My Choice for Prime Minister of Canada in 2015?
Who is your choice for Prime Minister of Canada in 2015: Elizabeth May, Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulclair or Justin Trudeau
Canada introduced on Friday new anti-terrorism legislation critics say gives spy agencies sweeping powers that threaten the public’s civil liberties.
The legislation is the Anti-terrorism Act 2015, which Ottawa Citizen reporter Ian MacLeod described as “the most dramatic package of new laws since the Anti-terrorism Act of 2001.”
The free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico was never designed to raise labour and environmental standards to the highest level. In fact, NAFTA and other trade agreements Canada has signed — including the recent Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China — often take labour standards to the lowest denominator while increasing environmental risk.
What am I missing here? The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know.
In May, 2006, the Canadian Senate released its study of mental health in Canada called Out of the Shadows At Last. What went into that report was based on more than 2,000 submissions, two online consultations and meeting people in every province in the country. They came up with a horrible picture of third world conditions in a first world nation.
As the federal NDP solidifies the notion that they are not government material by way of recent defections, lack of attractive candidates and distinct policies, the only viable options left for Canadians is a clear choice between Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Let it be understood that the next election is not a choice between fundamental policy differences but personalities and legacies.
Mercifully, the flogging to take place recently in Jeddah was postponed, not because of the death of the King, but because a medical team determined that Raif was not fit to be lashed again.
You know Brigette as the young parliamentary page who held up her iconic “Stop Harper!” sign in the Senate. But you may not know that since then she has emerged as a leading voice on the political landscape and a driving force within many youth movements – including with the Council of Canadians.
Today Brigette told me, “I want the morning headlines after the election to read: Young voters turn out in record numbers, elect progressive new government.”
Let’s make it happen!
‘Doomsday Clock’ Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe
Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announcedThursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight.
The two factors “pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which came to its assessment with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, said in a statement.
Constable David Matthew Wynn died a short time ago in an Edmonton hospital, at the age of 42 years. Cst. Wynn never regained consciousness after being shot by a suspect in St. Albert on Saturday morning. His death comes as a great loss to the RCMP, and especially to his colleagues at St. Albert Detachment, where he worked since his graduation from Depot in 2009.
In the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent over $1.2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to Americans for Financial Reform. Their spending strategy appears to be working. Just this week, the House passed further legislation that would delay by two years some key provisions of Dodd-Frank. “[Banks] want to be able to do things their way, and that’s very dangerous.” MIT economist Simon Johnson tells Bill.
Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication. It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.
This is a wonderfully written, well-researched book by one of the most passionate people on this earth. You will be amazed to learn of all the preventative measures that can help slow, and one day stop, the extinction of so many gorgeous creatures. Mr. Walkden has put much love into his work and should be very proud of his efforts to raise awareness for these animals. Complete with pictures donated by over 70 photographers and artists, this book discusses why some of these species are endangered, why recovery is a challenge, and what we can be doing to help, before more of these animals are gone forever.
A military coup beckons like distant thunder from the other side of South Africa’s border with Lesotho.
Soldiers shoot police … police shoot soldiers … the general commanding Lesotho’s army defies the King’s command to lay down his sword … rebel soldiers train in the mountains … Lesotho prime minister and allies flee across the border to South Africa … South African police go the other way to guard Lesotho VIPs … corrupt politicians blame each other …
Sylvia Vollenhoven, Editor of the new website The Journalist, writes me a letter of accreditation. I’m to go to Lesotho, find out what’s happening, be The Journalist’s first-ever war correspondent.
Once I covered South Africa’s fight against apartheid. And independence struggles in Zimbabwe and Zambia. And three years and two wars in the Congo. And America’s civil rights battle against racism.
Now it’s an attempted coup in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
How could your intrepid war correspondent resist?
Just like the old days.
Mining is important to human well-being, but the current economic system means it’s often aimed at maximizing profit with little regard for people or the environment. It’s one area where Canadians can make a difference. Canada is a global leader in mining, especially in Latin America. According to the Mining Association of Canada, “Almost 60% of the world’s public mining companies are listed on theTSX and TSX-Venture Exchanges, and 70% of the equity capital raised globally for mining companies is raised on these exchanges.”
