Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream CBC: Investigation into CSEC finds serious breaches of ethics and misuse of public assets

Spy agency CSEC’s troubles go from bad to worse after an official review finds serious breaches of ethics and misuse of public funds.

An investigation at Canada’s secretive eavesdropping agency has uncovered misuse of public assets and “serious breaches” of the spy outfit’s values and ethics code.

The findings, prompted by confidential information from a whistleblower, led Communications Security Establishment Canada to revise policy, improve training and boost oversight.

read more Toronto Star: Ottawa imposes a lifelong gag order on bureaucrats who could shed light on CSEC spying

It looks like the government are growing desperate to stifle the growing debate about CSEC’s spying on Canadians. Now they’ve imposed a lifelong gag order on bureaucrats who might shed light on what CSEC has been up to.

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Joe Fantauzzi: A Response To The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson

A “dream palace,” The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson calls it. Inside that dream palace, the First Nations allegedly live in a fairytale land of sovereignty, respect and healthy relations with the Canadian state. Well, in fairness, Simpson describes the perks of living inside his so-called dream palace a touch more condescendingly. He sets the tone […]

Joe Fantauzzi: A Response To The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson

A “dream palace,” The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson calls it. Inside that dream palace, the First Nations allegedly live in a fairytale land of sovereignty, respect and healthy relations with the Canadian state. Well, in fairness, Simpson describes the perks of living inside his so-called dream palace a touch more condescendingly. He sets the tone […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Makes Senate Change in Liberal Party

This is a clear about-face from being willing to welcome Mac Harb back into the Liberal fold. I really wonder which idea is actually Trudeau’s.

Trudeau kicks Liberal senators out of caucus… via @canadadotcom #PN #SenCA #cdnpoli— Christina Spencer (@Spencerpress) January 29, 2014

This explains some things RT @OttawaCitizen How Justin Trudeau and his advisers devised their Senate plan— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) January 30, 2014

True RT @ThomasHall17: @stphnmaher So far it's just separate caucuses for separate houses of Parliament. Lib ldr only sits in MPs' caucus.— (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Crossing the line

There’s a story on ipolitics that in part echoes my own thoughts about media and responsibility. Yet the author draws different conclusions than I believe I would have, were I still in the media. It’s called “Paul Calandra and the tale of the naked senator” and it’s written by Paul Adams. Worth reading regardless of […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Part 1 #OilConVoid – Neil Young Hints At Unspeakable Canadian Civil War

I’m starting a short series of 3 blog posts today deliberately with the top climate change story in Canada. There are huge stories also in the RoboCon election fraud scandal, and the PMO-Senate scandals, but it’s climate change that will have the longest lasting impact in Canada and the world.

Canadians have been fortunate for a long time, in that few of us consider the possibility of living through a war on our own soil. Most Canadians are people, however. All people on Earth are at risk of experiencing war, and Canada is even involved in one today, but not (Read more…)

Mike Powell.CA: Maybe its time to steal transit ideas from Burlington?

Whoa, it’s been a while.

I’ve decided to try this blogging thing again. Basically, I spend enough time thinking about things, I might as well write them down in some place. Besides, with a municipal election coming up in 2014, I’ll probably have things to say from the peanut gallery sidelines.

Anyway, let’s ease into this by talking about Presto’s upcoming “upgrades”. If you are of the handful of often-frustrated people that use the Presto online services, you’ll probably know that they are starting a software upgrade today. There will be some service interruptions as they upgrade software so that (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Aaaannnnd… they’re off!

Municipal election season opened in Ontario today and there will certainly be some interesting races in O Dot. Jeff Leiper will be a strong challenger to Katherine Hobbs in Kitchissippi Ward. The Centretown CA prez says he’s challenging Diane Holmes. No challengers for the Mayor’s seat yet and no one challenging Peter Hume in my […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Election Fraud Makes You Look Electable

MP Adams can pay for her own damn toothpaste, then drink $16 Oda Juice.… #elxnfraud #CPC #cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 11, 2013

I think over $500 for personal care products and services is even worse than Bev Oda’s $16 orange juice expense scandal.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Spysplaining

The CSEC commish, entrusted to the task of ensuring CSEC doesn’t break the law during its spying on, err, for this country, is not coming out smelling like a rose.

