Slap Upside The Head: Tories Reduce Hate Speech Protections

The federal Conservatives quietly removed protections against hate speech online and over the phone from Canada’s Human Rights Act last week, stripping Human Rights Commissions of their power to investigate incidents of hatred or violence being incited against identifiable minorities. The first sign that this might not have been a good idea: White supremacists immediately ...

Slap Upside The Head: Tories Normalize Marriage Laws

The federal Conservative Party introduced a bill on Friday that would explicitly confirm the validity same-sex marriages granted to foreigners in Canada, and extend the right to divorce to any foreign couple whose marriages are recognized in their country of origin. This bill puts an end to a bizarre government court case where a federal ...

Slap Upside The Head: Trans Canadians Accidentally Barred From Flying

New airport screening rules introduced by the Harper Conservatives appears to have the side-effect of banning trans Canadians from flying entirely. Section 5.2(1)C of the Aeronautics Act now states that anyone who “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents” is barred from flying. While I doubt this ...

Slap Upside The Head: Unspinning The Same-Sex Marriage Fiasco

On Thursday, an article in the Globe and Mail declared that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives had annulled over five thousand Canadian same-sex marriages issued to non-residents since 2005. Worldwide panic and probably cannibalism ensued, with the government rapidly trying to diffuse the situation, and the media using a mixture of government-fed information and political spin to ...

Slap Upside The Head: Tories Condemn Nigerian Anti-Gay Bill

The federal Conservative Party—who re-affirmed an official party policy to ban same-sex marriage in Canada only 6 months ago—has issued a strong condemnation toward Nigeria for a draconian law that punishes same-sex wedding participants with up to 14 years in jail. Well, that’s a tad severe of Nigeria, wouldn’t you say? I may have to ...

Slap Upside The Head: Tories Release “It Gets Better” Video

The federal Conservative party has released an “It Gets Better” video, telling GLBT teens to stick through the tough times after another bullying-related suicide made headlines last week. Now, I believe the Tories sincerely wish to reduce teen suicides, but the fact is they’ve consistently acted to effect policies to make life worse for GLBT ...

Slap Upside The Head: Tories Raise The Spectre Of A Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Well, that didn’t take very long, did it? Just weeks after Canada’s federal election, delegates at the Conservative Party Convention have raised a dead social issue over the weekend, discussing and voting on a resolution to ban same-sex marriage in Canada. While a same-sex marriage ban had already been official Conservative Party policy, delegates readily ...

Slap Upside The Head: Gay Conservatives Promote Fabulous Blue Tent

Yesterday marked the start of the Canadian Conservative Party’s national convention. Canada’s only right-wing party has been celebrating their recent 39% majority government victory, so it promises to be a fun-filled weekend of military strategies, handshakes, brutalizing criminals, and tight public relations control. Enjoyment all ’round! I don’t particularly wish I could be there because ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Gotta admit…

This gorgeous, sleek machine makes me drool. I once saw a stealth fighter up close. Gawd, that’s one sexy damn thing! The F-35 comes with a hefty, apparently morphing and not-to-be-disclosed, price. And 60 of these things have been ordered, without an open and fair bidding process, by the Government of Harper; the latter not ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Gotta admit…

This gorgeous, sleek machine makes me drool. I once saw a stealth fighter up close. Gawd, that’s one sexy damn thing! The F-35 comes with a hefty, apparently morphing and not-to-be-disclosed, price. And 60 of these things have been ordered, without an open and fair bidding process, by the Government of Harper; the latter not ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Gotta admit…

This gorgeous, sleek machine makes me drool. I once saw a stealth fighter up close. Gawd, that’s one sexy damn thing! The F-35 comes with a hefty, apparently morphing and not-to-be-disclosed, price. And 60 of these things have been ordered, without an open and fair bidding process, by the Government of Harper; the latter not ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Local Conservative Candidate to be No-Show at ACMs

From La Presse: Portant les couleurs conservatrices dans Nanaimo-Cowichan, John Koury a dit qu’il ne voulait pas prendre part à un débat où la députée et candidate néo-démocrate Jean Crowder amènerait ses partisans. «Je pense qu’il est plus utile de passer mon temps à rencontrer les gens dans leur porte d’entrée de leur maison», a-t-il ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Local Conservative Candidate to be No-Show at ACMs

From La Presse: Portant les couleurs conservatrices dans Nanaimo-Cowichan, John Koury a dit qu’il ne voulait pas prendre part à un débat où la députée et candidate néo-démocrate Jean Crowder amènerait ses partisans. «Je pense qu’il est plus utile de passer mon temps à rencontrer les gens dans leur porte d’entrée de leur maison», a-t-il ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Local Conservative Candidate to be No-Show at ACMs

From La Presse: Portant les couleurs conservatrices dans Nanaimo-Cowichan, John Koury a dit qu’il ne voulait pas prendre part à un débat où la députée et candidate néo-démocrate Jean Crowder amènerait ses partisans. «Je pense qu’il est plus utile de passer mon temps à rencontrer les gens dans leur porte d’entrée de leur maison», a-t-il ...

Challenging the Commonplace: My Fellow Canadians: Where do you get your news?

Do you get paper delivery each morning? Read the national, provincial or local headlines from newspapers at work? Catch up on the news from papers left at Tim Hortons? Do you instead get your news from the airwaves, via radio? From TV? Or online, from traditional or alternative news magazine and newspaper sites? Regardless of ...

Challenging the Commonplace: My Fellow Canadians: Where do you get your news?

Do you get paper delivery each morning? Read the national, provincial or local headlines from newspapers at work? Catch up on the news from papers left at Tim Hortons? Do you instead get your news from the airwaves, via radio? From TV? Or online, from traditional or alternative news magazine and newspaper sites? Regardless of ...

Challenging the Commonplace: My Fellow Canadians: Where do you get your news?

Do you get paper delivery each morning? Read the national, provincial or local headlines from newspapers at work? Catch up on the news from papers left at Tim Hortons? Do you instead get your news from the airwaves, via radio? From TV? Or online, from traditional or alternative news magazine and newspaper sites? Regardless of ...

womanatmile0.wordpress.com: BC Swelters, Sea Levels Rise: Do-Nothing Conservatives Save Money on Icebreakers

Well it’s hot in BC…dam hot. According to CBC, we are setting record breaking temperatures all over the place. Seven all-time temperature highs were set across British Columbia on Wednesday, with most of the records falling in the Fraser Valley, the Greater Vancouver area and on Vancouver Island. I will vouch that people everywhere in ...