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Alberta Politics: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Saskatchewan’s credit rating and The Anger Machine falls silent

PHOTOS: Like a flock of starlings, the entire Canadian Perpetual Outrage Industry knows when to wheel and turn instantly. Since they do it electronically, it’s almost as if they’re … a machine! Below: Brad Wall, the crumbling Colossus of the Prai… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Saskatchewan’s credit rating and The Anger Machine falls silent

Montreal Simon: The Hypocrisy of Ezra Levant and the Limits of Free Speech

He is Canada's most notorious hate monger, and his ghastly Rebel site is a sewer of bigotry.But whether he is mocking the death of Jack Layton, or going after the Roma or the Muslims, Ezra Levant would rather call himself Canada's free speech c… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Hypocrisy of Ezra Levant and the Limits of Free Speech

Montreal Simon: When Ezra Levant Meets Jason Kenney

Well we all know Ezra Levant, the so called Rebel Commander, and one of the worst hate mongers this country has ever known.And we all know Jason Kenney, the monstrous religious fanatic and ghastly bigot who is believed to be the leader-in-waiting of th… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: When Ezra Levant Meets Jason Kenney

Alberta Politics: Questions, questions, questions about tomorrow’s Public Accounts Committee meeting chaired by … Derek Fildebrandt?

PHOTO: Derek Fildebrandt, a (former?) Wildrose Opposition MLA and as of right now chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee. (Photo © David Climenhaga, just sayin’.) Tomorrow morning, the Alberta Legislature’s Standing Committee on Pu… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Questions, questions, questions about tomorrow’s Public Accounts Committee meeting chaired by … Derek Fildebrandt?

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Misogyny of Ezra Levant’s Rebel Rag

As you probably know, the hate mongering internet rag The Rebel is as revolting as it's self-styled "Rebel Commander" Ezra Levant.It's a swollen sewer, a raging torrent of bigotry aimed at all kinds of people, especially Muslims.It … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Misogyny of Ezra Levant’s Rebel Rag

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezzrata: When Ezra Levant Was Young And Suey

Someone has posted a trove of legal documents from Ezra Levant’s past, related to a libel case he brought against the University of Calgary student newspaper, back in the day.  Human rights lawyer Richard Warman has posted some commentary re this … . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezzrata: When Ezra Levant Was Young And Suey

Alberta Politics: Retired journalist’s call to privatize control of Legislature media access unlikely to defuse controversy for NDP

PHOTOS: Former Canadian Press journalist Heather Boyd, author of yesterday’s report on media accreditation and access to the Alberta Legislature. Below: Right-wing Internet commentator Ezra Levant, who started the controversy that led to Ms. Boyd’s… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Retired journalist’s call to privatize control of Legislature media access unlikely to defuse controversy for NDP

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Bigot Rebel: Now You’ve Got to Pay for It !!!

The other day I wondered whether Ezra Levant's bigot site The Rebel would be able to survive for much longer.With or without the help of Big Oil.I doubted that it could stay afloat with only cheap ads and voluntary donations from its small group o… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Bigot Rebel: Now You’ve Got to Pay for It !!!

Montreal Simon: Why Is Big Oil Supporting Ezra Levant’s Bigot Site?

I've always been curious about who exactly funds Ezra Levant's grotesque hate mongering site The Rebel.Because as you know the grubby Rebel Commander spends at least half his time begging for money.And since I've always had trouble belie… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Is Big Oil Supporting Ezra Levant’s Bigot Site?

Susan on the Soapbox: Ezra Levant: Once a lawyer always a lawyer?

Ms Soapbox is grateful to Ezra Levant (and that’s not an easy thing to say). Thanks to Ezra she’s discovered that journalism is not a profession (actually she suspected it all along); she’s also learned that “once a lawyer always … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Ezra Levant: Once a lawyer always a lawyer?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Levant’s Hearing Before Alberta Law Society Has Been…

…postponed while they consider his application to resign.  Sounds like he wants to swing a trade; he’ll quit if he exits with a clean slate.  In the end, though, he won’t be able to say he’s a lawyer anymore, and he won’t be able to ma… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Levant’s Hearing Before Alberta Law Society Has Been…

