We could get Nigel Wright’s resignation, but so what? His polling numbers don’t matter. If he trends on Twitter during his scandal, who cares? Nobody is going to vote for him, or against him.
Mike Duffy, ditto. He can be the least popular politician in the country, and it changes positively nothing. Even if a Senate Conflict of Interest Code hearing is called at a Senate committee, even if that committee makes a report to the Senate itself, and even if the Senate itself makes a finding against Duffy – even then we should not pretend that this is (Read more…)
The following stories are ^not related.
Canadians increasingly cynical about state of democracy: Hepburn Voters are losing trust in the way Canada’s democracy works.
Living in the Age of Dumbness By Janice Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen
Right now, at least in North America, human civilization seems to be wallowing hip-deep in an Age of Determined Dumbness.
It’s depressing, and ironic. No other civilization has ever been as educated, informed and technologically advanced as ours.
Even in that article, there’s nary a mention of climate change or pollution to help make that point. There’s not a dumber fact of life (Read more…)
July 24-26 the provincial Premiers will be meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the last Council of the Federation meeting before the 10-year federal-provincial health accord expires. What comes next is largely a mystery. The federal government has committed to increased transfers … Continue reading →
Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, is alleged to appear in a video of him smoking crack.
Mike Duffy, former Conservative Senator, is now just another failed Senator, sitting as an independent.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Conservatism has gone horribly wrong in Canada. What else connects these two awful men besides their political party? Stephen Harper.
BREAKING NEWS: @RobertFife has been told Sen Mike Duffy attempted to influence #CRTC decision on Sun Media mandatory carriage. #cdnpoli— CTV News Breaking (@CTVNewsBRK) May 17, 2013
I kid you not.
Several years ago, shortly after Mike Duffy was handed his cushy Senate gig, he appeared on a national news broadcast in, well, rough shape defending Conservative Senate expenses – and held his own up as a shining example. Oh, and he also attacked a member of Parliament and members of the Canadian Press.
Ah, sweet, sweet justice.
For months now, the city has been watching a tedious production called Waiting for Stephen to come to its end — is Mayor Mandel in, or is he out? All other potential or rumoured candidates — Karen Leibovici, Don Iveson, Kerry Diotte and Amajreet Sohi — have kept their powder dry waiting for the mayor to make up his mind. Now, with the arena deal done and his single biggest project of his mayoralty now a certainty (as much as we can call anything about the arena a certainty), it seems more likely than ever that Mandel will not run (Read more…)
After I posted about my telephone call with Mayor Rob Ford a few weeks back, I started getting calls from one of the mayor’s aides. He left pleasant messages and we played voicemail tag several times but then he didn’t return my last call.
Now I know why – he’s been busy.
(Click on the photo for the story, including video clip).
Middle Schools Closed In Cowichan Valley, School Bus Fees Implemented
CP | By The Canadian PressPosted: 05/16/2013 10:48 am EDT | Updated: 05/16/2013 11:14 am EDT (found in Huffington Post)
And this action was signed off on instantaneously, about 2 seconds after the results of the dismal election were announced…viva the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island! If ever we needed to separate and form our own Province, this should make it obvious…. and watch those ’environmental impact’ studies get fast-tracked for a pipeline through our Province..let’s get ready for the fight if our lives, folks,for our beautiful interior and coastline…because nothing else (Read more…)
Ontario Shores now has its orders from the Ministry of Labour. It’s been almost a year since staff at the Whitby mental health centre went public with their concerns about violence at the Centre, expressing concern and frustration about a … Continue reading →
I haven’t settled on a salutation or a title yet. It will be neither “Hey Faggot” like Dan Savage, nor “Dear Miss. Manners,” but I have decided to write a once-a-week sex advice column. It’ll be fun, and it will be an excuse to write more.
So write me, ask me anything you like, but make it about you. This isn’t Reddit, and I guarantee anonymity.
This is one of the more ambitious low-budget videos we have seen that makes the case for unions in Canada. Made by Corinne Dara, it is billed as a parody of Gangnam Style. It certainly brought a smile to our faces. Nothing like enjoying … Continue reading →
To most Canadians, the Senate is an abomination, a mystery, or both. Most Canadians are surprised to learn that the Red Chamber, in effect, is a mirror image of the House of Commons. A significant difference being that one House requires a win at the ballot box to get a seat.
The recent spate of federal political scandals have largely been contained within the Senate. Members of Parliament – of all political stripes – have been calling for the abolishment of the Senate, and worse. But yesterday, this Senate scandal was brought to the doorstep of the Prime Minister’s (Read more…)
Oil. Alberta Oil. Reports show that Alberta oil companies spent hundreds of thousands on campaign contributions for the BC Liberals. Quelle surprise. And where did that money go? Attack ads. Guess what voters of BC? I won’t cry for your coastlines when they’re thick with bitumen. You’ve fallen for the worst and oldest trick in [...]
Insects will be a staple food on Mars and other space colonies.
