bastard.logic: Down and Out in Harperconia

Sweet tit-humping Christ I’m tired. Tired of the chronic lack of accountability in Ottawa. Of a parliamentary press corps that been for far too long too prissy and timid to rightly ferret and call out endless examples Conservative corruption with tenacious vigour (see also: libel chill). Tired of national apathy and cynicism understandably bred by ...

bastard.logic: Down and Out in Harperconia

Sweet tit-humping Christ I’m tired. Tired of the chronic lack of accountability in Ottawa. Of a parliamentary press corps that been for far too long too prissy and timid to rightly ferret and call out endless examples Conservative corruption with tenacious vigour (see also: libel chill). Tired of national apathy and cynicism understandably bred by ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canada World Youth Concerned About The Amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT

By: Canada World Youth | Press Release: MONTREAL – Minister Flaherty announced, on March 21st, the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Canada World Youth has enjoyed a strong working relationship with CIDA over the past 40 years […] The post Canada World ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Christian Crossroads Communications: A Bash From The Past

From the CBC archives:Crossroads Christian Communications founder David Mainse speaking at an anti-gay rights rally in 1979.  Ken Campbell also shows up, suggesting that gays are prone to child molestation.  Not much changes with these guys, does it?

bastard.logic: I’m Not Sayin’ (I’m Just Sayin’)

The following nugget was buried at the bottom of a follow-up CP report on how CIDA helped fund the Ugandan aid work of the virulently anti-gay Crossroads Christian Communications (in full PR damage control mode now that its homobigoted Evangelical slip is showing) to the tune of half a million dollars last year: Francois Audet, director of the Montreal-based Canadian ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Shawn McCarthy discusses the Cons’ latest plan to sell Keystone XL to the U.S. – which involves hoping that the best-resourced government on the planet will be suckered into accepting a transparently false pretense that the Cons have the slightest interest in addressing climate change. And Harper cabinet ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War on Gay People

He has always been an enemy of gay people. A man who would murder their rights tomorrow, if he thought he could get away with it.He has voted against every bill that would make them equal, or protect them from hate crimes.He discriminates openly against gay organizations. He won't spend a dollar to help save ...

The Canadian Progressive: Honduras passes new Canada-supported anti-democratic mining law

Honduran Mining Law Passed and Ratified, but the Fight is Not Over by Mining Watch Canada | Jan. 24, 2013: OTTAWA – On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the Honduran Congress quickly passed and ratified a new mining law that had been developed with support from the Canadian International Development Agency against the will of important sectors of ...

The Ranting Canadian: Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician The…

Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician The dishonourable Julian “Mussolini” Fantino, Canada’s minister of international cooperation, was recently busted for ordering a pro-Conservative propaganda letter (signed by him) to be published on the website of  the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a non-partisan federal agency. After the MP for Vaughan was ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Bill Curry reports on what looks like a thoroughly warped view of the role of the Minister of Justice and Parliament in assessing the constitutionality of legislation (h/t to bigcitylib): Ottawa is crafting legislation that risks running afoul of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms without informing Parliament, ...

Impolitical: Paging the Clerk

On this brouhaha of yesterday: “CIDA rapped for partisan letters from cabinet minister appearing on website.” The core question in this incident is how these letters came to be posted on a government department’s website. And to answer that question, the protocols for posting material, with all that’s involved including translation, provide the answer. Then ...

Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino and the CIDA Scandal

Last night I wrote a post about how the Harper regime is turning CIDA into the Con International Development Agency. I was also planning to mention how the Harperites have turned the CIDA website into another branch of the Con Ministry of Propaganda and Disinformation.  With the picture of Julian Fantino, and the ads for the ...

Montreal Simon: Why is Stephen Harper Promoting Christian Values?

It was a bizarre sight. Stephen Harper standing in front of a giant poster for Dragon's Den, appearing to be deep in prayer.Although he was only at a newser in Montreal, trying to figure out what to say, after being asked an embarrassing question:Why is your government promoting Christian values?Read more »

Canadian Progressive World: Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!

Disgraced ex-Durham MP, Bev Oda, begins her private life today, after a scandalous public life defined by profligacy, scandal, inefficiency and controversy. Canadians offer their final word on the former minister of International Co-operation and MP for Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada. [View the story “Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!” on Storify]

Canadian Progressive World: So Long, Bev Oda! Please Stay Away From The Canadian Senate

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minister of international co-operation, Bev Oda, officially retires today. A sigh of relief! What a financial burden to the Canadian taxpayer the Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham has been. Oda earned the dubious honor of poster girl for misspending by Tory ministers:  $1,000 a day limo rides; $665 ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Bev Oda’s Sweet Double Resignation

GOOD RIDDANCE! The minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has resigned from both Stephen Harper’s cabinet and her elected position as Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham. The controversy-plagued Oda announced her resignation this morning without giving a clear explanation. No doubt, the resignation is a bitter pre-emptive strike against Harper’s ...

bastard.logic: The Real Bev Oda Scandal: Politicizing (& Corporatizing) Canadian Foreign Aid

That now-infamous taxpayer-subsidized luxury hotel switcheroo in Mother London? Small potatoes. Don Cayo: [A]nalysis by Fraser Reilly-King, a policy analyst at the non-profit Canadian Council for International Co-operation, shows substantial cuts to foreign aid in last month’s federal budget are aimed mainly at the same kind of underprivileged countries [that were removed from CIDA’s priority list ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Lots of odds and ends to talk about this morning

There are several stories that caught my eye over the weekend. Here are some of them: It appears the Mennonites are the latest group in Canada to get on the wrong side of the Conservative government: The Mennonite Central Committee Canada reports on its website that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has turned down MCC’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 25, 2011

Friday, November 25 saw the House of Commons debate two NDP ideas: one to allow for meaningful debate and consideration of legislation in Parliament, the other to give effect to a principle the Cons are looking to punt to a committee in the apparent hope that it’ll never surface again. And not surprisingly, the combination ...

A Different Point of View....: New Latin American/Caribbean alliance aims to further reduce Gringo Power

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with Argentina’s President CristinaKirchner at the CELAC summit. Slowly but surely, the Gringos are being chased out of Latin America and the Caribbean!The 600-million people of the combined regions have taken another important step towards minimizing the influence of the United States, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and even Canada in ...

eaves.ca: Canada’s Foreign Aid Agency signs on to IATI: Aid Data get more transparent

Last night, while speaking at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan Korea, Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda announced that Canada would be signing on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). So what is IATI and why does this matter? IATI has developed a common, open and international standard for sharing ...