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Alberta Politics: Schiaparelli lander missing; ground control still in contact with Postmedia; prognosis grim for both

PHOTOS: An artist’s impression of the Schiaparelli Mars Lander descending gently toward the Martian surface. Schiaparelli’s actual Mars landings may not have unfolded exactly as illustrated by the European Space Agency. Below: The evocative cover of today’s National Post. About 178 million kilometres from us yesterday, give or take, Europe’s Schiaparelli spacecraft went missing and . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Schiaparelli lander missing; ground control still in contact with Postmedia; prognosis grim for both

Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Having watched the polls ruin the voter turnout in BC during our last provincial election, seeing that few progressives bothered to vote at all, since the polls were showing a vast majority for the NDP..I am no fan of the damn things…

They have been wrong many times, but, right or wrong, they work an . . . → Read More: Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Having watched the polls ruin the voter turnout in BC during our last provincial election, seeing that few progressives bothered to vote at all, since the polls were showing a vast majority for the NDP..I am no fan of the damn things…

They have been wrong many times, but, right or wrong, they work an . . . → Read More: Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Alberta Politics: The #AngryCon: he learned those attitudes about the media from the party he supports

PHOTOS: A screen shot of the man identified by the Toronto Star as Earl Cowan at the moment he informs a reporter she’s a lying piece of … something. Below: Tory operative Fred DeLorey and Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick. I have to confess I felt the tiniest bit of empathy for the aged Harper . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The #AngryCon: he learned those attitudes about the media from the party he supports

Alberta Politics: Upstairs Downstairs at the Edmonton Journal as Sun staff gets ready to move in

PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal Building at 101st Street and MacDonald Drive in downtown Edmonton. It remains to be seen who will be Upstairs, and who will be Downstairs, when the staff of the Sun joins the staff of the Journal at the same address in the fall. Below: Journal Editor-in-Chief Margo Goodhand, Postmedia President and . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Upstairs Downstairs at the Edmonton Journal as Sun staff gets ready to move in

Song of the Watermelon: Toronto Star Letter

Greetings loyal blog readers! I am happy to report that today’s Toronto Star contains a letter of mine (the first of the two on this page) about the Ontario Court of Appeal decision on expat voting rights. Rather than address this issue directly, I briefly examine the related matter of extending the franchise to non-citizens . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Toronto Star Letter

Mind Bending Politics: Big Media Influencing Canadian Election For Political Favoritism

As the debates over the debates has raged on over the past several months, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. Journalists in Canada seem to be throwing out their duty of independence and holding our political parties to account for political favors; thus Canadians can’t rely on the media to do their traditional role of […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Big Media Influencing Canadian Election For Political Favoritism

Politics and its Discontents: "Is There A Poltician In Canada Who Will Simply Speak The Truth?"

That is the question Don Graves asks in his hard-hitting lead letter printed in this morning’s Star. Enjoy. I look out my window and see sunshine and vibrant signs of approaching spring. There’s even a Toronto sports franchise winning games.

But when I turn to the news media I read or hear about a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "Is There A Poltician In Canada Who Will Simply Speak The Truth?"

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Nice To See Autistic Twin Sons of Toronto Family Receiving Autism Treatment In New Brunswick

PHOTO BY MARC GRANDMAISON / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The headline of the Toronto Star article Toronto family chases autism treatment across the country  doesn’t mention the province to which the family in the Toronto Star article seeking early autism treatment for their autistic twin sons moved  – New Brunswick. Nor does the article . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Nice To See Autistic Twin Sons of Toronto Family Receiving Autism Treatment In New Brunswick

Politics and its Discontents: About Those Taxes…

Responding to the latest propaganda piece about taxation levels from The Fraser Institute, Star readers weigh in with their own perspectives, one of which includes taking the paper to task for publishing news of the report with no critical comment:

Re: Families pay more for taxes than basics, Aug. 13

This report of a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: About Those Taxes…

Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

How did we let our bus fleet get into this bad a shape and why is Chow the only “major” candidate proposing anything to fix it? The Toronto Star has today published a piece finding problems in the feasibility of Olivia Chow’s promise to improve bus ser… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

How did we let our bus fleet get into this bad a shape and why is Chow the only “major” candidate proposing anything to fix it?

