Wise Law Blog: Viola Desmond to Grace the $10 Bill

Viola Desmond, known as the Canadian Rosa Parks, will officially grace the front of the $10 Canadian bill in 2018. In 1946 Nova Scotia, Ms. Desmond refused to sit in a movie theatre balcony designated for people of her race, and went to the main floor instead. She was forcibly removed from the theatre, injuring ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the Week of July 18, 2016

Here are the leading headlines from Wise Law on Twitter Parks Canada accused of favouring development and tourism over environment 2 Bailiffs Shot to Death at Michigan Courthouse Cosby switching lawyers in civil cases around country Justice Ginsburg on Trump: ‘He is a faker’ Fraud, breach of trust charges against Senator Patrick Brazeau to be dropped ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the Week of June 27, 2016

Here are the leading headlines from Wise Law on Twitter Law Society to honour renowned legal luminaries (press release) Snoop Dogg in legal fight with MLSE over “Leafs By Snoop” marijuana product line Mitch Kowalski: Why small is beautiful for exchanging ideas, tips and experiences Ohio lawyer who participated in sexting exchange with matrimonial client is ...

The Ranting Canadian: A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news: Sun…

A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news: Sun “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation, aka Harper TV, aka Scum Spews is finally shutting down due to a shortage of viewers.  I just hope Harper doesn’t bail them out with our taxpayer dollars as part of his Conservative Action Adscam Plan ...

The Ranting Canadian: Canadian and American right-wing politicians going on about…

Canadian and American right-wing politicians going on about Islamic terrorism has a sickening stench of hypocrisy, considering the fact that the American government and other Western governments helped fund, arm and train Muslim extremists during the Cold War, which has contributed to many of the problems in the Middle East (and beyond) today. It looks ...

Politics and its Discontents: Paper News

There is a new online publication called Paper News with the following mission: A brand new online publication, Paper News is looking to bring a new voice to the national conversation, providing Canadians with a unique spin on issues spanning every coast and prairie. The organization is looking for submissions. I recently wrote a piece ...

The Ranting Canadian: The Harper Cons have announced they are naming the new Finance…

The Harper Cons have announced they are naming the new Finance Canada building after the worst finance minister in Canadian (and Ontario) history, “Deficit Jim” Flaherty.  To reflect Flaherty’s disastrous political record and mean-spirited personality, it will: Be small and useless Go billions of dollars over budget and have a huge mortgage Be funded by ...

The Ranting Canadian: No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna…

No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna and his father was Nosh from the movie Eat the Rich (see photos above). But seriously folks, you good people of the great city of Toronto, there’s something disturbing about Ford’s mother Diane. Don’t be too quick to fall for her crocodile ...

The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff party, his new theme song could be “Half Empty Halls” by The Evaporators. By most accounts, the April 17, 2014 event was a flop, with low turnout, no “history in the making” moments (another Ford promise broken), none of the celebrity appearances that were anticipated, ...

The Ranting Canadian: "I can’t even get my friends to like me." Mark this date:…

“I can’t even get my friends to like me.” Mark this date: April 16, 2014. Disgraced Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper tells the truth for the first time in his political career, as he campaigns at the state funeral of former finance minister Jim Flaherty. The rest of Harper’s speech was full of lies and ...

The Ranting Canadian: This song is “Crad Kilodney Was Innocent” by the…

This song is “Crad Kilodney Was Innocent” by the Toronto punk band Armed and Hammered, in response to the news that cult author Crad Kilodney has died. He was a unique and eccentric fixture on downtown Toronto streets for many years, selling off-the-wall self-published books on his own. His titles included Pork College, I Chewed ...

The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim Flaherty. Regardless of what one thinks of the recently deceased man on a personal level, if one uses objective, non-emotional criteria, it is clear that he was probably the worst finance minister in Canadian history. Unfortunately for us, his replacement, Joe Oliver, will likely be much worse.  ...

