No Dogs or Anglophones

Thanks for the Memories....

For over four years I've written this blog in an effort to fulfill an inner desire to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you.

From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.

But all things come to an end.

With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.

Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?

Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all  Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.

Too harsh?
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.

I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.

Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.

As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.

To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.

I would never have come this far without you.

and so I fade to black....

I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.

Thank you all once again.....

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am

Elizabeth May

Canada helps kick off climate talks in Paris

By Mike Lloyd and Sonia Aslam November 30, 2015 Publication source: News 1130 PARIS (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined 150 other world leaders to kick off two weeks of high-level, high-stakes climate talks in Paris, poised to push Canada back into a leadership role when it comes to global problem-solving. Or [...]

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Posted on 30 November 2015 | 9:28 pm

Justin Trudeau

Canada’s message at COP21

Children born today aren’t responsible for climate change. But they, and their children, are the ones who will have to live with its consequences – from extreme weather, drought and floods, to increased disease. Climate change is real and we no longer have time to debate it. The clock is ticking for us to do […]

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 4:19 pm

Ezra Levant

Paris Climate Conference, John Robson on gun rights & more

500 killed or injured in Paris just a few weeks ago, but now the world's leaders are there to talk about... the weather.

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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 3:19 pm

Scott's DiaTribes

Going to be a long 4 years (for Conservative supporters)

You might have caught a while back that interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose promised her party would use a “new tone” now that they were in opposition, implying the nasty personal smear attacks were a thing of the past.

Apparently, Conservative MP Candice Bergen didn’t get that memo when she posted this to Twitter last night.

They really are taking this election result hard. You can also see it in the Conservative supporters on social media. Take for example this CTV/Nanos poll today that showed a large majority – nearly 74% – of Canadians felt that Justin Trudeau had the qualities of a good leader. According to Conservatives, that poll [...]

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Posted on 17 November 2015 | 4:38 pm

Dawg's Blog

When the Hole Exceeds the Scum of its Parts

Number of episodes of “The EZRA LEVANT SHOW!!” posted during the week of November 22-29: 5. Number of episodes of “The BEST OF THE EZRA LEVANT SHOW!!” posted during the week of November 22-29: 7....

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Posted on 29 November 2015 | 9:10 pm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff

Can Postmedia Be Trusted?

@gussynichols @leaderpost I don't trust Postmedia because of Op-eds like that, and like this: #nuclear? No mention. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 29, 2015 Ironic @leaderpost & @StarPhoenix choose Day 1 of #COP21 to launch poorly researched anti-#wind OpEd. Our response — SaskWind (@SaskWind) November 30, 2015 Newspapers have a duty to publish […]

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Posted on 30 November 2015 | 4:51 pm

Erich the Green

Thanks to FruitShare, you can watch Just Eat It for free!