Tell the government it’s on the right track!
Neonic pesticides are highly toxic to bees and also threaten other organisms like birds, butterflies and earthworms. Harmful effects include impaired memory, lower reproduction rates and increased susceptibility to disease.
Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to propose regulatory restrictions on these pesticides. That’s good news for the birds and bees — and for the rest of us whose food supply depends on pollinators.
“First, I would like to offer my condolences to the millions of friends and family members still mourning the tragic deaths of loved ones at the hands of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
“While world events too often showcase human violence and cruelty, let us focus today on the solidarity, compassion, and mutual assistance displayed in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Peter Sinclair is the founder of the online series Climate Denial Crock of the Week. A lifelong activist, he decided some years ago to commit his energies to combating the anti-science nonsense that muddies the climate debate. These myths and misconceptions keep conversation framed in the “question” of whether or not climate change is real, and sideline real debate about what to do about climate change.
So while folks are still squabbling in the sandbox over irrelevant issues like race and creed, the toys are coming.
The choices will still need to be made.
Industrial thinking coupled with feudal governance is a non linear digression within the spectrum of evolutionary progression. (No, I am not speaking of evolutionism in the literal purist perspective, but of the observable progression of systemology.)
Immerse yourself in the domain of tea from the traditional to the modern, at the 3rd annual Toronto Tea Festival on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 10:00am until 5:00pm at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Central Reference Library.
The 3rd annual Toronto Tea Festival has gathered world-renowned tea sommeliers, internationally published authors, historical fashion experts, musicians and vendors who are keen to steep the enquiring, novice and aficionado in tea lore and culture.
Wes Raymond – 28 families in Monroe County of Southeastern Ohio were evacuated from their homes on December 13, 2014 because of a natural gas leak at a fracking site that company work crews were unable to stop until December 23.
What are you going to do differently in 2015?
Are you going to reduce your stress level?
Are you going to improve your diet?
The results, published online recently in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, showed those who ate raw garlic at least twice a week cut the risk of lung cancer by 44 per cent, even if they were exposed to high-temperature cooking-oil fumes, which is thought to be another trigger for the disease.
Sticking to your goals says many things about you. First of all it speaks volumes about your character. It says you are a stick-to-it determined type. Secondly it also suggests that you are reliable. People tend to respect the individuals who keep on track and don’t give up just because the going gets tough and things feel rough. As a matter of fact, the determined types are the ones who become the most successful.
Nothing beats some good old fashion face time with your partner. In a world of late work nights, endless errand running, and keeping up with other family and social activities – it’s easy to fall into a habit of missing each other, literally for days on end. Do whatever it takes to get some daily face time with your partner…and then make it about the two of you…make it fun!
Prime Minister: We who scurry for attention have chosen to cast your every grudging utterance as another grudging investment in your year-long re-election campaign. Accordingly, this Aide memoir is tailored to excite your dark side — a missive to a predator.
Let’s start with a little flattery.
Please join us to support immediate action to address violence against Indigenous women and girls, and a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women.
Rolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. He’s a Climate Reality leader, a blogger and an Climate Activist. Rolly has been published in several online publications – Climate Change Guide, World Daily, Examiner, The Canadian, 350Ottawa, ClimateMama, MyEarth360, GreenDivas, The Elephant, Countercurrents, Georgian Bay News.
We are virtually digging our own grave out of greed and self interest. It is time we evolve, to understand the Principle and Design on which earth is functioning, to sustain the temperature and how we are stressing it and inviting huge destruction – The energy of earth is already peaking and falling violently.
Our Top Shared Posts at The Canadian 2014
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Thanks So Much, to the good people who helped build The Canadian during our BETA 1 testing. Your World Class!
The Canadian is viewed in 196 countries … Most visitors came from Canada. The United States & U.K. were not far behind.
You stood up for democracy.
