Politics in Canada


Madelaine Drohan: 'Can We Catch Up with Angola?'

Jan 9, 2013
The Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park Circle
Toronto , ON
43° 40' 4.4472" N, 79° 23' 36.654" W
Ontario CA
Join us as we launch the Literary Review of Canada event series IN CONVERSATION WITH, presented by the Ideas Institute.

Idle No More Vancouver

Dec 23, 2012
Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver , BC
49° 15' 40.4136" N, 123° 6' 50.1372" W
British Columbia CA
This gathering will bring information forward about the implications of what this movement means to the people and the earth.

Idle No More rally at Conservative MP's office

Dec 18, 2012
Brantford , ON
43° 8' 21.7932" N, 80° 15' 51.93" W
Ontario CA
Please come out on Dec 18th to demand that First Nations inherit rights be respected by the Harper Government and to let people know we must stop these bills as they undermine First Nations rights.
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Most outrageous Harper Conservative moments of 2012


babbler denizens, help rabble.ca craft an end-of-year feature. What, in your opinion, were the most outrageous gaffes, slip-ups, turnabouts and embarrassments committed by Harper's Conservatives in 2012?

Yes, we may be contributing to the "gaffe" political culture so deleterious to serious sociopolitical discourse. Yes, there are probably serious things like Enbridge and more omnibusses than in a Virginia Woolf novel. Yes, you can mention those if you make them funny. You won't get money, prizes or even more fame than you've already got, but it could be fun. 

I will get you started:

Bev Oda once ordered a $16 orange juice. Discuss.

What else?

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Harper government set to cancel F-35 purchase

Postmedia is reporting tonight that a government source has revealed the F-35 purchase will be cancelled. Here's the story:

The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the Harper government’s side and the subject of a devastating auditor-general’s report last spring, is dead.

Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30 billion, the operations committee of the federal Cabinet decided Tuesday evening to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said.

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RATE your politicians in Canada

Hello everyone, I would like to share with you a new website some of you may find interesting


At this site, users may rate politicians on all three levels of government, plus government provided programs/services. We hope to be able to engage more disenchanted citizens in the political process and help voters make more informed decisions at election times.

Truly a corrupt politician's nightmare!


Book launch: Speaking Up

Dec 5, 2012
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto , ON
43° 38' 33.2664" N, 79° 25' 36.6924" W
Ontario CA
"Speaking Up" presents a wide overview of the history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present.

2012 Federal NDP Socialist Caucus Convention

Dec 1, 2012
OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education)
252 Bloor Street West, Room 2-212
Toronto , ON
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
The NDP Socialist Caucus (SC) was founded in 1998 at Toronto, Ontario by NDP activists who were concerned about the right-wing drift of the party leadership.

Emergency Townhall: Omnibudget bills and your environmental laws

Nov 28, 2012
Centretown United Church
507 Bank Street http://centretownunited.org/events.htm
Ottawa , ON
45° 24' 37.4004" N, 75° 41' 32.6364" W
Ontario CA
Join us for an Emergency Townhall meeting on how the Harper government's omnibus budget bills affect water and environmental protection.
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Win! Company gives up plans for Mega Quarry

CTV reports:

"Acknowledging widespread public opposition, the company behind a proposed mega-quarry at a site north of Toronto has backed down. In a statement released Wednesday, the Highland Companies announced it was withdrawing its request to develop the project in Melancthon Township, near Orangeville, Ont. While we believe that the quarry would have brought significant economic benefit to Melancthon Township and served Ontario's well-documented need for aggregate, we acknowledge that the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process," Highland's John Scherer said."

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Stop the Drone War! Speaking Tour

Stop the Drone War !
An eyewitness report by U.S. anti-war leader Joe Lombardo on the recent American anti-drone delegation to Pakistan

You are invited to 3 upcoming meetings in the Toronto area:

Thursday, November 29   7 p.m. Central Library Building, Room 3, at 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West , Mississauga

Friday, November 30   1 p.m. Ryerson University, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street, at Church St.

Friday, November 30   7 p.m. OISE U of Toronto, Room 2-214, 252 Bloor Street West (above the St. George Subway station)

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Poppies and Politics

I know that it's traditional for MP's to wear a poppy to commemorate...but, are all the party leaders(INCLUDING THE NDP)requiring their mp's to wear the right-wing, militarist red poppy rather than the white peace poppy?


World Stage 2013

Feb 7, 2013 to May 27, 2013
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
43° 38' 20.8248" N, 79° 22' 58.4076" W

Bring Your Boomers # 3: Power and Energy Connecting the Dots

Dec 11, 2012 to Dec 12, 2012
The Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway (and Commercial Drive)
Vancouver , BC
49° 15' 44.5896" N, 123° 4' 11.1648" W
British Columbia CA
Bring Your Boomers combines intergenerational dialogue with music, film, visual art, storytelling and dance to provide a culturally driven entry point to discuss social transformation.

Rally this Friday: Repeal Bill 115 and re-open Parliament!

Nov 2, 2012
Margarett Best's office
4117 Lawrence Ave East (East of Galloway Rd)
Toronto , ON
43° 45' 33.0408" N, 79° 11' 36.5208" W
Ontario CA
Toronto and York Region Labour Council will be joining education workers outside the office of Liberal MP Margarett Best to protest against Bill 115.
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Harper's tax increase that, can be as much as 10% and targets unionized workers

Now you would think I am making this up because the media is not discussing it. I am not making it up. I will provide the links and information below since so you don't have to take my word for it:

The media is covering how many hidden things are in the budget but are missing this one:

22 changes in the budget bill fine print 457-page omnibus budget implementation bill amends 64 different Acts or regulations


But no mention of a tax increase there.

This tax increase is the decision to make extended group health contributions taxable by the employees as they never were before.

This is how it is today:

From the CRA Employer tax guide:

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Bullet points for electoral coalition. If you support cooperation, do these speak for you?

A message to Canada's progressive leaders from ordinary progressive canadians.



We Propose, Given:


  1. The current Conservative Government holds power primarily due to “vote splitting;” a peculiarity of the current “first-past-the-post” electoral system. 


  2. The core values of social justice, environmental sustainability and sound fiscal management are shared by Canada's three federalist progressive parties.


  3. The strong acrimony felt by many organizers in each progressive party for the other progressive parties is not shared by the majority of progressive voters. 


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Idea: Jobs for graduates

An idea occurred to me. I've posted it under "Labour" as it's the closest relevant category other than politics.

I was having a chat with a fellow former graduate student and we were talking about how academia often doesn't give students an opportunity to discover what they can do if they don't stay in academia. So we finish postgrad education and then end up at square one in the job market, anywhere from 25-40 years old having never really held down a full-time job.

I am now employed full-time, but a few things stood out to me during the months that I was making use of career counselling:


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