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accidentaldeliberations - ven, 09/04/2015 - 16:25
Basement Jaxx feat. ETML - Never Say Never

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Metaneos - ven, 09/04/2015 - 15:19
I was angry, yesterday. Said some harsh words.
I'm calmer, today.
Still thinking on the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.
Such a racist act. It's not an act which does what it purports to do. Rather, it's meant to open up First Nations governments like a tin can, so that the government can do as it wants to First Nations people, and more importantly, do as it will with the lands First Nations people live upon. Scoop out resources and title as one would sardines.
It's designed to shame and ridicule our First Nations leaders.
Mistakes, and deficits are the same as crimes, according to this act. And the government can spin any audit into any shape it wants, if it pays the right company the right price. Remember that sham audit of Attawapiskat? Imagine that, but across the nation of Canada.
And when it does its job of marginalizing our First Nations leaders, the government then has full authority to replace our leadership with third party management.
Which is bullshit. This reeks of patronization.
We First Nations already have our at our disposal full authority to trounce our leaders out of office. We have recall elections. We have the right to challenge our leadership in court. Our leaders are as beholden to the law as any other Canadian governments.
I don't know about other bands, but my own bands' elections are incredibly contentious. They're hard fought, and our leaders have to earn every damn vote. And our leaders are challenged on their every decision right from the day they're voted in, until the final day of their current term in office.
No, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act does not do what the Canadian governments says it does. This act is a crowbar, meant to tear apart First Nations communities from the very foundations.
It is the most singularly disgusting piece of legislation Harper has passed in his time in office.

The Cowardly Party of Canada.

A Creative Revolution - ven, 09/04/2015 - 13:52

In the past decade, this Canada, the one that we have slid into- is a lot crueller, and a lot more mean spirited.

What would happen to cause a country that was at least working towards some modicum of equality, fairness and justice to go back towards the dark ages?

Part of it is money. 

You feeling the income gap? The income gap is a great thing for corporations and Governments that want to scare the crap out of working people. Corporations get their labour for much less as there are so many grasping at jobs that have little hours, low pay and no benefits. Survival is an amazing motivator. 

Give those same corporations massive tax breaks and create deficits, while those same corporations take manufacturing jobs away, and stockpile their money elsewhere. 

Cut programs and services to give paltry tax breaks to "regular Canadians". The Harpercons have convinced some people that saving eg:$120.00 on their tax bill is more important than funding medical care, the social safety net and education. They tell us that those who have lost their jobs to shrinking manufacturing, is all their own fault.

They call Employment Insurance an "Entitlement", yet we all pay into it- it is our own money.  Deny claims. And then take the money to pay for the corporate tax breaks. 

Abandon the disabled, make them jump through hoops- like proving every year that a limb has not grown back, or that they have not suddenly been cured of a mental disability-every year. Enough souls will fall through the cracks that the cost savings is probably significant. 

Part of it is hate. 

Hate of those who we do not understand, a hate fostered by a Government that awards large no bid defence contracts to corporations so we can send war to far away countries so they hate us more.

Bills like C-51 that allow that same Government to pry into the private lives of citizens with little oversight, that discriminate against "others". Many will simply tell us that those who have nothing to hide, should not be bothered by this. 

Part of it is misplaced jealousy. 

Someone is getting something I don't have! This applies to the Union and labour busting forces. This also applies to refugees and other immigrants. 

Part of it is that so many are believing lies, and not verifying. 

Now, the Government of Harper would like us to believe that they are the stewards of the economy. Only they can save us from recessions and depressions. But since most of their own policies have brought us to that state, it is laughable. Well, it would be if so many were not so gullible. There are many who buy the manufactured economic record of this bunch of maroons. 

What do all of the above categories have in common? 

Fear. 

We have turned into a country full of cowards, being run into the ground by a party of cowards. 

Where's Joe Oliver when the media wants to ask questions on the economy? He is hiding, just in case. During an election no less. 

Where is Chris Alexander when there is a massive outcry about the Humanitarian refugee crisis in Syria?? He likes the privacy of an airport lounge, during an election. 

Why is Harper so petrified to appear in public without all the players being vetted? Why is he scared to participate in a real debate?

They are scared that the Sciences may tell the truth about the environmental destruction of the planet, so they muzzle the scientists and destroy the data we need to make prudent decisions.

They are scared that Canada could adjust to a green economy, jobs and clean air. This will harm the corporations that pay their bills. 

