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Alberta Politics: Independence Day: an excellent moment to remember Stephen Harper is no ‘Tory’

PHOTOS: Today is Independence Day in the United States, and also in Texas, where this photo was snapped. Below: Stephen Harper, not a Tory, unlike John A. Macdonald, below him, who was. Below both of them, a Hessian soldier gets ready to load up and shoot at an American insurgent. Only the Hessians’ pants were […]

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Cowichan Conversations: Heave Steve Cowichan Style

The Council of Canadians (Cowichan) determined to see a return to our Canada sans Steve Harper gathered in 34 degree heat to send a clear message. Heave Steve!

The reception and honking from passers-by

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Cowichan Conversations: Harperman- It’s Time For You To Go!

Council of Canadians Ready to Heave Steve


They have a HEAVE STEVE banner and are planning to meet under the City of Duncan sign just south of

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Cowichan Conversations: More on the Cowichan Move To ‘Heave Steve’ – Council of Canadians

By Donna CameronCowichan Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians  

I was inspired by the Heave Steve video on You Tube by musicians in Prince Albert including Lon Borgerson.

I asked my fellow

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Canadian Dimension: Can You Trust Justin Trudeau?

Cartoon by Greg Perry

Here we go again – the Red Book 3.0. Yet another build-up of Liberal election promises just like the ones we’ve seen before (though I admit the one about changing the voting system might be hard to dodge).

The most infamous, of course, was Jean Chretien’s, which he held high and waved at every opportunity in the 1993 election. Co-authored by Paul Martin, it promised the world as we would like it: strong communities, enhanced Medicare, equality, increased funding for education, an end to child poverty. You could almost hear the violins playing. But what (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: John McCallum visits #Brantford #Brant again, Danielle Takacs Community Office officially open!







There was a lot of activity happening this past Friday and Saturday in Brantford-Brant where my friend Danielle Takacs is running. On Friday, the Honourable John McCallum came down to the riding to spend a half day with Danielle greeting people and talking to them at the Via Rail Train Station about the Fairness plan. This was the 2nd visit by Mr. McCallum in the past 3 months in support of Danielle and the local campaign. We were also joined by former Brant MP Lloyd St. Amand at the Station. They then proceeded to (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: "We’re better than news, we’re truthful"

So says Kory Teneycke, the former VP of the new defunct Sun News Network and now Director of Communications for the PMO. 

The irony here is simply too much. He is at least half right. Sun News Network was premised on just about anything but the truth. It was highly partisan and served precisely to better right wing interests. Truth was irrelevant, and it was why I so often opposed what they were doing. So he is not wrong to think that when he was in the news, he was not truthful.

I was highly critical of Harper’s choice (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan River Is Drying UpRaise The Weir!

Richard Hughes-Your Humble Blogger

The Cowichan River is at an all time low for this time of year. It is time to develop a long term plan that assures proper management of the river

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In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 24: McMania; a flag flap; PACing it in

Connor McDavid, wearing the surprisingly bold Edmonton Oiler travelling suit.

OMG! OMG! OMG! Connor McDavid is an Oiler! Connor McDavid is an Oiler! Connor McDavid is an Oiler!

Sigh. Poor Connor. The hopes of an entire city are apparently resting on his muscled shoulders.

This city’s infatuation with the Edmonton Oilers reached a crescendo not seen since the Oilers last made the Stanley Cup finals a decade ago when the team drafted Connor McDavid — a “generational player”, so the experts say — at the NHL entry draft. “He’s Ours”, the Edmonton Journal gushed. Thousands paid to watch the draft (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Greens Could Deliver The Upcoming Election To Steve!

Richard Hughes-Your Humble Blogger

The conundrum of electing our governments based on a ‘First Past the Post’ system has never been as clear as it is today with an October Federal Election just around

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Alberta Politics: Government by sneak: the preferred Harper Conservative response to thorny issues and hard-fought elections

PHOTOS: Poultry farmers not exactly like these, and dairy farmers as seen below, are facing sneaky attacks by the Harper Government. And speaking of the chickens coming home to roost, below them is a screen shot of former Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro. VICTORIA, B.C. Same sex marriage advocates and poultry and dairy farmers might […]

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Canadian Dimension: The movement against Stephen Harper

Photo by M. Rehemtulla

The movement to bring down the Harper government goes well beyond the opposition political parties. Canadians horrified by the authoritarian market fundamentalism of the Conservatives are trying in a number of ways to expand democracy to overcome the authoritarian grip that the Harperites hold on our national politics. Here is a compendium of a few such efforts and contact information.


is an issue-oriented national campaign with a youthful staff and volunteers aimed to combat the Harper government issue by issue. Their strategic voting initiative can be found at #StopElectionFraud

is a (Read more…)

Canadian Dimension: Need for Reform of TFW Program highlighted by Human Rights verdict

A roundtable discussion with labour and migrant justice organizers on how the progressive community in Canada should respond to temporary foreign workers program. • Photo by No One Is Illegal Vancouver

On May 27, 2015, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decreed Presteve Foods Inc. and owner Jose Pratas guilty of abusing temporary foreign workers. It awarded two of the 40 plaintiffs, known only in court documents as OPT and MPT, more than $200,000 in damages, the largest sum it has ever awarded, with the other plaintiffs reaching a settlement earlier with Presteve Foods.

