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Learning for peace and justice: The Canadian School of Peacebuilding : On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, co-directors Valerie Smith and Jarem Sawatsky talk about the work of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding to support students, professional peace workers, and ordinary people in developing skills a...
Grain, trains and autocrats: Farmers pay the price of dismantling the Wheat Board : A banner 2013 crop year and some rail delays due to cold weather doesn't account for all our grain transportation woes. Co-ordination of rail to ships is out of synch: a study by Quorum Corporation found that rail shipments to the West Coast are down 2 per cent from last year, but there ar...
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Fourteen MP Retirements and Their Impact in 2015: Thirty new ridings, plus now fourteen retiring MPs and counting, adds up to a lot of open seats in the next election. And without the incumbency advantage, open seats always come with a higher risk of turnover. That means a lot of competitive races to watch in 2015. In addition to the 12 MPs who […]
Conservative 2015 Majority At Risk As Incumbents Flee to Safer Ground: The Conservatives risk conceding the majority supposed to have been their due when 30 new seats were added to the House of Commons. In many of the 30 new ridings, sitting MPs have taken their incumbency advantage with them and fled to safer ground, leaving the remaining open seats more — and some...
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Trudeau responds to poll showing Cons in lead: Polls go up and polls go down, he said. However, Trudeau added, it’s no secret that the Liberals are in third place with 35 seats in the current parliament. The post Trudeau responds to poll showing Cons in lead appeared first on Loonie Politics.
Economic Bananas: American author Kurt Vonnegut had a brilliant anecdote, albeit entirely untrue, to describe the pig-headedness of the establishment. “During the Vietnam War, Abbie Hoffman announced that the new high was banana peels taken rectally.  So then FBI scientists stuffed banana peels up their asses t...
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Mulcair looks to keep PM’s feet to the flames over Perrin’s emails: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is putting pressure on the prime minister to explain why his employees went against direct orders to save all e-mails from an out-going employee involved in the Senate scandal.  In a press conference outside Langevin Block, home to the Prime Minster’s Office, Mulcair tol...
RCMP confirms EMS called to 24 Sussex: RCMP has confirmed that paramedics were called to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s home at 24 Sussex Drive on Saturday night. The Quebec-based radio network Cogeco News reports that an 18-year-old-girl was rushed to the hospital Saturday night from a party at 24 Sussex with a suspected case of alc...
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Raitt to outline government response to rail safety recommendations: Three months after the Transportation Safety Board released three initial recommendations emanating from its ongoing investigation into last year's horrific derailment in Lac-Megantic, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will outline how her government intends to "address" the issue.Raitt's an...
Follow politics live on our Hill tickers: Follow the latest tweets from Parliament Hill in our liveblog below. You can also keep track of other active liveblogs and tickers via the handy-dandy menu, which gives you instant access to all active and completed events from a single window. Mobile-friendly auto-updating text feed a...
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Canada Should Be a Social Responsibility Leader: One year ago this week, a girl named Tahmina went to work. By then, she'd been working for four years -- since she was 11 years old. Her job in a garment factory outside the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka was her family's main source of income. Tahmina was too young to be working, and she cer...
Teen Rushed To Hospital After Party At 24 Sussex Drive: An 18-year-old girl was rushed to hospital Saturday night with suspected alcohol poisoning after a party at 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the prime minister and his family. The RCMP told Quebec radio network Cogeco News Wednesday the young woman is not a member of Prime Minister Step...
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Lottery Corp. Pushed Slot Gambling on Five Ferry Routes (in News): Flurry of discussions among gov’t, BCLC and BC Ferries revealed via freedom of info request.  Related Stories Premier Slams BC Ferries Ads, Despite Selling Her Own Jobs Plan (in News) Gambling's Next Generation: Facebook Users? (in News) Timeshares, Hockey Tix, Mining Claims: A Peek into BC M...
No Cross-Exam in Trans Mountain Hearing Hurts NEB Credibility: Economist (in News): Oral process needed for accountability, says Robyn Allan.  Related Stories Who Gets in on NEB Pipeline Hearing? It's 'Kafkaesque' Says Planner (in News) 'No Rationale Given,' Say Rejected Kinder Morgan Intervenors (in News) Earthquakes Versus Pipelines (in News)
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Saturday night blues blogging: This is Otis Rush performing at Montreux in 1986 with Gambler's Blues. Freddie King wants to know if you can feel it. This is Goin' Down. And a long, slow closer: this is Buddy Guy and Junior Wells performing Ten Years Ago. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Saturday night blues blogging: Good evening. This is Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King performing Tired of Crying Over You at a bar in Texas. And this is Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers on vocals. The tune is Changing Neighborhoods. And the big finish: The Mannish Boys are joined by seve...
