Alberta Politics: Inclusion of 1905 act in Constitution means Brad Wall’s ‘Notwithstanding Clause’ gambit is no slam-dunk

PHOTOS: Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan (Photo: CBC). Below: Edmonton lawyer Simon Renouf. If Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall thinks he can just snap his fingers and the Notwithstanding Clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will make his Catholic school troubles go away, he may need to think again. In a comment about ...

Alberta Politics: Funny … not a peep on the right about Jason Kenney stumping for a Liberal

PHOTOS: Sandra Jansen, back in the day when she never imagined she’s be anything but a Tory. Below: Jason Kenney, leader today of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta; Rachel Notley, whose NDP Government was elected on May 5, 2017; and Brad Wall, the man with a plan to save Saskatchewan’s Catholic schools. (Photo: Daniel ...

Alberta Politics: Holy smoke! Saskatchewan court’s Catholic education ruling is a bombshell

PHOTOS: Calgary Catholic School District headquarters (Screen grab from Google Street View). Below: Mr. Justice Donald Layh being sworn in in 2014 (Yorkton Today), Edmonton Catholic School District Headquarters, Edmonton Public School Trustee Michael Janz. Holy smoke! The ruling Thursday by a Saskatchewan judge that the province’s government may no longer legally fund non-Catholic students ...

Alberta Politics: Big changes coming to academic faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral bargaining rights in Alberta

PHOTOS: Could we someday see scenes like this one at Boston University in 1979 at an Alberta University? The late Howard Zinn, author of the People’s History of the United States (banned in Arkansas), is visible, quite naturally, I suppose, near the front on the left. (Photo from the Boston Public Library.) Below: Alberta Advanced ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Senator Plett Reprises His Complaints on Bill C-16

Whether we are talking about Bill C-16, Bill C-279 or Bill C-389, there has been one consistent thing in the Senate – the voice of Senator Plett droning on about how terrible this legislation is.  This week, second reading of Bill C-16 happened in the Senate, and sure enough Senator Plett had to stick his ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Senator Plett Reprises His Complaints on Bill C-16

Whether we are talking about Bill C-16, Bill C-279 or Bill C-389, there has been one consistent thing in the Senate – the voice of Senator Plett droning on about how terrible this legislation is.  This week, second reading of Bill C-16 happened in the Senate, and sure enough Senator Plett had to stick his ...

Alberta Politics: Leduc No. 1 and all that: Was February 13, 1947, Alberta’s unluckiest lucky day?

PHOTOS: Dignitaries stand around and have their photos taken at the Leduc No. 1 well near Devon on – if the Internet is to be believed – this day in 1947. Not sure if I believe that, seeing as the first photo below was supposed to have been taken on the same day. Below that: ...

Wise Law Blog: Last Wills that Offend Public Decency

BY GARRY J. WISE AND PAUL B. ADAMCompeting February 2016 rulings by Ontario courts have left us with real questions as to when a discriminatory Last Will and Testament will be upheld in this province.BackgroundThese cases are the latest in a very interesting history of court cases dealing with Last Wills that have tried to create ...

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51

Randall Garrison’s Bill C-303 seeks to repeal the Harper-era “secret police” legislation, Bill C-51 or Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. Experts and rights groups say C-51 violates the Canadians Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The post NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Was pastor encouraged by right-wing allies to say intemperate things that could cost his private schools?

PHOTOS: The Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa, where Alberta’s gay-straight alliance law seems destined to be held in the balance. Below: The judgment of Solomon – don’t take the supposedly wise king’s child-care advice if you don’t want a visit from the police and a social worker. Below that: Alberta Education Minister David ...

Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: The little Post Office in downtown St. Albert, where your blogger lives, which Canada Post is anxious to close as soon as possible. Below: The U.S. Post Office in Fallon, Montana, the Canadian Post Office in Dewberry, Alberta (villageofdewberry.ca), American social activist Ralph Nader, and Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean. We now live in ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Bill C-6 Violated Canadian Postal Workers’ Charter Rights, Court Rules

The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that the former Harper government violated postal workers’ Charter rights when it ordered postal workers back to work through Bill C-6 in 2011. The post Harper’s Bill C-6 Violated Canadian Postal Workers’ Charter Rights, Court Rules appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

PHOTOS: The Senate chamber, empty, as it should be. Below: Stephen Harper, apparently still the de facto leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Conservative Opposition’s threat to use its majority in the unelected Senate to thwart the Trudeau Government’s plan to repeal two ...

The Canadian Progressive: Abortion Rights Advocates File Legal Challenge Against P.E.I

Abortion right advocates in Prince Edward Island have advised the provincial government of their intention to file a legal challenge to the province’s “discriminatory and unlawful abortion policy.” The post Abortion Rights Advocates File Legal Challenge Against P.E.I appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP defies voters by continuing to govern as if it won the election that put it in power: political scientist

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, running the province as if she had a majority government! What next? Below: University of Calgary political scientist and Calgary Herald columnist Barry Cooper, Broadbent Institute Director Rick Smith and Wildrose Opposition Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt. It seems some Albertans, particularly those on the political right, continue to have difficulty ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

WE REMEMBERIt is a shame that we seem to have forgotten the lessons of history.

A Grumpy Hobbit: at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

WE REMEMBERIt is a shame that we seem to have forgotten the lessons of history.

A Grumpy Hobbit: at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

WE REMEMBERIt is a shame that we seem to have forgotten the lessons of history.

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

They call themselves “Life was Better Under Stephen Harper” and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew.  Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

They call themselves “Life was Better Under Stephen Harper” and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew.  Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

They call themselves “Life was Better Under Stephen Harper” and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew.  Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains ...

The Canadian Progressive: A Canadian Progressive’s Case Against Justin Trudeau Becoming Canada’s Next Prime Minister

Here are The Canadian Progressive’s ten arguments against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau replacing Stephen Harper as Canada’s next prime minister: The post A Canadian Progressive’s Case Against Justin Trudeau Becoming Canada’s Next Prime Minister appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.