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A new phase in the fight to defeat CETA : There has been a flurry of developments on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) over the past four days. read more
Air Redford's airborne ghost riders will be the death of Alberta's Tories : Those ghost riders on Alison Redford's government flights aren't going to go away. They will be the death of the party she led to government in 2012. As Tattoo used to cry from the bell tower in the creepy Fantasy Island TV series: "De plane! De plane!" Yesterday the CBC revealed that when...
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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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Has the Harper government declared war on Canadian charities?:         Anyone who follows the career of author Maggie Atwood knows not to mess with the formidable lady of Canadian letters.  She is not afraid to pick public fights with her critics, especially when she feels those fights are politically motivated.  Atwood tweeted last week that her arch nem...
Chaotic start for Toronto mayoral debate: Mayor Rob Ford was upset when his brother Doug and his driver were not both initialy allowed into the Presteign-Woodbine United Church for the debate. The post Chaotic start for Toronto mayoral debate appeared first on Loonie Politics.
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Toronto police services nixes contract renewal for Chief Bill Blair: TORONTO – Toronto’s police services board has decided against renewing the contract of Chief Bill Blair, who has frequently clashed with Mayor Rob Ford. Blair had requested an extension after his current contract expires next April but the board decided against that. The board offered no substant...
Canada, U.S. announce authority for new Detroit-Windsor bridge: WINDSOR, Ont. – Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have announced the creation of a U.S.-Canadian authority that will oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont. Raitt says the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority is a n...
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PM back on the summer circuit with events in Air Ronge, Saskatoon: After maintaining a relatively low public profile for the last few weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Air Ronge, where he'll join Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel and local MP Rob Clarke for an announcement at Northlands College's satellite campus b...
More 'celebrations', site visits on the ministerial itinerary : Minister of State for Science Ed Holder continues his Atlantic Canadian tour at the Universite de Moncton, where, for the second day in a row, he'll "celebrate" a "significant investment" in scientific research -- this time, alongside local MP Robert Goguen, and after touring a lab i...
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Prime Minister Harper announces $2.5M to train miners in northern Saskatchewan: AIR RONGE, Sask. - The federal government is committing $2.5 million to help train miners in northern Saskatchewan.Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement at a training college in Air Ronge (RAHNJ), a several-hour drive northeast of Prince Albert.Northlands College will use the money ...
Supreme Court to rule on admissibility of confessions from Mr. Big police stings: OTTAWA - Canada's Supreme Court will release a decision Thursday on whether evidence collected using a so-called Mr. Big police sting operation is admissible in court.A Mr. Big sting is an investigative technique where undercover officers pretend to recruit a suspect to a fictitious criminal orga...
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Why Does The Province’s Theatre Critic Use a Fake Name? (in Mediacheck): And more strange tales from today's blurry frontiers of arts coverage.
Rise Up from Science Fiction Monoculture! (in Culture): Tired of games, thrones and rings? This crop of science fiction eats Tolkien rip-offs for breakfast.
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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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A Bright Future for Indonesia: The election process was phenomenally successful. Indonesians have been waiting for a leader who can effect positive change for their country, and they have put their hope in Widodo. Widodo, who won 53.15 percent of the vote, said, “This victory is a victory of all Indonesian people. I hope that ...
Migrant workers’ lack of social insurance is China’s next “pollution”: Established in 1989, the Shenzhen Baode Toy Factory is a typical export-oriented supplier factory. In August 2013, workers went on strike at the plant, protesting unpaid or underpaid social insurance. Subsequently, the workforce at Baode fell from about 3,000 to 1,000 people. According to data we...
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Business Booming For Sham Wedding Fixers: The BBC reports that, "Brides and grooms are being offered for sale to people wanting to cheat their way to a visa and avoid deportation, a BBC Wales investigation has revealed." These days this is not really unexpected as many people use every loophole and trick to get what they want. The w...
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...
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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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Gender Block: Men, boys, and the word feminism: If you believe in equality for all genders you’re a feminist, “Simple,” says sociologist and author (Angry White Men, Guyland) Dr. Michael Kimmel. So what is the big deal with people adamantly denying that title, especially since, as Kimmel points out, most people do want this kind of equality? “...
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...
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The Shrinking and Crowded Gaza Strip : As shown on this map from ReliefWeb, a service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), due to the hostilities between Israel and Hamas, the liveable size of the Gaza has decreased substantially:   Please note that approximately 250,000 people were...
America's Consumer Debt Delinquency Crisis : A recent study by the Urban Institute and the Consumer Credit Research Institute looks at debt delinquency in the United States.  Before we delve into the contents of this study, let's look at how much commercial bank consumer debt there is out there according to FRED:   According to ...
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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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Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Your news links for today: The Battle Over Tariff 8, Part 2: The Recording Industry’s Surprising Opposition to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Streaming Royalties - Michael Geist THE GARGOYLE – Finance Canada sued for copyright...
AlphaBeatic: Anyone else feel like they have too much of that pesky Internet hanging around?: "We have too much Internet here in Canada" said literally no one ever. Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic If you’re looking for some good summer reading, check out a recently released report from the Organization for Economic Developme...
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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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