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Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the mov… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in New Brunswick (recap)

Strategic voting in New Brunswick Strategic voting in Fredericton: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Saint John-Rothesay: vote Liberal Strategic Voting in Madawaska-Restigouche: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Fundy Royal: vote NDP . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in New Brunswick (recap)

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Fundy Royal: vote NDP

The riding of Fundy-Royal in New Brunswick is a long shot for strategic voters. Fundy Royal the 2011 vote break-down in Fundy Royal was: Con (58%) / Lib (10%) / NDP (27%) / Green (5%) the strong second place finish of the NDP combined with a weakening of Conservative support just backing the NDP here. Other posts: Strategic voting in Fredericton: vote Liberal . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Fundy Royal: vote NDP

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe: vote Liberal

The riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe in New Brunswick offers another opportunity for strategic voters to work together to defeat the Conservatives. Strategic voting inMoncton-Riverview-Dieppe In 2011, the breakdown of votes (link) was: Con (37%) / Lib (31%) / NDP (28%) / Green (4%) Eric Grenier at 308.com predicts that Liberals (whose support in Atlantic Canada has increased since 2011) will take the riding Strategic . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe: vote Liberal

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saint John-Rothesay: vote Liberal

Strategic voting inSaint John-Rothesy

Continuing our survey of strategic voting opportunities in New Brunswick, we turn our attention to Saint John-Rothesay in the last election, the electoral results in Saint John-Rothesay were: Con (50%) / Lib (16%) / NDP (31%) / Green (3%) a recent local poll conducted by Environics found voting intentions as follows: Con (38%) / Lib (33%) / NDP (25%) / Green (4%) This suggests that strategic voters . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saint John-Rothesay: vote Liberal

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Madawaska-Restigouche: vote Liberal

Another New Brunswick riding where strategic voting could make a difference is Madawaska-Restigouche.  Its MP, Bernard Valcourt, is in a close race with the Liberals. Strategic voting in Madawaska-Restigouche the results in 2011 were (see link): Con (40%) / Lib (35%) / NDP (19%) / Green (2%) Eric Grenier at 308.com projects the Liberals successfully taking the riding. strategicvoting.ca urges strategic voters in Madawaska-Restigouche to cast a . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Madawaska-Restigouche: vote Liberal

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Fredericton: vote Liberal

We have seen that strategic voting could play a decisive role in several swing ridings in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan.  Tactical voting may be useful several ridings in New Brunswick, including Fredericton. Strategic voting Fredericton The results of the 2011 election in Fredericton were: Con (47%) / Lib (24%)* / NDP (24%) / Green (4%) two local polls of voting intentions in Fredericton have suggested that the Conservatives . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Fredericton: vote Liberal

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: People’s Alliance Announces Carleton By-election Candidate

A provincial by-election has been called for the riding of Carleton. The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick has justannounced their candidate. The following is a copy of the press release:

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick announces Deputy Leader RandallLeavitt as candidate for the upcoming Carleton By-election.

Leavitt’s background is in business management and sales, . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: People’s Alliance Announces Carleton By-election Candidate

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Education Reform In New Brunswick: What Japan Can Teach Us (Part 1)

As a graduate of New Brunswick’s education system I sometimes reflect onthe quality of the schooling I received. I also have a longstanding  interest inJapanese culture. It is natural then that I would eventually get to looking at howJapan does education. What I found was a school system that better instills thevalues of leadership, sense of community, and respect than . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Education Reform In New Brunswick: What Japan Can Teach Us (Part 1)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 6 Years Later New Brunswick STILL Hasn’t Addressed Adult Autism Care

Years have passed, governments have come and gone, but still the elected  members of the New Brunswick legislative assembly, despite international recognition for its parent advocacy driven early intervention and school autism services, … . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 6 Years Later New Brunswick STILL Hasn’t Addressed Adult Autism Care

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Sebastien’s Sad and Scary Adult Autism Reality in Moncton, New Brunswick

When autistic persons in New Brunswick turn 21 particularly severely autistic adults services many services will no longer be available. For severely autistic adults adulthood can be bleak, sad and scary. This is Sebastien’s story, a severely autistic 21 year old from Moncton, New Brunswick … as told by his obviously heartbroken and scared mother . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Sebastien’s Sad and Scary Adult Autism Reality in Moncton, New Brunswick

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick’s Band Aid Adult Autism Disorder Care and Treatment

New Brunswick has an approach to adult autism disorder care and treatment that can most charitably be described as a Band Aid approach.   There are many reasons for this Band Aid solution apart from the consistent waving of the “we are living in hard times” dismissal that usually accompanies the replies written . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick’s Band Aid Adult Autism Disorder Care and Treatment

The Progressive Economics Forum: Deficit Déjà Voodoo again in New Brunswick

The Fredericton Daily Gleaner published an op-ed I wrote about how the province doesn’t have a structural deficit, despite the government claiming it does. The commentary piece is behind a pay wall so I’ve copied it below.

