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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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Posted: Jul 25, 2014 - 9:13am

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life
by James Daschuk
University of Regina Press, Regina, 2013
340 pages, illus. $39.95 hardcover

A double review with Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870–1905
by Shelley A.M. Gavigan
UBC Press, Vancouver, 2012
301 pages, illus., $34.95 paperback

The problem with secrets is that they are eventually unearthed, resulting in uncomfortable revelations about the past. This is particularly upsetting when violence, abuse, and murder are involved — but it’s a necessary step in facing the truths of the present.

Some of Canada’s secrets are brought to light in two recent books, which lead to two crucial questions about the future. More on this in a moment.

University of Regina kinesiology and health studies professor James Daschuk’s much-heralded Clearing the Plains is an intricate and well-crafted examination of the historical role of food and disease in the life of First Nations of Western Canada — communities like the Nakota, Dakota, Nehiyawak, Niitsitapi, and Anishinaabe. In a strong first chapter, Daschuk dispenses notions that indigenous sickness and starvation were “new” while gesturing to food security and political autonomy as reasons why these communities flourished for centuries before European contact.

Mostly absent in Daschuk’s analysis is mention of the cultural-spiritual systems forming the actual basis for indigenous health and governments; but this is forgivable due to the broader argument of the book: that Canada insidiously and systematically assaulted First Nations through trade, legislation, and treaty-making in order to exploit and colonize land and resources, assimilate indigenous cultures, and — in Daschuk’s words — forcefully “extend the global economic system to Western Canada.”

With impressive narrative style and research, Daschuk explores the devastating introduction of early pathogens to inland communities that struggled to contain the waves of diseases brought by European traders. At the same time, he shows how an insatiable worldwide demand for furs led to overharvesting, environmental degradation, and starvation and created an “ever-deepening crisis.” While many communities resisted and mobilized, wars and wide-scale animosity arose as food and medicine became scarce and an atmosphere of profound anxiety and nearconstant death created nearly insurmountable odds.

In the book’s final chapters, Daschuk uncovers how early Canadian lawmakers exploited the very situation their ancestors had created. Specifically, he pinpoints both a coercive treaty-making process and then-Prime Minister John A. Macdonald’s widely supported policies of pacification and starvation as two main thrusts that “cleared the plains” and led to the Canadian Pacific Railway, forming the Canada of today. Daschuk also shows how, in the following years, Canada either refused to uphold treaty commitments or, in some cases, used provisions like tainted meat and medicine to maintain famine, uphold draconian control, and “create ecological conditions in which disease exploded.” This dramatically increased after the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, resulting in some communities being “punished to death.” Here Daschuk’s strongest evidence lands at the feet of men like Macdonald and Edgar Dewdney, Indian commissioner for the North-West Territories.

Where Daschuk’s book leaves off, Osgoode Hall law professor Shelley Gavigan’s Hunger, Horses, and Government Men picks up in regard to Canadian criminal law. Meticulously studying records from the court of North-West Territories magistrate Hugh Richardson, Gavigan highlights two points: first, the extensive impacts of the introduction of Canadian criminal law in the western plains after 1870, and second, the specific ways First Nations peoples were able to utilize law and present arguments on their own terms. The first point is not as surprising as the second, but both areas challenge the notion that the Indian Act was the primary means by which indigenous peoples were criminalized — a claim scholars often accept as fact.

Focusing primarily on the daily proceedings of lower courts — “low law” — Gavigan studies how indigenous people encountered the law once they had been charged with a crime. Unsurprisingly, it was a case of two colliding world views. But Gavigan takes great care to show how basic concepts like theft, assault, and even homicide are culturally constructed and lead to cases where the accused “found themselves criminally prosecuted for activities that a few short decades earlier would not have caused them to be prosecuted for anything, much less punished by the white man’s law.” This not only was a shock to the accused but systematically undermined a community’s ways of restoring relationships within its own cultural and judicial means.

A great strength of the book is found in the latter chapters, where Gavigan describes how indigenous peoples manoeuvred within an imposed legal system. One chapter explains how indigenous informants, complainants, and witnesses introduced values that complicated court proceedings. This idea is extended in the following chapter, which explores how courts rendered some decisions that ran against assimilatory Indian policies. The final chapter, an impressive exploration into the treatment of indigenous women by the courts, gestures to a larger process of feminine subjugation and the complex ways property law crept into everyday existence. Gavigan’s care in showing a complex historical record is to be applauded. First Nations may not always have won cases, or had their views understood, but they were often heard, recorded, and had a measure of influence.

Ironically, both books were shortlisted for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best scholarly book in Canadian history (Daschuk won) but would no doubt make Macdonald cringe from what they unveil about the insidious and genocidal nature of Canadian leaders, their policies, and their practices.

The issue is what to do now that we know this. The first question one might ask is, why is this history so unknown? The documentation is clearly there, and First Nations historians have been relaying stories of starvation, legal impositions, and resistance for decades; it might just be that it takes a while for the academy to catch up and bring it to the country’s attention.

Next we might ask, what is the ethical and responsible role of research that brings this content — and the violent and oppressive underbelly of today’s Canada — to light? In other words, a secret remains a secret if one doesn’t participate in meaningful change for the society in which one lives, especially if genocide is at its core.

It’s simply not enough to write and read a book. One must act on this information. I look forward to what Daschuk, Gavigan, and readers of these outstanding two books will do next in redirecting this country towards a path of reconciliation that we all deserve.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2014 - 2:04pm

RCMP lay 31 criminal charges against Senator Mike Duffy | Toronto Star
The Rise and Fall of Mike Duffy - the fifth estate - CBC News

For decades it was well-known on Parliament Hill that Mike Duffy, Canada’s best-loved political reporter, harboured ambitions of becoming a Senator.

