Monday, September 30, 2013 

"Shadows Of Glass" - Toronto's Condo Skyline ...




A great short film by Canadian film maker and progressive Mikailus.

Written, Produced, Directed, Photographed, Edited by MIKAILUS
Narrated by JESSICA BINSTOCK
Music by LEE ROSEVERE "Prologue"
Lab: NIAGARA CUSTOM LABS
Transfer: FRAME DISCREET
Shot on 16mm with a Beaulieu 2016

 

Senior's Home In Premier Brad Wall's Constituency Plagued By Bed Bugs




Saskatchewan's Potash and Oil industries are booming. Billions in profits are rolling in to them steadily. Yet, services to the people of Saskatchewan - who actually own the natural resources - have never been more wanting. Here's an example:  .. in the constituency represented by Premier Brad Wall, a local seniors home simply can't get the financial resources they need from the provincial government to eradicate an infestation of bed bugs!


Heritage Towers, a Saskatchewan Housing Authority seniors home in Swift Current, has a beg bug infestation and residents say the government is ignoring the problem. 

Hilda Wiese, an 84-year-old resident of the towers, is one of the seniors who had to leave her home because of the infestation. She describes minimal effort in dealing with the problem – including treating only the rooms of seniors who complained – excluding other seniors’ rooms, common areas and hallways.

Wiese is currently back at home in Heritage Towers, but has cancelled her home care and is afraid to have visitors for fear the bedbugs are still in her room or will re-enter her room from the untreated hallways, common areas and neighbouring rooms.

“I’m just lucky that I have family members nearby who can help me, some people have no place to go,” said Wiese. “We deserve better.”

NDP Leader Cam Broten, who has been outspoken on the critical need to fix the conditions in Saskatchewan’s seniors care homes, wants the government to consider the problem a priority.

“Our parents, our grandmas and grandpas, deserve clean, safe homes,” he said. “To hear that this government is half-heartedly or even selectively dealing with this problem is a serious concern. This is yet another example of the kind of neglect that is becoming rampant in seniors care.
Saskatchewan Official Opposition

Friday, September 27, 2013 

Liberal Strategist Finally Admits That Creation Of The Gun Registry Was Intended As A Wedge Issue By The Liberals To Split Eastern / Western Canada



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An amazing admission by Liberal strategist David Herle at the 8:03 mark of this CBC panel discussion ... the Gun Registry was introduced as a calculated wedge issue intended to separate western from eastern Canada ... 


(Apologies for the commercials inserted by the CBC (!!) at the front of the video ... sheesh!)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 

Was Pamela Wallin's Appearance On 'Corner Gas' Prophetic?





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... I'll leave that for you to determine.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 

Canada Has A 'Just' Society .... Mostly 'Just' For The Rich!!!


Remember when that wayward young skier was billed $10,000 towards his rescue costs after going out on his own at a British Columbia ski resort? 

Well here's the double standard ... if you are rich and get stranded on a northern ice flow, Canadian taxpayers are required to pay nearly $3 Million to rescue you!

Canada's 'Just' society is mostly just for the rich!!

 

City Of Regina Using American Communications Company (also used by Conservative MPs) To Sway Water Referendum Vote ...




It looks as if the City of Regina has its own version of 'Watergate'!!

An American communications company is getting a piece of the city's referendum campaign budget for its involvement in Mayor Michael Fougere's telephone town halls.

Front Porch Strategies, based in Delaware, Ohio, was hired by the City of Regina's polling firm, Direct Marketing Services in Saskatoon, to help carry out three teleforums, said the city's communications manager Deb McEwen.

Front Porch Strategies' website says "our passion is helping Republican candidates, elected officials, and conservative causes win by connecting them with voters and constituents".

The firm was also used by a number of Conservative MPs during the 2011 federal election, according to news reports.
Regina Leader-Post

Monday, September 23, 2013 

New York Times Editorial Board BLASTS Stephen Harper For Muzzling Scientists To Promote Oil Industry Interests ...


OTTAWA — The New York Times editorial board is taking the Harper government to task for allegedly silencing publicly funded scientists, a strategy the Times says is designed to ensure oilsands production proceeds quietly.

The strongly worded Sunday editorial comes as the PR fight over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is heating up, with U.S. President Barack Obama yet to make a decision on whether to approve the project that would transport bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Silencing Scientists
Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.