The season of giving thanks for the harvest and all our other blessings is special for me this year, because I am very thankful for all the successes of the FruitShare project.
Years ago, when I first heard of Toronto’s Not Far From The Tree fruit gleaning organization, whose volunteers picked fruit from people’s backyard trees and divided it between themselves, the tree owners, and local food banks, I dreamt that such a sensible thing might exist in Barrie someday. Knowing it was beyond anything I could accomplish myself, I am very thankful that, only a year or two later, the Food Security Workshop made it possible. I put forward the idea and other attendees came forward, willing to share my dream and help make it reality.
That reality has blossomed! In our pilot season we managed to pick and donate a full tonne of fruit, exceeding our expectations and leaving many tree owners thankful for our help, pickers for the chance to harvest fresh, organic fruit right in their own community for free, and hungry families whose visits to the Barrie Food Bank returned fresh produce as well as the standard canned goods. I am still grateful to the people who joined our steering committee to launch this project, especially those who have stayed for the duration. Together we demonstrated enough resilience and longevity to have our “food forest” written into the City’s official plan.
I am thankful to grant agencies like TD Friends of the Environment and the Big Carrot for providing funding to pay a coordinator to run our second season and plant new fruit trees. Even though bad growing weather reduced somewhat the number of producing trees, our increased efficiency let us maintain and even grow our total harvest that season. I also thank businesses for providing equipment and location support that year, and volunteers at Hillcrest for partnering to get fresh local apples into their school breakfast program.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, so I would be remiss not to thank my own family for being enthusiastic pickers themselves, especially my mother and brother who have helped with so much of this year’s harvest. I also thank the family that has grown around the project – Living Green, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and Transition Barrie which have provided volunteer and logistical support to organize FruitShare and keep it running. And our coordinator Jenna, who in her second year trusted the FruitShare family to somehow come up with the money to pay her, and dived headfirst into the work. (We’ll get you that money soon, we promise!) Under her direction, we have managed to double our harvest, picking and donating over two tonnes of fruit this year alone!
As we look forward, I imagine myself thanking the individual donors (there’s a donate button on our website) and business sponsors who will step forward and make our program financially sustainable. I’m looking at you!
Yes, we have no bananas.
To celebrate this season, we are holding a special celebration at 5:30 PM on Sunday, October 25th at the (by then former) election office of Marty Lancaster at 75 Bradford Street, featuring flavours of the season and a special Green Screen presentation of the film “Just Eat It”, about food waste issues around the world and how one family found a way to eliminate all waste from their diet. Join us on that day to give thanks, together, or visit to sign up your tree or yourself for next season or join our administrative team. And watch our website for updates on our season wrap-up event.

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "FruitShare in Barrie ends another successful season on a high note"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and Vice-President of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.

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Posted on 27 November 2015 | 9:57 pm

Five Feet of Fury

Jim Goad: Barking mad at Black Lives Matter

Jim Goad writes: In Minneapolis last Monday night, five Black Lives Matter protestors were shot by someone in a group of three white males who’d attended the protest. In report after report, the whites were referred to as “white supremacists” who sprayed lead at “peaceful” protestors. There was no journalistic equivocation, no “alleged”—this was all […]

Kathy Shaidle's NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.

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Posted on 30 November 2015 | 11:30 am

A Blog By James Curran

Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am


"Credit where credit is due." - Oil Sands Companies Demonstrate Leadership On Climate Change = Ezra's PISSED !!

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 22, 2015) - Four of Canada's largest oil sands producers have come together to demonstrate leadership on climate change. Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Cenovus Energy Inc., Shell Canada Limited and Suncor Energy Inc., support the Government of Alberta's climate plan related to the oil and natural gas industry, which includes a carbon pricing regime coupled with an overall emissions limit for the oil sands. These measures provide predictability and certainty and will help ensure that producers can responsibly develop and grow this significant Canadian resource while also addressing global concerns about climate change.
The companies agree that this is a historic development for Alberta and Canada that will change the conversation about climate change, oil sands and infrastructure. They are proud to have worked with leading environmental organizations to better understand each other's views and recommend solutions for the oil and natural gas industry that helped inform the policy.
By directing revenue generated from the new carbon pricing regime towards the development of potentially game-changing greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction technologies, this made-in-Alberta plan lays the foundation for the province to become a global leader in addressing the climate change challenge. It also creates the conditions for Alberta's oil to become carbon competitive on the global stage and for Canadians to begin receiving full value for their oil exports.
By demonstrating that Alberta is willing to lead the way with an ambitious climate plan, the province can become a preferred source for oil and create sustained wealth and jobs for future generations of Albertans and Canadians.
Media Release

Press ProgressEzra Levant: "Oil companies do not represent the oil industry"

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Posted on 23 November 2015 | 4:13 am

Mark Steyn

Through the Cat Flap

Me and my cat Marvin's new album - Feline Groovy - is officially released this Monday morning. Or, as Marvin puts it, we're finally out of the cat flap and into the wide world. It's the only cat album you'll ever need, and the purrfect gift for the cat lover in your family this Christmas. If you find all this CD stuff a bit squaresville, well, with the release date, all the tracks are now live and ready for immediate download and instant gratification at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon US, Amazon UK, and even Amazon France, where there seems to be a modest demand for it. Now that all the individual songs are digitally available, I think the breakout track is likely to be "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat". Lot of truth in that. (Although "The Cat Came Back" seems to be selling best at iTunes...)

