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Wynne’s Win, and the Agony of Right-Wing Pundits

Wynne’s Win, and the Agony of Right-Wing Pundits

While I realize it is churlish to take so much pleasure in the whining and wingeing of the usually arrogant right-wing pundits, I just can`t help myself. This gaggle of ideological nut bars rarely get angry at the fact that most governments in this country have been doing their duty in dismantling the democratic, activist state for 25 years. They really thought that it was impossible — due in part to their own pernicious influence — that the idea of government actually working for people could rise from the ashes.

First Nations Going to Court United Against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project

First Nations Going to Court United Against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project

Today, we unequivocally reject the Harper Government’s decision to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway tanker and pipelines project and First Nations will immediately go to court to vigorously pursue all lawful means to stop the Enbridge project.

We have governed our lands, in accordance to our Indigenous laws, since time immemorial. Our inherent Title and Rights and our legal authority over our respective territories have never been surrendered.

Stephen Harper’s ‘Strategic’ Path to Ruin

Stephen Harper’s ‘Strategic’ Path to Ruin

The federal government--that is, Stephen Harper--is expected to announce its long anticipated decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline sometime in June. The decision could well determine whether or not the Conservatives can win the 2015 election.

When it Comes to Political Ideas, How Big is ‘Big’?

When it Comes to Political Ideas, How Big is ‘Big’?

The notion of ‘big ideas’ periodically raises its head in Canadian politics and I recently criticized the NDP for taking a good idea – a national day of action – and wasting it in on, well, small ideas. Specifically I suggested that the party’s focus on excessive interest rates and other charges effectively redefined citizens as consumers, something that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been doing for eight years

What's really at stake in the Ukraine?

What's really at stake in the Ukraine?

It’s difficult to know which is the more disturbing aspect of the crisis in Ukraine. Is it the deliberate obfuscation of the truth by Western leaders like Stephen Harper (and their complicit media)? Or is it the truth itself — the casual acceptance by the West of an illegal, coup-installed regime in Kyiv populated by neo-Nazis and anti-Semites?

COMMENT: The War on the Poor

COMMENT: The War on the Poor

The conservative movement in the US and Canada is maintained by the CIA and a legion of “think tanks” mainly funded by the oil industry.[1] To their purposes, they support the myth of a “communist” conspiracy in order to wage war on the poor, to eliminate obstacles to the further accumulation of wealth by the rich.

Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?

Has Big Oil Hijacked democracy?

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.

Benito Mussolini

With the announcement by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) of formal complaints against the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for illegally spying on environmental groups opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, should we ask the question: are we there yet?

Well, no.

Judge Chides Harper Government's 'paternalistic, self serving, arbitrary and disrespectful' approach to First Nations

Judge Chides Harper Government's 'paternalistic, self serving, arbitrary and disrespectful' approach to First Nations

On January 17, 2014, Justice Patrick Smith of the Specific Claims Tribunal issued his decision in Aundeck Omni Kaning v. Canada, finding that Canada's unilateral, take-it-or-Ieave-it approach to the resolution of specific claims represents a blatant refusal to negotiate and undermines the Honour of the Crown in its dealings with First Nations. 

$50-million jackpot Lotto Max draw ticket sold in Brampton, Ont.

$50-million jackpot Lotto Max draw ticket sold in Brampton, Ont.

Someone who purchased a ticket in Brampton, Ont. is pretty happy after seeing their ship come in during Friday's $50-million jackpot Lotto Max draw.

The winning numbers for the draw are 4, 9, 18, 32, 35, 38 and 40 with the bonus number of 12.

Two people in Calgary and Quebec will cash in winning tickets for two of the 12 MaxMillions prizes of $1 million each.

Santa's sleigh passes pre-flight inspection

Reindeer with sleigh -- Wikipedia file photo

Santa Claus and his sleigh have successfully passed the pre-flight inspection process and have been cleared for take-off. All of his paperwork has been approved, his cargo has been checked, loaded and balanced, and his flight plan has been filed. He and his trusty team of reindeer are expected to leave the North Pole on time with a huge pile of toys on board.

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