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The Canadian Progressive: F-35 Fighter Jet Too Dangerous For Canadian Air Force, Says Report

by: Obert Madondo | June 9, 2014

A new report released Monday is urging the Harper Government to shelve its plans to purchase F-35 fighter jets to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet.

The report, entitled “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35s a Bad Choice,” was released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The report was written by University of British Columbia political science professor Michael Byers, who recently won the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book International Law and the Arctic.

Reuters recently reported that the Conservatives would soon be purchasing 65 F-35 fighters.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Online Surveillance Bill C‐13 Reveals “Canada’s Growing Privacy Deficit”

by: Obert Madondo | June 8, 2014

Canada’s privacy experts are gravely concerned about Bill C-13, the Conservatives’ Orwellian cybercrime bill, deceptively named “Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act“.

Last week, over 30 of them expressed their concern in a scathing letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The signatories also told Harper that, Daniel Therrien, the newly-appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada, lacks the “perspective and experience necessary to immediately tackle Canada’s many privacy problems.”

In a previous blog post, I quoted outgoing privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, who said Bill C-13 lacks “accountability and reporting mechanisms to shed light on new investigative powers.” I added:

Stoddardts statement (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Why is the environment considered primarily a left-wing concern?

Conservative and conservation are almost the same word, both deriving from the Latin conservare, “to preserve,” and differing only by two letters. We might expect, therefore, that conservatives would be great conservationists, deeply concerned about preserving the natural world, foremost stewards of the environment.

Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case. Not that conservatives aren’t concerned

The Canadian Progressive: Fracking: Council of Canadians’ ‘Frack Corp’ Fracks Parliament Hill

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release | May 1, 2014

‘Frack Corp’ fracked Parliament Hill this morning using a 14-foot fracking rig spilling fracking wastewater in the process. The Council of Canadians, the organization behind the action, said it was to highlight the grave risks associated with fracking such as well leaks and wastewater spills.

“We organized this action to drive home to Members of Parliament why Canadian and Indigenous communities are calling for a ban on fracking,” says Emma Lui, water campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “Affected communities have been sounding the alarm on fracking for years because (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: New study reveals best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release | April 23, 2014

OTTAWA—A new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) reveals the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada. According to the study, Québec City is the best city to be a woman and Edmonton is the worst.

The study, by Kate McInturff, a Senior Researcher at the CCPA, ranks Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education.

“Canada has made great (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Open Letter: 400+ Academics Demand Withdrawal of Harper’s Orwellian Fair Elections Act

“Free and fair elections lie at the heart of our democracy. The government should not underestimate the commitment of Canadians to defend this fundamental principle.”

by: Various | April 23, 2014

Last month, more than 160 professors signed an open letter to express grave concerns about the damage to Canadian democracy that the “Fair Elections Act,” Bill C-23, would cause. Today, we the undersigned, an even larger group of professors who share a deep concern over this legislation, urge the government to withdraw the bill and draft truly fair election reforms based on meaningful consultations with opposition parties, non-partisan (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-US president Jimmy Carter urges Obama to reject Keystone XL Pipeline

“History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice,” laureates remind President Obama as the world awaits his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline

by: Obert Madondo | April 17, 2014

To show leadership on climate change and leave a lasting legacy, US President Barack Obama must reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. That’s the message from Jimmy Carter.

The former US president joined South African anti-apartheid icon Bishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have signed a strongly-worded open letter urging Obama to (Read more…)

calgaryliberal.com: The angst of a progressive.

Over the last week we have seen someone who had tried pull in progressives into a very un-progressive party be raked over the coals. For issues of arrogance and otherwise, Alison Redford has been the target of much acrimony, anger, and angst. This angst has been by both her party and the progressive voter in Alberta. […]

Left Over: Whores, Bores, and Liberal Cores….

Canada’s opposition NDP open to coalition, Liberals less keen Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:49pm EST – Reuters In a a comment re : http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/02/tom-mulcair-and-coalition-dream-that.html

Although in principle I agree that whatever progressives elected to Parliament should band together in the sense of controlling the votes, I fail to see why, or how, a coalition of ConLites and the NDP can be a good thing..at least as a formal coalition.. There is nothing very progressive about the Liberal agenda, aside from the usual vaporous nothings of Junior Trudeau re decriminalizing pot and some vague stuff that only (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fracking in Canada: Why the Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” matters

by: Obert Madondo

In this age of the Harper Conservatives and a rampaging fossil fuel industry, Canadian anti-fracking activism requires more than a sense of environmental and social justice. It requires a toolkit of knowledge about what’s happening and how to effectively respond at the local, national and global level.

The Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” is one such toolkit.

The toolkit empowers Canadians to push back against fracking, protect Canada’s water sources, combat climate change, and partner with First Nations in their ongoing struggle to protect their besieged rights. It was inspired by the Council of (Read more…)

April Reign: Facebook and Progressive Values

April Reign

I deleted my Facebook account awhile ago because I could no longer feel right with myself visiting a site which so clearly violates my principles. Complaints about misogynist groups advocating rape and other abuses towards women, groups degrading those with physical or mental handicaps were regularly met with ‘this does not violate Facebook standards’ yet apparently perfectly lovely shots of breastfeeding mothers do. Tattoos on breast cancer survivors seem to also.

However, I have found myself wondering if standing up for my principles does anything but soothe my conscience. I see many many progressives on Facebook and I (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: More than 30 organizations uniting to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights

With Parliament set to resume, coalition calls for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against government intrusion

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The Canadian Progressive: New book articulates Harper’s unrelenting war on Canadian science

“The War On Science: Muzzled Scientists and Willful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada”, a new book by Canadian author Chris Turner, presents “a passionate and meticulously researched argument” against the Conservatives unrelenting war on Canadian science.

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The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight

In a speech delivered at the founding convention of Canada’s new super-union, UNIFOR, award-winning journalist, best selling author and activist, Naomi Klein, urged unions to take action on climate change and stopping free trade.

The post Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Alice Walker Disinvited By Top US University Over Israel Criticism

The University of Michigan has disinvited Pulitzer-prize winning African-American author Alice Walker as punishment for her progressive views on Israel.

The post Alice Walker Disinvited By Top US University Over Israel Criticism appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa South leads in Ontario by-elections advance voting

Ottawa South tops Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West, Scarborough-Guildwood and Windsor-Tecumseh in Ontario by-elections advance voting, according to figures released Monday by Elections Ontario. The polls are on Thursday, August 1.

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The Canadian Progressive: Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic

Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.

The post Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Republicans sacrifice environment to spite Obama, says Rachel Maddow [VIDEO]

In the aftermath of another fossil-fuel-related disaster, TV host and political commentator, Rachel Maddow, says House Republicans are sacrificing the environment and resisting President Obama’s clean energy alternatives.

The post Republicans sacrifice environment to spite Obama, says Rachel Maddow [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: BC’s wheelchair fee for seniors in long-term care facilities not fair: Researcher

Janine Farrell, a seniors care researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explains why the recently announced $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in BC is not fair.

The post BC’s wheelchair fee for seniors in long-term care facilities not fair: Researcher appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: CBC: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launch anti-Harper ad [VIDEO]

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has launched an anti-Harper ad, urges Canadians to resist the Conservatives’ plan to “undermine the CBC’s editorial independence and turn our national public broadcaster into a government propaganda machine – a state broadcaster!”

The post CBC: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launch anti-Harper ad [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian government enemy lists: Voices-Voix open letter to PM Harper

In this open letter, Voices-Voix, a coalition of more than 200 civil society organizations across Canada, tells Harper that his government’s “enemy lists” violate freedoms guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The post Canadian government enemy lists: Voices-Voix open letter to PM Harper appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge to delay required pipeline safety fix for three more years

Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.

The post Enbridge to delay required pipeline safety fix for three more years appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Former Liberal Leader Bob Rae Joins Fair Vote Canada’s Advisory Board

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Bob Rae. (Photo: Fair Vote Canada)

Former Liberal leader Bob Rae has joined the National Advisory Board of Fair Vote Canada, a grassroots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform in Canada.

Rae joins a cast of distinguished Canadians and progressives already serving on the board, including David Suzuki, Mel Hurtig, Maude Barlow, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Hugh Segal, Rafe Mair and Ed Broadbent.

This release from Fair Vote Canada:

Fair Vote Canada is pleased to announce the addition of former Liberal Leader Bob Rae, PC, OC, OOnt, QC, MP, to its National Advisory Board.

“Canadians need to (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada lacks coherent response to end violence against women: study

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 – Progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

“The difficulty of collecting data about violence against women has been a barrier to progress in ending that violence,” says the study’s author Kate McInturff. “However, the data that does exist tells us three things very clearly: this problem is big, it comes at a (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-NHL star Georges Laraque seeks Bourassa riding for May’s Greens

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC)

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa.

Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal riding of Bourassa.

“Today is an important day for me. It is the result of many years of community involvement. I would be so proud to be chosen by the people of Bourassa to be their representative,” said Laraque, who (Read more…)

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