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Accidental Deliberations: On value judgments

Apparently the Conservative exercise in spin isn’t about to end anytime soon just because Stephen Harper has lost power. Here’s Ken Boessenkool as a representative spokesflack on the Cons’ time in office: The Conservative party has a remarkable opportunity to prepare to regain power in the wake of our equally remarkable nine-year run in government. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On value judgments

Bill Longstaff: What are Canadian values, of what value are they, and who decides?

Prime Minister Harper, the “old stock” Canadian, recently made the odd remark, “I will never tell my young daughter that a woman should cover her face because she is a woman. That’s not our Canada.” Why such a notion should ever present itself to Mr. Harper is a mystery, but the part that caught my . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: What are Canadian values, of what value are they, and who decides?

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: The values of hope and happiness

David Suzuki on how our tendency to seek solace in material things as a reaction to threats such as terrorism and climate change causes more insecurity.

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Bill Longstaff: About those Canadian values

The shooting spree by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill that resulted in the death of soldier Nathan Cirillo has resulted in a rush of rhetoric about a threat to Canadian values. As I commented in a previous post, Zehaf-Bibeau’s rampage was no such thing. The idea that an irrational act of violence by a mentally-unbalanced . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: About those Canadian values

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Moral Compass

I have a laminated card beside me, wallet-sized so it can be carried around easily. I made it at my shop a few years ago; just a simple, two-sided business card with some text. It’s part of my personal moral compass. We all benefit from some guidance, at times, something to remind us of the . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Moral Compass

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly.

The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital named after a saint with a crucifix in . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly. The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital name… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

Progressive Proselytizing: Thank you Westboro Baptist Chuch

Westboro Baptish Church – made infamous for picketing military funeral in a protest against homosexual tolerance in America – has reached, unbelievably, a new low. They are now threatening to picket the funerals of victims of the Boston bombings, again for some incoherent homophobic reason. As disgusting as this all is, and as much . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Thank you Westboro Baptist Chuch

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Full text: Justin Trudeau’s speech for the Liberal leadership showcase

I stand before you a son of Quebec. A grandson of British Columbia. And a servant of Canada. These Canadians you just met are a few of the thousands I’ve had the honour to meet, to talk with, and to learn from over the past 6 months. Their stories are remarkable. Remarkable, […]

The post . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Full text: Justin Trudeau’s speech for the Liberal leadership showcase

Death By Trolley: Why many professors are atheists: Academe as a secular religious community

Atheists. Agnostics. Freethinkers. Nonbelievers. Nontheists. Humanists.Whatever you want to call them and whatever they

Famous atheists, including many career academics.

want to call themselves. People who do not believe in God. I describe myself as an agnostic atheist and a secular humanist. For the sake of this article, I will use the term “atheist” . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Why many professors are atheists: Academe as a secular religious community

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Murray Dobbin connects a pattern of economic trends which has seen more and more wealth concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people to the elimination of public discussion about work life: The neo-liberal revolution of the 1980s proposed unfettered capitalism — privatization, a downsized state, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Beautiful Women More Likely To Conform: Study

A recent study by the Open University of Israel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, suggests that women who have been labeled “beautiful” by their peers are more likely to conform to social norms. They’re likely to put their own interests before the interests of others. And, apparently, “beauty and character are more mutually exclusive . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Beautiful Women More Likely To Conform: Study

The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t.

As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau: Full Text Of Montreal Leadership Address

In Montreal Tuesday, Papineau MP Justin Trudeau announced his bid to lead the Liberal Party of Canada. Here’s the full text of his address: “Make no small dreams, they have not the power to move the soul” – Goethe Now that’ll take courage, but more than that, it’ll take hard, honest work. So let me . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau: Full Text Of Montreal Leadership Address

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau Announces Liberal Party Leadership Bid

After months of speculation, it’s official! Justin Trudeau is running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. And he’s already dreaming big: he wants to replace Stephen Harper as Canada’s next prime minister. Announcing his leadership bid in Montreal Tuesday, the Papineau MP delivered a speech unequivocally pointing in that direction. The speech . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau Announces Liberal Party Leadership Bid

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

Meet Madi Lussier, one of the two witnesses from the Canadian Immigration Report or CIReport.ca, barred from speaking before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration earlier this week. Lussier and her fellow witness were invited to speak before the committee. Then they traveled all the way from Toronto to Ottawa to make the presentation, . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

“The Harper government is the most environmentally hostile one we have ever had in Canada.” – Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians About 1,500 scientists, lawyers, students and activists from across Canada gathered on Parliament Hill yesterday and held a mock funeral to mourn the death of Canadian evidence. The rallying cry . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians OK with office romance: Survey

A survey by the Randstad’s Global Workmonitor found that seven out of ten employees (59%) indicate a romantic relationships between co-worker are common in Canada. And two thirds (66%) approve. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Where else to turn to for love and comfort than someone you already know? After all, an office or company is . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians OK with office romance: Survey

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

Earlier, I gloated over the influential right-leaning British magazine’s criticism of Harper’s burgeoning elected dictatorship. I’ve a second sober take on the issue. See, I failed to read between the lines: The Economist actually ridiculed progressive Canadians’ collective intelligence.

First, the magazine tells its readers: “Polls show that voters still consider him a more impressive . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Council of Canadians: Today We Celebrate Canada

Below is a brief message to Canadians and other progressives around the world from Canada’s biggest progressive citizen’s organization. Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians has members and chapters across Canada. It works “to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Council of Canadians: Today We Celebrate Canada

The Scott Ross: Liberal History

Laurier, McKenzie King, Pearson, Trudeau, Chretien all mean nothing to the Liberal Party, to Canada if we as members and as Canadians do nothing.

Though each man was great in his own time, their greatness today rests on our shoulders. For if the Liberal Party was to disintegrate, was to collapse, the ideals these men . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal History

The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian

In 2006 Howard Dean spoke at the Liberal Leadership convention. In 2008 many Liberal organizers went to the United States and worked for the Democrats. In that same year many Liberals attempted to draw similarities between Liberal Leadership candidate and longtime American resident Michael Ignatieff with Barack Obama. In 2009 Liberals began using the same . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian

Impolitical: Not the Canada they voted for

Sandy White, a former aide to Christian Paradis, writes in the Globe in opposition to the omnibus crime bill. While he or she (sorry, don’t know Sandy’s gender) still claims to support Harper near the end of the op-ed, these are the seeds of doubt about his agenda from within the Conservative base that need . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Not the Canada they voted for

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The value of education, redux #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The most recent report from the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada shows that Grade 8 students in Newfoundland and Labrador score among the lowest in Canada for tests of mathematics and below the national average score for English.

Education minister Clyde Jackman, a former teacher himself, has tried to shift attention away from . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The value of education, redux #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Impolitical: Why Our Candidates Disappoint Us

Drew Westen’s latest in the New York Times today on the flaws of the American presidential candidates at the moment: Those weaknesses seem to be on display today, as voters face the possibility that their choice next November may be between the quintes… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Why Our Candidates Disappoint Us