BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kirsty Duncan: The Science Minister And Science

So Kirsty Duncan once supported a “largely disproven MS treatment” known as chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, or CCSVI.  And indeed it seems like the treatment is not particularly effective, and the theory behind it hasn’t been borne out.  But it might have been.  It takes time to determine such things; they can’t usually be shown a priori. And ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: This Week in Alberta Politics

Here are a few items to watch out for in Alberta politics this week: Which of the four Liberal Members of Parliament will be appointed to the federal cabinet on Nov. 4, 2015? Most speculation points toward newly elected Calgary-Centre MP Kent… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: Why the Con Leadership Race is Heading for Oblivion

OMG don't look now, but the Con race to replace Stephen Harper and become interim leader is turning into a hog stampede.With Jesus Harper looking on and cheering because they're all his candidates. And Jason Kenney waiting to claim the big prize.But if the Cons are hoping to renew their shattered and demoralized party they're ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: 10 Conservative candidates in Alberta endorsed by radical anti-abortion group

Nearly one-third of federal Conservative candidates running in Alberta ridings have been endorsed by the controversial Campaign Life Coalition for their opposition to women’s reproductive rights, according to a report from Press Progress.

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007. Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007. Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007. Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Manitoba Autism Crisis Demonstrates Need For A REAL Canadian National Autism Strategy

Canada, despite a private members motion championed by the late Fredericton MP Andy Scott and Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer which called for one, does not have a REAL National Autism Strategy.  The failure to enact a REAL National Autism Strategy means that in some provinces very few autistic children receive intensive early ABA intervention. ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Parties gear up for federal election 2015 – Alberta nominations update

TweetAside from recent updates about Kent Hehr running in Calgary-Centre and Darshan Kang running in Calgary-Skyview, it has been a while since I have published an update to accompany the list of candidate nominations for the next federal election, expected to be held in 2015. So, without further ado, let me present you the latest update: The Lethbridge -> Medicine ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Mr Mulcair and Mr. Trudeau: If You Become Prime Minister Will Your Government Introduce A Real National Autism Strategy to Help all Autistic Canadians?

Mr. Thomas J. MulcairLeader of the Official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada Mr. Justin TrudeauLeader of the Liberal Partty of Canada Re:  Autism in Canada I am the father of an 18 year old young man with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder and I have been advocating for the introduction and development of autism services ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canadian Autism Dad Says Thank You Florida Rep. Bill Posey

In Canada we could use more federal politicians speaking honestly and accurately,  as  Florida Rep Bill Posey has done in the US,  about Canada’s autism crisis  including  the realities  facing those with severe autism disorders and their families.  Here in Canada we have seen very little national leadership in addressing Canada’s autism crisis.  Particularly during the Stephen ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Should Fulfill Its International Commitment to the WHO and Develop a Real National Autism Strategy

Canada is on record as being a member state of the World Health Organization an organization which has just recently passed a resolution on Autism Spectrum Disorders by its member states  which, among other things, requests the Director General to work with member states to  strengthen national capacities to address autism spectrum disorders and other developmental ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination battles in Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Griesbach

TweetWhat happens when three federal ridings become one? South of Edmonton, large portions of the Wetaskiwin, Edmonton-Leduc and Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont ridings have been merged into the new Edmonton-Wetaskiwin riding. The three Conservative MPs representing the area have chosen not to run against each other for their party’s nomination in the new amalgamated riding – Blaine Calkins ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Conservatives spar for safe Alberta ridings

TweetWhile the epic battle between Rob Anders and Ron Liepert in Calgary-Signal Hill was entertaining to watch, preparation for the next federal election has sparked nomination contests in ridings across the province. And with two  by-elections expected to be called within weeks, federal political parties are lining up their candidates for the vote. By-Election nominations Fort McMurray-Athabasca ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: USA’s 1 in 68 Autism Rates and Canada’s Fake National Autism Strategy

“At present there is no government monitoring system in place to provide us with accurate statistics on the prevalence of ASDs in Canada”  Autism Society Canada  The recent USA CDC reports that US autism rates are now estimated at 1 in 68 highlights, yet again, the lack of a Real National Autism Strategy in Canada. ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Harper endorses Rob Anders and more nomination updates

TweetWith Dave Hancock being sworn-in as the 15th Premier of Alberta and speculation running rampant about who will replace him in four to six months, I thought now would be a good opportunity to provide a quick update about nominations for federal election candidates in Alberta. Calgary-Signal Hill In what could be a deciding factor in one ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Interesting federal nomination races emerging across Alberta

TweetInteresting nomination races are emerging across Alberta as parties prepare to choose candidates to run in the next federal election, slated for October 2015. Below are some of the most recent updates from ridings across the province, where candidates are seeking nominations to run in two by-elections and the general election. By-elections Macleod Conservative Party ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Scramble for federal nominations begins in Alberta

TweetIt’s a fight – or at least it could be if two southern Alberta Conservative Members of Parliament seek their party’s nomination in the same riding. Boundary changes in the next federal election will mean that Lethbridge Conservative MP Jim Hillier will find himself living within the boundaries of the new Medicine Hat riding. Mr. Hillyer has already announced ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Senator Jim Munson Says Ottawa Has Done Little to Address Canada’s Autism Crisis

Laverne Stewart of Fredericton’s Daily Gleaner reports (September 24, 2013) that National autism advocate Senator  Jim Munson, shown left in his Parliament of Canada photo,  is frustrated, that after years of working to secure a national autism disorder spectrum strategy, Munson said the federal government has done little to address Canada’s national autism crisis: “In ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada, Canadian Government Still Doing Nothing Eh Mike Lake?

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada.  You would never know it based on the contribution made by Canada’s federal government which has taken a strict, division of constitutional jurisdiction, approach to autism disorders in Canada.  In other words it has said that addressing Canada’s growing National Autism Crisis is not a concern of the ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: How Brent Rathgeber changed Edmontons political map and why the Tories might like it

TweetEdmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber unleashed a political storm last night when he announced on Twitter that he is leaving the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. Initially citing a “a lack of commitment to transparency and open government,” he expanded his criticisms to the control Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s office exercises over backbench MPs as interfering with ...

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Jaden Lake’s Autism on the Hill Rally – Well Done Jaden!

Edmonton MP Mike Lake, whom I have met (at IMFAR 2012 in Toronto) and communicated with a few times about autism in Canada, have different perspectives on the proper role for Canada’s national government in addressing Canada’s autism crisis.  The government of Stephen Harper, of which Mike Lake is a member,  is not a strong ...

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Autism and Civil Rights Activist David Marley and The Fight For a National Autism Strategy

Medicare for Autism Now! has released episode 10 of our “Medicare’s Orphans” web-series. This episode features Medicare for Autism Now, Civil Rights Now and co-producer of “Medicare’s Orphans”, David Marley. David is a former trial lawyer and long-time political activist. In this 25 minute interview, he discusses why it is crucial for Canadians, particularly parents ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Danielle Smith and “the hungry.”

TweetWildrose Party leader Danielle Smith apologized today for comment and a retweet she made on Twitter suggesting that E.coli tainted beef from the XL Foods meat packing plant in Brooks be fed to “the hungry.” Many of Ms. Smith’s critics compared her ‘let them eat tainted beef’ attitude to former Premier Ralph Klein‘s unfortunate late ...