It was a puppet head trifecta today – the new CSEC *watchdog* defending NSA puppet CSEC to the PMO puppet Senate.


This is my 1500th post on on this blog! My stand-alone WordPress blog posts I’ve still not restored, containing archives circa 2006-2009 are not all included in that number.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: You Can Vote, But You Can’t Travel in Canada

This situation is BS.

A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.

Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening. niki-ashton

MP Niki Ashton said the Nepinaks were embarrassed when they were not allowed to board the plane. (CBC)

​ The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Made in Canada Scam Plan #cdnpoli

Conservatives are stalling, as they have been for nearly 8 years on both Senate reform and climate change action.

.@mikedesouza Only 7 years ago the Made In Canada plan for CO2 was promised to Canadians. Conservatives only kick the can. #climatechange— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 28, 2013


Aglukkaq: Canada not ready to introduce oil and gas regulations to reduce GHGs #cdnpoli— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November 28, 2013

Aglukkaq unable 2 answer question about whether other sectors will have 2 do greater reductions 2 compensate for rising oil & gas pollution— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: National Post Could Use a Better Headline Writer #cdnpoli #PMO

Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s story — and reputation — still hanging on by a thread

Look, it’s still possible for the MSM to cling to the narrative that the PM didn’t know about the illegal activity going on in his office (that he gave the “go ahead” to, according to Wright in an email). What’s wrong with Coyne and the NatPo giving the PM a fair shake you might ask?

Consider their presentation of the choices: Knowing about the crime vs. authorizing the crime vs. being so dumb as to not realize there was a crime? “What’s the truth?” (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Senate Expense Scandal Explained

Take 15 minutes, and listen to the last 5 years of Canadian politics be summed up off the top of my head.

What’s the PM’s next lie? Pretend he was on Crack, or in a Drunken Stupor when he gave Nigel Wright the go ahead to bribe Duffy?

The perfect graphic to illustrate Harper's involvement. #SenCA #Oshawa RT @ValckeNDP: #CTV nails it! #cdnpoli— Oshawa NDP (@OshawaNDP) November 21, 2013

Is it not obstruction of justice to knowingly give false answers to police? Asking for a senator.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 21, 2013

RCMP: (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Conservatives Caught in Contradiction #RoboCon #cdnpoli

If some Conservatives were lying about when they supposedly spoke to Michael Sona about a robocall scheme, how dependable are similar stories from other Conservatives egged on by the party’s lawyer, Arthur Hamilton?

Some of the most damaging testimony, according to a sworn statement by Elections Canada investigator Allan Mathews, comes from Rebecca Dockstaeder, who worked for CPC MP Chris Warkentin.

According to the Mathews document, Sona allegedly came by her office and that of another Warkentin staffer, John Schudlo, and boasted of his robocalls work “a week to 10 days” after the May 2, 2011 election. That would mean (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, Hundreds Demand Action To “Defend Our Climate”, Communities

More than 150 protesters gathered on Parliament Hill today as part of the Canada-wide “Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities” national day of action against climate change and tar sands expansion.

The post In Ottawa, Hundreds Demand Action To “Defend Our Climate”, Communities appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Duffy vs. PMO: The Duffy Documents

Postmedia reports “Sen. Mike Duffy told a spellbound upper chamber Monday that the prime minister’s former chief of staff, who paid him $90,000 to cover his housing expenses, had also arranged a second cheque to pay his legal bills.” And:

A court document filed by RCMP Cpl. Greg Horton says that Wright’s lawyers told the RCMP that the March 26 payment from Wright to Duffy was a CIBC bank draft sent to Duffy’s lawyer, Janice Payne.

