Part 3 of our series for Canada’s federal candidates.
These spring days are golden times for canvassing. No political candidate worth the name can ever waste a single day without seeking out the opportunity to knock on doors. You can be relaxed, chatty and, above all, listening. This is when you learn what people are thinking, what is going to influence their vote when the election is held and what they think their neighbours will do. They might be reluctant to tell you their thoughts but you will often find what they attribute to neighbours are their own thoughts.
What (Read more…)
Normally the Globe’s Parliament Hill coverage is pretty good. But this Bill Curry item makes the unattributed claim that seniors organizations support the trial-ballooned proposal to double the annual contribution limit to tax free savings accounts (TFSAs). Really? Which ones? The Society of Retired CEOs? Or maybe the Grey Circle at the Empire Club? It … Continue reading Seniors organizations support doubling the TFSA limit? Can we have a source please? →
.@davidcommon Odd report by @ElliottLouise about @JustinTrudeau & @ThomasMulcair #coalition didn't mention @ElizabethMay & @CanadianGreens.
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April 15, 2015
Today’s news: Most Canadians are opposed to a coalition government. Presently the only party with the word “coalition” in its founding documents is the Conservative Party of Canada, and yes it’s true as Trudeau said today, that most Canadians are opposed to the Conservative government.
The problem is, if you have a real conversation with Canadians, you’ll learn they aren’t really opposed to a coalition government, they are just afraid of political instability they’ve associated with (Read more…)
Do you want a computer that will only install US Government authorized applications? That’s what the NSA wants for you, so they’ll have a front-door to every device.
Ontario is launching a cap and trade carbon program that matches with the existing programs in Quebec and California. This is a good thing for adoption of carbon-conscious economics even if the system isn’t perfect. The program is being praised by Greenpeace and other environmental NGOs.
And this program is happening despite the obvious incompetence of Canada’s federal government, including their support of the shameful tar sands.
The plan would increase the scope of the market to 61 million people and half of Canada’s economy.
Premiers and territorial leaders are poised to meet in Quebec City Tuesday to discuss an (Read more…)
A cleanup crew works on Third Beach following the recent English Bay oil spill
I say three cheers for Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver.
The verbal assault by the Premier on the federal government was more than justified by recent events and just happens to be a move that is always popular amongst many British Columbians, frankly including me, whenever Ottawa behaves like Ottawa – which is most of the time.
The recent oil spill in English Bay is, as has been said by so many, a wake up call. In fact, however, there are many people (Read more…)
I see a lot of silly folks who claim their own small spine’s Sumeru, the sacred mountain that supports the universe. Piss ants, gnawing away at a noble tree, with never a doubt about their strength. They chew up a couple of Sutras, and pass themselves off as Masters. Let them hurry and repent. From […]
Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth made comments last week about how awful it is to eat normal airplane food as an excuse why she billed more sumptuous meals to her taxpayer-funded expense account. Her arrogance only made Canadians agonize more over how we should abolish or reform the patronage cesspit of our appointed Senate. Her words also sparked a wave of […]
Earlier this month, the Ontario government took a shot at real medicine when it became the first province in Canada to regulate homeopathy. What the government should have done, if it had any real concern about our collective health or our health care system, is ban it. Instead, although it at first seemed an April Fool’s […]
Years of car-focused suburban designs have unleashed problems in the 21st century that we will have to deal with and accommodate. The years of the suburbs are coming to an end and it can’t be soon enough. With every passing years more and more municipalities discover that urban design is the better choice.
The above image is composed of data taken from a report done by Halifax in 2005. Undoubtably the costs of supporting suburban households has only increased relative to urban housing.