Last month, CUPE New Brunswick also published a paper I wrote on this issue, Deficit Déjà Voodoo: is . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Deficit Déjà Voodoo again in New Brunswick

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

New Brunswick governments have been outstanding in establishing an internationally recognized early evidence based autism intervention service and have made some gains in autism training for Education Aides and Resource Teachers.   There has been no progress though  in establishing an autism centre for adult treatment and permanent residential care for severely impacted . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Elected Representatives: New Brunswick Needs Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment

Dear Hon. Premier Gallant, Deputy Premier Horsman,Speaker Collins,  Ministers, Party Leaders and Government Advisers: Re New Brunswick’s Lack of Adult Autism Care: I am sure that you are all grappling with important issues in these weeks following a provincial election. Many issues have generated intense discussion and serious attention from all of our public leaders.  . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Elected Representatives: New Brunswick Needs Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment

Alberta Diary: Brian Gallant has a thin resume? Stephen Harper hasn’t held a real job since he quit the mailroom in ’79 or whenever!

New Brunswick Premier-designate Brian Gallant, grabbed from his campaign website. Below: Cranky old National Post opinion thingy Kelly McParland, age undetermined; Justin Trudeau, 42, getting off an airplane with some old guy, 62; Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, 59.

As the present now will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Brian Gallant has a thin resume? Stephen Harper hasn’t held a real job since he quit the mailroom in ’79 or whenever!

The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

I’m in New Brunswick for a couple weeks, so might as well take a shot at the Tories while I’m here. With the writ formally dropping tomorrow, and signs going up across the province (I’ve seen probably about a dozen already driving around Saint John)&nb… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

I’m in New Brunswick for a couple weeks, so might as well take a shot at the Tories while I’m here. With the writ formally dropping tomorrow, and signs going up across the province (I’ve seen probably about a dozen already driving around Saint John) Conservative leader David Alward is running away from the CBC . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

Alberta Diary: Albertans have a right to ask questions about the integrity and preservation of their government’s records

Alberta Tories contemplate their departure from the Legislature. Actual Progressive Conservative Government officials may not leave office in exactly the manner illustrated. Below: But if they do, is this the fate of their secrets? Below that: the late premier Ralph Klein and privatization advocate and cabinet minister Steve West.

There’s a whiff of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Albertans have a right to ask questions about the integrity and preservation of their government’s records

Trashy's World: Stuff I didn’t know before…

Like… New Brunswick is a province that is stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to access to abortions. An abortion must be be deemed “medically neccesary” before it can be performed. And… that Beelzebub is alive and active in Fredericton. As for the first new piece of knowledge… I learned this upon hearing . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Stuff I didn’t know before…

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Ignoring Training Requirements and Realities Will Undermine NB Autism Intervention Services

A Fredericton mother was heard on CBC info am a short while ago, once again expressing her opinion that overall the new NB  Autism intervention policy is good. She basically stated that 20 hours of treatment should mean 20 hours of treatment. Everybody agrees with that statement. Unfortunately the problem with the new policy isn’t . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Ignoring Training Requirements and Realities Will Undermine NB Autism Intervention Services

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Support and Care for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Brunswick – The Report of the University of Calgary School of Public Policy

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological condition estimated to affect as many as one in 88 children. It is now the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities. Many individuals living with ASD will need some level of support over their entire lives. In cases . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Support and Care for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Brunswick – The Report of the University of Calgary School of Public Policy

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lockout at UNB

University of New Brunswick has locked out professors.

NEW THIS MORNING: #UNB fulltime faculty on the picket line, classes on #Fredericton, #SaintJohn campuses suspended. http://t.co/HHnNjZsKIZ— Nick Moore (@NickMooreCTV) January 13, 2014

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Lockout at UNB

LeDaro: Train Carrying Oil Derails, Catches Fire in New Brunswick, Canada

Too many train derailments carrying crude oil. This time in New Brunswick. Luckily it happened in a non-populated area and nearby community Plaster Rock was evacuated. There seems to be no end to these derailments. I could not find the video which shows as if an atomic bomb was exploded.

How much damage this kind . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Train Carrying Oil Derails, Catches Fire in New Brunswick, Canada

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: They Just Don’t Give A Damn: 2007 Adult Autism Care and Treatment In New Brunswick Was Abysmal – 2014 Nothing Has Changed, Still Abysmal

Following this comment is a re-posting of a comment I posted on this site 7 years ago in 2007 about the abysmal state of autism youth and adult residential care and treatment in New Brunswick, Canada. 7 years later and nothing has changed. Well, one thing has changed, a very important part of my life . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: They Just Don’t Give A Damn: 2007 Adult Autism Care and Treatment In New Brunswick Was Abysmal – 2014 Nothing Has Changed, Still Abysmal