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Some of the Things I learned at Home.

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When I was a child, I used to love to make my dad’s lunch. He was a logger. I would line his lunchbox with a paper towel and write a message on it. “I love you”, “have a great day”. I would make him a couple of sandwiches, wrapped neatly in wax paper. . . . → Read More: Some of the Things I learned at Home.

We Had This Place

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There was this place in the world, where we were home.

For a decade, we occupied this place. We brought in topsoil. Slate. Beautiful flatrock. At the time, I worked at a nursery, and I brought in plants, shrubs, trees. Dave made art out of stumps and logs and burls. We stewarded that . . . → Read More: We Had This Place

Peace

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Instead of hating, let’s find common ground. What are you for? I am for peace. I feel that peace can easily be achieved by equality. Equality (for me) would be obtained by making a global constitution that included water, food and shelter as human rights. What are you for?

When I was a Youngster

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I joined the reserves. Parents said, get a job, so I did. That was in 1980 or so. A peaceful time of yore, I jined up with HMCS Malahat in Victoria. Got in some great training, hiked the west coast trail, from Renfrew, before the boardwalk. Learned drill and travelled the country . . . → Read More: When I was a Youngster

An Open Letter to our Political Leaders

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I am appalled by the lack of debate in the House on the situation in the Ukraine and any role Canada should take on. PM has unilaterally started committing Canadians to go to the volatile region to take part in NATO posturing against Russia.

I know that Canada has many citizens of Ukrainian . . . → Read More: An Open Letter to our Political Leaders

Taking Fern Hill’s Cue and Endorsing Olivia Chow From Montreal And BC

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Well, boys n girls, it’s no secret that I’ve been hoping for Olivia Chow to announce her candidacy for mayor of Toronto. Now it’s official. She resigned her seat yesterday and launched her campaign today.  Good.

I live in Montreal, but my mother lives in Downtown Toronto alone, so I do pay attention . . . → Read More: Taking Fern Hill’s Cue and Endorsing Olivia Chow From Montreal And BC

It Looks Like It’s Official Now, Olivia Chow Will Run Against Mayor Fordzilla

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Well, boys n girls, the moment we’ve been waiting for is about to come. Olivia Chow is expected to resign her seat in the House of Commons for Trinity-Spadina and announce her run for mayor of Toronto on Thursday.   About time! For what was looking to be a sea of 3 right wingers . . . → Read More: It Looks Like It’s Official Now, Olivia Chow Will Run Against Mayor Fordzilla

FIPA

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I signed this letter designed by LeadNow today and added my comments (in italics).

 

Dear Honourable Christy Clark, I am concerned about the impacts of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) on British Columbians.

If the Canada-China FIPA passes, China’s companies could sue Canada if any Canadian government – including our . . . → Read More: FIPA

Lesley Gore’s message for Mitt Romney: “You Don’t Own Me”

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Killer video featuring everday women and artists performing Lesley Gore’s classic (and way before its time), “You Don’t Own Me.”

Gore herself adds at the end: “I recorded ‘You Don’t Own Me’ in 1964. It’s hard for me to believe but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes . . . → Read More: Lesley Gore’s message for Mitt Romney: “You Don’t Own Me”

Canada 2012. A nation of warmongers, plagiarizers, misogynists, Islamaphobes and despots

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There are times when I almost regain my faith in Canadian journalism. For every Margaret Wente or Sylvia Stead there is a Stephen Maher or Glen McGregor. The latter duo is especially gratifying, seeing that they are being published by the bastard child of Conrad Black and the . . . → Read More: Canada 2012. A nation of warmongers, plagiarizers, misogynists, Islamaphobes and despots

When Conservatives say “counter-terrorism”, they really mean “anti-pot”, even halfway around the world

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Bosun’s Mate Fleury throws hemp rope reaped from the spoils of the Battle of Yemen

With the HMCS Regina replacing the HMCS Charlottetown in the Arabian Sea, Peter MacKay and the Government of Canada decided it was big news. MacKay said all the right things to boast about the exchange of ships: “strong . . . → Read More: When Conservatives say “counter-terrorism”, they really mean “anti-pot”, even halfway around the world

The Cure (for what ails us)

Tweet Everybody I have come across lately share a common thread.  We are all experiencing a general malaise.  Downright bitchy even.  I know I have been feeling that way.  Frustrated, out of sorts and unable to articulate exactly why.  Hence my recent lack of blogposts. But then it occurred to me.  It doesn’t feel . . . → Read More: The Cure (for what ails us)

I Really Don’t Have Much More To Add

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I have to admit, I was on the fence about leaving Prog Blogs for awhile.  While I was (still am) disgusted with the mods’ attitude towards womens’  fundamental rights,  I wasn’t sure that leaving Prog Blogs was the way to go. Oh not because of site traffic, because quite frankly, most of my . . . → Read More: I Really Don’t Have Much More To Add

“Wow!” Trudeau TKO’s testosterone out of Sun News talking heads

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I didn’t see the fight. My cable co. doesn’t carry Sun News. But I watched the tweets. And marvelled at Justin Trudeau winning in enemy territory.

From what I gather the broadcast was 40% climate change denial, 40% CBC dissing and 20% fight. Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant made themselves more the . . . → Read More: “Wow!” Trudeau TKO’s testosterone out of Sun News talking heads

What’s wrong with this picture? Website for English-Canadian Coalition unveiled.

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It’s amusing enough that such an organization exists (if indeed it actually does) but judging from the banner photo, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the group for NAMBLA.

Creepy.

H/T: Mario in comments to this post.

X-posted at Let Freedom Rain.

Very Sad News

Tweet I have had some very sad news today.  BC. Mary has passed away. The Legislature Raids was one of the first blogs I found.  I followed it religiously as she tenaciously followed the Crime of the Century, the theft of BC Rail by Gordon Campbell and the now infamous raid on our Legislature . . . → Read More: Very Sad News

Rick Santorum: Sarah Palin is the Clarence Thomas of Feminists

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Posted without comment.

H/T: Buzzfeed

RCMP Call for submissions…into Workplace Harrassment

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Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP   c/o Public Submissions, File 2011-3791   PO Box 1722, Stn B   Ottawa ON K1P 0B3

 

To Whom it may concern,

 

I am writing this email in response to your call for public input into this problem of workplace harrassment in the RCMP.

. . . → Read More: RCMP Call for submissions…into Workplace Harrassment

Scene from Syria, Saturday January 28, 2012. Rodney Kirkland Sr. edition.

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Oops. Turns out that was Oakland last night.

UPDATE: Dr. Dawg has the goods on an Oakland cop, annual salary $202K and unbelievably works for the Youth and Family Services agency, who apparently beat a pregnant woman leukemia sufferer off her bicycle and allegedly beat her as she was being carried away on a stretcher. Luckily, Anonymous (I’m . . . → Read More: Scene from Syria, Saturday January 28, 2012. Rodney Kirkland Sr. edition.

Gerry Nicholls snaps the ball. NCC prez Peter Coleman punts. Hilarity ensues. UPDATED

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(Scroll down for scrumptious update.)

Here’s the first assignment for the Globe & Mail’s new Public Editor Sylvia Stead. Explain to non-partisan Canadian citizens why the venerable grey lady is publishing a Conservative loyalist like Gerry Nicholls who regularly spreads his right-wing propaganda in rags like the Sun empire, National Post and the Frum/Worthington Huffington Post Canada?

Stead, tell us . . . → Read More: Gerry Nicholls snaps the ball. NCC prez Peter Coleman punts. Hilarity ensues. UPDATED