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…)
A cost benefit analysis of why we must have a one year moratorium on special day statements in the house of labour.
What is so not-awesome about our news media is its propensity to relay to us news and events without the background context necessary have said news event make sense. Go take a look at the CBC’s reporting on what is happening in the Ukraine. I’ll reproduce the headlines here for sake of argument.
Parliament votes to oust President Viktor Yanukovych Security forces now declining to take part in conflict Jailed opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko may be released soon President and opposition sign deal meant to end crisis President Yanukovych leaves capital for pro-Russian eastern Ukraine Yanukoych accuses opposition (Read more…)
Some NSA efforts to destroy Assange and intimidate people supporting Wikileaks have been revealed.
ANTICRISIS GIRL was a system to spy on Wikileaks searchers.
This other item is big news too, because Matt’s been an important journalist covering Wall St. crimes.
Another priority resolution I’m interested in following is Resolution 159 – Fracking.
There is some conjecture that the reason the federal Conservative government is keen on developing the airport lands to allow for the fast tracking of a fracking project.
As part of Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, Swiss voters recently approved immigration caps by a narrow margin. This means that the country, which has remained independent of the European Union, will no longer be able to continue to allow the free movement of labour with its neighbours (a fundamental plank of the EU).
It’s not clear yet how much the Swiss government is going to clamp down on immigration but the vote has already attracted condemnation from the editorial board of the leading scientific journal, Nature. They note that the move was fuelled by xenophobia rather than rational debate:
Brian is well known to many members of the Liberal Party. He has toured the country delivering electoral district association training. His message is to build strong riding associations to ensure an electoral success.
He will endeavour to continue touring the country – if he’s in a riding, he’ll deliver his training program. His plan is to formalize the training program as a function within the party. Again, he reiterated the strength of the party lies in the strength of local riding associations.
We spoke about past presidents talking to the media – he will not address the media without (Read more…)
CBC is reporting that Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak has dropped the mandatory representation, voluntary dues policy for union membership from his party program. It’s nice to know that he figures it’s so unpopular as to hurt his chances at being the next premier.
Yesterday, the convention opened with a conversation about the economy between Toronto Centre MP Chystia Freeland and Larry Summers. An interesting discussion about the importance of the health of the middle class being the core principle to maintaining the economy. Mr. Summers made mention that this is more important than protecting the banks – it’s likely true, but our banks are not at risk of failing the same way as American banks are due to a lack of vigorous regulation down south.
The theme of this convention will be the economy. Panels will be focused on reviewing economic growth and (Read more…)
I have begun posting some photos to the Progressive Bloggers site and more will be coming through the weekend. They’ll stream automatically as they get added.
I won’t claim to be well-enough versed to provide any deep commentary on the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
Despite a truce between protesters and the government, more violence and bloodshed has broken out on the streets of Kiev.
What is interesting to contrast is the Western media coverage and response to this situation and the riots in Syria (and the entire Arab Spring to a lesser extent).
Where the Arab and Syrian protests brought fears of Islamist theocracies usurping the democratic process, only a few sources have noted the danger of the fascist elements of the Ukrainian protests. Of course, (Read more…)
Let’s talk about what’s really happening at Montreal 2014. It’s not about a race between Liberals jockeying for positions in the party. That’s essentially sewn up, except for membership chair (and, for those that care, both candidates have Albertan roots — one lives in Edmonton and the other has deep roots in Calgary). The presidency […]
I have arrived in Montreal and have checked into my hotel. I’m staying kitty corner from the Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès de Montréal) and I’m looking forward to getting coverage underway.
If you’re reading the blog, and you’re at the convention, stop by the bloggers area in the Main Hall (517).
Remember, I’ll be tweeting (@progright) and you can see what other things are going on my Storified page.
As you consider the Fair Elections Act, your common sense may tell you it is vital to prevent fraudulent or ineligible voters from casting a ballot at any cost.
However the mathematical reality is that the effect on an election of a ineligible vote is equal to the effect of an eligible voter who is unable to vote. One gives one extra vote to a candidate, the other removes a vote from a candidate.
Any change to make it more difficult to vote will only make elections more democratic if it prevents more fraudulent or ineligible voters from voting then (Read more…)
Why is Bernie Madoff the only Wall St. criminal to face jail time? Because he robbed the 1%, and not the 99%. Rob the rich, and you are attacked, reviled, vilified and quite possibly imprisoned as well, if not burned at the stake or publicly beheaded, drawn and quartered – and whether you are Bernie […]
There are a great number of prioritized policies up for debate at the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention in Montreal. To go into each one, would need a month’s worth of blog posts.
Readers of my blog will know that I have long advocated against the development of a new international airport in the City of Pickering. Unfortunately, the policy proposal I authored to Protect the Pickering Lands and subsequently prioritized by Central Region did not make it to the biennial.
The proposal to build an airport is irresponsible. In the absence of a business case, it represents a dangerously reckless (Read more…)
When arguing about abortion and other moral topics, one is almost guaranteed to hear this lofty phrase trotted out. Like a a gentle desert sirocco, you only miss it when it isn’t there. People seem to have some very strange ideas about how we regularly treat each other here on Earth.
Realistically speaking, the phrase “sanctity of human life”is a misnomer. We here in the ‘Civilized West’ extinguish human life at a record pace whether actively though war or passively through indifference and neglect.
“But Arbourist!”, says the lay reader of DWR, “we in the West, (Read more…)
In an earlier post, I wrote that Collingwood’s Integrity Commissioner, Robert Swayze, proposed two changes to the town’s Procedural Bylaw: amending section 13.7 and deleting section 13.8. Last post I dealt with the former; here I will explain my concerns about the latter. Section 13.8 currently reads: 13.8 No vote – deemed negative – exception […]
In May, 2013, I wrote my thoughts about Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and the effect it had on the governance and procedural behaviour of municipal councillors. Back then, I wrote, The Act allows no grey areas: there are no “perceived” conflicts in law, only clearly defined legal ones. This is obviously intended by […]
Valentine’s Day is one of those weird non-holiday holidays. There’s issues with the ethics of cut flowers and a need to buy ethical fair-trade organic chocolate. There are those who complain about it making single people feel bad and others who say its all just a marketing scam. Yet this year, despite the strangeness, I’m drawn to the idea of Valentine’s Day.
See the 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day. In Canada it’s the day of the missing women memorial march remembering native women who have been murdered and/or trafficked. In other countries it is the day for One Billion Rising, (Read more…)
Anyone else notice that http://www.gc.ca/ redirects to http://www.canada.ca/?
Did I miss the Harper government™ memo?
Seems to have started December 19, 2013…
I fail to understand how this change is effective for disseminating information — http://www.canada.ca/ is easily confused with http://www.canada.com/, is it not?
I just don’t get it. There was nothing wrong with http://www.gc.ca/. Is http://www.canada.ca/ some stupid attempt to re-brand?
Seems like a waste of time, money, and resources… really. Also, I worry about information being lost in this ridiculous redirect.
Am I the only one who noticed?
Leading up to the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention, you can read Jeff Jedras’s interviews with candidates for the national executive and some exit interviews for outgoing members at his blog.