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In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 35: Refugees keep coming; Liz sets employment record

The European refugee crisis continued unabated this week, and the numbers are staggering. For example, Germany has announced that it will accept 500,000 refugees. Every year. For several years. Germany is a big country, with 81 million people, but a half-million refugees every year for several years is an awful lot of people, particularly if those people don’t speak your language or share your customs. It’s almost as if Germany is trying to make up for some past misdeeds. The refugee crisis has become one of the dominant issues of the Canadian election campaign, with the NDP and Liberals trying (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 32: Markets dive; Calgary has arena envy

OK, now I don’t want to panic anyone, but if you’re in the stock market, I have a few words of advice.


Just a suggestion.

On Friday, markets around the world went in the crapper. the reason being, apparently, China. Seem the world’s no. 2 economy is loosing steamed rice. Last week, China devalued the yuan, and this week a report suggest the economy could be worse than the Chinese are admitting. Thanks to the perculiar logic of the markets, bad economic news in China results in people selling off Apple stock. (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 28: Your bribe is in the mail; Republicans are Trumped

So, have you received your bribe yet? Stephen Harper’s utterly shameless federal Conservatives are in the process of giving away $3 billion in tax dollars to “hard working Canadian families” (is there any other kind of Canadian family?) in the form of monthly cheques for families with kids. The benefit cheques are larger than usual due to changes the Conservatives introduced last fall – $160 a month for children under 6, up from $100, and a new payment of $60 a month for seven- to 17-year-olds, regardless of family income. The cheques, going to roughly 3.8 million families, (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 24: McMania; a flag flap; PACing it in

Connor McDavid, wearing the surprisingly bold Edmonton Oiler travelling suit.

OMG! OMG! OMG! Connor McDavid is an Oiler! Connor McDavid is an Oiler! Connor McDavid is an Oiler!

Sigh. Poor Connor. The hopes of an entire city are apparently resting on his muscled shoulders.

This city’s infatuation with the Edmonton Oilers reached a crescendo not seen since the Oilers last made the Stanley Cup finals a decade ago when the team drafted Connor McDavid — a “generational player”, so the experts say — at the NHL entry draft. “He’s Ours”, the Edmonton Journal gushed. Thousands paid to watch the draft (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff happens, week 19: Debbie does disgrace; gold for Canada; Edmonton icon passes

For the third week in a row, Deborah Drever reigned as Alberta’s most talked-about NDP MLA. Or, more to the point, Alberta’s most talked-about former NDP MLA.

The last straw.

Drever finally shamed Rachel Notley to the point that she was kicked out of caucus, setting a possible world record for shortest and worst political career. After a couple of weeks of embarrassing photos (she was just a young person! defenders cried), an Instagram graphic she posted picturing Jim Prentice and Ric McIver as gay was finally too much for the politically correct NDP. Calling it “homophobic” (actually, the (Read more…)

PostArctica: The Verdun Auditorium

Volunteered at an event today in the reception area on the second floor of the Dennis Savard Arena which is an annex of the Verdun Auditorium the former having been built, I think, in the late 70’s/early 80’s. There are windows in the room that allow you to watch whatever is happening on the rink. I got lucky today and got to see parts of a couple of hockey games. The first was girls who appeared to be in the 8-10 age range and the next one was boys probably in the 10-12 range. The game is pure at that (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: …on the Entrepreneurial State

With the next Canadian federal election less than a year away – and undesirables like Wayne Gretzky soon to be purged from the voter lists – I’ve been getting a lot more fundraising emails lately. As of mid-December I’d received nineteen in eighteen days. It was like a Christmas advent calendar, but in my email inbox! (Like a beleaguered Silician storekeeper, I paid my “protection money” and now they’re leaving me alone. )

Politicians are often derided for their short-term thinking, which is probably a fair criticism. If you ballpark an election cycle at roughly four years, newly-elected (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government Spying On Hockey Chat Rooms

According to a report published Sunday by German weekly news magazine, Der Spiegel, the Communications Security Establishment (CSEC), Canada’s national electronic intelligence agency, monitors websites devoted to hockey.

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centre of the universe: Why a Communications Strategy is imperative

Man, that sounds boring. Bear with me, okay? Whether you are running a business, employed as a writer or PR or communications staff, or whether you’re running or managing a minor sports team, a dance troupe, or a non-profit, you need a communications strategy. This might be as simple as “I have everyone’s email and will always send out notifications … Continue reading →

Left Over: Vancouver Sun: Let’s Give ‘Em Subban to Talk About…

Vancouver Sun’s Jordan Subban photo caption sparks outrage Newspaper posted photo online calling Vancouver Canuck ‘dark guy in the middle’

CBC News Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:41 AM PT Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 8:25 AM PT


The Vancouver Sun is doing what they do..they always feel the need to talk ethnicity, and race is always a factor, just like it portrays its women subjects based on their looks or what they wear, rather than what they are really in the news for…unless of course you are Mayor Watts from Surrey, a Con supporter and wannabe FedCon…then she (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: What keeps Canada together?

The above is the title of a survey commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and carried out by Leger Marketing earlier this year. The answer to what unites the country, from the 1,509 Canadians included in the survey, was clear. Of the 11 possibilities offered, the top two choices by a wide margin were the Charter of Rights and Medicare. Even hockey wasn’t close.

