Politics in Canada


Winnipeg mayoral debate on environmental issues

Sep 30, 2014 to Oct 1, 2014
First Unitarian-Universalist Church
603 Wellington Crescent
Winnipeg , MB
49° 52' 39.3672" N, 97° 9' 50.6628" W
Manitoba CA
Winnipeg's all-candidates mayoral forum on the environment will give voters the opportunity to hear how candidates would address major environmental challenges facing Winnipeg.
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Former CCF leader & feminist Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award Renamed PM Award

The Canadian Press reported this week that a volunteer award named for Therese Casgrain in 1982 was abruptly eliminated in 2010, unannounced, to be replaced by the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards in 2011.

Casgrain's granddaughter, Michele Nadeau, said the cancellation was made without consulting the family or a Casgrain foundation she heads in Montreal.

New Democrat MP Niki Ashton called on the government to revive the award, saying its demise reflects Harper's frequent attacks on women's rights.

"He took out a feminist icon and replaced her with himself," she said in an interview.

"It's deeply symbolic. It's emblematic of Harper's approach to women's equality."

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Living Consciously: Reinventing Democracy to Save Canada

Aug 12, 2014
The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 21.9072" N, 123° 7' 21.2988" W
British Columbia CA
Join author, journalist, and activist Murray Dobbin, the BC Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives's Iglika Ivanova,and Gen Why Media's Fiona Rayher for a engaging and provocative discussion
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Senate thread

I realize we may have some disagreement over what to do with the Senate and there have been threads devoted to whether the Senate has a use or not. Perhaps more discussion is worthy given the current suggestion that the Senate could be allowed to die by having no new appointments.

This means there are several questions out there that are relevant:

1) Is the Senate useful? or Can it be made to be more useful through reform? (how would you reform it)

2) Regardless of the answer to the first question, is the Senate untouchable (and to what degree) by Constitutional agreement? Can this agreement realistically be changed?

3) Is the Senate an integral part of the balancing of regional representation and power at the Federal level?


70 years in the fight for public health care

Aug 3, 2014
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Ontario CA
Join us for a discussion with author and socialist Julie Devaney about the current attacks on health care and the push for privatization.

Radical democracy series

Jul 15, 2014 to Aug 13, 2014
OISE, room 8201
252 Bloor St West
Toronto , ON
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
Join the radical democracy study series, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.!
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Federal NDP staffers split with union that urged strategic voting in Ontario

Some 500 New Democrat parliamentary staffers are parting company with the labour union that represents them after it refused to unequivocally endorse the NDP in last month's Ontario election.

It's not simply a matter of federal New Democrats paying Unifor back for what they view as its betrayal of the provincial NDP.

The divorce is also driven by fear that Unifor could similarly refuse to categorically support the NDP in next year's federal election, thereby endangering the staffers' jobs, which the union is supposed to protect.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias said the decision to go their separate ways was "absolutely mutual."

"This will be an amicable divorce," Dias told The Canadian Press.


MPs discuss UN Parliamentary Assembly

Jul 17, 2014
Unitarian Church
Vancouver , BC
49° 13' 30.8964" N, 123° 4' 38.6184" W
British Columbia CA
A World Federalist discussion panel on democratizing the UN with Don Davies MP (NDP Vancouver-Kingsway), and Joyce Murray MP Liberal (Vancouver Quadra).
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The Shirtless Jogger What is Your Take?

By now you have heard about the Shirtless Jogger confronting Mayor Ford on Canada Day.

Brother Doug Ford has come out to raise questions about not only the jogger's mental state, but whether or not he should continue teaching.

Doug Ford, is saying the Shirtless Jogger (who is a teacher) was “indoctrinating” his pupils.

Ford told reporters at city hall Wednesday that Killoran was a “bad apple” among Ontario teachers. He also quoted an alleged student of Killoran’s who called into Newstalk 1010 Tuesday night who said “all [Killoran] did was trash Rob Ford.”

“When you have a teacher, teaching his kids and indoctrinating his kids, in my opinion, about hatred towards one person in politics, something is wrong there,” Ford told reporters.

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NDP denies Andrea Horwath set to resign as leader

TVO’s Steve Paikin has tweeted that “rumours are rampant” that Andrea Horwath will step down as NDP Leader tomorrow he also speculates that she might plan to join the mayor’s race in Hamilton.

The Ontario NDP has responded by saying the tweet is not true and Horwath is not resigning as party leader.

She will be holding a media availability tomorrow morning.

Read more here

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A letter to editor, FEA and who controls the media

I am new to rabble.ca and I joined because there are few forums to speak publicly about our government without censure or censorship. I wrote the following opinion letter on May 20, 2014, to 2 of my local papers, a couple of national papers, and they wouldn't print it and never even contacted me to review for publication. My intent was to start a more public dialogue, at a local level, about the Fair Elections Act but this never made it past the gate. My locals no longer focus on controversial issues related to federal and provincial politics, even though we are all impacted by events outside our city limits, and that is disturbing.


Book launch! One Kind Word: Women Share Their Abortion Stories

Jun 24, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto , ON
43° 38' 54.7728" N, 79° 26' 59.1288" W
Ontario CA
Featuring women's personal experiences and portraits, One Kind Word reminds us that women who have had abortions come from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and ages.
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Cons attack Sheila Copps after she finds Cheryl Gallant NATO briefing binder at airport

Detailed information about Canada’s foreign affairs policy and discussions by NATO nations sat around Ottawa’s airport for hours last week after Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant inadvertently left her briefing binder in the airport lounge.

The more than 200-page binder, containing everything from information about NATO’s challenges to details about conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria, Russia and China was found by former Liberal cabinet minister Sheila Copps.

Copps said she gave the binder to former Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal who was at the same meeting in PEI and asked him to get it back to Gallant. Grewal’s wife, Nina Grewal, currently serves as a Conservative MP.

Copps is still somewhat surprised Gallant left the binder at the airport.

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Ontario Minority Scenarios

Jack Layton had a "scenarios committee" in 2006 and 2008 (and 2011?), Brian Topp has written.

Rabble must have posters who can strategize almost as well as Brian Topp. At least in their own minds.



Alberta Regional Convergence for the People's Social Forum

Jun 14, 2014
Room 129 Education South University of Alberta
11210 – 87 Ave Follow us on twitter: @psfalberta Find us on facebook www.facebook.com/psfalberta
Edmonton , AB
Alberta CA
The Alberta Convergence for the National People's Social Forum is a grassroots initiative to promote and coordinate Alberta's participation in the People's Social Forum in Ottawa.

The Mainlander's Second Annual Fundraiser

May 23, 2014
Russian Hall Strathcona
600 Campbell Ave
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 44.04" N, 123° 5' 5.118" W
British Columbia CA
We're hosting our second annual fundraiser on May 23 to allow us to continue our coverage of the overlapping issues of colonialism, racism, gentrification and policing in our city.


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