Politics in Canada


G20-Toronto Debrief (O4J Keynote)

Nov 12, 2010 to Nov 13, 2010
University of Ottawa, Morisset Hall room 205
www.uottawa.ca/maps - MRT building
Ottawa , ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W
Ontario CA
Three Toronto organizers speak about the G20 summit and protests this past June. This is the keynote event of the Organizing For Justice conference in Ottawa Nov12-13.

G20 Reading Week

Nov 15, 2010 to Nov 20, 2010
Turtle Island Various
Read books to know your enemy, for what you don't know can hurt you! Reading Week is a G20 Legal Defense Fundraiser.
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Brave stand on Israel cost us UN Security Seat, says Harper

“As long as I am Prime Minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophonie or anywhere else Canada will take a stand whatever the cost.”

“Whether it is at the United Nation or any other international forum, the easy thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israeli rhetoric,” Harper told an interparliamentary conference on combating anti-Semitism....

Harper’s position was in a sharp contrast to blaming Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff last month for Canada losing out to Portugal for the UN position.

Ignatieff scoffed at Harper’s latest explanation.


Imperialist Canada Book Launch

Nov 18, 2010 to Nov 19, 2010
1671 Bloor St. West Between Dundas West and Keele
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 19.0728" N, 79° 27' 24.0336" W
Ontario CA
Join us for the launch of Todd Gordon's new book, Imperialist Canada
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B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell resigns

And here I thought being at babble made me grumpy tonight, but logging off to go listen to the esteemed Premier of BC blowing smoke up BCer's asses, took being grumpy to a whole new level.


Realizing that my taxes were paying for the smoke to be blown up my ass was the kick in the stomach, after the punch to the face. 

Hopefully, more BCers realize  the lies and that we paid to be lied to too too.


There are polling questions at the link too.

[Thread title changed at remind's request - CF]

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Rage and Love

Even though I have been here only 20yrs, it does continue to amaze me how much the politics in Canada is so narrowly defined.  Why is it that politicans and political types are constantly advocating - Vote For Me...because I am not the other guy.  It seems like in this type of contest, there is no space for really the discussion of an alternate space or society.

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Did Alejandra Bravo doom the Jonah Schein campaign?

Much grumbling in the Jonah Schein campaign for City Council about the role of Alejandra Bravo in the wake of his resounding defeat to Council embarrassment Cesar Palacio in Davenport North. The campaign was in thrall to Bravo, who came very close the last time around, losing to Palacio by less than 300 votes. She endorsed Schein early on and they believed she would be their secret weapon. There is no doubt that Bravo is a star. Very charismatic, talented, Latina, speaks Portugese, the dominant language of Davenport North. Schein, in contrast, is a unilingual anglo. They were obviously counting on Bravo to campaign hard for Schein, who she endorsed early on.

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Voting Strategies for Mayor of Toronto

Here's a note I posted to Facebook that some babblers recommended I report here:

If you’re a Joe Pantalone supporter, you probably assume I’m a George Smitherman supporter because I have not been kind to pro-Pantalone arguments, . If you’re a Smitherman supporter, I imagine you think I’m supporting Pantalone because I keep trashing your arguments.

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NDP 50th anniversary convention

Hello, all,

Has it been announced when and where the NDP will hold its 50th anniversary convention?

As a member of the International Committee for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), I would like to attend as an observer.


Kim William Jones, Des Moines, Iowa

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Buying Influence?

Toronto Media Coop has conducted part of an investigation into lobbyists who try to buy influence by donating to Toronto city councillor's election campaigns. Candidates in the current municipal election are not required to disclose their financial backers until March 2011, so the first part of the investigation looks at the current councillors and lobbyists who donated to them in the 2006 election. In April 2011, the second part of our investigation will be released.

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Is Scott Moffatt fear mongering out of desperation?

Scott Moffatt = Instilling fear for votes and not getting mine

Talking to a few friends at the Marlborough in North Gower and whenever I see people that I know around the area, the only reason why anyone says that they will vote for Scott is because he has told them that a vote for him is the only way that the voters can knock Glenn Brooks out. When I ask them, what part of the platform do they like of his, their response is, "Well, I don't actually really like him at all, he has become very arrogant, but we need to get Glenn out and Scott said that if there is a vote split, Glenn will get back in."