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Posted on 30 November 2015 | 2:00 pm

Huffington Post

Toronto's Animal Services By-Laws Are Broken

I'm sitting at my desk in my tiny home office on Queen Street West and an all too familiar and repetitive noise is bellowing through my open window.

The noise isn't what you'd expect; it's not sirens, construction or hipsters complaining about the lack of craft beers in Toronto, it's Buddy the rottweiler. Starved for attention and warmth, Buddy (given this name by the surrounding neighbours -- we're not sure of his real name) howls and barks for hours on end.

The closest neighbour and her husband feed him treats and pet him through the fence as he anxiously pushes his cold and wet nose against their hands, as if it's new to him. I've heard the stories of how sweet Buddy is, and how he's an amazing looking pure breed, but in 4.5 years of living here I've never seen him first hand. Buddy's owners don't proudly walk their gorgeous dog, and he never rushes to the door if you knock. The fact is the owners never answer the door. Either they're never there or they're tired of receiving neighbour complaints about Buddy. He's out there in that backyard, rain or shine, cold or hot and rarely goes inside. Buddy eventually tires himself out and falls asleep in his un-insulated doghouse around 10-11 p.m. and the neighbourhood calms down.

As a dog-loving human, I obviously began to show concern for Buddy. I chatted with the surrounding neighbours about their experiences and learned that nearly everyone in the area has made a noise complaint about the poor guy. But, as I learned, unless you start gathering evidence and take the owners to court on your own dime, the city won't do anything more than issue a complaint letter about the noise, over and over. So I decided to take it one step further. I jumped right to an animal abuse complaint and here's where it gets sad.

According to animal services, they've already made a visit to the home and their report shows the owners have complied to all City of Toronto regulations in regards to dog ownership. In the backyard, in which Buddy spends his entire life, he has "everything he needs." A doghouse, given it has no insulation or a door and has "access to the home" through a doggie door. The animal services rep I spoke to eluded to the fact that "if the dog doesn't choose to use the doggie door, there's nothing they can do" (however the fact that it's locked from the inside, or too big to fit, holds no merit).

The dog appears to be well fed and in no way unhealthy. However, Buddy is obviously lacking human contact, daily walks and most importantly love and attention. His owners ignore him each day and show zero concern for him or the neighbours. In their eyes, and with City approval, they're doing nothing wrong.

Tonight, like every night, he'll howl and bark himself to sleep with nothing more than a crappy, cold, store-bought doghouse and apparently, according to the City of Toronto, that's all he needs. I can't help but ask myself how this is okay and enough for a dog that will sadly and eventually be labeled a "local pest." He'll be known as that annoying dog on our street that barks all day and should be put down or taken away from his owners, and that's not his fault. My neighbours and I in no way endorse Buddy being put down, from what I hear from his immediate neighbours that have contact with him he's a sweet boy. But he's certainly not getting "everything he needs." Buddy needs attention, love, compassion, and a family.

The City of Toronto won't help Buddy or improve his quality of life, end of story.

There is an important lesson to be learned here and it's a short, easy one. If you can't give an animal a good life, don't get one. The next time you see that cute pug or French bulldog on the street and your inner parent screams " I LIKE, WANT A DOG SOOOO DAMN BAD" first ask yourself if your dog would have a life like Buddy's or a life filled with the attention and love a dog deserves.

To make a complaint or suggestion about the city's standards of animal abuse, contact your local MP or The City of Toronto's animal services department via 311.


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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 5:14 pm

Fight the Power

Day 335

Facebook’s “Most Used Words” App Accused Of Stealing Personal Data

“Most Used Words On Facebook” App Collects Lot Of Your Personal Information

by Kavita Iyer

As originally posted on: TechWorm
November 30, 2015

Facebook newest application not only wrecks personal space but is making users wondering if it’s worth it. The “What Are Your Most Used Words on Facebook?” app created by a South Korean company named Vonvon displays a “word cloud” based on your frequently used words in past status messages, and assembles them into a picture that shows the most common ones in a larger size. The application might seem like fun at first, but UK-based VPN company Comparitech warns that it is a “privacy nightmare.”

