Sudbury Against War and Occupation: Obama’s Afghanistan Review

Obama’s Afghanistan Review: A Whitewash of a Disastrous Occupationby Phyllis Bennis and Kevin Martin, from Z-Net, December 28, 2010. Apparently nothing can happen in the U.S. war in Afghanistan that doesn’t mean good news. If violence rises, it’s because “we’re taking the fight to the enemy.” The Pentagon must be taking a lot of fighting ...

Democracy Under Fire: Coalition a reality?

With the possibility of an election once again (still?) in the news it was good to see that Gov. Gen. David Johnston has been busy brushing up on constitutional governments in case he is called upon to navigate a choppy political crisis. That he has said that he sees nothing wrong or illegitimate with coalition ...

Marginal Notes: Happy New Year

Still too busy to blog, but Happy New Year to folks out there. Apparently, 2011 is the year of the rabbit which happens to be my chinese Zodiac sign… Talk soon!

All Politics Is Local: 10 Events to Watch in 2011

Not sure what 2011 holds in store for political geeks? Here’s a quick rundown:10. Prairie Punch-ups: Manitoba and Saskatchewan will both go to the polls this fall. Premier Brad Wall will face the voters in November trying to win re-election for the Saskatchewan Party. Wall’s popularity and power seem to be at all time highs ...

Welcome to 2011, Vancouver Style . . . .

It will be interesting to see the crowd estimates for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge into English Bay. Under sunny skies and a “balmy” 3 degrees, the crowd was HUGE.“Happy New Year,” ya’ll . . . . Recommend this Post at Progressive Bloggers

Sketchy Thoughts: Another Update on Roger Clement and Ottawa Comrades

Roger was transferred to Millhaven mid-December and it is expected that he will be there for 2-3 months before being transferred to the federal penitentiary where he will stay for the rest of his 3.5 year sentence. In the immediate future, letters can be sent to Roger to the following address: Joseph Roger Clement (FPS-420268X) ...

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 ...