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Cowichan Conversations: Noon to 1PM Stand In Vigil-Demonstration Saturday Near the Duncan Train Station

This message is from Harry Berbrayer of Duncan

I’m a Canadian Jew, and lived and studied in Jerusalem for almost three years. My last visit was for most of December 2008, during which time I was in East (which is Palestinian) Jerusalem and in cities and towns in the Israel-occupied West Bank.

I try to work for justice and genuine peace, and for Palestinian self-determination, which requires an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and domination and oppression of Palestinians.

We are against the Israeli attacks on Gaza, and call for an end to the Israeli blockade of the (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Mount Polley owner donated half a million dollars to Liberals, gets easy ride from Bennett

BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett (CP)

By Alex Hanson

The Bill Bennett dog and pony show has been wheeled out in the media once again, this time to cover for his long time pal and major campaign contributor Murray Edwards – the biggest shareholder at the now infamous Mount Polley Mine.

Major Liberal donor Murray Edwards

The recent debacle at Mount Polley has the potential for being the biggest environmental disaster in BC history. It has the president of the mining company, Imperial Metals, running in circles with claims that the sludge from their tailings pond is “very (Read more…)

Joe Fantauzzi: Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Progressive

Progress can mean a lot of things. The achievement by marginalized people of social citizenship. Collective movement toward big goals that make life better on a societal scale. State intervention with the aim of lessening the burden caused by the market. Smoke from an oil field and tailing ponds as the economy chugs along. Progressivism is typically identified […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: My Grandfathers’ War

One hundred years ago World War I began, a war that started as a clash in a tiny, almost unknown Balkan state and blossomed into a violent, gruesome war that spread across Europe, the Middle East and reached into Africa and Asia. Within a few years, tens of millions would be dead, the political face […]

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Mount Polley Mine proves Liberal “de-regulation” doesn’t work

Blame the BC Liberals’ lax regulations for Mount Polley Mine, says Rafe Mair (BC Liberal facebook page)

The Mount Polley Mine/Imperial Metals disaster is such that one scarcely knows where to start. Fortunately, the people of British Columbia have a writer like Stephen Hume, who in the Vancouver Sun tells chapter and verse about the failings of the Ministry of Environment’s statutory obligations to regulate.

You know, there must’ve been a date back when that all of the civic dignitaries and the executives of the company and a number of politicians had a glorious day opening the mine and telling everyone how (Read more…)

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Danielle Takacs nominated for the Liberal Party, Brantford

Danielle Takacs is running for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination up in Brant. She is a passionate Liberal and community leader. She is also a tireless advocate for veterans, Aboriginal rights, and strengthening local economies.

I endorse her experience, dedication, fresh energy, and openness.

“I want to be a parliamentarian who stands up for the riding, who puts Brantford and Brant back on the map of economic opportunity and have our community seen as a desirable place to live, work and play. I will be a candidate and a representative who is transparent, honest, and one who values (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Everything is Carbon

Everything is carbon. Everyone's fooled when you're part of Shell's team, everything is dying, when you're living big oil's dream. #Lego— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 09, 2014

A little spill happens now and then, destroying life.

Eerie, but awesome ad targeting LEGO's partnership with Shell: Everything is NOT awesome – YouTube… #climate— Andrea Loken (@AndreaLoken) July 09, 2014

Accidents don’t happen.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Robert Reich muses about how our economy would look if we actually paid people based on their contribution to society rather than their ability to exploit others. In related news, the Broadbent Institute’s next Progress Gala is looking all the more fascinating with the announcement that Reich will be the keynote speaker.

- David MacDonald studies the distribution of income from the tar sands, and predictably finds that the 1% has managed to suck up obscene amounts of income while leaving crumbs for everybody else. But let’s also note that the smallish gains (Read more…)

Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s Early Economic Development: A Political Economic Analysis

When writing about her adopted home of Ontario in Roughing it in the Bush, settler Susanna Moodie recalls penning a letter to Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Arthur requesting that he continue her husband’s service in the militia in the aftermath of the Upper Canada Rebellion, so that the family could pay off their debts.[1] Debt was […]

The Progressive Right: Sign the Petition, Tell Stephen Harper to Stop the #Pickering Airport ( #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport )

Land Over Landings have posted a petition to tell Stephen Harper to stop the Pickering airport development citing the following points.

Building an unneeded airport is an inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money. Putting an airport or other development on foodland is grossly irresponsible; farmland is permanently destroyed by development. Such development would eliminate important natural habitat and essential wildlife corridors adjacent to the new Rouge National Urban Park. Foodland close to Canada’s largest and fastest-growing city must be fiercely protected to ensure future food security. No government has a right to deprive future generations of an irreplaceable food and freshwater (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Car Culture Criticized

Glad to see some Danes standing up for Canada.

A Canadian stands up for the Danes.

The Danes stand up for themselves.

A few points have arisen as a result of this discussion, largely in defence of “car culture.” I’d like to address them if I may:

We love our cars!

That’s great. What is important, though, is having choices, and safe, affordable and convenient choices. Cars should not be the only option. In a sustainable, livable city, a citizen should have a choice to walk, cycle, run, take the bus, ride the train, get a lift with a (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: New post on the Municipal Machiavelli

I’ve written a short post that I trust will serve as an introduction to a longer piece I plan to write. It’s on the letter of Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother on how to win an election (written circa 64 BCE). You can read it here: I will be working on a more in-depth […]

The Progressive Right: Return to the Ward System in #Oshawa ( #oshpoli )

In the upcoming municipal election, the city of Oshawa will have a ballot question asking voters whether the city should return to the ward system – that is, electing councillors based upon neighbourhoods rather than the current “councillor-at-large” method. Click to see full size PDF

Oshawa previously had a ward system, but changed to an at-large voting system for the election of 2010.

