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Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

PHOTOS: Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Canadian PM Stephen Harper in their July 13, 2015, news conference announcing a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. (Screen shot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Former Conservative immigra… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

Cowichan Conversations: Northern Gateway pipeline approval stymied after court quashes approval

This a good news story I guess, well until it is appealed, dragged on until they finally win an unobstructed right to jam their pipeline through an appeal or whatever. Cynical, you betcha, but I Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Northern Gateway pipeline approval stymied after court quashes approval

Canadian Dimension: Wall: Sunshine Premier Makes History

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall • Photo from Public Domain Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall has earned a major place in Saskatchewan’s political history. On April 4 he broke the back of the NDP, the pr… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Wall: Sunshine Premier Makes History

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s bizarre ‘Brexit’ broadsides: the explanation is in the dog-whistle

ILLUSTRATION: Press Progress’s take on Jason Kenney’s “Brexit” broadsides Thursday night and yesterday morning (Press Progress image). Below: The Acme Professional Dog Whistle, now commanding attention all over the world. It is made in U.K. You… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s bizarre ‘Brexit’ broadsides: the explanation is in the dog-whistle

Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney with Preston Manning. Below: Likely Kenney opponents Sandra Jansen, another possible PC candidate, and Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party in happier times. In many ways, as was said here two days ago, Jason Kenney is a miscas… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

Alberta Politics: The tragedies we ignore: Recent Wildrose gaffe won’t end right’s bogus equivalencies in Canadian political discourse

PHOTOS: The Famine Memorial in Dublin. The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and ’50s is ignored in current Canadian political discourse while the Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s is frequently evoked. Both are real historical events with ideological roo… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The tragedies we ignore: Recent Wildrose gaffe won’t end right’s bogus equivalencies in Canadian political discourse

Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

In addition to reducing the required wait time between having sex and donating blood to one year for gay men, Canadian Blood Services is poised to release its first-ever guidance on how CBS personnel should respond to potential trans* donors: if it’s in you to give, then drop your pants. While the policy has not yet been [&hellip . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney at a NATO do, looking positively Nixonian (from his Facebook page). Below: The only shot I ever managed to get of Mr. Kenney myself; former Progressive Conservative saviour Jim Prentice; Mr. Kenney letting his hair down at Toronto . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

Alberta Politics: Explaining how the right wing echo chamber operates … operates … operates … The Strange Case of the Canada Pension Plan

PHOTOS: “Alright, everyone, here’s what we’re gonna say: ‘Expanding the CPP is a solution in search of a problem.’ Everybody got that? Fraser? Check! APEC? Check! CFIB? Check! Taxpayers? Check! … ” Actual right-wing echo chamber conferenc… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Explaining how the right wing echo chamber operates … operates … operates … The Strange Case of the Canada Pension Plan

eaves.ca: Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed

Backdrop On Friday the Canadian Government released its draft national action plan. Although not mentioned overtly in the document, these plans are mandated by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), in which member countries must draft National Action … . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed

Alberta Politics: Time for parties of the Canadian and Alberta right to deal with the violent extremists in their midst

PHOTOS: Nigel Farage, leader of the extremist U.K. Independence Party, at the 2013 Manning Conference in Ottawa. That’s former Australian prime minister John Howard with his back to the camera, for what it’s worth. Below: The target picturing Alber… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Time for parties of the Canadian and Alberta right to deal with the violent extremists in their midst

Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

ILLUSTRATIONS: A luxurious retirement? Do you get the feeling that ship may have sailed? Well, rich conservatives and their flunkies want you to think that a better Canada Pension Plan is a bad idea anyway. Below: Conservative Party of Canada Finance C… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

PHOTOS: Retired Quebec Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette (Alchetron.com), whose Senate bill would make a sensible model for government gun-control legislation. Below: Conservative British Columbia MP Bob Zimmer, an advocate of lifting all Canadi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Independent film maker Gary McNutt captured this exchange at the Sidney LNG meeting a couple of weeks ago. Tsartlip Elder Fraser Smith was not taking any bullshit from Premier Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Scott's DiaTribes: The open primary debate south of the border

I realize the debate on Open Membership in the LPC is now a done deal.. but an interesting look at it from the US side of things, with the leading Democratic blogsite Daily Kos (or more accurately its founder) vehemently opposed, to say the least. I gu… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: The open primary debate south of the border

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Clark getting free ride from media, Horgan just dropping ball

Rafe is going after Christy, John Horgan and the mostly missing in action corporate media. It will be damn interesting to see how Horgan rolls out his election campaign in what can be described as Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Clark getting free ride from media, Horgan just dropping ball

Alberta Politics: OMG! Energy industry faces ‘existential threat’ from Hollywood, ‘ever-growing matrix of activists’

PHOTOS: Brad Wall, increasingly the Mr. Disagreeable of Confederation. Below: Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir as dreamed of by supporters of the Saskatchewan Party of Alberta. Actual Calgary beaches may not appear exactly as illustrated, either with reg… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: OMG! Energy industry faces ‘existential threat’ from Hollywood, ‘ever-growing matrix of activists’

Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau, back in 2015 before he was prime minister, promising Canadians real change, including electoral reform, if we gave him the chance. We gave him the chance. Below: Opposition Conservative interim Leader Rona Ambrose (CBC Photo) an… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

Cowichan Conversations: John Horgan says NDP will target foreign owners in fight for housing affordability

It could be billed as Greed versus Need. NDP’s John Horgan has flung down the gauntlet in what could become the hot election issue in the Greater Vancouver area as we head towards a May Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: John Horgan says NDP will target foreign owners in fight for housing affordability

Cowichan Conversations: BC’S LNG Plans- Is Shell’s Decision This Week The Beginning Of The End?

  No one wants to see our economy flounder in BC, but without divestment, it will crawl to a halt. The plan for BC to invest so much of its future on LNG has Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC’S LNG Plans- Is Shell’s Decision This Week The Beginning Of The End?

Alberta Politics: The Annals of Cybercrime: U of C pays ransom to cyberbandits, argues it’s OK because data was at risk

PHOTOS: Don’t worry, now that the ransom has been paid, Calgary Police are on the job investigating the cybercrime at the University of Calgary. Actual Calgary Police Service personnel may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: University of Calga… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Annals of Cybercrime: U of C pays ransom to cyberbandits, argues it’s OK because data was at risk

Cowichan Conversations: No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

Photo Credit Peter Rusland   By Peter Rusland-South Cowichan Echo No LNG in the Saanich Inlet. That resounding message was handed to the Malahat First Nation, Steelhead LNG and the feds during an emotionally Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

the disgruntled democrat: Canada Is Cool Once Again

Our Prime Minister Justin.  Check out his tattoo. Before coming out and saying so, I had to wait a bit.  I had to make sure that the Trudeau-led Liberals were the real thing.  There are times when electoral expectations are not met,… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Canada Is Cool Once Again

Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

PHOTOS: Canadians soldiers storm ashore at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, 72 years ago today. Below: The late University of Victoria Professor Reginald H. Roy, author of 1944: The Canadians in Normandy. It’s now been two years since I wrote this piece o… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

Cowichan Conversations: Luke Cross At The Elizabeth May-Chief Don Tom, Dr. Eion Finn Meeting

See the entire meeting here – in 3 parts https://www.facebook.com/ennvi/ . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Luke Cross At The Elizabeth May-Chief Don Tom, Dr. Eion Finn Meeting