- --January 2014--
- 2014/01/29: Tyee: Why Clark Refuses to Hear What Supreme Court Tells Her (Twice) -- Teacher-bashing Liberals remain hellbent on gaming the political system
- 2014/01/31: PCat: The Senate: Will Mulcair’s rabbits and doves flee in all directions as Mulroney’s did?
- 2014/01/27: Creekside: Del Mastro fires a shot across Steve's bow
- 2014/01/31: CBC: Veterans fight office closures across Canada
Eight Veterans Affairs offices being shut down across the country today
- 2014/01/31: CBC: CSEC Snowden docs: No sign spy agency targets Canadians, minister insists
Tories say independent report shows CSEC obeys law as NDP, Liberals call tracking, spying illegal
- 2014/01/29: TStar: Don’t count on Obama to save Canada’s economy: Walkom -- Canadian politicians will have to do something if they want to end the slump
- 2014/01/31: NorRe: The Prime Directive: Do Nothing
- 2014/01/31: BBC: Snowden leaks: Canada 'spied on airport travellers'
- 2014/01/30: CBC: CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents
Electronic snooping was part of a trial run for U.S. NSA and other foreign services
- 2014/01/30: CBC: Superbug outbreaks at Canadian hospitals not reported -- Tracking of outbreaks needed, doctors say
- 2014/01/30: CBC: Chalk one up for Justin Trudeau's Senate surprise
All in all it's a pretty safe decision, but he gets marks for being decisive
- 2014/01/29: TStar: Former Canadian brigadier-general Daniel Menard in Afghan jail
- 2014/01/30: NNW: Genesis of Trudeau’s dramatic Senate decision
- 2014/01/29: CBC: Justin Trudeau removes senators from Liberal caucus
- 2014/01/29: CBC: Justin Trudeau statement: 'Senate is broken, and needs to be fixed'
Liberal leader announces all 32 Liberal senators will sit as Independents [Text of a prepared statement by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Wednesday, Jan. 29]
- 2014/01/29: CBC: Timeline - How Julian Fantino's meeting with veterans went off the rails
- 2014/01/28: CfC: Harper's words slither when they pass
- 2014/01/29: MSimon: Chris Alexander, Julian Fantino, and the Con Bullies
- 2014/01/29: MSimon: Leona Aglukkaq and the Latest Con Scandal
- 2014/01/29: PaiD: Never Bait A Veteran
- 2014/01/29: CBC: Veterans fighting service cuts felt disrespected at Fantino meeting
Federal government closing 9 Veterans Affairs offices across the country
- 2014/01/28: CTV: Veterans say Fantino treated them with disrespect in meeting over VA office closures
- 2014/01/28: PostMedia: I won’t be silenced, Mulcair tells Commons ‘referee’ [Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer]
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair seemingly questioned the impartiality of the referee of the House of Commons on Tuesday, effectively accusing the Speaker of picking sides and favouring the government in question period.
Mulcair said he refuses to be silenced in question period by Speaker Andrew Scheer on matters of government business, arguing that the Speaker should remain a referee and not become a player who stops questions from being asked.
Scheer chided Mulcair on Tuesday afternoon, saying that one of his questions to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the RCMP investigation into former Liberal senator Mac Harb had nothing to do with government business — a prerequisite for queries during question period.
- 2014/01/28: CBC: Interim privacy head wants spy agencies to be more accountable
Special report released today makes recommendations for greater oversight of Canada's spy agencies
- 2014/01/28: AntiWar: Putting a Christian Zionist in Charge -- What Canada Can Tell Us
- 2014/01/28: MSimon: Stephen Harper's Scary and Delusional Return to Parliament
- 2014/01/28: CBC: Abortion debate may return as Health Canada weighs RU-486 approval
Abortion debate likely to continue as Health Canada considers approving abortion drug mifepristone
The abortion debate on Parliament Hill isn't likely to fade in 2014 as Health Canada is expected to decide whether to approve a drug that terminates pregnancies.
Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, has been under consideration by Health Canada since December 2012. It usually takes about nine months for pharmaceuticals to work their way through the approvals process, making mifepristone overdue for a decision.
- 2014/01/28: CBC: Maurice Vellacott denounces muzzling of backbenchers
MP Maurice Vellacott gave notice of a motion aimed at preventing the muzzling of backbenchers
- 2014/01/27: NNW: U.S. TV viewers tuning into Obama speech will see PM Harper in unflattering ad
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make a cameo appearance on an international stage Tuesday night — though it's hardly one he would have chosen.
