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Harper Ends Party Subsidies

20/05/2011 Leave a comment

Ottawa to cancel party subsidies with next budget – Need to know – Macleans.ca.

This means the Liberals are finished for sure. The entire left is being defunded – this has been Harper’s plan for years. Implications of this move include:

  • additional barriers to entry for new political parties (e.g., the Green Party)
  • a weaker left
  • large donations will have more impact (which go mostly to the Conservatives). In other words, money’s voice will get only louder.

Not good for Canada.

LOL,

Tim

Conservative Senators Kill Climate Change Bill

17/11/2010 Leave a comment

Not too surprising, really, considering that the federal Conservatives are bed-buddies with climate change skeptics.

What I’m really surprised by is the fact that it was the absence of 15 Liberal Senators that allowed this. Mr. Ignatieff, WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING? What could possibly have been going through your head? That was a moronic move of epic proportions.

Conservative senators kills climate change bill – Need to know – Macleans.ca.

LOL,

Tim

Canadian Copyright Reform

15/05/2010 1 comment

Make sure the government listens to Canadians about copyright legislation! This will affect all of us if the government gets their way. http://www.ccer.ca/send-a-letter-to-ottawa-to-stop-the-canadian-dmca/

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Don’t Allow Your Voice To Be Silenced In The Copyright Debate

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In the summer of 2009 the Government of Canada held public consultations on copyright and Canadians engaged in these consultations at unprecedented levels demanding a balance between consumer rights and creator rights. According to Michael Geist, recent developments indicate that these extensive consultations were “little more than theatre”. A very disheartening development indeed.

Indications are that the PMO has had to step in and make a decision on the direction of copyright reform in Canada because the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore and the Minister of Industry, Tony Clement could not come to a consensus. A consensus should have been an achievable outcome given the input gathered during the consultation process. It is further reported that the PMO has instead given the green light on moving forward with anti-consumer copyright legislation within the next 5 weeks, a Canadian DMCA.

Your MP needs to know where you stand on the issue regardless of your views and even if you have already told them before. A physical letter or email message to your MP, the Prime Minister, James Moore, Tony Clement and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is what is needed right now. Also remember to join the Facebook group and the Facebook page and be sure to ask others do the same.

The Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights has updated its online letter writing wizard in light of recent developments in the Canadian copyright reform front. This update is intended to address the Government’s seeming willingness to ignore the voices of thousands of Canadians and proceed with the introduction of anti-consumer copyright reform legislation. Legislation that goes in a polar opposite direction of what Canadians demanded during the consultation process.

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Um, Excuse Me?

19/04/2010 Leave a comment

I was relaxing in the sun by my bed in rez, reading Rick Mercer’s The Paperback Book (which is pissing funny, by the way), when I read this:

Basically, every member of Parliament in this country wants to go [to Afghanistan]. This is retail politics 101. You get off the plane, … you get your picture taken …, you come home, you get a bump in the polls.

It’s also why Stéphane Dion has been asking to go for a very long time. And this past week, the Tories finally said yes. So off Dion went. And boy did he make a balls of it.

The Tories, of course, loved [it], but while Dion might have put his foot in mouth, what the Tories did was far worse. When politicians visit Afghanistan, it’s always a secret. Those are the rules, written by the military. The military are very, very, touchy about this. they don’t want the Taliban to know when politicians are visiting because then they become a target. And shag the politicians; remember it’s the soldiers who are guarding the politicians you have to worry about.

So Dion, true to his word, never told a soul he was going. His staff didn’t even know he was going. [my emphasis] But the Tories, they said, “The hell with the military,” and they had a cabinet minister, Helena Guergis, release details of the visit. Sure, Canadian military lives were put at risk, but I guess that’s the price you have to pay when you’re facing re-election in Simcoe-Gray (Rick Mercer, The Paperback Book, 258-9).

(The rant is from 2005, in case you’re confused by the name “Dion”) I was really, really offended. The Conservatives took the low road here. They toyed with peoples’ lives for a stupid little political game. Not only that, they also sent a message that they’re completely fine with an opposition MP dieing because of them.

I’m sure even the Republicans wouldn’t pull a stunt like that. Not cool, Harper. Not cool at all.

LOL,

Tim

Canada at Copenhagen: Help or Hindrance?

12/12/2009 Leave a comment

According to George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian, we are not only a hindrance:

The tar barons have held the nation to ransom. This thuggish petro-state is today the greatest obstacle to a deal in Copenhagen.

Personally, I agree with him. One only needs to look at the shameful performance of the past governments (both Liberals and Conservatives) to see that.

But you know what really angers me? The fact that the tar sands are even viable operations.

It’s not the high price of oil. No, it is much, much worse than that.

Last year, Stephen Harper’s government gave over TWO BILLION DOLLARS of federal subsidies to the tar sands operations. That, and not the price of oil, is why this atrocity is continuing.

Personally, I think that is really sad.

A) The landscape and the environment are being destroyed. But, even more importantly:

B) People are getting CANCER from the oil sands – heavy metals and toxins are leeching into rivers and the groundwater from the tailings ponds.

And once the groundwater is contaminated, it takes a long time to purify. A really, really long time.

Come on, Canada. Wake up.

LOL,

Tim

—-The full article can be found here.