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Dead Wild Roses: Food Bank Crisis Looming

With the downturn of the economy we are now facing a crisis in terms of food for those that need some extra help. In an article by the CBC:   The HungerCount 2015 report compiled by Food Banks Canada says 852,137 people, including 305,366 children, accessed a food bank in this country during March, a slight increase over March […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Food Bank Crisis Looming

Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

More than 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on ‘shaky legal ground’ In wake of Paris attacks, governors of at least 31 U.S. states announce plans to bar Syrian refugees By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:02 PM … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Not all immigrants created equal in Canada…and that needs to change

Rafe Mair reexamines Canada’s history of immigration and asks why not all immigrants are created equal.

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Left Over: This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Senator Mobina Jaffer talks about the realities of refugee camps Jaffer tells Stephen Quinn about what she saw in her latest trip to the Middle East By On The Coast, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2015 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Dead Wild Roses: Domestic Violence – A Step Forward in Alberta

First and foremost if you are experiencing Domestic Violence in Alberta check out these numbers from the Human Services branch of the Alberta Government: “Talk to trained staff over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in more than 170 languages. Chat anonymously online with staff from noon to 8:00 p.m., […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Domestic Violence – A Step Forward in Alberta

Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding Samantha Jackson, Farzin Yousefian accepted donations in lieu of gifts when they tied the knot at city hall CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:50 PM ET Last Updated: Nov … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #TwoFacedTom Lukiwski Should Resign

Moose Jaw and Regina area MP Tom Lukiwski should resign. He was caught on video by a reporter calling an NDP candidate “an NDP whore”. Lawrence, Lukiwski’s Conservative buddy denies the slur, claiming he says “an NDP horde”, even though that makes little sense in the context of the speech. I checked Conservative publications on […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #TwoFacedTom Lukiwski Should Resign

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for […]

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The newly elected Government of Canada made its ministerial mandate letters available to the public last week. They are absolutely worth checking out both for their content and as a example of public disclosure/communication. I’ll talk about that latter part in a second, but let me first let’s discuss some background information and context. From a content perspective […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all […]

Politics, Re-Spun: Where to Put the Homeless?

Source: A groundbreaking study suggests giving homeless Canadians homes first saves money

So, giving homeless people homes saves money [and shhhh, it’s the RIGHT thing to do!]…who knew!

Utah, that’s who. They’ve been at it for a while now.

It’s a report that could change the way that homeless people are treated in Canada. Funded by the federal government, “At Home/Chez Soi” is the largest study of its kind, with five years of research conducted in five major cities. It’s estimated that more than 150,000 people are homeless across the country, costing Canadians $1.4 billion each year.

The (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Remember…

(0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Alberta Politics: In Flanders Fields? It’s time to encourage another generation of school kids to read some better poems from the Great War

PHOTOS: In Flanders Fields? The reality of the Great war’s battlefields: squalor, incompetence, mechanized industrial death. Below: John McCrae, and a Great War poet still worth reading, Wilfred Owen. A civilization that forgets its poetry is barely worthy of the name. Like fiction and unlike non-fiction, poetry is how a culture’s most profound truths are […]

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: A senior citizen’s perspective on the federal election and where we go from here

Rafe Mair – with more than a few grey hairs (photo: Youtube/CMHABC)

Like most Canadians, I’ve a spent much of the past week or so trying to figure out what the general election really meant. As I did, a horrible thought occurred to me – my perspective might just be affected by the number of grey hairs I’ve gathered over the years!

One’s age, gender, and position in life always affect one’s outlook and that affects how you vote. Why is it so bad that my outlook is different than that of my children and grandchildren? Actually one of my (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015

“TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada”

Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing the border from the U.S. The terms of the agreement made public earlier this month specify that 85 per cent of fluid milk imports must be processed in Canada before hitting store shelves.

At the initial briefing offered to journalists, TPP negotiators said (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Would you pay the cost of a cup of coffee for democracy?

Canadian taxpayers are reasonably generous funders of democracy. Federally, we support political parties in two ways through our tax system. We subsidize political contributions up to $1,275 with an income tax credit up to $650. And we reimburse political parties for 50 per cent of their election campaign expenses and candidates 60 per cent, if they meet certain minimum requirements.