The prime minister will be cast in the villain's role in an anti-Keystone XL pipeline ad airing during the broadcast of President Barack Obama's state of the union address.
- 2014/01/27: NNW: Conservative MP challenges own government
The winter sitting of Parliament got off to a subdued start Monday, with the fiercest attack on the government coming from one of its own Conservative backbenchers.
Saskatoon MP Maurice Vellacott gave notice of a motion aimed at preventing the government from muzzling backbenchers by blocking their private members' bills and motions.
The motion would reform the current system, in which a handful of MPs on a Conservative-dominated sub-committee get to decide which private members' business will be put to a vote in the House of Commons.
- 2014/01/27: CBC: Ex-NDP MP Bruce Hyer becomes Green party deputy chief
- 2014/01/27: CBC: Tom Mulcair to force vote on Canada Post end to home delivery
- 2014/01/27: OpenMedia: Ottawa continues to defend CSEC spying without providing Canadians with information
- 2014/01/26: PEF: Dutch Disease, Prices and Wages in Saskatchewan
- 2014/01/27: CBC: The new ministerial responsibility: punish the underlings
- 2014/01/26: AfA: Why Do Conservatives Accuse Everyone Of Marxism & Nazism So Much?
- 2014/01/26: BCLSB: Gruending: Our Prime Minister Is A Christian Zionist
- 2014/01/23: Creekside: RoboCon Pop Quiz : Spot the Difference!
- 2014/01/21: Tyee: You Are Being Watched. Now What?
- 2014/01/25: NorRe: A Failed Economist
- 2014/01/25: CBC: More see Trudeau as excellent prime minister than Harper: poll
Poll suggests 68% of Canadians believe Harper is not honest, accountable
- 2014/01/24: PostMedia: Conservatives slashing jobs and spending in bid to balance budget
Embassies are being sold, government libraries closed, thousands of public sector jobs eliminated and billions of dollars are going unspent in the name of one broader Harper government goal: eliminating the deficit.
The Conservative government’s unflinching efforts to balance the books and eliminate a deficit estimated at $17.9 billion will drive a federal budget many believe is likely to be delivered in mid-February -- when public attention is focused on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
- 2014/01/23: WCI: Statistics Canada's Attention Deficit Disorder
- 2014/01/24: CBC: New list of missing, murdered aboriginal women gives families hope
- 2014/01/24: CBC: Ottawa defends spy agency, says collection of Canadians' data 'incidental'
- 2014/01/24: CBC: Chuck Strahl steps down as spy watchdog amid lobbying questions
- 2014/01/24: VanObs: Chuck Strahl resigns as Canada's top spy watchdog
- 2014/01/24: OpenMedia: Strahl resignation underlines need for total overhaul of spy agency oversight
- 2014/01/24: CdnTrends: Five Eyes, More Lies
- 2014/01/23: CCurrents: Harper Drips Platitudes, Hypocrisy, Double Standards And Lies In Knesset
- 2014/01/22: MSimon: Stephen Harper and the Day the Junket Died
[...] Con MP Mark Adler inadvertently revealed that this honking production is just the Mother of All Photo-ops.
Because that's where this junket died, and was exposed as nothing but a grubby vote buying scheme.
- 2014/01/23: CBC: Small Alberta town gets massive 1,000 Mbps broadband boost
Rural community of Olds builds its own fibre network and starts its own ISP
- 2014/01/23: PaiD: The Measure Of The Man -- Sounds like Rick Mercer has the Harper cabal's number [video]
- 2014/01/23: OpenMedia: Why Canadians should care about the (near) death of the open Internet in the U.S.
- 2014/01/23: CBC: Not all ethnic media outlets keen to pose with PM
- 2014/01/23: CBC: The political steamroller that is Quebec's charter of values
- 2014/01/22: CBC: Kathy Dunderdale resignation: 'It is time to step back' -- Newfoundland and Labrador premier in job for 3 years
- 2014/01/22: CBC: Net neutrality rules cut: Experts discuss future of accessible internet in Canada
- 2014/01/22: MGeist: Here We Go Again: Canadian Recording Industry Calls on Government To Regulate the Internet
- 2014/01/21: CBC: Kathy Dunderdale to step down as N.L. premier
- 2014/01/21: Creekside: Steve & Bibi : Book burning and honorary degrees
- 2014/01/21: MSimon: Stephen Harper and the Con Caravan of Hate
- 2014/01/20: CPW: Why Arab-Israeli politician protested Harper’s speech to the Knesset
- 2014/01/21: MSimon: Stephen Harper's Goons Go After Our Medical Libraries
- 2014/01/21: al Jazeera: The Baffling Politics of Stephen Harper and Israel
A country that could lead globally is mired in a leader's myths from the 19th century.