They destroy the long form census because they are scared that the facts will interfere with their story of Canada, filtered through media.

Concentration of media ownership is of grave concern, but it allows the message the Harper Government wants to deliver to be far more uniform. These media outlets routinely endorse the Harpercons during elections.  They tell us that the "other parties" are radical or socialist. We must fear what they will do.

What they are really telling us, is that we must fear change. We are told this every day. 

Fear has always been a tool of those in charge to get what they want.....

Personally, I don't want to spend the rest of my life under my bed. How about you?

 

Time for a regime change. 

About that Scientific Consensus

The Disaffected Lib - ven, 09/04/2015 - 09:11
For years it's been claimed that there's a 97%  consensus among climate scientists that anthropogenic or man-made global warming is occurring. The consensus holds that the resulting climate change is largely the fault of humans and the big emitter nations in particular.

Okay, but 97 or what's now closer to 98% isn't 100% is it? That means there is at least a 2% minority whose papers reject anthropogenic global warming. What of that 2%, how do we know they're not right?

Well, finally the scientific community has gathered up those contrarian papers and analyzed them collectively. Guess what? They're flawed. Sometimes they're just wrong. Some are outright deceitful. Now we have a scientific study of those studies and here are the common flaws that were found:


1. Start with a false assumption

2. Executed an erroneous analysis

3. A neglect of contextual information

4. Relevant physical interdependencies and consistencies were commonly ignored

5. Insufficient model evaluation

6. False dichotomy

7. Ignoring tests with negative outcomes (cherry picking) or assuming untested presumed dependencies

8. Misrepresentation of statistics

9. Many papers included speculations about cycles and presented implausible or incomplete physics

10. Some studies claimed celestial influences but suffered from a lack of clear, physical reasoning

It's important to recall that these contrarian studies dispute the consensus theory but they don't refute it. To refute it is to disprove it. That entails reproducing the impugned research and data to show that it's wrong. Disputing the consensus is tantamount to saying "I don't believe it." All of the consensus science is open to review and challenge. The data are disclosed so that others can reproduce the experiments, research and analysis.
The fossil fuel industry that has trillions of dollars in reserves at stake could easily retain scientists to challenge the consensus science if they believed it was wrong. It would be remarkably easy - and ridiculously cheap - to dispel the scientific consensus if it could, in fact, be refuted. But they're not doing that which raises a powerful inference that they know they can't disprove it.

Friday Morning Links

accidentaldeliberations - ven, 09/04/2015 - 07:58
Assorted content to end your week.

- Kate McInturff puts forward some big long-term goals which deserve to be discussed as we elect our next federal government. And Leah McLaren discusses how a lack of child care affects every Canadian:
The single most shocking thing to me about becoming a mother was the lack of affordable child care, both in Canada and in Britain (where I was living when my son was born). It was an issue I had heard responsible people around me banging on about for years, but one that had sort of floated above my comprehension, like the sound of the grown-ups talking in the animated Charlie Brown.
Like car insurance or taxes, I expected organizing child care to be a pain – one of those annoying but ultimately surmountable aspects of grown-up life. What I did not expect it to be was a financially crippling, life-paralyzing quagmire.
In Canada (as in Britain), I was shocked to find little or no access to affordable child care during my son’s first years of life. Like most families, we shouldered the heavy financial burden of full-time child care all on our own with no help from the government or extended family (everyone lives out of town). It was either that or one of us quit working. Not a pretty choice, or a realistic one for most parents, either....Child care is not a women’s issue. It’s not even a family issue. Like health care or education, it’s an all-of-us-in-it-together issue. And yet it’s also something many of us don’t think about until we are hard up against it, confronting the impossible life choices that materialize when you live in a society with a lack of affordable daycare – a society that sentimentalizes children but not the act of actually caring for them. - Lindsay Tedds discusses how the Cons' tax giveaways for resource exploration represent all that's wrong with public policy which serves only to enrich investors rather than serving the public interest. And David Dayen highlights how mortgage foreclosure fraud continues in the U.S. even after being publicly exposed.

- Derek Seidman notes that in addition to improving conditions in specific workplaces, the push for a $15 minimum wage is also serving as a rallying point for the labour movement as a whole. And Unifor highlights the importance of an improved Canada Pension Plan as another means of ensuring financial security regardless of one's immediate employer. 

