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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…)

OpenMedia.ca: 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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Eclectic Lip: The Black Swan’s Thanksgiving Turkey

(originally written Nov 24, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)

It came to my attention that Naseem Nicholas Taleb, who authored The Black Swan (surprisingly, not about a ballet dancer, but about financial crises) discussed other avians in his book, among them the Thanksgiving turkey. Per the Wikipedia page, he seems to’ve co-opted the idea from a turkey anecdote by philosopher Bertrand Russell, whose atheism doubtless led antagonists to brand him cuckoo.

The abrupt change in the turkey’s situation is part of an argument that it’s ridiculous to project present trends very far into

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Montreal Simon: Hockey Night in Harperland

A couple of my friends came over this evening to watch the Habs-Leafs game on my big screen TV. And they were surprised to find out that I hadn't been planning to watch it, until they turned up.And that I wasn't the least bit excited that the season had finally started.Read more »

Death By Trolley: Reasons I hate hockey

Aesthetics. What is beautiful? What defines beauty, quality and goodness? What distinguishes different levels of quality? For example, why are Oasis’ Wonderwall or Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit iconic songs of an era, whereas Swirl 360′s Hey Now Now fell out of our collective consciousness in months? These questions teeter on the edge of intractability.

Sometimes we try to offer accounts of why we like this or that. I suspect that most of the time the explanations we give are just after-the-fact stabs in the dark about value judgments that were made largely out of our conscious awareness within our (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Seriously. Free popcorn. Oh wait, $1 popcorn.

Gotta love the Schmens… But they’re all the same. “My message to the fans to come out and support the team, you’re going to want to be part of this because this is going to be a great, great team for the coming years if not immediately and you don’t want to be left out [...]

Alberta Diary: Eureka! Labour relations in Alberta explained by, of all things, NHL hockey!

An Alberta Labour Relations Board official suddenly realizes how the world works, and immediately rules in favour of the employer. Application of the law in Alberta may be pretty much exactly as illustrated.

All but forgotten amidst the rejoicing about the tentative end of the National Hockey League lockout reached during the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday was the truly remarkable epiphany that occurred to the Alberta Labour Relations Board at the beginning of this unusual hockey season.

This is a pity, because while the behaviour of the ALRB is well known and understood to we few who toil

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In This Corner: Spread the word: boycott the NHL for one game.

Our long, recurring nightmare is over … hockey is back!

Yes, the National Hockey League and its skating concussion candidates reached a deal Saturday to end the lockout that threatened the season for the 27th time. If they can dot the i’s and cross the t’s (this would assume the players can write, so I’m not holding my breath), hockey will be back by January 19th.

Oh, joy! Oh, happy day! Oh shit!

Oops, sorry. That last one just kinda slipped out.

You see, I’m rather ambivalent about the return of the NHL. I like hockey, and I

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Trashy's World: So the billionaires and millionaires…

…at the NHL and NHLPA have figured out how to the split the billions and millions. And it took these bozos months to come to an agreement. Months of no work for thousands of people who don’t make billions or millions and who relied on their minimum or slightly more than minimum wage to support their [...]

Cowichan Conversations: The NHL PLayers Should Give Gary Bettman And The Team Owners The Boot!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his band of ‘Owners’ have essentially taken their boots to the NHL Player’s Association with their games of ’Come here, come here, go away, go away.’

Believing, perhaps correctly that they can weaken, dishearten and crush the players and their resolve Bettman’s calculated wedge effort has been driven in hopes that the players will blame their negotiator Donald Fehr for talks breaking off once again. This has gone beyond tough bargaining this is ‘Bad Faith’ on steroids.

Bettman and Co. are doing more than hard bargaining they are risking the NHL’s

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Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gets up close and personal with a protester. Below: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Tory chuck-a-bub Peter Van Loan, Liberal Fuddle-Duddler Pierre Trudeau, New Democrat Nathan Cullen, known for his gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time hanging around the dojo, but I don’t think most Canadians would have been particularly troubled if Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair had planted a well-placed social democratic boot on Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan’s ample behind yesterday afternoon.

Alert readers will by now be aware that Mr. Van Loan waddled

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Trashy's World: The NHL?

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