- 2014/01/20: CBC: Failed navy supply ship bid costs Ottawa up to $8M
The Harper government paid out as much as $8 million to settle legal claims arising from the collapse of the first failed bid to build new supply ships for the navy, The Canadian Press has learned.
- 2014/01/20: CBC: Health Canada library changes leave scientists scrambling
Main Health Canada research library closed, access outsourced to retrieval company
- 2014/01/19: PostMedia: John A. Macdonald, flawed Canadian hero
In the case of our first prime minister, there can be no doubt that he was the key instrument in shaping Canada into the vibrant country it is today. It was Sir John A’s moxy that built our national dream, a railway from sea to sea. It was his vision that brought Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick together in 1867 to form our Confederation. Later, he brought PEI, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories into the Canadian family. He was revered for his ability to balance English and French rights. Many also suggest that it was Macdonald’s deft ability as a negotiator that brought much of the North East into the fold.
However, Sir John A. Macdonald was also a racist who disdained Chinese rail workers, the very same men who helped build his national dream, by imposing a discriminatory head tax on each of them. And it was Macdonald whose policies of forced starvation helped clear First Nations from the prairies in order to build that railway. Indeed, James Daschuk from the University of Regina argues quite cogently in his book, "Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life," that Macdonald’s starvation policies led to the deaths of thousands. As Daschuk explains: "For years, government officials withheld food from aboriginal people until they moved to their appointed reserves, forcing them to trade freedom for rations. Once on reserves, food placed in ration houses was withheld for so long that much of it rotted while the people it was intended to feed fell into a decades-long cycle of malnutrition, suppressed immunity and sickness from tuberculosis and other diseases. Thousands died."
- 2014/01/18: NNW: BC NDP announces when it will choose leader - Sept. 24-27, via a phone and Internet voting system
- 2014/01/17: NNW: Demand for Senate documents draws blanks
The Privy Council Office is refusing to release documents about the four senators embroiled in the ongoing Senate expense scandal...
- 2014/01/17: CBC: Tom Mulcair vows to restore Old Age Security eligibility to 65
- 2014/01/17: CBC: Obama's NSA reforms prompt little reaction from [CSEC] Canada's spy agency
- 2014/01/17: CBC: 'Thank an Indian' shirt generates intense reaction
- 2014/01/16: HillTimes: ‘Parliament should not have to pay for’ information on feds’ spending cuts, says Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Frechette, forced to file access requests on government
Attempts by the Parliament Budget Office to use federal freedom of information law to find out how cuts to federal departments are affecting service to Canadians have been met with additional surcharges that departments are adding on top of minimal fees required under the Access to Information and Privacy Act, says Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette.
- 2014/01/16: CBC: Andre Poulin, jihadi from Timmins, Ont., confirmed dead in Syria
- 2014/01/16: OpenMedia: Canadian spy watchdogs are lobbyists - and that is a problem
- 2014/01/15: CBC: Residential school documents will be released, Ottawa says
Aboriginal affairs minister says government will comply with court ruling tied to St. Anne's school
- 2014/01/15: CBC: Robocalls immunity deal struck with ex-Tory worker Andrew Prescott
Conservative deputy campaign manager Andrew Prescott immune from prosecution
A key player in the 2011 Guelph robocalls scandal is getting immunity from prosecution in the Elections Canada investigation into misleading calls in the last federal election, CBC News has learned.
Andrew Prescott was the Conservatives' deputy campaign manager in Guelph, Ont., where supporters of other candidates complained they received misleading phone calls directing them to the wrong polling station.
Prescott has a written guarantee "the Crown has no intention" of charging him in connection with the misleading phone calls, according to a source close to the case.
- 2014/01/15: MSimon: Robocalls: Is This the Breakthrough We've Been Waiting For?
- 2014/01/15: CBC: Canadian fighting with al-Qaeda-linked rebels killed in Syria
- 2014/01/15: CBC: First pot, now prostitution: Liberal party to debate legalization
- 2014/01/15: CBC: First Nation teen told not to wear 'Got Land?' shirt at school -- Controversy resolved after additional meetings with nearby First Nation
A Saskatchewan student was told not to wear a sweater in school that has the words "Got Land? Thank an Indian" on it, although officials have since relented.
Tenelle Star, 13, is in Grade 8 and goes to school in Balcarres, about 90 kilometres northeast of Regina. She is a member of the nearby Star Blanket First Nation.
