A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Resisting Austerity: Don’t (Just) Show Me the Money

We hear a lot these days about the need for cuts to public spending, for saving money. The use of this rhetoric to cover massive changes in how our lives and societies are organized has a long history, but in the current “age of austerity” — ushered in by unprecedented giveaways of ordinary people’s money ...

Views from the lake - eh?: A gun registry primer

For the purposes of full disclosure, I am not a fan of Canada’s gun registry laws as presently enacted. I am not at all averse to licensing owners or registering firearms, but I do take issue with the criminalisation of those who don’t register or simply forget to renew. The punishment is, in my opinion, ...

Over My shoulder: I see Stephen Harper

Crime fighter Stephen Harper says that Canadians deserve “to live in a country where they don’t have to look over their shoulders as they walk down the street.” Throughout the ages, fear-mongering has always been a weapon of choice of those we need to fear. The theory that Canadians are afraid when they walk down ...

Ken Chapman: More Curiosity About Alberta Party

Here is a link to an interesting article in FFWD out of Calgary that will give you a sense of the recent history and amazing growth of the Alberta Party.  The Alberta Party is doing everything at once.  They have set up constituency organizations (44 in five months). They are gathering membership, over 1300 in ...

We are paying for corporate tax cuts with our souls.

Still believe corporate tax cuts will create jobs,then perhaps you should have a listen to what Nomi Prins, author of It Takes a Pillage,has to say. While she discusses the American situation,what she has to say is applicable to Canada as well. It isn’t a coincidence that both the US and Canada are working towards ...

Democracy Under Fire: The Harper Legacy – Series Suspended

Just like the harper regime I am going to break my promises and suspend dialog, my intention to document Harpers antidemocratic actions and words over the last few years is simply too depressing for me to continue. As I follow the daily promises and spin emerging from the election trail I see less and less ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Contrasting Opinions

Source: CTV News: Harper Plan Would Eliminate Deficit by 2014“Parliament hasn’t voted on it, the government fell on a procedural matter.”- Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister on CTV’s Power Play.When Parliament was dissolved, Stephen Harper walked outside of Rideau Hall and addressed the gathered crowd of reporters. Harper seemed angry in his address, but he was ...

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HUMOUR: MISSING THE POINT: Another great cartoon from the pen of Stephanie McMillan.

GRANT HUMES: ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Grant Humes is the Liberal Candidate in Durham. He is campaigning to unseat incumbent Bev Oda. Check out Grant’s newest campaign video: Grant Humes on the Campaign Trail from Lee Parsons on Vimeo. Please visit Grant’s website at www.granthumes.com. If you want to help unseat Bev Oda, consider a contribution to Grant’s campaign. Volunteers, donations ...

A voice from Riverbend: First Edmonton-Leduc candidates forum coming up!

Wednesday April 13th at 7 pm: All-candidates forum at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts (Leduc Composite High School, 4308 – 50 Street in Leduc). See you there!

The Roots – Sacrifice (feat. Nelly Furtado)

“I’ll tell y’all one lesson I learned/If you want to be something in life/You ain’t gonna get it unless you make a little bit of sacrifice”. Seriously. The Roots are the best band in the world. Not just the best hip-hop band. The best music band.

Just Another Willy Loman: For all the reformers out there

Photo Challenge 17 – Picture within a Picture

The Picture within a Picture theme was a real challenge, or perhaps it’s just that my creativity is completely sapped by work these days.  In any case, the pics are in and posted below.  Please let us know what you think in the comments! If you want to join in on the fun for the ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Negative impact of LRT on the City of Waterloo

I wrote a little report on some concerns I have about what LRT will do to the city of Waterloo. You can download it here. (Click the file name LRT_impact_on_Waterloo.pdf at the top.)Upate: I expanded the report so that the Waterloo city impacts are just part of it.###

Yappa Ding Ding: Support for light rail trains gets a boost

During the recent public consultations, the Region distributed a survey that could be filled out on paper or online. It listed 11 options: nine were forms of LRT, one was BRT on dedicated lanes, and one was no rapid transit.The Region has released the results of the survey, causing the Record to trumpet that 78% ...

Liberal Arts and Minds: Response Too Large

Last week I mentioned that there was a meeting scheduled for today with Michael Ignatieff. It was meant to be a policy briefing on family issues. I’m told that the response was huge, soooo, the meeting has been postponed and may be a national on-line chat in an effort to accomodate everyone. I’ll keep you ...

Just Another Willy Loman: Analysis of Hubris, the movie

Before YouTube, MTV, hell before almost everything for a great many people, many of us late night folk would wait until the airways cleared from the powerful AM stations and tuned into the new, fledgling, local FM radio stations, CHOM in Montreal and I think something sounding similar in Vancouver and Dave Pritchard on Chum ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The sheep freak out

There seems to be tacit agreement among governments and media that the public must not be panicked by the Japan nuclear reactor fallout. Every step of the way we have been told that certain things can’t happen… and then they do.So we were told this wasn’t Chernobyl and it wouldn’t be possible to have nuclear ...

openalex: Bixi Rolling Out for 3rd Season In MTL

If you are in Montreal right now you’ve seen it:  the Bixi docking stations are popping up all over the city. Sitting empty they have a strange sci-fi ghost town look.  But the bikes are supposed to be back on the streets by April 15th. Ottawa has also added itself to the  constantly growing number ...

Catch 22 candidate recommendations to date…

Earlier this week, Catch 22 launched the candidate discussion and recommendation process in 25 online riding groups for ridings that are all held by Conservatives. There were varying levels of participation in the discussions.  The central team recommendations have been accepted by our local groups and we’ve added them to the six recommendations finalized last ...

Yappa Ding Ding: World of debt

In last month’s “State of the City” address, Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran said that “finances remain the city’s biggest challenge, with a $5-million dollar debt over RIM Park still to pay off”, according to local news sources.Not long ago, five million dollars seemed like an awful lot of money… after all, that $5M debt has ...

Pop The Stack: The Liberal Nuclear Option

I’ve suggested this before but here it is again in brief, can anyone explain to me what the downside of this would be for the Liberals? Nuclear Option: The Liberal party makes a statement in the last two weeks of the campaign such as If we form government, our party will put forward legislation to ...

Liberal Arts and Minds: Harper’s Final Battle Cry

Those of you who have read me for a long time know I have always shunned the argument that Stephen Harper has a secret, ‘social’, agenda. I have never believed that, though I do believe with power he would have implemented legislation to turn back the clock only to satisfy and grow his base. Oh, ...

Art Threat: Evolutionary spraypaint reclaims space – Friday Film Pick: Big Bang Big Boom

If you haven’t come across this gem in the nine months since it was first put on line, now’s your chance to behold its beauty. Painstakingly created with stop animation using spray paint and moving objects, this short film (10 minutes) tackles nature preservation, pollution, evolution, industry and war. The filmmakers have given it the ...

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