Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership Candidate Christy Clark

A dear friend who died just over a year ago spent her last decade, all the while coping through severe illness, trying to get community groups and non-profits recognized by governments for the beyond-their-weight work that they do for communities. Ronnie Phipps would have been thrilled to see a leadership candidate make a proposal such ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership Candidate Christy Clark

A dear friend who died just over a year ago spent her last decade, all the while coping through severe illness, trying to get community groups and non-profits recognized by governments for the beyond-their-weight work that they do for communities. Ronnie Phipps would have been thrilled to see a leadership candidate make a proposal such ...

World Headlines Review: Basra and Iraq: Oil and Expectations

A strange portrait of the Southern-Iraqi city of Basra is painted in a recent and brief Economist article.  Better than Baghdad struggles to find real evidence of improvement of quality of life or opportunity in Basra, which is Iraq’s international oil and shipping hub and home to a large disenfranchised Shia population. Basrawi Street by ...

Business & Human Rights in Vancouver: Amnesty criticizes UN Framework on CSR

I’ve been following the debate between John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, and Amnesty International regarding the proposed principles for a UN framework on corporate social responsibility. Below is a letter Ruggie submitted to the Financial Times, followed by a response from Amnesty. Sir, Hugh Williamson reports that Amnesty International ...

Business & Human Rights in Vancouver: Amnesty criticizes UN Framework on CSR

I’ve been following the debate between John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, and Amnesty International regarding the proposed principles for a UN framework on corporate social responsibility. Below is a letter Ruggie submitted to the Financial Times, followed by a response from Amnesty. Sir, Hugh Williamson reports that Amnesty International ...

Business & Human Rights in Vancouver: Amnesty criticizes UN Framework on CSR

I’ve been following the debate between John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, and Amnesty International regarding the proposed principles for a UN framework on corporate social responsibility. Below is a letter Ruggie submitted to the Financial Times, followed by a response from Amnesty. Sir, Hugh Williamson reports that Amnesty International ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Counter-insurgency Panel on Recent Protests in England

Please take the hour and some minutes to watch this video, which i learned about through the Sons of Malcolm blog. Four counter-insurgency professionals from the UK discuss recent militant protests in London, and the best ways to isolate and repress the radical left. As a public document, it is not surprising that there are ...

The Liberal Scarf: Nancy Branscombe, new PC candidate in London North Centre, has some interesting ideas about political integrity

Nancy Branscombe was nominated as Tim Hudak’s candidate in London North Centre last night, and while Tim Hudak says that she will “fight for the priorities of families”, given Nancy’s personal record of political games, she has her own priorities.Here’s an article on how Nancy Branscombe does politics:Calgary Herald Thu Jul 9 1998She identified herself ...

Bill Given: Hydrants need a helping hand

Aquatera just released the following info … I know we’re all tired of shoveling but this is a major safety issue: Grande Prairie, AB – Somewhere in a snowbank near your property is a fire hydrant that may be desperately needed on a moment’s notice.  Aquatera and local fire departments are urging the public to clear out ...

The Liberal Scarf: No Plan

Kevin Page once again shows the truth: That the Harper Conservatives talk on the economy are all transparent politics.http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2011/01/20/budget-office-report.htmlPage’s office expected to find out how 10 departments that had reported expected employment reductions were going to maintain service levels with fewer staff.His office found that only one department — Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ...

The Dominion blogs: The Return of Former Haiti’s Democratically Elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Is Crucial for his Health

People_return_of_Titid.jpg by Wadner Pierre “The return is indispensable, too, for medical reasons: It is strongly recommended that I not spend the coming winter in South Africa’s because in 6 years I have undergone 6 eye surgeries. The surgeons are excellent and very well skilled, but the unbearable pain experienced in the winter must be avoided ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Please Endorse Statement Against Security Certificates

In December, the Federal Court of Canada issued three interconnected decisions upholding a process whereby secret trials have been used in recent years to target and indefinitely detain a number of Muslim men of colour. The decisions were in the case of Mohamed Harkat, and the committee supporting him is asking anyone and everyone, including ...