The Tribunal found that OPT and (Read more…)

Canadian Dimension: Canadian Medicare and the Retirement Conundrum

Photo by Christine Singh

Powell River, British Columbia – There’s been lots of attention paid recently to the Canada Pension Plan and how to extend it, and news stories and commentary about how adequate or otherwise Canadians’ retirement situation will be. The sunshine boys over at the C.D. Howe Institute (a.k.a. the Isn’t Capitalism Wonderful Institute, or ICWI) reassure us that everything is fine and we should just ignore all the warnings. The author of one ICWI study observes: “Canadians frequently read that they borrow too much, spend too much, save too little, retire too early and (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Real Change – democratic reform package released by Liberals gets attention.

Yesterday in Ottawa, Pierre Trudeau and over 160 candidates (inc. my friend Danielle Takacs) released a set of 32 democratic reform proposals called “Real Change”, which would significantly overhaul how democratic institutions and process work in the country. Everyone knows I’m a Liberal supporter, so hearing I’m excited about these would not be surprising to anyone (particularly the part that says our current electoral model of First Past The Post will be our last in 2015). So let’s look at the reaction of some more non-partisan, even cynical folks out there.

-Paul Wells on Twitter and a more fleshed out (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Alberta NDP throne speech brings spending, taxes, and a strange PC flame-out

Don Braid

The Alberta NDP were elected, an amazing feat in a province long dominated politically by the Progressive Conservative dynasties of over forty years.

Oil and Gas and the corporate interest drove their

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Canadian Dimension: ‘Harper in the Hot Seat’: Michael Harris on The Agenda

In “Party of One,” journalist Michael Harris argues that Stephen Harper has given Canada a radical makeover – one that fundamentally threatens Canadian democracy. He lays out his arguments and discusses the role Harper’s personality will play in the upcoming election.

Michael Harris is a pioneer in the genre, with his 2014 takedown of Stephen Harper, Party of One. The journalist and filmmaker was on The Agenda recently recounting “Canada’s radical makeover” in the lead up to the fall election.

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 22: A death in Edmonton; Peter MacKlown strikes again; an NDP miscue

A dark week in Edmonton. Const. Daniel Woodall, performing what should have been a fairly routine arrest at a west Edmonton home, was greeted with a hail of gunfire that took his life, and injured another officer. It’s an oft-repeated cliche (that’s what makes it a cliche) that cops never know when the routine can turn terrifying. As painful as the whole ordeal is for the city and the family, I always find some solace in the fact that the killing of a policeman in Canada is still front page news, and we share a collective grief. It says something about Canada that (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair- Woodfibre LNG Plant–LNG Tanker Traffic–Fraser River LNG Terminal

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It seems that for some considerable time the whole fracking and LNG play was over there, up north, away from our direct experience, and to a degree we were spared the

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Cowichan Conversations: CBC-Truth and Reconciliation Commission Findings Must Be Acted Upon, Aboriginal Student Says

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is out, many of us have welcomed the report, its’ findings, and its opportunity to face but not accept the incomprehensible abuse that native families and children experienced in residential

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Scott's DiaTribes: Uncomfortable thought (or 2) on Harper’s stand-offish attitude to Truth and Reconciliation Report

Some of you may have read this at Rabble the other day, about a theory Karl Nerenberg has as to why Harper seems to not support the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s findings or its recommendations:

The reason Harper and his government have adopted this grin-and-bear-it attitude toward the TRC is that they hear other voices than those that have flooded the media this week. The Conservative leader is acutely aware that many of his party’s “base” have views quite at variance with the “politically correct” consensus…the fact that there is so much openly anti-First Nations blather out (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Alistair MacGregor Campaign Party–Saturday June 6th at the Duncan United Church on 246 Ingram Street, Duncan BC. Doors will open at 5:30 PM.

Alistair MacGregor Campaign Party

Our NDP Candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Rob Douglas-North Cowichan Councillor

Hello Everyone:

I am hosting a campaign party for my friend Alistair MacGregor, our new NDP candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford.

A 25-year

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: What Tom Mulcair must do to become Prime Minister

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

We are living in a state of political turmoil and uncertainty. Never in our history have we as Canadians looked into the face of facism, until Harper, and his latest

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Canadian Dimension: The Harper Doctrine in Red? Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy

Photo by Alex Guibord

With its legacy of peacekeeping and respect for the United Nations, one notable feature of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s foreign policy was his willingness to disagree openly with our southern neighbour. In his memoir, PET lambasted “the rigidly anti-Soviet stance taken by Reagan and his ideological soulmate [sic] Margaret Thatcher” in England. He primarily blamed these neoconservative ideologues for the heightened Cold War tensions of the 1980s. Where the neocons sought confrontation, PET sought reconciliation. This desire for reconciliation between the two superpowers ignored the fundamental power imbalance between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. (Read more…)

Blevkog: A question for the crowd…

Today’s announcement that Peter MacKay is not going to run for his seat in Parliament this fall has me thinking that maybe this is a sign that Stephen Harper is losing control of his party finally. Some months ago when John Baird announced that he was stepping down to spend more time with his corporations, […]