According to Comparitech, which first reported the privacy issues says that the app has been shared over 16 million times. The site wrote “That’s over 16 million people who agreed to give up almost every private detail about themselves to a company they likely know nothing about.”

In order to make the application work, basically you need to grant the application access. In other words, when a Facebook user signs up to use the app, he or she agrees to give the “What Are Your Most Used Words on Facebook?” app permission to collect your IP address, profile picture, age, friends list, posts, posts you are tagged in, birthday, education history, hometown, likes, photos and more. This data can be stored on Vonvon’s servers anywhere across the world.

There is growing concern among Facebook users after they have discovered that the applications needs additional access to personal stuff like photos, posted movies and even conversations. While the application is quite invasive by nature, no one spared a thought to think if sharing your personal data is worth the trouble.

“We may continue to use any non-personally-identifying information in accordance with this Privacy Policy (e.g., for the purpose of analysis, statistics and the like) also after the termination of your membership to this WebSite and\or use of our services, for any reason whatsoever,” says Vonvon’s privacy policy. “Vonvon processes Personal Information on its servers in many countries around the world. Such information may be stored on any of our servers, at any location.

While there is no clarity as to what the site is doing with the information, but it makes clear that it can sell the information to anybody that it wants without giving you any notification and that simply using the app means that you have given your permission for them to do so.

Once it has sold that data on, it gives no protection for how it is used. The privacy policy “does not apply to the practices of entities Vonvon does not own or control, or to individuals whom Vonvon does not employ or manage, including any third parties to whom Vonvon may disclose Personal Information”, the terms read.

While we are not sure if this application is worthy to access our Facebook profile, one thing is clear though that one has to be extra cautious and be doubly sure before allowing any application to access your Facebook profile.

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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 6:01 am

Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne: Any role Canada might play in Paris is strictly for show

For fans of self-serving humbug, Trudeau's speech was the trifecta: the glib sloganeering, the false humility and the gaudy theatricality, and all in the service of — what?

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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 2:06 am

Blazing Cat Fur

Russia’s Failed Adventure in Syria

Putin largeRussian President Vladimir Putin may well come to regret agreeing to Iran’s request for Moscow to intervene militarily in Syria’s brutal civil war. The shooting down of a Russian warplane over the Syrian border by Turkey has graphically illustrated the risks Moscow faces after the Kremlin agreed to intervene on behalf of Syria’s beleaguered President […]

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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 1:30 pm

Driving The Porcelain Bus

NDP Clearest Alternative, Globe & Mail Is Loathe To Admit

The G&M must be loathe to report stories like this. But the NDP are so much in the lead and seen as the party of clear change, that they have no choice. But, that doesn't stop them from trying to tilt the story in the Conservatives favour. Let's take a look at where the G&M has problems writing a news story:

Canadians will be asked to choose between political stability and renewal - G&M states here that we currently have political stability. Funny, since when do these mean political stability?:
- subverting democracy (Bill C-51, Bill C-377, Bill C-23 among many others, cheating in elections)
- racking up the most debt of a Canadian government ever,
- running a deficit for most of their time
- balancing a budget only by looting from the EI fund
- ignoring the urgent issue of Climate Change
- focusing our economy on the oil extraction industry to the great detriment to the manufacturing industry.
-  corruption and cronyism
- warmongering instead of peacekeeping
- and the list goes on.
A more accurate line would be:
Canadians will be asked to choose between gross fiscal mismanagement & the brink of fascism, and stability & democracy.

Pollster Nik Nanos said the NDP has staked out the clearest policy positions in opposition to the Conservative Party, while the Liberals have a more nuanced approach.
- Okay, these were probably Nik Nanos' words but using "nuanced" here is a nice way of saying that the Liberal policy positions are mainly just like the Conservatives, except for when they try to copy some of the NDP policies to try to steal their support. History shows that time and again, the Liberals, whose policies mirror (especially more recently) those of the Conservatives, always campaign on the left only to toss these left leaning policies to the wind if they win the election.