When the Harper government introduced new election rules that would make it more difficult – if not impossible – for some people to vote, you joined with thousands of Canadians across the country to challenge the “Unfair” Elections Act. Your support helped launch a court challenge to these new rules. You also kept the heat on the Conservatives to answer for the voter fraud that occurred in the last federal election. After winning a historic federal court ruling that pointed to the Conservative Party database as the likely source of widespread fraud in the 2011 election, you have kept up the call for accountability.
I’m so grateful to be able to give this year…and I’m thanking each and every person who made a generous contribution and helped us give back to 360 kids!
And as we wrap up the year 2014, what are you grateful for this holiday season? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments so please drop me a line.
Where ever you are in the world, and whatever you Celebrate – From my family and home to yours…
I’m Wishing You A Very Happy and Merry Christmas with Many Blessings in 2015!
Monica Chapmans new CD titled “P.S. I Love You” produced by Bill King and featuring William Sperandei, CD coming JANUARY 2015 and will be available on iTunes!
Monica’s CD Release will be at LULA LOUNGE, Fri. April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm, No cover, reservations guarantee seating
One of the highlights of Christmas Eve for our family was listening on the radio for NORAD tracking Santa. Talk about exciting, especially when we heard Rudulph was leading the sled.
Sadly, I still believed these reports, until my little brother “Spuds Malloy” informed me it was not true. Even sadder, considering I was 25 at the time ..
The time we see that warmth displayed so openly is at year’s end during the holiday season. If you need any further proof, just go to your local bookstore and look for the new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection, Christmas in Canada. It’s filled with the joy, magic and wonder of the holidays.
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am to have had one of my original Christmas stories chosen by the editors to be one of the 101 stories in this wonderful collection.
Canada imports industrial waste which is then dumped on native lands, as federal laws do not apply to native lands. This has resulted in much higher incidences of disease (Cancer, other immune disorders, etc.) in native communities that are already marginalized (Hamilton, Brantford, Sarnia, Walpole Island) via their water supply. I worked in the waste management industry for some years. Information on landfills are 10-15 years out of date in Canada
I used to be a proud Canadian. Before I became a Climate Activist, that is. But now as a Climate Activist, I feel nothing but shame and embarrassment for Canada at climate talks.
My current disillusionment is rooted in the rise to power of Stephen Harper and his brand of Conservatism almost 9 years ago. Harper’s detrimental influence on the Canadian psyche will be felt for decades after he is removed from power in the 2015 Federal election (my prediction).
I recall being at York University between 1999 and 2003 when my best friend was studying writing there – or more specifically she was studying English Literature until she could transfer into a different program that was specifically for aspiring writers seeking to hone their craft. I recall she had to make the attempt several times before she finally got into the writers craft program, which had very limited seats and many applicants. (Which makes me wonder, why the heck are they teaching English Literature if almost all the people in that program are actually trying to get into the writing program instead? Why don’t they just make the English Literature program smaller, and EXPAND the writing program? This makes more sense.)
The Park of Reflection is intended to provide a gathering space to give thanks, show respect, and provide sanctuary for our ill and injured uniformed service personnel, their families, and Canadians alike. This will be the first of its kind in Canada, proudly situated in Whitby’s Cullen Gardens. The men and women of our uniformed service dawn their uniforms each day with unlimited liability placed on their health and safety – risking their lives for our safety and security both domestically and internationally. Members of our uniformed service personnel include those from the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, Police, Fire, EMS, Coast Guard and Border Security Service personnel.
Andrew Coyne is the best muse we have for better housekeeping inside the box. Stephen Harper is exhibit A, as its most promising failure. He didn’t invent the term “economic union.” But, unlike any prime minister before, he clearly detests the barriers in its way and has had a majority to work against them. Yet his biggest accomplishment in smoothing the bumps in our federation has been to harmonize Brian Mulroney’s sales tax.
In Canada and the U.S. those with the most serious mental illnesses get little care. It is well established that we do not have enough resources thanks to our emptying of psychiatric hospitals that began in the ’50s and ’60s and the failure to put the promised resources into community supports and services.
