Assorted content to end your week.- Jim Tankersley interviews Joshua Bivens about the relative effects of economic growth and income inequality – and particularly his evidence showing that more people are far better off with more modest growth fairly d… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Blogging about happiness may seem eccentric, but today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness, and happiness is good, so I thought it deserved a mention. The day was inspired by a speech Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave at a UN Gener… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day
I was quite enjoying watching the pictures of Justin Trudeau in New York last night, championing the cause of gender equality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was lauded as an "agent of change" at the United Nations today for pushing gender… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and Nerve of Peter MacKay
At one time, back in the early 90′s, Canada contributed more troops to UN peacekeeping missions than anyone else. We were number one. Today, with only 26 military personnel involved, we rank 66th. Peacekeeping itself has continued to grow. The UN is… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Time to reverse Canada’s peacekeeping decline
PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley with leaders of the remarkable coalition on climate change her NDP government has built (Government of Alberta Photo). Below: Brian Jean, Alberta’s complaint-of-the-day Opposition leader; Gary Doer, three-term ND… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta’s climate-change strategy: Rachel Notley builds a coalition of big business, environmentalists and civil society
This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on October 1, 2015. In 2014, on the shores of Lake Geneva and next to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a lavish ceremony was held to honour the recipient of the Moral Courage Award — an annual honour bestowed by UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO dedicated to … Continue reading →
Addressing the United Nations was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I spoke on behalf of GOPAC’s global alliance of parliamentarians, on our work to bring kleptocrats to justice.
Political corruption kills more people than war and famine combined. I addressed the United Nations on how the international community can and must act to bring kleptocrats to justice.
The BBC gives a little more background –
” Islamic State has become synonymous with viciousness – beheadings, crucifixions, stonings, massacres, burying victims alive and religious and ethnic cleansing.
While such savagery might seem senseless to the vast majority of civilised human beings, for IS it is a rational choice. It is a conscious decision to terrorise enemies and impress and co-opt new recruits.”
How does one deal with the grotesquery and horror that is going on in Syria/Iraq? The ISIL show executions are delivered to social media with frightful regularity. Mass executions, beheadings, and now people (Read more…)
Canada’s best interests weren’t represented at the recent COP20 climate conference in Peru, argues Leehi Yona, a Canadian youth delegate recently named one of Canada’s top environmentalist under 25.
The post Leehi Yona: Canadians’ best interests “certainly not represented” at COP20 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Thus reads Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th, 1948. The words remain both wishful thinking and an inspiration to create a
Canada’s position on the world stage continues to embarrass and disturb.
On Nov. 4, Canada, along with Ukraine and United States, voted against a draft resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
It’s a lengthy document, but worth the time it takes to read. As you read through the resolution, ask yourself why any decent human being would oppose it. Surely, only racists, bigots and nazis could find this resolution offensive.
In this instance, it seems likely that the US and Canada chose (Read more…)
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since Canada lost a UN Security Council bid in 2010.
The post Stephen Harper’s 2014 United Nations General Assembly Address appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
It was one of the weirdest most surrealistic days in the long and dark history of Harperland.A day when all the voices in Stephen Harper's head seemed to be screaming at the same time.WAR !!!! PEACE !!!! EARLY ELECTION !!!!And in the House of Commons madness ruled.Read more »
Romeo Dallaire, the retired Canadian general who led a UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the African country’s 1993 genocide, used his last Senate speech to criticize Harper’s foreign policy.
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A Newfoundland man says PM Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should be charged under Canada’s Criminal Code for inciting “genocide” in Gaza.
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Ho-hum… Some typical Canadian reporters, hard at work … Actual Canadian newsrooms may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Is he more influential than we imagined in Alberta?
When retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Alberta’s Tarpatch capital of Fort McMurray last month and called the output from bitumen mining “filth,” the commentary here in Alberta was pretty predictable.
The right-wing rage machine creaked briefly to life, complained bitterly about celebrities who don’t know what they’re talking about just passing through, and then moved on to other complaints.
About the kindest thing said about (Read more…)
Fifty-eight years ago, one of Canada’s most honourable contributions to the international community was born. The first armed UN peacekeeping mission, an emergency force formed to deal with the Suez crisis, was created, largely due to the efforts of then Canadian Minister of External Affairs Lester B. Pearson. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
In 2002, the United
The $45,000 Question: How could they put Alison Redford on probation … and then not give her a chance to shape up?
Former premier Alison Redford intends to sue the government of Alberta for wrongful dismissal.
The former premier believes that because she was given a “work plan” by the leadership of the province’s Progressive Conservative government and then forced to step aside before actually having a chance to prove she could do the job as set out in the plan her lawsuit has a strong chance of success, said a spokesperson for the former premier.
“The ‘work plan’ was (Read more…)
Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.
It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs to make an appointment to have a serious chat with Conrad Black before he makes any rash and irrevocable decisions to run his Canadian passport through the shredder.
Mr. Cruz is now the junior Senator from Texas and a favourite of the Tea Party, a group that (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
It could be done individually and co-operatively in a great many locations such as the Cowichan Valley.
Organic Gardening – Farming, should become an integral part of our children’s education with training and hands on learning experiences from primary onwards.
Skilled gardener/farmer teachers could be brought in to lead in the development of workable programs. Such an approach could go a long way in helping to provide the tools and knowledge that will be needed for future generations.
The Cowichan Green Community is an excellent source and resource. They already play an important role in this regard (Read more…)