The NDP has been working hard to reassure Canadians its economic policies would be largely in line with those of the current government. The biggest change proposed by the NDP is to increase corporate taxes, although party officials said the planned rate, to be revealed in coming months, would be “reasonable.”
-  Actually, the NDP has been working hard to show Canadians that its economic policies would NOT be in line with those of the current government. The NDP plans to NOT waste money on more and bigger prisons (not needed as the crime rate has been steadily dropping), unnecessary/problematic/costly jets, corporate welfare, unaccountable missing $3.1 billion, and many other porky Conservative pies. NDP governments, on average, have a much better fiscal record than Conservatives.

Party officials said the NDP is looking for candidates with an economic background who could serve as ministers of finance or industry. The recent upswing in the polls could make that easier.
- It may well be that the NDP is looking for more candidates with economic backgrounds, but they already have a number of MPs with economic backgrounds. And unmentioned here is Erin Weir, who has been suggested as a potential Finance Minister.

While both parties want to replace the Conservatives, their partisans have been at one another’s throats. Last week, the Liberals suggested Mr. Mulcair’s flirtation with the Conservatives in 2007 undermined the NDP’s promises to clean up the environment.
- The G&M fails to mention that this has been debunked a number of times, including recently by some high-up Conservatives.
- And "undermined the NDP's promises to clean up the environment"? The facts on this story actually result in boosting the NDP's seriousness about cleaning up the environment. 

I'll leave you with a few choice comments made after the G&M news item (these are all in the top ten most liked comments, and from the G&M readers no less!):

Mr Leblanc's first paragraph is flawed, or the poll was flawed. The choice is not between "change" and "stability." It is between "change" and "no change." I certainly would neither call what our economy had gone through in the last year as anything approaching stability, nor would I call the government actions in domestic and foreign policy as stabilizing.

My wife and I are in the over 65 age group and for the first time ever will be voting NDP as we have seen never ending corruption with the Libs and Cons for way too many years. Many of our friends have also decided to vote NDP as it is clearly time to send a big message to all elected officials, the voters are fed up and will not take it anymore and you will be forced to understand this come the election.

choose between political stability and renewal,..........
Nope......It's choosing between getting a country back to sanity...or carrying on with the most corrupt, crooked, manipulative crew of PROVEN liars and cheats This country has ever been controlled by .....A government rife with contempt, disrespect.....There have never been so many from a political party involved in fraud, lies, election proceedings, and criminal investigations...ever.....
Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Porter, Grestein, Stewart/Olsen, Wright, LeBreton, PMO staff
A LONG list of crooks......
It's about voting OUT crooks and taking the nation back from the brink of fascism!!

the first sentence claims there is a choice between change and political stability. Huh? If the government loses an election in Canada, that does not mean there is less stability.
By the Globe's definition of that term..I guess North Korea has the most political stability of all.

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Posted on 8 July 2015 | 5:47 pm

BigCityLib Strikes Back

The Alberta Climate Plan: Is Ezra Levant Right?

Not when he says the oil companies don't represent the oil companies, but in his generally negative attitude towards the whole thing?  Well, let's play Devil's advocate for a minute.  What does Alberta get from the rest of the planet for imposing on itself an economy-wide carbon tax?  We know what it wants: pipelines West and South so it can sell its oil to Asia.   Nobody really cares about Energy East.

But Keystone is dead.  So we're down to Northern Gateway and Transmountain.   Does the plan buy them either?  Well, the Trudeau government is going to formally ban oil tankers along B.C.'s North coast, so Northern Gateway is still dead.  What about Transmountain?  Well, a lot of the opposition to this line has nothing to with climate change, and of course there is a faction in the enviro community who would like the oil-sands shut down regardless of any commitments to better behavior the province and the oil companies might make.  They won't be swayed.  So maybe Transmountain goes through, or maybe not, but even if so it will be years down the line and billions spent along the proposed route to grease the skids before its open.  And who knows whether the market will need it by then.

And that's the only prize Alberta gets...potentially...from the whole endeavor.  So: good for the planet, good for Canada, but arguably not so great for Alberta.

