Karl Sanden grew up playing music in the Thompson River Valley, and he spent most of his childhood years in Kamloops, B.C. Along with his brother and sister, he frittered away his afternoons practicing the piano throughout his elementary and high school years. After leaving music behind for several years, he now devotes much of his spare time to studying the accordion and mandolin, and hopes one day to pursue music full-time.
What Alberta's foundering Progressive Conservative dynasty needs to do now is pick the leadership candidate most like Jack Layton! Who could that be?
They need to do this because, as Dave Cournoyer, author of the Daveberta.ca blog, shrewdly suggested the other day, the PC Party could now be choosing the next Opposition leader.
After the catastrophe of Alison Redford's leadership -- from which many chickens are likely still free-ranging out there on the Prairie before they come home to roost -- Cournoyer's observation may be an optimistic one from the PC perspective.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is currently reviewing its Human Rights Code policy on conscience-based exemptions for medical professionals, and their effect on access to medical services.
This review was sparked by a number of news reports of doctors in Ontario and Alberta refusing to prescribe birth control because of their religious beliefs. In some of those cases, patients were refused in clinics where there was only one doctor on duty.
Recently, rabble.ca's Meg Borthwick had the opportunity to speak with Charlie Angus, the federal NDP member for Timmins – James Bay. They talked about the Adams Mine campaign, how people became radicalized, and how that experience translates in how he does his job today.
Meg Borthwick: When you first moved from Toronto to the Timmins area, did you consider yourself an activist or political in any particular way?
Charlie Angus: I had been doing grassroots work in Toronto with the punk scene, I had been involved with the Catholic Worker movement, but none of it had been tied to a political party. I might have voted New Democrat a couple of times.
This month on rabble radio, we have a couple of interviews which provide some of the background behind the headlines about the attack on Gaza.
1:45 Tyler Levitan - Campaigns Coordinator with Independent Jewish Voices, a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh.
For more perspectives on the attack on Gaza, go to the blog of Independent Jewish Voices on rabble.ca.
It's about time someone from the Alberta legal community spoke up about the Calgary Police Service's disgraceful practice of publicly parading suspects in serious criminal cases, often where identification of the perpetrator of the crime is certain to be an issue at trial, in front of a mob of reporters and media camera-people.
In a recent letter to Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson, Airdire defence lawyer Alan Pearse expressed his "profound revulsion" at the way his client was forced to do the "perp walk" by the CPS, with the enthusiastic approval and participation of the Calgary media.
John Graves Simcoe, whose "day" we're celebrating, finally got some serious recognition this year, courtesy of U.S. TV. He appears as a magnificent British villain in Turn: Washington's Spies, on AMC, the Mad Men network. It recounts "America's first spy network," during the American Revolution. Simcoe is played by Samuel Roukin, a U.S. actor with BBC cred: he sneers, he taunts, he tortures, he kills. Every actor knows the real heroes are the villains.John Graves Simcoe, whose "day" we're celebrating in Toronto, was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. You could say he saw a lot but didn't notice much.
An adult conversation about taxes is beginning to take shape.
Way back in 2009, CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie published an editorial in the Toronto Star entitled "Can we have an adult conversation about taxes?"-- a challenge to governments to start looking at their revenue problems in a grown up way.
Even by the standards of negotiations surrounding the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) the last week of news about the status of the negotiations has been bewildering.