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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Tough on Kinder Morgan, Corrigan & Robertson My Kind of Mayors

Rafe Mair stands with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Derrik Corrigan fighting for land use jurisdictional authority against Kinder Morgan and the Prime Minister Harper’s Federal Government.

Kinder Morgan’s plans are to dramatically increase the flow of bitumen that they wish to ship from the Alberta Tar Sands to Burnaby and then through Vancouver’s harbour on tankers headed to China.

The 100 plus protestors standing in defiance against Kinder Morgan’s drilling in Burnaby Mountain parkland continue to be arrested by RCMP. The arrests tally 53 plus and that number is growing.

They are to be congratulated and supported. They are (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Before You Become a Politician

No, this isn’t about me. This is about federal politics. I never had an inclination for higher levels of politics, those other arenas, other battles, nor the lofty separation of politician from the electorate such roles entail. But some of it is relevant to those who want to enter municipal politics; indeed to all levels of […]

Scott's DiaTribes: Blog interview with Howard Rabb – LPC nomination contestant, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

Another in my series of blog interviews I’ve done with LPC candidates, nomination candidates – today I am pleased to have done an interview with Howard Rabb, one of the Liberal nomination contestants in the riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas. That nomination meeting is coming up in a couple of days (Nov 25 I believe) so I thank Howard for taking the time away from preparing for that to answer these questions!

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For those who haven’t visited your website yet, can you tell our readers why you’ve decided to run for the nomination?

I have been unhappy with the direction (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Tory income-splitting tax policy: It’s about creating and preserving gender inequality and making rich guys richer

Whew! This income splitting is a killer. Actual perfect families as seen by the Harper Government may not appear exactly like Canadian reality. Below: Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen Lahey.

A fundamental purpose the Harper Government’s ideologically driven income-splitting tax scheme is to undermine women’s equality, Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen Lahey told the Parkland Institute’s annual fall conference yesterday.

That’s a statement that may cause some readers to react with skepticism – but if you’re one of them, let me suggest it’s because you haven’t really been paying attention.

Dr. Lahey told a plenary session of the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer’s Rant–Pure Science

Cowichan Conversations: This is Going To Be A War-Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

 

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has gone to court challenging Kinder Morgan’s efforts to proceed contrary to Burnaby’s bylaws. If the court upholds the by-laws then Kinder Morgan will have to cease their work and leave the area.

This is going to be a war-says Corrigan.

350 or bust: Carbon Fee Prosperity

We at CCL Canada have been working hard to set up a live webcasting of the Sunday lineup at our second annual conference and lobbying days in Ottawa this weekend, November 22 and 23rd. Keynote speakers at include Michael MacMillan, of Samara Canada and co-author of Tragedy in the Commons, and venture capitalist Tom Rand, […]

Cowichan Conversations: Breaking: Police begin removing protesters at Burnaby Mountain

BY STAFF REPORTER, THE

Reports are coming in that police have begun removing protesters from Burnaby Mountain. The #KinderMorgan Twitter hashtag has a number of people saying arrests have been made and protesters have formed a blockade to try to stop them.

 

More to come.

© Copyright (c) The Province

Song of the Watermelon: On the Benevolence of Slippery Slopes: Women Taking the Lead

I had the pleasure last week of attending a public talk called “Women’s Voices: What Difference Do They Make?” featuring Canada’s first and only female prime minister, Kim Campbell.

Appearing at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre campus of Simon Fraser University, the former PM sat down with Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions to discuss women’s participation in government, business, and the media. She spoke with ease and humour about her time in politics, relating such anecdotes as the aura of stunned silence which prevailed when, having recently been promoted to cabinet, she disrupted the old boys’ atmosphere by launching into a (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Despite the end result, a good night in Whitby-Oshawa

I’ve sufficiently recovered from lack of sleep Monday night to comment on the byelections Monday evening and specifically the Oshawa-Whitby byelection, where LPC candidate Celina Caesar-Chanvannes came up just a bit short in her efforts to win the seat. Still, it should be considered a good night for Liberals. Their vote total jumped from 14% in 2011 against Jim Flaherty to 41% – a 3x increase in votes (in the Yellowhead Alberta riding, they went from 3% to 20%). If we get a uniform increase of those types of numbers in targeted and priority ridings in 2015, combined with a (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Hockey millionaires and pharmacare tell you everything you need to know about who the Canadian Taxpayers Federation really works for

The Montreal Canadiens in 1912-13. Now the highest-taxed hockey players on the continent, they’re still the best and likely to stay that way. Below: Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas; U.S. anti-public-health-care fruitloop and Canadian Taxpayers Federation ally Grover Norquist.

