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NO ONE expects the Spanish Inquisition!

I hate redundant blogposts, so all I’ll say with regards to the matter of Canadian Cynic’s challenge, just read what Red Tory published, and you’ve more or less got my view (regardless of whether I agree or disagree with Jason and the Liblogs advisory panel’s editorial decisions).

Something off-topic today: Curling

A little different topic today from the usual politics. I’ve been at Norwich today watching the women regionals taking place at the Norwich Curling Club. The top 2 teams go to the provincials, which is the level of curling just below the Women Curling National Championship (otherwise known as the Scott Tournament of Hearts).

Among the teams entered into this regional are Sherry Middaugh’s team, a well known and very good team, and Anne Dunn’s team. Anne has been a world senior women’s curling champion before, so this regional has got some very good teams entered into it. From what I’ve seen, the Norwich Club has done a great job […]

Nanos poll puts Liberals in statistical lead.

Courtesy of Warren:

The Nanos Research survey, provided exclusively to The Canadian Press, suggests the Liberals have moved into a virtual tie with the governing Tories. Liberal support stood at 34 per cent, one point ahead of the Conservatives and up eight points from the Liberals’ dismal showing in the Oct. 14 election under the leadership of Stephane Dion. The poll suggests the Liberal resurgence was particularly pronounced in Quebec, where the party vaulted into the lead with 39 per cent support to 29 per cent for the Bloc Quebecois, 17 per cent for the Tories and 14 per cent for the NDP. The telephone poll of 1,003 Canadians was […]

Tough economic news everywhere

Ouch:

Canada lost 34,400 jobs in December, a figure that was worse than economists had been expecting, as the economy weakened…With the decline in employment, the jobless rate rose by 0.3 percentage points to hit 6.6 per cent, the highest since January 2006.

And if you think it’s bad here, here’s ouch squared:

Mired in recession, the United States economy shed 524,000 jobs in December, pushing overall job losses for 2008 to 2.6 million. That’s basically the worst case scenario of many economists; they had projected job losses for December ranging anywhere from 475,000 to 525,000. The unemployment rate in the U.S. jumped to 7.2 per cent, the Labour Department […]

Ouch, that’s got to sting

You might remember that at the recent Conservative policy convention, the delegates passed a resolution asking for amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act to more or less ban human rights commissions. This was celebrated as a great victory by some – particularly at Free Dominion, the extreme right-wing website; one of their founders was at the convention as a Conservative delegate specifically pushing for this resolution to pass.

So, what has been the Conservative government’s reaction, or more specifically Harper’s reaction? Will he be moving on this issue, and destroy these dastardly commissions, as demanded by his grassroots followers? Not exactly – in fact, not at all. Harper’s […]

Conservative incompetence endangers Canadians lives in Gaza

What a boneheaded lack of communication and display of incompetence by our Canadian government with regards to getting its citizens out of Gaza and out of the fighting zone. Every other embassy and government with citizens there were on the ball in organizing the departure of those who wanted to flee, but as detailed in the Star, our government was not:

Thirty-nine Canadians, still stranded in war-wracked Gaza yesterday, could have safely departed the territory last Friday – if only Canadian diplomats had known it. Early last Friday, more than 30 hours before the launch of a deadly Israeli ground offensive, more than 200 foreign nationals fled Gaza via the […]

“Iggy is too uppity to be a leader”

That will apparently be the Conservatives – or at least the Blogging Tories – line going after Ignatieff come the next election, if this blogentry of Stephen Taylor that was highlighted over at Macleans is any indication. Apparently, Harper’s attending more hockey games then Ignatieff shows he has the appeal to the common man, or something, while Iggy being the grandson of a Russian czar is supposed to invoke negative connotations; maybe Mr. Taylor is inferring that Iggy would betray our oil rights in the Arctic under the melted Arctic ice to Vladimir Putin, or something.

By the way, let’s take a look at how much empathy and how many […]

Middle East morass muzzling opinions, Part 2.

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about the Middle East much if I could help it, but trying to clamp down on opinions isn’t restricted to just one side, as we see from this story this morning:

An Ontario union may ban Israeli academics from teaching or speaking at the province’s universities unless they condemn the current military action in the Gaza Strip, according to the Globe and Mail…The newspaper says the Ontario arm of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will introduce the proposal in a meeting next month.It will call for “a ban on Israeli academics doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario […]

The Middle East morass and its side-effects of muzzling opinions

So far, I’ve managed to avoid commenting on the Middle East morass. It was once said you should never discuss religion, sex, or politics around the dinner table. Let me add a subset to that by saying it’s apparent you should consider possibly staying away from discussion of Middle East politics, if you want to maintain friendships, because anything you say will be hotly disputed by 50% of the population. That’s particularly true in the case of political blogs, as it’s become a hot topic – too hot in my view.

I will break my silence on the Middle East briefly because of 2 events that have caught my […]

Out of touch on the environment file (but being forced to deal with it).

If you’re Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, you should be able to figure out you’re starting to become rather isolated in the world on the climate change issue when Obama is about to bring in a hard target cap-and trade system, and when even certain Republicans are calling for controls on GHG emissions, and horror of horrors, they’re advocating doing it in a way that sounds like its almost an exact carbon copy (no pun intended) of Stephane Dion’s proposed Green Shift:

Obama has also said that he intends to implement a cap-and-trade system that would include hard caps and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent […]

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