Despite audio evidence of widespread illegal robocals, the Commishioner of Elections Canada has announced “no offenses committed”!
@DonMartinCTV @nspector4 "We didn't find anything because we weren't allowed to find anything"…. oh well. #cdnpoli— Out of Order (@muddywolfking) April 24, 2014
Canadians have had a heaping helping of obvious crime going unpunished, where Conservatives are the apparent benefactors.
I sadly predicted this ludicrous situation with a satirical piece I wrote last year that many people mistook for reality.
@glen_mcgregor With the NSA saving every phone call, how is that even possible!? #RoboCon— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April (Read more…)
“Free and fair elections lie at the heart of our democracy. The government should not underestimate the commitment of Canadians to defend this fundamental principle.”
by: Various | April 23, 2014
Last month, more than 160 professors signed an open letter to express grave concerns about the damage to Canadian democracy that the “Fair Elections Act,” Bill C-23, would cause. Today, we the undersigned, an even larger group of professors who share a deep concern over this legislation, urge the government to withdraw the bill and draft truly fair election reforms based on meaningful consultations with opposition parties, non-partisan (Read more…)
“Come on!” – RCMP
The Canadian people know when they’re being fed smoke and mirrors, and things taste very smoky and shiny right now.
@PierAsselin It almost seems like he just doesn't like the questions being raised.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014
+1 RT @mdemeny: So the letter refuting the RCMP as an agent of the governing party by policy had to be vetted by an agent of party. Ironic.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014
“Thanks to the RCMP, we know that senior officials in our government were conspiring to cover up (Read more…)
“History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice,” laureates remind President Obama as the world awaits his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline
by: Obert Madondo | April 17, 2014
To show leadership on climate change and leave a lasting legacy, US President Barack Obama must reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. That’s the message from Jimmy Carter.
The former US president joined South African anti-apartheid icon Bishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have signed a strongly-worded open letter urging Obama to (Read more…)
It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.
What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?
People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014
This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.
While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals are vowing to stand up for our right to vote.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says the focus of next election will be the ‘Fair Elections Act’. He wants Bill C-23 overhauled.
“We’re going to do everything we can to stop this thing,” Mulcair told delegates in (Read more…)
Canada's finance minister Jim Flaherty vows to stay in job till 2015 ca.reuters.com/article/domest… #cdnpoli #FlahertyJobs— Truth Mashup (@truthmashup) November 30, 2012
Most people are quite cautious about what they say, but a few people have said to me, ‘Do you have cancer? … What’s going on? Are you going to die?’ That kind of thing,” he told the Globe. “And, obviously, I am not. I mean, I will die eventually, but not over a dermatological issue.” – Flaherty 2013
“The treatment involved taking a strong steroid called prednisone, which is often accompanied by serious side-effects. (Read more…)
After giving some immunity to a man who either lied to me, or to Elections Canada’s investigators, Canada’s election agency has no new charges to announce against the perpetrators of 2011′s Guelph or national election fraud robocalls.
Andrew Prescott’s information fingers the already charged Michael Sona, and the exiled Ken Morgan who is living in Kuwait. Prosecutors will have to decide if he is telling them the truth, or if he was telling me the truth when he told me in an email conversation he’d asked me to share on my blog last year:
Feel free to think whatever you (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | April 2, 2014
The Conservatives’ abuse of the Challenger jets and other government resources might end soon if the New Democrats are successful with their latest motion.
On Tuesday, the NDP tabled an opposition day motion in the House of Commons that would limit the use of the jests to Canadian government business only.
The NDP wants MPs to declare that, “in the opinion of the House, government planes, and in particular the plane used by the Prime Minister, should only be used for government purposes and should not be used to transport anyone other than those (Read more…)
It happens with plenty of Harperites. They Resign, no wait, they were Fired. Depending on who you are, there’s a different tale of what caused the undesirable to fall under the Harper Omni-Bus.
Nigel Wright who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office until last year was also Resign-Fired. Fired.
Michael Sona was Resign-Fired too. Maybe this needs a name or hashtag? #HarperFired? Resigned.
@tingeyd -Construction of the @SaskPowerCCS facility is complete. Currently commissioning and preparing for commercial operation Spring 2014— (@SaskPowerCCS) January 27, 2014
“The government boasted at last week’s Boundary Dam symposium that the project will be up and running this fall and completed by next April, on time and on budget.”
Hey, today’s April Fool’s Day. Of course it’s not going online today, as planned last May September by politicians managing SaskPower.
.@saskpowerccs capture unit ready to go online this summer – essential technology for the future #ppet @ACforesight http://t.co/1b1rEk4yqK— Mihaela Carstei (@MCarstei) (Read more…)
@MarkHorseman LOL, don't worry, @PMOharper took care of that too. news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/24/rob… #Anders— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 28, 2014
I think Rob Anders would have been a better choice for Finance Minister than Joe Oliver.
Ever wonder why Elec Canada didn't raid CPC hq. On robocalls? I know I do. See ipolitics @HarrisAuthor #cdnpoli— Michael Harris (@HarrisAuthor) March 24, 2014
In early March 2012, I asked the same, putting the question to major political parties and Elections Canada.
