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Paul S. Graham: Celebrating the Little Stars Playhouse

North End Stay and Play, a program for infants and young children and their families in Winnipeg’s North End, is getting closer to the day it can move into new digs on Selkirk Avenue. For the past seven years, it has been running on a modest budget and has only been able to operate one […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Celebrating the Little Stars Playhouse

Paul S. Graham: What’s a Manitoba Lefty to do?

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives won a majority government last week, leaving many left-of-centre citizens feeling somewhat shell-shocked and adrift on a sea of uncertainty after 17 years of predictable but increasingly unsatisfactory NDP government. Even though the outcome had been foreseen for many months by all but the most optimistic Dippers, many professed shock that the […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: What’s a Manitoba Lefty to do?

Paul S. Graham: Manitoba Election 2016: Why I’m supporting Dave Nickarz in Wolseley

Next April, Manitobans will elect a new government. Based on recent polling, if that election were held today, the winners would likely be the Progressive Conservatives. A September 2015 poll of 1000 Manitobans by Probe Research indicates 45 per cent of decided voters province-wide would vote PC; the governing NDP was tied for second place […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Manitoba Election 2016: Why I’m supporting Dave Nickarz in Wolseley

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: August Kreis III: Sentenced to 50 Years For Child Molestation

Back in June 2008 we ran a story concerning neo-Nazi parents (one of whom we continue to refer to as "Nazi Mom") who had attended the first Aryan Guard march in Calgary. This particular couple, now divorced, hit the news when Child and Family… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: August Kreis III: Sentenced to 50 Years For Child Molestation

wRanter.com: It’s time to mend fences in the Jewish community

When we sat down in early summer to discuss how we’d cover what was expected to be a five-week fall campaign, CJN editor Yoni Goldstein asked me to write a weekly column about election topics of Jewish interest. The idea – a departure from past practice of mostly limiting ourselves to rather pedestrian riding profiles . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: It’s time to mend fences in the Jewish community

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Winnipeg (recap)

Those who want to vote strategically in the coming election are often find it challenging to decide which party to vote for. This is again true in the current election. In a series of posts I have reviewed five Winnipeg ridings where strategic voting could make a difference in voting.  These are: Strategic voting . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Winnipeg (recap)

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal

Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal Tactical voting inSaint Boniface-Saint Vital

In recent posts, I suggested that tactical voters in Elmwood-Transcona should vote NDP, that in Winnipeg South Centre, tactical voters are best advised to vote Liberal, and that in Kildonan-St. Paul, tactical votes should go to the NDP. In this post, I will argue that in Saint Boniface-Saint-Vital, strategic voters should . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Kildonan-St. Paul: Vote NDP

Kildonan-St. Paul: vote NDP Strategic voting in Kildonan-St. Paul In recent posts, I suggested strategic voters in Elmwood-Transcona should vote NDP, and in Winnipeg South Centre, strategic voters are best advised to vote Liberal. In this post, I will argue that although Kildonan-St. Paul is a long shot, tactical voters should back the NDP. The incumbent MP for Kildonan-St. . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Kildonan-St. Paul: Vote NDP

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP Strategic voting in Elmood-Transcona

Winnipeg has become an important battle ground in the recent election. In the last election, in 2011, six of the eight ridings that include part of Winnipeg went Conservative. In several of these, strategic voting could make a difference.  One of these is Elmwood-Transcona. Elmwood-Transcona . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I Think Pat Martin Is Swell

You heard about the woman hospitalized for wearing so called “skinny jeans”? Global didn’t seem to understand Pat Martin was joking.

From Kady’s old 2008 report comes this line:

Pat Martin, meanwhile, is playing Goldilocks. After unsuccessfully hopping up and down on his chair, he swaps it for another one – just right, apparently.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: I Think Pat Martin Is Swell

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Three for the road

Cootie Catcher, written and performed by Lucas Brooks, focuses on Brooks’ close encounters of the transmissible kind. Using a cootie catcher, better known to some as a fortune teller, Brooks regales the audience with tales of all the times he thought he had been exposed to one STD or another, while simultaneously exploring his sexual . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Three for the road

Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba government urged to recognize the genocide and help heal the trauma

Winnipeg, June, 5, 2015: At the Manitoba Legislative Building, Maeengan Linklater answers journalists’ questions about his proposed Manitoba Indian Residential Schools Genocide and Reconciliation Memorial Day Act. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has completed its work, and the major federal political parties have have adopted . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba government urged to recognize the genocide and help heal the trauma

Paul S. Graham: Introducing the Phoenix Sinclair Little Stars Playhouse

Who, aside from the occasional professional grump, has not taken delight from the sound of children’s laughter and marveled at their ingenuity as they play at being pirates and princesses, artists and acrobats, witches and warriors? Child’s play is fun to watch and fun to join in (even with the aches and pains my . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Introducing the Phoenix Sinclair Little Stars Playhouse

Paul S. Graham: Harper’s war on the environment: 3 new videos

It has been said of Stephen Harper that he never saw a war he didn’t like. So it should be no surprise that he has been unabashedly at war with the environment since gaining power in 2006.

