Politics in Canada

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Activism course: Building a Better World

Oct 11, 2011 to Nov 16, 2011
Glebe Community Centre
Third Ave (at Lyon)
Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 24' 7.2828" N, 75° 41' 27.258" W
Ontario CA
This course is for people who are actively working for social change and would like to explore, learn and reflect on the different aspects of their work and how to do things better.
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Is CTVNewsChannel more Right Wing than Sun News?

I quite enjoy Don Martin's Power Play as it seems to be pretty neutral and moderate, but I recently watched one of their new shows, "National Affairs" and I thought it was pretty much on par with Fox News.  I can't believe how far right this show is, especially in Canada.  Yes we have a Conservative government, but it felt like the show was for an audience in the Bible belt of the US.  The female host is like a Canadian version of Laura Ingraham.  Much worse than anything on Sun News, IMO.  Anyone else catch this?

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Entitlements

There was an article in the Globe and Mail this morning (Jane Taber) about Minister Moore's movie showing at the National Arts Center for Harper and 1000 other people.  It was on the front page early on and then was buried deep.  Is this acceptable?  Does he rent it? Do Ministers do this sort of thing, if not?  Treat public property as if it is their own to use?

Harper enjoys a different kind of hockey night in Canada

 

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Occupy Toronto Market Exchange

Oct 15, 2011 to Nov 3, 2011
Toronto Market Exchange, Toronto Financial District
130 King Street West The Exchange Tower
M5X 1J2 Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 38' 53.6388" N, 79° 23' 0.564" W
Ontario CA
Nonviolent demonstration to protest global and national inequality, to object to a world governed by greed, to envision an Earth woven together in justice, kindness, and peace.
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NDP Leadership 17

For starters, what are the NDP membership's demographics, primarially the ratio of men to women. And of course what does the party need to do now (or probably in the future) to encourage a decent ratio for leadership races? I know equity is encouraged highly in other parts of the party.

 

 

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Cities Grow Ontario What influences Voters in the inner suburbs?

Oct 3, 2011
University of Toronto | Scarborough Campus Management Building | Room MW170 Scarborough
Canada
43° 46' 22.6524" N, 79° 15' 27.3924" W
CA
Five researchers and practitioners reflect on the 2010/2011 elections and voting trends in the inner suburbs that are transforming our political landscape.
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The Trickster and the Treasury Board

In the mythical world there is the character called the trickster.  He is the one who disobeys normal rules.  He is cunning and sly, often malicious, sometimes foolish, the embodiment of chaos and disharmony. He often plays the clown for the kings edification and may be his favourite. He hogs the limelight if he can, from behind the curtain of course, and though it may not be honourable things he is know for, he likes it anyway.

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Security for the PM

Wonderful article on CBC web site comparing travel arragements of other world leaders with those of our PM.  His office says he cannot travel on commercial flights because of security concerns. 

 

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Say no to the tar sands rally and sit-in

Sep 26, 2011
Centennial Flame, Parliament Hill Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W
Ontario CA
Join a historic action to oppose the tar sands. In a large peaceful protest, many will be risking arrest to tell the Harper government that we don’t support his reckless agenda.
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Government gets privatized

It seems to be under the radar but the conservatives just hired a huge (somesay corrupt) corporation to advise it on how to cut our deficit.  So we now have a private company setting priorities for Canadians. Deloitte Inc. is tied to the republican party in the US and has been accused of corruption in other countries.  We may as well have a sign up telling the world WE are open for corruption.  Why isn't this all over the media and the progressive discussion threads> It is frightening and makes me want to review characteristics of fascism. 

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Shifting the frame -- and getting our message out

Sep 24, 2011
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street near Bloor subway
M6G 2L8 Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
How can the left shift the frame and get its message out? Come discuss at two Beit Zatoun workshops.
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canadian icon rené lévesque

the more i read and learn about the erstwhile separatist leader, the more i realize that had i been of the generation that he led, i would almost certainly have been an unstinting supporter of his policies and politics.  it's slightly heretical to say, but the guy really is quebec's tommy douglas.  a true visionary and a bedrock progressive, it's incredible the extent to which compassion and social justice formed the core of his entire political project.  like i've always had a sort of passive hostility toward the guy as the touchstone of quebec independence, but the more i learn, the more i realize that it's an attitude that has no sense at all to it, other than in the conceptual sense, as a concrete example of ignorance.

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Toronto-Danforth By-election

I would not be surprised if the by-election is held off as long as constitutionally possible, which I believe is 6 months (?)

Potential NDP candidates that come to mind: Peter Tabuns, Paula Fletcher, Marilyn Churley, Francis Lankin. Thoughts on who should fill in these monolithic shoes? Perhaps dipper friendly local activists like Cathy Crowe or Rick Smith?

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My conversation with Barbara Kay about Layton's State Funeral

Me:

There are no rules being broken. It is up to the PM.
I keep looking for a political edge Harper has gained from giving Jack a state funeral, but I don't see one.
Maybe he is just doing a decently humane thing.

BK:

The edge is avoiding the mobbing that the people gave the Queen when she didn't publicly grieve for Diana. "Show us you care," read their placards. So she strolled around looking at the flowers and teddy bears and looked sad, and the mob was appeased. That was the edge for Harper and I don't really blame him.

 

Me:

So what is wrong with the public grieving for one week over a public figure, especially one that 4.5 million people voted for?

 

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