The Ranting Canadian: March 12, 2014 was the day that the Canadian government…

March 12, 2014 was the day that the Canadian government officially ended its 12-year occupation of Afghanistan. What a pointless waste of lives, money and resources for a so-called “mission” that was never clearly defined and kept changing whenever the previous excuses stopped fooling the public. Hopefully the Canadian military does actually get out of ...

The Ranting Canadian:             The unholy trinity of the Alberta tarsands industry,…

            The unholy trinity of the Alberta tarsands industry, the Conservative Party and the right-wing media has gone all-out in its attacks on Neil Young for his stance against their destructive policies and actions. One thing that these corporate wolves and subservient sheep overlook is that, of course, Neil Young is right. The main arguments ...

The Ranting Canadian: Crappy New Year 2014: Canada’s economy in the shitter Yes,…

Crappy New Year 2014: Canada’s economy in the shitter Yes, it’s the economy, stupid! As of January 2014, the Canadian economy continues to be shite, swirling down the toilet. The Harper Conservatives are flushing our country down the drain. When I say “the economy”, I mean the real, boots-on-the-street, money-in-your-pocket economy, job market and standard ...

The Ranting Canadian: Just when you thought the lying scumbag Rob Ford couldn’t…

Just when you thought the lying scumbag Rob Ford couldn’t sink any lower, he belly flops into the filthy, shitty muck yet again. During a softball interview by Conrad Black on the show Zoomer TV — which aired on December 9, 2013 on the religious channel, Vision — the lying, corrupt mayor spouted disgusting, defamatory lies ...

The Ranting Canadian: News roundup: November 30, 2013 Here are a few thoughts about…

News roundup: November 30, 2013 Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order). Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the ...

The Ranting Canadian: It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s…

It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s not all about the crack. The crack-centred Rob Ford jokes, skits, songs and Internet memes certainly have been entertaining, but Ford’s recent crack use is but one of the many reasons he is hopelessly unqualified to be mayor of the largest city in Canada. It’s ...

The Ranting Canadian: I’m sick of reading and hearing people say things like…

I’m sick of reading and hearing people say things like “It’s not fair to suspend those senators without pay, without conducting a full investigation and giving them their day it court.” The dishonourable Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau have already been proven guilty of embezzling from the Canadian taxpayers and of abusing the ...

The Ranting Canadian: Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the…

Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the Canadian job market, compensation packages and standard of living are dwindling for most workers — especially young Canadians — the knee-jerk response from right-wing reactionaries is to sputter: ” Move to Alberta!” or  “Go into the trades!” or “Go into the trades in Alberta!” ...

The Ranting Canadian: The un-Canadian Harper Conservatives recently announced they are…

The un-Canadian Harper Conservatives recently announced they are giving away $1.5 million of our tax dollars to fund a politically motivated monument with the misleading name Memorial to Victims of Communism—Canada, a Land of Refuge. It’s not “victims of Stalinism”, “victims of totalitarianism”, “victims of dictatorships”, “victims of the Soviet Union” or something along those ...

The Ranting Canadian: Here is a blast from the past. A drunken, bloated Conservative…

Here is a blast from the past. A drunken, bloated Conservative senator Mike Duffy acts like a pompous, over-stuffed bag of Conservative shit, trying to defend Conservative overspending of our tax dollars by himself and 26 other recently appointed Conservative senators. NDP MP Peter Stoffer rightfully tears a strip off that Conservative porker. This was ...

The Ranting Canadian: This clip from the movie Tommy Boy is almost a re-enactment of…

This clip from the movie Tommy Boy is almost a re-enactment of a typical scene from Rob Ford’s life. Here are a couple more Ford-like clips from Tommy Boy: clip1 and clip 2, and here are six ways the fictional character Tommy Callahan (played by Chris Farley) differs from the real-life disgraced mayor of Toronto. ...

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station that should not even ...

The Ranting Canadian: The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control…

The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control Canada’s public broadcaster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), have refused to air a commercial by Friends of the CBC that criticizes Stephen Harper’s government for directly meddling in the supposed arms-length media organization. The overpaid, ass-kissing CBC executives don’t have a problem, however, with constantly airing the thinly veiled pro-Conservative  ...