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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The OPP Investigation

In order to clear up the misinformation, rumours and outright lies about the OPP investigation, spreading on social media by some candidates and among the angry bloggers, let me set the record straight. Here’s what we know: Approximately eighteen months ago, someone local went to the police and and filed a formal complaint. The police opened an investigation. […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CAPP Gets A Cabinet Minister #skpoli

The headline of this Global story is wrong. “Sask. Party MLA Tim McMillan leaving politics to lead petroleum group“

CAPP is not outside of politics; they are a branch of the federal Conservative Party, and exist solely to lobby governments to favour petroleum over other energy sources.

It’s farcical to assume he won’t use his ties to the Sask Party to influence energy policy in Saskatchewan over the coming year. What’s he supposed to do for his first year of employment if not attempt to convince the Saskatchewan government he works for another week, to ignore renewable energy in (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark should try being more leader, less cheerleader

BC Premier Christy Clark dons Canucks jersey during 2013 election campaign (Andy Clark / Reuters)

Nowhere in the appalling record of the Liberal government in Victoria has its shortcomings been more obvious than at the very top. Premier Christy Clark has been a terrible leader whose pronouncements get more and more embarrassing as time passes.

However, she so dominates the government that one is hard-pressed to think of even the names of her cabinet ministers, which doesn’t say much for their abilities or courage to speak out on issues.

Tsilhqot’in move merited praise…BUT the proof is in the pudding

I recently applauded (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Canadian New Democratic Party – A $15 Minimum Wage – Why not?

The NDP seeing the traction that the fifteen dollar minimum wage is getting in the US has made it part of their platform.

“NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he will put the idea of a $15 an hour minimum wage to a vote in Parliament when it resumes next week.

“Household debt in Canada is skyrocketing right now, families are having more and more trouble getting by. The good middle class jobs that people used to be able to rely on just aren’t there any more,” Mulcair said, speaking in Vancouver on Saturday.”

It is time to start distributing (Read more…)

Eh Types: Our City, Our Choice

Today doctors at Mt. Sinai hospital will update Toronto on the health of Rob Ford. There are reasons to think the news will not be good, perhaps even gravely so. If the diagnosis from doctors is as bad as it could be given what we do know, the question is not how the Fords will […]

Joe Fantauzzi: Post-Democratic Trend Lines in Etobicoke

Since news broke of the decision by Toronto mayor candidate Rob Ford to step away from the mayor’s race and be replaced by his brother Doug the term “feudal” has been thrown around a lot. The argument quite often associated with the use of this term generally appears to be that the Ford family is treating Etobicoke […]

Polygonic: Let’s dream a bigger dream, Yes People

I like the Yes People. Who wouldn’t? They’ve got a fantastically daring vision, and they’re unafraid to upset the status quo in favour of creating a society that’s more just. They seem like builders. With all their zeal to engage the world as a blank slate rather than an inherited order, I think I’d like most Yes People quite a lot.

It’s just too bad the size of their dream is so small.

Building a new, independent state is no small feat, but it is a small, unradical and unprogressive dream. The Westphalian nation-state – really? An old-fogey fetish that (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Ins and Outs of Newfoundland Politics #nlpoli

Ralph Champneys Williams was a career British public servant who came to Newfoundland as the Governor at the tail end of one of the greatest periods of political turmoil in the country’s history.

Sir Robert Bond went to the polls in the 1908 at the head of the Liberal to face his rival Sir Edward Morris, the Leader of the Opposition and head of a coalition of Conservatives and some others under the name of The People’s Party.

The result was a tied election.  Unable to form an administration that could survive the election of a speaker.  Bond went to the Governor to advise him to issue a writ for a new election.  The Governor – Sir Williams MacGregor – refused to issue the writ and instead called on Morris to form an administration.  He was in the same position, of course, and, when the House could not elect a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Ins and Outs of Newfoundland Politics #nlpoli

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Warning Of Oil and Gas Attacks

.@DavidMcLA @mikedesouza Remember, the RCMP are experts at critical energy infrastructure terrorism. http://t.co/6MhPHIS97R #Oil

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 15, 2014

The RCMP would know.

@DavidMcLA does it tie into this? http://t.co/dfZpU7AxgT

— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) September 15, 2014

Eh Types: Dangerous Games

I have called Rob Ford a coward. I have a criticized his politics, his ability to govern, and his morals or lack there of. I have made jokes about his inability to do math or tell the truth. I may have used the phrase “serial liar with ties to gangs & drugs” more times then […]

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Dan Lett discusses Stephen Harper’s callous disregard for missing and murdered aboriginal women – and how it should serve as a call to Canadians generally to take a broader look at the causes of social inequality: Why so much resistance to a broader, sociological analysis? A national inquiry of that kind would pose awkward questions and reveal uncomfortable realities about the diminishing role of the federal government in the lives of all Canadians.

A national inquiry would delve into questions such as familial dysfunction, child welfare, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, economic disparity and (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: People’s Climate March Update

“If you don’t fight for what you want, then you deserve what you get.” – Disruption

The People’s Climate March is in one week.  The 50-minute film, Disruption, is a motivating force to inspire people to hit the streets.  If you can’t make NYC on Sunday (busses leaving from Toronto might be full), then there are small events in most cities (info for Waterloo here and Toronto here).  Klein’s book comes out on Tuesday – just in time for people to read it on that 12 hour bus ride!

Here’s the movie, with my notes from (Read more…)

Pop The Stack: Ranking the Lesser of All Evils

So we finally know exactly who will be on the ballot for mayor of our quiet little town of Toronto. It’s not who we expected, which isn’t surprising in a strange way, but it is done. In a sane world the municipal campaign wouldn’t start until now. Six weeks is more than enough time to hear from the main candidates and make a decision. If it’s good enough for federal elections why isn’t it good enough for city elections?

