Mike Powell Fanclub: Radio Topics, January 18th

Happy Tuesday! I’ve got an exciting show lined up this week. At 7:30, we’ll speak with my good friend (and former CKCU host) Mariee-Josée Houle. She’s got a gig coming up at Café Nostalgica. At 8:15, we’ll speak with Lisa from the new Ottawa events site Couch Assassin. Finally, at 8:30, I’ll talk with Ron ...

The Dominion blogs: Human Rights Groups Call for Immediate Arrest of Jean-Claude Duvalier Jan­u­ary 17, 2011-Port-au-Prince and Boston- Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), mario@ijdh.org, 509-3701-9879 Brian Concannon Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (Boston, MA), brian@ijdh.org, 541-263-0029 Iran Kurzban, Esq. IJDH Board Chair and attorney in Jean-Juste v. Duvalier, (Miami, FL) ira@kkwtlaw.com, 305-444-0060 Human Rights Groups Call for Immediate Arrest of Jean-Claude ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Smart KPIs for Sustainability

In any corporate sustainability project, whether it is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, paper use, or supply chain waste, choosing the right key performance indicators (KPIs) is a critical ingredient to success. At the Toronto conference on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues hosted by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Cathy Cobey from Ernst ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Premier Stelmach Places Conditions on Fort Chip Visit

Premier Ed Stelmach has delayed his visit to Fort Chipewyan. Before traveling to the hamlet and listening to the health concerns of residents, the Premier is now requiring the community’s leadership to sign on to the parameters of a baseline health study. However, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation — the second largest First Nations’ community ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Premier Stelmach Places Conditions on Fort Chip Visit

Premier Ed Stelmach has delayed his visit to Fort Chipewyan. Before traveling to the hamlet and listening to the health concerns of residents, the Premier is now requiring the community’s leadership to sign on to the parameters of a baseline health study. However, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation — the second largest First Nations’ community ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Premier Stelmach Places Conditions on Fort Chip Visit

Premier Ed Stelmach has delayed his visit to Fort Chipewyan. Before traveling to the hamlet and listening to the health concerns of residents, the Premier is now requiring the community’s leadership to sign on to the parameters of a baseline health study. However, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation — the second largest First Nations’ community ...

Herbinator: Margarine, healthy yet again.

Holly shit! Margarine (aka shortening and hydrogenated oil) is a health food again. Two little babies, lying in bedOne was sick and the other ‘most deadSent for the doctor and the doctor said“Give those children some shortnin’ bread.” Mammy’s little baby loves short’nin’, short’nin’,Mammy’s little baby loves shortenin’ bread. Probably the greatest killer of modern ...

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: It takes a whole country to sew on a swastika

Dave at the Galloping Beaver had the post of 2011 so far. Maybe even all of last year too. Why don’t we just sew a swastika onto the flag now? Go ahead. Read it everyone else has. My only quibble is that the culprits aren’t really the media. The fact that ~70% of the electorate ...

new song: Wanna Bee

note: I’ve started a new blog for metaphysics… this is still my place for songs, poems and whatever. Wanna Bee I was named for the actress of the day I was always an extra in the play I thought I was dreamin,’ inside I was screamin’ And all around me, I heard people say Hey ...

The Scott Ross: Vote For The Next BC Premier

If you want to have a Premier that represents you, here is your opportunity. On February 26th there will be a vote on the next BC Liberal Leader and Premier of our province. Now whether you agree with the BC Liberals or not, they will be in power for the next three years, so if ...

Forecast 2011

“Gird your loins for lower living standards.” A scary and often hilarious ride! Warning: political correctness almost totally absent

EclecticLip: Book club summary #28 – Understanding A3 Thinking

A long-time proponent of the “A3″ reporting format (which aims to summarize a problem and its solution in a roughly 11″ x17″ sheet of paper) it was a delight to cover Understanding A3 Thinking in the book club.  Having authored some epic reports and PowerPoint slide decks in my time, the prospect of condensing findings ...

Herbinator: Homeopathy and CBC’s Marketplace

I watched CBC’s Marketplace show on homeopathy entitled Pro or Con. It was a hatchet job. I am no believer in homeopathy. Still, I do not show distain for those choosing it in health matters. Choice in health care is a fundamental human right which has been severely suppressed in Canada for the last 85’ish ...

