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OpenMedia.ca: Did Conservative Senator Yonah Martin just delete her Twitter account to stop Canadians asking her about Bill C-51?

On May 6th we witnessed how the government used its majority to ram Bill C-51 through the House of Commons after only two days of debate. The legislation – now opposed by a whopping 56% of Canadians with just 33% in favour – will now be considered by the Senate.

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A Puff of Absurdity: Either Side of the Fence

This brief video compilation shows Harper’s views when he was Leader of the Opposition only just over a decade ago, and at a recent press conference.

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Opposition Leader Stephen Harper comments on Prime Minister Stephen Harper Create by: typoprone (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ7UQyzcxNGTmxyAXreOI0) Posted by Government for all Canadians, not just the wealthy on Saturday, May 16, 2015

“My difficulty with the Prime Minister at (Read more…)

Political Eh-conomy: Bay St. isn’t back, it never left

The New York Times reports that Wall St. is back in a big way since the 2007 crisis: profits, salaries and confidence have returned in the US financial industry. As often happens when I see something intriguing like this about the US, I wanted to quickly see whether a similar dynamic is taking place in Canada. Turns out that Bay St. is doing better than ever too…though it never really went away.

To illustrate this, consider two of the charts used in the Times piece, both augmented with Canadian data. First up, employment in the financial sector. While the US saw the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: TODAY: Join our Privacy Town Hall at 11am PT / 2pm ET, Wednesday May 20th

Calling all Canadians! Join us for our Social Media Town Hall on privacy issues, taking place on Facebook and reddit TODAY at 11am PT / 2pm ET today.

We’ll have great expert guests to cover all the bases: 

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OpenMedia.ca: Our positive crowdsourced action plan to turn the Bill C-51 debate on its head and restore the privacy rights of every Canadian

A version of this article by our David Christopher was originally published by The Tyee, as part of a new series about Canada’s Privacy Plan

Today’s the big day, folks: this morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Check out Canada’s Privacy Plan right now at PrivacyPlan.ca or download the full 96-page report as a PDF right here. And join with leading experts today (Wed) at 11am PT / (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Let’s Give Green Energy $5.3 Trillion This Year

What fraction of a decade would it take to completely get off fossil fuels [oil, gas, coal] and create a post-carbon energy/transportation infrastructure if the clean, green energy sector were publicly subsidized at $10,000,000 per MINUTE, or $5,300,000,000,000 [yes, that’s $5.3 trillion] for 2015?

Please, I dare you to attack me for the numbers. They don’t come from some tree-hugging enviro-hippie think tank. They come from the spinal fluid of neoliberalism: the IMF.

So, when people say it’s not feasible to get off carbon energy, let them know that worldwide, taxpayers are subsidizing them more than everyone in the (Read more…)

Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

FULL DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. News media goes where many cannot or will not. It infiltrates the halls of power, the courtrooms, protest sites, war zones and scenes of tragedy. It is, unquestionably, the source of much of the information used to inform and shape society. Its […]

The Progressive Economics Forum: Guest Blog from Kim Pollock: Stagnation Without End

We are pleased to present this guest commentary from Kim Pollock, a former union researcher based in B.C. and Saskatchewan. Now retired, Kim is investigating various aspects of Canada’s economic performance. A longer version of this paper will be presented by him at the upcoming Society for Socialist Studies meetings in Ottawa, and can be obtained by e-mailing him at kbpollock54@gmail.com. Thanks Kim for this insightful and provocative analysis!

The Promise of Canadian Capitalism: Stagnation Without End

The Great Recession has ground on for over six years. Working-class Canadians face unemployment, declining incomes, precarious jobs, reduced savings (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: It’s Just a Joke

This week wasn’t the first time I talked to my class about the FHRITP phenomenon.  But the fact that one guy lost his job and another was fined $400 has changed the conversation.  A discussion about the sexual aggressive street harassment typically elicits a “but it’s just a joke” response in some of my younger classes, like the adult men in the now famous video said to Shauna Hunt.  Some women experienced this once a week, and sometimes even a few times a day, because people found it so hilarious. But now that guys are getting in trouble for it, (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: In absence of political leadership, public and First Nations stepping up

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky)

Dr. David Suzuki, in a recent column well worth reading, talks about a change in attitude across the country – changes with First Nations, increasing environmentalism, a new government in Alberta. Big changes are happening everywhere.

