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This labour campaign stopped Tim Hudak. Next is Stephen Harper.: In all of the coverage of the Ontario election and the new Wynne government, the media has completely overlooked one of the most important stories of them all. What people don't realize is that the labour movement came together in an unprecedented way to defeat Progressive Conservative par...
Why B.C. Liberals want to push to privatize public education: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 The political equation driving Premier Christy Clark is solved. The B.C. Liberals have already saved $100 million from the teacher's strike. Money that can be spent anywhere bu...
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Conservative Software Project Went Into Production in 2013, Financial Statements Show: [Welcome, National Newswatch readers!] The Conservative Party's mysterious software project was no longer listed as an "asset under development", but rather full-fledged "computer software", in financial statements the party recently filed with Elections Canada for the 2013 calendar year. At a to...
June By-election Turnout: How low could we go? (You don’t want to know): Until Monday, Canada had never had a federal by-election with turnout under 20%. As of today – Canada Day – we've had two of them. Whether by accident or design, the decision by the Prime Minister to hold four federal by-elections on the Monday between a summer weekend and a statuatory holiday le...
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Gun owners may face less red tape under proposed law: The Canadian government plans to introduce proposed legislation that would make life easier for many Canadian gun owners. The post Gun owners may face less red tape under proposed law appeared first on Loonie Politics.
Letter to Editor: Democracy should begin at home:             In the beginning of 2014, the Conservative Party of Canada sent out a circular to members that the party would have open nominations in preparation for the 2015 election.  In June of this year, a press release was send out stating that Harper had approximately 100 of his MPs nomina...
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Opinion Brief: Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Tonight’s Opinion Brief is brought to you by Fair Vote Canada ­— a grassroots, multi-partisan campaign, representing over 35,000 Canadians in support of proportional representation. Most Canadians agree, electoral reform is necessary. Fair Vote Canada is working very hard to realize that goal! P...
Why is Harper punishing charities while letting tax cheats off the hook?: More from Linda McQuaig available here As its website notes, “PEN Canada envisions a world where writers are free to write, readers are free to read and freedom of expression prevails.” With goals like those, no wonder the little charity has found itself in the crosshairs of the Harper governme...
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MInister visits North Bay shooting club as Liberals talk 'PMO ethics scandal': Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney drops by the Rockcut Shooting Club in North Bay to deliver an otherwise unspecified "announcement," which, given the venue and his portfolio, seems likely to be related to firearms regulation.Back in the parliamentary precinct, Liberal MP Geoff Reg...
Steve Blaney to provide update on 'high-profile human smuggling case: For the second day in a row, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney leads the summer ministerial circuit -- this time, by making an appearance in Hamilton to announce new developments in what the advisory characterizes as "a high-profile human smuggling case." Elsewhere in Ontario, Min...
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Calgary man reunited with his beloved little red Corvette named Betsy: CALGARY - It’s a story about an emotional reunion that will bring a tear to the socket set of the most avid automotive fan.Kenneth Jelley, 74, thought he’d never again see his little red 1962 Chevrolet convertible Corvette, affectionately named Betsy, after she was stolen from his Calgary home a ...
Man with air gun arrested at pro-Israel rally held at Calgary Jewish centre: CALGARY - A man said to be well known to police is in custody after trying to take an air gun into a rally in support of Israel at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre.Police on scene drew their weapons when the object was discovered during a security check.Duty Sgt. Paul Wozney says there was no ...
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'Gay & Grey': AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement (in News): Diagnosed when HIV was a 'death sentence,' old age catches these seniors off guard.  Related Stories For Renting Seniors, a Subsidy to Soften Sky-High Rents (in News) Internal Audit Slammed BC Housing Deal in Victoria (in News) Tear Down Families: Rentals Tight, a Survival Strategy (in News)
Vancouver's New Make-It-Yourself Parks (in Culture): 'Parklet' program puts public space in neighbours' hands.
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Northern Gateway Shows New Approach Needed: Last month, the Northern Gateway pipeline was approved by the Harper government. In response, many First Nations people swore they would never support the pipeline being built through their lands. Many people accused the Aboriginals of being greedy and lazy, opposing the pipeline simply...
Reflections On Canada Day: The Impact Of Canadian History: I'm writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2014, thinking about all the fascinating things I've read about and seen, and all the people I've met. One thing I've come across is all the different parts of Canadian history I've studied, and how they've tied into many of the recent issues...
