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The Canadian Progressive: Secret TPP talks in Ottawa: Harper has “something to hide”

“Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that Canada is hosting the latest round of TPP negotiations this week in Ottawa,” says University of Ottawa Prof Michael Geist

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Trashy's World: Ottawa’s taxi system is bush league…

… in what is supposed to be a big league city. A few examples… No empty cabs at 6 pm in the Market last Saturday. 6 pm. The Market. Really? Waited for 30 minutes after called for a cab to arrive a few months back to take me to the VIA station. At 9:00 am. […] - Alberta politics: Opposition hoping for a sequel to Air Redford… Air Prentice

TweetThe long-summer of 2014 has begun in Alberta politics. With little substantial policy ideas to dispute or debate, Alberta’s opposition parties have set their sights on Progressive Conservative leadership front-runner Jim Prentice (if this continues, Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver are going to start feeling left out). Hoping to tie Mr. Prentice to frequent-flying former Premier Alison Redford […]

Left Over: Winner, Winner – BCTF for Liberal Dinner….



B.C. teachers’ strike fund running out ahead of vote Union has enough cash to finance a few more days of rotating strikes

By Stephen Smart, CBC News Posted: Jun 06, 2014 7:50 AM PT


A shrunken strike fund is exactly what the Provincial government was planning on..they knew that dragging the BCTF through the so-called ‘courts’ would deplete the once -healthy fund, and then they simply asked for, and received, a a pass on the big fine imposed on the government when they lost the case…a fine which would have gone a long way toward (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Ottawa suburbs? NO LRT for YOU!

Voters in the ridings of Ottawa-Orleans, Ottawa West-Nepean and Ottawa South? Yeah, you guys. Pay attention to who you vote for next week. You know that LRT thingy that would be extended to your neck of the woods in Phase 2 of the project? Ain’t going to happen if Timmie is Premier. For the first […]

Trashy's World: Greekonwheels

In Ottawa – timing sux. Don’t recommend. Seriously. 1.5 hours on a Sunday night. #poorservice #noexcuses #takeout #ottawa (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Lisa MacLeod – her mouth runneth over…

Or…. should a candidate make unfounded claims about “dirty tricks”? Dirty tricks – Leaking secret information, digging into a candidate’s past (opposition research) or exposing real conflicts between the image presented and the person behind the image are always subject to argument as to whether they are dirty tricks or truth-telling. When a candidate runs […] 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.

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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…)