Conservative media pundits are happy to be able to say “fair” and “election” in the same sentence as “Conservative”, because saying “fraud” was getting old even 2 years ago.
@kateheartfield War is peace.— Dan Gardner (@dgardner) February 04, 2014
1. Conservatives did not consult Elections Canada. [The Conservatives avoid and work against Elections Canada, said the Federal Court.] 2. Elections Canada wanted investigative powers: request denied and then some. 3. The bill “closes loopholes to big money”… by raising donation and spending limits?
Also, the costs of calling past donors who gave $20 or more will not (Read more…)
It’s a trifecta of moral corruption!
Rex Murphy shills for Big Oil and Gas. Postmedia consigns its editorial control to the Oil and Gas Lobby[TM]. Postmedia, naturally, fires one of the best energy/environment reporters in the nation.
Film at 11.
Ok, it’s 11. Let’s drill down.
Journalists should declare when they receive money to speak at events. Sooooo many of them don’t. They think it’s OK because, shut up. But it’s a compromise to their credibility and can fuel speculation about conflicts of interest and bias. Many journalists pretend they’re objective. It’s humanly impossible to be objective. We all have (Read more…)
It’s all about vision and hope, in an effort to envision how economics and markets can exist after the toxicity of capitalism is gone, gone gone. Are you up for it?
Last night, John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism, was the SFU Institute for the Humanities‘ guest lecturer, skyped in from Mexico. He was full of inspiration and clarity. Enjoy my twitter reflections below.
[View the story "John Holloway on Fixing Capitalism" on Storify]
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Francis Bula, Vancouver pundit, introduced a debate on wasting public resources to open up a debate that would have resulted in the same decision: Does public participation slow down cities’ […]
Inspired by @stephenlautens & this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/harper-to-call-for-emergency-debate-on-ukraine-1.2510898
It has been revealed that in addition to the‘consolidation’ of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries, where reports say that despite assurances that much of the material would be digitized a large number of books and papers have been destroyed without such backup, the Libraries of Heath Canada are now under attack.
The CBC reports that Health Canada scientists are so concerned about losing access to their research library that some are squirrelling away journals and books in their garages for colleagues to consult. This after a report calling for the libraries to NOT be closed was rejected (Read more…)
A guest article by Jared Milne.
Politically, 2013 wasn’t much different than previous years. In Toronto, Rob Ford accused his opponents of wanting to keep the “gravy train” going, while his opponents accused him of hypocrisy and failing to live up to his promises. In Ottawa, the Conservative government accused the opposition parties of wanting to drastically raise taxes to pay for their political promises, while the official Opposition accused the Conservatives of slashing essential services and transfers to Canadians. In St. Albert, critics of the city government’s current direction stated that our current level of spending is unsustainable, while (Read more…)
It’s getting harder and harder, what with constant corporate media concentration, and corporatist convergence of messaging from right wing governments and their informal corporate media PR departments.
But everyone once in a while we see evidence that there is a growing number of journalists who exist with integrity and can demonstrate meaningful contribution to society:
Also, we as journalists should be doing a better job realizing press releases are ads & shouldn’t be reprinted/repeated.
— Carly Weeks (@carlyweeks) January 16, 2014
So let’s add Carly Weeks to the short list of good journalists in Canada.
The trick here, of (Read more…)
Just two days before Christmas the GPC received a letter requesting a response on their ideas for electoral reform to be received before Jan 4th. The timing of the letter and the requested response makes the genuineness of the request suspect. We wonder who else was or will be invited to respond and what their response was or will be. Despite the almost impossible time line Elizabeth May of the Greens did reply with several much needed suggestions. Here is her response in full:- Dear Mr. Minister,
The President of the Green Party of Canada, Paul Estrin, received a (Read more…)
Over the past two years, a collection of photographs of WWII memorials from (the former) Yugoslavia has made the rounds on social media. Popular sci-fi and fantasy blog io9 reported on it and this post from Crack Two appears to have been “liked” over 173,000 times on Facebook alone. And here is the same article, with more or less the same perspective, on a blog from BiH. This process of “re-discovery,” however is to me the truly fascinating aspect of this phenomenon.The authors of these articles, as well as those leaving comments, repeatedly refer to the monuments as “bizarre,” (Read more…)
Part 1 of #OilConVoid explained why the Conservatives cheated to raise so much money for their party to grab majority power, and Part 2 explained part of how they did it with corrupt Senators. In the last, third part, you’ll see a bit of when they went about using that ill-gotten money to defraud people and steal the 2011 general election.
-Dean Del Mastro is accused by Elections Canada of circumventing his campaign spending limit, and fraudulently accepting illegal donations then covering it up wit his campaign buddy. Dean’s cousin got raided for evidence.
-Multiple Conservatives in the Vaughn (Read more…)
Andrew Prescott has reportedly worked out an immunity from prosecution agreement in the Pierre Poutine Robocalls (RoboCon) election fraud of 2011. Presently Michael Sona faces charges as the only Conservative charged in Guelph with the Pierre Poutine conspiracy to misdirect voters by fraudulently claiming to be Elections Canada.
“Why would Prescott need immunity, if he’d not done anything wrong?” is what I expect Conservatives to ask. Well, actually I don’t expect it from Conservatives, but I’d hope they’d think about it.
