michelmonette.net: La tromperie du Québec en temps réel

L’institut économique de Montréal doit être fier de son coup: le compteur en temps réel qu’elle a mis sur son site a un certain succès auprès des naïfs. Le simplisme est l’ami de la tromperie. Je pourrais reprendre le billet que … Read more »

Pample the Moose: Wild election predictions

I haven’t blogged nearly as much about contemporary politics of late as I did when this blog got started. In no small part, it’s because I’ve found both federal and provincial politics to be rather depressing, and largely without policy initiatives to inspire me. I’ve also thus far refrained from most of the election speculation ...

Pample the Moose: In Memoriam: Olive Dickason (1920-2011)

This blog isn’t going to become a chronicle of the passing of people who have played roles in my career as a historian, (political blogging will likely resume when the writ is dropped, if not sooner) but it nevertheless came as a bit of a shock for me to learn that path-breaking Métis historian Olive ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Downloading LRT Capital Costs

I have heard that the Regional LRT plan includes a lot of downloaded costs to the municipalities where LRT goes – Waterloo and Kitchener. Apparently this came out at a recent meeting of Regional Council. It was one of those situations where staff made a presentation and councillors, realizing that something wasn’t adding up, probed ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Jose Figueroa: Another Canadian "Public Safety" embarassment

This is a story that has appeared here before, with different names and places. Jose Figueroa has lived in Canada (currently Langley, BC) since 1996. He isn’t a drug kingpin, or have some other sort on involvement in organized crime. He, his wife, and their three children are all Canadian citizens. So, the Federal Ministry ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Review of the Nanny Business

Last Saturday, the Philippine Women Centre of Quebec (PWC-Quebec) presented the Nanny Business, a documentary which focuses on the experiences that women have had with Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). The viewer is first introduced to Edelyn. In an attempt to provide for her family financially, Edelyn has left her three children behind in the ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Review of the Nanny Business

Last Saturday, the Philippine Women Centre of Quebec (PWC-Quebec) presented the Nanny Business, a documentary which focuses on the experiences that women have had with Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). The viewer is first introduced to Edelyn. In an attempt to provide for her family financially, Edelyn has left her three children behind in the ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Review of the Nanny Business

Last Saturday, the Philippine Women Centre of Quebec (PWC-Quebec) presented the Nanny Business, a documentary which focuses on the experiences that women have had with Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). The viewer is first introduced to Edelyn. In an attempt to provide for her family financially, Edelyn has left her three children behind in the ...

Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: US spy operation that manipulates social media –

Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 March 2011by Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks Related Post:U.S. Chamber of Commerce plots against “opponents” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been working with “private security” and lobbying firms to attack and undermine “opponents”. The companies involved are, among ...

Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: US spy operation that manipulates social media –

Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 March 2011by Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks Related Post:U.S. Chamber of Commerce plots against “opponents” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been working with “private security” and lobbying firms to attack and undermine “opponents”. The companies involved are, among ...

Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: US spy operation that manipulates social media –

Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 March 2011by Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks Related Post:U.S. Chamber of Commerce plots against “opponents” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been working with “private security” and lobbying firms to attack and undermine “opponents”. The companies involved are, among ...

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: Finally ! Some Hitback

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-03-18 01:28:00

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS: I write these words in the context of what may be a “low point” of the uprising of Arab people for the sort of “democracy” that most of us in the western world take for granted. As I write this Saudi Arabian troops are commiting murder on ...

Pop The Stack: A Time For Politics and A Time For Action

Well, this is going to be an interesting week isn’t? In case you haven’t heard, the UN Security Council just approved a No Fly Zone over Libya.  The wording was stronger than expected allowing “any necessary actions” to protect civilians from being massacred by Gaddafi’s forces. Word has it that Canada has already committed to send six of our ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-03-18 00:59:00

PERSONAL: SORRY FOR THE LACK OF CONTENT HERE: Regular readers of this of this blog may have noticed a lack of content recently. I’ve explained this before as I have transfered a lot of my activity over the my Facebook account. I’ve been contemplating this for some time, and have posted on it before. I ...

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Progressives Must Not Lunge At Tory Budget Scraps

It’s time to draw a line in the sand, awkward as it may be.The eve of the federal budget is now upon us.In Toronto, the Star’s editorial page editor Bob Hepburn has called out the New Democratic Party, saying Jack Layton needs to listen to the party’s learned (and respected) elders and write off propping ...

BetterParks for Vancouver: helping our animal friends in Japan

Further to my previous Blog about Ultimate Loyalty, anyone wishing to help our four-legged companions in Japan can contact any of the following volunteer agencies. They too need our help and donations.Heart Tokushima Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK) (PayPal donations can be made through ARK)Japan Cat Network (JCN)Animal Garden NiigataNippon SPCA Another way to find out ...

michelmonette.net: Le budget plus

Plus de taxes, plus de frais de scolarité, plus de tarifs, plus de cotisations, le gouvernement Charest est décidément en mode rattrapage de revenu, sauf que les sources choisies sont plutôt un moins pour la société québécoise. Je suis de … Read more »

Yappa Ding Ding: Cambridge: Getting Screwed and Dodging a Bullet

On her blog, Regional councillor Jane Mitchell completely poo-poos any concerns of Cambridge residents that LRT won’t extend to their city. She describes Cambridge as a bunch of whiners who had terrible transit when it was their responsibility, who don’t have the ridership to justify being in on Phase 1 of the LRT, and who ...

Half an Hour: Five Key Questions

In its 2010 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan. I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. ...

JimBobby Sez: Think CANDUs are safer than anything else? Think again.

It is a popular Canadian myth that CANDUs are exponentially safer than other reactor designs. Is nationalistic pride trumping real evidence? Or, has the massively funded PR machine of the nuclear industry convinced an all-too-gullible public with its “Don’t worry. Be happy” corporate bullshit? If CANDUs are so safe, why can’t AECL turn a profit? ...

JimBobby Sez: Think CANDUs are safer than anything else? Think again.

It is a popular Canadian myth that CANDUs are exponentially safer than other reactor designs. Is nationalistic pride trumping real evidence? Or, has the massively funded PR machine of the nuclear industry convinced an all-too-gullible public with its “Don’t worry. Be happy” corporate bullshit? If CANDUs are so safe, why can’t AECL turn a profit? ...

JimBobby Sez: Think CANDUs are safer than anything else? Think again.

It is a popular Canadian myth that CANDUs are exponentially safer than other reactor designs. Is nationalistic pride trumping real evidence? Or, has the massively funded PR machine of the nuclear industry convinced an all-too-gullible public with its “Don’t worry. Be happy” corporate bullshit? If CANDUs are so safe, why can’t AECL turn a profit? ...

The Global Express: Who Thought McDonalds was Invincible?

You would think that a franchise such as McDonalds would succeed any where it opens. Well, it pretty much does, except in one place. Back in 1996, Barbados was spoiled to their first ever McDonalds. The great island in the Caribbean was about to witness the great symbol of Americanism. But if the franchisee who ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Turmoil in the Middle East

This is just a sidebar, or metacomment, to the coverage of upheaval in the middle east.I don’t trust the coverage we’re getting, because behind it I see a smirk – both from the people in the news rooms, and from our western governments.Since September 11, 2001 – and before – the west has seen the ...