gay persons of color: Nepal census records third gender

In what is being hailed as a world first, the Central Bureau of Statistics of Nepal has given official recognition to its third gender or Meti citizens. This means that in the country of over 29 million, transgender human beings have been counted and documented, thereby validating their presence in Nepalese society. The move is ...

Trashy's World: Devastated town bans emergency shelters…

I don’t really like the looks of mobile homes either, but banning their use as an emergency shelter after the tornado disaster? That’s just ridiculous. Scores of homes, businesses and city buildings were destroyed or damaged by the time the winds died down. Nearly every red-brick storefront was whacked along Main Street, which is now ...

The Happy Wanderer: Just Abolish The Senate Already

Premier of Ontario said to just abolish the senate all together. There is really no use of the senate. We have a house that is actually elected and only need one elected house having two elected houses is silly. As it would allow for dead lock just like in the U.S were progress becomes to ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Killing the Senate requires the Constitution to be opened as well

My Premier, Dalton Mcguinty, has been long on the record that he is for killing the Senate, rather then reforming it, and he reinforced that with another statement to that effect in response to Harper’s proposed Senate reforms. He is joined in that belief by the Nova Scotia Premier, and both of them are in ...

Impolitical: Worst ever carbon emissions in 2010

Reported on Sunday in the Guardian: Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency. The shock rise means the goal of preventing a ...

Bene Diction Blogs On: The view from here

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: Doubling Down and Burnt Butter

Well, it’s finally come to pass. KFC has closed its doors. Would-be customers today found locked doors and a sign referring them to the nearest franchise. Rumour was the site had been sold to a European company, so we’ve been waiting for something to happen. Are condos the likely successor? And if so, how high? ...

The World Famous Dan Shields: 3818…Oil Guys Please Explain This

Regular gas in Gatineau, thenorthern suburbs of Ottawa, 121. Same gas downtown 134. In yer southern ‘burbs, 127. Please, explain. WFDS

Evilness: Stelmach blames teachers for layoffs.

Lame duck Alberta premier Ed Stelmach, showing the typical Tory ability to lie their face off, decided yesterday to blame Alberta’s teachers for their own impending layoffs. Stating that the Alberta Teachers’ Association refused to take pay cuts, Stelmach then said that that was the reason for teacher layoffs. Stelmach is so off the mark ...

Montreal Simon: Surviving in the Progressive Blogosphere

Oh no. I’m afraid my campaign to bring a non-partisan point of view to the progressive blogosphere has met with a bruising setback. A sucker punch from Sister Sage. Last, but certainly not least, Simon, I have always liked your blog, but I find myself at odds with you lately, like today. The passage below, I find ...

cmkl: Car is sold

Our buyer came by today and picked up his new (to him) car. Congratulations to Irene on handling all the frigging work around selling it. And Mallory is pleased that Prius is going to a good home.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Governor General must act decisively to protect the cherished Order of Canada

Conrad Black, back in the day, lectures a Calgary Herald employee for having the temerity to engage in a legal strike. Mr. Black’s effort to have his subsequent U.S. criminal convictions overturned was rejected yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court. Below: Governor General David Johnston, wearing his Order of Canada gong. Governor General David Johnston ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Draft 10-A

This is it folks. The last draft. I got my editor’s notes–we had a wonderful meeting. I started yesterday. Filed under: Literary, Personal Tagged: Writing Life

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ford wastes city money painting over art the city had paid for

Artist says city erased mural it paid him to paint – thestar.com Methinks Ford wanted to paint over the art that was commissioned by an old political foe – Adam Giambrone.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Bright, Shiny Objects

CNN unwittingly demonstrates with this sorry spectacle why so many people have come to thoroughly despise the mainstream media. By the way, if you want to read an interesting article on this subject, let me recommend an excellent piece that James Fallows wrote in The Atlantic a number of years ago. Plot Thickening Update: “When ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Once upon a time on the bald prairie

In 1935 a group of farmers in Regina, Saskatchewan pooled their savings, re-mortgaged their farms and build the Consumer Co-operative Refinery Limited (CCRL). CCRL is the oldest and largest co-operative in the energy sector in Canada, controlled by Canadian members, and is one of the oldest energy co-operatives in the world. Who knew? This story ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: George Lepp Strikes Back

…seeks penis story retraction from T.O. Sun: Whatever keeps this story in the news is OK by me. PS.  This is the statement on his Facebook page.  No accompanying graphics, unfortunately.

cartoon life: pepper mill

Filed under: digital, drawing, illustration Tagged: illustration

Blunt Objects: Words of the Wise

“Government by the people, free institutions, religious liberty and equality, unity and progress of Confederation,” is what that stone scroll says, though it isn’t a direct quote. This is what’s written on a smaller statue beneath the statue of George Brown on Parliament Hill, a Father of Confederation and one of the original supporters and ...

Wilbon and Kornheiser take on Bettman’s threat to Winnipegers

Good to see the guys at Pardon the Interruption take on Gary Bettman’s petty and threatening warning to Winnipeg, “It doesn’t work if this building isn’t full every night.” Pretty mild but an insult to the city of Winnipeg. Perhaps it was just bad phrasing – which I think it probably was – but Bettman ...

Missing: Neskie Manuel

My friend, Neskie Manuel, up and disappeared. We aren’t too terribly close, but we get along. We have similar ideas about policy and activism, although I might be more hard-line than him.He just needs more confidence in himself. I don’t think he knows how many people are connected to our community because of his efforts.Anyway, ...

The Mumpsimus Blog site Community Blog List: The Mumpsimus Blog – Vintage ukulele music site online

Finally finished my site for vintage ukulele music, a place where I can write a bit about the music, composers and performers from the 1920s and 30s. And it’s a place where I can show off (and sell) my collection of song sheets and song books scanned to PDF. I have developed a real passion ...

JanfromtheBruce: McGuinty calls on Harper to abolish Senate – thestar.com

McGuinty calls on Harper to abolish Senate – thestar.com“It’s interesting that the McGuinty Liberals are finally saying what New Democrats have been saying for a long time, which is it’s time to abolish the Senate,” said Leader Andrea Horwath. “Let’s face it, the senators are a bunch of Liberals and Conservatives that are sitting around ...

Blunt Objects: Six Republicans to be Recalled in Wisconsin

Getting away from Dippers, Khadir, and the National Question for a moment, we switch gears to Wisconsin, where you may remember there was a big protest over an anti-union bill, and now-successful recall initiatives (unlike those in BC) which will pave the way for the voter’s anger to be felt against the tiny Republican majority ...

The World Famous Dan Shields: 3817…Ottawa Senator Retires From Politics

K, he is from Ottawa, Kansas and he hasn’t been a Senator since the Habs were a dynasty but but but he is/was a bigenough deal that his retirement from politics made all the news services. His name is Gary Hart and he said he was quitting to spend more time on his boat. Donna ...