Paul Pardee :
Lets have the delegates to the UN have a bug banquet to show their support of entomophagy. I know that support from political leaders would help. I’m sure having the Obamas munching on some meal worms while Prince Charles and Camilla have a feast of crickets will really push people towards eating insects instead of food.
Mark Caris :
@Paul Pardee Yes, eating bugs is disgusting. Not wholesome like hormone fed, fecal-spattered beef, covered with a processed pus-filled milk (BGH induced) product, in a bun (Read more…)
It’s been a hornet’s nest for the past two months. Quinte Health Care’s plan to shut down its lab at Trenton Memorial Hospital and replace it with “Point of Care Testing” (POCT) has raised the ire of local doctors, politicians and … Continue reading →
Premier Clark’s astounding election victory deserves to be celebrated. Almost nobody thought she had a shot, and the reports on her chances were dismal. The polls were bad. The media was against her. Certain pesky issues seemed to dominate her message.
So congratulations, Premier Clark. Way to go. Well done. You did it, and almost nobody thought you could.
Clark isn’t the only one who was redeemed last night though. A few other shining stars came out, and I think they deserve to be recognized.
Forum Research: They get made fun of sometimes for their outlier polling results, (Read more…)
Condoning, protecting, rewarding & compensating #fraud: PMO helped Senator #Duffy with expenses issues: theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/… #Cdnpoli— EmperorStephenHarper (@RobertJensen2) May 15, 2013
BREAKING:@RobertFife reveals that Nigel Wright, PM's Chief of Staff, wrote a personal cheque over $90K to cover Sen Duffy's expenses— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) May 15, 2013
S.17 Senate Conflict Code: "a Senator [shall not] accept… any gift or other benefit… that relate[s] to the Senator's position" #cdnpoli— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) May 15, 2013
“S.17 Senate Conflict Code: “a Senator [shall not] accept… any gift or other benefit… that relate[s] to the Senator’s (Read more…)
By now the entire country knows what happened here in BC…the re-election of the Provincial Liberals (or Con-Lites) …to say that I am depressed is to state the case in an all-too delicate way.
If I can derive any tiny bit of satisfaction from the election, it is that… a) my old home riding, Kitsilano in Vancouver, did not elect Christy Clark as their MLA – and this is Gordon Campbell’s old riding, where we fought long and hard to unseat him (unsuccessfully, I should add)… and b) Vancouver Island, my current home base, stubbornly true to form, went (Read more…)
This morning on Sun News Network’s AM Agenda, I bet the charming Pat Bolland that the BC New Democrats were going to win a majority government.
I’m going back tomorrow morning to collect on my bet.
Don’t let me down, friends.
“There is no effective, independent, investigative oversight of hospital administration. Period.” – Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin, 2008 Ontario has been resisting Ombudsman oversight of its public hospitals for long enough. Marin says he is not the first to demand this … Continue reading →
This year Ontario is adding $1.3 billion to fund health care for 2013-14, but most of that increase will have come from dedicated sources amounting to almost a billion dollars. Net contribution from general taxation will be about $360 million. … Continue reading →
This one goes back a few years now…
April 6, 2006 Thursday Final Edition SASKATCHEWAN: Mayor’s approval rating with felines is suspect BYLINE: The Star Phoenix
Residents of a village in southern Saskatchewan may want to be on the lookout for a cat that’s got a definite taste for politics.
The mayor of Wood Mountain says he spent three days in hospital last week receiving antibiotic treatment for an infection after the feline bit him.
Michael Klein says he was chomped while at the home of a business acquaintance. He perhaps should have seen it coming.
The same cat bit (Read more…)
It’s 100% time to put 100% of the 100% crooked and 100% corrupt Stephen Harper Conservatives behind their 100% publicly funded 100% privately owned prison system. I’m 100% astounded and 100% shocked that Peter Mackay would be 100% idiotic enough to offer a 100% guarantee concerning the cabinet seat for 100% election cheat Peter Penashue. [...]
Vote Green! Brought to you by the BC Liberals
I was tooling around on Facebook this morning, and some of my Green Party of BC FaceBook friends were talking about this full-page advertisement for Jane Sterk and the BC Greens in the Times Colony. You know, one of the most read newspapers on Vancouver Island. The thing is, this advertisement is bought and paid for by the BC Liberals. What I know about Provincial politics in BC could fit into a medium-sized tea-cup. I do know that it is a hypercompetitive, take no prisoners environment, and this ad highlights that (Read more…)
The Onion hasn’t lived up to its journalistic standards of fake news, so I’m writing a piece for The Garlic, and interviewing Carbon Dioxide to get its thoughts on surpassing the dangerous 400 parts per million mark.
John Klein (JK): So, Carbon Dioxide, do you mind if I call you Carbon for short?
Carbon Dioxide (CO2): Sure John, no problem. I’ll even let you abbreviate my name to CO2 without making the two subscript.
JK: Very kind of you, Carbon.
CO2: No problem, it’s my pleasure to help out. It’s the least I can do, for helping to destroy your (Read more…)