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Liberal reformers: A few thoughts here on today's announcement by Justin Trudeau that Liberal Senators will no longer be part of the Liberal caucus and are now to sit independently. One of Trudeau's lines that stood out for me was this one: "At our best, Liberals are relentless reformers." Recently, on the death of...
CPP reform rhetoric: Since there is a significant meeting among Canadian finance ministers today, where reform to the Canada Pension Plan is on the agenda, it's worth pointing out some really unhelpful ongoing language the federal Finance Minister is using to describe CPP. This is what he said today to describe CPP: ...
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A Different Kind of Legacy: The Iraq War is now 11 years old and still tearing up the country, but no longer with the assistance of U.S. troops. Between 500,000 and 700,000 people died from 2003–2011. The monthly civilian toll now is as high as it’s been since 2008. It’s a riven country, at odds with itself, fending off jih...
Unfair Encroachment?: Tensions between China and the Philippines spiked in March when a small civilian boat was confronted by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel about 100 miles from the Philippine coast. The boat was trying to bring soldiers, food, and water to a grounded Philippine Navy ship on Second Thomas Shoal, which s...
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When In India, Please Use The Loo: Apparently there is a poo problem in India. The government is working hard to urge people who have to drop the deuce to do so in the Loo. UNICEF’s new campaign, "Poo2Loo," targets India’s public defecation problem with a number of music videos, put-ons and advertisements sporting a whale of a f...
McDonald's alleged foreign worker practices and Canadians who feel left out.: The ongoing federal investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foreign workers has widened to several other locations, as more local workers speak out about feeling sidelined and shortchanged. In one case, the manager quit his managerial job for six McDonald’s locations in Alberta, becaus...
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Marois: It’s not a priority for me to break up the country…right now.: So Pauline Marois wants to focus on issues other than a referendum on breaking up Canada. “It’s not a priority for Quebecers at the moment and it’s not my priority either. Our priority is to reinforce Quebec, reinforce it in all areas, reinforce the economy and adopt a charter.” -Pauline Marois “...
Mayor Rob Ford The Time Traveller: Rob Ford spoke to the media twice today, twice! The first time he admitted that yes, he had in fact smoked crack in the past but he doesn’t really remember it (which is why he wants to see that video). The second appearance seemed on the surface to be innocuous, it was just a statement with no qu...
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WTF Wednesday: Game of Thrones and why we still don’t recognize consent: Water is still wet, the sky is still blue, and “first-world” countries still have trouble calling rape, well, rape.Spoiler alert for all Game of Thrones fans who have not seen the episode “Breaker of Chains,” and a trigger warning. The word “rape” is used often.On Sunday’s episode of Game of Thro...
Gender Block: The deal with street harassment: So who else had a face palm family conversation over the Easter weekend? Well, if yours was anything like mine, it’s time to talk about street harassment.Street harassment can range from something as obvious as public masturbation to something as seemingly subtle as leering. Last year, the United...
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Rob Ford Dejects Proposal for Councillors’ Pay Raise : Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a strong statement against a possible pay raise of councilors on Wednesday. The statement came a short while before the city’s executive committee is scheduled to debate whether to give councillors a 13-per-cent salary hike. The committee is anticipated to consider t...
Russia to Reciprocate if Canada Lays Sanctions : Russian Federation’s ambassador to Canada, Georgiy Mamedov, recently mentioned in a statement that Russia would impose economic sanctions against Canada if it targets Russian banks. In case things come to it, the decision will affect Canadian-based companies operating in the world’s largest nat...
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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...
Great Hacks from the Open Data in Vancouver: Last weekend I helped host an Open Data Day in Vancouver. With the generous support of Domain7, who gave us a place to host talks and hack, over 30 Vancouverites braved the sleet and snow to spend the day sharing ideas and working on projects. We had opening comments from Andy Yan – whose may […]...
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Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Your news links for today: Government Buries Massive Trademark Overhaul in Budget Implementation Bill - Michael Geist How the revolving door lets Hollywood shape Obama's trade agenda - Vox Obama official responsible for copyright chapte...
Please Share: 2.7 Million are united to stop the secrecy around the TPP: Our message to #TPP negotiators is making huge waves in Washington. Over 2.7 million people joined our growing chorus to Stop the Secrecy around the TPP. Last night, we projected your hard-hitting message on to a prominent building in Wash...
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Unions alarmed by police violence: ITUC condemns killings at Lonmin Marikana platinum mine.
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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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Pulpy Fiction: Just signed a 4-book publishing deal. First up, a Cthulhu-esque pulpy sci-fi trilogy. After that, my bloody stab at the zombie genre will infect the literary universe. Fun times ahead. I’ll pass along more details soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s a big thank you to my family, friends and wr...
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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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