- Finally, Terry Glavin follows up on Alan Kurdi's tragic story with some suggestions as to what can be done next - though it's worth noting that the convention he points to as a barrier to the Kurdis' effort to seek refuge does nothing to prevent a country from doing more than the bare minimum.  Ratna Omidvar, Joseph Yu and Kai Wong make the case to bring 1,000 refugees to the GTA alone. And Aaron Wherry takes a broader look at our options in dealing with refugees and other displaced persons, while Karl Nerenberg and Michael Harris are particularly pointed in criticizing the Cons' callousness.

Exactly How Does Facebook Define Community Standards?

Politics and its Discontents - ven, 09/04/2015 - 07:07
Living in a democratic society, of course, entails the promotion, encouragement and defense of a diversity of views. With that I obviously have no quarrel. But, as the saying goes, with that freedom comes responsibility. it is the second part of this equation that some people refuse to accept.

When, for example, does freedom of expression cross the line into the promotion of hatred? I have a specific reason for asking that question, which I shall get to in a moment.

I have had a Facebook account for over seven years now; the reason that I joined goes back to our first visit to Costa Rica in 2009, where we met a group of hospitality students staying at the resort and joined them for a day's excursion. All of us were taking a lot of pictures, and when I inquired how I could see theirs online when they got home, they told me to join FB, where they would be posting them. Thus my social media experience began.

Nowadays I use it primarily to share political stories, people's blog posts, etc., in the ongoing hope of helping my 'friends' become more politically literate. Perhaps presumptuous and largely futile, but I have always believed in fighting the good fight in as many ways as possible.

Because following subject is one I find profoundly distasteful, I thought long and hard before writing this post, as I have no desire to give any kind of publicity or wider exposure to a group of xenophobes and racists, yet I am interested in getting feedback from readers. Yesterday the following appeared in my timeline:



Accompanying this were a variety of comments, a few of which I am reproducing here. Some of it is pretty vile.

... you crack me up. Sure there are Muslims who work. There are exceptions to every race. Believe it or not I've met a chinaman who doesn't like rice and black man who prefers heavy metal to rap music and doesn't play basketball. But the stereotypes exist for a reason. The fact of the matter is these Muslim refugees ARE costing us money for them to be here. We don't want them here, as a tax payer I have the right to not want to waste it on them. I'd rather use it to build a new park or maybe feed our homeless and let them have housing instead of these pieces of shit taking it all while our people starve on the streets.

... We as in WE THE PEOPLE. And of course they are refugees? But the wars and problems the middle East have is all a product of their own choice to follow such an evil ideology. Christian founded countries are the ones that have a greater quality of life and now they wanna come and take what we have after they ruined their own country. And yeah I would rather have a park over a Muslim parasite mooching 1 cent off our tax dollars. I'm happy that little boy drowned. Maybe the money Canada saves from not having to pay for them will be used to re-pave a street instead? And in case you didn't noticed WCAI is worldwide as in Worldwide Coalition Against Islam. We are just one person.


Well fortunately for me I live in a free Democratic country that isn't run by evil Islamic ideologies. It reminds me of 2 brothers that inherited a million dollars each. One brother invested his money right and is reaping the benefits while the other brother blew his money by making poor choices and is now trying to mooch off the other brother. This is no different. You reap what you sew.

...But all people of the islamic ideology are behind an evil ideology that promotes anti-semitism, rape, child molestation, beastiality, persecution, ridiculous law suits and wearing bed sheets and curtains for clothing. And if you think about it the similarities of the Islamic and Nazism ideologies are uncanny. The only difference is Hitler never bothered disguising the holocaust as a "peaceful religion"

In my mind, this is racism thinly disguised by 'economic concerns'. Interested in making a complaint about the group, I checked Facebook's reporting criteria. Under Encouraging Respectful Behaviour, this is what I found:
Hate Speech

Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:

Race,
Ethnicity,
National origin,
Religious affiliation,
Sexual orientation,
Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
Serious disabilities or diseases.

Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook. As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us. Feeling I was on pretty solid ground, I lodged a complaint. About two hours later I received this reply:
Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the photo you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.I am disappointed in Facebook's response, and it appears there was no effort made to read the comments accompanying the illustration.

So I am left with the question which is my post's title: Exactly how does Facebook define community standards?

I welcome, as always, your comments.
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And Little Children Die

Northern Reflections - ven, 09/04/2015 - 05:41
                                                   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/

Stephen Harper works hard to control people. But he can't control events. And events are catching up with him. At the beginning of the week, events caught up with his economic policy. And, two days ago, events caught up with his immigration policy.

