Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream The future of the Internet is on the line

A version of this article by our Meghan Sali was originally published at Common Ground and 

One of the big promises we were made about the Internet was its potential to revolutionize the way that we interact with the world around us. The Internet enables us to transcend our physical restrictions and travel the world; it allows us to access and ingest research, art, culture and knowledge that would have in the past been stored in libraries and other physical archives, inaccessible to many.

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Alberta Diary: This is the last post on Alberta Diary, sort of: Welcome to

Your blogger with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Your blogger with another Alberta premier, whose name escapes him at the moment, and with a former Alberta opposition leader.

Maybe it’s evidence of the “seven year itch”? Leastways, it was seven years ago on Dec. 31, 2007, that I started this blog, promising commentary on politics, baseball and Uechi-ryu karate. It was called St. Albert Diary.

Well, I managed to deliver one of those promised topics. I think maybe I wrote about karate once or twice. Baseball? Not so much.

Eventually I changed the name to Alberta Diary, since I seemed (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Andrea’s Dilemma: Whither Blowest The Wind?

Were I a gifted artist (or any kind of artist, for that matter) I would draw Andrea Horwath in a two-panel caricature. In the first panel, index finger raised, she would be turning to her left, and in the second, to her right, testing the prevailing winds. That would, I believe, adequately capture what I, perhaps a tad harshly, characterize as the political prostitution of the Ontario NDP leader.

Like her long ago party leader, Bob Rae, who even today refuses to admit he made some grievous errors during his time as Ontario’s Premier by trying to placate and court (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Happy New Year! Get ready for generational change in Canadian politics

Expect the new faces of Canadian politics to be young faces – like those of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 34, shown above with some clapped-out old geezer, and Manitoba MP and former NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton, 31, below.

“Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?” – Bob Dylan, 72, Ballad of a Thin Man

Happy New Year!

Something really is happening here and I don’t know exactly what it is. But I’ll tell you one thing: generational change is coming to Canadian politics.

You may not have noticed, but (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: PM Harper has set up a sophisticated program to read our email and monitor our online activities.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Good morning folks. I was looking to do some tidying up and editing posts on the left side under News & Opinion from Home and Abroad.

These are items from across the internet that I include because of their interest and relevance.

This story regarding surveillance caught my eye again and I took another look at it and decided that I should promote as a main post.

Originally published online by contributor, Vancouver’s Adam Goldsmith, it shines a light on the reality that Canadians are being spied on through the Conservative Stephen Harper government’s Communications Security Establishment Canada. (CSEC).

It appears (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News Watch on Monday, February 11, 2013: Morning Picks

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: Senator Patrick Brazeau: Brazeau symbolic of Harper’s indifference to First Nations – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More – The Tyee Let’s talk about punishing mentally ill – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau Just Latest Thrown Under Bus by Harper – The Tyee Editorial: Unreformed senator – Calgary Herald Canadian Senate: READ MORE

Alberta Diary: It’s time for Ezra Levant to apologize or explain his hateful Roma commentary

Canadians struggle to cope with the offensive noise from the Sun News Network. Typical TV viewers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Commentator Ezra Levant.

It’s 2013, and it’s time for Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant to either apologize for or explain his comments on Sept. 5, 2012, about the Roma.

Now, Mr. Levant appears to be the kind of young man for whom a phrase like “never apologize, never explain,” would take on mantra-like authority. Nevertheless, it’s time, or certain conclusions about Mr. Levant’s views about the Roma people will be impossible to avoid.

More important, the

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Alberta Diary: Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™

What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s so-called Conservatives – of whom it cannot be said too many times are radicals bent on remaking Canada in the image of the worst aspects of the United States – managed to hit on a moment of worldwide horror at the slaughter of 20 small

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Alberta Diary: Who’s censoring Ezra now? Has Sun News Network seen the light?

A screen shot of the blank spot on Ezra Levant’s website: no link, the plug pulled, presumably by Sun News Network. Below: Mr. Levant in full rhetorical flight.

Where is Ezra Levant’s Sun News Network rant on Roma immigration to Canada, which has been depicted as ethnic stereotyping to foment hate?

For that matter, where is the uncharacteristically silent Mr. Levant?

Just a week ago, on Sept. 5, the Sun News Network commentator – who as’s Karl Nerenberg astutely observed yesterday, has carved himself a niche as the “nasty buffoon of the Canadian Right” – delivered one of

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Until Friday the 13th to become a member

I believe in independent and progressive Canadian journalism. The kind that’s free from corporate control and manipulation. I believe wholeheartedly. So do you. Let’s go Rabble then.

This just received from, via email:

“rabble’s annual membership campaign is coming to an end – extended to Friday this week. Sign up to support rabble at $5/month by Friday and you not only help us reach our goal of 500 new members: you get a free one year subscription to your choice of fabulous print magazines! And yup, that’s right, the deadline for this offer is Friday the 13th,

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A Different Point of View....: ‘Dinner for two’ for first journalist who dares to explain Conservative ideology

Journalists in the mainstream Canadian media are being intimidated from fully describing the soulless ideology practised by the Harper Conservative government – at least this has been my impression for some time now. 

Wanting to find out what journalists are really writing about the Tories and neoliberalism, I spent some time this week searching the Internet for any 2011 articles that would link the two.

I felt that, if the mainstream media is involved in an unspoken conspiracy of silence to hide the evil economic philosophy of the Harper government, the public needs to know.  (Read more…)