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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Women Who Brought Him Down

With only fifteen days to go before the U.S. election, if we were on a plane this would be about the time when the pilot announces "we're now on final approach."Or if you're on the Trump plane the pilot screams "Mayday!! Mayday!! Only God can save us!!!! Hillary Clinton has vaulted to a double-digit . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Women Who Brought Him Down

Alberta Politics: Mel Hurtig, a great Canadian – and, full of beans, as we used to say

PHOTOS: Mel Hurtig with his Canadian Encyclopedia, without which, once upon a time, no respectable Canadian home was considered complete. I am grateful to Mr. Hurtig for one thing not mentioned in the short commentary below, and that is my accidental i… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Mel Hurtig, a great Canadian – and, full of beans, as we used to say

Alberta Politics: Every time you bug this 85-year-old city councillor, your library could lose a few books! Have you got that, people?

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Councillor Bob Russell – fending off annoying letters from voters since 1950-something! Time to send him back to the greenhouse? (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: A crowd of irritating readers at a recent library event. Probably every one them sent an email to Bob Russell, dammit! Below that: Proof that I . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Every time you bug this 85-year-old city councillor, your library could lose a few books! Have you got that, people?

Susan on the Soapbox: Bill C-24: An Exercise in Cognitive Dissonance

“We know Stephen Harper is a dictator in the making, but he’s convinced some people that they’re going to be financially better off under him, which is untrue.”—Margaret Atwood on cognitive dissonance.

Bill C – 24 is the epitome of cognitive dissonance. It purports to strengthen Canadian citizenship by stripping Canadians of their citizenship. . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Bill C-24: An Exercise in Cognitive Dissonance

The Canadian Progressive: Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51

Celebrated author Margaret Atwood is leading a group of 200 notable Canadian writers and artists demanding an immediate repeal of Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation. C­51, the artists argue, “directly attacks the creative arts and free expression in this country.”

The post Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51 appeared first . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51

Montreal Simon: The Hairy Question: Why Was Margaret Atwood Censored By the National Post?

We've all seen this absurd clip in that ghastly Con attack ad at least a thousand times. For there is no escaping it.And if you're like me you have no doubt wondered what it has to do with Justin Trudeau's qualifications to be Prime Minister.And whether it's just another hideous attempt to undermine Justin's . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Hairy Question: Why Was Margaret Atwood Censored By the National Post?

Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, speaking in Toronto last weekend. Below: Renowned author Margaret Atwood on an Alberta union picket line, circa 2000, Doug Ford and his Brother Rob.

Doug Ford? Doug Ford? Who is Doug Ford again?

I think he’s Rob Ford’s brother?

OK. Who is . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Why do lit-ah-rary types look down on SF

So what is it about science fiction that causes “literary” types to look down upon it? Like any genre, SF has its bad and good. No scratch that, like any writing, there is both bad and good. I’ve read plenty … Continue reading →

Cowichan Conversations: Deep Green Resistance

Deep Green Resistance is a pro-woman, social-justice environmental organization. As radicals, we hold a class analysis on injustice, and we are fighting enmeshed systems of oppression.

Industrial ecocide & misogyny are inherently connected. The way the land is treated and the way that women are treated are both part of a male-oriented domination culture . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Deep Green Resistance

Alberta Diary: Recycling Margaret Atwood, Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the library slugfest of 2011

Margaret Atwood on our picket line at the Calgary Herald, circa 1999, shortly before severely reprimanding your blogger. Below: A reflective Ms. Atwood signing a book in Edmonton last night, part of the crowd that turned out to hear Ms. Atwood chat with singer Alanis Morissette, brothers Doug and Rob Ford in happier . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Recycling Margaret Atwood, Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the library slugfest of 2011

The Canadian Progressive: Trailer for Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Movie

Here’s the trailer for MaddAddam, the much-anticipated film based on the final novel in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy.

