centre of the universe: The Devil, You Say

At dinner last night, we talked a little about a lot of things. I fear I did most of the chatting, but that should surprise no one. Your name came up, referentially, after the question of my involvement with a mutual friend. The truth of the matter is I think of you often, and am ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Reductio ad argentum: senatorial elections version

With the Conservatives who have been running the province since 2003, everything reduces to cash.  For them, the only principle is cash. Not surprisingly, when it comes to the idea of electing senators to represent the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in the national parliament, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said this: Mr. Speaker, there are still ...

Blunt Objects: First Ad of Ontario 2011

A And it’s a doozy. A minute long, this is one of the most positive ads I’ve ever heard yet. It’s actually pretty damn awesome, when you get right down to it. It’s got nice music, it’s got pretty scenes, and it has Dalton McGuinty speaking with his made-for-voiceover voice about how awesome Ontario is, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Reform the Senate but do it constitutionally

As reported this morning by the Canadian Press and posted at HuffPo, Québec is serving notice that if Harper continues with his plans to unilaterally “reform” the Senate, it will seek to have such a bill declared unconstitutional.   The province argues that under the current amending formula (which, oddly enough, it has objected to for ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: pgib attack gary mar with ad channeling michael ignatieff.

The hyper-conservative Progressive Group for Independent Business is targeting Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar with a low-quality online campaign ad. The ad compares Mr. Mar’s four years as Alberta’s representative in Washington DC to former Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff‘s decades living outside of Canada. I am nothing close to a supporter ...

Blunt Objects: Reorganizing Canada: Rep by Pop, or Rep by Special Clauses?

Blogger Far and Wide (one of my favourites, a guy definitely worth reading) came out with a post today talking about how it may not be in the best interests of Canadian democracy and representation to give in to the demands of Quebec that it has a 24% share in the House of Commons come ...

Hill Queeries: Reform without a vision

Since the Conservatives have a majority government, they’ve been talking about Senate reform again. Mind you, it's being done in their usual clumsy, uneducated way, which seems to assume three things: their reforms actually have a vision, they wouldn’t require a constitutional amendment, and they actually know what can of worms they’re opening. And so, ...

Recreating Eden: Another Reason to Be Bilingual: Provided You Use It, You Don’t "Lose It" as Fast

It’s official: being a bilingual who uses both his or her languages regularly means you’re less likely “to lose it” mentally. Or rather, research by York University’s Ellen Bialystok and colleagues shows that Alzeheimer’s disease manifests itself far later in bilinguals than in monolinguals. What’s more, being bilingual appears to give an advantage in multi-tasking. ...

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for May 31, 2011

Here are today’s leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter: Govt pledges to help workers cheated by employers – Toronto Star –http://goo.gl/DDtGR A Meaner Canada : Junk Politics and the Omnibus Crime Bill –http://goo.gl/jSSRw Ford asks court to halt audit of his campaign finances – Toronto Star – http://goo.gl/fg6XM Quebec threatens court challenge to ...

CalgaryGrit: Hidden Agenda?

The Ontario Tories bared more than their…uhh…private members…this weekend, releasing their election platform (summarized by CP here).I’ve always been a fan of parties releasing their platforms early – it gives you time to define yourself, and show voters what you stand for. Which in Tim Hudak’s case, seems to be largely what Dalton McGuinty stands ...

Things Are Good: Driving Down Car Use in Great Britain

A recent article in The Independent highlights how car use in England is on the decline. A combination of factors (including high gas prices, poor congestion, and general disdain for internal combustion engines) has lead to fewer people getting their licenses, and fewer people using their cars. [Steve] Goodwin [professor of transport policy at the ...

Far and Wide: Is Canada a Representative Democracy Or Not?

The latest House of Commons seat distribution plan is becoming a test of federalism, as well as the basic notion of representation by population. Canada already has a unseemly Senate, wherein a British Columbian Senator represents more than twice as many people as a Quebec Senator, almost ten times that of a New Brunswick Senator. ...

The Happy Wanderer: Way to Go Germany!

