Archives for the month of: April, 2012

Quick history quiz. Who started the War of 1812 Who fought in it? Who won?

Many Canadians don’t know the answer to these questions. Even though the war played a pivotal role in the eventual creation of Canada and would shape the development of the United States.

The producers of 1812: Forged In Fire, an upcoming documentary about the conflict, took to Toronto’s streets and asked people what they knew about the War of 1812. The answer, not a heck of a lot.
RMR: Rick and the War of 1812

Rick Mercer heads to London, ON to re-enact the War of 1812 with the Lincoln Militia.

Two Toronto groups want Canadian workers to call in sick en masse as a protest against ‘the attacks of the one per cent.’ ‘Harperitis’

Two Toronto groups are exhorting Canadian workers to call in sick en masse next Tuesday, on May Day, as a protest against “the attacks of the one per cent.”

Members of the groups wearing yellow smiley-face masks unfurled a nine-metre-wide banner Tuesday morning from a bridge over Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, telling motorists that next Tuesday, observed in dozens of countries as a workers’ holiday, is “a good day to be sick.”

An accompanying news release says “people are suffering with Harperitis and have serious headaches from Fordotrophy,” referring to right-wing Toronto mayor Rob Ford, “which makes it really hard to work and make a living. They should call in sick on May 1…. A nice day in the sun will help.”

International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda is apologizing publicly for charging the taxpayers for a pricey hotel upgrade in London. Oda attended a London conference on international immunizations last June and refused to stay at the five-star hotel where the meetings took place. Instead, she booked into the posh Savoy hotel at more than double the cost. Oda repaid the difference between the two hotels, as well as a cancellation fee at the first establishment. The opposition wants to know why she hadn’t offered to repay the costs of a car and driver that cost the taxpayer an average of nearly $1,000 per day.

Bev Oda may be in hot water for her champagne tastes, but by no means is she the highest-spending member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

That distinction goes to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who has racked up the biggest travel and hospitality tab of any of his Conservative colleagues in recent years.

Since March 2010, his expenses for trade missions to places such as Italy, Turkey, Indonesia and Japan have totalled $271,489.

Here are the top MP expenses for 2010, as well as the top hospitality spenders and travel spenders.
Top Spenders 3. Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh – $584,966.37
Top Spenders 2. Conservative MP Richard Harris – $585,074.90
Top Spenders 1. Conservative MP Steven Fletcher – $803,108.54
Manitoba Conservative MP Steven Fletcher spent the most money, $803,109 in 2010 — but as quadriplegic MP much of his budget, $493,462, went to pay for specialized staff. Fletcher has since taken a temporary medical leave from Parliament.
Top Hospitality Spenders 3. Conservative MP Paul Calandra $9,481.32
Top Hospitality Spenders 2. Conservative MP Lisa Raitt $9,621.33
Top Hospitality Spenders 1. Conservative MP Richard Harris – $9,760.51
Top Travellers 3. Conservative MP Jim Abbott – $200,090.55
Top Travellers 2. Conservative MP LaVar Payne – $211,588.48
Top Travellers 1. Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh – $213,740.40

However, like all things government, the narrative seems to be to first create the problem, then move to fix it by more centralization, control and dependence. It’s a trend we see not just in our energy sector, but every aspect of our lives. – ‘Take Back Your Power’ is a hard-hitting documentary film which exposes a technocratic agenda of control, and offers solutions for co-creating a better future. Based in BC, the film brings insight from throughout North America, Europe and the world – with expert researchers, insiders, politicians, doctors, and those affected by smart meter radiation. Exposed: ‘big brother’ corporate-government shennanigans, the real reason for huge energy cost increases, what’s behind the health dangers, and more. Human beings everywhere are uniting, and we TAKE BACK OUR POWER

Cyber expert on SMART GRID: massive vulnerability, who’s accountable?

Cyber security expert David Chalk weighs in on the smart grid and its outright lack of security.

Expert Warns: 100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years

We want young Albertans to think about voting strategically. Find out who in your riding has the best chance of winning against the Wildrose Party – even if it’s the PCs. We’re not affiliated with any political party – we just know who we DON’T want running our province
Here are some reasons to keep Wildrose out:
Their “conscience rights” proposal, which would allow doctors and marriage commissioners to refuse services based on their own morals:
Wildrose Party’s idea of “conscience rights” is discriminatory
Candidate Ron Leech, who says being white gives him an advantage
Candidate Allen Hunsperger, who says gay people will “suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell”
Their plan to write $300 checks to all Albertans from budget surpluses – instead of investing in the province

A new exhibit exploring human identity through the “Star Wars” universe and the epic sci-fi saga’s quirky characters kicks off a multi-city world tour in Montreal on Thursday.

“Star Wars Identities” combines the latest scientific research in areas of psychology, neuropsychology and genetics with some 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the Lucasfilm archives to ask the fundamental questions: who we are and how do we become who we are?

Alta. Wildrose leader has doubts about science on climate change

Smith dodges climate change questions
Wildrose Party Leader suggested climate change science inconclusive

Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith is refusing to clarify whether she doubts that global warming is being caused by human activities.
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Wildrose leader under fire for questioning science behind climate change
Danielle Smith Wildrose views on moral issues

The two minute video you need to watch before you vote on April 23rd.

Responses from Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith on important moral issues from May 2011. The full 9 minute interview is found here:

Staples: Does Danielle Smith like Edmonton? A fair and important question
Why B.C. voters should worry about Danielle Smith and the Wildrose party in Alberta


The Conservative Party won’t be celebrating the Charter’s birthday.
The Conservative government has been notably silent on the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Stephen Harper says there’s a reason for that.

Harper offered a qualified response on the significance of the Charter in Canadian history.

“In terms of the anniversary, the Charter was an important step forward in the development of Canadian rights policy, a process that began in earnest with (Conservative prime minister) John Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights in 1960, so it’s a little over 50 years old,” Harper said.

Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights was not entrenched in the Constitution and did not carry the same weight in the courts as the Charter eventually did.

Harper alluded to the fact that Quebec did not sign on to the Constitution Act of 1982, of which the Charter was a part. Two other attempts to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold — the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords — failed.

“In terms of this as an anniversary, I think it’s an interesting and important step, but I would point out that the Charter remains inextricably linked to the patriation of the Constitution and the divisions around that matter, which as you know are still very real in some parts of the country,” Harper said.

Harper had also been asked to comment on perceived problems with the application of the Charter in the courts, but he said he didn’t want to wade into that issue.

But many Conservatives have criticized the Charter, saying some have taken advantage of the document to drag out court cases. There’s also a view that it has allowed judges to make laws rather than parliamentarians.

Source: HuffPost

Human Rights Video Education
The 30 Articles of the International Declaration of Human Rights
A short for the 30 articles of human rights.

Music – Coldplay “Life in Technicolor”

The province’s election issues are the some of the most difficult this era and could unleash vast social, political change. The facts

Redford slammed in debate

Grits force out Tory salaries