on the one hand…or the risk of Liberal or New Democrat inexperience. However, a closer examination reveals a different picture. It is the Conservatives who have the shaky economic record.

All his eggs in one basket

Mark Robinson/Flickr cc licence

For example, instead of diversifying the economy, Harper has put all his eggs in one basket (the tar sands). Farmers on the prairies know all about diversification. To cover the possibilities (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song

An Ottawa federal scientist’s job is in danger after he recorded a song speaking out against the government’s politics of fear.

Article by Kathryn May, Post Media News at the National Post

An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.

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OpenMedia.ca: 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 OurDigitalFuture.ca

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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Politics, Re-Spun: Why Are Harper and Kenney Such Liars?

Chronic Liar.

We all know Stephen Harper is fond of lying.

During the debate this month there were a myriad of drinking games around the country for whenever one of the other leaders called him a liar.

Here’s one clever analysis of his tendency to LIE TO US TO GET US TO GIVE HIM MORE TIME TO DESTROY CANADA!

And what about Jason Kenney: Mr. Liar McMakeItUp.

Here’s what’s up with his chronic lying.

We. Must. Punish. These. Liars.

Let’s make them unemployed on October 20. If we’re lucky they and their lying colleagues will pull a Prentice!

 

July (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: WJS: Study Finds ‘Supercookies’ Used Outside U.S.

Bell Canada is one of the few carriers still using the evil ‘supercookies’ to track their customers. Thanks, Bell…

Article by Elizabeth Dwoskin for WSJ

Most major US wireless carriers are no longer using controversial identifiers that some researchers call “supercookies,” but their use appears to be extensive overseas.

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OpenMedia.ca: iPolitics: Top gun advocate turns on Tories, runs as Independent

Huge numbers of conservatives are speaking out against reckless Bill C-51. Despite Harper’s Conservatives’ efforts to keep the gun lobby in their camp, the sector warns about the dangerous power-grab this legislation gives the security sector, threatening Canadians’ privacy rights. Let’s keep fighting until we Kill C-51 –> KillC51.ca

  Article by Claire Wahlen

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OpenMedia.ca: Motherboard: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure

First Nations kids in Ontario found a solution to no high-speed, ridiculously expensive Internet service: they built their own infrastructure. Learn more below, and demand world-class Internet service for 100% of Canadians at UnblockCanada.ca

Article by Jordan Pearson for Motherboard

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Things Are Good: How To Stop An Oil And Gas Pipeline: The Unist’ot’en Camp Resistance

The Unist’ot’en people have been fighting the deplorable people at TransCanada, Enbridge, and other companies who are trying to increase their capability to destroy the environment. The Unist’ot’en camp began in 2010 and has grown since to blockade the land from corporate tools trying to get pipelines through the area.

Of course, the Canadian (and BC) government supports the corporations but hopefully recent actions in the courts will force the government to back down. In the meantime, you can read about the Unist’ot’en camp.

Our nine-day visit supports the Unist’ot’en Camp practically as well as politically. On our second night (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Give a thought to Alberta’s approaching budget day: there’s little to gain and plenty to lose from ‘debt free’ government

PHOTOS: Former premier Ralph Klein, now elevated to sainthood by the neoliberal cargo cult, celebrating the retirement of Alberta’s debt in 2004, never mind the mess the infrastructure was in. Below: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Canadian economist Jim Stanford and Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt, with, bottom, his old debt-trailer. Anyone remember Ralph Klein’s […]

The post Give a thought to Alberta’s approaching budget day: there’s little to gain and plenty to lose from ‘debt free’ government appeared first on Alberta Politics.

wRanter.com: Jewish issues at centre of partisan sniping

Jewish issues and candidates made headlines last week and became the subject of some distasteful political rhetoric on the campaign trail. In Alberta, a 21-year-old hijab-wearing university student resigned Aug. 18 as the Liberal candidate in the Tory stronghold of Calgary Nose Hill a day after conservative activists publicized noxious tweets from her past. Ala […]

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair’s ‘State of the Union’ on Canadian environmental politics

 

Before I get onto the federal election, let me say I have never been more depressed about governance in this country.

A recent note from a reader pointed out the atrocious record of the Christy Clark government in erasing emails, losing emails, redacting emails (that’s bureaucratese for blacking out anything that might possibly embarrass the government), throwing sand in the gears for anyone who wants public information and on it goes. What struck me is that this egregiously evil behaviour is buried in scandals in the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Children and Families, the skyrocketing provincial (Read more…)

LeDaro: Young Stephen Harper

Who would have thought that this kid will screw up Canada some day. We are now dealing with his screw ups.Senate scandal, participation  in Iraq war and lot more.

Politics, Re-Spun: Elect Harper = Kill Medicare for Good

#HeaveSteve

THIS is how much the Harper Conservatives resent, hate and want to kill Medicare with a slow, painful death [starting with a $36 billion cut]…leading to for-profit healthcare where the rich are OK, the companies are brutally profitable and the middle class and poor go bankrupt or die from untreated diseases.

Just like before Medicare in Canada, except now with American corporations earning billions in profits.

Want any more time with Harper’s gong show in charge?

No. Heave the Steve!

And here’s a bonus for you:

August 3, 2015 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests (0) December 11, 2013 (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Yahoo: Super-fast gigabit Internet service finally coming to (some) Canadians

Our own Josh Tabish explains in this article the importance of high-speed fibre Internet for all Canadians and why it took Canada so long to adopt this technology. 

Artice by Brian Chin for Yahoo News 

If you’re tired of waiting for your TV shows or movies to finish downloading, you can now take advantage of Canada’s fastest internet.

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OpenMedia.ca: Prince George Citizen: C-51 opponent Sheldon Clare discusses his candidacy in Cariboo-Prince George

Gun lobbyists and conservative Sheldon Clarke also opposes C-51. Speak out now to get this legislation repealed at KillC51.ca

Article by Charelle Evelyn for the Prince George Citizen

Sheldon Clare touted himself as a “hardware-store conservative” on Tuesday in announcing his run as an independent candidate for Cariboo-Prince George in October’s federal election.

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