Germany is making huge pushes to stop the use of dirty energy , and dangerous energy. Germany said that it will eliminate all nuclear plants in Germany of the grid and replace it with renewable energy. That’s right renewals. It silly to switch from nuclear to coal or gas, because nuclear out of the three is ...

Trashy's World: Al Capone would be proud of Ontario!

Ontario may relax their antiquated liquor laws a wee bit this summer, but they are sure not going to do CRAZY things like allow the sale of beer and wine in convenience stores! Oh no! Anarchy would reign!!!! Just look at what happened in la belle province! Look at them! Buncha drunks, I tell ya! ...

gay persons of color: Watch: French footballers against homophobia

Campaign against homophobia 2011 from Franck Annese on Vimeo. L’homophobie ne vous fera jamais gagner un match. Un jouer gai? Peut-être. (Homophobia will never help you win a match. A gay player might.) – Marc PlanusOn Monday, Paris became the first major city to sign the charter against homophobia in soccer, a text written by ...

Impolitical: Frère Jacques…

There are some questions for you today. Lawrence Martin asks: “Are the NDP more Bloc than the Bloc?” Claude Morin has a shopping list of questions along similar lines too. Not surprisingly, he’s a bit more specific in his approach. What is that saying? I mean, it’s early going in the post-election world and all, ...

Blunt Objects: Dastardly Right-wing Liberal Bloggers

Like Jeff Jedras, who dared to be quoted by a third party – the blog Small Dead Animals – for having a sensible opinion. Or Dan Arnold (aka CalgaryGrit) who dared to put forward the idea that the Liberals can and should play on divisions in other parties, as was so often done to them. ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals hype structural changes.

Groundbreaking. Gargantuan. Real renewal. Politics re-imagined. These are all words that I have heard used to describe the changes made to the Liberal Party’s internal structure at a special general meeting last weekend. Do any of these words really apply? Not really, but that does not mean that the changes are not good. In a ...

11 Things The Bible Bans, But You Do Anyway

One last post on the night, you likely have sinned and maybe didn’t even know it. Here is a look at things you shouldn’t do if you don’t want to end up in hell. Unless of course you think you are living in hell already. 11 Things The Bible Bans, But You Do Anyway

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Adult Autism Residential Care: Close the Institutions But First Provide An Alternative

My younger son Conor  is 15.  He is not a very high functioning, celebrity “autie” or “aspie”.  My son actually has an Autistic Disorder with “profound developmental delays”.   He is living a great life now, at home, with a Mom and Dad, who take incredible joy in his company and at school where he has ...

Blunt Objects: Canada’s New Democrats: Stuck Between a Rock and Hard Place

Especially on the issue of Senate reform, where Quebec’s provincial government is already starting to get its back up: Quebec is warning Stephen Harper it may go to court, if necessary, to block any attempt by the federal government to unilaterally reform the Senate. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Pierre Moreau reiterated his province’s view Monday that ...

Bene Diction Blogs On: I’m a Mercy Ministries survivor

Liz tells me she is doing okay, that the up side to her time at MM was gaining a better understanding of how a cult operates. (Definition of cult. The BITE model) Mercy Ministries really pushed me away from Christianity. Emotionally it made me realize that there are people out there that just want to ...

FFIB NAMOL: Introducing Orange Ortho Man

Introducing a new monthly feature. here’s issue 1 of 48.

The World Famous Dan Shields: 3813…Boston Pizza Is Now Vancouver Pizza

From the Vancouver Sun: The Boston Pizza website has been rebranded as ‘Vancouver Pizza.’ In a show of home-town support and solidarity, Boston Pizza has become “Vancouver Pizza” — for the duration of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, anyway. The change was made on the restaurant chain’s website almost immediately after the Boston Bruins won their ...

The World Famous Dan Shields: 3812…Did I Say May? I Meant October!

NBC4i.com tells the world that “As crestfallen followers of a California preacher who foresaw the world’s end strained to find meaning in their lives, Harold Camping revised his apocalyptic prophecy Monday, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21. Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians ...