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Posted: Jul 3, 2015 - 11:33am

The Tragedy of Harper’s Canada
“This abuse of executive power is tilting toward totalitarian government and away from the foundations of democracy and the rule of law on which this country was founded.”

-Errol Mendes, Professor of constitutional and international law (University of Ottawa)

The current Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks like a tattered and ragged old stuffed animal these days. You know–the ones with one button-eye missing and the other hanging by a single thread. Although he has survived endless scandals and sleazy acts over the past decade, Harper’s musical tune is now screeching and discordant. (...)

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Posted: May 6, 2015 - 6:09pm

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I can't help but be cynical. Big oil money is the temptation test of any government. 
 
What? You think it is odd to vote in the social-democrats because the conservatives raised taxes?
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Posted: May 6, 2015 - 7:34am

I can't help but be cynical. Big oil money is the temptation test of any government. 
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Posted: May 6, 2015 - 6:06am

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.
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Posted: Apr 15, 2015 - 8:30am

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
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Posted: Apr 3, 2015 - 4:08pm

Local mouth breather...
Social media smote creationist MP James Lunney and he deserved it

If the name James Lunney doesn’t ring a bell, you shouldn’t feel poorly informed. As a Reform and then Conservative Party MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, “Dr.” Lunney has, since his first election in 2000, kept an extraordinarily low profile. His record for legislative contributions amounts to a single 2003 Private Member’s Bill that was dead on arrival. (The bill would have reclassified all natural health products as food, thereby allowing manufacturers to make whatever health claims they like on behalf of their dubious dilutions.)

Now, Lunney has announced: a) that he is not going to run again; and b) that he is a fierce defender of the right to free speech – and especially to the right of religious fundamentalists to deny the theory of evolution.

This view is plainly embarrassing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, so Lunney has quit the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent, thereby freeing him up to campaign for scientific illiteracy – and to whimper about having been roughed up in the unmediated internet-court of public opinion.

This all started in February, after Lunney tweeted: “stop calling #evolution fact!”  in an uncharacteristically outspoken effort to defend Ontario Tory MPP Rick Nicholls, who was already in trouble for his creationist promotions.

In a written statement submitted with his resignation, Lunney says, "My remarks were inflated by media, blended with other unrelated but alleged heretical statements and became a top story on national media."

There followed what he described as a round of “cyberbullying” and “crowd-shaming” so severe that Lunney requested special dispensation to offer a long, valedictory counterpoint in the House of Commons. Speaker Andrew Scheer sent him away.

So, Lunney – who always insisted upon being called “Dr.” and yet seldom mentioned his actual chiropractic accreditation – now wants this to be a question of internet civility and freedom of speech. Fine. But then it’s worth considering whether the social-media mob, which has dispatched civility from the public discourse, may also have restored a community function long since lost in our layered and insulated world.

When we lived in villages, everyone knew the idiot. And when he said something silly, the people either pointed and laughed and or they turned away in embarrassed sympathy. In either case, they didn’t elect him chief.

But as our communities grew larger and more complex – as we became more adept at setting up partisan clubs (and churches) where everyone who ascribed to a particular belief cold gather and feel supported – the corrective effect of the crowd was lost. It then became possible for some of those people to work their way into positions of power, making their opinions defensible, not on merit, but merely on the strength of their newfound influence. Consider the existence today of a U.S. Republican establishment that enforces climate change denial as a pre-requisite for positions of leadership.

Yet, even in that strained reality, James Lunney has been given a free pass on many occasions. He gained his influence without ever campaigning on the creationist ideology that he is now trying to promote (I lived in his riding for 10 years and watched his campaigns with interest.) He has taken the taxpayers’ money for 15 years while ever-so-quietly pursuing a program that he never acknowledged at election time. And when he let slip his true opinions and people began the “cyberbullying” and “crowd shaming,” he got all huffy – as if a politician (and one who has been recompensed well beyond his personal contribution) should not be accountable for his actions and pronouncements.

So, yes, the internet is a land of personal vandalism and slander. Too many people leverage anonymity to say appalling things that they would never dare speak in a village, where they, too, were accountable. But that same internet can also be a place of rough justice.

James Lunney has been hiding. He has cloistered himself with a group of people who have agreed to believe a set of ideological precepts that are too embarrassing even for a federal political party that regularly courts the evangelical right.

And now that he has “outed” himself, Lunney wants to stand on a principle he has disregarded himself for 15 years. He wants to be taken seriously as a champion for a freedom of speech that he carefully avoided when he was trying to maintain sufficient credibility to stay electable.

In the civil and accountable village for which we all feel so nostalgic, James Lunney would have been recognized and dismissed as an idiot before ever achieving office. The fact that he has actively hidden his idiocy suggests that he is less than completely honest, as well. If now he feels shamed by the crowd, it’s high time.


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Posted: Mar 24, 2015 - 9:01pm

Ze neo-nazisten hev lendet/arr comink out of ze klozet
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Posted: Mar 2, 2015 - 1:11pm

'Spocking' Laurier on $5 not illegal, says Bank of Canada
'Spocking' Laurier on $5 not illegal, says Bank of Canada

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Posted: Feb 21, 2015 - 3:39pm

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Cut him some slack.  He's from Winnipeg.
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Posted: Feb 21, 2015 - 2:48pm

Brief intermission: Canadian MP blames tight underwear for almost missing vote — RT News
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Posted: Feb 6, 2015 - 10:04am

Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide, Supreme Court rules - The Globe and Mail {#Clap}
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Posted: Oct 2, 2014 - 4:17pm

Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document
Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people last week. It was a gesture one prominent First Nation leader called “saddening, surprising.”

