Politics in Canada

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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?

 

BK:

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Who was the greatest Prime Minister Canada never had?

Until yesterday, Robert Stanfield (former Premier of Nova Scotia, former leader of the Progressive Conservative) held this honour according to pundits. However, the new name in this debate is Jack Layton( former Toronto city councillor, fomer leader of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, former leader of the New Democratic Party). 

Who you do you believe is the person most deserving is this title? (Other names are welcome of course). 

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Downtown East March to stop Ford's cuts

Aug 25, 2011
Allan Gardens
Sherbourne & Carlton
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 12.6864" N, 79° 23' 2.0652" W
Ontario CA
Join us for a free community meal, followed by a lively tour of Rob Ford's proposed path of destruction in the Downtown East!
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How Sweet it is: Canadians Reject Harper’s Big Fat Smear on Turmel

Two polls released today show that Canadians couldn't care less about Turmel's ties to the Bloc and QS, and that the NDP is actually gaining ground. Here's my analysis:

"In politics smears have a tendency to work. That’s why attack ads and mudslinging are the norm down south, and a growing trend here. It doesn’t really matter if an accusation is true, studies have shown that people are far more likely to pay attention to the original, shocking, smear than to any subsequent correction.

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