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 12:11 am

Just Right

Lord Moncton's prediction of Harper's defeat and why Tony Abbot was dumped

Monckton's backstory about UN global governance ambitions and skullduggery is the mother of all conspiracyies theories:

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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 2:38 am

Open Mandate Letters

The newly elected Government of Canada made its ministerial mandate letters available to the public last week. They are absolutely worth checking out both for their content and as a example of public disclosure/communication. I’ll talk about that latter part in a second, but let me first let’s discuss some background information and context. From a content perspective […]

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Posted on 16 November 2015 | 4:30 pm

Bold Colours

MSNBC dubs popular majority-supported refugee bill “EXTREME,” of course

Despite Barack Obama threatening to veto it, 47 of Obama’s 188 fellow Democrats voted to support the refugee bill yesterday, no doubt because their constituents supported it. Along with the Republican congressmen, that means representatives of the vast majority of America supported it. That literally means the bill reflects a mainstream sentiment, and suggests the measures were not […]

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Posted on 20 November 2015 | 7:52 pm

Accidental Deliberations

Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Jordan Brennan studies the relationship between corporate taxes and the economy, and finds that the promise of growth in exchange for corporate giveaways has proven entirely illusory.

- Andy McSmith looks at another of the consequences of the trend toward corporate control, as the UK has seen the pay gap between CEOs and everybody else increase by leaps and bounds. And Nora Loreto highlights the need for the labour movement to lead the charge against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other agreements intended to entrench the power of business against mere citizens.

- Tania Kohut reports on Campaign 2000's latest study (PDF) showing that Canada's rate of child poverty has increased in the decades since our MPs agreed unanimously to eradicate it. And Steve Buist reports on new research showing the connection between poverty, class, health and mortality in Hamilton.

- Andreas Malm discusses the futility of the non-binding non-targets at the centre of the Paris climate change negotiations. And Eric Doherty writes that the only hope for a real shift in climate change policy is the prospect of a far stronger social movement demanding better.

- Finally, Ben Worthy points out the pattern of government contempt for the concept of public access to information. And Dean Beeby reports that in keeping with that cynical view of accountability, the Libs have repudiated their promises of open government, instead setting up a lengthy review process designed to ensure that the public's demand for change now doesn't turn into meaningful policy improvements down the road.

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Posted on 30 November 2015 | 4:30 pm

What Do I Know Grit

Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am

Small Dead Animals

"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"

Genetic Literacy Project; To use land and derivative natural resources as sustainably as possible requires using the least input to produce the most food. So, how does organic farming stack up?...

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Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras

