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We Pivot: Who Is Canada’s Bernie Sanders?

As we pivot to a new world, of course, we’ll have to contend with the election of Trump as president.

But it’s not an absolute road block. Yesterday I wrote about how Trump won because he appealed to various populations of disenfranchised people who have been screwed by the political and global economic order.

Honestly, . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Who Is Canada’s Bernie Sanders?

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Pathetic Plea To Justin Trudeau

No media personality in this country has attacked Justin Trudeau as viciously as has Ezra Levant.He has called him a terrorist, he has attacked his family in the lowest possible way.During Trudeau's fight with Patrick Brazeau he got so carried away, he practically came in his pants wondering whether Justin would be removed in . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Pathetic Plea To Justin Trudeau

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Before You Cancel That Telus Contract!

because the company favors a price on carbon, read Rebel Media’s (that’s Ezra Levant’s latest venture, if you haven’t been paying attention) fight back letter!

Note the fifth and seventh paragraph.  While Holly the Rebel wants you to dump Telus now, she herself only plans to cancel someday, maybe, if the cards fall right.  That’s . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Before You Cancel That Telus Contract!

Alberta Politics: Right-wing newspaper owners want your taxes to subsidize their obsolete, mismanaged, biased publications

PHOTOS: A typical daily newspaper press, once a common sight in small cities and larger towns throughout North America. This one was photographed through a window Tuesday in Brigadoon, Alberta, so it should be good as is for another 10 years. Oh, wait, I made it out of town this afternoon … it must’ve been . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Right-wing newspaper owners want your taxes to subsidize their obsolete, mismanaged, biased publications

Alberta Politics: ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ campaign has been in preparation for months, may soon target Rachel Notley

PHOTOS: Neal (Bernard the Roughneck) Hancock’s first appearance on a well-known right-wing video blog in January 2015. (Screenshot) Below: Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney with his new friend Bernard, who was making a rare public appearance in mufti; Shannon Stubbs with her husband Shayne Saskiw and a friend; and Conservative Energy Critic John Barlow. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ campaign has been in preparation for months, may soon target Rachel Notley

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Anti-Abortion activists stage an “invalid takeover” of Alberta’s Social Credit Party

It has been a long time since Alberta’s Social Credit Party played a central role in mainstream politics in our province. This may be while little attention was paid to the Socred’s annual general meeting in January 2016, where it appears th… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Anti-Abortion activists stage an “invalid takeover” of Alberta’s Social Credit Party

Montreal Simon: Horror Show: When Ezra Levant Teams Up With Jason Kenney

At first glance they may seem like an odd couple. And it's not a pretty sight. But if you think about it, it really is a match made in Con heaven.Because as we all know Ezra Levant and Jason Kenney have a lot in common.Both are bigots, Kenney lo… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Horror Show: When Ezra Levant Teams Up With Jason Kenney

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Outrage over Oil Sands appointment is a Tzeporah in a teapot

What do you get when you put some of the Canadian Oil Sands fiercest critics in the same room with its most vocal supporters? The Alberta Government’s new 18-member Oil Sands Advisory Group. The Alberta government announced the formation of… Co… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Outrage over Oil Sands appointment is a Tzeporah in a teapot

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

PHOTOS: A screen grab from yesterday’s video feed of Jason Kenney announcing his candidacy for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary. Immediately behind him is Caitlyn Madliner, who has prominently figured in anti-PC… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow

PHOTOS: Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney looks like he’s describing how he’ll capture the Alberta PC Party, then the Wildrose, and unite them whether they like it or not, in this shot grabbed from his Parliamentary Flickr a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Tonight ends the second quarter of political fundraising in Alberta

On the final night of second quarter fundraising period for Alberta’s political parties, I thought it would be useful to take a look back at the past year in political party fundraising. There has been a seismic shift in our… Continue Reading → . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Tonight ends the second quarter of political fundraising in Alberta

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 Sue-y

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 case on his website.  Here I’m just copping my favorite bits:



There’s more through the link, and other edifying material on various topics.  You may judge how this effects Ezra’s status as a free speech warrior.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezzrata: When Ezra Levant Was Young And Sue-y

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