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Celebrating 10 years of Progressive Bloggers today

Today is a pretty neat day – I’ll be in Toronto gathering with some of our blogging afffiliates past and present to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Progressive Bloggers – the original blogging aggregator of progressive blogs in Canada. It was started up in June 2005 by Wayne Chu, aided by Dan Arnold (of CalgaryGrit fame) with some advice from me and others on forming something to show the then very active blogosphere there were more then just the Blogging Tories online. (The blogosphere back then was seemingly dominated by conservative blogs – I’d like to think we helped counter that a tad).

Wayne stepped away from his admin […]

Season’s Greetings

I’ve been off for a few days enjoying the holidays – I’ve not gone anywhere online – don’t worry 🙂

Anyhow, to all my political friends, foes, and in between, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and I wish you the best for the upcoming New Year.

Some folks are dog-gone crazy in Ottawa – and I dont mean the politicians.

I’ll be blunt – I’m not a dog person. I’m a cat person. I normally don’t go out of my way to comment on dog-related matters. I also don’t normally comment on stuff that is not political, but tonight, something has caused me to change gears and do that. My blogging compatriot Zoom of Knitnut.net (full disclosure: she’s a Progressive Blogger affiliate, though not as political as some of my affiliates are) was publicly musing about whether to get a certain dog or not.. when some folks at Friendly Giants Dog Rescue showed they should be changing the first word of the organization’s name. John Marshall of Trashy’s World – […]

Progressive Bloggers back up

If you hadn’t seen it yet, Progressive Bloggers is back up and in a new format with some new features. We’ve managed to figure out what was causing the crashes before, and the corrections seemed to have stopped that, though the site can still grind a bit at loading when there is peak traffic.

It’s still a work in progress, but we’re getting it close to where we want it to be.

Bruce Mcdonald 1958-2010

Bruce blogged at at Canuck Attitude. I have just heard this evening that he passed away last week, according to his family at his Facebook page.

There are some tributes being left on the page, and I encourage you to leave something there if you feel so compelled. His family members say there is some tribute of some sort being planned for this upcoming Friday (Dec 10).

I’ll say here what I said at his Facebook page, and at the Progressive Bloggers website: I’ve met Bruce at a Progressive Blogger event or 2. I found him to be a real funny guy, very intelligent, very passionate. and a prolific and […]

Even a stopped clock is right twice in a day

Stephen Harper’s decision to do a 2nd prorogue in just over a year even got Connie Fournier of the ultra-rightwing site Free Dominion upset enough to say this:

I don’t care what anyone says, repeated prorogation of Parliament, as a political strategy, is an affront to democracy.

This guy is mad with power!

That’s more objective and critical of Harper then I’d bet 99.9% of the Blogging Tory aggregate, which Free Dominion isn’t even a member of. I don’t know if Connie just pulled a radical conversion (as Little Green Footballs in the US recently did) or if this is just a 1 day thing, but credit where it’s due.

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I see the Cons 'base' is getting hopeful.

Shorter Stephen Taylor (head honcho of the Blogging Tories aggregate) could be summarized from his tweet as being Those of us who are Conservative activists want a Conservative majority so they can actually start implementing the more contentious parts of our right-wing agenda we’ve kept under wraps.

I’d be interested to hear from Stephen what part of the Conservative agenda he’s hopeful would get implemented if the Conservatives didn’t have to operate within the confines of a minority. Some are rather obvious – like the repeal of the long-gun registry, as BCL suggested over at his site, but I’m curious to see Stephen’s wish-list of things he wants implemented by […]

Monday supper notes

– In a followup to my blogpost of yesterday, regardless of whether Sheila Copps is being hypocritical or not, I agree with her premise and disagree with James – remove the position of Quebec lieutenant. If it’s not necessary elsewhere in the country, it certainly doesn’t need to be necessary in Quebec. It concentrated too much power in the hands of 1 individual who may or may not use it wisely. As for primaries and the power of appointment et. al., read yesterday’s blogpost for my position on those.

– Random police testing for drunk drivers? As BC’er says, it sounds like a trial-balloon designed to see if it […]

Check out CivicScene.ca

This was a pleasant surprise when I saw this: my friend Jonathan Ross, who used to do some political commentary at TDH Strategies, has returned to online commenting at the new site CivicScene.ca.

What will CivicScene discuss? Here’s what the site says in their own words:

CivicScene is a new voice on the Vancouver municipal blogging scene that aspires to provide informative, balanced and interesting viewpoints on the most pressing issues in municipal politics and policymaking. The blog will be managed by a team of progressive voices (many of which will continue to be added to this profile as further collaborations are struck) from across North America who will […]

A very Happy Canada Day

… to all my readers and friends.

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