Un monde sans race

En France, on est à cheval sur le mot race. Le dernier incident qui met en relief cette affirmation est la conséquence d’une sortie verbale de l’ex-ministre du gouvernement Nicolas Sarkozy, Nadine Morano, qui a lancé dans une interview à la télévision que « la France est un pays judéo-chrétien, le général de Gaulle le disait, de race blanche, qui accueille des personnes étrangères ». Hors, De Gaulle n’a jamais écrit cela. Ce sont des propos qu’il aurait tenus dans une réunion privée et rapportés par une personne qui les aurait entendus.
Morano a aussitôt été attaquée violemment par l’opposition et la presse en général. Nonobstant cette levée de boucliers, Morano a persisté, signé et répété ses propos à Moscou, où elle était invitée, en affirmant « la France est un pays de race blanche avec des noirs, comme le Congo est un pays de race noire avec des blancs ». Elle semble vouloir dire que tous les membres de la population française, plurielle et métissée, ne sont pas égaux. 
Selon le "Trésor de la Langue Française Informatisé", le mot « race » signifie en biologie : « Ensemble de personnes qui présentent des caractères communs dus à l'histoire, à une communauté, actuelle ou passée, de langue, de civilisation sans référence biologique dûment fondée ». Ou encore « Subdivision de l’espèce fondée sur des caractères physiques héréditaires, représentés pas une population.
Nadine Morano avait annoncé qu’elle serait candidate à la primaire pour le choix du candidat à la présidentielle du parti « les Républicains », ex-UMP, aujourd’hui dirigé à nouveau par Sarkozy. Ce dernier, qui veut aussi briguer les suffrages de la primaire, n’a pas aimé ses propos et l’a renié sur le champ malgré le fait qu’elle avait été l’une de ses plus grandes supportrices durant la traversée du désert qu’il a connue, suite à sa défaite aux mains de François Hollande. Dans un premier temps, il a demandé que l’investiture de la candidature de son parti pour Morano en vue des élections régionales pour le comté de Meurthe-et-Moselle soit retirée. Cela me semble une réaction exagérée.
Mais Sarkozy a été encore plus loin. Il a déclaré vouloir enlever le mot « race » de la constitution de la France. Le parti socialiste a emboité le pas pour se dire en accord avec cette proposition. En fait, ils reconnaissent la proposition de loi adoptée le 16 mai 2013 par l’Assemblée nationale française visant à supprimer le terme « race » de la législation française et à modifier la constitution qui mentionne l'égalité de tous devant la loi, « sans distinction d'origine, de race ou de religion ».
Alors quel mot employé ? Population, ethnie, espèce, sous-espèce, famille, genres… ou est-ce que le mot « origine » couvre tout ?
Au Québec, on accepte de dire « race blanche », « race noire », « race jaune » ou « peaux-rouges » tout en oubliant les autres de couleurs métissées. Et, comme dans l'ensemble du Canada, on identifie, de plus en plus, l’origine ethnique. Ce qui signifie, en fait, que le Québécois ou le Néoquébécois non francophone est d’une « race » différente que celle de la majorité, même si sa famille est au pays depuis plusieurs décennies et qu’il soit né au Québec. C’est ainsi que l’on dit : « lui il est un anglais, un italien, un grec, un polonais, un irlandais, un algérien, un haïtien, un congolais.. ». En fait, le mot race est rarement utilisé. Mais on semble y faire allusion en créant une différence entre chaque individu sur la base des définitions mentionnées précédemment du mot « race ». Pour plusieurs, les vrais Québécois sont les francophones, surtout pour ceux qui espèrent la séparation du Québec de l’ensemble Canadien. Souventes fois, ces derniers dénigrent, même ouvertement, « les anglais » du West Island, le quartier particulièrement anglophone de Montréal. … De plus, lorsqu’ils disent « Nous les Québécois… on ressent qu’ils n’incluent pas toujours les autres dans ce « nous ».
Ce qui surprend dans ce débat en France est le préjudice du monde politique face au mot « race ». Il semble que l’idéal serait un monde sans race.
Le Français moyen ne s’exprime pas trop ouvertement sur ce sujet mais on sent que cela le touche car il réagit. On peut en juger par l’accroissement des rangs et de la popularité du parti du Front National, qui ne craint pas de parler de la défense de la race. Les hommes et femmes politiques des autres partis se montrent très sensibles à ce phénomène et s’inquiètent pour des raisons électorales ? On peut penser que Nadine Morano s’est exprimée comme elle l’a fait sur la place publique car elle craint la débandade de son parti de droite aux élections devant le FN qui gruge ses supporteurs et qu’elle voulait ainsi ramener au bercail plusieurs égarés.  
Mais, ce qui est plus important, ce sont les immigrés et migrants en sol de France depuis la guerre d’Algérie, particulièrement ceux des dernières années, qui s’inquiètent que leur pays d’adoption ne soit pas à la hauteur de sa devise « Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité », si le Front National gagne le pouvoir.  

Claude Dupras

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Posted on 3 October 2015 | 3:47 pm

Mind of Dan

So much for change south of the border.

Now it is just more of the same, regardless of who ultimately wins:

Lessig quits presidency bid, blames political system he wanted to change

See this for a good, succinct, explanation of the problem Lessig is trying to solve

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Posted on 3 November 2015 | 6:10 am

Warren Kinsella

In this week’s Hill Times: help wanted

The worst newspaper columnist in Canada – The Writer Who Shall Not Be Named – is not impressed. Justin Trudeau’s government, which has been governing for 26 days – not even a month! – is doing really badly, sniffs this nameless scribe. How come? “Understaffed Ottawa struggles,” declares the disapproving headline on the resulting opinion […]

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Posted on 1 December 2015 | 1:02 pm