Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
The Vancouver Observer has been a most welcome edition to the media mix in the Vancouver market and beyond.
They prove, dig and unapologetically provide us with hard hitting journalism with the integrity and purpose.
‘PM Stephen Harper has turned Canada into an advanced surveillance and security state’-Chris Hedges
Now that Harper has rammed Bill C 51-the supposed anti terror bill, report like Jenny Uechi and the Vancouver Observer are of increased value.
Jenny Uechi is Managing Director of Observer Media Group, and Managing Editor of The Vancouver Observer.
Chris Hedges photo by Jenny Uechi
Jenny (Read more…)
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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
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…)
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?
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…)
The past is a foreign country: Labour Day in Vancouver, not so long ago. Below: The workers, united, will never be defeated! The goal of union “transparency,” “worker choice,” “right to work” and other Orwellian right-wing buzzwords is to ensure the workers are never united and always defeated. Below that: Stephen Kushner, president of the anti-union Merit Contractors Association.
NOTE TO READERS: Since the Alberta chapter of the Merit Contractors Association, a group of non-union construction companies, seems to have recycled much of its past opinion survey and press release on union “transparency,” I thought I’d recycle (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Canada, once the peacekeeping nation of merit and respect has been downgraded in the eyes of international observers since being led by right wing ideologue, Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
His unbalanced view and posture is nowhere more obvious that his absolute support for the extreme right-wing Israeli’s attack on Gaza.
Canada’s reputation as a peace-loving nation and as an ‘honest-broker’ in the Middle East (part of its national mythology) has been dealt a serious blow by the ruling Conservative Party’s adamant support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the midst of international condemnation (Read more…)
All Canadians concerned with democratic elections and all political parties must cooperate in the next election. Canada’s future trumps short term political ambitions. Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May must structure a cooperative model to defeat Steve Harper in the public interest. It can be done. There is too much at risk!
This was posted to Facebook by Cupe New Brunswick and is reproduced below.
The so-called “Fair Elections Act” is so bad for democracy in so many ways it’s hard to wrap your head around it all. Most people have already heard about how it will prevent some (Read more…)
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
The politics of the day are ringing in some major truths. One of the most serious is the centralised top down control grasped so firmly by the party leaders of each and every stripe.
In Canada and the provinces our political party leaders wield a life or death control over the very people who we elect to represent us, the candidates and later the MLA’s or MP’s.
The party leaders are elected as either MP’s or MLA’s and were not given that power by the voters. It has been seized and the party system (Read more…)
The home of Canada’s Parliament, held in contempt by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Reform Party, doing business under the name of the Conservative Party of Canada. Below: former chief of staff Nigel Wright, Mr. Harper and Senator Mike Duffy.
Surely the wrong man has quit!
Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, resigned yesterday in the imbroglio that followed the revelation he gave disgraced Senator Mike Duffy $90,172 to pay back the Parliamentary expenses the supposed representative for Prince Edward Island in the Upper House had improperly claimed.
The purpose of the controversial payment, obviously, was (Read more…)
If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted READ MORE
Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but things ain’t lookin’ good for the Brazman:
Senator Patrick Brazeau will be formally charged with domestic assault and sexual assault later this morning, following a brief appearance at the courthouse in Gatineau, Que.
Brazeau, who appeared in court wearing a black suit and white dress shirt, did not have his lawyer present for his first appearance at about 9:15 a.m. ET Friday.
Also (re: this):
If at #CTV's report is so important/relevant/factual, I'm sure they will look for me tomorrow in Parliament. I'll report back tomorrow.— SenPatrickBrazeau
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by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter READ MORE
Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
Kevin Logan contributes posts to Cowichan Conversations occasionally and they are most appreciated. In the following piece Kevin provides an in depth look at the Chief Spence Hunger Strike and the role of the Idle No More movement. If you want an in depth look see, pour yourself something and dig into this.
Idle No More “Our Last Best Hope”
Idle No More is important to every single Canadian from coast to coast, therefore it is imperative to take the time and understand what issues drive the Idle No More Movement and how they affect you.
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Dear British Crown: honour Canada-First Nations treaties, revoke Bill C-45, and immediately fire Prime Minister Harper and Governor General Johnston: Please sign the PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45 now! Petition text: On the 28th January 2013, just 6 hours before the Canadian Parliament resumes in Ottawa, one of the READ MORE
During my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the steps leading to the READ MORE
Is hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence, who entered Day 20 of her peaceful protest today, your 2012 newsmaker of the year? Is it the Idle No More movement? The Quebec student movement? Beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Is it Kevin Page, Canada’s fearless gallant Parliamentary Budget Officer, who showed uncommon courage recently when he took the Harper government to court seeking accountability and READ MORE
by United Church of Canada: December 19, 2012 The Right Hon. Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario Fax: 613-941-6900 Dear Prime Minister Harper: We write with urgency to implore you to meet with Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence, as soon as possible. We are very concerned for her wellbeing READ MORE
This colorful video of the December 21, 2012, Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, will always remain one of the highlights of my career as a progressive activist. The video includes speeches by supporters and helpers of hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. The speakers also repeated Spence’s call for a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative READ MORE
Dana Wensley | Troy Media: The issue is one of of fairness As First Nation groups continue their protests against Bill C-45, what comes as a surprise to me is that it took so long to happen in Canada. In the lead up to Canada Day I noted that while other post-colonial countries like Australia and READ MORE
In this exclusive interview with the CBC’s Chris Rands, hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence explains her peaceful protest. Chief Spence started her hunger strike here in Ottawa on December 11. She’s demanded an immediate meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a representative of the Crown to discuss the treaty relationship between First Nations and READ MORE
On June 6, I ended my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. Two of my demands: the immediate repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act and a national inquiry for the 600+ missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. I conveyed these demands to the Governor READ MORE