The picture of little Aylan  Kurdi's lifeless body speaks volumes and shouts out the message that Canada's immigration policy -- like so much else that Mr. Harper does -- is morally bankrupt. Michael Harris writes:

They’re taking to calling refugees ‘migrants’ these days. I worry about that. But by any other name that photo — that motionless little body — would have rocked the world. What are we becoming?
And, if you're worried about what we're becoming, consider Chris Alexander's reaction:

Listening to the minister pile up superlatives on the Harper government’s deplorable human rights record — including with First Nations peoples in this country — was like listening to Donald Trump introduce himself. Believing his line would mean forgetting how this ‘compassionate’ clan of Conservatives refused to issue visas for injured kids from Gaza who wanted to come to Canada for medical care.

This was the same pack of philanthropists who didn’t want to extend medical coverage to refugees in Canada, forcing Canadian doctors to demonstrate in front of Parliament.
Alexander is supposed to be among our best and brightest. Instead, he proves the wisdom behind Mark Twain's admonition: "It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt."

That's what happens to people who immerse themselves in a culture of willful ignorance. Their brains atrophy. And little children die.


The Dead Syrian Boy and the Ghastly Denial of the Harper Cons

Montreal Simon - ven, 09/04/2015 - 04:28


It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle, or one more monstrous.

The heartbreaking image of that poor little Syrian boy lying dead on a beach.

And three Con monkeys in denial. 

All shedding crocodile tears, but claiming to be blameless.

Even as their campaign went into crisis mode.
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Stephen Harper and There's Always Money For A War, The Video

Montreal Simon - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 20:39


It has been said of Stephen Harper that he cannot feel the pain of others. 

And I'm sure that's true because he is a clinical psychopath.

So I didn't expect him to feel much sympathy for this poor dead child...



Especially since his government had a hand in making sure he never made it to Canada.

But I never thought he would use that tragedy to reject the idea of more help for refugees.

And instead make the case for more war.
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The Attitude Behind It

Rusty Idols - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 18:16

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Ontario College of Slut-Shaming and Reproductive Misinformation

Dammit Janet - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 12:31
We know how scared the fetus freaks are by how loudly they SHRIIIEEEK in idiotically inflated language.

So, congratulations to the latest study of crisis pregnancy centres (CPCs), aka fake clinics, in Ontario. You've scared them witless. Again.

Here's the most recent in a long, long series of efforts to document the lies, manipulation, and shaming these evil outfits mete out. (In this oldish blogpost are links to a few of the countless other studies and investigations.)

To absolutely no one's surprise, this is what researchers found:
Crisis pregnancy centres, which most people know from transit ads or campus posters, are pathologizing and stigmatizing women who reach out to them after an abortion, according to a new study.
Or, in the words of the abstract:
Conclusions: The expanded provision of post-abortion support by CPCs in Ontario represents a new method for these organizations to pathologize abortion. Our findings suggest their services are judgmental and shaming, thereby contributing to abortion stigma.
(The terrible photographs in the National Post article are in themselves a testament to society-wide anti-choice judgment and shaming. Why not show photos of "post-abortive" women doing things like, gee, I dunno, eating an ice-cream cone, going for a bike ride, laughing with friends.)

Here is LieShite's operatic, no, make that Shakespearean, response.
A new report in a journal with the telling name “Contraception” has concluded that Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) in Ontario treat abortion as if it were something more than having a wart removed and that the counseling found at such centers only contributes to “abortion stigma” by using “judgmental and shaming” techniques.

Titled “Toll free but not judgment free: Evaluating post-abortion support services in Ontario,” the report is from beginning to end nothing but pro-abortion propaganda written by pro-abortion activists. It appears to have the goal of silencing pro-life counsellors who recognize that a living human being exists in a mother’s womb and that when a mother kills her own child it will eventually come back to haunt her.Note typical scare quotes and co-option of progressive language. Not to mention fetuses haunting former hosts.

It gets better -- or worse, depending on your viewpoint.

For example, did you know that Lady Macbeth had an abortion?
Killing another person always damages the soul of the killer, whether the victim is a full grown adult, a child, or a baby in the womb. Shakespeare expressed this well in the character of Lady Macbeth, who, for all her ambition, cunning, and strength of will, eventually cracked after masterminding the coldblooded murder of the king. Through her display of psychological disorders and gradual loss of reason Shakespeare offered a severe warning to anyone who deliberately acts to bring blood upon their own hands.OK, maybe Lady Macbeth didn't have an abortion, but a fictitious character's reaction to regicide is totally pertinent to a discussion about fake clinics in Ontario, right?