Whether it has involved shutting down world class environmental research, muzzling scientists, gutting environmental protection laws or attempting . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Harper’s war on the environment: 3 new videos

Paul S. Graham: Video – Dancing Tragedies and Dreams

From the video “Dancing Tragedies and Dreams.” Photo: Paul S. Graham

Art, culture, dance and politics blended seamlessly in Winnipeg on September 21, 2014, with the performance of Dancing Tragedy and Dreams, a production of the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba, at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Dancing Tragedies and Dreams featured dances from Palestine, . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video – Dancing Tragedies and Dreams

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Reaction to the Tragedies in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa

Well I'm back.

Did I miss anything?

There are a lot of stories I would like to get to eventually. For example I've been digging up some information on a Winnipeg misanthrope posting on Stormfront as "vikingwarlord14" named Jonathan (and trust us when we note that the online moniker is yet another example of a . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Reaction to the Tragedies in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa

Paul S. Graham: Video: Solidarity with the Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Oct. 23, 2014: Members and supporters of Pimicikamak Cree Nation rallied at Manitoba Hydro’s Winnipeg Headquarters to explain the reasons for their occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Yesterday, after a week-long occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station, representatives of the Pimicikamak Cree of Cross Lake brought their protest . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Solidarity with the Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Paul S. Graham: Why I’m voting for Robert-Falcon Ouellette

Winnipeg, Oct. 16, 2014: Robert-Falcon Ouellette speaks with students following a forum on youth issues at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo: Paul S. Graham

This Wednesday, I’m voting for Robert-Falcon Ouellette. I believe he offers the best combination of progressive ideas and personal characteristics of all the candidates. Having voted in every Winnipeg . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Why I’m voting for Robert-Falcon Ouellette

Paul S. Graham: Video: The war in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War

In April 2014, the government that had come into power two months earlier in Ukraine launched what it termed an “anti-terrorist operation” against the people of Eastern Ukraine.

The easterners were opposed to the government’s plans for economic association with Western Europe and were demanding a greater voice in central government decisions.

That political conflict, . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: The war in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War

Paul S. Graham: Hey Winnipegger! Who will you vote for on Oct. 22nd?

Winnipeg, Sept. 23, 2014: CBC News reporter (and panel moderator) Sean Kavanagh snaps a selfie with mayoral candidates at North Centennial Community Centre, proving some journalists will bend over backwards to get the story. Photo: Paul S. Graham

On October 22, 2014, we Winnipeggers will elect a new mayor. With seven in the . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Hey Winnipegger! Who will you vote for on Oct. 22nd?

Paul S. Graham: Video: Canadian Human Rights on Trial – the Case of Omar Khadr

Almost unnoticed amidst the hoopla and the protests associated with the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was a dinner held at the Grand Mosque Community Centre last Friday in honour of Edmonton-based human rights lawyer Dennis Edney, QC.

Sept. 19, 2014: Human rights advocate Dennis Edney, QC, speaking in Winnipeg . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Canadian Human Rights on Trial – the Case of Omar Khadr

Paul S. Graham: Aboriginal women are speaking up for missing and murdered Aboriginal men

Some of the people camping out in Memorial Park to call for a national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of over 1200 Aboriginal women. Photo: Paul S. Graham

The hatred directed at aboriginal people in Canada is appalling, as is their poverty and exclusion from the opportunities that exist for non-indigenous Canadians. . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Aboriginal women are speaking up for missing and murdered Aboriginal men

The Disaffected Lib: In Today’s Flash Flooding News

Our cousins in Winnipeg are dealing with the celestial overflow that triggered flash flooding.  The Weather Network attributed it to the, by now standard, slow-moving rainstorm that hit the city and lingered long enough to deliver more than 75 mm. or 3″ of rain in about 90-minutes.

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It’s been a common . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: In Today’s Flash Flooding News

Paul S. Graham: Winnipeg – Gaza Solidarity

Winnipeg, July 19, 2014: Winnipeggers march in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Photo: Paul S. Graham

July 19, 2014: Several hundred Winnipeggers rallied in front of the Canadian Human Rights Museum in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are enduring yet another murderous invasion by Israeli forces. The rally, the second . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Winnipeg – Gaza Solidarity

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Flyers and Graffiti

Over the last two weeks, there have been a few events that have resulted in some coverage in the mainstream press that would be of interest to our readers. The biggest story is the one about the flyer that was distributed by a group calling itself Immigration Watch Canada in Brampton:

"Mainstream Canadians" = white . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Flyers and Graffiti