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Alberta Diary: Don’t go cryptic on me, man! Marking 100 years of crosswords with seven letters across

Dave’s Alberta Politics Puzzler: try to solve it if you dare! Click on the image for a larger copy. Below: Crossword inventor Arthur Wynne, MP Brian Jean.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the invention of the crossword puzzle.

That may explain why Brian Jean, the Conservative MP for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, recently sat down, penned a crossword puzzle and then used his Government of Canada mailing privileges to post it to his constituents, including those who still have mail delivered to their front doors.

More likely, though, it’s just that in Stephen Harper’s tightly controlled and message managed Ottawa, there’s (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: Victims of communism memorial to be built near ParliamAnt Hill

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/08/23/pol-cp-memorial-victims-communism.html

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More to spearhead Mother Earth Day commemoration in Ottawa

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights and sovereignty is scheduled to spearhead the commemoration of Mother Earth Day in Ottawa. Activists are expected to confront the Harper government’s agenda against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. In an earlier press release, Idle No More explained this insidious agenda: to weaken all [...]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Isabelle Lapointe Dumped Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu Already?

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Apparently, Isabelle Lapointe no longer works for her lover, Harper-appointed Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu. Man, that was lightning fast. Brutal too, I suppose. Exactly eight days since various media reported the office romance around March 5. OK, I blogged about it but then forgot to keep an eye on it. [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu under scrutiny over relationship with employee

Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu in spotlight over reports he is in romantic relationship with one of his employees on Parliament Hill. By: Joanna Smith | Published by Toronto Star on Tue Mar 05 2013: OTTAWA – A Quebec senator is in the spotlight over reports that he is in a romantic relationship with one of his employees READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, Thousands of #IdleNoMore And Allied Protesters Demand Real Change (PHOTOS)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan 11, 2013 7.00 PM EST #IdleNoMore’s show of people-power forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stay for entire five hours of meeting with First Nations leaders. More than five thousand #IdleNoMore protesters gathered in Ottawa today as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders held a closed-door meeting in the capital. The protesters READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Indigenous #IdleNoMore Movement Gains Momentum (VIDEO)

First Nations groups denied their constitutionally-protected rights, targeted by the Harper Conservative government In Canada, #IdleNoMore, an indigenous rights movement that started as a small social media campaign, is gaining momentum. The movement is spearheaded by Chief Theresa Spence, the leader of the Attawapiskat First Nation, who is now on Day 23 of a hunger strike on READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More dance and speeches on Parliament Hill (VIDEO)

This colorful video of the December 21, 2012, Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, will always remain one of the highlights of my career as a progressive activist. The video includes speeches by supporters and helpers of hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. The speakers also repeated Spence’s call for a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Hunger striker Chief Spence urges supporters to maintain pressure on Stephen Harper

In the press release below, issued on Friday, December 28, hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence invites MPs and Senators to visit her at her teepee on Victoria Island, a short walking distance from Parliament Hill, on Sunday, December 30th, 2012. Chief Spence, who is now on Day 19 of her hunger strike, also urges supporters READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Pressure mounting on PM Harper to meet hunger striker Theresa Spence

by Obert Madondo: Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. First Nations leaders, the opposition, unions, the media, grassroots movements and individuals are urging Harper to meet with the Attawapiskat First Nation chief as her indefinite protest reaches the mid-point of its second week. READ MORE

Canadian Progressive: Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill

Once again, the dictatorship-style tactics of the Harper Conservatives were on display on Parliament Hill yesterday as the government refused to listen to the leaders of Canada’s First Nations. Then, as you can see from the photo, security personnel physically barred the leaders from entering the floor of the House of Commons, where they’d hoped to [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Winona LaDuke media interview at PowerShift Canada 2012

Winona LaDuke, a Harvard-educated economist and activist, speaks candidly about food, energy and Indigenous sovereignty during PowerShift 2012.

