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OPEN LETTER TO THE PM: Leave our British past...in the past

OPEN LETTER TO THE PM: Leave our British past...in the past

Mr. Harper:

I write about your directing our military to revert to the use of British military rank insignias and designations after 45 years of a home-grown Canadian system. I also note that you previously had directed our services to revert to 'Royal' services in name, indicating service under the Queen of England.

My wife and I spent 16 years out of country and were delighted when we came back to find how Canadian identity and pride had grown noticeably. To us, this was a very good thing.

Reinventing progressive politics

Reinventing progressive politics

We are so accustomed to the connection between political parties and democracy that to question the relationship between the two might seem absurd. But for those who recognize the multiple crises faced by humanity — the destruction of our environment, climate change, the ravages of unfettered finance capital, the undeniable limits to growth — the failure of our liberal, multi-party democracies seems increasingly obvious.

To many people, the millions who can’t even be bothered to vote, they are simply irrelevant.

BC’s Election Stunner: Five Lessons for the Left

BC’s Election Stunner: Five Lessons for the Left

The NDP’s stunning loss in B.C. is being deconstructed, dissected, analyzed and mourned over not only here but across the country. Every pundit and political junkie, including me, thought the NDP would win, even after their lead suddenly dropped. But unfortunately, most of the analysis won’t be very helpful for those individuals and organizations hoping and fighting for a better country.

COMMENT: Shadowy background to Harper’s war on science revealed

COMMENT: Shadowy background to Harper’s war on science revealed

Much has been written in the past year about the Harper government’s war on science.

COMMENT: Why Justin Trudeau may be more dangerous than Stephen Harper

Adrian Wyld/CP

Justin Trudeau just may be Canada's most dangerous man.

He of the throngs of adoring supporters, the pretty new face that promises to resurrect "Canada's party".

COMMENT: Justin Trudeau, Boy King

COMMENT: Justin Trudeau, Boy King

There is no accounting for political judgment when it gets caught up in irrational euphoria. The overwhelming victory of Justin Trudeau in the Liberal Party's leadership race demonstrates just how impoverished the state of our political culture has become. Did the polls -- almost completely meaningless at this stage of the political process -- so addle people's discernment that they could not see what was in front of them?

WHO REALLY OWNS CITY HALL 5: Citizen representation

WHO REALLY OWNS CITY HALL 5: Citizen representation

Part 3 of the Municipal Act regulates all aspects of elections, from elector and candidate qualifications to the resolution of conflicts and irregularities. The scope of the Act’s election regulations meets all that can reasonably be required to assure fair and open elections in Yukon municipalities. However, elections are to democracy what oxygen is to life – impossible to be sustained without it but woefully insufficient for it to survive.

COMMENT: What democracy might look like

COMMENT: What democracy might look like

One of the many things that Hugo Chavez, the charismatic and revolutionary president of Venezuela, contributed to the world was his demonstration for people everywhere the difference between democracy and liberal democracy. Chavez’s hyperbolic style, his tweaking the tail of the Imperial tiger and his willingness to be just as ruthless as his US-backed opponents, gave Western leaders and journalists lots of ammunition to demonize him.

55% of Canadians want change to Canadian head of state instead of continuing with any member of the British royal family

55% of Canadians want change to Canadian head of state instead of continuing with any member of the British royal family

Today, the new national educational foundation Your Canada, Your Constitution (YCYC) released the results of its recent national survey of 2,024 Canadians that shows a majority of Canadians (55%) want to change to a Canadian head of state, while only 34% want to continue with a member of the British royal family as Canada’s head of state.

COMMENT: Canada’s reckless banks inflate house price bubble

COMMENT: Canada’s reckless banks inflate house price bubble

The whole issue of the housing bubble, its extent and whether there will be a soft landing as predicted by many wishful thinkers has resulted in many interesting headlines in recent weeks – including some high on the delusional scale. One suggested that house prices are a mere 20% overvalued (if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you). Another that Marc Carney, having solved the housing bubble issue, was now moving on to an allegedly different issue: economic growth.

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