LIVE BLOG: Kitchener Open Mike Event

Real Canadian Politics is happy to be Live Blogging this event live from Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. Unfortunately, I have a hockey game at 2:00pm this afternoon so I will have to leave the event early, at about 1:30pm. <p>&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=f76f66f867″ &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;LIVE BLOG: Kitchener Open Mike&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;</p>

LIVE BLOG: Kitchener Open Mike Event

Real Canadian Politics is happy to be Live Blogging this event live from Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. Unfortunately, I have a hockey game at 2:00pm this afternoon so I will have to leave the event early, at about … Continue reading »

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: Dr. Harper and Mr. Crybaby

I often vacillate between the opinion that Harper is an evil genius bent on installing a neo-conservative dystopia on our home and native land and that he is an incompetent hyper-sensitive mommy’s boy. Probably he is a mixed up amalgam of the two. With a little neurotic religiosity thrown in. This morning, however, Haroon Siddiqui ...

Democracy Under Fire: Random Reading

Excerpts from articles I have recently read – no further comment required! Elizabeth May – While Canadian political culture is not steeped in vitriol and hatred, the trend lines are not good.  We are allowing increased levels of incivility to creep into our culture.  Abuse, vilification of political opponents, is becoming increasingly commonplace.  The nastiness ...

Hey, RCMP, It’s Called Protecting and Serving, Not Punting Practice!

Have a look at this video and tell me it doesn’t just piss you off:Did you catch that? That was Constable Geoff Mantler kicking a field goal off of the head of Buddy Tavares. Buddy was on leave from his job at a gold course because, get this, he had suffered BRAIN DAMAGE due to ...

NDP Leadership Race Heats Up

When I first heard that Carol James was resigning I opened a new tab on my browser, signed into my e-mail account and “penned” a letter to the BC NDP leadership pleading for a leadership contest in May. My reasons were twofold: 1) It gives people time to sign up new members (since you have to ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Reasons Not To Become An Academic

Waaaaay back in November, I wrote an introductory post saying that I was going to write a series of posts reflecting on the doing of intellectual work outside of the academy. I followed up with a couple of pieces to set the context — one explained what I understand intellectual work to be, and explained ...

this-on-that: listen to howard stern blast sarah palin: ‘you effer, you c~word, you effin crybaby!’

While I’ve never been a Howard Stern fan, I give him props for this. He has many followers, and if he has made even one of them reconsider their support for this shallow, anti~american screecher rethink their values, well, he did some good.

Challenging the Commonplace: BC NDP Leadership: Order of preference

Finally! More, though not all expected, contenders for leadership of the BC NDP have entered the race. Adrian Dix isn’t expected to do so until next week. That is past the due date (January 17th) for new members whose votes can affect the leadership race. That January 17th deadline irks me to no end. It ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC NDP Leadership: Order of preference

Finally! More, though not all expected, contenders for leadership of the BC NDP have entered the race. Adrian Dix isn’t expected to do so until next week. That is past the due date (January 17th) for new members whose votes can affect the leadership race. That January 17th deadline irks me to no end. It ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC NDP Leadership: Order of preference

Finally! More, though not all expected, contenders for leadership of the BC NDP have entered the race. Adrian Dix isn’t expected to do so until next week. That is past the due date (January 17th) for new members whose votes can affect the leadership race. That January 17th deadline irks me to no end. It ...

The Liberal Scarf: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…ONDP joins PC’s in party civil wars

We’ve heard plenty about the ongoing failure of Tim Hudak’s leadership to keep a lid on party and factional leadership in his PC caucus (see: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Eastern+Ontario+feud+troubles+Tories/4028265/story.html, and http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110105/ontario-tories-hudak-infighting-110105/20110105/?hub=TorontoNewHome, and http://www.yourottawaregion.com/news/local/article/927109–sterling-fights-back-with-membership-drive and http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Tory+tiff+prompts+landowners+group+warn+Hudak+count+allegiance/4084357/story.html?cid=megadrop_story)But a story that has somewhat flown under the radar is the problems Andrea Horwath has had with maintaining unity in the ONDP under ...