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Ridiculous copyright licensing - no thanks CBC

I’ve noticed recently at the CBC website that at their news section, they have fine print at the bottom of their articles stating that “new copyright licensing is in effect”. When you click on that, it takes you to a 3rd party group called iCopyright, which then offers a sign-up fee so you can either quote the whole article, or else keep the article on your blog/website etc for a year. Nothing is said about only quoting part of an article however. If you click on the fine print of iCopyright, they warn you of the danger of piracy and so on and so forth.

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The Khadr ruling

Basically, the Supreme Court has split the middle with it’s ruling on Khadr; his Charter Rights have been violated and continue to be violated, but they’ve ruled that for now (I say “for now” because some media are reporting that the ruling states that the SC may act in the future to provide the remedy if the government fails to act) , it’s up to the Government of Canada to provide a remedy for that, and they won’t force the government to call for Khadr’s repatriation, even if that’s considered a good remedy (As stated at his Twitter page by one of the reporters covering this, the Supreme Court provided […]

Another reason for prorogation; killing off the Afghanistan Committee?

There was some brief discussion about this in one of my comment threads yesterday, but it’s been reinforced today. An interesting bit of information in a CP release today which talks about the Conservative government relenting and paying off diplomat Richard Colvin’s legal bills – as he was entitled to receive. It’s to do with the Afghanistan Committee that Colvin testified at, and which is the precursor to all of this prorogation stuff. Check this part out about the Afghanistan Committee:

…It’s not clear, however, whether the committee charged with investigating Colvin’s claims will be resurrected once Parliament reconvenes in March given that the unanimous consent of all parties in […]

You mean people other then the locals actually can read what I spout? - various Tory MPs.

Seriously, I almost get the feeling Conservative MP’s who have been talking to their local media seem to think that no one else but the locals will read the local interview. Witness the latest attempt by a Conservative MP to justify the prorogation of Parliament; Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country gives it a go in an interview with the Kelowna media:

For him, prorogation is an opportunity for the Conservative government to concentrate on the economy by implementing the next phase of its economic stimulus program and prepare a new budget. If parliament was in session then the opposition parties could vote non-confidence and force an election before those […]

Ekos poll: Liberals take the lead (half point); detects 'significant shift'

This Ekos poll was released tonight, and you’ll be seeing plenty of it on CBC later today, since it was done for them. The Liberals have crept into a “statistically insignificant lead”, but a lead nonetheless – the first since August 2009. The numbers are:

31.6% LPC 31.1% CPC 14.6% NDP 11.0% Green 9.1% BQ (37% in Quebec) 2.6% Other

Some of the key analysis from Frank Graves that I find rather striking:

“At this stage it is probably safe to say that despite considerable initial confusion over whether the government’s problems were ephemeral or structural the evidence is that there has been a significant shift..the fact that prorogation backfired […]

Decima dead heat

Okay, so I know the official name is Harris-Decima, but that would make the title a bit more awkward. The Conservatives must be feeling awkward too. A 4 point Conservative lead from last week’s Decima poll now is down to 1:

A new poll suggests that Canada’s swift reaction to the tragedy in Haiti has not boosted the government’s popularity among voters. Pollster Allan Gregg says it appears voters are still unsettled over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unpopular decision to prorogue Parliament and aren’t swayed by the popular effort to help Haiti. The latest survey by The Canadian Press Harris-Decima suggests the Tories and Liberals are in a statistical dead […]

Things catching my attention today

– Rick Mercer goes after the Conservative government’s use of our Canadian Forces as political props, and calls it a “new low in Canadian politics”.

– Mark Francis of Section 15 writes an open letter to Conservative cabinet minister “no one cares about prorogation except elitists” Tony Clement (and avoids addressing him as “The Honourable Tony Clement” so he doesn’t feel elitist).

– This article was written by Lorne Gunter on the evils of public election financing (who normally writes for the Edmonton Journal), and it appeared in the Ottawa Citizen today. Apparently public election financing is bad, according to Lorne, because we’re “forcing people to support separatists”. This is […]

Hey Randy, Mercer was just joking about the vacation thing.

You all remember this amusing little 30 second skit put on by Rick Mercer a week or 2 ago:

Well, I guess Prince Albert Conservative MP Randy Hoback thought Rick was being serious about that, since MP Hoback has decided to take advantage of Harper’s prorogue and vacation in California. I bet his trip wasn’t on the PMO’s list of ministers/MP’s supposedly hard at work that they handed out to the press yesterday.

Check out The Mark for a good read

I don’t often promote places on here I read at, but today I’m making an exception for The Mark, which describes itself as “Canada’s daily online forum for news, commentary, and debate.” I liken it to an online magazine, but regardless, I’ve discovered that site in the past month or 2, and I’ve been impressed with the articles as well as the contributors. I’m a bit biased in that last regard, because there are several Progressive Blogger affiliates who are contributing to the Mark, including Ryan Androsoff, David Eaves, John Baglow, and MJ Murphy (better known as BigCityLib).

I’d recommend adding The Mark to your daily reading (I’ve added it […]

Liberals release proposals to make prorogation harder to do, but is it enough?

The hinted at reforms to curtailing the prorogation power of the Prime Minister was released by the Liberal Party and Michael Ignatieff at Ottawa today. Here’s an excerpt of the news-release with the proposals they’ve put forth:

To prevent future abuses of prorogation, the Liberal Party of Canada will seek to amend the Standing Orders of the House of Commons to:

• Require at least 10 days written notice from the Prime Minister of his intention to seek to prorogue, together with his specific reasons for doing so;

• Require the Prime Minister to bring the issue of prorogation before the House of Commons for a full debate;

• Prevent […]

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