Pardon the Bushism. The CPC’s spin regarding the oil crowding out grain shipments by rail must be inspired by Dubya.
@saskboy @LHubich That's an odd argument. Isn't grain literally the food?— Stefani Langenegger (@SLangeneggerCBC) March 07, 2014
Elizabeth May provides some sanity on the issue.
“The current rail cars used for shipping hazardous materials are not safe. Both the US and Canadian Railway Safety Boards have ruled that the DOT111 cars are unsafe, needing upgrading and replacement.”
The insanity is underneath, from Joan Crockatt.
March 6, 2014 For Immediate Release
Oil and gas putting food on (Read more…)
In most settings I interact with people there is a presumption that a person will keep quiet about his or her religion, and not assume to know what religion the other person is. In homeschooling settings the rules are often different. Homeschoolers are often quite vocal about their religious beliefs.
Of course there are many secular homeschoolers. Some of the secular homeschoolers are atheist, some are religious, but choose to homeschool in a relatively secular manner. There are regular news articles about “the new homeschoolers” and how “homeschooling isn’t just for religious people.” Yet still the abundance of secular (Read more…)
I just had the pleasure of receiving an email from Allison Redford, premier of Alberta. In it she claimed that the budget was balanced for the first time in 6 years. Hold on a second. It isn’t. The budget is anything but balanced. The estimated consolidated budget deficit is $3.9 billion. The Redford Conservatives have […]
Brad Butt is an ass. Look what other election fraudsters are working with him to reshape Canada’s Election law.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the former Liberal MP in Etobicoke Centre, successfully went to court to have the May 2, 2011, election results in the riding overturned due to ballot irregularities. Conservative Ted Opitz, who won the riding by 26 votes, has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The seniors’ home incident, which Wrzesnewskyj dropped from his case before it was heard, happened at the St. Demetrius Seniors Residence, a large apartment building in Etobicoke offering assisted living and long-term (Read more…)
This article from counterpunch nails whats is wrong with how news is reported here in North America and also give a much different picture of what is going on in Venezuela. A big thanks to Mark Weisbrot for getting the down and dirty on events happening in South America.
The Class Conflict in Venezuela by MARK WEISBROT
The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as a tactic to overthrow the elected government. It was December of 2002, and I was struck by the images on U.S. (Read more…)
The International Monetary Fund has just completed a study that compiled data across time and space to conclude that taxation isn’t harmful for economies. Indeed, taxing the rich is actually very beneficial for any national economy because it stops inequality – which is an awful thing for both people and economic progress.
Labelled as the first study to incorporate recently compiled figures comparing pre- and post-tax data from a large number of countries, the authors say there is convincing evidence that lower net inequality is good economics, boosting growth and leading to longer-lasting periods of expansion.
In the most controversial (Read more…)
Stephen Harper and Canada’s Conservative government received rare praise from people in my social media circle for his quick decisions to recall Canada’s ambassador to Russia in condemnation for their occupation of The Crimea in Ukraine.
Soon after, other G-8 countries agreed to similar extents and decided to revert to a G-7 membership until Russia smartness up and stops leading the world down a similar folly to the war whose 100th anniversary is upon us.
The response isn’t uniformly positive to Canada’s actions. Two former Canadian diplomats have already condemned Harper’s moves as merely symbolic and likewise note the lack (Read more…)
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If you think it’s just sweet and fine for women to earn on average about 30% less than men, then you can leave this website and never come back.
Good, glad you’re still here.
In Kamloops, this Thursday night you have the opportunity to be inspired, motivated and empowered by someone with passion and great data to arm yourself with on this topic.
What’s going on? It’s Iglika Ivanova!
Here’s what’s going on:
Thursday, March 6, 2014 TRU Room IB1015 International Building 6:00 pm
She has the math. More than just your closet economist, or (Read more…)
Something is happening in Lethbridge. According to a group out of Lethbridge College the Liberals under Trudeau have jumped from 8.38% (2011) to 24% for the area of Lethbridge. Provincially, Raj Sherman’s Liberals have jumped from 14.7% (2012) to 18% in Lethbridge-East, a point ahead of the Wildrose and the clear alternative compared to the […]
Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
“Politics is the pursuit of power; a politician who says he won’t consider seizing it in the circumstances available is either lying (to you or himself) or derelict of duty.”
The reality of the vote split that Harper’s Minority supported Majority relies on is the only thing these so-called leaders are not discussing. It’s all spin and petty partisan politics. The piece below goes so far to say “It’s not even on the radar.”
By only focusing on potentially establishing a coalition after the next election they are giving the Conservatives a (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau addresses a progressive think tank in Washington, DC (photo: Chip Somodevllla/Getty)
Justin Trudeau wants to project a young, fresh face, representing all the good things that Canadians want – a man who would do politics differently. But the gap between reality and fairytale is extraordinary.
If one looks at what he has said to date, one finds a man with tired old ideas; a limited understanding of, and sensitivity for, many major issues; and a puppet serving Bay Street, Big Oil and other powerful interests. The same powerful interests served by the Harper administration.
A middle class (Read more…)
There is a turtle running for mayor of Sudbury, and she’s been reaching out to the local community for ideas. I started to write the following as a comment on her facebook page but then realized it would be much too long a post comment, and I’ll write it up as a blog post too.
