Politics in Canada

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Have the Provincial NDP in BC dropped the ball?

When I take a look at the issues facing the Province of BC I am apalled by the lack of work done by the NDP as a whole.  While some files like Healthcare do get fairly good coverage, other issues such as ICBC hardly ever get dealt with.

In BC people are more likely to support the NDP as a protest vote against the Liberals instead of voting for the NDP because of their vision for BC.  This bodes badly for the people of BC because they will be getting a party that is not up to the task of actually running anything with accountability.

 

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Go Electric Music Festival

Sep 26, 2010
Sorauren Park
50 Wabash
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 38' 53.0232" N, 79° 26' 31.5456" W
Ontario CA
Family-friendly music and activities in the park to show Toronto's support for clean electric trains along Toronto's airport rail corridor.
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Windsor mayoral/council races

Anyone have any thoughts on the races in Windsor?  I'm leaning without much enthusiasm towards Limoges right now mainly because he seems to have a little more labour support and seems less likely to spend money on sketchy megaprojects.  Is there an especially progressive candidate I should be aware of?

In the school board races, I'm eager to support Shelley Harding-Smith, who's prominent in the local NDP association.  Probably also Kim McKinley.

Will probably support Ron Jones in my ward, just because he's the one candidate I've actually heard concrete policy suggestions from.  Should I know more about John Elliott?

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Can a progressive win Davenport North?

There seems to be an interesting phenomenon happening in Davenport North, ward 17. Just as the media are predicting that right wingers may ride the Rob Ford bandwagon and unseat some left-leaning incumbents, the opposite appears to be happening in this ward. Last election, Alejandra Bravo came very close to unseating the sleazy incumbent, Cesar Palacio, losing by less than 300 votes. This looked to be her chance to finally take the seat. But she got hired by the Maytree Foundation and decided not to run. Instead, she endorsed Jonah Schein, the very progressive civic engagement coordinator at the STOP Community Food Centre.

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Refugees and human smuggling: The case of Sri Lanka

Sep 15, 2010
Stedman Lecture Hall - C
York University 4700 Keele Street
North York , ON
Canada
43° 46' 26.382" N, 79° 29' 56.994" W
Ontario CA
The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University presents: "Refugees and Human Smuggling: The Case of Sri Lanka."
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"Steven Harper wipes his 'butt' * with Canada"----a name for a new, online magazine devoted to stopping the jerk

Would ANYONE be interested in starting an online magazine(?) devoted to Harper and his retirement asap? The reactionaries prosper by hiding under radar, while every nitwit muslim who posts something aggressive online is 'rounded up' as part of terror network etc...i notice very little effective anti harper (anti mister pig) activitry is going on; despite the nazipoohs' almost pathological crudeness- and they're saved from harm by the assumption of the news media that they, the eliteist mobsters, define what everbody's thinking, and go jump-in-lake if anyone disagrees! A magazine decrying harper's foibles would outrage if it went for the throat like a "Steven Harper wipes his a** with Canada!' magazine would do.

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Winnipeg - Council lefties brace for right hook

The emergence of high-profile conservative and centrist candidates in city wards currently held by left-leaning councillors could change the complexion of the civic election.

The NDP faces the threat of losing two seats and Winnipeg's organized left may be forced to divert some of its ground game away from Judy Wasylycia-Leis' mayoral campaign.

 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/council-lefties-brace-for-...

 

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Hung Parliaments: Only Canada's Not Getting the Message

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While parties in Australia and Britain are working together to make Parliament work after citizens there elected 'hung' Parliaments recently, Canada's minority government is stuck in a hyper-partisan adversarial environment, say some political scientists. And they think the country's antiquated first-past-the-post voting system is at least partly to blame.
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Foundation for an election platform

What the NDP (or any other party on the left) needs to do in order to go anywhere on fiscal responsibility is to outline a clear fiscal accountability plan before any tax increases.

This means having a summary of Canadian public accounting that is not 500 pages long and is not one that can only be read by experts -- that's baffle gab.

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Where is the coverage of the Toronto Mayoral race?

@dandmb50

Where is the coverage of the Toronto Mayoral race, there is a lot of interest in it, here in Toronto but I could find only one recent story (mid August) about Rob Ford.

He sure knows how to perk up our interest and the other candidates know how to shoot Ford down. His campaign is to cut taxes and the over spending at City Hall. But he doesn't explain how he will do that.

Ford

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George Smitherman urban legend?

A few months ago, in a discussion about George Smitherman, somebody told me a story about how they were involved in something political where Smitherman was present and they asked him to give them a hand. At this, he started to applaud. An amusing little anecdote which goes along with Georgie's reputation for being a jerk. Since then, I have heard a variation of the same story from four or five different people, each with the same punchline. By the third time I heard the story, always from activists, it was obvious that this was an urban legend and that they couldn't have all been there when this happened. It was just as obvious that each believed they had witnessed the supposed incident.

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Polygamy: Point of clarification

My motivation for submitting this resolution was to uphold human rights, basic human decency, and protection of children from child service workers that may arbitrarily judge these children's parentage in their moral shadow as "unfit" and work to turn otherwise healthy children into displaced crown orphans.

On April 3rd, 440 children were taken from their homes and families after child-"protection" officials in Texas raided a polygamist compound (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24777095/).

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Immigration is not a municipal issue!

At the CP24 debate in Toronto on August 17th at the former home of the Masonic Temple, the "top" five mayoral candidates entertained several questions from the audience on the subject of immigration. I suppose neither the moderators, presenters, candidates, or political commentators knew or ought to have known, that Immigration as it pertains to citizenship is a federal issue, not a municipal one. A good handbook rule for all Canadians and aspiring holders of our constitution, is to remember that the distribution of powers and the issues that each tier may govern under, are consistent with upholding the laws dealt within that jurisdiction. Last time I read, there is no "Toronto court of Immigration".

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A list of Harper government cuts/actions.

The latest Harper government slashing of the mandatory census and the associated outcry that has raised is certainly present in our minds right now...but given a few more months and some other action, will it fade?

I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of the cuts and attacks the Harper government has led against various groups.  Taken one by one, these cuts and attacks are awful, but are not easily located in a pattern.

I'll start off with one:

 

COURT CHALLENGES PROGRAM

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Toronto mayoral debate on disability

Sep 22, 2010
Trinity St.Paul United Church
429 Bloor Street West (Bloor & Spadina)
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 3.7404" N, 79° 24' 18.3852" W
Ontario CA
Want to hear from candidates running for Mayor what they will do to improve services for Torontonians living with disabilities?
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Justice for refugees: Stop the deportation of Jose Figueroa and his family

Aug 26, 2010 to Aug 27, 2010
Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 15' 46.278" N, 123° 5' 54.7872" W
British Columbia CA
Come learn about the campaign to challenge the Immigration and Refugee Board's decision to deport a B.C. man and his family on the basis of his affiliation to a political organization in his country.
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Alternatives Days

Aug 27, 2010 to Aug 30, 2010
The Laurentians , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Alain Deneault, Amir Khadir, Louise Vandelac, Ian Angus, Christophe Aguiton, Raphaël Canet, and 30 other noted speakers from almost a dozen countries will gather for the 16th Alternatives Days.
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ranj dhaliwal, newcomer?

I have recently recieved a flyer with some info on a Ranj dhaliwal and when i have inquired i have found out some great things  about him,  i heard he has created a foundation as well as helped out the sihk community especially the youth,    anyone else have any info on him?  i have overheard some chatter that he may be running in the next election so any info would be helpful

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