For a while now it’s seemed as if the so-called Canadian Taxpayers Federation has been adopting the modus operandi of the Fraser Institute – cherry-picked data, conclusions contrary to the evidence presented and dubious claims stated as facts in a frenetic stream of press releases.

Well, you can hardly blame them. The media treats each of the (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada

Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans were outraged when this man allegedly passed himself off as a Forces member at the scene of a flood in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, he seemed to have a couple of civilians fooled. However, his weird haircut gave him away to keen observers familiar with military regulations. Below: Other Canadians not entitled to wear Canadian Forces uniforms dressed in military drag. (All photos dragged from the Internet.)

Didn’t the unfortunate Franck Gervais understand you have to be an elected Conservative politician or a TV star before you’re allowed to dress up (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s big problem is the same as Russia’s – so what’s Stephen Harper doing about it?

Keep those wells a-pumpin! Keep those oil prices low! Squeeze those Russkies! Uh … just a minute. … isn’t that bad for Alberta’s many varieties of Conservative? Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mr. Harper’s hero, Margaret Thatcher.

The Globe and Mail, tireless cheerleader for the Harper Government, was gloating Monday about the impact falling oil prices, a declining Ruble and the bite of Western sanctions are having on Russia, which, the Report on Business rejoiced, is being pushed toward the brink of recession.

Woo-hoo! That’ll teach those Russkies to try to keep NATO (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: I support turning Remembrance Day into a national statutory holiday

Canada’s Parliament has a private member’s bill going through Parliament right now that has government support into turning Remembrance Day into a national statutory holiday. It has a good chance of passing. For added pressure to do this, there is a petition going around on change.org to be sent to the Canadian government showing support for this measure. As of this blogpost at this time , there were 54 000 + Candians who had signed/supported this. You can add me to the list.

I know there will be arguments about how kids will just take the day off and (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Canvassing in Whitby-Oshawa with Celina Caesar-Chavannes

This past Saturday, I had the privilege to be part of a small group to travel to Whitby-Oshawa and visit Celina Caesar-Chavannes campaign office (there was a bit of pre-travel angst on how I was getting there, but it worked out, thanks to a couple of understanding people). Celina is the Liberal candidate in the Oshawa-Whitby byelection that is being held on next Monday, November 17, that was called with the untimely passing of Jim Flaherty, former Finance Minister.

I was there with Danielle Takacs, my friend and of course the Liberal candidate in Brantford-Brant, as well as one other (Read more…)

Canadian Dimension: Four Prime Questions about Harper’s Response to Ottawa Shooting

Photo from Public Domain

Two weeks after the senseless murder of a soldier on Parliament Hill (and another earlier in Montreal) there are several things we know and many we don’t. Obvious questions have been asked and inconvenient ones have been left aside.

We know — and indeed could predict one second after the shooting — that Stephen Harper would use it as an excuse to expand the security and surveillance state he has been constructing.

We know that the shooting was not a terrorist act, but a criminal one, regardless of what the RCMP and CSIS, eager to enhance (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with LPC nomination contestant Joy Davies – South Surrey-White Rock

Here is another in a series of interviews that Liberal candidates or nomination contestants have done with me; this time it is with Joy Davies, a Liberal nomination contestant in the BC riding of South Surrey-White Rock. I thank her for participating and giving Liberals out there and nationally her views on the questions I submitted to her

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For those who don’t know you/haven’t visited your website yet, can you tell our readers why you’ve decided to run for the nomination?

In April 2014 one of my riding association’s Directors at Large asked if I would consider putting my (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: How to explain using “Ranked” Ballot to Nomination Meetings (or voters in general)

Yesterday, I was discussing in a Facebook Liberal thread Anita Vandenbeld’s win as the next candidate to represent the LPC in Ottawa-Nepean, and the fact that of 635 votes cast, there were 64 “spoiled ballots” – a rather high number (10%) for a nomination meeting, particularly with 3 high-profile candidates running in it.