If you don't want to read the whole hysterical dumbfuck article, here is a selection of words and phrases used to describe the researchers, the report, and "post-abortive women" in general:

• axe to grind
• nauseating
• sick and twisted
• post-abortive women are truly broken
• lives have been damaged and even ruined by abortion
• self-hatred

Stigmatizing? Nah, who's stigmatizing self-hating, nauseating, sick and twisted, truly broken people here?

The real evil, according to LieShite, is, of course, the researchers.

It’s as if the authors of this report want to lock post-abortive women in a lifetime of guilt and regret by taking away from them the only resources that actually help them come to terms with the pain experienced after abortion. This is not helpful to women. This is simply cruelty and torture.
Let's go back to the abstract for what those evil researchers had to say about the implications of their work.

IMPLICATIONS: Post-abortion support services appear to be a new frontier by which CPCs are able to stigmatize and pathologize abortion. Increasing awareness of and access to existing non-judgmental, non-directive post-abortion services appears warranted.
Because, of course, there are existing non-judgmental services available. But there needs to be more done here, everyone agrees.

Ontario should look to Quebec, researcher Kathryn J. LaRoche said.
“In Quebec, the government has come out with materials denouncing crisis pregnancy centres and saying that they provide false information and lie to their clients,” she said.I'd go further. But then I would, wouldn't I?

Ontario should regulate crisis pregnancy centres. If they're pretending to offer health care, they deserve as much attention as other outright quackery.

Let there be a College of Slut-Shaming and Reproductive Misinformation, like the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

Wouldn't their Code of Ethics be fun?

Gaza Goes from Prison Camp to Death Camp

The Disaffected Lib - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 08:53
Gaza's imprisoned Palestinians have a problem - getting out. If they don't, they could die. Sorry, Tommy Angry Beard, that's the truth. From ViceNews:

Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 due to war, its economic blockade, debilitated infrastructure, and environmental concerns, according to a new UN report on Palestine released this week.

The findings of the UN's Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) echoed an earlier assessment made by the UN in 2011, which determined that Gaza would not be livable by the start of next decade "without herculean efforts" to improve health, education, energy, water, and sanitation.

Remember when Israel attacked Gaza last summer?  Who and what did they attack first? Hamas or Islamist radicals and their headquarters and installations? No. The Israeli air force targeted the civilian population and first went after their water and sewage systems.  For days they pounded that essential infrastructure and brought it down.
That Tom, and all you little Dipper Tomasitas, is a war crime. That's not even debatable. Attacking civilians and attacking the civilian population's essential infrastructure are specifically prohibited. Doing it deliberately takes that war crime to a higher level yet.
Look, it's only got three syllables. It's not that hard to learn. It's "Dahiyeh."  Da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh.  See, you got it!  Okay, but what does it mean?
It's a word that describes Israel's new tactic of specifically targeting civilians and their infrastructure - their water systems, their sewage systems, their hospitals, their schools and then their homes with both high explosives and Willie Pete or white phosphorous weapons. It's a technique they perfected in a Beiruit neighbourhood, Dahiyeh. What a coincidence. This is what Dahiyeh looked like when the Israelis ran out of targets:

It looks like Berlin when the Russians were finished, only a lot dustier.  And it began with Israeli air strikes targeting Beiruit's water and sewage infrastructure before bombing down the target list. 
Israel has committed Dahiyeh twice on Gaza so far but, according to the UN report, they may never have to do it again. Their work may be finished.
"The most recent military operation, in 2014, impacted an already paralyzed economy at a time when socioeconomic conditions were at their lowest since 1967," wrote UNCTAD. The Israeli assault, called Protective Edge, coupled with others in 2008 and 2012, "shattered its productive base, left no time for meaningful reconstruction or economic recovery and impoverished the Palestinian population in Gaza, rendering their economic well-being worse than the level of two decades previous."

In July, the chief of the UN's Relief and Works Agency said none of the more than 12,000 houses totally destroyed during Protective Edge had been rebuilt.

