Mind Bending Politics: Exclusive: Monia Mazigh Responds To Omar Khadr Settlement

(Monia Mazigh Human Rights Advocate and Author Best Known For Her Advocacy of Her Husband Maher Arar Responds to Omar Khadr Settlement)   Mind Bending Politics sat down with Monia Mazigh this week to discuss the Omar Khadr settlement and her thoughts on the future of human rights in Canada.  Before that interview we wanted to ...

Mind Bending Politics: The Conservatives Have No Right To Argue Against The Due Process Rights of Canadians

  Due process is a right that ensures every Canadian citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and the ability to properly defend and question evidence before an independent court. It is a constitutional right. There’s been a lot of anger regarding the Omar Khadr settlement, and a lot of ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Trumpism in Canada, Part 1: Ontario

You might be shocked to hear this, but Donald J. Trump is not popular politically in Canada. In fact, according to any poll he isn’t popular almost anywhere, including within the country he’ll now lead. Yet the man convincingly won an election through the Electoral College – the question is, of course, how? The short ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Trumpism in Canada, Part 1: Ontario

You might be shocked to hear this, but Donald J. Trump is not popular politically in Canada. In fact, according to any poll he isn’t popular almost anywhere, including within the country he’ll now lead. Yet the man convincingly won an election through the Electoral College – the question is, of course, how? The short ...

Mind Bending Politics: China’s Economic Espionage Against Canada Refuses To Be Dealt With By Government

(China’s Artificially Created Housing Bubble In Canada Set To Burst Warnings Suggest) It’s been no surprise that Canada has long been in a housing bubble.  Foreign investors from China have been buying up property in Canadian cities for years, and reselling them to Canadians for way more than the property is worth.  China seems to ...

Mind Bending Politics: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Explained Perfectly

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement mostly negotiated in secret by quite a few governments bordering the pacific ocean.  Canada has been a part of these negotiations and is committed to ratifying the treaty.  Both US presidential candidates are now on the record against this treaty, while current US president Barack Obama has ...

Mind Bending Politics: Protection Our Constitutional Rights Should Be A Priority For Trudeau As A Result Of Trump Nomination

(Anti-terror bill C51 just took on a whole new face with Donald Trump’s nomination for US President)   Has anyone noticed that one of the major policy promises the Trudeau Liberals were elected on seems to be missing in action?  When Justin Trudeau took office it seems like the mad rush to legalize pot was ...

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home! As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. Here is to another 149 years ...

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home! As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. Here is to another 149 years ...

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home! As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. Here is to another 149 years ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: A Culture of Corruption?

Is corruption endemic in the political and economic classes? I joined TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, to discuss the extent and potential remedies to corruption in Canada’s public institutions.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Huffington Post: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than half the companies exposed by the Papers were based in the British Virgin Islands alone.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than half the companies exposed by the Papers were based in the British Virgin Islands alone.

eaves.ca: On Journalism, Government and the cost of Digital Illiteracy

Earlier today the CBC published a piece by Alison Crawford about Canadian public servants editing wikipedia. It draws from a clever twitter bot — @gccaedits— that tracks edits to wikipedia from government IP address. I love the twitter account — fun! The article, not so much. How sad that the digital literacy of the CBC is such that this ...

Mind Bending Politics: Legacy News is Threatened By Lack of Ethics Not Subsidies

(CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais still clueless on journalism ethics) This week CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais ripped into journalism industry executives for asking for subsidies all while owning private yachts and helicopters. This statement has come while the CRTC has been holding hearings on the future of local journalism and TV, however spoiled executives are only ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: RWNJ Revisionist History 101 = The Nazi Were Socialist

The Nazi were SOCIALISTS!!!! After all the name of their political Party was the National Socialist Party (or there abouts) blah blah blah,… This is the one of the favorite mindless talking point I hear from RWNJs who have never crack a history book in their lives. I really detest people who knowing or through ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: RWNJ Revisionist History 101 = The Nazi Were Socialist

The Nazi were SOCIALISTS!!!! After all the name of their political Party was the National Socialist Party (or there abouts) blah blah blah,… This is the one of the favorite mindless talking point I hear from RWNJs who have never crack a history book in their lives. I really detest people who knowing or through ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: RWNJ Revisionist History 101 = The Nazi Were Socialist

The Nazi were SOCIALISTS!!!! After all the name of their political Party was the National Socialist Party (or there abouts) blah blah blah,… This is the one of the favorite mindless talking point I hear from RWNJs who have never crack a history book in their lives. I really detest people who knowing or through ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: It is Called *Being Consistent* Knee to the Nads For Ninny Nanny Nitwit Justin

To all those trained CPC Harper bots who had no issue with Harper having a private Chef and/or who were outrage about Trudeau firing said Chef,… Well seriously you just have to STFU about Ninny Trudeau hiring a couple of Nannies.  (PS, the Harper Chef also did Nanny duties in his spare time, so ya ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: It is Called *Being Consistent* Knee to the Nads For Ninny Nanny Nitwit Justin

To all those trained CPC Harper bots who had no issue with Harper having a private Chef and/or who were outrage about Trudeau firing said Chef,… Well seriously you just have to STFU about Ninny Trudeau hiring a couple of Nannies.  (PS, the Harper Chef also did Nanny duties in his spare time, so ya ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: It is Called *Being Consistent* Knee to the Nads For Ninny Nanny Nitwit Justin

To all those trained CPC Harper bots who had no issue with Harper having a private Chef and/or who were outrage about Trudeau firing said Chef,… Well seriously you just have to STFU about Ninny Trudeau hiring a couple of Nannies.  (PS, the Harper Chef also did Nanny duties in his spare time, so ya ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO’s history.  Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish Daesh – the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant – ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...