This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on November 12, 2014 Late last week, amid the growing scandal surrounding Jian Ghomeshi, buried under the reprehensible politicking and partisan bickering over the handling of sexual misconduct allegations on Parliament Hill, was a remarkable moment of bravery and candour from well-known political commentator and former Parliament Hill staffer Ian Capstick. A … Continue reading →
I'm ashamed to admit that when the stories about the ghastly harassment of women in this country began to emerge, first at the CBC and then on Parliament Hill, I was shocked and horrified.But because I'm a gay guy, and I've never harassed anyone let alone a woman, and sex for me means love not violence, the idiot thought entered my mind that it wasn't my problem.So don't don't blame me eh?But as the trickle of horror stories became a flood. And gave birth to this magnificent movement. I rapidly realized how wrong I was. It is my problem. (Read more…)
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As if Stephen Harper hadn't degraded the image of our Parliament enough. Reduced it to a fascist circus where the Big Lie rules, and shame goes to die.Mocked it, muzzled it, or just crapped on it like a monstrous alien monkey from outer space. Now we find out it's also a place where power corrupts even basic human decency. A boozy place stuck in the past, where young women are routinely harassed. And considering all of the above, I have to say I found what Tom Mulcair had to say today extremely disappointing. Read more »
A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.
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Sad news via CBC News:
“Father Raymond Gravel, a well-known Catholic priest, an advocate for Quebec sovereignty and a social activist, has died.
“He served one term as the Bloc Québécois MP for Repentigny, before he was ordered by church authorities to choose between his priesthood or politics and returned to the pulpit.
“He was a progressive force in the Catholic Church and an outspoken supporter of gay and women’s rights.
“At one point Gravel called the Vatican’s opposition to same-sex marriages “discriminatory, hurtful and offensive.”
“Gravel challenged the Catholic Church to adopt a more compassionate (Read more…)
Lordy. I swear to Godzilla I didn't think it was possible. I really didn't believe you could be a pimp and a Pope at the same time.And the resident right-wing demagogue of the CBC's flagship news program.But Rex Murphy has proved me wrong.It turns out you can be a ghastly oil pimp, and still publish religious tracts like this one. Read more »
I've always had trouble trying to figure out Peter Dumbo MacKay's exact place in the Con universe.He used to strike me as more of a happy idiot, than a hollow eyed member of the Harperite cult.The kind of guy who would cheerfully borrow a government aircraft to go fishing.Or borrow the neighbour's dog to try to make Belinda Stronach feel guilty about dumping him…Read more »
Well there's one thing you can always count on when dealing with Stephen Harper's ghastly Cons. If you look behind the curtain, sooner or later you will come face to face with their sinister theocratic agenda.For only that can explain why their flawed income splitting plan is causing such an unholy ruckus. Read more »
When young anthropologist and social entrepreneur, Cynthia Koenig, reframed the world’s water crisis as an opportunity, she “reinvented the wheel”. Here’s her talk at TEDxGateway: * WelloWater.org
In my sadness over the death of Nelson Mandela, and because I'm so tired, I forgot that Friday was the anniversary of a monumental Canadian tragedy. That on a snowy day in Montreal twenty four years ago, an angry man with a gun stormed through an engineering school and killed fourteen young women. Fourteen young women who were killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting were remembered on Friday amid repeated calls for more to be done to eradicate violence against women.Read more »
As I've mentioned before, I may be naive but I can't help feeling that Michelle Rempel is a cut above most Cons. I don't blame her for causing a ruckus on Twitter the other day, by taking a shot at this fluffy event.
@MichelleRempel: What's the biggest issue facing women? This kind of crap. #allissuesarewomensissues #patronizing https://t.co/4u1Odg1JXU— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) November 7, 2013
And I don't approve of the way some on our side went after her.
— Jeromie Williams (@JeromieWilliams) November 7, 2013
Because she deserves better than that. But let's be clear, as her Great Leader likes (Read more…)