The source says that the transfer was handled by Cassels Brock, where Hamilton works.

Wright’s lawyers told the RCMP that the party had (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PMO: Where Resigning Means You Were “Dismissed”

Nigel Wright has resigned as PM Harper's chief of staff. This is a real loss to the people & good government of Canada.—   (@davidfrum) May 19, 2013

Nigel Wright has resigned as PMSH's chief of staff.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) May 19, 2013

Well, that's one way to start a Sunday: Nigel Wright has just resigned as the PM's chief of staff. #hw— kady o'malley (@kady) May 19, 2013

Well Duffy left caucus, Wright resigned, and all's well that ends well, right?—   (@FakeSteveHarper) May 19, 2013

Today, @TonyClementCPC announced a new mandatory system for (Read more…)

Autonomy For All: Toronto Could Use The Federal Subway Contribution For Other Things

One of the big myths still be pushed by Scarborough Subway proponents is that the Federal government’s much touted announcement of $660M (in 2017 dollars, really about ~$450M in today’s) is only for subways and in fact only for the Council voted McCowan alignment.  The Globe and Mail’s Marcus Gee was pushing this line on TVO’s The Agenda tonight, and previously I’ve seen Councillor Pasternak of Ward 10 make the same claim on twitter.

Nope, no federal cash needed here

This is nonsense.  Yes, Minister Flaherty gave the announcement in front of placard that said “Subways For Toronto” (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Blue Future: In Ottawa, Barlow to launch book on global water crisis

by: Obert Madondo

Image: Council of Canadians

Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever, Maude Barlow’s new book on global water crisis solutions, launches in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 1. Why this is important? Blue Future is “a powerful, penetrating, and timely look at the global water crisis — and what we can do to prevent it.”


WHAT: Book launch of Blue Future, with author Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians

WHEN: 7:00pm, Tuesday, October 1, 2013

WHERE: Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street

TICKETS: $5 in advance (in-store (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Kevin Page at Journalism School and #UofR

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, now a professor at the UofO, was a guest at the UofR’s J-School, then CCPA sponsored lecture on Thursday night. I live-tweeted the events, hashtag #PBOPage. Here are recordings of his evening talk.

"Called various names by various cabinet ministers." In hockey trash talk "You're ugly." -"Yeah, but I just scored." #PBOPage #cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 26, 2013

.@tomcintosh asks if #PBOPage had concerns about careers of his office coworkers. He says yes, but they understood job insecurity. #cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 27, 2013

#pbopage -Harper (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: "Unequivocal"

Leaving no doubt; clear; unambiguous.   The latest IPCC report concludes that mankind’s influence in driving climate change is beyond doubt, clear and unambiguous.   Anthropogenic global warming is here, it’s here to stay and, unless we want a better future enough to change our ways, it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse in our grandkids’ future, our kids’ future and even in our own.

For, you see, it’s already having major impacts.   Those floods in Calgary, the floods in Toronto, the floods in Colorado, the floods in Europe and across Asia?   Welcome to the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Duffy and Conservative Senators with Bagmen

Good old visitor logs, shining light on the hogs.

These are also the only times that the names of Tkachuk, then chairman of the Senate’s internal economy committee, and Gerstein, who heads the Conservative Fund of Canada, appear in the February visitor logs for the Langevin building, which is across the street from Parliament Hill. Outside of the two days in February, none of the three men appear as visitors to the Prime Minister’s Office in the visitor logs on any other days from January to April.

A spokesman for Harper said the prime minister “did not participate in (Read more…)

350 or bust: Le Moment Est Venu

* After blogging about climate change from my perspective as a mom for nearly four years, I’m taking a hiatus from 350orbust. For more on this, check out my July 31 blog post, Shift Happens. I would love to meet you in Ottawa in November for Citizens Climate Lobby Canada’s first national conference. Click on […]