Jacked Up: Harper, Baird, Flaherty, EI and the Economy.

I’ll start with two separate paragraphs, from two separate articles (The first from the Ottawa Citizen, the second from the Globe and Mail: Baird falsely portrayed the Liberal scheme for a 360-hour standard as one that would require a massive payroll tax. The Liberals said they would fund the move through general revenue. “It would ...

Jacked Up: Tory Authority Slipping

Randall Denley and I don’t always see eye to eye, but his piece today in the Ottawa Citizen was pretty much right on the mark. I say pretty much because at one point, Denley says that . ..Of these various conservative politicians, about all one could say is that they obviously aren’t taking performance enhancing ...

thanks michael bryant

Michael Bryant recently announced that he’s leaving provincial politics to become the CEO of Invest Toronto. Michael is a rock in the McGuinty cabinet and an extremely valuable asset to the Ontario Liberal Party.After being shuffled demoted from Attorney General to the relatively lower profile Aboriginal Affairs and Economic Development portfolios, I suspect Bryant feels ...

Jacked Up: The Positive Politics Challenge

In the wake of another round of Conservative attack ads,I thought it was a great time to remind liberals of the “Positive politics Challenge”. The goal is to engage the grassroots, and show Canadians that there is a bright, policy driven alternative to the senseless attacks of the Conservatives. Check out the Facebook group linked ...

Jacked Up: Chalk River

So the Nuclear Reactor in Chalk River, that currently supplies up to 80% of global medical isotopes has been shut down again. The reactor has been plagued with problems ever since it was shut down late in 2007 for safety upgrades by then President Linda Keen. Keen was later fired by Harper’s government, who said ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Genocide is not a "Fair Weather" Issue

Since the Tamil protests began, there has been much confusion over whether they deserve support from the rest of the population. I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard, “I support them, but…”• “They are flying those red flags.”• “Aren’t the Tamil Tigers terrorists?”• “They shouldn’t block traffic.”• “Isn’t there some ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Genocide is not a "Fair Weather" Issue

Since the Tamil protests began, there has been much confusion over whether they deserve support from the rest of the population. I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard, “I support them, but…”• “They are flying those red flags.”• “Aren’t the Tamil Tigers terrorists?”• “They shouldn’t block traffic.”• “Isn’t there some ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Genocide is not a "Fair Weather" Issue

Since the Tamil protests began, there has been much confusion over whether they deserve support from the rest of the population. I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard, “I support them, but…”• “They are flying those red flags.”• “Aren’t the Tamil Tigers terrorists?”• “They shouldn’t block traffic.”• “Isn’t there some ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Anti-Tamil-Tiger Propaganda Muddies the Real Issues

Papers, blogs, Facebook, and all manner of online sites are abuzz with discussion of the Tamils’ plight. I’m encouraged to read that while many Canadians remain uninvolved in the struggle, they are at least aware (or becoming more aware) of the situation. But of course, there remains a stubborn group which insists that Tamils should ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Anti-Tamil-Tiger Propaganda Muddies the Real Issues

Papers, blogs, Facebook, and all manner of online sites are abuzz with discussion of the Tamils’ plight. I’m encouraged to read that while many Canadians remain uninvolved in the struggle, they are at least aware (or becoming more aware) of the situation. But of course, there remains a stubborn group which insists that Tamils should ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Anti-Tamil-Tiger Propaganda Muddies the Real Issues

Papers, blogs, Facebook, and all manner of online sites are abuzz with discussion of the Tamils’ plight. I’m encouraged to read that while many Canadians remain uninvolved in the struggle, they are at least aware (or becoming more aware) of the situation. But of course, there remains a stubborn group which insists that Tamils should ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: a tribute slideshow

Just made my first upload to YouTube. I’m sure I need to learn something because the quality is not as high as when I view it on my own laptop. Oh well, it was a creative endeavour that was healing.Caleb’s Memorial Monolith BurnOh and I really didn’t like that YouTube stripped the audio and forced ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: a tribute slideshow