I wonder how many British Columbians have thought about the disgraceful attitude of industry and government towards our environment and the contempt they show for those who disagree with them?

Dr. Suzuki covers a number of these areas and I’ll just deal with one or two of my (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: As Expected, Harper’s Canada is Number Last

Stevie-Joe Harper’s lame target for greenhouse gas emissions cuts – 30% from 2005 levels by 2030 – secures Canada’s hold on dead last place among the developed nations.  Last, and by a good measure.  Dead last.

That is a far weaker target than the European Union or the US. The European Union pledged to reduce emissions by at least 40% from 1990 levels, and the US committed to cut emissions to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

The target is also less ambitious than the one Canada set in 2009 – and which it is unlikely to meet because of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Did you know Canada is the most sued nation under free trade agreements?

Now Canada wants to sign on to another massive, secretive agreement that will exploit our ‘partners’ and establish unaccountable supra-national tribunals to further erode democratic decision-making at the national level. 

Article by Sunny Freeman for the Huffington Post

Canada is the most-sued country under the North American Free Trade Agreement and a majority of the disputes involve investors challenging the country’s environmental laws, according to a new study.

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The Disaffected Lib: 30 By 30 – Rachel, You’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do.

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry but the feds have finally proclaimed Canada’s target for greenhouse gas emissions cuts.  The figure is a 30% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.

Harper & Co. are playing this true to form.  They’re trying to take credit from the provinces that have taken action with precious little help from Ottawa.

As for Harper’s pet, the Tar Sands, the feds are introducing regulations on methane emissions but have fallen strangely silent on CO2 emissions.  Did I say “strangely”?  I meant “predictably.”

Left Over: Have You Come a Long Way, Baby..?

Was Hydro One right to fire heckler involved in the FHRITP incident? Vancouver lawyer says Hydro was well within their rights to fire heckler

By BC Almanac, CBC News Posted: May 13, 2015 10:30 PM PT Last Updated: May 13, 2015 10:30 PM PT

This creep is all too representative of a corporate mindset that some businesses are trying to discourage, well, at least in public..let’s be honest here, if the mouthy jerk had not been wearing the corporate logo, can you honestly say that you think he would have been fired?

He didn’t lose his career for being misogynist (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Take Their Debate Ball and Hide In A Closet

After so much effort from the Greens to ensure all Canadians can hear an inclusive debate, what the Conservatives are doing now is absurd and frustrating. So the Cons are behaving typically. Will the media let them get off? Yes, history shows.

Of course, the less the Prime Minister says, the less he gets in trouble.

By doing this, the Prime Minister’s Office is sending a clear signal to legacy media platforms that their old way of doing debates is done. By proactively taking that initiative, it looks like Team Harper is attuned to the times – and voter interests.

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The Progressive Economics Forum: Should we be taxing the rich 1% more?

Louis-Philippe Rochon

Associate Professor, Laurentian Economics

Founding Co-Editor, Review of Keynesian Economics

Follow him on Twitter @Lprochon

 

Originally published by CBC. Find commentary here.

 

The federal Liberal Party’s recent election promise to create a new tax bracket for rich Canadians has been quickly decried by – well, rich Canadians. But is it an appropriate and sensible approach to fiscal policy? The answer is unequivocal: yes.

Understandably, Conservatives have been equally quick to denounce the proposal, calling it ‘Trudeau’s tax.’

Mr. Trudeau should not shy away from this epithet, but rather wear it proudly.

Yet Mr. Trudean’s idea (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Alphabeatic: Canada still leads in high wireless prices

Wireless savings? Not for now. Canadians’ wallets are still hurting. 

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

With the CRTC’s decision this week to forego implementing rules that would have allowed small companies to share the networks of bigger players, the regulator and government are both now pinning their hopes for wireless savings on newer competitors building infrastructure that’s strong enough to challenge the likes of Bell, Rogers and Telus.

