Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging John Baird

Abdelrazik can’t get child benefits while on terror list The Quebec government has told a Montreal man that he cannot receive child-assistance benefits because his name appears on a United Nations terror watchlist. It’s the latest in an ongoing saga for Abousfian Abdelrazik, who spent six years in forced exile in Sudan including time in ...

Cue new chapter of press releases

For Immediate Release June 1, 2011 Introducing the Liberal Team OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Bob Rae today introduced the Party’s new House of Commons line-up – one that builds on the depth and experience of the Liberal Caucus. In addition to critic assignments, Mr. Rae announced his Senior Caucus Leadership Group which will assist in ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: lioness likes camera

Filed under: Fun, Interesting Tagged: lion video

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak vs. Full Day Kindergarten

Today, Ontario is announcing the last stage of the rollout of full day kindergarten. In a highly competitive, globalized, knowledge-based economy it is absolutely essential that Ontario invest in the younger generation to ensure that we build a powerful workforce that can compete and win against the best anywhere on this planet, and investments in ...

Trashy's World: Pain

UPDATE I’m scheduled for a root canal for tomorrow at 4 pm… would have preferred, like NOW, but dentist dude was booked for the day. In the meantime, I have been advised by a very kind soul on Twitter to fetch some clove oil… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m in it. My tooth is killing me – ol’ ...

350 or bust: How Our Food System Is Making Us Sick: Former Food Industry Analyst

Robyn O’Brian, author of “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It” shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, ...

The Skwib: The Pillage People

Though they were best known for their aggressive neo-fascist jazz stylings of classic Tyrolian folk tunes, The Pillage People were equally popular with a certain sect of gigantic silly hat fetishists. (You know who you are.) Pictured, from left to right are: Amanda Uhgenkitz (flugelhorn and pistol), Betrand “Stumpy” Russell (sousaphone, vocals and umbrella), Dennis ...

JanfromtheBruce: Walkom: Unionizing the Wild West of bike couriers – thestar.com

Walkom: Unionizing the Wild West of bike couriers – thestar.comUnions — particularly public-sector unions like CUPW — may be out of favour with the glitterati. But Barnhorst thinks they’re crucial. “We can be fired on a whim,” he explains. “We’re at the whim of our dispatchers … Some of us are paid less than the ...

Andy Dick pulls a George Lepp

“They should have known Dick’s ‘long history of assaulting patrons.”

RedBedHead: The Tories’ Bankrupt Brains

“I see, said the blind man to the deaf dog, who wasn’t listening anyway” is a phrase that comes to mind reading reports of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s press conference on the economy. Generally speaking we expect governments to do more to solve looming crises than beg somebody else to do it for them. ...

On being duly diligent

Danny Williams a couple of days ago: I demand due diligence!Danny Williams now: I demand it in a “very, very short timeframe“

JanfromtheBruce: Law society accepts former escort as lawyer – thestar.com

Law society accepts former escort as lawyer – thestar.com“We look at the totality of the individual and not just certain aspects of their lives.” Smithen will be called to the bar on June 17. Her friends and family will be there cheering for her.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Anglican Same-Sex Blessings.

Anglican churches in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will now apparently have the individual autonomy to choose to bless same-sex marriages. A tiny step to be certain, but at least it’s one in the right direction.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Anglican Same-Sex Blessings.

Anglican churches in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will now apparently have the individual autonomy to choose to bless same-sex marriages. A tiny step to be certain, but at least it’s one in the right direction.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Anglican Same-Sex Blessings.

Anglican churches in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will now apparently have the individual autonomy to choose to bless same-sex marriages. A tiny step to be certain, but at least it’s one in the right direction.

centre of the universe: The Unmade Bed

The unmade bed tells a story, although I’m never sure whether it’s a coming-of-age story, a mystery, a thriller, or a book of rumpled poetry. Pillows askew, sometimes huddling on the floor, does the damned thing wait for someone to return, or is it basking in being alone for the last few minutes of restful ...

Sketchy Thoughts: June 4: Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair

i’ve meant to table at every Hamilton bookfair so far, but there’s been a variety of events and calamities that have always interfered … but not this year! Finally it seems like we’ll be able to be there, tabling for Kersplebedeb and PM Press too … if you’re in Southern Ontario, make sure to drop ...

Slap Upside The Head: Anglican Church Finally Approves Same-Sex Blessings

The Anglican Church in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island approved a motion last week that would allow for individual churches to bless same-sex couples. The Anglican Church offers blessings for various things, including weddings, births, graduations, and even inanimate objects like boats and pets, but until now same-sex couples had been an issue of ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crude price forecasts don’t support Dunderdale’s empire of debt #nlpoli

Crude oil prices are the pedestal on which Kathy Dunderdale’s empire of debt called Muskrat Falls is built. The provincial Conservative’s plan to burden the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with a huge public debt and grossly increased electricity prices – while shipping cheap power out of the province – is based on one simple ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Margaret Wente Has An Eye For Good Prose

When she sees some, she takes it.

Hill Queeries: Just one day away

We’re just one day away from the House coming back for a short, budget-focused sitting. This is just as well as it will give MPs the summer to get accustomed to their new offices and staff and, in some cases, actually visit their ridings. As for that budget, Flaherty says he’s not going to be changing any ...

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for June 1, 2011

Here are today’s leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for the first day of June!: Making yes mean no – National Post – http://goo.gl/TqdYG Google’s Schmidt says he didn’t react quickly enough to Facebook – San Jose Mercury News – http://goo.gl/r1IAw Feds, John Edwards Reportedly at Impasse in Talks re Possible Plea – ...

CalgaryGrit: Election by Numbers

I’ve updated my election spreadsheet, and will be posting some riding-by-riding analysis over the next while. For now, a list of somewhat interesting numbers from the last campaign:1: Ridings the Bloc Quebecois won by more than 3 percentage points, showing how close they came to a complete wipe out.2: Ridings won by the Liberals without ...

wmtc: as parliament returns, let cats be cats and mice be mice

A new Parliament opens tomorrow, and with it, we step into a great unknown. Will Stephen Harper’s Conservative majority plunge us into chaos? Will the government impose a neoliberal austerity agenda that shreds what remains of Canada’s social programs? Will his social conservative base have free rein to chip away at our rights and freedoms? ...

Recreating Eden: The Silver Lining to the Clouds of Disaster: Rebuilding is Like Stimulus Money

The New York Times reports on this probably up side of recent tornados and other disaster in the US this morning, “Reconstruciton Lifts Economy after Diaster.” The story says: “There is no silver lining to a funnel cloud, as anyone who survived the tornadoes can attest, but reconstruction can help rebuild local economies as well ...