Recently, the New Climate Economy released a report titled Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and (Read more…)
That question is never answered in the movie: The Candidate. It is the final line of the film delivered by actor Robert Redford. The bad news for any serious political candidate is that winning your party’s nomination is when the hard work begins. For all of those eager candidates being chosen for the upcoming federal election, Babel-on-the-Bay is going to provide periodic candidate check lists to assist candidates to be the best candidate they can be. Other readers can also enjoy:
When you hit your stride as a candidate by admitting that you have never worked so hard in your (Read more…)
It’s got treachery, betrayal, politics, violence, skullduggery, sex, war, philosophy, politics, religion, an empire teetering on the brink of collapse, mystical visions, rebellion, emperors and slaves, angry priests accusing other priests, unrepentant martyrs going to their deaths in the arena, and the end of the world looming over it all. What more could you want? It’s all […]
Why isn’t unabashed self interest paying of for meeeeee?
The politics in Alberta usually annoy the hell out of me. How can the people of this province continue to elect a party that is puts the interests of Big Oil first in every fiscal decision. For the latest example please see the latest Alberta budget, after we all have been looking in the mirror, where everyone except corporations got a tax hike. Because jobs. Keep voting PC Alberta blue zombies, keep voting blue. Alberta voter idiocy aside; we’re actually here to look at the slow (Read more…)
And Liars Gonna Lie.
So, one might expect @jkenney to retract that statement today but, I'm guessing, blame the mistake on bad information from DND and/or CDS.
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 1, 2015
Here's @jkenney's statement in #HOC about precision-guided munitions, that has since be contradicted by the CDS. http://t.co/X46iazLvap
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 1, 2015
Citing media “intolerance and bigotry”, anti-science Canadian MP James Lunney has quit the government caucus to sit as an independent. Among Lunney’s claim to the crown as Canada’s least scientifically literate MP are:
He doesn’t believe in evolution He’s a chiropractor He’s claimed there’s a link between vaccines and autism He doesn’t believe the climate is changing
In his surreal press release (dated March 31, not April 1), he states that he will address his religious beliefs in Parliament at his next opportunity, which sounds like it will be a hoot. Lunney claims that Christians are being persecuted in Canada, (Read more…)
Saskatchewan leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Many people here are excited about how “strong” Saskatchewan is, thanks to SaskParty propaganda. We’ve also the strongest carbon air pollution per capita in the world, but few tend to talk about that here. Times are good, they’re good for me, and most of my friends (the ones who’ve not recently lost their jobs, that is). So why don’t I just shut up and enjoy myself? Maybe I do enjoy myself, maybe so much that I have an iota of time and money left over to care about how others are doing (Read more…)
It's probably nothing: Foreign Minister John Baird lobbied by Barrick Gold Corp. pic.twitter.com/drIUEvtQKB
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) March 30, 2015
It’s not easy for a long-time politician to leave public life, even if they have a golden parachute.
I wrote a tiny blurb about this over a month ago. This one is much longer and leans heavily on solid arguments from many critics – letting their words speak for themselves. The issue has become serious enough to warrant a lengthy rebuttal.
THE DANGERS OF SIMPLISTIC, BIGOTED IDEOLOGY:
My concern with the New Atheists is born of classroom conversations. In most of my classes there are a few students who are Muslim and, recently, a few who are followers of the New Atheists’ leaders: particularly Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins, and Maher. I’ve had students of different races and religions in (Read more…)
Germanwings 9525 = Al-Qaeda Triumphs Again
Abstract: Fear and paranoia enabled the conditions and killing of the passengers on Germanwings 9525; in honour of the victims of that flight, and for all future fliers, sensible policies, that do not replace reasonable prudence with get-tough politically-expedient reactions and expressions of fear, nor place sole power in the hands of One person or agency, should be enacted.
Surely I’m far from the first (1000, 10 000?) people to make this simple point, but fear and paranoia and obsession with “security” appear to have led to another disaster and mass (Read more…)
It’s articles like this one that make you wonder if the Canadian media is telling you everything you need to know. (Seriously though, that’s plainly obvious.)
If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalising ‘barbaric cultural practices’, then he should arrest himself for even suggesting it
And while he’s at it, he can lock up all the other Western leaders who have savaged the Muslim world too.
Harper […] is about to push a truly eccentric piece of legislation through parliament in Ottawa. It’s called – and I urge readers to repeat the words lest they think it’s already April (Read more…)