A former Mountie and CSIS operative thinks Harper’s so called anti-terrorism bill is scary and unnecessary.
Mr. Lavigne, 55, left government in 1999, but follows intelligence news closely.
He spent years tracking dangerous radicals without the powers the government wants to give to CSIS.
“I find it a little convenient that in the past few years that these radicalized people are the biggest threat to ever hit us,” he said. “There are more people dying because of drunk drivers or because of gang violence.”
(-link added by me)
Mr. Lavigne said the prime minister’s advisers must tell him that (Read more…)
Media in Ottawa are too busy eating each other alive to focus on the main course passing authoritarian Bill C-51.
Glen McGregor takes the proposed Press Gallery changes apart.
@pdmcleod fair enough, moneybags. New territory to me. What's a more apt description?
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) February 24, 2015
@laura_payton As this is being triggered now, Q is: if a PPG Member is offended at another's remarks & complains:would this be "just cause"?
— D. Matthew Millar (@dmatthewmillar) February 23, 2015
… and driving. So here I was last week, coming home from work along my usual route. I stopped at the Heron/Riverside lights and looked around me at the other vehicles. I really wasn’t to surprised to see that every one of the drivers were “heads-down”, furiously typing away or reading whatever was on their […]
Following up on my 2010 blog post on solar for the White House, it takes almost 3 years to get solar added to a historic national building.
That’s why we should all get started with pressing Parliament Hill’s renovation to include commercially available PV solar panels to the south facing slopes of Canada’s iconic government building.
Simply put, solar panels mean less carbon pollution, and more jobs for Americans – jobs that can’t be outsourced. They’re good for our energy future, and they’re good for our economy.
Time to follow America, again.
After we were told the video made by Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau would be made available to the public, the RCMP has changed its mind, or had it changed for them. RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson wasn’t exactly clear on the specifics. He said there may be a release of “some aspects of a transcript of the video”… whatever that means.
Given the terrorist narrative favored by the government and also by the police, how can the public be sure that ‘aspects of the transcript’ aren’t cherry picked to reenforce the preferred narrative. Surely the honest and transparent thing to do (Read more…)
… in the Aviva Fund competition. Hi all – PSA time: Clifford Bowey PS has moved into the Aviva Fund Semi-Finals! I like to think that our school community last year helped Vincent Massey win this competition – and a new playground! Please visit the site and register and VOTE – one vote per day […]
No secret I’m opposed to both Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway. A sizeable majority of British Columbians are of the same mind but a significant minority supports the pipeline initiatives. In situations like this it can be helpful to seek out areas of agreement, common ground.
Here’s an idea we should all be able to endorse. If you insist on shipping Athabasca oil to Asia, why not ship oil? That may sound facetious but it’s not.
Bad as these pipelines are, they’re made far worse by what Ottawa and Alberta want to push through them – dilbit. Dilbit is bitumen (Read more…)
Susan Bibeau, the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, says her son was not a terrorist but “felt cornered” and “acted in despair.”
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There is an old stone house in what was once a rural area and now is within the Emerald Meadows portion of Bridlewood in Kanata. A few weeks ago I biked by it and noticed that, while still standing, it was surrounded by construction and all the doors and windows were missing looking like no attempt to preserve it was being made. I was expecting it to be bulldozed any day but it still stands with
The shooting spree by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill that resulted in the death of soldier Nathan Cirillo has resulted in a rush of rhetoric about a threat to Canadian values. As I commented in a previous post, Zehaf-Bibeau’s rampage was no such thing. The idea that an irrational act of violence by a mentally-unbalanced crack addict is some kind of threat to our values is ludicrous. As
I have already endorsed some of these candidates in past posts, but being that it is only a few days till E Day, I thought I’d go over some of them again. Jean Cloutier will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for […]
CNN, in their attempt to fill air time after the apparent terror attack in Ottawa (#OttawaShooting), began asking American pundits whether their Northern border with Canada was safe. Erin Burnnett accompanied that discussion with a graphic comparing their Northern border with their Southern border with Mexico which distorted the facts of the issue to make a point.
Are you confident in the security of America’s northern with #Canada? pic.twitter.com/6JNg4jmSiA
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) October 22, 2014
Earlier in the day Geraldo Rivera, no stranger to sensationalism, had a similar message in a tweet.
another jihadi terrorist attack in Canada. (Read more…)
Here’s the prepared text of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.
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Saskatchewan’s lovable radio host asks: “What are you thinking and feeling about 1) our Canada today b) yesterday on the “Hill” and c) the cowardice and evil in our midst. Is Canada different today? How do we deal with terrorism and radicals?”
1) Worried the attack will be used as an excuse to make it harder to visit our public buildings. b?) You mean 2)? c) OK, we’ll stick with letters now. The cowardice and evil is refusing to deal with our fossil fuel additions, and going to war to secure a source in the Middle East. How (Read more…)
Canada won’t be cowed by terrorism, or by a draconian response to its threat The Ottawa shooting requires a measured reaction. We won’t let this society be divided into ‘us and them’ Emer O’Toole theguardian.com, Thursday 23 October 2014 04.33 ED
You that never done nothin’ But build to destroy You play with my world Like it’s your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly.
-from “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan
I found Harper’s speech (Read more…)
Here’s NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.
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Here’s the full transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation following the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
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A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial.
Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of our political leader’s choice to take us to war in Iraq against ISIS? Possibly. That threat shouldn’t mean a single change to our daily lives though, since we don’t alter our behaviour to avoid the much more deadly threat of being killed by a home-grown drunk driver.
Please Canada – be safe but don't let this change us the way (Read more…)
After watching the municipal campaigns in Ottawa unfold thus far, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the defining issue is leadership. Pro green bin or not (I pity the fools!), love Phase 2 of the LRT or scrap it, raise taxes, lower them or keep them the same, what really sets out one candidate from […]
… this time around. I was, however, very tempted to run down to City Hall around noon to register as a school Board Trustee candidate in my zone; where there was no one contesting the lone candidate who filed his papers. But whammo! someone named Talis-Ilmars Brauns has filed and will provide some opposition to […]
I don’t generally use my bike on Ottawa’s multipurpose pathways. Because I heard somewhere that you’re only supposed to do 20km/h on them. I prefer to ride faster than that. Once, while cycling on Colonel By (not five feet from one of said pathways) I had a motorist yell at me to get off the road and use the pathway.
… if my friend and colleague, Jean Cloutier, is elected on October 27. Jean has been the President of the Canterbury Community Association for quite some time – this is the same group that I have been involved with for the past 4 years. I have seen first-hand the sweat and commitment that Jean has put […]
The Senate has asked Harper-appointed Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu to apologize for violating the “Conflict of Interest Code for Senators” by banging staffer, giving her contracts.
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Since the beginning of the year, several stories in high-profile mainstream media publications have examined what some find to be the increasing militarization of police forces in North America. In March, The Economist wrote a feature on the phenomenon noting that the use of tactical units, which are often armed with military-style weaponry such as so-called […]