- 2014/01/14: CBC: Election agency searches business of Dean Del Mastro's cousin
Deltro Electric, owned by David Del Mastro, cousin of Peterborough MP, searched in October
Elections Canada investigators in October searched Deltro Electric, the business belonging to the cousin of Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, over allegations of wrongful contributions to Del Mastro's election campaign.
A warrant filed in Ottawa court in October authorized Elections Canada investigators and RCMP officers to search the business of David Del Mastro over allegations he paid employees to contribute to his cousin's 2008 campaign.
The search was authorized for Oct. 9, 2013, to gather financial records and other evidence related to allegations David Del Mastro gave $50 to 22 people and reimbursed them for $1,000 contributions to his cousin's election campaign, according to the search warrant.
- 2014/01/14: CBC: Residential school documents must be released, judge rules
St. Anne's in Fort Albany, Ont., was the site of some of the worst cases of abuse in the country
- Wiki: Canada Post
- 2014/01/13: CBC: [Canadian] Army commander promises discipline against media leaks
Lt.-Gen. Marquis Hainse says leaks to the media are hurting the army and they need to stop
- 2014/01/13: CBC: Canada Job Grant ads cost $2.5M for non-existent program
- 2014/01/09: Creekside: SIRC - the other board members
- 2014/01/07: Tyee: Ruling Shows Closer Eye Needed on Canada's Spy Agencies
Judge finds CSIS, CSEC misled court in order to obtain surveillance warrants.
- 2014/01/08: Tyee: Henry Ford's Argument with Stephen Harper -- In 1914 the industrialist saw what our PM still doesn't: weak demand kills an economy
- 2014/01/11: MSimon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Con Book Burners
- 2014/01/10: OpenMedia: The Globe & Mail: Spy manual tells CSEC workers to be "proud" to work with U.S. agency that spies on Canadians
- 2013/12/22: G&M: Canadian spy manual reveals how new recruits are supposed to conceal their identities
- 2014/01/10: MGeist: The Trouble With Bill C-13: Why the "Cyberbullying Bill" is About Much More than Cyberbullying
- 2014/01/10: CBC: Mac Harb probe sees new details released by RCMP
- 2014/01/10: CBC: First Nations end high-level treaty talks with Ottawa
- 2014/01/10: CBC: RCMP focus on criminal charges could let Wright off legal hook: experts
- 2014/01/09: WSWS: Canada’s top CEOs paid 171 times more than the average worker
- 2014/01/07: DawgsBlawg: Stephen Harper's secret police
- 2014/01/06: PostMedia: Spy agency admits it spies on Canadians ‘incidentally’
Canada’s foreign intelligence agency admits it "incidentally" spies on Canadians, but wants to reassure the public it protects the privacy of that information.
"In the course of targeting foreign entities outside Canada in an interconnected and highly networked world, it is possible that we may incidentally intercept Canadian communications or information," the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSE) said in a new statement posted on its website.
It is the first time the country’s ultrasecret signals intelligence agency has strayed from its standard assurance that it does not "target" the electronic communications of Canadians.
- 2014/01/08: OpenMedia: Ottawa Citizen: Spy agency admits spying on Canadians
- 2014/01/07: Rabble:ST: NAFTA at 20: Some perspectives from planet earth
- 2014/01/08: Rabble:AP: First Nations resist fuel and mining developments to protect us all
- 2014/01/08: Rabble:DC: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Double down!
- 2014/01/06: Creekside: The Manning Spy Watchdog Centre for Building Northern Gateway
- 2014/01/07: CBC: Court sides with Jason Kenney over funding cut to Arab federation
- 2014/01/07: OpenMedia: Australians to Canadians: Beware TPP economic fallout
- 2014/01/07: MSimon: Stephen Harper and the Great Ice Storm Question
- 2014/01/06: TMoS: The Politics of Giving Up
- 2014/01/06: OpenMedia: Toronto Star: Independent Investigation of CSIS oversight is needed
- 2013/12/30: Tyee: Suppose They Threw an Election and Nobody Came
The youthful Spectators see mainstream Canadian society as a sham, share few goals with it
- 2014/01/04: Tyee: Stephen Harper's 13 Fails of 2013 -- From hide-and-seek omni-bills to abandoning veterans, a very unlucky 13 for Canada
- 2014/01/02: PaiD: (cartoon - Stanley) I Am Nobody
- 2014/01/02: CCPA: [link to 684k pdf] All in a Day’s Work? CEO Pay in Canada
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