There's more, so much more, but why go into that?
In today's thoroughly Blairified NDP just having in the past criticized Israel for these atrocities means you're not allowed to seek your party's nomination. That's why Nanaimo New Dem, Paul Manly, son of a highly respected NDP MP from before the party was laundered, is now running for the Green Party.
Besides, when votes are at stake, what's a little ethnic cleansing thousands of miles away?
Dippers typically respond to this by saying that their party is only trying to be "even handed." The NDP doesn't want to take sides. That's like saying you don't want to take sides between a rapist and the girl laying in the alley.



No Hope With This Pope…

Left Over - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 08:48
Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

The Guardian

Tuesday 1 September 2015 16.46 BST

How condescending can this ‘religious’ leader get?
Who cares about forgiveness when there is nothing to forgive? Will the Pope also issue orders to ‘forgive’ the man who didn’t wear a condom, or get it snipped, or whatever? Once again, the onus is on the woman, who, while only 50% of the equation must continue to suffer 100% of the consequences and the blame….
And, once again, the Catholic Church, along with every other form of organized religion, proves my point…organized religion sucks, it is the cause of most of the pain, guilt and war in this world, and the wars we seem to be eternally caught up in should be redirected at abolishing organized religion in all it’s forms.

Every  media outlet in the West is happily showering us with   photos of oppressed refugees (if it bleeds, it leads..)  fighting to live, literally, and  often failing.  The many drownings  and horrors of  displaced persons from war torn areas cannot help but remind me of a similar problem around  70 years ago, in Europe, when the war-displaced wandered, helpless, searching for  help from the  ugliness of  post war trauma…and Europe, and the West,  responded…

Now, it’s  above these petty concerns for the Vatican, which infamously back in the day made a deal with Hitler to  ignore the plight of Jewish refugees…  where was all the forgiveness then, Pope?

Instead of proselytizing  about  what women freely choose to, why  not concentrate your pontificating energy  on the refugees, the  children who still live, why not spend some of those  millions of  Vatican-hoarded  dollars to  aid and assist  in the  situation as it stands….or  are you above such petty concerns?


Stirring Images of Syrian Boy's Body Now Symbol of Europe's Crisis-NBC

LeDaro - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 08:35

Today, a photo from Turkey showing the body of a lifeless Syrian boy washed upon a beach became a symbolic image of the refugee plight.

Thursday Morning Links

accidentaldeliberations - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 08:29
This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Following up on this post, it was Terry Glavin who broke the story about refugee children dying after being refused admission into Canada. And the Guardian recognizes that the tragic image of Aylin Kurdi represents only a reminder of a a long-running human tragedy.

- Which is why Canada's treatment of newcomers was already emerging as a significant issue - with Harsha Walia rightly slamming the Cons' policy of jailing refugees and favouring temporary immigration. And Jason Kenney's response was to offer spin which was readily debunked by his government's own numbers.

- Zi-Ann Lum reports on another international embarrassment for Canada, as Barack Obama and John Kerry are calling out the Cons for refusing to take climate change seriously.

- Jeremy Nuttall examines how a recession and continued economic stagnation will affect different segments of Canadian society. And Trish Hennessy offers ten reasons why nobody should be taking Stephen Harper's economic advice, while Andrew Jackson makes the case for more investment as the best way to move us back toward real development.

- Finally, Frances Russell repurposes the Cons' "Stand Up for Canada" slogan as a compelling reason to vote Harper and company out of office.

New column day

accidentaldeliberations - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 08:11
Here, condensing this post about the lessons the federal NDP can and should learn from past provincial elections.

For further reading...
- Michelle Gagnon notes that one area where matters don't seem to be in doubt is Quebec, where the NDP looks set to hold or even build on its 2011 wave. And with the NDP's numbers looking strong in B.C. as well, that leaves Ontario as the largest piece of the puzzle which remains in substantial doubt.
- Susan Delacourt comments on the ghosts looming over each of the federal parties. 
- Finally, John Ivison writes about the contest between the NDP and the Liberals for the large number of voters who have had enough of the Harper Cons, while Robin Sears discusses the Libs' rebranding and how it affects all of the parties' strategies.

If You Care

Rusty Idols - jeu, 09/03/2015 - 07:18

If you care about the economy, you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about healthcare, you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about veterans, you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about the lives of First Nations people and native children getting a fraction of the education funding that the rest of Canada's children get and thousands of women abducted and murdered,  you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about corruption, you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about democracy and open responsive governance, you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about Canada's standing in the world, you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

If you care about the environment - at all - you cannot vote for Stephen Harper.

You CANNOT vote for Stephen Harper.

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