by: Obert Madondo Its ironic, isn’t it? Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, four provincial premiers, three former prime minister, two former governors general, MPs, a senator, and the head of the Assembly of First Nations, are in South Africa to convey of our collective last respects to the late Nelson Mandela, who… Read More
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New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
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Harper Conservatives’ draconian law-and-order agenda is challenged as Ontario court declares mandatory minimum sentences “cruel and unusual punishment”.
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The Province, October 31, 2013. 5:22 pm • Section: Opinion
For a political party whose goal is to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world, Vision’s disdain for green space seems oddly out of place. In one of their first budgets, Vision stripped funding for street trees and ripped out the heart of park maintenance. After being re-elected, Mayor Gregor Robertson mused on destroying a green space in Langara to put up affordable housing. The idea of cutting the Langara golf course up to make way for condo towers was surely one of his more bizarre ideas.
Then there (Read more…)
The Province, October 21, 2013. 12:41 pm • Section: Opinion
Vision began as a protest movement, fighting against what its members saw as the radical agenda of the leftist COPE party. Many saw them as opportunists wanting re-election more than putting forward the policies they were elected on.
COPE was in favour of electoral reform, strengthening neighbourhoods and citizen participation. They were against mega-stores and big money developers. Vision has rejected electoral reform and embraced any kind of development to the point where they are now the party of choice for developers’ donations.
While they send out messages (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Former Conservative Sen. Pamela Wallin. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
If there’s anywhere in the world an appointed public official more arrogant than Sen. Pamela Wallin, please let me know.
Wallin, an embattled former Conservative Senator, has repaid the $138,969 she fraudulently claimed from the Senate, plus $13,938.19 in interest. In case you’re tempted to think Wallin is sorry, think again. She remains unrepentant. And she’s mad as hell.
In a statement released Friday, Wallin trashed both the independent accounting firm Deloitte, which audited her expenses, and the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee, which ordered her (Read more…)
“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo
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Opponents of equitable, universal healthcare are using a corporate “communications” strategy known as Fear Uncertainty Doubt (FUD) to smear Canada’s “signature” social program, Medicare.
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An Iraqi single mom and a tech lawyer are suing ex-president George W. Bush for war crimes, believe they can prove the Iraq War was a “crime of aggression” under U.S. law.
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Historian and author Jeremy Brecher argues that activists who engage in acts of civil disobedience and risk arrest are upholding the law, not violating it.
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Sen. Pamela Wallin responds to damning Deloitte report on the Senate expense scandal, which alleges she may have tried to cover up her $140,000 fraudulent claims.
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Yotam Marom, a political organizer, activist, educator, musician, and writer based in New York City, explains how the “Armageddon” narrative around climate change fuels denial.
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Ray Grigg, a weekly environmental columnist and author of seven internationally published books on Oriental philosophy, discusses the “tragedy” of Canada’s environmental denial.
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Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.
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Janine Farrell, a seniors care researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explains why the recently announced $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in BC is not fair.
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Experts on Latin America issue open letter to the media, highlighting the ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden’s request for asylum in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
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According to a new Nanos poll, 81% of Canadians oppose Stephen Harper’s dictatorship-style plan to seize control of the CBC and gut its editorial independence.
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Environment Minister Peter Kent. (Photo: Environment Canada)
It’s a preemptive strike of sorts.
Environment Minister Peter Kent knows he’ll be a backbencher after PM Stephen Harper’s much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle. That much the Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, confirmed in a message published on Facebook on Friday.
“If, in the fullness of time and the eventual shuffle, I do find myself a backbench Parliamentarian, I will enthusiastically embrace what will be, for me, exciting new challenges,” Kent wrote.
Kent, a former broadcaster, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. He’s the (Read more…)
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By: Paul Brown, Climate News Network
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The Mackenzie River Basin showing how it drains north to the Arctic Ocean. Image: Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy
LONDON – The Mackenzie River Basin, a vast globally important area in Canada, is at great risk from climate change and a catastrophic oil spill from the tailing ponds of tar sands mining, according to a panel of nine Canadian, American and British scientists.
The warning came just days after the Canadian Oil Producers Association says it expects oil production from tar sands in the region (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad
An Alberta businessman is included in a massive online database of secret tax-haven names released to the public on Friday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David Ghermezian, the president of the West Edmonton Mall, is linked to a British Virgin Islands-registered company called Regal Mega Malls Development Corp, the CBC News reports.
Ghermezian’s inclusion on this list got me thinking about the pro-business Harper Conservatives and their undisguised determination to coddle tax havens and tax cheats.
The database, first leaked by the CBC and ICIJ in April, indicates that at least 130,000 people globally are (Read more…)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ex-chief of staff Nigel Wright tried to kill the Senate expenses scandal. He cut that $90,000 cheque which paid off Sen. Mike Duffy‘s fraudulent claims. Until now, the Conservatives have insisted that Wright used his own healthy bank account.
The money possibly came from a secret $1 million fund in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
According to the CBC News, the Harper Conservatives established the clandestine fund when they came to power in 2006. Most importantly, Wright had “exclusive signing authority” over the fund when he was chief of staff.
From the CBC:
CBC News has learned that (Read more…)
Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber (Photo: Alberta Diary)
Conservative MPs on the House of Commons’s ethics committee amended Brent Rathgeber’s private member’s bill seeking salary disclosures. He’d proposed forcing disclosures for public servants earning more than about $180,000. The committee upped the threshold to $444,000.
Rathgeber, the Conservative MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, didn’t like the dictatorship-style move very much. So much so that he’d to quit the Conservative caucus in protest.
And then he tweeted his protest:
I just notifed the Board of Directors of the Edm-St. Albert CPC Association and the Speaker that I have resigned from the CPC Caucus.
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By: Obert Madondo
Satirical Duffy $90,000 Bill
Veteran B.C. newspaper satirist Dan Murphy engaged in a little good old-fashioned Canadian political satire when he created a fake $90,000 bill starring scandal-plagued Sen. Mike Duffy. The Bank of Canada wants us to believe a serious crime has been committed here, according to Times Colonist.
The video below explains the satirical bill’s key ingredients: fake high-tech security features, bacon scent, a singing and burping Duffy and a winking hologram of Nigel Wright, PM Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.
How does the Bank of Canada respond? It dispatched a threatening email to (Read more…)
According to Bloomberg Markets, Royal Bank of Canada President and CEO, Gordon Nixon, is among the most overpaid bank CEOs in North America. Now we know what the RBC did with the profits made from hiring cheap temporary foreign workers, and from the Harper government’s secret $114 billion bailout during the 2008-10 global financial crisis.
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