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A. Picazo: As Some Fight To “Take Alberta Back,” Others Work To Move It Forward

In 1954, when the U.S. Senate voted to censure Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy, a man whose motivations were deemed “evil and unmatched in malice,” it closed the book on a particularly shameful chapter of American politics; One marked by relentless character assassinations, vicious demagoguery, and incessant partisan witch hunts. The extent to which the … Continue reading →

Alberta Politics: Reflections on the end of the Alberta NDP’s first session: voters want the government to succeed, the Opposition and media seek failure

PHOTOS: Members of the Press Gallery mark the end of the session in the Alberta Legislature by showering paper on MLAs. That, of course, was back in the day when the press still used presses, and wrote their reports on paper. Below: Premier Rachel Notley and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips in shots taken from the […]

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Alberta Politics: Perfesser Dave explains ethics in lobbying and how to manage political marriages

VICTORIA, B.C. Some stories are just too confusing for ordinary bloggers to explain. That’s when we turn to the expert knowledge offered by such distinguished academics as Perfesser Dave, The Answer Guy ™, Canada’s No. 1 expert in politics, now at the Observatory of Political Phenomena in Victoria, B.C. As a result of his years […]

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Banning corporate and union donations: Check. Restoring funding to health, education and human services: Check. Increasing corporate taxes: Check. Introducing a new climate change strategy: Coming soon. Phasing in a $15 per hour minimum wage: Coming soon. Reviewing Alberta’s natural resource… Continue Reading →

A. Picazo: Rebel Without A Spine

Facts often prove a nuisance to those with an agenda to push or a narrative to sell. Just as those who peddle snake-oil rely on manufactured illness to hawk miracle cures, those who ply their trade in fear rely on ignorance to further an ideology. I’ve long used social media as a means to combat … Continue reading →

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra’s Calgary Anti-Tims Protest: The Money Shot

24 heads clearly visible; one other soul, maybe, holding up the sign next to “#Boycott Tim’s” sign. Ezra has claimed 50 attendees, but he must be seeing double.  Get those glasses checked, Ez!

PS: Here’s another shot.  I count 23 people in this one:

Alberta Politics: And now for the hard part … getting businesses and right-wing commentators to curb their hysteria

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP premier-elect Rachel Notley at the centre of media attention. Below: NDP premiers Dave Barrett of British Columbia and Bob Rae of Ontario, back in the day; columnist and NDP activist Gerald Caplan. And now, the hard part … If you thought overcoming the supposed Progressive Conservative juggernaut piloted by hastily departing premier […]

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Montreal Simon: Breaking: Ezra Levant to Appear at the Mike Duffy Trial !!

Golly. As if the trial of Mike Duffy wasn't big enough, with a cast of thousands from the Harper PMO.With Nigel Wright, Ray Novak, and Dean Del Mastro.I see it just got even bigger.And no doubt even louder. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Truly Pitiful Latest Misadventure of Ezra Levant

Well you've got to give Ezra Levant credit. It's only been a week since his ghastly TV show, and the entire Sun News Network, went down the toilet.Glug. Glug. Glug.But already he's back on the air again. Or at least living under this rock. Read more »

Trashy's World: Sun TV News is dead?

Will Ezra have to go back to being a cashier at a dep in Laval? Film at 11. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Levant Loses Another!

It’s been awhile since Lorna Pardy has been in the news.  Back in 2008, she was verbally assaulted by comedian Guy Earle at Zesty’s Comedy Club in Vancouver.   She took him to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, and won. At the time, some, Ezra Levant in particular, were pushing the notion that this case was about the exercise of free speech.  It wasn’t.  It was more about a lowly restaurant functionary going off on a customer.  In any event, Ezra said things.  And Ms. Pardy commenced a civil action against him.  However, the suit lay still-born for (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Fox News North Deal Stalls As Teneycke Balks?

From Canadaland:

Multiple sources tell CANADALAND that Sun News Network (SNN), the Quebecor-owned cable news channel that launched in 2011, is on the verge of closing.

Couple of weird things.  One is this:

As recently as three weeks ago, sources say that SNN management told several employees that negotiations with Zoomer looked promising and that a deal was close. But a dispute over potential severance packages for SNN executives (including Teneycke) who would not continue on with the network in the event of an acquisition has led to an impasse. If I am reading it correctly, the deal (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra / 8 or: Corbella Corrects

Licia Corbella has very quietly walked back her earlier figure for Ezra’s court costs when he went up against the AHRC:His offices were never bombed, but he was forced to spend about $100,000 defending himself before the kangaroo court of the human rights commission after Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy lodged a complaint against him.Worth pointing out that that figure is likely bullshit as well.  But it is at least 8 times less bullshit than the estimate Corbella gave previously.

That is all.