The issue came up of whether the fact that the Ranked Ballot was being used here because of multiple candidates confused some people. I don’t know if that was the case or not (I’ve heard that most of the 10% were “exhausted” ballots – that is, people (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: BDSM, Gender, Entitlement, and Jian Ghomeshi

Whether anybody wanted the conversation right now or not, it’s become time to have a conversation about BDSM, gender and entitlement.

Over a week ago, Jian Ghomeshi, the then-popular then- CBC commentator, appeared to be coming out of the closet about engaging in what he referred to as “rough sex (forms of BDSM),” and claiming to be fired because of workplace discrimination. The post read as sincere and from the heart (and badly timed because of his father’s passing), so we wanted to believe him. For anyone who cares about sex and gender minorities, there was a temptation (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Kinder Morgan Slaps Burnaby Residents With A Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit

Richard Hughes-We are being occupied!

Whoever thought that in Canada our Prime Minister and the Premier of BC would sell us out as is being done by Harper and Christy Clark?

They have made a deal with the devil eager to play in the LNG game and we are all being taken to the cleaners.

We are being overrun by foreign oil and gas interests and our governments have signed agreements with them that discount our rights in our own country.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has dared to stand and fight the likes of Kinder-Morgan but the cards are stacked (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Income Splitting and Progressive Taxation

The motivation behind the idea of Income Splitting is quite reasonable. Namely, under the current scheme, two families with identical total income can be taxed at substantially different rates, depending on how that income is distributed between both parents. Given the fact that families do very often function as a singular economic unit dividing up total income among the family and not individual income, this makes little sense.  The problem is that in Harper’s attempt to fix this asymmetry – a problem probably worth addressing – further asymmetries were introduced. In particular, the bill is highly regressive. At the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi: One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.

Richard Hughes-POLITICAL BLOGGER

Like so many Canadians I jumped on the bandwagon in defence of Jian Ghomeshi. It was a knee jerk reaction and my earlier comments mocking the CBC management were out of line. I apologize.

‘Q’ was one of Canadian Radio’s best and I mourn its’ passing but it is over and so is Jian.

His carefully structured Facebook disclosure was a signal that crisis management was in play. His attempts at marginalizing the women speaking out to reporters underlined a powerful, wealthy male power play, but it was too slick.

Now my concern has shifted to the (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with Cathy MacLellan, Liberal Nomination Contestant for Waterloo

One of the advantages of going to a LPC(O) Conference is you sometimes unexpectedly meet candidates or nomination contestants. That was the case this past weekend in London when through an acquaintance, I met Cathy MacLellan, who is a nomination contestant in the riding of Waterloo, a new riding created by Elections Canada due to electoral redistribution. She was aware of my blog and past interviews it seems, so I asked if she’d like to participate in one. to which she agreed to. This is a riding that is being vigourously contested by several Liberal candidates or would-be candidatures, so (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May Defends Jian Ghomeshi Amid Allegations Of Violence Against Women

Richard Hughes-Politically Speaking

The CBC fired Jian Ghomeshi and now they are facing a 55 million dollar lawsuit for defamation and breaking confidences.

This may rank as the bonehead mover of the decade for the CBC, who have also had problems with Don Cherry in the past.

I have not been able to come up with anything that resembles evidence or even identifiable sources of the complaints. It is very difficult to fully land on this until evidence is made available.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Until then the CBC Brain Trust are in for a very rough ride stemming (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Ottawa attack, Municipal Election Day, LPCO weekend

That title pretty well sums up my post today. In order of title:

I’ve waited for a few days before deciding to comment on the Ottawa attack where a shooter killed an unarmed Canadian solider and then stormed Parliament, wounding a security officer before he himself was killed by the Seargant-At-Arms, Kevin Vickers (whose 2 minute standing ovation in Parliament still gets my throat in a lump – someone needs to sponsor the “Kevin Vickers gets free drinks in bars for the rest of his life” act). Obviously, this was a heinous act, and I think Parliament needs to strengthen (Read more…)