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Solving the need for affordable housing

In 2006, almost 1.5 million households in Canada spent nearly half of their before-tax income on shelter and were deemed by CMHC to be in core housing need.

Rather than spending $75 billion to bailout Canada's chartered banks, the government could have used the money to completely eliminate the shortage of affordable housing in Canada. Not only would the investment in housing create new tangible assets actually worth $75 billion (rather than the worthless toxic debt that the government purchased from the banks), but it would stimulate the productive economy and create thousands of badly needed higher-paying jobs.

Consider the math.

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Hamilton municipal election

Anyone here with news from on the ground in Hamilton? I've been following the election in my former hometown from abroad, through the [url=http://www.thespec.com/news/elections]Hamilton Spectator election website[/url].


I see that Larry DiIanni has put a poll out now suggesting he's ahead.


Hamilton Spectator: [url=http://www.thespec.com/news/elections/article/266686--di-ianni-poll-puts... Ianni poll puts him in front in mayoral race[/url]

A leaked poll from Larry Di Ianni's campaign suggests he is set to retake the mayor's job he lost to incumbent Fred Eisenberger in 2006.


CETA: Treat or Trick?

Oct 22, 2010
Old Ottawa City Hal
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa , ON
45° 26' 24.864" N, 75° 41' 40.362" W
Ontario CA
Just in time for Halloween, Canadian and European Union trade negotiators are in Ottawa putting together a monster free trade pact

Paradise by the River

Oct 29, 2010 to Dec 5, 2010
The City Playhouse in Vaughan and the Lower Ossington Theatre
1000 New Westminster Ave; 100a Ossington Avenue
Vaughan; Toronto , ON
Ontario CA
Paradise by the River: Toronto Premiere sparks memories at a time when no one should forget
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Time for the Liberals to take down the Harper Conservatives

Time to throw out the rule book

I don't believe the Liberals are reading the polls right given their apparent fear of bringing on an election. As Frank Graves said of our fragmented electorate, "we have entered a strange new political world" and one needs to throw out the old rule book when interpreting the numbers.

The fact is the Green party is at a solid 11% in the polls, which is squeezing out both the Liberals and NDP on the center-left. Rock-bottom core Conservative vote is about 29.5%, which limits the space on the right. So if you add it up, the Liberals will be waiting around forever hoping get a big lead on the Conservatives.


'Our Water, Our Lives' rally

Oct 14, 2010
Queen's Park Toronto , ON
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W
Ontario CA
Tell the provincial government to protect our water!
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What is a Fascist Part 2

F-A-S-C-I-S-T = 7 letter swearword for people on the left to describe their opponents in the 20th century?
Maybe, I am just an ignorant Costa Rican-Canadian EMS worker but I don’t think any previous posts apply to the new century.  Not that I disagree with any of the explanations offered above – they are all valid and true but they do not conform to the realities that we are trying to capture. 

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Jason Kenney's email recognizing Liberals' help in defeating Bill C-440

It's bad enough that Liberals defeated its own private member's bill supporting the war resisters.  Now Jason Kenney had sent the following email to people who had written him in the past.  Looks to me like we already have a coalition government in Ottawa:

From: Kenney.J@parl.gc.ca
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 2:57 PM
To: ----
Subject: Conservatives and Liberals Help Defeat Military Deserter Law

You have all emailed or written me at some point to express your views on the issue of US military deserters and recent legislation to give them a special pathway for permanent residency.


'Alternatives to Growth' book launch and Work Less Party

Oct 15, 2010 to Oct 16, 2010
Kule Theatre (MacEwan University) & First Free Store
~ Details Below ~
Edmonton , AB
53° 32' 36.8304" N, 113° 29' 25.6272" W
Alberta CA
Edmonton Small Press Association, Music is a Weapon, the MacEwan Student's Association & the First Free Store are excited to present acclaimed arts-activist, author and rabble-rouser Conrad Schmidt.


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