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Left Over: The Thought Police: Alive and Well and Ruling in Canada

Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel Blaney’s office cites ‘comprehensive’ hate laws for new zero tolerance plans

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET

”ll bet Junior Trudeau is so happy he signed off on C-51…right now, my instinct is to declare that I have in fact been boycotting any Israeli products for years, as have many others. If the Cons want to come after me in any way, shape or form I’m happy to oblige them. I’mm betting that lawyers will be lining up (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Harper’s Conservatives – All About Security, Until They Cock It Up.

Needs more kittehs to improve political image.

Sometimes I think it would have been better if we had actually passed our own Canadian Patriot Act. At least we would have a predictable baseline of oppression of every day Canadians not to mention a political target to take action on. Rather, we have the chaotically raging adolescent security boner the Harper government occasionally plays with and thus leaves me unsure of just when its going to go off and make a mess of things (looking at you bill C-51.)

This latest story of the PM’s own propaganda hacks (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Hilarious Alberta Election

Last Alberta election it was the ridiculously wrong polling that was the news story.

I think everyone is missing the big #abvote shocker: The polls were right!

— Kevin Aschenbrenner (@kevwrites) May 6, 2015

Then the Wild Rose Party leader switched inexplicably to the PCs, and blew up her political chances in the next few decades. And then the polling was right (or led to the unexpected outcome) and the Alberta NDP are now a majority government.

Remembering when I got to ask @JimPrentice a question on CBC & he blamed Albertans! #AbVote #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans http://t.co/OAbvujLRa1

— Dave Beninger (@DaveBeninger) (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: B.C. experts ring the alarm on Bill C-51 as it is set to get voted

 We ain’t giving up this fight, and we are going to keep it up all the way through to the October election if that’s what it takes. You have only a few more hours to tell your MP to vote against reckless, dangerous an ineffective Bill C-51. Speak out: https://stopc51.ca/?src=blg

Article by Stefania Steccia for Vancouver 24hs

B.C. experts say the impact of the federal anti-terrorism bill spells a significant loss of privacy rights for everyone, and it’s getting voted on this week before heading to the Senate for final approval.

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Dead Wild Roses: The Dynasty is Dead! All Hail the New Orange Crush!

Let’s be honest folks, this election win by Rachel Notley and the NDP was completely unexpected here in what has been fortress Tory Alberta for the last 44 years. I watched the election write itself out with trepidation for the first hour and a half, because one can never forget, this is Alberta, and for the longest time you could elect a half a bag of stale nacho chips here as long it sported the Tory Blue colours.

And then it happened. The seat count exploded for the NDP and the Orange Crush never looked back. No (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: In Alberta, some things never change

Somewhat ironic, considering Rachel Notley said “spring is here” last night.

Filed under: Canada, History, Humour Tagged: #abvote, Irony, Spring

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: American and Canadian Food Waste Both Staggering

Here’s a very interesting and instructive blog post about American food waste.

See Stunning Photos of What Rob Greenfield Finds After Dumpster Diving Across America http://t.co/vXbwgqi5Is pic.twitter.com/OALsW3lT0n

— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) April 30, 2015

As my last blog entry on food waste, Rob Greenfield brought the previous link to my attention. Canada’s $31,000,000,000.00/year of wasted food has to change, as does America’s “food waste fiasco“.

Everything you need to know about #FoodWaste in 11 short films. #DonateNotDump http://t.co/cKhZ10jxSx pic.twitter.com/M7qhamxvhq

— Rob Greenfield (@RobJGreenfield) April 22, 2015

Regina lost one of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Shameless Political Advertising – Vote for Alberta’s Orange Crush!

Time for a change in Alberta. Let’s give Ms. Notley a chance.

 

A link here to the official Elections Alberta site. I’m look at you younger crowd, ‘unbusy’ yourself and vote this time to make a difference.

Filed under: Canada, Politics Tagged: Alberta Election, NDP, Orange Crush, Shameless Political Plug