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Cowichan Conversations: A Matter of Honor: First Nations Appeal to The Queen

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Canadians following the ‘Idle No More’ efforts that have sprung up across the country by tuning in to the MSM will no doubt have a very shallow and generally bigoted account of what is happening and why.

Part of the reason is that very few of the journalists have sufficient knowledge or even a sense of the history to do much more than they are doing, following talking points set out and religiously followed.

What do the natives want?

What did they do with all the money we sent?

Who speaks for Idle No More?

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Cowichan Conversations: Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II gives first 3D Christmas broadcast (via AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II gave thanks on Tuesday for Britain’s year of Olympic and diamond jubilee festivities, in her first Christmas message to the Commonwealth broadcast in 3D. The 86-year-old monarch said it had been “humbling” to see the vast crowds joining celebrations marking her 60th year on the throne…

LeDaro: The Queen and James Bond Parachuting into Olympics

Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Queen Elizabeth Parachute Into London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

It was a stunt but a good one.

Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

Alright, what longstanding Canadian institution shall we dispense with today?

Queen Elizabeth II has been all over the news of late in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Never satisfied, some of those rabble-rousing muckrakers in the NDP have refused to join in the festivities. That killjoy Pat Martin in particular, MP for Winnipeg Centre, is using the opportunity to call on Canada to sever its ties to the British monarchy.

This may not be something I would describe as an urgent national priority, but it is worth thinking about. If we were to start over from scratch, would we want

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Be thankful for our Canadian Charter of Rights, 30 years old today, and remember who hates it

April 17, 1982: The Queen signs the Constitution as Pierre Elliott Trudeau, then Canada’s prime minister, looks on, apparently bemused. Below: The Charter; a sterner Mr. Trudeau.

CALGARY

Today is the 30th anniversary of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On April 17, 1982, Queen Elizabeth signed our new Canadian Constitution, of which the Charter is part.It should come as no surprise that the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper – normally so obsessed with history, at least when it involves feats of arms – is ignoring this turning point in Canadian history.

Part of this, naturally, is

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