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: PowerShift 2012 Concludes With Massive March Against Harper Gvt’s $1.4bn “Polluter Handouts”

The PowerShift 2012 Conference concluded with a raucous “Trick or Treat” march through downtown Ottawa by over 800 conference attendees and local activists. The 4-day conference sought to push the Harper Government to act to stop climate change and social injustice in Canada. And to stop annual handouts of $1.4 billion in Canadian taxpayer money to the “richest, dirtiest corporations in the world.” The conference kicked off last Friday [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: 1000 youth converge in Ottawa to demand just solutions to climate and economic crises

by We Are Powershift From October 26 to October 29, 1000 youth from across the country will converge at Power Shift 2012 in Ottawa to galvanize a broad movement pushing the federal government to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and tackle the corporations that are fueling climate change, building on the momentum of the tar sands pipeline [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Canadian Progressive covers Power Shift 2012

The Canadian Progressive’s publisher and progressive political blogger, Obert Madondo, will be reporting on the 4-day Power Shift 2012 conference taking place in Ottawa and Gatineau on October 26-29, 2012. More than 1000 youth from across Canada are expected for the conference, which seeks to “galvanize a broad movement” pushing the Harper Government to act to [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Native Women’s Association of Canada announces 7th Annual Ottawa SIS Vigil

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Ottawa Sisters In Spirit Vigil on October 4th 2012. October 4th is a day when we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and support families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to [...]

Canadian Progressive: RCMP Grounds Aircraft Carrying Anti-Harper Labour Protest Message

If your progressive message is truthful but critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it automatically qualifies for a “threat” and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) won’t allow it to fly over Ottawa. Let me put it another way: Ottawa is no place for legitimate political dissent. That’s the message our-scandal-ridden national police force conveyed on Saturday when it grounded a plane chartered by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to fly a protest message over Ottawa and Gatineau. The message, which is part of PSAC’s national protest against recent devastating federal public service cuts, read: ”StephenHarperNousDéteste.ca”, (Stephen Harper Hates Us). The

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Canadian Progressive World: Harper Determined to Erase Pierre Trudeau From Public Consciousness

No doubt, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are determined to create a Canadian nationalism that is both socially conservative and loyal to the British Empire. Their key strategy is to radically revise history and suppress certain moments that do not identify with past Conservative leaders. This penchant for naked revisionism has led to a molestation of the historic moment, on April 17, 1982, when Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the Constitution Act of 1982.

The photo below is part of an ongoing exhibition of images commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which is above the Ottawa Locks, by the Fairmont Château Laurier.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

“The Harper government is the most environmentally hostile one we have ever had in Canada.” – Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians About 1,500 scientists, lawyers, students and activists from across Canada gathered on Parliament Hill yesterday and held a mock funeral to mourn the death of Canadian evidence. The rallying cry for this groundbreaking show of democratic outrage against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his backward-looking Conservative government: “No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy.” The media has already extensively covered the event. And so, I’ll try and do something a little different: . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: In Ottawa, scientists to mourn the death of Canadian evidence

Canadian scientists gather in Ottawa today to stage a funeral procession to protest the Harper government’s draconian cuts to federal scientific programs and systematic muzzling of Canadian scientists. The protest is sponsored by the Council of Canadians. It begins at the Ottawa Convention Centre at 12 p.m. ET and ends with a rally on Parliament Hill.

Organizations and programs gutted so far include: Environment Canada; Statistics Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; National Round Table on Environment and Economy; the National Research Council of Canada; the National Science Adviser; Law Commission of Canada, Experimental Lakes Area, the National Council of Welfare and

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Obert Madondo: Today I End My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final push for a response from Harper in the last two weeks, and my meeting with NDP MP and justice critic, Francoise Boivin (with me in the pic), on Parliament Hill this afternoon.

I just got back from the doctor’s office and was told that

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike “Final Push”: Day 2 Update

Today, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, is Day 2 of my “final push” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s response to my ongoing hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly, crime Bill … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Federal NDP launches Rainbow Day on May 1st

First shadow program between LGBT students and MPs OTTAWA, April 20, 2012 – Today, the New Democrat Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Caucus announced the launch of Rainbow Day a LGBT shadow program which will take place this May 1st. … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: In Ottawa, an elected Liberal MP defeats a Harper-appointed Conservative senator

It was a political showdown that revealed what we already know: the Conservatives can’t take a fair fight. Yesterday, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau convincingly defeated Tory senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing bout here in Ottawa. The Fight for … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s indefinite hunger strike against crime Bill C-10: Letter to the Governor Genera of Canada

Starting at 12:01am today, I embarked on an indefinite hunger strike to demand that Canada’s new Safe Streets and Communities Act (omnibus crime Bill C-10) be immediately repealed. Earlier, I had appealed to the Governor …Read More