Things Are Good: Keystone XL is Done, COP 21 Set to Start

You probably already heard the good news about the end of Keystone XL with Obama killing the proposal. This is a good symbolic step in ending the exploitation of the tar sands in Alberta, plus this comes just a few weeks before COP21.

COP21 is the upcoming United Nations climate change conference which is set to run from Nov. 30 to Dec.11. In the light of Keystone being killed it gives people hope that Obama will actually do something about climate change.

On the Canadian side of the border Prime Minster Trudeau (who loves pipelines, sigh) has cast Catherine (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Making Canada a leader in the world again

Canada has a distinguished record of contributing to the use of hard power in the world, as our performance in two world wars and Korea attests. As a third-rate power militarily, however, we are always a follower, never a leader. In the realm of soft power, things are rather different. Here we have often been a leader.

For example, in 1956, working through the United Nations, our foreign

Scripturient: Proportional Representation in Canada

Another Canadian election has gone by where the majority government is formed by a party winning only 40% of the popular vote. This has political watchers and pundits increasingly vocal about changing the electoral system. But most of them agree it needs changing. So far, however, the Liberals are mum on how their campaign promise […]

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: Can the Conservative Party come back?

A young Peter MacKay (left) and Stephen Harper join forces in 2003

Can the Conservative Party come back?

Of course, but first, the Conservative Party must return.

Sound confusing?

It’s not. The pre-Harper party wasn’t remotely like his bunch. It’s not enough to get rid of Stephen Harper if you don’t also get rid of his party, which goes back to the Faustian bargain between Harper and Peter MacKay in 2003 when Canada’s version of the “Grand Old Party” was subverted then overrun by the Reform Party, a.k.a. Stephen Harper.

The Thatcher comparison

It’s tempting to compare this situation (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: It’s official!

It’s official! Justin Trudeau has been sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister…

The new Cabinet has also been sworn in…

In case you missed it, here’s the list:

Justin Trudeau — Prime Minister, plus Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth Ralph Goodale — Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Carolyn Bennett — Indigenous and Northern Affairs Lawrence MacAulay — Agriculture and Agri-Food Jody Wilson-Raybould — Justice and Attorney General Stephane Dion — Foreign Affairs Judy Foote — Public Services and Procurement John McCallum — Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Chrystia Freeland — International Trade Scott Brison — Treasury Board President Jane Philpott — Health (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta @ Noon: Let’s (*not*) Gut the Public Service

Be it resolved – If the Private Sector is cutting jobs in a economic downturn then the Government of the day should also be cutting Public Sector.

This is my debate point. You won’t find it anywhere in the Alberta@Noon podcast I’m about to link here. I know most of you won’t be thrilled to hear about Alberta’s budget from the finance minister so instead, skip forward to 33:50 of the podcast when two guests, one from the Alberta Taxpayers Federation and one from the Parkland Institute are invited to respond to callers and engage in some (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau’s Big Renovations and Small Stature

Justin Trudeau has said he refuses to move into the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive until it has a multi-million dollar renovation. I think Trudeau Jr.’s stature is not fitting of his position. He is Prime Minister, not king, emperor or tzar. He should not be so juvenile. David Suzuki was right, Justin […]

Dead Wild Roses: Quebec Police and the Relations With Our Aboriginal People

The developing story about alleged Quebec police misconduct keeps getting more interesting. Neil Macdonald wrote an amazing analysis of the situation over at CBC News. There is some great analysis going into the history of SQ (Sûreté du Quebec police union) and how they consider themselves above the law but I think the closing statement is probably the best closing statement in any article I’ve ever read:

But ask yourself this: If I, a charter member of the privileged white males society, find them frightening, imagine what must go through the head of an intoxicated young aboriginal woman on a (Read more…)

Joe Fantauzzi: Notes on the Political Economy of the Hydro One Privatization or: Why Isn’t The Ontario Business Sector Paying Its Fair Share For Infrastructure?

Ontario’s provincial government faces a massive public infrastructure deficit. The province’s own numbers estimate the deficit at “tens of billions of dollars.” Among the high profile components of this deficit is transportation infrastructure. In response, the government says it has invested billions of dollars into transportation infrastructure since 2003. Ontario’s Liberal provincial government is in the midst of a […]