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Mixed Signals: China’s Unpredictable Foreign Policy: The 18th Party Congress in November 2012 produced new leadership for China, but it did not produce much optimism for the future of China’s relationship with its East Asian neighbors or the United States. Chinese President Xi Jinping frequently refers to the “Chinese Dream,” or “the great resurgen...
The Fallout of China’s Uyghur Policy: China’s ethnic policies are largely to blame for the state of Uyghur–China relations. In the 1930s and 1940s, Communist China developed its own minzu (ethnicity) politics, which were borrowed from, and modeled on, the former Soviet Union’s nationality politics. Chinese minzu policies after 1949 i...
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Modern, Vibrant Nations Could Not Survive Without Armies.: Lately, one sees media evidence by some authors playing around with the idea of not having an army would be advantageous for a country. Assuming the proponents of the idea are not glossy-eyed "peace champions", that is, not the useful idiots in service of some other countries' interests, one ca...
American Beauty Queen now inspiring example for diabetes sufferers: Bravo to Sierra Sanderson, the lovely and brave young woman. Sierra won the Miss Idaho beauty queen title recently while wearing her insulin pump attached to her bikini. She found out she suffered from type-1 diabetes early in 2012. She did not give up and finally decided to wear the insulin p...
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Toronto Is More Than The Core: Marcus McGee makes a nice attempt at an ode to Toronto as opposed to the idea of Ford Nation: “Toronto isn’t Rob Ford. Toronto is more than that”. Unfortunately, I think he missed the point of why there is dissatisfaction in some parts of the city. All his anecdotes refer to The Core of the city....
The Freedom of MPs: Andrew Coyne isn’t always great, but when he’s great, he’s great. Spot on here. Andrew Coyne: Trudeau helps the cause of democratic reform (by not pursuing it) MPs should be free to vote as they wish at least in theory. In practice they will often vote with their party, that’s why they’re in the ...
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The screaming hairy armadillo: screams the advent of written history at those of us who think we’ve never saida word before. At all. When no one listens he curls into a basketball.His bee-loud glade’s a sling of mud, he digs for clues, unlucky grubs.He digs, and digs, and reads the soil conditions for paraphrases of the stufft...
A song of know: In the dark blue future I will quiet. I have no idea about anything.I suppose I’ll know what I know or I can wait— and be really & sunnishly in the knowledge (being whole limber accomplished jazzy “didn’t/did” “come around” “wish list” “look hard” here I am—You wanted so you walked. You walke...
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Owners of Blazed Seniors Residence to Sue L'Isle-Verte Town : Owners of a seniors’ residence that caught immense fire in January, causing 32 deaths, have announced their intention to sue the local municipality for $3.8 million. The owners, namely Irene Plante and Roch Bernier, and their insurance company have mentioned that the town of L'Isle-Verte failed...
Conservatives’ to Announce New 'Common Sense' Gun Registry Act : Public Safety Minister, Steven Blaney, is anticipated to soon announce the new "Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act" later on Wednesday. Sources confirm that the new act implements several new laws that will limit the powers of provincial chief firearms officers, make all firearm licenses posse...
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Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study: Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and g...
Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure: Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this lo...
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Reuters: Why our digital divide won't be bridged any time soon: The government's unambitious rural broadband plans will leave tens of thousands of Canadians stuck with last-century Internet speeds. Tell James Moore it's time for Canada to finally start catching up with our global counterparts at https:...
The Star: You won't believe how many times this government spied on Canadians: We knew that the government made over 1 million requests for Canadians' private information in 2011. Now it turns out that they've been making scores of these requests going back to 2006, meaning millions of innocent Canadians have been sp...
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Adrian Dix, the hideously unsuccessful leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party, has finally agreed to resign. To say the decision is overdue would test the limits of polite euphemism. If Dix paid his heating bills with similar speed, the poor guy would have perished of frostbite long...
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Presentation to Etobicoke York Community Council: Update: I am re-posting this entry as some residents of Parkdale-High Park may visit this blog to find these submissions. Development in the riding is an issue for many and for those who are interested in the approach I took, along with the members of the South Kingsway residents, I thought I'd m...
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Summertime and the Living is Easy in Vancouver: Folks who live in Vancouver tend to be here because of the lifestyle. That’s why I’m here. Hope you’re having a nice summer too, people. Related posts: Are We Living in the Prohibition Era Again? A local politician has a couple of beers at a... Related posts brought to you by Ye...
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The Cornerstone of Gentrification in the Downtown East Side: From the Woodward squat ten years ago, to a displaced neighbourhood VANCOUVER—Towering 43 storeys at the corner of Abbott and Hastings St, in the poorest neighbourhood in Vancouver—the Downtown East S...

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