In all these months the main issues of this election have been discussed ad nauseum: Transit, Anyone But Ford, Taxes, Services, (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Borg at #UofR on Privacy

MP for north shore Montreal, Charmaine Borg, made a presentation at the UofR this morning.

Great discussion on privacy at the @UofRegina for more information on privacy visit http://t.co/rocBN6vHSn #NDP

— Charmaine Borg (@mpcharmaineborg) September 12, 2014

Of the things she noted was that cell phones are tracking devices, and Canadians have no way to follow their information to know who has it.

Borg http://t.co/69Ay86L7fE / 25M daily Internet users in Canada. 1M bank phishing victims. #privacy #uofr @mpcharmaineborg

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 12, 2014

Weir and Borg at #uofr https://t.co/SIJCKA3f8d

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September (Read more…)

Pop The Stack: The Judoon Summarize Today’s Toronto Election News

A Message from the Shadow Proclamation summarizing today’s events in the Toronto Mayoral election.:

RoFo no go fo mo of TO. RoFo go fo cou of TO so, MoFo no go fo cou of TO MoFo go fo scho bo of TO. DoFo go for mo of TO! TO po so mofo cray yo!

Filed under: Politics

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper to sign off on FIPA trade deal before trip to China

Read this Sept. 12 story from CBC.ca, confirming that the Harper government will finally ratify the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China, following a lengthy delay. The deal has been challenged in Canadian court by First Nations who claim it will infringe on their rights.

The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) was signed in 2012 and is meant to provide a framework of legal obligations and rights that would enhance foreign investment.

Harper said in 2012 that he “absolutely” expected that it will make a “practical difference.”

China ratified the deal (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Amazing Discovery

Have you heard about the amazing discovery the Harper Government is responsible for?

No, not the Franklin Expedition which remained known to the Inuit for almost 200 years through oral history, I’m talking about the discovery in Ottawa that the federal government isn’t maintaining important national landmarks related to science.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Spectators and the “Me” Generation #nlpoli

The official media advisory describes the event at Confederation Building this morning as an opportunity for Premier Tom Marshall to thank public servants “for the support provided by their work over his time as Minister and Premier.”

In reality, this is another one of the grandiose celebrations that have become the trademark of Conservative Premiers first elected in 2003.  Danny Williams gave himself an enormous going-away show when he decided to leave office suddenly and unexpectedly in 2010.  Kathy Dunderdale, Williams’ hand-picked successor, did much the same thing when she decided to leave office suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this year.

And now the third member of the Williams dynasty,  his trusty and well-beloved right hand, is going to make a grand spectacle of his own in the main lobby of the Confederation Building on this the occasion of his imminent departure from office.

(Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Christy Clark: Govt ready to embrace Tsilhqot’in case, Aboriginal title – Chiefs cautiously optimistic

Video of the historic meeting between the premier of BC and First Nations leaders – featuring Christy Clark, Chief Roger William and Grand Chiefs Ed John and Stewart Phillip.

Watch the premier’s dramatic about-face on the landmark Tsilhqot’in legal case, as she vows to embrace the Supreme Court ruling and commit to fundamentally changing the government’s relationship with First Nations.

The leaders of the First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, along with Tsilhqot’in lead plaintiff Roger William, each sounded a note of cautious optimism at this new “opportunity”.

In addition to this Vancouver meeting, the premier and (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Premier’s Tsilhqot’in meeting a sign of real change for BC?

Tsilhqot’in Chief Roger William and Premier Christy Clark meeting in Vancouver today (Damien Gillis

This is the story of change.

Premier Christy Clark is to be congratulated for going to the Nemiah Valley and meeting with the Tsilhqot’in First Nation leaders about their position on land claims now that they have won a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision.

It is easy to say “about time”, except that same criticism could be applied to several premiers, going back years. I believe this is the first time a BC premier could have made such a visit and that we all had to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Freegan Food Activist Exposes Grocery Industry Waste

You’ve got to hear about Rob. He’s an interesting guy, doing what I did last Summer except on a much larger and more successful scale.

Things Are Good: Ozone Layer is Recovering

Many years ago a bunch of countries decided to take action to stop damaging the ozone layer in the hopes that it will eventually recover. It’s great to see that the efforts of working together to protect the environment of come to fruition and let’s hope we see efforts like this directed towards climate change.

Scientists said the development demonstrates that when the world comes together, it can counteract a brewing ecological crisis.

For the first time in 35 years, scientists were able to confirm a statistically significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields the planet from solar (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: There Are Homeless People in Saskatchewan?

How is this even possible? How could a Minister of the province of Saskatchewan not realize there are homeless people, and others struggling to pay rent right here in Regina?

#yqr #skpoli housing cbc.ca/1.2760211 "You’re assuming that there’s these desperate homeless people”-Harpauer. Oh. My. God. #skpoli— Tammy Robert (@tammyrobert) September 09, 2014

Eh Types: Our Loss, Not His

The problem when you commit to “politics in full sentences” is you find out how many people don’t read. David Soknacki’s campaign was best known for well thought out, detailed and bold policy ideas, usually on important issues most candidates failed to address. In other words you can see what went wrong. As Torontoist so […]

Things Are Good: The Country That Does The Most Good

Many countries claim they are making the world a better/safer place, but how which ones are actually making the world better? Simon Anholt asked himself the same question and came to a conclusion that to me was unexpected. I won’t spoil it for you.