His not-so-secret dream became a reality in 2009 and now, five years later, has turned into a nightmare for both Duffy and the man who appointed him, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“What (Duffy) found out was that politics as practiced by real politicians is infinitely more dirty, more nasty, more hypocritical, and for much higher stakes than he ever dreamed,” Duffy biographer Dan Leger told the fifth estate’s Linden MacIntyre in a documentary that traces how Duffy’s ambition and questionable expenses led to a political scandal that could take down the Senate.

“This is not Mike Duffy’s Ottawa,” added Paul Wells, author and political editor for Maclean’s magazine. “If you become inconvenient to Stephen Harper, you have a very short shelf life in this town.”

Duffy was suspended from the Senate in November for making $90,000 in dubious expense claims for the time he spent in Ottawa on Senate business. The RCMP is investigating Duffy for possible criminal charges in connection with filing the expenses and making a deal to have Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright repay them. So far no charges have been laid.

Political observers say Harper’s brand has been damaged, especially among Conservative grassroots supporters who keep a close eye on every penny the government spends. Calls to abolish the Senate are increasing.


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Posted: Jul 15, 2014 - 7:28pm

Political Staffers Tried to Delete the Senate Scandal (and Other Bad Behaviour) from Wikipedia | VICE Canada


Pamela Wallin. Photo via Wikipedia (ironically).

Yesterday I wrote an article about a new Twitterbot called GCCAEdits, which monitors revisions made to Wikipedia articles and tweets every time it catches an edit made from a Canadian government computer. In my piece yesterday, I focused on the more humourous edits I noticed government employees making—like adding the phrase “poopy balls” to an article about Pomeranian dogs. But after digging a bit deeper, I discovered a common, poorly hidden pattern of government computers making edits to Wikipedia pages in order to completely remove controversial sections from various entries about politicians.

The most glaring edit was made on July 10, 2013 to Pamela Wallin’s Wikipedia page—just shy of two months before Pamela Wallin had to reimburse the Senate for what was determined to be overspending. She has since been suspended from the Senate for wasting too much of the public’s money. The edit to her Wikipedia page on July 10th was made from a House of Commons IP address, and it removed an entire section of her entry entitled “Residency and travel expense controversy” that outlined, in detail, Pamela’s excessive travel expenses and subsequent resignation from the Senate. (...)


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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 3:39pm

Québec passes 'dying with dignity' bill
Act respecting end-of-life care, Bill 52, allows terminally ill patients to choose death
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Posted: May 6, 2014 - 4:24pm

Trotsky’s Canadian Holiday by Andrea Pitzer - Roundtable | Lapham’s Quarterly
In 1917, Russia shuddered its way through not one, but two revolutions: the February Revolution ended three centuries of rule by the Romanov dynasty, and the October Revolution brought the Bolshevik Party to power, planting the seeds of the Soviet state. Socialist firebrand Leon Trotsky took a leading role in that year’s Russian drama—as he would do in subsequent years. But even close readers of history could be forgiven for not knowing what happened to Trotsky in the months between February and October, how he began that spring living in the Bronx and ended it as a prisoner in a Canadian concentration camp. More than a bizarre detour from epic events to come, Trotsky’s detention and release played a vital part in the development of tools and strategies for modern revolutions. (...)

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Posted: May 2, 2014 - 12:17pm

The Wipe-Out of Canada’s First Nations #books
Genocide on the Northern Plains


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Posted: Apr 4, 2014 - 9:58am

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"The most Canadian police chase ever: Alberta Mounties bum ride on snowmobile to chase stolen John Deere tractor"

http://natpo.st/1jahYt0
Dat's just a tad south of he-yar.  lol

 
"Jesse Cecka, 25, of no fixed address," 

Down here, they use modifiers like "drifter" and then list the home town as wherever they can find someone who knows/knew them, no matter how long ago.
 

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Posted: Apr 4, 2014 - 9:03am

"The most Canadian police chase ever: Alberta Mounties bum ride on snowmobile to chase stolen John Deere tractor"

http://natpo.st/1jahYt0
Dat's just a tad south of he-yar.  lol


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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 8:23pm

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I don't know about you, but I think x-rated movies involving poutine and back bacon have limited appeal.

Canadian erotica channels earn government reprimand for too little home-grown programming

 
This commentary is pretty funny 
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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 7:16pm

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Darned libruls rooining cifilization! Here's sumthing kloser to home to get it out of yr haid again (edjumakasjional too!)... {#Mrgreen}


 
didja up lode the awdee-o ¿
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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 6:29pm

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marsupials and canadians. talk about niche.
 
Darned libruls rooining cifilization! Here's sumthing kloser to home to get it out of yr haid again (edjumakasjional too!)... {#Mrgreen}

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 5:47pm

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Marsupials? {#Mrgreen}

 
marsupials and canadians. talk about niche.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 5:31pm

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What happens in the pouch, stays in the pouch.

ETA: Just google it - I'm not about to post the links.
 
As guided by synchronicity, this popped up in Facebook feed: {#Mrgreen}


I'll take your word for it... {#Wink}
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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 5:23pm

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Marsupials? {#Mrgreen}

 
What happens in the pouch, stays in the pouch.

ETA: Just google it - I'm not about to post the links.


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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 - 5:22pm

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even canadians {#Rolleyes}

 
{#Lol}
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