Susan on the Soapbox: Journalism Redefined

It’s been a disturbing week. Ezra Levant, who swore under oath that he was not a reporter, sued the NDP government for refusing to let him attend (and report, presumably) on government media events. Established journalists fell all over themselves … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Journalism Redefined

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 7: Horse racing put down; The Rebel yells

Edmonton Northlands, the so-called ‘agricultural society’ that has been a force in Edmonton since Edmonton was in diapers, announced a sweeping plan to rebuilt the soon-to-be-vacant arena and the area surrounding it. It’s partly a great idea, and partly nutty. The great idea, if they can find $85 million between the government’s couch cushions, is […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 7: Horse racing put down; The Rebel yells

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Rebel Cruise From Hell

As we all know, when Ezra Levant isn't spouting hate, he's begging for money.And him and his trusty sidekick Brian Lilley have been known to do or say anything to raise the cash they need to keep their bigot boat afloat.Or sell anything.But a… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Rebel Cruise From Hell

Montreal Simon: The Hollow Victory of the Con Bigot Ezra Levant

I wasn't planning to write anything more about Ezra Levant's great "victory" over Rachel Notley's government.But after seeing the tongue bath he is receiving from our Con media, I thought I should make one thing clear.Notley made … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Hollow Victory of the Con Bigot Ezra Levant

Alberta Politics: Fallout from the ‘Rebel Media’ brouhaha: maybe it’s time to abolish Alberta’s anachronistic Press Gallery

PHOTOS: A screenshot of some of the partisan materials sold on Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media website. Below: Another image of a sale item from The Rebel, in this case a T-shirt with the website’s logo on the back and a slogan supporting the Conservativ… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fallout from the ‘Rebel Media’ brouhaha: maybe it’s time to abolish Alberta’s anachronistic Press Gallery

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Ezra’s Dustup This Week And Ethics In Journalism

Okay, Ezra won a battle this week with Alberta's NDP government. They tried to toss him from press events held by the government, and he made enough of a stink about it to get the government to back down. In the last few days, we've seen al… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Ezra’s Dustup This Week And Ethics In Journalism

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Levant, The Alberta NDP, And Journosplaining

I guess I should say something about this.  Alberta’s NDP government decided they weren’t willing to put up with any more disruptions out of kooks from The Rebel (the online HQ of Ezra Levant’s personal death cult), and kicked them out of one of t… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Levant, The Alberta NDP, And Journosplaining

Montreal Simon: The Day Ezra Levant Claimed That He Was Being Bullied

It could only happen in a country still recovering from the depraved rule of Stephen Harper.Where members of Ezra Levant's hate mongering site The Rebel were thrown out of two Alberta government news conferences for posing as journalists.Only to… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Ezra Levant Claimed That He Was Being Bullied

Alberta Politics: Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!

PHOTOS: Right-wing commentator Ezra Levant in a typical pose, photo by David Stobbe of the University of Saskatchewan. Below: stringer Sheila Gunn Reid in a screen shot of The Rebel’s approach to journalism; Mr. Levant in another familiar pose, a few… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Right Wing Terrorist Threat

They are the terrorist threat Stephen Harper never warned us about. For while he spent almost a decade branding everyone from refugees, to environmentalists, to scientists and humanitarian groups, as potential terrorists and threats to Canada's … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Right Wing Terrorist Threat

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: Who Needs An Environmental Review?

In my last post I argued that the CBC should fire the Con clown Rex Murphy, for promoting the Energy East pipeline.While being paid by Big Oil to give speeches glorifying their dubious achievements.And for attacking Justin Trudeau, and acting like Ron… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: Who Needs An Environmental Review?

Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at yesterday’s press conference in Toronto. Below: Ms. Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and U.S. Democratic Presidential candidat… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

Montreal Simon: Meet the Con Crazies Who are Threatening Our Leaders

For weeks I've been warning that the Con zombies out there are out of controlSpewing hatred in every direction, and even threatening the lives of Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau.I've been monitoring those Con crazies for years, and I've ne… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Meet the Con Crazies Who are Threatening Our Leaders

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Grotesque Attempt to Smear Justin Trudeau

As I'm sure you know, the last year has been Ezra Levant's annus horribilis. Or in his case his anus horribilis.It's been almost a year since he lost his job when Sun News TV went down like the Titanic.His tacky Rebel Media site is takin… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Grotesque Attempt to Smear Justin Trudeau