Just made my first upload to YouTube. I’m sure I need to learn something because the quality is not as high as when I view it on my own laptop. Oh well, it was a creative endeavour that was healing.Caleb’s Memorial Monolith BurnOh and I really didn’t like that YouTube stripped the audio and forced ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: a tribute slideshow

Just made my first upload to YouTube. I’m sure I need to learn something because the quality is not as high as when I view it on my own laptop. Oh well, it was a creative endeavour that was healing.Caleb’s Memorial Monolith BurnOh and I really didn’t like that YouTube stripped the audio and forced ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: postponing birthday

Can you imagine having a birthday in the middle of this? On April 17th, I witnessed the shooting suicide of one of my best friends in the world, a man I loved. I am so friggin’ mad that I couldn’t stop him. I tried everything. But I’m even madder that no one else tried to ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: postponing birthday

Can you imagine having a birthday in the middle of this? On April 17th, I witnessed the shooting suicide of one of my best friends in the world, a man I loved. I am so friggin’ mad that I couldn’t stop him. I tried everything. But I’m even madder that no one else tried to ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: postponing birthday

Can you imagine having a birthday in the middle of this? On April 17th, I witnessed the shooting suicide of one of my best friends in the world, a man I loved. I am so friggin’ mad that I couldn’t stop him. I tried everything. But I’m even madder that no one else tried to ...

redjenny: It isn’t surprising…

… that ‘Status Indians’ face threat of extinction, since the Indian Act was implemented specifically for the purpose of eradicating indigenous peoples and culture. Indian Status was designed to reduce the Indian population, a neat solution to the “Indian Problem”. Within a few generations, it was assumed, the Indian population would nearly disappear. This was ...

redjenny: It isn’t surprising…

… that ‘Status Indians’ face threat of extinction, since the Indian Act was implemented specifically for the purpose of eradicating indigenous peoples and culture. Indian Status was designed to reduce the Indian population, a neat solution to the “Indian Problem”. Within a few generations, it was assumed, the Indian population would nearly disappear. This was ...

redjenny: It isn’t surprising…

… that ‘Status Indians’ face threat of extinction, since the Indian Act was implemented specifically for the purpose of eradicating indigenous peoples and culture. Indian Status was designed to reduce the Indian population, a neat solution to the “Indian Problem”. Within a few generations, it was assumed, the Indian population would nearly disappear. This was ...

My Canada Includes Justice: For us, an inconvenience. For them, life or death.

I just got home to read headlines about Tamil protesters blocking Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, in both directions. If you need attention, that’s a pretty good way to get it. Pretty good trick, but you need the numbers to pull it off.Fortunately for the Tamil community, they do. Weeks ago, as I walked home from work, ...

My Canada Includes Justice: For us, an inconvenience. For them, life or death.

I just got home to read headlines about Tamil protesters blocking Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, in both directions. If you need attention, that’s a pretty good way to get it. Pretty good trick, but you need the numbers to pull it off.Fortunately for the Tamil community, they do. Weeks ago, as I walked home from work, ...

My Canada Includes Justice: For us, an inconvenience. For them, life or death.

I just got home to read headlines about Tamil protesters blocking Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, in both directions. If you need attention, that’s a pretty good way to get it. Pretty good trick, but you need the numbers to pull it off.Fortunately for the Tamil community, they do. Weeks ago, as I walked home from work, ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Take back the Day

In North America, Mother’s Day was originally a day marked by women’s peace organizations. Mothers whose sons had fought or died on both sides of the American Civil War would meet to patch the country back together again. Mother’s Day Work Clubs assisted the encampments during the war to fight typhoid outbreaks. After the war, ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Take back the Day

In North America, Mother’s Day was originally a day marked by women’s peace organizations. Mothers whose sons had fought or died on both sides of the American Civil War would meet to patch the country back together again. Mother’s Day Work Clubs assisted the encampments during the war to fight typhoid outbreaks. After the war, ...