Dead Wild Roses: Canada’s Flirtation with Proportional Representation – PM – “Just Say No”.

    It would be nice if our political class would make the effort to look like they give a damn about breaking their promises to the electorate.  Assigning inexperienced junior ministers to such an important issue, combined with a milquetoast online survey  is setting up the entire process for failure.  And of course, surprise of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Liberal 1 Year Report Card

The Trudeau Liberals returned to power on October 19, 2015. In the last year they’ve done some things I’ve disagreed with, and some things I approve of. I’ll list them from memory, because if I can’t recall them, they probably didn’t leave too much of a negative or positive impression: Good: B -Allowed 25000+ new ...

The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. The post PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: PR tops journalism in U.S.

If Americans often seem uninformed or misinformed about current affairs, it may be because they get more propaganda than news. There are now five times as many public relations experts at work in the U.S. than reporters. Furthermore, the difference is growing. While the number of reporters in the country dropped by almost 9,000 from ...

Bill Longstaff: Israel vs. Hamas or Likud vs. Gaza—framing the issue

A major goal in a propaganda war is to frame the issue on your terms. For example, in labour disputes, businesses (and their political and media allies) often claim the argument is not with the workers but with the “union bosses.” The objective is to convince the public and perhaps even union members that management ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Nyms win Google+ Nymwar

3 years ago, I deleted my Google+ account in protest of its real name only policy. At the time, I stated that if Google+ were to reverse its real name only policy, I would re-consider the deletion of my Google+ account, as well as my Google profile… Today, Google+ has announced what amounts to a ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Misogyny quota for a millennia met!

Last week: Elliott Rodger’s murdered six people in Isla Vista, California [UC-Santa Barbara] because of his hatred of women, whom he blamed for a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires.” Hours later: In Stockton, California, Keith Binder shot at three women who refused to have sex with him and his friends This week: Bra ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Ode to Sustainable Development of the Environment…

Remember sustainable development? Me, too. Under the Harper government™, sustainable development of the environment has all but gone the way of the dodo… And now, the Harper government™ has removed the long-term goal of “sustainable development” from its plans for the environment, opting instead to focus solely on using and abusing the environment for the ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Coronations are not held after 104,552 votes are counted…

Coronations are not held after 104,552 votes are counted, nor are coronations held in hotel conference rooms. *COUGH* Congratulations/Félicitations Justin Trudeau! 😀 SCC

somecanuckchick dot com: Using a Thesaurus to woo the centre…

In an effort to modernize the language of its constitution, NDP delegates voted to excise the word “socialism”, like a tumour. Anyone with a thesaurus can tell you that “sustainable prosperity” and “a society that shares its benefits more fairly” are synonyms — not antonyms — for “socialism”. Re-branding is not reinvention, my friends. Seriously, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: RoboCall Boundary Edition #RoboCon 650 days and counting

Last week I got a robocall from “Chase Research” and listened to it all, taking notes when I realized it was a Conservative push-poll and would cause a scandal. I waited for the number to push to repeat the message or options, but pressing 9 just erroneously thanked me for responding, provided a contact phone ...

350 or bust: How Changing Perspective Could Save Our Environment

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here is advertising expert and funny guy Rory Sutherland talking about how it’s possible to change the way people value things can have surprising results: Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change ...

350 or bust: Perspective Is Everything

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and Rory Sutherland the Ad Man is back. His message is essentially the same as in his 2009 TED Talk, but it bears repeating that our perception of an event or a circumstance is more important than the “reality”: The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how ...

350 or bust: On Fossil Fools And Fracking Lies

Yes, there is oil in the ground – we just can’t afford it. The folks over at the Post Carbon Institute have just put out this video on the propaganda Big Oil is busy spreading in response to the peak oil crisis: In recent months we’ve seen a spate of articles, reports, and op-eds claiming ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Fixed Election Date #FAIL

WTF does not even begin to convey my complete and utter shock and disgust… Today, in the House of Commons, during Question Period, the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada asked the Prime Minister about Canada’s fixed election date (known as #elxn42 to the #cdnpoli Twitterati), the legislation that created it, whether or ...

somecanuckchick dot com: 3 oil spills in the span of 1 month…

Remember when Alberta Premier Alison Redford said, “It is unfortunate when these events happen. We are fortunate in this province that they don’t happen very often, and we can have some confidence that when they do happen, we have plans in place to deal with them.”? They don’t happen very often, eh? 3 oil spills ...

somecanuckchick dot com: It’s the tar sands, stupid!

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; Act II, Scene ii, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare The Athabasca tar sands have always been, are now, and will always be known as… the Athabasca tar sands. Why? Because the tar sands’ consistency is actually similar ...

DeSmogBlog: Public Accountability Initiative Produces New Report on SUNY Buffalo’s "Shill Gas Study"

PAI Logo.jpg The Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) has upped the ante on DeSmogBlog's reporting on what we coined a "Shill Gas Study" recently conducted by SUNY Buffalo. In our critique of the "study" we pointed out the fact that all of the authors and nearly the entire peer review board of the study, other than one person, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: F-35: Don’t Need No Stinking Accountability

I am genuinely concerned that there is no viable alternative party for conservatives in Canada who have, to this point, put all of their eggs into the Harper basket(case) Conservative Party of Canada. It’s staggering, the amount of intellectual fortitude (dishonesty) it takes to justify the crimes, the lying, the harassment, and general bad-neighbourly things ...

somecanuckchick dot com: New coins costing Canadians a lot of cash…

Last month, the Royal Canadian Mint put into circulation a new generation of loonies and toonies. The Royal Canadian Mint, however, did not give Canadian cities official notice of when the new coins would be distributed. Canada’s new loonies and toonies are costing Canadian cities, as well as retailers and other coin-operated businesses a lot ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Rainbow Pipeline Leak — 1 Year Later…

Did you know that Plains Midstream Canada continues to clean up the Rainbow Pipeline Leak that occurred on April 29, 2011? The largest Alberta pipeline discharge in 36 years has never been classified as «100% remediated» by the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the provincial energy regulator. 1 year later… Haven’t heard anything about it in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Engage

Last night I was having several parallel conversations online, all pertaining to civic engagement (or the lack of it, more precisely). What comes first, the politicians willing to interact with “commoners”, or an engaged electorate that participates in our democratic systems? I think citizens have to make the decision first, but they’d decide a lot ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Highlights

With the NDP’s leadership convention set to start tomorrow (and assorted hospitality suites already starting up tonight), I won’t be able to finish off my initial plan to put together full policy reviews for each of the candidates. But instead, I’ll take some time to highlight a few innovative ideas which haven’t received a lot ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Is the gun smoking yet?

An investigation by CBC News has turned up voters all over Canada who say the reason they got robocalls sending them to fictitious polling stations was that they had revealed they would not vote Conservative. Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand announced today that he now has over 700 Canadians from across the country who allege ...

somecanuckchick dot com: 5 Robocon Facts

FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada is the only party presently being investigated for robocalls made during the last election. FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada was named in the search warrant which compelled RackNine to turn over documents pertaining to robocalls made in the riding of Guelph. FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada reviewed ...