The post Trailer for Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Movie appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Prominent Canadians want Victoria Day renamed to honour Aboriginals

From Victoria Day to ‘Victoria and First People’s Day’. How does that sound? Prolific author Margaret Atwood, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, actor Gordon Pinsent and other prominent Canadians are demanding that “Victoria Day” be renamed “Victoria and First Peoples Day”. To honour Aboriginal peoples’ contributions to Canada. The group, which also includes politicians, is . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Prominent Canadians want Victoria Day renamed to honour Aboriginals

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Rappin’ with Atwood and Moore

My Twitter feed has been fun the last few days, including an exchange with one of my favorite authors, and a literary legend. I was also surprised to discover that Margaret Atwood hasn’t seen the movie 300: And Christopher Moore … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: S.E.C.R.E.T: Canada’s Answer to Fifty Shades of Grey

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 6, 2013: Last year, a still-unpublished erotic Canadian novel created quite a stir at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair. The Toronto Star speculated that the novel, written under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline, was Canada’s answer to British author E.L James’ blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: S.E.C.R.E.T: Canada’s Answer to Fifty Shades of Grey

The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Future Fantasy: Technology and Communication

This morning I was driving through the rain as I listened to CBC radio.  I was relaxed after a hard workout at the gym – always a great state for listening, in my experience.  Nora Young hosts SPARK, a weekly interview radio show about technology and human connectedness.  Nora is a quiet person with an . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Future Fantasy: Technology and Communication

Canadian Progressive: ‘Payback’: A Doc Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s Book

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s book, “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth”, is the basis for this riveting doc by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: An Open Letter about Rob Ford to the City of Toronto, from the Rest of Canada

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, a political figure so big he has his own gravitational field! Toronto politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated.

Dear Toronto:

It’s time we had a frank talk about that Chief Magistrate of yours.

We are speaking of course about Rob Ford, the big guy who keeps showing up in . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: An Open Letter about Rob Ford to the City of Toronto, from the Rest of Canada

The Equivocator: The 2011 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: The 2011 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: My Memories of the Literary Triumverate

When I was a teenager, 3 great literary icons were coming into prominence, all of them women writers: Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood. Of these Margaret Laurence was the oldest, and her writing career was a relatively brief flash. Her best known books were written in one decade, her last novel published when […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: My Memories of the Literary Triumverate

BREAKING. Fox News North quotes Margaret Atwood: “Libaries (sic) cause cancer”

Well, not the real Sun News Network. But 22 Minutes’ Geri Hall does a bang-on impression of a Krista Erickson Fox News North type host ‘quizzing’ Margaret Atwood. It goes something like this:

Host: “Don’t libaries (sic) cause cancer”?

Atwood: “Of course not”.

Host “Oh, I didn’t realize you were a medical doctor? . . . → Read More: BREAKING. Fox News North quotes Margaret Atwood: “Libaries (sic) cause cancer” . . . → Read More: BREAKING. Fox News North quotes Margaret Atwood: “Libaries (sic) cause cancer”

BREAKING. Fox News North quotes Margaret Atwood: "Liberries cause cancer"

Well, not the real Sun News Network. But 22 Minutes’ Geri Hall does a bang-on impression of a Krista Erickson Fox News North type host ‘quizzing’ Margaret Atwood. It goes something like this:Host: “Don’t liberries cause cancer”?Atwood: “Of course not”…. . . . → Read More: BREAKING. Fox News North quotes Margaret Atwood: "Liberries cause cancer"

Politics and its Discontents: Taxpayers Versus Citizens

It probably doesn’t take a genius to understand the basic philosophical and fiscal difference between the moderate and the right-wing is that the moderate recognizes the needs of the collective, i.e., the entire society, while the right-wing gives prec… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Taxpayers Versus Citizens

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Where does he live – in a hole somewhere? Norman Jewison on Doug Ford

Toronto News: Norman Jewison wades into Ford-Atwood spat – thestar.comExcerpt:Acclaimed Canadian director Norman Jewison says he was “shocked” by Doug Ford’s dismissive comments on Margaret Atwood, accusing the city councillor of betraying the au… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Where does he live – in a hole somewhere? Norman Jewison on Doug Ford

Politics and its Discontents: Hamilton’s Vindication?

While long regarded as something of a provincial backwater vis-a-vis its ‘world-class’ cousin 70 kilometres down the highway, the City of Hamilton is surely feeling a measure of cultural vindication now that the barbarians have breached the gates of To… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Hamilton’s Vindication?