From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. Carl Schurz

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tom Flanagan: Standing with the child pornographers

I'm speechless here so I'll just let Tom Flanagan speak for himself.

UPDATE: The Manitoban article referenced in the video here
The original Youtube video uploaded February 27, 2013 here
H/T @paisleyrae  and @C_onfessor

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Company You Keep

Growing up in the sixties we were taught that you are judged by the company you keep, so with that in mind lets take a quick look at some of the company Prime Minister Harper keeps shall we...

We already know all there is to know

Harper appointee John McDougall  President of the National Research Council: “Really the discovery part of everything we’re going to do for the next couple of decades is already discovered. You know the science but you don’t necessarily know what you’re going to do with it.” With a given problem properly framed, “then you can go hunting for the science from the discoveries that have been made, that you can in fact apply to achieve that end.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wait ...WHAT?

Remember that first loss of personal data by HRDC, this one containing the personal records(inc heath records)  of Canadians applying for CPP, OAS benefits, EI and child care tax credits? Well it has now been reported that the Department of Justice is under investigation over this betrayal of Canadians privacy.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Duffy and the Primary Question

Glad to hear Duffy has decided to re-reimburse the Canadian public the full amount he received in housing allowance even though he is completely innocent don't ya know, but this still doesn't answer the primary question.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Precariat : The Real Canadian Majority

We've known for some time now that precarious employment has been on the rise, now a new study from McMaster PEPSO and the United Way, It’s More than Poverty has quantified this trend, finding that half of the GTA and Hamilton toil in jobs that are considered precarious.

 When you also consider that many with jobs not defined as precarious live in fear of offshoring and layoffs it is not a stretch to say that the Precariat is now the largest social class in Canada.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hey Mike Time to stop digging

The problem with telling lies is that eventually they will come back to bite you, Mike Duffy finds himself in just that predicament. He has now so boxed himself in that escape seems impossible at the moment.

Monday, February 18, 2013

#cdnpoli, pornbots and the attack on free speech

For political junkies like myself on Twitter #cdnpoli has been our home for some time. It is where we go to gather, discuss and argue the issues of the day, however that is becoming increasingly impossible of late as the hashtag has been taken over by pornbots.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Umm Mr.Mayor, I thought you were opposed to tolls

Rob Ford has gone on the record opposing tolls time and again this time telling Premier Wynne that he is ‘adamantly’ so but here's the thing he isn't opposed to all forms of tolls, just those imposed on motorists.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Applying the Whitewash

I see Bell Canada has a new campaign to bring awareness to  the issue of mental health promising to donate five cents for every tweet using their #BellLetsTalk hashtag. While this is a vital conversation and I suppose Bell could be commended for this initiative I cannot go there.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Slip Sliding Away

We've all had the sense that Canada under Harper has been backsliding in many ways, be it increased inequity, child poverty or just our over all sense of well being. Three recent reports lend credence to those feelings of regression on the social front.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The War on Terra

Humour as this video from the folks at Juice Rap News demonstrates is often the most effective form of political commentary. The War on Terra - Canada vs Australia