The question of moving to the councillor-at-large system originated with a 2006 ballot question. The turnout was low and thus non-binding, but City Council moved ahead with the decision to elect councillors at large for the 2010 (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: On Twitter, Stephen Harper Doesn’t Follow Benjamin Netanyahu

Stephen Harper is Israel’s most unequivocal cheerleader. And yet, he doesn’t follow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter.

The post On Twitter, Stephen Harper Doesn’t Follow Benjamin Netanyahu appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dented Blue Mercedes: On conscience-based medical exemptions

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is currently reviewing its Human Rights Code policy on conscience-based exemptions for medical professionals, and their effect on access to medical services.

This review was sparked by a number of news reports of doctors in Ontario and Alberta refusing to prescribe birth control because of their religious beliefs. In some of those cases, patients were refused in clinics where there was only one doctor on duty.

Concurrently, south of the border, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of a corporation’s right to deny medical insurance to its employees when doing (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Jason Cherniak for the Liberal Party Nomination, Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill ( #lpc #cdnpoli )

It’s an exciting day to be a Liberal and to be a Liberal blogger. If you’re at all familiar with Canadian political blogging, then you recognize Jason Cherniak’s name.

I’ve met Jason several times in the course of my blogging days. When I joined the Liberal Party, I had the great fortune seeing Jason advocate for many progressive policies  - most recently, the proposal for a national transit strategy. He is always committed to seeing policy debated and driven to see progressive policy accepted by the party.

In the blogging realm, Jason founded Liblogs – the blog aggregator you may (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: UN Under Attack

I’ve avoided making many blog posts on Middle East politics because they tend to descend into dogmatic shouting matches on the Internet. I also don’t know every historic, geographic, religious, and political detail so don’t count myself among the experts. One doesn’t have to be an expert to comment on the ghastly situation right now. It’s plain as day.

One of the more outrageous points of Israel and Hamas shooting at each other has been Israel’s shelling of UN sites housing thousands of civilians.

#Israel is the only country who is allowed to attack #UN shelters with the support of (Read more…)

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: How does one homeschool, with all the intensity that involves, and be a compassionate, informed person at the same time?

Sometimes it is really hard to keep balance. How does one balance parenting with everything else? I don’t want to undervalue my husband’s contribution to our family life – his is amazing – but I suspect I’m the support pole the children lean on and there are times when the burden of having them lean on me feels to tough. I feel all hollow and empty and like I have nothing to give them and then I’m so keenly aware of them pulling on me, talking to me, seeking approval and asking for attention and I don’t know what to (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Examining the BC Liberal Government’s real fiscal record

The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis discusses the BC Liberal government’s real fiscal track record with CFAX radio’s Ian Jessop in Victoria.

The two contrast a history of serious cost-overruns on major infrastructure projects with the oft-repeated myth of the government’s sound fiscal management. From the Port Mann Bridge and Hwy 1 widening (550% of initial estimate) to the a new roof for BC Place Stadium (514% of original projection), emerges a shocking pattern of inept project management.

From July 29 (19 min)

The post Examining the BC Liberal Government’s real fiscal record appeared first on The Common Sense Canadian.

Cowichan Conversations: Conservatives’ Crotchety Anti-Pot Attack Ads Have Reached The Point of Embarrassment

Can anyone out there follow the disjointed logic of the Harperite’s regarding marijuana? Their attempt to slam Trudeau’s plan to legalize pot for recreational purposes has backfired.

Read Robyn Urbanks story that ran in the National Post.

Obviously Harper and his caucus have taken their terms of reference in issues surrounding the use of weed from this 1937 Propaganda Classic ‘Reefer Madness.’

Dead Wild Roses: All You Need To Know About World Politics in One Picture.


Compare and contrast with recent events.


“A civilian jet airliner shot down by US Navy surface to air missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While flying in Iranian airspace over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path, it was destroyed by the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, perished.”


The captain (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: NDP Youth Reject Leaders’ Support of Israel’s Gaza Atrocities

The New Democratic Youth of Canada rejects party leaders’ uncritical support of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza, demands that Israel “be held accountable for its actions.”

The post NDP Youth Reject Leaders’ Support of Israel’s Gaza Atrocities appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Declares Israel Terrorist State

I doubt that Israel recognized the ability of the Palestinian’s to survive the onslaught as long as they have.

Throughout the world revulsion at the slaughter of defenseless residents is causing calls for big changes in the mid east.

The President of Bolivia Evo Morales (AFP Photo)

Bolivia has declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country in protest over the ongoing Israeli military offense in Gaza which already killed more than 1,300 dead and left over 7,000 wounded.

Canceling the 1972 agreement which allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia “means, (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Re-Elect John Henry, Mayor of #Oshawa ( #oshpoli )

It’s no surprise that I’m supporting John Henry for re-election as Mayor of Oshawa. He’s an incredible mayor.

New jobs, new industries, new development, a growing economy, home to great retail, and a vibrant community spirit. These are the hallmarks of John’s tenure as mayor.

I’ll let him describe the incredible growth the city has undergone Rick Mercer-style.

Those familiar with Oshawa politics would never suggest that it’s boring. John has demonstrated constant leadership in controlling errant behaviour in council and defending the city against spurious claims that the council is acting in a secretive fashion.John focuses solely on the (Read more…)

Things Are Good: USA to Stop Landmine Procurement and Production

Unfortunately not every country has signed the Ottawa Treaty banning anti-personal land mines. Recently the largest producer of armaments, the USA, has opted to stop production of landmines. The army has also committed to not purchasing new landmines.

“Our delegation in Maputo made clear that we are diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention – the treaty banning the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of APL,” Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in the statement.

Now mines are rarely used in conflicts, and even countries (Read more…)