The Dominion blogs: Polls and protests paint a hopeful picture in Israel

Picture 2.png Joint Israeli-Palestinian poll authors write rabbis’ letter: “Our poll indicates that only minorities of Israelis and of Israeli Jews support these steps.” Recent months saw a ruthless barrage of disturbing articles on internal political developments in Israel. Articles that shine light on one ugly picture. Those painting the picture, pundits, journalists, peace activists ...

Bill Given: Snow Removal Response

It’s no surprise there’ve been lots of questions about how the City is addressing the massive amount of snow we received over the weekend. Here’s the answers (Please take some time to read the fact sheet at the bottom) Media Release January 19, 2011 City Adjusts Snow Removal Plans To Tackle Latest Snowfall The City ...

Bill Given: Saturday Disruption at 84th Ave & Wapiti Rd

Despite what you might guess given out weather it’s not snow related… “Media Release January 21, 2011 Lane Closures on Wapiti Rd (108 St) at 84 Ave Intersection Residents are advised that Bell Canada is installing services to a School Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23. The company is going to be performing service locates at ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership: Order of preference 2

[UPDATED Jan 20, 10:00 a.m.] My three top issues that will guide my decision remain as before: Democratic reform. Support for greater independence and return of powers to local governments. This is the key issue for me. We work, play, live and die in communities. Local elected officials are the closest to the people and ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership: Order of preference 2

[UPDATED Jan 20, 10:00 a.m.] My three top issues that will guide my decision remain as before: Democratic reform. Support for greater independence and return of powers to local governments. This is the key issue for me. We work, play, live and die in communities. Local elected officials are the closest to the people and ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership: Order of preference 2

[UPDATED Jan 20, 10:00 a.m.] My three top issues that will guide my decision remain as before: Democratic reform. Support for greater independence and return of powers to local governments. This is the key issue for me. We work, play, live and die in communities. Local elected officials are the closest to the people and ...

EclecticLip: Gartman beaten by 82% of funds in 2010; investment SAT score 410

(originally written Jan 17; posted Jan 23 as part of some backfill)  Now that the Globe and Mail’s GlobeInvestor site has mutual fund performance data for calendar 2010, I decided to check in on ubiquitous business-channel commentator and investment guru Dennis Gartman’s performance this year.  As you may recall, his ETF (exchange traded fund — ...

Herbinator: The force (of the inquisition) is strong, ObiWan.

Women are inferior. Conservatives are criminals. Homosexuals are sinners. Catholics are doomed to hell. Homeopathy is sham. What! Hold on! Homeopathy is a sham? (Nod to Woodshed for the opening-line inspiration.) I’m a little surprised at the degree of medico bigotry rearing its ugly head wrt homeopathy. I can understand disagreeing with homeopathy but out-n-out ...

Senator Elaine McCoy Hullabaloos: Miles H. Patterson, QC

My much loved husband, Miles Hudson Patterson, passed away last Saturday.  He died as he wished, peacefully, in his sleep, at home.  A celebration of his life will be held at the Calgary Golf and Country Club on January 21, 2011, from 3 to 7 pm .  That’s where we celebrated our wedding in 1988, ...

All Politics Is Local: Is Bill C-12 About To Die of Old Age?

While the house is still on vacation, it is not, for once, prorogued. That means there are still bills waiting for them when they get back. One of those bills is Bill C-12 which the Tories are calling the Democratic Representation Act. This is the one that would give increased representation in the house to ...

Regan Wolfrom: Political Roundup – January 2011

I’m getting ever closer to accepting that I am not a politician by nature… part of that process is letting go of the self-censoring.  If I want to say something that’s controversial, I should just say it.  Life’s too short (at least it is now that I’m in my thirties) for continuous diplomacy.  Rather than ...

JimBobby Sez: Is Canadian Uranium Fueling Iran’s Nuclear Program? Follow the links.

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, seems like a dog’s age since I done any boogin’. I been twitterin’ up a storm but I reckon I ain’t been motivated enough to typewrite more’n a hunnert an’ forty characters at a time. Until now, that is. What got me chewin’ nails an’ fartin’ tacks this mornin’ was ...

If Iggy is still ‘just visiting’…

and he’s Canadian-born, what must Harper truly think of immigrants? Those attack ads are out again. Evil coaltions! Iggy just visiting!