Dear Terra Turtle,
Good luck in your run! Having a turtle run for mayor makes me think of Wendell Berry’s 17 rules for a sustainable community, one of which is to always include the local wildlife as part of the community.
I have (Read more…)
My city has decided to implement new security procedures for city hall. This is probably in response to the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty disrupting a city council meeting back in January. It was a very short, reasonably polite interruption, but the mayor was completely and totally embarrassed when the city councilors didn’t get up and leave the room at her suggestion but instead sat to and listened to the very short little speech. (The coalition’s interruption was to have the city start an emergency homeless shelter, something the city has since done, though their press release failed to mention (Read more…)
As you’re probably aware, the conservative elite have gathered in Ottawa for the Manning Centre conference on being super-duper conservatives. During the conference, Carleton University’s André Turcotte presented a poll that painted a dark future for Canada’s Conservative Party. The number of people that identify themselves as Conservative is down (especially in British Columbia), and: On the question of ability to deal with the economy, the Liberals and Conservatives are essentially tied.
Both the Liberals and NDP rate ahead of the Conservatives on the separate questions of managing health care and unemployment.
The worst result for the Conservatives comes on (Read more…)
This picture graced my inbox this morning. Apparently there were a number placed through the Shawnigan umm, downtown area.
If anyone has any more pictures, background or information feel free to contact me at email@example.com so that we may collaborate.
Will we see more coming? Who dunnit?
Richard Hughes-Let’s Collaborate
BTW I have heard through the grapevine that my name has been connected to the buzz.
Nice enough, but if I had done it there would have been a rooster on the sign, probably my picture and blog address.
Well at least people will be chattering about it, (Read more…)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Liberal Party of Canada for accrediting me to cover their biennial convention in Montreal. As both a delegate and a blogger, I enjoyed myself immensely at the convention.
On a US book tour, Joe Clark had some strong words from one Conservative PM to another
by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – Former prime minister Joe Clark says he can’t understand why the Harper government would bar the opposition from a delegation to Ukraine and suggests its combative approach to international issues sometimes hurts the country.
Speaking to a U.S. audience, Clark, who also served as foreign affairs minister, said he regularly involved opposition parties on foreign missions — and Canada benefited as a result.
He cited one example in particular: his co-operation with former NDP MP (Read more…)
Politics can be a deeply disenfranchising experience for many people. For an individual, it seems like we have no power, no way of influencing what is going on. So we can grumble around the dinner table about what the politicos are doing in Ottawa and Washington, or we can ignore it all, but either way it doesn’t make much of a difference. In the final consideration, of course, we live in a democracy and the average person does have enormous power to influence our society, at least in aggregate. People recognize the power that voting has and roughly 60% of (Read more…)
Nothing in Sochi did more to honour and advance the Olympic ideals than the worldwide fight for equality unleashed by Russia’s infamous homophobic law. My post-Olympic analysis in the Toronto Star.
At least 2 Weyburn City Councillors were not duped by anti-Wind propaganda that afflicts many municipalities. There’s probably no bylaw against this family running a noisy, polluting diesel generator in their backyard, contributing to poor health of their neighbours. I’d have to reason that the neighbour(s) who complained about this windmill isn’t very bright.
The time frame given to Dustin and Vanessa Storle, owners of the turbine, was to have it removed by July 30. After this, there will be no more residential wind power in the windy city of Weyburn.
I hope they find a resident of a less (Read more…)
Or CSIS, CSEC or whatever. Glen Greenwald (The Intercept) has this item on some of the Snowden docs which would seem to be a training manual on how to discredit targets online. See How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. The item stops short of saying that these decks were […]
Justin Trudeau in Kamloops, where the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline would pass (Graham Hughes/CP)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau sat down recently with Metro Calgary, discussing everything from legalizing marijuana to funding public transit – but it was his response to this question that was of particular interest to The Common Sense Canadian: “Can you clarify where you stand on pipelines: Northern Gateway, Keystone, and pipeline policy in general?”
As we’ve noted in these pages on numerous occasions, Mr. Trudeau’s energy policy is getting harder and harder to distinguish from that of Stephen Harper. Herewith, Mr. Trudeau’s response to (Read more…)
As scientists have demonstrated in the past, the strip mining and tailing ponds employed on a Mordorific scale in northern Alberta are polluting ground and river waters.
Sorry #tarsand shills, but turns out you’ve been lying all along when you’ve said that areas surrounding the tarsands are not being polluted. You may have to be honest with yourselves before you can be honest with others. If you can’t be honest with yourselves, it’s time to stop lying to others and bow out of the conversation.
@andrew_leach @codyincalgary Norway allows 30mg/L oil in water discharged to the sea. 9500 (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Speech by leader Justin Trudeau to the Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial convention convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, over the weekend:
My friends, my fellow Liberals; what a great Convention!
Thank you for your work. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your passion
I want to paint a picture for you.
There’s a young woman, let’s call her Nathalie. She works hard. Maybe in an office in old Montreal. Maybe at a retail outlet along Sainte-Catherine Street.
She makes 40k a year. It’s about what her spouse makes too.
She sits in traffic a lot. Often (Read more…)