Runesmith's Canadian Content: If I Had a Billion Dollars – The Video!

You asked for it, you got it: the musical stylings of Jennifer Smith, Iain Smith and Lesley Stankaitis with “If I Had a Billion Dollars”. Enjoy. UPDATE – Welcome, Toronto Star readers! Oh, and National Newswatch too. Hello there!

Runesmith's Canadian Content: If I Had a Billion Dollars

(with apologies to the Ladies) If I had a billion dollars (If I had a billion dollars) I’d build you a lake (I would build you a lake) If I had a billion dollars (If I had a billion dollars) I’d buy you furniture for your lake (maybe a nice Muskoka chair, or a hammock) ...

Control Freak Steve

It’s no surprise that Father Knows Best Harper has been using a tightly controlled message strategery to muzzle his ministers and anyone who represents his government or that they’ve tried for years to cloak the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan war as some sort of peacekeeping mission. (See also: 2007: Canadians Will Not be Fooled ...

liberal catnip: Control Freak Steve

It’s no surprise that Father Knows Best Harper has been using a tightly controlled message strategery to muzzle his ministers and anyone who represents his government or that they’ve tried for years to cloak the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan war as some sort of peacekeeping mission. (See also: 2007: Canadians Will Not be Fooled ...

liberal catnip: Control Freak Steve

It’s no surprise that Father Knows Best Harper has been using a tightly controlled message strategery to muzzle his ministers and anyone who represents his government or that they’ve tried for years to cloak the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan war as some sort of peacekeeping mission. (See also: 2007: Canadians Will Not be Fooled ...

Runesmith's Canadian Content: Another Decree from King Stephen I

I’ve been wondering what it would take to rouse me from my municipal campaign-induced indifference to federal politics. This did the trick: Ottawa bars ministers’ staff from appearing before committees New Conservative policy says ministers, not their staff, should be held accountable The Conservative government is launching another showdown with the opposition over the powers ...

A. Picazo: Who’s Influencing Policy Decisions In Stephen Harper’s Government?

In the wake Marci McDonald’s newly released book The Armageddon Factor: The Rise Of Christian Nationalism In Canada, a political firestorm has erupted on Parliament Hill, igniting debate about just who’s influencing the policy decisions made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The release of McDonald’s book comes amid the brewing tension of apparent ideological moves made ...

A. Picazo: At The G8, Refusing To Be Silenced On Women’s Rights

A Monday gathering of Canadian and international women’s rights experts on Parliament Hill was intended to discuss Canada’s role in the maternal and child health initiative at the upcoming G8 summit; To voice their concerns over the erosion of gender equality and women’s rights in foreign policy under Stephen Harper, and address the omission of ...

A. Picazo: A Landmark Decision, A Democratic Victory

In a historic decision regarding the battle for access to documents on Afghan detainees, Speaker of the House Peter Milliken ruled in favour of the opposition, reaffirming the notion that Parliament reigns supreme over the powers of Prime Minister and the Federal Government. “Before us are issues that question the very foundations upon which our ...

The Afghan Documents: The Speaker’s Ruling

After providing an exhaustive review (45 minutes of background, precendents and rulings) of the case of whether Harper’s government had breached parliamentary privilege by censoring and delaying the release of the documents related to questions about whether Afghan detainees handed over to Afghan officials have been tortured, speaker Milliken ruled against the government. Milliken gave ...

A. Picazo: Behind The Redactions

The detainee document game of hide-and-seek the Conservatives are engaging in is an affront to members of Parliament and a subversion of the Military Police Complaints Commission. It cannot be allowed to continue, and this government must be held accountable for their willful complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees. Although the Prime Minister would ...

A. Picazo: Denial And Deceit: The Harper Government And Torture In Afghanistan

Canada has long been known as a peacekeeping nation; lauded for our humanitarian missions and respected for our international contributions. The unassuming nature of Canadian soldiers garners an admiration few other militaries can boast; A history of moral and honourable service. But for the mission in Afghanistan, the ethics and standards that once guided military ...

A. Picazo: Afghanistan Beyond 2011 – It’s A Done Deal

It’s official: Canada will remain in Afghanistan beyond the mission’s scheduled conclusion in 2011. The confirmation came Saturday; Defence minister Peter MacKay acknowledging that Canada will play a ‘non-combat’ role in Afghanistan beyond the 2011 withdrawal of combat forces. MacKay stressed he’d work “within the parameters of the parliamentary motion which states very clearly that ...

