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The Canadian Progressive: Adbusters’ project to “take down Harper”: #SwaggerNoMore

by Adbusters | Jan 17, 2013 “The time has come for all of us to get involved.” He ditched the Kyoto Protocol, voted against Palestine, violated human rights, passed unconstitutional laws, changed the Indian Act illegally, passed several sneaky and sinister omnibus bills . . . he continues to destroy everything in the way of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Adbusters’ project to “take down Harper”: #SwaggerNoMore

Bryan Crockett: Congratulations Canada, we’re the first country to back out of Kyoto!

Remember that agreement that Canada signed, along with most other countries in the world? The one where we all agreed on climate change, and that something needed to be done about it. That one with specific goals?

Yeah, we’ll we’re officially not in it anymore. And we’re also the first country to back out.

The . . . → Read More: Bryan Crockett: Congratulations Canada, we’re the first country to back out of Kyoto!

Bill Longstaff: Here’s a headline I’d rather not see

Checking The Guardian on my morning round of news websites, I encountered the following headline: “Canada, the surprise “pariah” of the Kyoto protocol.” The subhead went on to add, “Some Canadians doubt whether their country should have any say in negotiating the second Kyoto protocol after it became the only nation to reject the first . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Here’s a headline I’d rather not see

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Climate Change Denial Model Bill Passes in Tennessee

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The month of March has seen unprecedented heat and temperatures. A rational thinking, scientifically-grounded individual could only posit, "Well, hmm, I bet climate change has something to do with the fact that in Madison, WI, it is 80 degrees in mid-March. Sometimes it's 60 or 70 degrees colder than this!"

While . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Climate Change Denial Model Bill Passes in Tennessee

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 13 served to confirm the range of concerns that hadn’t yet been taken into account in the Cons’ seat redistribution bill – even as debate came to a close and the bill was rammed through against the protests of a united opposition.

The Big Issue

In response to the start and end of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 13, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 5, 2011

Monday, December 5 saw the House of Commons debate the NDP’s motion on climate change. And while the Cons tried to put up a relatively brave facade on an issue where they’ve been fighting progress at any turn, they inevitably ended up showing their true colours.

The Big Issue

At the outset, it’s worth noting . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 5, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 28, 2011

Monday, November 28 saw the final day of debate in the House of Commons on the Cons’ legislation to trash the single-desk Canadian Wheat Board. And not surprisingly, the result was a particularly focused set of concerns about the bill – though those were waved aside yet again.

The Big Issue

The line of the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 28, 2011

A Heartwarming Xmas Wish From the Harpercons

Well, boys ‘n’ girls, one that would warm everything else but the heart, anyway.

Comes complete with stepford wife stealing Tiny Tim’s line.

H/T Gritchik

Art Threat: Not a cool time to be Canadian – Friday Film Pick: Everything’s Cool

On Monday the Canadian government officially announced the very unpopular decision to withdraw from Kyoto, furthering Canada’s status as eco-pariah on the international stage while reinforcing the massive chasm that exists between Canada’s citizens and its Conservative government. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives won a majority in last year’s election despite the fact that less than . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Not a cool time to be Canadian – Friday Film Pick: Everything’s Cool

350 or bust: Canada’s New Climate Buddy: Russia

Canada has been under fire internationally for the Harper government’s recent announcement of its intention to pull out of the only international treaty that attempts to address the climate crisis, the Kyoto Protocol. China, Japan, France, India, and Tuvalu, a small island state at risk from climate change, have all been vocal in their condemnation . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canada’s New Climate Buddy: Russia

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Thomas Walkom notes that based on the Cons’ Kyoto embarrassment, Canada is now the odd man out on the world stage when it comes to climate change discussions: (I)n terms of international efforts to curb global warming, Kyoto is the only serious game in town. It is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

bastard.logic: …and Michael Moore is FAT!

Terry Glavin, last True Leftist™ in Canada, finds the late, lamented Kyoto treaty (and environmentalism in general) wanting — and apparently it’s all Al Gore’s fault.