I spend alot of time studying the Law of Attraction and working with people (myself included) who are wanting to co-create and manifest a life and career of their dreams. One of the best ways that I know how to manifest is to make sure that I’m clear. And what do I mean by “clear”?
By eliminating the Canadian Wheat Board, Harper removed the Prairie Farmers unified power. When will they learn? Years before the May, 2011 Federal election, if a Prairie Farmer had listened to Harper’s platform, they would have known he was a corporate-loving plutocrat, (whose personal wealth while Prime Minister had shot from chicken scraps to $15 million), and he was planning to give prairie farming to the huge conglomerates.
The spectacular second edition of Jazz On The Mountain At Blue is coming! Headliners include the iconic Canadian singer Gino Vannelli (Friday July 4th at 9:00PM), classic r&b legends The Commodores (Saturday July 5th at 9:00PM) and contemporary jazz sensations Yellowjackets (Sunday July 6th at 3:00PM).
So here we are celebrating another Father’s Day. More importantly than the cards, grilling on the barbecue and gifts – it’s a time to acknowledge the very important men in our lives – our dads! This post is for all of the great and special men in your life. Enjoy these funny, great quotes and sentimental sayings about remarkable men who go that extra mile for their children.
Dr. Gehl is a determined Nation Builder. She has devoted her life to justice and equity for First Nations women. Dr. Gehl’s determination is apparent in her court action to correct a wrong against women and children falling into the clutches of Canada’s Indian Act. She leads a Charter Challenge against Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act, most particularly Unknown and Unstated Paternity in the Indian Act. This describes a terrible injustice triggered partly by British and Canadian colonialists’ inability to recognize their cultural differences with indigenous cultures and the tragic personal injustices that indifference engenders.
Let’s face it, if you’re in a healthy, human body – you’re going to experience stress. We all do from time to time. The trick is figuring out how to handle it in a way so that you’re not burning out or losing control of your physical health and well-being.
Some of us don’t look at the world as a safe place. Experience has taught us nothing is certain. A victim of lifelong terror knows a different world from that of the eternal optimist. You are at best a hopeful pragmatist. You choose to see and prepare for both the best and the worst. You hold no illusion that humanity is essentially good.
It’s hard to believe that already 100 years have passed since former President Woodrow Wilson introduced Mother’s Day as an International celebration. Since then it’s become a day to buy flowers, chocolate and mushy hallmark cards. I became a mother at a very young age – I was only 18. Four children, and two grandchildren later – I realize now, for me, that Mother’s Day is so much more than just one day of saying Thank You over brunch.
Grey-Bruce Arts Collective brings the story of Beautiful Joe to the stage beginning May 14 at Meaford Hall
The Grey-Bruce Arts Collective, in association with the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society presents the world premiere of Beautiful Joe adapted from the Margaret Marshall Saunders novel. Having been in workshop last season at the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford, Ontario this heartwarming story of Meaford’s own canine hero takes the stage at Meaford Hall, May 14-17.
Negative thoughts about ourselves can creep into our lives and take over. I don’t think I know of anyone who hasn’t had a negative thought about themselves or a negative or low self-image at some point in their lives.
OIL-ing the devastation of ecosystems: It is said that a sizable fraction of population is complicit with the planet destroying forces through Offence-abetting, Inaction, Lethargy/latitude or apathy or in sum OIL-ing the devastation of ecosystems the OIL giants are engaged in. It is to be noted here that oil giants or Exxon is being used here in a representative capacity and represents the cluster or high denser sources of energy or fossil energy based power sources of which electricity is a sizable fraction.
Nelson Mandela summed up the reality behind many firsts when he said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” And when that barrier is broken, we realize that there’s no limit to our potential.
Earlier today I had a discussion with a radio host about my past article: Canadian Organized Crime Vs Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation. The radio show was the Brent Loucks Show on NewsTalk 650 CKOM in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Brent had read my article and contacted me to discuss it on his radio show.
