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Bryan Crockett: We need a youth service corps.

Until 2011, Canada had a pretty cool program government-funded program called Katimavik. This program took young men and women from all over the country and showed them the culture of their country, and how to do stuff. The program participants gave back to their country through service to community organizations, while learning skills at the . . . → Read More: Bryan Crockett: We need a youth service corps.

Trashy's World: Great article about the demise…

… of Katimavik, by my old friend and fellow PSHS alumnus, Michael Johansen. (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 5 was the final sitting day in the House of Commons before a two-week Easter break. And the debate was much less sharp than in previous days, as the primary bill up for discussion was supported by all parties.

The Big Issue

That bill was S-4, a bill on railway and transportation issues . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 5, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 4, 2012

After the Cons refused to listen to the opposition parties’ proposed amendments, Wednesday, April 4 saw a day of debate on the main budget motion in the second-last day before a Parliamentary break.

The Big Issue

Nycole Turmel rightly labeled the budget as being based entirely on (gratuitous) austerity, while Peggy Nash described the NDP’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 4, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2 saw the second day of Peter Julian’s extended budget speech. And perhaps the point most worth noting is how many Canadians outside of Parliament took the opportunity have their voices heard in the budget debate.

The Big Issue

So let’s focus this review on some of the input Julian received from across . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 2, 2012

The Equivocator: “Pennies 4 Katimavik” Launches Today!

Pennies 4 Katimavik (a campaign spearheaded by Bismah Haq) is officially launching today in Ottawa at 2:30pm (click here for the facebook event.)

When I heard about this campaign I was very excited. Axing the program was one of the Harper government’s most maliciously-arbitrary decisions in the 2012 budget. I talked to Bismah about . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: “Pennies 4 Katimavik” Launches Today!

Politics and its Discontents: A Short But Not So Sweet Letter

Here is a copy of the letter that I just fired off to my Conservative Member of Parliament, David Sweet:

Dear Mr. Sweet,

Although I am sure you are only too aware of the hypocrisy involved, it seems more than passing strange that your government should suddenly cancel the Katimavik program, leaving in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Short But Not So Sweet Letter

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: News Hash April 10, 2012

Figured I should drop by and post some… stuff. You know, for the fun of it!Okay, let’s start today with the difference between climate and weather, trends and vagaries…How about the difference between people who put effort into thought and conserva… . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: News Hash April 10, 2012

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: News Hash April 10, 2012

Figured I should drop by and post some… stuff. You know, for the fun of it!

Okay, let’s start today with the difference between climate and weather, trends and vagaries…

How about the difference between people who put effort into thought and conservatives? No really. Here’s a link to a study by an esteemed . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: News Hash April 10, 2012