No, really:

Kyoto could have been an instrument to force technological innovation in the world’s advanced economies in such a way as to clear a path for eventual and . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: …and Michael Moore is FAT!

Drive-by Planet: Canada’s Kyoto cop out

To a chorus on international condemnation, Canada has announced that it is pulling out of the Kyoto climate treaty. It’s clear that this is where Harper was steering the ship so to those of us watching from the lower decks it comes as no big surprise.

A cutting and very amusing Heather Mallick . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Canada’s Kyoto cop out

Bill Longstaff: Will global civilization avoid collapse?

I consider myself a lucky man. I was born in the right place at the right time to enjoy what may well be the peak period of civilization. Never has human society offered so much to those in a position to take advantage of it—physical luxury not even kings and queens could enjoy in past . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Will global civilization avoid collapse?

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Yes, it’s absolutely asinine that the Cons’ attacks on Muslim women have been extended to denying citizenship based on a particular type of clothing. But after the Cons’ repeated efforts to suppress veiled voting, we shouldn’t expect anything less from them. And indeed the goal looks to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Impolitical: Late night

“The decision to quit will not help Canada’s international reputation…critics say is becoming a climate renegade.”

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Assorted content for your evening reading.

– While I’m less than convinced about his desire to break down party loyalties, David Thompson highlights the need for progressives to fight back against decades of corporatist dominance in both political messaging and policy development: To win over the long run, progressives will need, among other things, each . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany – robots, OC Transpo and the Leafs!

It’s about time the Board moved to do something about the negative image and messages that Christmas imparts! Way to go Androgynous, Holiday-Neutral Robot! Long may you, uh, live… Thanks to the O-dot for breaking this story… ______________________________________________________________________________________________ So a UBC study has found that we atheists are as distrusted as, um, rapists (?) The . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany – robots, OC Transpo and the Leafs!

Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Proving she’s no one-hit wonder, Brigette DePape showed up in Durban to peacefully fight for the future of Canada and the world. The inspiration for countless of Canadians after her silent Stop Harper moment, DePape is evolving into a spokesperson for other causes such as preventing further climate change. I’ll let her speak for herself:

. . . → Read More: Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Proving she’s no one-hit wonder, Brigette DePape showed up in Durban to peacefully fight for the future of Canada and the world. The inspiration for countless of Canadians after her silent Stop Harper moment, DePape is evolving into a spokesperson for other causes such as preventing further climate change. I’ll let her speak for herself:

. . . → Read More: Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Duncan Cameron points out how the Cons are copying the Republican economics that have led the U.S. to ruin: The Harper Conservatives model their economic policies on beliefs held dear by American Republicans: just lower taxes, and reduce government, and business will create the wealth.

With this . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Durban hosts: Canada bullying poorer countries to abandon Kyoto protocols

Listen Africa, we’ve got Canadians on their knees. You’re next.

Ah, our international prowess once again on display. It’s not enough for our government to bully our Aboriginals, our opposition, our media, our women and our youth. Peter Kent feels it necessary to push our tar sands-based Conservative government’s tragic anti-climate, anti-science position on . . . → Read More: Durban hosts: Canada bullying poorer countries to abandon Kyoto protocols

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… snowy December day edition… Good article in the Citizen{yes, I used good and Citizen in the same phrase} yesterday about the ridiculousness of our quad education system in Ontario. The issue of the wastefulness of our quadruplicated system of education seems to pop its head above the water twice a year or so. An . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– With prorogation looking like it’s bound to be back on the table fairly shortly, Lori Turnbull offers a worthwhile suggestion to end the Cons’ abuses: The 2012 prorogation would be substantively different. First, there is no obvious political land mine to avoid. Second, the Conservatives have demonstrated how . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

More international shame. Canada to pull out of Kyoto.

Oops, wrong Peter Kent

Anti-science. Anti-environment. That’s today’s Canada. Well on its way to being a third-world nation because it denies the very existence of actual science.

To hammer the nail further the farthest right of US bloggers are crowing and leaping about. I’m not even talking about silly blogs like Michelle Malkin or Hot . . . → Read More: More international shame. Canada to pull out of Kyoto.