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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Open for Business, But Not For Your Input

Did you happen to read the town ad on the inside page in the Enterprise Bulletin this weekend? February 6, top of page D7? I’m betting you didn’t because no one I’ve spoken to seems to have read it. And since you can’t find the ad on the EB’s website, you won’t have read it online, […]

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Boundary Commission Fun is closer #nlpoli

The Chief Justice has named Justice Robert Stack as the chair of the boundary commission appointed under the Electoral Boundaries Act.

We now have to get four other members of the commission, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly so the whole crowd of them can start their 130 adventure.

Will it be done on time?  And if it isn’t,  will we be trooping to the polls on schedule in the fall to vote in 48 districts instead of 40,  as NHTV reported on Monday night.

Amazing as it is, some people still haven;t quite sorted it through.  Let’s save them further anguish and lay out the possibilities.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #HarperFired Soudas Joins Liberals Who Need Heads Examined

To welcome Soudas and Adams into their party after all of the years of their Liberal-bashing, proves that they aren’t a Big-Tent, but rather a Motel Room-for-rent.

“Dimitri Soudas arrives with a handful, maybe perhaps boxes full, of information,” Graham told CTV News Channel. “Soudas has a lot of secrets. He tells people that. He knows a lot. He knows what went on in the Prime Minister’s Office. He knows a lot more about Stephen Harper than perhaps many around him.”

The common Canadian would raise an eyebrow or two at this news, if they gave a rat’s ass (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Tweet #protectmeharper to ask for Harper’s protection from other unlikely events

Stephen Harper has begun to deceive the Canadian people on entirely new levels. Spreading fear of terrorism when Canadians are more likely to be struck by lightening then be harmed in a terrorist attack.

If Harper is going to protect us from something this improbable, what else should we ask him to protect us from? Hot weather? Falling from a building, both of these are far more likely to kill you than a terrorist attack. Can we make a hashtag fly? Can you tweet what you want Harper to protect you from? #protectmeharper

Susan on the Soapbox: Six Political Personalities: Which One is Jim Prentice?

The only thing worse than a political strategist spouting theories on how to beat the competition is a blogger discussing a political strategist’s theories on how to beat the competition. But Ms Soapbox is going to do it anyway because the events of the last few weeks made her cranky and she needs a good laugh.

Mr Manning

Last week I attended a webinar hosted by the Manning School of Practical Politics, an offshoot of the Manning Foundation for Democratic Education, founded by Preston Manning, the father of the Reform Party and the man responsible for saddling us with Stephen (Read more…)

Politics Canada: What Harper doesn’t protect us from

Stephen Harper has decided it is necessary to protect Canadians from terrorists. So necessary that he is handing new unchecked powers to our national police force and spy agency. Powers which come at the expense of your rights and the rights of every Canadian. It will be much easier to spy on you and to arrest you without any charges. Thank you Steve! You must love us all so much to make such big sacrifices of our civil liberties to keep us safe from the “jihadists”.

Wait a minute… There are many other things which are more (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Maxims of La Rochefoucauld

Certain good qualities are like senses: people entirely lacking in them can neither perceive nor comprehend them. You might think that was written about local politics, or a comment on the local blogosphere. But no, it was written in the mid 17th century by Francois, du de La Rochefoucauld. It is number 337 in his […]

Politics Canada: Harper breaks his own law… again

Stephen Harper who so desperate does not want to talk about the economy has decided the best diversion is to spin the actions of two lone troubled men last fall as proof Canadians are under grave danger from terrorists who lurk everywhere. He has introduced his anti-terror legislation to show that he is there to protect all of us. He has reduced freedoms making it easier to spy on Canadians and to make preventative arrests when there are no charges against an individual.

A Canadian has a much greater chance of being struck by lightening than be harmed by a (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Anti-terror laws to be used against environmental activists?

We all know what the Harper regime thinks of environmentalists and environmental movements… With environmentalists being referred to as terrorists for opposing tar sands pipelines. Environmental organizations threatened with losing their charitable status for speaking out on any issues.

Could Harper’s new terror laws be used to crack down against the terrorist environmentalists who dare oppose them?

Seriously though would anyone be the least bit surprised to find out down the road that this government was spying on environmental activists?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Hypocrisy Starts

It didn’t long for the hypocrisy to start at council. Monday night, council approved a five-year contract for an unsolicited proposal from the town’s only (monopoly) taxi service without going to an open bid process. Yes that’s right: this council approved a sole-source contract in its first two months of this term. No tender. No RFP. […]

Politics Canada: Harper: ISIS’s biggest promoter

Terrorism is successful only when it has successfully spread terror. This is where the leadership of a society needs to carefully weigh their response to any act of violence. If the leaders of the country react strongly labelling the act ‘terrorism’ and taking reactionary steps to reduce civil liberties to fight this perceived threat then in effect the terrorists have won.

It is when leadership calls a spade a spade, i.e. this was the act of a lone unstable person who self radicalized and not part of a wider terrorist organization’s plan. When the leadership refuses to compromise democracy (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: National Post Guilty of Defaming Climate Change Scientist

It shows the misguided focus of the national Postmedia “tabloid” when they let a star like Mike De Souza go, and hang onto a convicted libeler like Terence Corcoran. Maybe the Post will hire Levant next and bulk up their libeler ranks a little?