In our careers and business lives we spend countless hours cleaning up and doing regular inventory. Cleaning up our desks, cubicles and offices, our boardrooms, filing cabinets not to mention the amount of time we spend checking inventory – The office supplies, stock rooms, warehouses
Please help in raising money for a scholarship fund in Loretta Saunders’ name for indigenous women to study in Atlantic Canada. Donate as little as $5 as an individual, organize a fundraiser among your friends or in your communities and/or ask your employer, union or university to donate to the fund.
SEO is the process of improving the search visibility of a website so it appears at top of search results for specific key words or phrases. Search engines (ie. Google) use algorithms to determine which sites are the most on topic. These “organic” natural search results differ from paid advertising in that once at the top of the list you get a lot more visitors in comparison.
St. Patrick’s Day is connected to Parades, Drinking Beer, Shamrocks and Luck, Corned Beef and Cabbage And Everything Green and Gold…Many people (including myself) are unaware of the true history of the man who is celebrated all over the world
How do you enjoy and celebrate a lifelong happy relationship? This is a question that most people on the planet would pay almost any amount to figure out. But is it that much of a secret? I’m no expert in the field of long lasting love relationships
Have you ever been given something and then felt a strong desire to give that person something back in return?
Please Support Canadians in their need for an Orphan Drug Regulatory Framework!
The word warrior cannot be translated into any First Nations language.
#sochi2014 Putin …
He’s a Canadian Hero, and now he’s the first target of pre-convention Conservative attacks
Please add your name to Amnesty International’s call for immediate action in the wake of two killings and threats of more to come
Let’s say I had the “Big Idea” that the best economic planning relies on demand pull, rather than supply push.
How to Solve The Indian Problem “Kill the Indian in the kid” Residential schools across Canada have been hell for thousands of First Nations Children and their parents.
African-American men and women have made great contributions to our world throughout the generations.
The Education Act will prevent our culture and religion to be used as examples in our children’s education.
Hot spot Wilmington, North Carolina is an ideal retirement destination.
A few years ago I was sitting at a large boardroom table with my colleagues, some of them I had been working with for over a decade.
“The Ontario Liberal Party will be hosting their Annual General Meeting in Toronto, on the weekend of March 21st.
If you’ve been hanging around me for awhile, you probably know by now that I believe in Focusing on the Positive.
This January and February, Canadians from coast to coast are visiting their MPs about proportional representation.
A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths.
This is a hotly discussed issue of late.
So one of the most common problems that we all face today is stress.
We all need a little encouragement every now and then.
I pledge allegiance to the earth and all the life which it supports.
Why do passwords have to be so darn complicated these days?
The fall of apartheid in South Africa heralded the birth of a new society that would create peace, prosperity and purpose.
So here we are approaching the middle of the month of a brand new year and I’m wondering how many people have already thrown in the towel of their “New Year’s” resolutions and promises.
Mike Rilstone ~ 22 Hours in 65 Seconds A High Speed Video of Artist painting Jean Beliveau, Using a Toothpick
22 Hours in 65 Seconds A High Speed Video of a Professional Artist Painting a Hockey Legend Using a Toothpick …
Are you making the same old New Year’s Resolutions year after year, each time falling short of seeing your Resolution through to February?
“Asteroid impacts have dramatically altered the course of life on Earth and a rogue asteroid will certainly strike Earth, posing a global threat to human life and society.
So here we are quickly approaching the end of 2013.
December 10th has special meaning this year, as the world reflects on the contribution made by Nelson Mandela to the human rights movement, and acknowledges the great debt owed to him.
Roméo Dallaire …
I met Lisa during our college years a few years ago.
Boasting that “Last year we processed nearly 54,000 access-to-information requests” is meaningless, unless denied or unconscionably long- delayed requests are counted as well.
Thank You Rosemary for sharing positive …
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, in his presentation to the media, while speaking to the confirmation response whether would accept the U.
Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada.
As an Immigrant to Canada, Gill has faced the challenges to settle down in Canadian culture as everyone else does. But as a youth, he didn’t see a lot around him that could inspire him to do something for the community.
The John F.
Each year, from November 5 to 11, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to commemorate Veterans’ week.
Special Thanks to Josh Gitalis for sharing his expertise with us!