A Different Point of View....: Liberals take first small step toward rebuilding the CBC, but there are many miles to go

The federal government has taken the first step on a long road toward what hopefully will be the restoration of the CBC as Canada’s most important public interest and cultural institution. For nearly 10 years the Harper government forced the CBC off track from its original goals of promoting culture and the arts, providing quality ...

A Different Point of View....: As Mansbridge Exits: Does the CBC have the courage to build a TRULY GREAT news program?

The latest water cooler chat among many Canadians this week is speculation about who will replace Peter Mansbridge as host of The National, CBC-TV’s flagship news program. He announced earlier this week that, after 30 years as host of  the program. The long-time anchor seemed to be trying to give his departure considerable significance by ...

Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Planning to Conscript Young Canadians?

There's a strange and disturbing story circulating quietly on the internet. It was forwarded to me by someone I trust.And it seems to show that the CBC wrote a story claiming that Stephen Harper was thinking about conscripting young Canadians if he is re-elected.Only to quickly delete it a few hours later.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: TPP trade talks too secret, NDP MP Don Davies says

NDP MP Don Davies has told a downtown Ottawa protest that the Harper Conservatives’ ongoing negotiations on the TPP are unnecessarily secretive. The post TPP trade talks too secret, NDP MP Don Davies says appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: Eyebrow Raising Stupidity – Freeman on the Land

It was a nice morning. I had made coffee and just finished toasting up a zesty jalapeno and cheese bagel for Intransigentia and myself to share before we went to work.  The dog was happily crunching on her kibble, the cat was mewing sonorously(?) as he always does and, of course our radio, was on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Mike Duffy’s primary home not P.E.I., unedited Senate report says

Original document says expenses for winterized cottage should not have been claimed   A copy of the original report by an internal Senate committee on Senator Mike Duffy‘s expense claims, obtained by CBC News, makes it clear the committee believes Duffy’s primary residence is in Ottawa, and not in P.E.I. The unedited report, written by ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s chief of staff paid off Mike Duffy’s Senate expenses

  Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque worth more than $90,000 to pay back Senator Mike Duffy‘s living expenses, Harper’s office confirmed Wednesday. “Mr. Duffy agreed to repay the expenses because it was the right thing to do,” Harper’s spokesman Andrew MacDougall said […] The post Harper’s chief ...

Left Over: Banks? Fuggetaboutit………

RBC replaces Canadian staff with foreign workers Axed employee blows whistle; federal government investigating By Kathy Tomlinson, CBC News Posted: Apr 6, 2013 5:31 PM PT This is going to sound like an unpaid ode to Credit Unions, so be it…in this case, because I know it best, VanCity…not only are Credit Unions competitive with bank ...

The Canadian Progressive: DISGUSTING! Ex-Harper Adviser Tom Flanagan Okays Viewing Child Porn

“I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures” – Flanagan By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Feb. 28, 2013: Prime Minister  Stephen Harper‘s former senior adviser, Tom Flanagan, has questioned the jailing of people who view child pornography. And paid a huge price for it. “I certainly have no ...

The Canadian Progressive: Thomas Mulcair Wants A Stronger Parliamentary Budget Officer for Canada

The Official Opposition leader’s private members’s bill seeks to reign in the belligerent Harper Conservatives. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: The CBC News is reporting that NDP leader Tom Mulcair will table a private member’s bill on Monday evening calling for the strengthening the mandate of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. “The ...

