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COMMENT: Can Harper's CETA trojan horse be stopped?

COMMENT: Can Harper's CETA trojan horse be stopped?

Stephen Harper’s no-longer-secret agenda to implement a revolution from the right and dismantle Canada has one major impediment that must really stick in his craw. He is constrained in what he can do by the constitutional division of powers which gives the provinces so much political authority.

Council of Canadians calls for fracking ban in lead-up to Global Frackdown

Council of Canadians calls for fracking ban in lead-up to Global Frackdown
Ottawa – On the eve of the Global Frackdown – the Council of Canadians is calling for a ban, or at the very least a moratorium, onfrackingfrom coast to coast.
The Council points to the fact that evenanalysts of the industryhave acknowledgedthat fracking fluids won’t be safe for human consumption within the next five years, but the organization questions the claims that fracking would be safe even by the

Atamanenko joins Canadians in paying homage to Jack Layton

Alex Atamanenko . . . Layton the epitome of a trustworthy, honourable politician

Wednesday (August 22) Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark the first anniversary of Jack Layton’s passing following his fight with cancer.

Alex Atamanenko, MP, for BC Southern Interior invites constituents to keep the former NDP leader’s legacy alive by participating in a web-based activity joining with others from across the country to pay homage to Jack on the website www.dearjack.ca .  

“Before Jack died, he shared some wise words with Canadians,” said Atamanenko:

Council of Canadians calls on premiers to take Vermont’s lead and ban fracking

Council of Canadians calls on premiers to take Vermont’s lead and ban fracking

Following Vermont’s ban on hydraulic fracturing last month, the Council of Canadians has written to the premiers of the provinces and territories across Canada asking that they follow suit. “Last month, the state of Vermont took action to protect water sources and to curb demands on fossil fuels. Provincial governments should do the same thing,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

Beyond Harper: Rebuilding community

Beyond Harper: Rebuilding community

Of all the appalling abuses of democracy and ruthless dismantling of the country represented by Bill C-38 one stands out of as representative of the right wing dystopia that Stephen Harper has in store for the 99 per cent.

Politicians are a shadow. What casts the shadow?

Politicians are a shadow. What casts the shadow?

I have been writing about politics lately.  Now I will turn my attentions to a wider subject, minds and consciousness.

It is a great virtue of history that—through its study--people can be cured of thinking they are undergoing something unique, when in historical fact something very similar has happened before. Harper is in no way a statesman of the stature of John A. Macdonald or Pierre Trudeau. I am sure I would not get much argument about that. How do we know this? I would say, historical perspective.

Renos a sign of housing markets maintaining across Canada

Renos a sign of housing markets maintaining across Canada

An estimated 1.7 million households in 10 major centres undertook renovations in 2011 according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC’s) Renovation and Home Purchase Survey released today. This represents about 37 per cent of homeowner households, a slight decrease from 42 per cent, or 1.9 million households, in 2010. The estimated average cost of renovations undertaken in 2011 was $13,709, an increase from $12,972 in 2010.

LETTER: Quebec protests about much more than tuition

LETTER: Quebec protests about much more than tuition
Greetings to you, my friends in the Rest of Canada (ROC)
 
I am writing you because i am really concerned that English Canada is not getting good information on what is happening right now in Québec.  Particularly lamentable is the CBC and the Globe and Mail.  And, apparently, Maclean’s.
 
You are being presented with a lot of information about a few demonstrators who have a political agenda and use aggressive tactics to get across their message.

What is to be done when 'Harper is us'?

What is to be done when 'Harper is us'?

There is one basic, foundational ground on which all politics in Canada must find traction, or not have any effect.

This is it. Less than 15% of the people are "political" as part of their daily thinking and activity. They are the few to whom the actions of politicians, and their words and opinions, matter. The rest are not going to bother with politics until an election.

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Stephen Harper, too, shall pass into history, recorded as one of the most destructive, personally malignant personalities ever to have soiled the Canadian political landscape. But in the meantime, Canadians are so distracted by his political blitzkrieg through the agencies, policies, programs and institutions that make Canada what it became over five decades, that we are in danger of losing our imagination regarding what is truly possible in this country.

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