I am absolutely thrilled with today's BC Supreme Court judgment in my libel case http://t.co/Wk6h6rPcoa

— Andrew Weaver (@AJWVictoriaBC) February 6, 2015

The defendants include the National Post, a newspaper publishing nationally, Peter Foster, Terence Corcoran, and Kevin Libin, all columnists/journalists who have published articles in the National Post and Gordon Fisher, the publisher of (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Stephen Harper: Incremental fascism? You be the judge

“Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:”

Let’s have a look at several of the characteristics of a fascist regime.

Ask yourself: how did each of these characteristics start in the past?

For example many fascist governments have a disdain for intellectuals and the arts according to Britt. What did it look like when this characteristic was beginning to emerge? A scornful comment from the leader about artists gathering at galas to whine about their grants? Cutting (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Stephen Harper: government of thugs

The current Canadian government is unlike any that has ever come before it and, let’s hope for the sake of Canada, any that is to come after. The Conservative government of Stephen Harper’s has operated in a way that puts power and holding on to power above all else. With no respect for parliamentary traditions or using parliamentary mechanisms for their intended purpose. Instead they use any means necessary to hold on to power (see the proroguing before parliament even started in 2008).

Stephen Harper’s is a government constantly at war. At war with anyone who opposes it. This is (Read more…)

264MHz: Did the invasion of Iraq cause the rise of ISIL?

Before 2001 Iraq was a Ba’athist dictatorship dominated by a religious minority.

Neighboring Syria was also a Ba’athist dictatorship dominated by a religious minority.

In 2002 Iraq was invaded by the United States and the regime overthrown, but Syria was left alone.

Now here we ar,e with both Iraq and Syria having lost a third of their territory to the ISIL religious extremists.

In science you test theories by taking two identical examples, applying a change to one and seeing how the two are different as a result. It is rare in geopolitics where you have a situation that resembles (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Wisdom of The Market

This guy is an elected official, and he’s serious.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: great Libertarian ideas

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden Warns Canadians About Harper’s Extreme Anti Terror Laws

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bias At CBC Deepens

The scandal of conflict of interest at the CBC has deepened this week, as more questionable payments to the broadcaster by government department Parks Canada were revealed. Then environment Minister Prentice was given favourable coverage in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in free travel. Prentice is now the Premier of Alberta.

One of the most harmful points of the coverage was allowing Prentice to lie about the Conservatives’ record on greenhouse gas emissions. “We are reducing emissions”; “We’re fulfilling our responsibility.” Prentice was allowed to say without correction. As a result, too many Canadians hold the incorrect (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Another rat jumps the Harper ship…

Lots of pols and pundits are falling all over themselves lauding the soon-to-be-ex CPC attack dog. I won’t do that. Don’t let the screen door hit you on the ass on your way out, Johno. Glad to see you go. Go visit Deano in Peterborough. He cries a lot and could use a broad shoulder. […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Professional Politicians? Not Here…

There’s an editorial in the January 29 edition of the Collingwood Connection that underscores how little the local media really understand local politics, and how biased it remains. Which is unfortunate, because buried within this vitriolic screed was a nugget of wisdom; a salient point about local politics.* First, it begins with an essential error by […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadians Being Spied On

Your Government is Spying On Your Downloads. http://t.co/2hkBFUe7K3 w/ @caparsons pic.twitter.com/OHOf95n64u

— CANADALAND (@CNDLND) February 2, 2015

3. Or maybe the media has allowed government (#CSE) to define spying on its own terms- the least alarming terms possible.

— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) February 2, 2015

4. #CSE says it doesn't "target" Canadians. True. They spy on all of us, so no-one is "targeted". Hilarious.

— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) February 2, 2015

And yet our creepy Prime Minister wants this law:

C-51: 12 months inside without trial based on the *fear* that someone *may* commit a (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Good article on "vetting" and opposition research – don’t embarrass the team

Wanted to share this post by former Alberta NDP candidate Marc Power discussing the political vetting process for candidates. As someone who used to do exactly the kind of opposition research Mr. Power talks about in the post, I found it an interesting perspective.

Mr. Power also talks about how important the role of “the team” is in modern politics, and how one individual candidate who has a scandal emerge that could have otherwise been caught in background vetting can knock an entire election campaign off-track, most notably the case of Allan Hunsperger, the anti-gay “Lake of Fire” Wildrose candidate (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Capitalism – Laying the Foundations for our Extinction.

I’m at the point in life where I’m not really all about saving the planet anymore. Oh sure, I recycle, carpool when I can all of those little personal things one can do to be more “earth friendly” but until we reform our current ‘limitless growth paradigm’, we are well and truly screwed. Hence the reason why my Eco-consciousness is changing from saving the planet to hoping that the shit doesn’t hit the fan during my lifetime.

“At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan-Malahat Langford Green Party Nominate Fran Hunt-Jinnouche-Elizabethg Presses For Parliamentary Reform

Don Maroc

The Green Party of Canada gives at least two meanings to the colour in it name. It stands, of course, for environmental respect and for ecology before corporate economy.

In addition it is a collection of political neophytes, exemplified by the party leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Acutely intelligent, massively knowledgeable, broadly respectful, economically savvy, hometown charismatic, and she is politically charming and naive.

Last week at the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Green Party gathering to select their candidate to run in this November’s federal election Elizabeth — it’s difficult to not use her first name, she (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A look into Sam Harris and Islam – Liberal Viewer

Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. – Sam Harris.

This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent. How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing that they have done, but their beliefs.

Consider how easy it would be for opponents of US policy to follow this same doctrine – would they too be taking ethical action?

Harris, in this context, is not adding clarity to the complex (Read more…)