“Why doesn’t Elections Canada just check the Conservative’s voter information database (CIMS) for who queried the phone numbers used for illegal robocalls? “
Elections Canada can’t explain the indefensible stupidity in their “investigation”.
If the CPC was cooperating with the investigation, why did it take nearly three months for Hamilton to arrange an interview (Read more…)
As some of you may be aware, during my more prolific days on the ‘Kog, I decried the decline in the quality of journalism, a trend which I directly attributed to the establishment of the 24-hour cable news stations. The need to fill airtime has superseded the need to inform, and has led, not to […]
We've contacted the fed gov't & Ukrn-Cdn groups to determine best way to support freedom & democracy in Ukraine. We will act on that advice.— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) February 24, 2014
Premier Brad Wall says gov't is looking at options to pull Russian liquor products from provincial stores in response to crisis in Ukraine— Marco Vigliotti (@Metro_Marco) March 20, 2014
Premier Wall, having gorged himself with other Canadian politicians on weeks of Russian Olympics propaganda, now considers Russian intoxicants to be the enemy.
What a game! Saskatchewan's @wick_22 & the Canadian Women's Hockey team are golden!!!
Congrats!! #WeAreWinter (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Is Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau beginning to a act a lot like a control freak? Like Stephen Harper?
It would appear so. At least according to star Liberal candidate Zack Paikin. Paikin nuked his own candidacy for the Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas riding to protest Trudeau’s decision to block Christine Innes from contesting Trinity-Spadina. The downtown Toronto riding became vacant after NDP MP Olivia Chow resigned to run for the Toronto Mayorship.
In a scathing letter released Monday, Paikin spoke for those of us passionate about grassroots democracy. Those of us weary of our dysfunctional politics and elected dictatorship.
Most (Read more…)
.@joeoliver1: "we'll talk a little later" as he gets into car. Let's see if Greg Rickford talks. #hw— Laura Payton (@laura_payton) March 19, 2014
Canada's new Minister of State for Science and Technology is Ed Holder – former insurance broker— Quirks & Quarks (@CBCQuirks) March 19, 2014
@pmharper jumps in car hidden by other SUVs ….refusing to take questions about cabinet shuffle #hw #cdnpoli http://t.co/gxJVWqPPbK— Hannah Thibedeau (@HannahThibedeau) March 19, 2014
@InklessPW @BCheadle @alexboutilier Does this mean you're okay with a ban on asking questions at photo ops?— Laura (Read more…)
She was crunched for time in writing a speech, something she’s not used to doing either, so she wrote a diary of her recent coverage in Ukraine and made it interesting by giving the back story to reporting in a region that could break out into open war. She grew up in Winnipeg. One questioner at the end noted it was nice to be able to see her smile, since her job doesn’t permit it as she’s reporting from tense situations overseas.
She bemoaned the lack of coverage of South America in North America, and dodged the question if there (Read more…)
Most people would consider “Hack the planet” to be some sort of black-hat hacker battle cry. It might more accurately describe the unconstitutional efforts of the United States of America’s NSA spy agency.
From a comment on the story: ““The intelligence community’s top-secret “Black Budget” for 2013, obtained by Snowden, lists TURBINE as part of a broader NSA surveillance initiative named “Owning the Net.””
Translation: They declared a Technology War against this world”, using our own computers against us.
TURBINE is an illegal NSA program, supported by GCHQ and who knows what other intelligence services around the world.
The (Read more…)
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…)
Vic Toews becoming a freaking judge was the most predicted patronage appointment since Harper put Duffy into the Senate, and we know how well that turned out.
It looks terrible. The bench should not be used as a retirement home for burnt out politicians. That’s what the Senate is for, and certain consular offices.
by: Obert Madondo
March 8, 2014
International Women’s Day
We stand with Anne-Marie Roy. We’ve been there too.
As women who have held elected positions at our college or university students’ union, we write in solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy, the President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Anne-Marie was recently the target of sexually violent comments made by several men who held elected positions at the University of Ottawa. Several of these men initially threatened to sue Anne-Marie if she was not quiet about the disgusting comments.
Anne-Marie has bravely chosen to not (Read more…)
Pardon the Bushism. The CPC’s spin regarding the oil crowding out grain shipments by rail must be inspired by Dubya.
@saskboy @LHubich That's an odd argument. Isn't grain literally the food?— Stefani Langenegger (@SLangeneggerCBC) March 07, 2014
Elizabeth May provides some sanity on the issue.
“The current rail cars used for shipping hazardous materials are not safe. Both the US and Canadian Railway Safety Boards have ruled that the DOT111 cars are unsafe, needing upgrading and replacement.”
The insanity is underneath, from Joan Crockatt.
March 6, 2014 For Immediate Release
Oil and gas putting food on (Read more…)
by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release
Public inquiry recommended oversight in 2006 – no action since that time
The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to end its long inaction on the need for an independent and effective complaints and monitoring mechanism for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Maher Arar judicial inquiry recommended that CBSA’s national security activities be subjected to independent review in 2006. The federal government has failed to act on this recommendation.
While CBSA has sweeping police (Read more…)