The Toronto Star has today published a piece finding problems in the feasibility of Olivia Chow’s promise to improve bus service if elected Mayor.  To be specific, Chow . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Ottawa imposes a lifelong gag order on bureaucrats who could shed light on CSEC spying

It looks like the government are growing desperate to stifle the growing debate about CSEC’s spying on Canadians. Now they’ve imposed a lifelong gag order on bureaucrats who might shed light on what CSEC has been up to.

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Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

Lobbyists gather in the lobby of the House of Commons at Westminster. Below: Politician turned lobbyist Chuck Strahl, B.C. Lobbying Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

Notwithstanding his classification as a Designated Public Office Holder under the federal Lobbying Act, former Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and Conservative office holder Chuck Strahl is breaking no laws or . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Independent Investigation of CSIS oversight is needed

This hard-hitting piece by Professor Michael Geist argues for a full, independent investigation into CSEC’s spying activities. As Parliament is set to resume shortly, the time has come for MPs to take a far greater interest in what our security services are doing in our name.

Will 2014 be the year . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Independent Investigation of CSIS oversight is needed

Politics and its Discontents: Mandatory Voting And Social Cohesion

The Toronto Star recently featured the 2013 Atkinson Series: Me, You, Us, journalist and author Michael Valpy’s investigation into social cohesion in Canada — what binds us together, what pulls us apart.

In its final installment, given the decline in voter turnout, one of the suggestions put forth to advance the cause of social . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Mandatory Voting And Social Cohesion

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see h… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

A BCer in Toronto: Hebert, Walkom, and (not that) Harper talk #cdnpoli at Word on the Street

Up next after the city hall politics panel in the Toronto Star tent at the Word on the Street festival on Sunday was the federal politics panel. On hand were Toronto Star federal politics columnists Chantal Hebert, Tim Harper and Tom Walkom. The topic? “Stephen Harper vs. Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair.”

The . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Hebert, Walkom, and (not that) Harper talk #cdnpoli at Word on the Street

A BCer in Toronto: Talking Rob Ford and Toronto Politics at Word on the Street

Continuing my run of political Sundays, I spent the afternoon yesterday in the shadow of Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto, where a number of panels and discussions at the Word on the Street took on a political theme.

Up first was the Toronto Star tent, where the city’s paper of record gathered some of its . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Talking Rob Ford and Toronto Politics at Word on the Street

Cowichan Conversations: Canadian Taxpayers Federation Want To Blow Up The Senate-Video

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

 

The Canadian Taxpayers have embraced humour , satire and a little hucksterism to promote dismantling the Canadian Senate. Their goal is to have a referendum over the senates continued existence.

Their claims and denunciations are a little overblown and their ridicule of Independent Senator Mike Duffy is . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canadian Taxpayers Federation Want To Blow Up The Senate-Video

Politics and its Discontents: He Certainly Has Mr. Harper’s Number

It is always heartening to me, and I am sure to countless others, to see that some members of the Canadian electorate are not asleep at the proverbial wheel but instead busy exercising their critical-thinking skills. Peter Dick of Toronto is one such citizen. Not content to blithely and blindly accept the official mythology . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Certainly Has Mr. Harper’s Number

RedBedHead: The Fall Of The House Of Ford

Taking a moment to pray for peace You gotta admit that it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Rob Ford is a bully and a hypocrite – quick to condemn the perceived weakness of others, to pounce on the supposed privileges of unionized workers or the effet… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The Fall Of The House Of Ford

RedBedHead: The Fall Of The House Of Ford

Taking a moment to pray for peace

You gotta admit that it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Rob Ford is a bully and a hypocrite – quick to condemn the perceived weakness of others, to pounce on the supposed privileges of unionized workers or the effete absurdity of riding a bicycle instead of driving . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The Fall Of The House Of Ford

The Canadian Progressive: Rob Ford’s former staffers’ emails, telephone records ordered destroyed: sources

The Toronto Star reports that the emails and telephone records in Rob Ford’s office, which may reveal information about the mayor’s crack cocaine scandal, are disappearing. They were ordered destroyed this week.

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