Pop The Stack: In Search of New Years Eve In Vancouver

Oh Vancouver. Vancouver the beautiful. Vancouver the warm. Vancouver the wet. And Vancouver the no-fun city.  It doesn’t have to be this way. I just spent New Year’s Eve in Vancouver.  It’s the first time in the 7 years I’ve been here that I haven’t gone to Seattle or Toronto or been at a friend’s ...

this-on-that: wishing all a safe, happy and Harperless 2011

And in the spirit of the day, some live U2 goodness. As it should be, interpretation is in the ear of the beholder. For me personally, I lost the most influential person of my life on New Year’s day, many many moons ago. Since that day, January first has always represented the anniversary of that ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Of Decades Past and Future

As 2010 comes to a close, my hope for the coming decade is for an overhauled Canadian Parliament and similar changes to the BC Legislative Assembly. I doubt anything substantive will change in terms of policy or direction – for this country, this province or its communities – if these changes do not happen. I ...

The Scott Ross: Tweet Rephrase Department (Say That Five Times Fast)

BC Liberal leadership candidate Moira Stilwell made an interesting tweet today that required a second look. And making the tweet more humorous is the sense that Dr. Moira Stilwell herself appeared to see the possibility for its misinterpretation. “Thanks to everyone who #FF’ed me today. Which, upon rereading, is a bit of a strange phrase. ...

Pop The Stack: Happy New Year 41 U.E.

In just about four and a half hours it will be New Years in Greenwich,UK. You know what that means, time itself will be 41 years old. That is, it will be the 1293840000 seconds (ignoring leap seconds) since Dawn of the Unix Epoch on Jan 1,1970. The moment most computers use as a reference ...

The Skinny: Happy New Year

Accoring to the XE currency converter, 1.00 Canadian dollar equals 1.00244 US dollars. I hope the City of Windsor, Ontario can celebrate by being murder-free for 2010.  There’s only a few more hours to go. I do hope for a federal election in the Spring of 2011, and that Harper is defeated.  If not, at ...

ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: I Just Gave 100 Dollars to the NDP

reflections and projections

And ye, who have met with Adversity’s blast, And been bow’d to the earth by its fury; To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass’d Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury – Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime, The regrets of remembrance to cozen, And having obtained a New ...

The Scott Ross: Significance of New Years

New Years is not just another day, not just another old calendar, it is our time, it is us. It is easy to see New Years as just another night of celebrating or perhaps even just an opportunity to go to bed early, but it is harder to see just how important New Years really ...

Regan Wolfrom: Shifting with the wind…

I’ve been silent for a while, and that silence will likely continue for the next few weeks.  I’m part of a new venture that will be launching shortly.  Like most visionaries, I’m hoping to hop on board this Internet phenomenon that I read about back in 1995. Meanwhile, I have other news.  I have two ...

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A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Change Requires a Path

It should be obvious: In order to make a change, we need some way to make it, some path to bring it to reality.I don’t like that dead tree in the middle of my back yard? Well, I need some way to take it down — a chainsaw, an axe, a helpful ogre who can ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Update on Roger Clement and Ottawa Comrades

Roger is still in prison. Claude is still going to court. People still need your love and support. OMD is still fund raising. Join the FB group, donate, write a letter to roger, get involved, support prisoners and political prisoners. FB group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Ottawa-Movement-Defense/119652828099161 We will be organizing a letter writing night for roger and other ...

NDP Seeks To Create Opportunity For Progressive Choice

I was waiting for this. Granted, it came much sooner then I planned, but it came. Iggy has once again given his ultimatum to the Conservatives, saying that they will vote against their budget if it contains another corporate tax cut. You’d think that Iggy would have learned from the fall of 2009, when he ...

The Scott Ross: The One Word All Liberals Fear

There is a word that all Liberals fear, for the federal Liberals it galvanizes the opposing Conservative Party’s support, for the BC Liberals it only divides their own. The word of course is coalition.Federally, “coalition” conjures up the all but stated “axis of evil,” the exaggerated partnership with hammer-and-siecle socialists and poutine wielding FLQ separatists. ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Simplistic Interpretation of Female Support Shift

I take exception to Keith Baldrey’s simplistic interpretation of why female voters will play a key role in the next BC election – not that they will, but why their support may be shifting from the NDP to the Liberals. According to Baldrey (chief political reporter for Global BC – oh dear!), one of the ...

Praise The Senate For Doing Something Business and Governments Wont

“Women hold up half the sky” – Mao Zedong Two Conservative bloggers have taking a legitimate issue about women in our country and instead turned it into political theatre. One such blogger who calls himself BC Blue called Liberal Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette “Kooky” and “nutbar” for wanting to pass a bill that guarantees equal representation ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Our Hearts Bleed

An interesting comment appeared on economicus ridiculous to my post about anti-HST sentiment plummeting. Actually, the HST screwed my mother-in-laws [sic] best friend out of 15 thousand dollars when she sold her last home. She was looking to move into a retirement home and already had to sell her house at a reduced rate because ...

Thanks Rob Ford: For Putting Toronto in touch with its Inner Detroit

Thanks to Rob, we’re an internal combustion city again, a city of the Great Lakes, up there with Buffalo and Cleveland, humming on the wheels of motor town, twinned with Detroit, our inner Detroit. Thanks to Rob, we’ve abandoned our Amsterdam cycling perversion. Thanks to Rob, from coast to coast to coast, let the word ...

The Skinny: On the lighter side: Is Tarek Fatah an Oompa Loompa?

Compare the photos: My apologies to the original Oompa Loompa.

The Scott Ross: Stephane Dion was the Best Thing to Happen to the Liberal Party

There were other men like King, Trudeau, and Chretien that brought the Liberal Party success, but it was Stephane Dion in the most recent election, that though he brought short-term drastic defeat, ensured long-term Liberal victory. It was not Stephane Dion’s loss that engineered an impending Liberal resurgence, it is the fact his tenure as ...

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Don’t Know What They Are

Conservatives don’t know what they are, and they’re not even looking.Where the Federal Liberal Party has held numerous policy conventions, where their leader has traveled the country to hear ideas from ordinary Canadians, where they themselves have called for a redefining of Liberalism for the 21st century, the Conservatives have done everything to ignore conservatism. ...

The Dominion blogs: Jonathan Pollack’s sentencing statement

pollak2.jpg Monday, December 27, 2010 Your Honor, once found guilty, it is then customary for the accused to ask the court for leniency, and express remorse for having committed the offence. However, I find myself unable to do so. From its very beginning, this trial contained practically no disagreements over the facts. As the indictment ...