Activist Communique: Four Sacred Colours Pow Wow photos from 2014

rabble news - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 12:33pm

Annin, here are the photos I tool from the the 6th annual Four Sacred Colours Pow Wow at George Brown College Waterfront Campus. The event was organized by the Sahikitcheway Student Association.

I decided this year to shoot in a lower shutter speed to maximize the beatiful colour swirls reflected in the regalia - mostly made my hand.

I have to humbly apolize for the delay and I give great thanks to Kim Elliott for her technical skills so I could finally get those photos online as promised.

So please click on this link to view these powerful dancers -- of course, all protocol was followed in taking these shots -- so to see the dancers, click here.

 

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Bye, bye Rob Anders

rabble news - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:49am

Even within the benighted ranks of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rob Anders stood out: a walking nullity, his every word spoken as though by rote, a person for whom "convictions" were a sign, not of moral strength, but of a complete and utter inability to consider, reflect or question. He looked somewhat like a wax figure of himself, his face unlined, his brow unfurrowed; lacking the fire of inner certainty, he displayed instead the stuporous blandness of a patient under general anesthetic. "In a Commons loaded with lightweights," said one seasoned commentator, "Calgary West's MP almost defies gravity." 

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Rob Anders loses by a nose as Cowtown Cons make the best of a bad choice

rabble news - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 2:31am

There was blood in the water of the Bow River as it flowed through Cowtown last night.

After a while, it became clear the metaphorical blood had been shed by the ever-embarrassing Rob Anders, who at a mere 42 years of age had served an excruciating six terms as the Reform, Alliance and Conservative Member of Parliament for the Calgary West riding, which will soon cease to exist.

This, however, was not immediately obvious. After more than an hour and a half of waiting for ballot counters in the new Calgary Signal-Hill electoral district to figure out whether Anders or challenger Ron Liepert had won the hard-fought Tory nomination, the Calgary Herald posted a story saying they both had!

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Élection Québec 2014: une grosse prise pour le 1 %

rabble news - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 6:28pm

Depuis 1976, l’élite canadienne et québécoise a été d’abord et avant tout préoccupée par le projet réformiste à la fois social et national qu’a incarné le PQ. Tous les efforts nécessaires ont été consentis pour vaincre ce projet. Tous les moyens, légaux et illégaux, ont été utilisés et finalement, on peut dire que cette stratégie des dominants l’a emporté. Avec cette élection de 2014, c’est un couronnement. Le PQ est défait stratégiquement. Avant de faire le diagnostic de cette défaite, il est important de comprendre le sens et la profondeur de la victoire du 1 %.

La victoire de l’élite

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Activist Communique: Ecology as politics – the origins of eco-socialism

rabble news - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 1:22pm

The Deets:

Sunday April 13, 2014

1:30 pm

CSI Annex - 720 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON

 

The Call Out:

Fwd: The sources for eco-socialism are many but Andre Gorz's Ecology as Politics remains one of the most important texts. It first connected the ecological movement to larger struggles of the labour and socialist movements. He began to develop these themes in his strategic interventions for 'Reform and Revolution' where he ...made the case for 'structural reforms' that would win gains within capitalism but also carry an anti-capitalist logic.

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Alberta PCs on public service pensions: ‘We lied. So what are you gonna do about it?’

rabble news - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:58am

They may have skidded their most disastrous leader, but the brain trust now running Alberta's foundering Progressive Conservative Government has made it abundantly clear they intend to press ahead with their scheme to demolish the progressive coalition that saved their political bacon in 2012.

Obviously, they have concluded this will improve their chances of re-election whenever they decide to call an election, an event that for cynical tactical reasons will likely take place outside the "fixed election period" they legislated in late 2011.

Well, good luck to them with that!

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Vandana Shiva sows seeds for the future

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:21pm

"Food is everyone’s business,: said Dr Vandana Shiva, addressing the 580 people at Public Interest Alberta’s Calgary keynote event. As founder of the Navdanya (seed savers) movement in India, Shiva has made a career of challenging major agricultural and pharmaceutical makers -- in the field now called “Life Sciences” -- over their attempts to patent traditional medicines like the Neem tree, to promote Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products, and to seize control of seeds so that farmers have to pay whatever price they want to charge.

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A trip to New Brunswick to learn about shale gas development and what communities are doing about it

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:58pm

I came home on Sunday evening from an awesome weekend in New Brunswick learning more about fracking, meeting with allies, and being inspired by the amazing work of our chapters in the Atlantic and the incredible opposition to fracking in New Brunswick. I even had the privilege of speaking at the Voice of the People tour in Saint John on Saturday evening. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Changes to Agricultural Growth Act Bill C-18 patently absurd

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:35pm
Friday, April 11, 2014 The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18 is before Parliament. The potential changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future.

The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is currently before Parliament. It is an omnibus bill amending nine separate pieces of agricultural legislation. The changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future.

The Plant Breeders' Rights Act (PBRA), adopted in 1990, confers to a breeder of a new plant variety, a form of intellectual property rights similar to a patent. The Plant Breeders' Rights Office receives between 300 to 400 applications per year with about 100 coming from Canada. This office has no role in enforcement of a breeders' right once granted. It is up to the rights holder to pursue infringements through the court system.

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What Mad Men can tell us about a bygone era of advertising

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:17pm
Friday, April 11, 2014

Mad Men starts its final season on Sunday. It's a victory lap for one of TV's most successful products. It's ironic (like the show) that its triumph happened on cable, which is the TV form not dependent on ads alone, and that it happens at a time of serious decline for advertising itself, which for over a century was the linchpin of the capitalist system.

At least that's Jeremy Rifkin's claim in his latest hosanna to the virtues of the Internet: The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Advertising belonged to a capital-heavy, hierarchical, vertically integrated era passing away, being replaced by a co-operative, horizontal, networked culture. So consumer reviews, directly accessed, supplant expensive ad campaigns from corporate HQs.

Mad Men starts its final season on Sunday. It's ironic that it happens at a time of serious decline for advertising itself, which for over a century was the linchpin of the capitalist system.

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First Nations education bill is clearly a failure

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:56pm
Daniel Wilson reviews Bill C-33, the recently tabled First Nations education legislation. First Nations education bill fails the test
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Last call for comments on the Alberta Clipper pipeline!

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:55pm

Monday, April 14, 2014 is the deadline for public comments on the Alberta Clipper pipeline to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC).

It is critical that the MPUC hear your concerns about how Line 67 will impact your community. Written comments are due at 4:30 CT on April 14, 2014. To learn more about how to submit a public comment on this risky pipeline, visit MN350.org's website.

The MPUC hosted five public hearings along the route in March and one in St. Paul last week.

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Climate change can be curtailed

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:28pm

Most people now understand the dangers of climate change but 70 per cent still doubt it can be curtailed (according to a recent Tyee poll). How can climate change be changed and how is it already changing? 

Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute points out that climate change can be curtailed. And not only that, but it can be curtailed without reducing production. The technology is already here.

The auto industry is rapidly responding to change. Conventional vehicles are now far more efficient -- not to speak of hybrids and electric cars. A few years back Toyota was the only company making hybrids and the Chevrolet "Volt" was the only electric car. Now many companies are making them.

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New Brunswick Morgentaler Clinic closure: Time to act is now!

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:06pm
Friday, April 11, 2014 MP Niki Ashton responds to the Morgentaler Clinic closure and urges everyone to act and demand the federal government enforce the Canada Health Act to ensure that all Canadians have equivalent access

After 20 years of providing uncompromised abortion services to women in New Brunswick, and from PEI, the Morgentaler Clinic is being forced to close its doors due to funding shortfalls.

It is shameful that Canada now has two provinces that refuse to uphold a woman's right to choose, and provide necessary medical procedures free of cost to women. The federal government must enforce the Canada Health Act to ensure that all Canadian women have equivalent access to abortion services across Canada.

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What is your reaction to the planned CBC cuts?

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:31pm

CBC announced yesterday they will be cutting 657 jobs over two years, halting planned regional expansions and reducing services in a number of other areas in an effort to cut $130 million from their budget. 

What is your reaction to the planned CBC cuts?

Choices This is sad, but not surprising. The Canadian government has not valued public broadcasting and has been making cuts for many decades. This is outrageous! I value and believe in public broadcasting and will have my voice heard! I'm really sad about this and I think the only political action that will stop these cuts from happening is ousting Harper. I don't really care about CBC. None of the above.
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First Nations education bill fails the test

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:20pm

Politics is a messy business, so it is helpful to have clarity now and then. 

Certainly, partisan posturing often can muddy the issues and impede progress. On First Nations issues, entrenched positions and a high volume of uninformed rhetoric from both sides doesn’t help either. As a result, before the bill had been tabled many blindly rejected the new education legislation, while others absurdly insisted it should be adopted. 

Those early positions were both unfair, but this much is now perfectly clear: unless it is amended before passing, the Bill the government tabled in parliament yesterday is a failure. 

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Ten reasons why the closure of Morgentaler Clinic matters

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:17am
Friday, April 11, 2014 The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton New Brunswick has announced it will close its doors, striking a huge blow to reproductive choice in Canada. Why are reproductive rights still up for debate?

The Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick has announced it will close its doors in July, striking a huge blow to reproductive choice in Canada.

The clinic opened in June 1994 with the mandate to provide access to safe abortion care and "that no woman would be turned away regardless of [their] ability to pay." Since its opening, the clinic has provided abortion services to more than 10,000 women.

The closure is due to a lack of funding because New Brunswick governments have continued to uphold the anti-choice agenda of former Premier Frank McKenna and block access to abortion. The main obstacle is Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2(a.1), which decides which abortions will be covered by medicare.

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Rights groups call for independent CBSA watchdog

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:01am

The Canada Border Services Agency has sweeping police powers yet, unlike most other police forces in Canada, there is no independent oversight body to review its actions. Josh Paterson is executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, one of the groups calling for the federal government to act on the recommendations of the Arar inquiry.

He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.

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Comments by the CCPA to Parliament on the Fair Elections Act

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:02am

The CCPA was invited to appear before The House of Commons' Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to present on Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. Patti Tamara Lenard, an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and CCPA Research Associate, presented to the Committee. Her remarks are below.

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Thank you very much for inviting the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to speak to the Committee this evening. I am Assistant Professor of applied ethics at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and I am a research associate with the CCPA.

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# 217 - John Heney - 'Spiritual Mechanic'

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:59am

John Heney of Ottawa Ontario is known as a 'Spiritual Mechanic.' Lynn Thompson is recording a series of brief chats with John on a variety of topics. Jump into the deep end of his 'atmosphere' with John and Lynn, in this, Segment # 4. This ongoing audio series is available for you to enjoy on John's website.

Thanks for listening to the Living on Purpose podcast on the Rabble Podcast Network.

John Heney speaks with Living on Purpose Lynn

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