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Art Threat: Hot Docs 19 begins – Toronto festival brings another round of quality documentary

It’s that time of year again — when documentary makers, buyers and fans dust off their shoes and head to Toronto to feast on a ten-day diet of non-fiction cinema. Once again, like the 18 years before, the world’s second largest doc festival is delivering its usual panoply of prize-worthy productions, political powder kegs and ...

Vote for me, or these kitty cats will die!

    The Earth will shift because it will be unstable, and you will all fall off…. Your hair will fall out if you vote NDP yanno? And your teeth. Threats, and mangled and distorted "facts" are all they have. It’s a comin’ fast and furious that the only real choices are corporate sponsored hacks, ...

In Defense Of Bob Rae’s NDP Government

The Bob Rae government has been almost universally panned as a disaster and is being held up as an example of the dangers of electing a NDP government. The problem with this narrative is that it ignores several key facts. These omissions are likely deliberate, after all why let the truth get in the way ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Alert! Episode 183

Toronto Star columnist Antonia Zerbisias reflects on how the social media has transformed public discourse and its likely impact on the federal election.  Quebec commentator Pierre Beaudet discusses the NDP surge in Quebec and the future of the Bloc Quebecois and the Liberal Party.  South African academic Patrick Bond talks about the upcoming UN Conference ...

kirbycairo: Ha, Ha . . . . . . .

Bite me Tory hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Thanks to Buckdog)

Politics, Re-Spun: A Compendium of My Prime Minister Layton Posts

I’ve enjoyed writing four pieces about the Prime Minster Layton concept in the last 2.5 years. Originally, it was a wishful thinking hyper long-shot in a prorogation crisis at a time when the Liberals had no firm leader. Then in June 2010 it was a curiosity when polling indicated a Jack Layton-led coalition with the ...

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: This is Canada Part 4

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: This is Canada Part 3

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: This is Canada Part 2

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: This is Canada eh ?

The Progressive Economics Forum: Stephen Harper’s Economic Record: Best in show?

According to the polls, Stephen Harper gets the highest score on handling the economy, though he only gets the nod from 38 per cent of Canadians. As the incumbent, he’s got the advantage on all other candidates.  What the others have done and might do is a topic for another blogpost. This short summary of ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Fox News North: lies from day 1

Looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree… Faux News North, a.k.a. Sun News Network is already following their brotheren's lead by making up news stories. The Diva is surprised — not that it happened, but how quickly Faux News North got to its dirty business. Planting obviously false information and knowingly mislabeling ...

Bill Longstaff: Allan Blakeney … death of a statesman

As politicians of all sorts battle another election down to the wire, I’d like to pay my respects to one of the best. Allan Blakeney died April 16th leaving behind an impressive legacy. Blakeney was an achiever from the beginning. He followed a gold medal graduation from Dalhousie’s law school with a Rhodes Scholarship to ...

"The descent of democracy: A country under one man’s thumb"

There’s an excellent article by Lawrence Martin on iPolitics.ca about Harper’s methods, and how they’ve “brought Canadian democracy to new lows.”  …The case for painting Harper as an anti-democrat stems from dozens of actions, catalogued below. They can be roughly divided into three categories: Treatment of the parliamentary process; degree of information control; intimidation of opponents. ...

Liberal Arts and Minds: Ridings Only Get Money if MP is in Government?

The latest offering from Conservative candidate in my riding, Stella Ambler, is telling us that you must have an MP in government in order to get dollars to the riding. Here’s the line: As Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Chief of Staff in the GTA, I saw first-hand how much more we could have benefitted [sic] ...

kirbycairo: A brief glimpse of Tory Hypocrisy and Hyperbole. . . .

One need not be a particularly astute political observer to know that the Conservatives, as a general rule, only like democracy when it gives them the results they desire. It is no surprise then that as the NDP surges in the polls, Westerners suddenly begin to talk about separatism again. One Tory blogger, who gives ...

Co2 Art: MUTTART PLANNED KERRY SWIFT BOAT SMEAR CAMPAIGN (satire)

Oh no, turns out he was only 12 at the time. (Note to fledgling media networks – this information may require “further legwork” to verify.)

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Go Canada Go

Polygonic: Oops, they did it again

Is there any surprise that the Globe and Mail has endorsed the Conservatives? In small ways, yes. I had expected at least a modicum of restraint on their behalf, and was prepared to bet serious money that they’d declare for a Conservative minority, and against a majority, given, well, everything we’ve seen for five years. ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The future of monetary policy

The following is the press release of a new initiative to examine the future of monetary policy, based on the core sentiment that growth is not enough. “Dynamic, stable and sustainable” is the goal, for the economy… and monetary policy. Full employment is featured as a key – and largely ignored – objective of central ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Another NDP candidate takes yet another position (at least for this party) on the life saving long gun registry

Interlake Spectator (Manitoba) April 27, 2011 Palsson (NDP) – “I would introduce a private members bill to let the municipalities decide whether or not they want it—Let the cities have it if they want,” he said.

The Wheatsheaf: Anthem for the NDP

Not only has the NDP have the best ads, best candidates, best policies for Canada, they also have the best supporters: Thank you Geoffrey the Giant.

The Enlightened Savage: #elxn41 Primer: Conservative Party

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes… Give or take, depending on orbital wobble, that’s how many minutes are in one calendar year.  Criticisms about the amount of time Parliament sits (or doesn’t) in a given year notwithstanding, it is worth mentioning that the Stephen Harper Government (TM) has been the longest-lived minority government in ...

Art Threat: Liberate Tate urges dialogue over public/private arts funding

Last Wednesday, April 20, the activist group known as Liberate Tate staged another protest performance at Tate Britain. Set on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf o Mexico over 87 days last year, the group poured an oil-like substance over ...