Except among the

Bill Longstaff: NHL is worried about global warming—listen up, Mr. Harper

Surprising perhaps, but the National Hockey League now produces a sustainability report. And it’s worried about global warming. According to League Commissioner Gary Bettman, “Our sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater ponds, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and

Trashy's World: Russia invades Ukraine? Yup, going to happen…

.. it’s now not “if” but when. As reported here, Russian troops are massing at key points along Ukraine’s border. There will be a swift attack, territory will be secured and lives will be lost. Another human tragedy caused by greed. Then Putin will turn to the West and say: “so, what are ya gonna […]

Progressive Proselytizing: Hockey on the Side: Shocker, great teams get great stats

I’ve had some fun slipping the occasional non-politics related post into this politics blog like some of my old piano recordings or the newer Tech on the Side series. Covering politics and politics only doesn’t always do good things for my blood pressure, and so here goes for the inaugural Hockey on the Side. Besides, the emphasis on this blog is Canadian politics, so surely Hockey should be included. Hockey commentary and opinion pieces are, far too often, trash. The problem often comes down to picking one’s pet factors that explain the outcomes of hockey games, with little real basis.  Dan (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

by: Obert Madondo

A student member of the University of Ottawa’s board of governors says the university’s response to recent report sexual violence against women is not enough.

Anaïs Elboujdaini, a political science student who spearheads the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture, proposes eight measures against rape culture on campus and in society.

The measures include “Immediate up-to-implement mandatory training, in the form of credit courses for all members of the university community regarding discrimination and sexual harassment (including a section on rape culture) as prescribed under the Ontario Act” and “The organization of a day of public debate and (Read more…) Should Rogers be allowed to block us from watching Hockey Night online?

Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters – and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans – and they’re using their power and control to do so. It’s not too late to push back by telling decision-makers at the CRTC to put Canadians first when it comes to our digital future.

Have you cut the cord from your television service recently – or are you considering it? (Read more…)

In This Corner: Who else gets up at 5 a.m. to watch hockey?

Like millions of other Canadians, I am debating what strategy to take tomorrow. Do I rise with the birds at 5 a.m. (or probably before the birds, who are sensible enough to still be sleeping) to watch Canada vs. Sweden for the Olympic gold medal? Or, do I do the sensible thing, sleep till about 7 a.m. and watch it on PVR? What to do, what to do?

If I admit to leaning toward sleeping, does that make me a bad Canadian? After all, it IS the gold medal game, and as a Canadian, is it not (Read more…)

Trashy's World: The Cons have no shame

They are actually high jacking the announcement of the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team and are making it a political moment. Un-freaking believable. Is there no depth that they won’t sink to? Gag. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Calgary Grit: Stocking Stuffer

In “A Great Game” you’ll learn how hockey prospered, despite Wilfrid Laurier’s stifling taxes.

For those taking bets on whether we’d see Harper’s long talked about hockey book before or after his 2011 election promises see the light of day, wonder no more. Harper’s hockey book, titled “A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise of Professional Hockey” goes on sale November 5th.

Expect the attack ads against “Hockey: A People’s History” to start any day now…

Trashy's World: B-Bye, Alfie….

… hope Sen fans give you an honourable reception when you return to the Scotiabank Place, er, Corel Centre, errrr, Canadian Tire Centre… or whatever they are calling that place out in the boonies these days! (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Federal government has legislation drafted…

… The would prevent Alfredsson from ever leaving Ottawa! Seriously, while I would feel a little sorry for some of my buds who will be utterly gutted if their hero leaves Kanata, I will also feel a bit of schadenfreude…. I do remember their glee when Mats left the Leafs… (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: My team

I am part of Leaf Nation, and proud. (3) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians overwhelmingly reject Don Cherry’s sexist remarks

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canadians have strongly rejected react to Don Cherry’s suggestion that women aren’t equal with men and that female reporters should be barred from male dressing rooms. The…

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Dead Wild Roses: Edmonton’s New Arena Stupidity – Keeping the Rubber Disk-Chasers Happy!

Edmonton’s Upcoming Fiscal Black Hole

Edmonton needs a new hockey arena about as much as an elephant needs that desperately sexy pair of high heels. Before breaking metaphorical language any further, lets look at the price tag for this boondoggle in waiting. Thanks to the Edmonton Journal for the numbers.

All in, $601 million. That breaks down as:

- Arena construction, $480 million

- Winter Garden pedestrian bridge across 104th Avenue, $53 million

- Arena land, $25 million

- Community rink attached to arena, $21 million

- Pedestrian corridor through the arena, $15 million

- Link to MacEwan

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Eclectic Lip: Very amateur investing, yellow-tinted glasses edition

(originally written Oct 2, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)

I find it amusing that, while many of my fellow Vancouverites are attending places of worship this Sunday morning, I’m taking a break from work to muse about money, that root of all kinds of evil.

Right now, the stock market is a relatively cheery (I said relatively) topic for me, since I’ve fared so badly in my first few attempts at Fate of the World, a computer game in the “Civilization” genre where you, at the head of a UN-like agency, attempt to

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