 It began badly enough in 2008 when scientists working for Environment Canada, the federal agency, were told to refer all queries to departmental communications officers. Now the government is doing all it can to monitor and restrict the flow of scientific information, especially concerning research into climate change, fisheries and anything to do with the Alberta tar sands — source of the diluted bitumen that would flow through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Journalists find themselves unable to reach government scientists; the scientists themselves have organized public protests.

There was trouble of this kind here in the George W. Bush years, when scientists were asked to toe the party line on climate policy and endangered species. But nothing came close to what is being done in Canada.

Science is the gathering of hypotheses and the endless testing of them. It involves checking and double-checking, self-criticism and a willingness to overturn even fundamental assumptions if they prove to be wrong. But none of this can happen without open communication among scientists. This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.

It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush — the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences. The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams of research and information.
The New York Times's Editorial Board

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 

A Good Political Leader Knows When To Step Down - Adrian Dix Leaving Leadership Of BC New Democrats ...


B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix has announced his resignation as party leader today in Vancouver, following the party's surprising defeat by the Liberals in the May provincial election.
Dix said he accepted responsibility for the election loss and felt it was in the best interests of the party for a new leader to take over.
“Since our defeat in the election on May 14, I have reflected both on my future as leader of the B.C. NDP and on the future of our party.

"That we fell short on election day is my responsibility as leader," said Dix.
“It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean that I need to step aside for a new leader, who can lead us to victory in 2017."

CBC.ca

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 

New Democrats DEMAND To Know (as should MOST Canadians), Why Conservative Party Lawyer Sat In On Elections Canada Investigative Interviews On Robocalls Scandal!!

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OTTAWA – The NDP wants the Commissioner of Elections Canada to publicly answer questions about why Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton attended robocalls interviews.

In a letter sent to Commissioner Yves Cote Tuesday, NDP MP Craig Scott asks Cote to answer six specific questions about Hamilton’s presence in interviews with witnesses, all of them Conservative staffers. “It just jumps off the page that there’s a potential ethical problem here,” Scott, critic for democratic and Parliamentary reform, said in an interview. “What is (Hamilton) doing in the interview when he’s representing a third party? Who gave him permission?”

Neither Hamilton nor Elections Canada will clarify why Hamilton was present during the interviews. (!!!)
Global News Online

Monday, September 16, 2013 

Our 'Scaredy Cat' Prime Minister Won't Convene The House Of Commons But New Democrats Are Going To Ask Question Regardless ...

Stephen Harper is afraid of democratic process. He won't recall the House of Commons. Never the less, Canada's Official Oppostion New Democrats are going to hold a 'Virtual' Question Period today ...

NDP's 'virtual' question period

 

Postmedia's Attempted Rehabilitation Of Stephen Harper's Crappy Image ....



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Stephen Harper's image and popularity has taken a bit of a nose dive lately. Senate scandals, arrogant government and other assorted Tory sins have left Mr. Harper facing the prospect that  the nation is getting ready to dump him.

To the rescue ..... Canada's corporate media! Image rehabilitation is in full swing!


How Canada's corporate media is trying to rehab Harper's image with the nation

Friday, September 13, 2013 

There is Absolutely no truth to the rumour that Nigel Wright recently purchased a condo in Manhattan ...

 

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Pamela Wallin repays $100K in expenses, blames Senate 'lynch mob'

Pamela Wallin selling Manhattan condo

 

H/T to

@Heyburke

on Twitter 

Thursday, September 12, 2013 

19 Billion KM From Earth, Voyager Enters Interstellar Space ...



Launched in 1977, the Voyager spacecraft has now completely left our solar system and is officially now in interstellar space ... approximately 19 Billion Km  from planet Earth. Very cool.

Earth farewells Voyager

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 

The Conservative Party of Canada Continues To Do Everything In Its Power To Strangle The Life Out Of Democracy In Canada ...



 Conservative Party lawyer directed robocall questions during investigation: documents
OTTAWA – The Conservative Party lawyer who attended interviews related to the May 2011 robocalls investigation at times spoke for witnesses and directed the questions, according to excerpts obtained by Global News.