Guelph robocalls immunity deal struck with ex-Tory worker Andrew Prescott fw.to/yPzB4Cl— CBC KW (@CBCKW891) January 15, (Read more…)
Liddy thinks that a note she sent to Elections Canada may have lit a fire. In that note, she told investigators that she had also alerted the RCMP to a Fantino tele-conference hosted by embattled Senator Mike Duffy back in 2010 that she can’t find expensed in the candidate’s public filings.
The Duffy/Fantino tele-townhall is a bit of a mystery.
Crimes are often mysterious until they are solved. Criminals don’t want their crimes figured out.
“During the meeting of January 18, 2011, Mr. Sam Ciccolini made the Vaughan Electoral District Conservative Board of Directors aware of a second bank account (Read more…)
…Burning oil caused the melting in the first place…
A week ago [was it that long?] two climate change activists pulled a Yes Men on our greatest employee, Mr. Stephen Harper.
But last summer, you may not have seen an equally clever, but more hi-tech, stunt by Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign against Shell in Belgium, also about climate change.
Watch the video here, then join the other 5 million people and click here to join the action:
Shell’s priceless Grand Prix moment BREAKING: Our @Shell Grand Prix ceremony video has been banned from YouTube. So, we put (Read more…)
I know you’re wondering. But it’s hard to imagine. Kind of like a fish imagining life without water. We’ve known corporate media for generations. Since the advent of psychology and marketing, the influence/manipulation of corporate media is ubiquitous. And not in a good way.
But let’s take a few moments to imagine the features of post-corporate media, where increasing the audience [by a variety of questionable, sensationalist means, sometimes] to increase ad revenue isn’t the goal.
Let’s start here with this:
The CBC. Mothercorp. Publicly funded, at arms length from the taxpayer funder. It has access to national radio and (Read more…)
Photo from CBC
Last year, 14 year old Rachel Parent was in the unenviable situation of being in the same room as Kevin O’Leary (click here for video). Parent did a commendable job speaking on national TV. I cannot pretend that I would have had half her poise and composure in the same situation.
However, I take issue with her anti-GMO arguments. To be fair, I don’t think that these arguments are unique to Parent alone – they are arguments common to the anti-GMO movement in general. But I am picking on Parent because she was going (Read more…)
While I’m also sad that the Kamloops Daily News is closing, I think Warren Kinsella is over-simplifying a few things [see below] with respect to how the media climate will be affected by the closing of this for-profit business, earning shareholder value by producing mass media content, while sometimes allowing its corporate revenue-generating employees to produce some adequate-to-good journalism.
Let’s explore all this:
“Idiot bloggers, and idiot politicians, will continue to be happy about this sort of thing. The former will say the disappearance of the so-called MSM means more audience for them.” [read the rest of his (Read more…)
Riotously popular economist Umair Haque had a few interesting tweets about America, corporations and billionaires this week. [View the story "What's Wrong with America, Corporations and Billionaires?" on Storify]
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The Toronto Star recently featured the 2013 Atkinson Series: Me, You, Us, journalist and author Michael Valpy’s investigation into social cohesion in Canada — what binds us together, what pulls us apart.
In its final installment, given the decline in voter turnout, one of the suggestions put forth to advance the cause of social cohesion was mandatory voting. It is a notion that I don’t personally favour, my reasoning being perhaps reductionist and simplistic: in a mandatory system, the element of resentment would be strong, and some would blithely check off the first name on the ballot just to (Read more…)
Are we lacking a critical mass of Canadians sufficiently outraged by widespread election fraud in the last general election to protest for government and system change, because Canadian youth never trusted the election to work in the first place?
But what is the answer?
Re: ‘Golden age’ for Poland caps 500 years of pain, Dec. 22
Seeing the statement “communism’s iron grip” was too much. What about capitalism’s iron grip? Communism has come and gone in Poland, Russia and many other countries. But we have endured capitalism for centuries and it shows no sign of abating.
It tells us that we live under democracy, when in fact we can do nothing to stop the actions of mean and disgusting people like Stephen Harper and Rob Ford, when binding treaties are negotiated without our knowledge, when we are not permitted (Read more…)
Here are two graphs that show a changing tide.
I have already written about trust in corporate media tanking. Now we can see a turned tide in pot use. And in Canada prostitution is no longer illegal. We are either entering a time of abject moral decay, or a shift away from uptightness.
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Some breaking news occurred yesterday, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board approved the Enbridge pipeline, but with 209 conditions. To quote a teenager from 1994: “Big whoop.” Also, big whoop goes out to the awesome pictures of soon to be decimated pristine wilderness on the report cover.
What do you think of the Enbridge approval and where things will go?
What do I think of the approval? Disappointed and hardly surprised. When Joe Oliver starts talking about something being “science-based,” I remember how his party has people who believe dinosaurs and humans walked the earth (Read more…)
How to inoculate yourself against cynical corporate media.
Corporate news media is not on our side. It is on the side of stoking fear, cynically eroding possibilities of a better, more robust democracy, and scaring us into obedience to corporations and government through sensational stories that undermine our happiness.
But we can fix this. And it’s not hard.
While crime rates have been dropping, media coverage of crime has increased. This creates buzz and sensationalism and higher ratings which translates into higher advertising revenue for corporate media. I don’t think we can fix this.
Corporate news media is also guilty (Read more…)