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra X 8

Licia Corbella has a pretty bad piece up, about how anyone who didn’t publish the Charlie Hebdo covers after the shootings in Paris ought to go get fitted for their Burka, and so forth.  She reiterates the same old nonsense about Ezra Levant’s being the bravest of men, etc., and then drops this:

The only publisher of the Danish cartoons at the time was Ezra Levant in his now-defunct publication, The Western Standard. His offices were never bombed, but he was forced to spend about $800,000 defending himself before the kangaroo court of the human rights commission after Calgary (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Absurd and Obscene Salute to Himself

He is without a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian TV. An ugly bigoted bully if ever there was one.And he couldn't have had a worse year in 2014.But I see Ezra Levant can't handle the inconvenient truth. Or is finally losing his mind.Because not only does he think 2014 was his best year EVER.He thinks he's a real journalist!! Read more »

Alberta Diary: Never mind the Mudville Nine: Nothing has changed, nothing ever will, that is all!

“Your health. Our promise.” It’s March 1, 2013, and then-premier Alison Redford announces plans to build a new cancer treatment facility in Calgary to replace the grubby and overcrowded Tom Baker Cancer Centre. (Photo grabbed from Metro Newspapers.) But that was then. This is now. Below: Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel; the Tom Baker facility in northwest Calgary.

As Danielle Smith might have said, were she still the leader of the Opposition, “nothing has changed!”

On Friday, mass media were uncritically reporting the “reasons” the new cancer hospital promised to Calgary on which construction was supposed (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra On Tour

Playing the mighty Pen with Bian Lilley (who is back-ground left; looks like he’s trying to hustle coins out of a vending machine).   Witnessed by crazy boy Dean.

More grey hairs in this place than backstage at a Rolling Stones concert.

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley’s Disastrous Freedom Tour

Well it was always going to be a freak show. Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley, the two Con clowns from Sun TV, on a so-called Free Speech Tour.Spewing bigotry out of every orifice, and asking their faithful followers suckers to pay for the privilege of watching them live and in person.But who knew it would be such a bust or such an execrable adventure?Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: I Have Arrived

And, in arriving, been blocked.  (PS. Easier to read when you click on pic.)

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Doubly Disastrous Day of Reckoning

I'm sorry I wasn't able to check out Ezra Levant's reaction to the latest court judgement against him.

Because I'm sure it must have been priceless. Sun News Network host Ezra Levant has been ordered to pay $80,000 in damages for libeling a Saskatchewan lawyer in a series of “reckless” blog posts, according to a Superior Court decision released Thursday evening.But I'm not surprised that he's reacting like that ghastly bully always does. Portraying himself as a martyr.And begging for money…Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezrrata

AHRC legal counsel Arman Chak, a frequent target of Sun News TV personality Ezra Levant over the years, has been elected to the BOD of the Alberta Law Society.  Ezra’s encounters with the Society have been of another kind altogether.  So congrats Mr. Chak.

PS. Ezra’s now thoroughly debunked anti-Muslim screed from last week has picked up a few “likes” from notorious Canadian racist Paul Fromm.

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Latest Disgraceful Bigot Eruption

Ezra Levant is without a shadow of a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian television.A greasy, grubby oil pimp, a far-right demagogue, a bully and a bigot.But even by his low standards, this is absolutely outrageous.Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bernie Farber On Ezra Levant And The Jewish Tradition

My favorite bit:All too often Levant cloaks himself in his Jewish heritage as a true defender of Jewish values, in contrast to those he refers to as the “official Jews,” or Jewish leadership.Make no mistake, Levant’s antics and intimidation tactics have nothing whatsoever to do with Judaism. Both Jewish law and tradition speak powerfully about “loshon hora,” derogatory speech against a fellow human being, which is absolutely forbidden.Indeed, in the Jewish tradition, we believe that the tongue has such awesome power that it requires two gatekeepers, the teeth and the lips. It is recognized that words have (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: The Postmedia-Quebecor deal: Welcome to newspaper hell, where the lowest common denominator will prevail

An unreconstituted Toronto Sun front page. Newspaper hell? Turns out it’s not quite as bad as we imagined it would be, except for the few unfortunates who still work in what’s left of the industry. Below: Tom Kent, who headed the 1981 Royal Commission on Newspapers, which was ignored when it was written and is still ignored.

If you want proof the Canadian newspaper business is on its last legs, look no further than yesterday’s announcement Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is about to take over Quebecor Media Inc.’s 175 English-language newspapers and a few other assets, including the five (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Silence of Ezra Levant and the PMO Network

Well I see Ezra Levant is keeping a low profile, and remaining unusually silent.After being spanked by his bosses at Sun News, with a soft fluffy feather. Even as critics call for Levant to make a personal apology for a monologue that included calling the late Pierre Trudeau a “slut,” the host of Sun News Network’s The Source declined to answer the Star’s questions when reached by email Tuesday morning, and again in person later in the afternoon as he was leaving the network’s downtown Toronto studios. “My comments are that I have no comment,” said Levant, (Read more…)