Arthur Hamilton sat in on the interviews with the witnesses, who had all worked as Conservative staffers, alongside Elections Canada investigators Allan Mathews and Ron Lamothe in March and April 2012.

The investigation relates to misleading robocalls in Guelph during the 2011 election. Michael Sona, who worked for a Conservative candidate in Guelph, has been charged with violating the Elections Act. He has publicly denied wrongdoing.

Court documents released this week allege Sona told “several” friends he was involved in making misleading calls directing Guelph voters to nonexistent polling stations. In documents, Hamilton said he attended an interview as “counsel for the Conservative Party of Canada,” not the witness.

In an email obtained by Global News, one witness said Hamilton wasn’t representing him.

“Well I said I didn’t need a lawyer, wasn’t commenting. I don’t suppose the cpc (Conservative Party of Canada) lawyer counts, because my choice in that matter wasn’t exercised,” the witness wrote.

According to excerpts of interviews, Hamilton at times took charge of the interrogation, telling witnesses what to say and speaking for them. “You’ve spoken to your parents as well about this,” Hamilton says to one witness. “Yeah,” the witness says.

“Go ahead, type. Yeah. His parents live in Saskatchewan,” Hamilton replies. At one point, Hamilton tells another witness to give investigators the “exact quote.” “I said, ‘You should shut up and stop telling people this stuff,’” one witness says. Hamilton replies: “You can give the exact quote if you want.”

Ottawa defence lawyer Michael Spratt says it’s “very unusual” for a third party to be present in interviews.

“Is he acting in the interest of the witness? Or is he acting in the interest of his client, the Conservative Party of Canada?” said Spratt.

“The reason why it’s unusual, and perhaps may raise some questions in this case, is that this was an ongoing investigation, in which the Conservative party was at least somewhat involved. And to have a lawyer for that third party at the witness interview, obviously opens the door to a flow of information back to the Conservative party.”

A spokesman for Elections Canada said he couldn’t speak to specifics about the investigation.


Global News Online

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 

"The Senate is a failed institution.” - Tom Mulcair, Leader, New Democratic Party



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“We live in a democracy. It’s a fundamental principle in a democracy that laws are made by people who have been elected by the public. The Senate is a failed institution.”
Tom Mulcair
-Leader, New Democratic Party
-Leader of the Official Opposition


Last thought ...  
Saskatchewan's Right wing corporate media are a bit anxious about Mulcair's visit to Saskatchewan ... even repeating the original Saskatchewan Party 'speaking point' (which Wall has now abandoned) on what constitutes the term 'Dutch Disease':
" Mulcair is likely less popular in Saskatchewan and so are his policies [...]  describing Canada's petro-driven economy as "Dutch disease" that artificially inflates the Canadian dollar and harms manufacturing - particularly in Eastern Canada."
Regina Leader-Post 
Political Opinion 
(right wingers .... sheeeeeesh!!)

Monday, September 09, 2013 

Sask Premier Needs To Tone Down His 'Country Bumpkin' Schtick - UPDATED

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"The NDP thinks Saskatchewan's resource economy is a disease."
Brad Wall
Premier of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is scheduled to meet with Federal New Democratic Party Leader, Tom Mulcair while the Federal NDP Caucus meets in Saskatchewan.

For starters, Tom Mulcair never called Saskatchewan's resource industry a 'disease' despite the paid political TV ads that Premier Wall's right wing Saskatchewan Party ran. 

It's time to stop playing to the lowest common denominator in the Sask Party and act like a true national statesman.

Hopefully Premier Wall will tone down his 'bumpkin' schtick and have realistic, intelligent, meaningful discussions with Mulcair.



-Really Brad! .. Really?  

UPDATE:
Looks like the Premier took my advice to some degree

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schtick definition [ʃtɪk]

  1. n.
    a routine or act that is the trademark of an entertainer, especially in vaudeville. (Yiddish.) :  His schtick was a trained dog and cat act. 

Friday, September 06, 2013 

Federal Bureaucrats Tipped Off Harper's PMO About Freedom Of Information Request Searching For Senate Scandal Documents .. and magically ... none were found!


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OTTAWA — Federal bureaucrats notified Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff in June that they were about to make public that a search of the Privy Council Office had not uncovered a single document related to the scandal involving Sen. Mike Duffy.  
O.Canada.com



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