“Canada was viewed always as a country that upheld human rights,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde. “For Canada to be the only nation state to get up to make a caveat on the vote – that’s very telling.”

Bellegarde travelled to New York City to attend a special UN General Assembly meeting of more than 1,000 delegates and heads of state for the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on Sept. 22 and 23.

On day one, nations voted on the adoption of the document – the first vote of its kind after the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was introduced in 2007.

In his opening remarks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about the document’s significance, saying it helps “set minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples” – more than 370 million around the world.

“I expect member states to meet their commitments, including by carrying out national action plans to realize our shared vision,” he told delegates.

The United States, who was among four nations (including Canada) who opposed the adoption of the original declaration seven years ago, notably reversed its position. President Barack Obama threw his administration’s support behind the declaration, regarding it as one that will "help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future."

The document was adopted by all nations by consensus last week, but Canada was the only country to file its objections, flagging the wording of “free, prior and informed consent” as problematic.

Free, prior, and informed consent is commonly upheld as a key principle in international law. But according to Ottawa, it’s tricky wording that could be interpreted as “a veto to aboriginal groups and in that regard, cannot be reconciled with Canadian law, as it exists.”

“As a result, Canada cannot associate itself with the elements contained in this outcome document related to free, prior and informed consent,” the government explained in a statement. (...)
On the other hand, giving profligate rights to a trade partner...
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Posted: Sep 29, 2014 - 8:35pm

United Against Terrorism handbook released at Winnipeg mosque
Islamic groups and RCMP join in effort to fight recruitment of youths by militants

A handbook aimed at preventing young Canadians from being recruited by extremist groups has been released at a Winnipeg mosque today. 

The handbook, titled United Against Terrorism: A Collaborative Effort Towards a Secure, Inclusive and Just Canada, was presented at the Winnipeg Central Mosque.

It's a joint effort between Islamic Social Services, the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the RCMP.

All of us have one objective — we want to secure Canada. We want our youth safe. We do not want them recruited by these criminal gangs," said Shahina Siddiqui, executive director with the Islamic Social Services Association of Canada, one of the groups behind the handbook.

"It's a collaborative effort on, How do we work together to rid Canada of this phenomenon where some of our youth have been radicalized? Of Islamophobia? Of this suspicion that exists between the Muslim community and our law enforcement?" (...)


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Posted: Sep 28, 2014 - 12:51pm

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Harper's New Climate PR Campaign Is Downright Orwellian | Carol Linnitt
Facing criticism in the lead up to the U.N. Climate Summit, which prime minister Stephen Harper did not attend, the Harper Government released a new public outreach campaign through Environment Canada, praising the country's action on climate change.

The campaign points to four pillars of Canada's climate progress including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, investing in climate adaptation, "world-class scientific research to inform decision-making," and international leadership in climate action.

Already critics are pointing to the apparent disparity between the Environment Canada campaign and Canada's waning reputation on the international stage for its climate obstruction, the muzzling of scientists, the elimination of environmental legislation and massive cuts to federal research and science programs.

"Reading the Harper government's claims about its climate efforts is like reading one of Orwell's books," Mark Jaccard, professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Resource and Environment Management.

"Eliminating policy is to implement policy. Blocking and abandoning global negotiations is to lead global negotiations. Muzzling scientists is to have science inform decision-making. Working hard to increase carbon pollution is to decrease it. Black is white. Dishonesty is truth." (...)

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I never come in here but I might need to start looking in for my daily humor! {#Wink}
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Posted: Sep 28, 2014 - 11:32am

Harper's New Climate PR Campaign Is Downright Orwellian | Carol Linnitt
Facing criticism in the lead up to the U.N. Climate Summit, which prime minister Stephen Harper did not attend, the Harper Government released a new public outreach campaign through Environment Canada, praising the country's action on climate change.

The campaign points to four pillars of Canada's climate progress including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, investing in climate adaptation, "world-class scientific research to inform decision-making," and international leadership in climate action.

Already critics are pointing to the apparent disparity between the Environment Canada campaign and Canada's waning reputation on the international stage for its climate obstruction, the muzzling of scientists, the elimination of environmental legislation and massive cuts to federal research and science programs.

"Reading the Harper government's claims about its climate efforts is like reading one of Orwell's books," Mark Jaccard, professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Resource and Environment Management.

"Eliminating policy is to implement policy. Blocking and abandoning global negotiations is to lead global negotiations. Muzzling scientists is to have science inform decision-making. Working hard to increase carbon pollution is to decrease it. Black is white. Dishonesty is truth." (...)

Bizarro Harpes flares up again...
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Posted: Aug 5, 2014 - 6:58pm

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Our local war-lovin' village idiot opens his mouth again...

Stephen Harper fails to see that World War I was a mistake
Canada's prime minister describes the First World War as a noble enterprise worth emulating.



 
Harper is a piece of work.
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Posted: Aug 5, 2014 - 6:07pm

Our local war-lovin' village idiot opens his mouth again...

Stephen Harper fails to see that World War I was a mistake
Canada's prime minister describes the First World War as a noble enterprise worth emulating.


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Posted: Aug 1, 2014 - 5:44pm

Stuck on stupid...

Conservative government renews ad campaign promoting oilsands
The Conservative government is beefing up a multimillion-dollar public relations campaign promoting the oilsands and other Canadian resources, despite research suggesting the blitz has been ineffective.

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