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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act could sink Stephen Harper and Conservatives in 2015

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flaherty Dies, Canada’s Contemptible Finance Minister

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: No Charges Despite New Prescott #RoboCon Information

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Illegal Spying: Class action lawsuit filed against Canada’s electronic spy agency

by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release | April 1, 2014

VANCOUVER – Today, lawyers for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed a proposed national class action lawsuit on behalf of Canadians whose private communications and metadata information has been collected by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) in a manner that violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The proposed class action statement of claim, filed today in Federal Court, is a companion case to the claim filed by the BCCLA in the B.C. Supreme Court in October of 2013. If the BCCLA’s original lawsuit (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s abuse of Challenger jets, government resources unacceptable

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soudas was Resign-Fired #HarperFired #cdnpoli

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.

Fired.

Resigned.

Nigel Wright who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office until last year was also Resign-Fired. Fired.

Resigned.

Michael Sona was Resign-Fired too. Maybe this needs a name or hashtag? #HarperFired? Resigned.

Fired.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Carbon Capture and Storage Going Online Today, On Schedule

@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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soudas All By Himself

Soudas

@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.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Satire and Analysis Becomes Reality in #RoboCon

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…)

Blevkog: Stretched Thin, Part 1

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 […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Divesting From Russian Liquor #skpoli

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: A Liberal Protests Trudeau’s “Direct Assault” on Grassroots Democracy

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Governing in Secret #cdnpoli

.@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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nahlah Ayed in Regina for Minifie Lecture at #UofR

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Hack The Planet

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #TellItToTheJudge Because #TellVicEverything Went Sideways

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.

The Canadian Progressive: International Women’s Day 2014: College and university women express solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy

by: Obert Madondo

Via: Rabble.ca

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil Putting Food on Families

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Rights groups demand independent oversight of federal agency CBSA

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Putting The Ass before the Court

Brad Butt is an ass. Look what other election fraudsters are working with him to reshape Canada’s Election law.

Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the former Liberal MP in Etobicoke Centre, successfully went to court to have the May 2, 2011, election results in the riding overturned due to ballot irregularities. Conservative Ted Opitz, who won the riding by 26 votes, has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The seniors’ home incident, which Wrzesnewskyj dropped from his case before it was heard, happened at the St. Demetrius Seniors Residence, a large apartment building in Etobicoke offering assisted living and long-term (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: 400 peaceful Keystone XL pipeline protesters arrested at White House

by: Obert Madondo

Nearly 400 youth were arrested on March 2 outside the White House during the XL Dissent, a non-violent, student-led action to stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.

The students had marched from Georgetown University, where US President Barack Obama made a significant climate change speech last summer, to the White House.

“Oscar for best performances by a human being go to the youth who got arrested by the hundreds in DC today #XLDissent,” said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, on Twitter. “I think #xldissent may be the biggest single day of civil disobedience in (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Tarsands Polluting Groundwater and Rivers

As scientists have demonstrated in the past, the strip mining and tailing ponds employed on a Mordorific scale in northern Alberta are polluting ground and river waters.

Sorry #tarsand shills, but turns out you’ve been lying all along when you’ve said that areas surrounding the tarsands are not being polluted. You may have to be honest with yourselves before you can be honest with others. If you can’t be honest with yourselves, it’s time to stop lying to others and bow out of the conversation.

@andrew_leach @codyincalgary Norway allows 30mg/L oil in water discharged to the sea. 9500 (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: TRANSCRIPT: Justin Trudeau’s speech to the Liberal biennial convention

by: Obert Madondo

Speech by leader Justin Trudeau to the Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial convention convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, over the weekend:

My friends, my fellow Liberals; what a great Convention!

Thank you for your work. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your passion

I want to paint a picture for you.

There’s a young woman, let’s call her Nathalie. She works hard. Maybe in an office in old Montreal. Maybe at a retail outlet along Sainte-Catherine Street.

She makes 40k a year. It’s about what her spouse makes too.

She sits in traffic a lot. Often (Read more…)