The Canadian Progressive: VICTORY: Canadians Killed Harper’s Internet Surveillance Bill C-30

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 12, 2013: Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Internet surveillance Bill C-30 is dead. The demise of the deceptively christened Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act is a victory for the Internet. For Canadian democracy. For Canadians. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed it yesterday when he announced that the Conservatives won’t be pursuing the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Paul Martin says Ottawa has ‘no understanding’ of native issues

Former prime minister was the architect of the 2005 Kelowna Accord By Jennifer Clibbon | CBC News, Jan 17, 2013 4:58 AM ET Few Canadian leaders know the issues raised by Idle No More better than former prime minister Paul Martin. As Canada’s 21st prime minister, Martin will be remembered as the architect of the 2005 Kelowna Accord, which ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Racism Watch: Manitoba Newspaper’s Racist Editorial

The CBC News is reporting that Gavin van der Linde, the mayor of Morris, a southern Manitoba town, is “furious over what he calls racist comments about aboriginal people in the latest edition of the community newspaper”. The editorial of the Morris Mirror’s current edition (PDF), penned by editor-in-chief Reed Turcotte, also labels Aboriginals and Idle No More activists ”terrorists”. ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada and U.S. news headlines on November 9 2012

These are the Canadian Progressive’s Canada and U.S. news headlines November 9, 2012. CANADA: The ugly truth about Stephen Harper’s foreign policy – Rabble.ca Disabled vets, ‘struggling’ widows line up to vent frustrations with Ottawa – Calgary Herald Mennonite magazine warned about ‘political’ articles – CBC News Ontario Liberal leadership: Eric Hoskins, Charles Sousa enter race – ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Christian priest rebukes Harper Gvt for nuking non-Christian prison chaplains

A Canadian Christian priest has condemned the Harper Conservative government for its “bigoted decision” to cancel the contracts of non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. Father Malcolm French, a priest with the Anglican Church of Canada, says the decision is an “assault on religious freedom.” On Thursday, the CBC News reported that Public Safety minister Vic ...

Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Earlier this week, I blogged that hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada had launched a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment within the ranks of the RCMP. Yesterday, Valerie MacLean, a well-known British Columbian and former head of the Better Business Bureau, joined the lawsuit, according to the CBC News. MacLaren’s story echoes that of Corporal Catherine Galliford, who filed a claim of being ...

Canadian Progressive World: Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!

Disgraced ex-Durham MP, Bev Oda, begins her private life today, after a scandalous public life defined by profligacy, scandal, inefficiency and controversy. Canadians offer their final word on the former minister of International Co-operation and MP for Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada. [View the story “Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!” on Storify]

Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

In March, Janet Merlo, a 19-year with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), filed a lawsuit against Canada’s national police force. In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with the RCMP. Now hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada have launched ...

Canadian Progressive World: So Long, Bev Oda! Please Stay Away From The Canadian Senate

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minister of international co-operation, Bev Oda, officially retires today. A sigh of relief! What a financial burden to the Canadian taxpayer the Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham has been. Oda earned the dubious honor of poster girl for misspending by Tory ministers:  $1,000 a day limo rides; $665 ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Gillford Sexual Harassment Claim

In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with our national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Predictably, the responses from the four accused Mounties is denial. But, in this country famous for compassion, how are we supposed to understand ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper

“I feel morally compelled to remain on the side of other uprooted men and women everywhere. Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude towards refugees.” The sobering words of Jewish-American political activist, Nobel laureate, writer, professor, Elie Wiesel. The Holocaust survivor’s response to the Harper Conservative governments’ draconian changes to Canada’s refugee ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: What Republican Texas Said About Harper’s Crime Bill C-10

In this video, the CBC News reported from Texas where even tough-on-crime Republicans told Canada not to follow America’s failed path of mandatory sentences and massive prison expansion, which cost them billions and drove crime rates up. The report warned about the consequences of this un-Canadian and vindictive criminal justice approach: billions of taxpayers’ dollars; ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: In Quebec City, A Protester Confronts Stephen Harper

The CBC News reports that a lone protester interrupted a speech by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he addressed an international conference on the French language in Quebec City today. The protester “began shouting and approaching the stage” before he was “grabbed by two security guards and hustled out of the room through a side ...

DeSmogBlog: Obama Sojourns to "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" for Campaign Speech

Cushing .jpg It's the multi-pronged fight that never seems to end. The Alberta Tar Sands have been near the forefront of the North American energy and climate debate, thanks in large part to growing public concern and grassroots efforts like Tar Sands Action, a campaign led by climate activists to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The temporary derailing ...