A. Picazo: It’s Time For An Open, Honest Debate On Afghanistan

As the date for withdrawal from Afghanistan by the Canadian forces approaches, pressure to remain in the battle mounts amid two high profile requests for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reconsider his decision to abandon the Afghan mission. On March 29, in an interview with CTV’s Tom Clark, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised ...

A. Picazo: Stephen Harper’s Maternal Health Disaster

In what is arguably an effort to win over fundamentalist Christian voters, Stephen Harper’s G8 maternal and child health initiative, as it currently stands, will result in far more preventable deaths than the overall number of lives saved. In what Huffington Post contributor Jodi Jacobson called an “absurd move,” Harper initially excluded family planning from ...

A. Picazo: Stephen Harper Takes Your Questions!

Pre-screened questions, pre-scripted answers, and a pre-taped interview. That, in essence, is as authentic as Stephen Harper gets. The ‘much’ anticipated You Tube question and answer session with the Prime Minister was supposed to allow Harper to avoid the (alleged) filter of traditional media, so instead it was fed to Canadians through the filter of ...

More Nuke News

Not a lot of people liking President O’s greenwashing of nukes.  This most excellent article in the Guardian dispels the myth that nukes are green. The argument that nuclear is “carbon-free” conveniently omits the entire process of mining uranium, which produces greenhouse gases, along with other pollutants. In Virginia, where a study has just been ...

More Notes From Underground: Prorogued for This?

Everyone else has said it, but the government’s Olympic holiday was shown to be a total sham (like everyone knew it was) with today’s throne speech. We need to change the anthem? Ooooooh, that took three months to figure out. In three months we could have let someone rewrite the whole thing, make it more ...

JimBobby Sez: It’s All About Torture. Don’t Let Anyone Forget.

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, Steve over at Far and Wide has a post about the polls and how bad ol’ King Steve is doin’ an’ is the trend gonna continue. I left a bigass comment there an’ I’m saving’ energy by recycling that comment here.We all saw the pundits come out wrong, wrong, wrong ...

A. Picazo: A Coalition of Nonsense

“It doesn’t have to be true. It just has to be plausible and it strikes me as plausible.” This statement was made back in September of 2009 by Tom Flanagan, a University of Calgary political scientist and former adviser to Stephen Harper, in reference to the sudden resurgence of the “C” word from within the ...

bastard.logic: Prorogation, Disengagement and Cutting the Democratic Deficit in Canada

by matttbastard With thousands of Canadians reportedly hitting the streets this past weekend to express their disapproval of Stephen Harper’s latest arrogant bird-flip to Parliamentary democracy, it seems apparrent that our political elites are out of touch with the people whose interests they profess to represent. A new report, to be released today, offers empirical ...

A. Picazo: Citizens say Yes to democracy, No to Harper’s Prorogation

By proroguing Parliament, and thereby subverting Democracy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has succeeded where others have failed.  He has galvanized Canadians from across the political spectrum, including many who were formerly apathetic citizens, in a common political cause: To stand up for democracy, and demand political accountability. More than 150,000 Canadians have joined the “Canadians Against Proroguing ...

Jacked Up: Wow, as I was writting about the Conservative war on free press…

So as I wrote about the Conservative attack on journalism in Canada, I noticed this disturbing article. “At a session held in early February by the Ontario Progressive Campus Conservative Association (OPCCA) and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, campus Conservatives, party campaigners, and a Member of Parliament discussed strategies to gain funding from student ...

Jacked Up: Duffy’s time in senate has been a grotesque scene.

Now I’ve always known that Stephen Harper was lacking when it came to foresight. His in-action on environment, denial of a recession etc are all good enough indicators that he’s more concerned with immediate political gain than he is about actually analyzing a situation and contemplating the possible outcomes of his decisions. Mike Duffy is ...

Jacked Up: The Arts

So according to the 2001 census as reported today by CBC radio one, the average earnings for someone who made their living from the arts was $22,000 dollars annually. Not only that, but since then it has decreased by a third, to $14,000 dollars per year. These figures are even taking into account that one ...