Bill C-51 doesn't introduce disruption -- it legalizes 'dirty tricks'

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:59pm

The so-called new "anti-terror" law, Bill C-51, is before us. We are being unceremoniously stripped of some of the few remaining Charter rights that this Harper government hasn't already circumscribed.

I've spent over two years studying the 21st century version of the insidious practice of "disruption" prior to the introduction of Bill C-51.

Disruption is, at its core, simply a second method to apply virtually the same constraints available through the "security certificate" program against Canadian citizens -- "targets" in the lexicon -- who are not caught by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). 

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Not Rex: On the plan for Albertastan

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:23am
Is this show currently playing? May 14, 2015 CBC TV had barely called an NDP majority government in Alberta when Minister of Justice Peter McKay declared the province Albertastan! YouTube

CBC TV had barely called an NDP majority government in Alberta when Minister of Justice Peter McKay declared the province Albertastan!

Maybe he was surprised with Rachel Notley's NDP majority win? Or maybe he was just conflating his hate-on for socialism with his Islamophobia?

But either way, Alberta wanted change, and they voted for it.

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Keep on going... we are making a difference

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:38am

Women have been protesting the tax on tampons since the GST was introduced back in 1991 because "essential products" are supposed to be exempted from the GST. NDP MP Irene Matheson, London Fanshawe, first introduced her bill to eliminate GST on menstrual products in 2011. Another bill trying to eliminate this tax was introduced by the NDP in 2004.

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Lax Kw'alaams First Nation unanimously rejects LNG terminal

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:46am

In the third and final vote Tuesday night, the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation voted against the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, despite a $1-billion offer to them to accept it.

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Springing to action on child care across Canada

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:34am

Numerous studies have demonstrated that quality child care has a positive correlation with improved childhood outcomes, notably higher social and cognitive scores upon school entry, especially with children living in poverty. On Wednesday May 13, child-care advocates from across Canada joined together to call for a universally accessible, quality and comprehensive child-care system. This system would benefit all children, especially the most vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion.

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Message to MPs: We need meaningful action on fracking

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:55am

Tuesday morning Indigenous lawyer Caleb Behn, pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Nolan and I presented to members of Parliament and senators urging meaningful action from the federal government on fracking.

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Would you suggest an ambitious young woman join Canada's military?

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:26am

Here's who I would not want to be today: one of the members of the Canadian military who shared stories of sexual abuse with former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps.

According to Deschamps, those who came forward described how military higher-ups deal with sexual harassment and abuse.

They brush it aside and try to make it go away.

Complaining about abuse, Deschamps said, often means suffering re-victimization.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Tom Lawson, tried to make it seem as though he accepted all 10 of Deschamps recommendations, although he carefully affixed an "in principle" to eight of them. 

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Whither Alberta's Progressive Conservatives? Nowhere, probably …

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:27am

Former premier Ed Stelmach's sound advice notwithstanding, it seems unlikely Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have much of a future after the debacle they brought on themselves on May 5.

Acknowledging this takes nothing from the nearly perfect campaign run by Premier Designate Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party in the lead-up to the election.

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Photos of shredded documents in Legislature Building prompt fears of PC document destruction spree

rabble news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:58am

If serious document destruction has actually been taking place in Alberta, chances are good it happened well before Albertans marked their ballots, let alone before their votes were counted.

For one thing, if the outgoing Progressive Conservative government led by Jim Prentice had access to quality public opinion polling -- as it most certainly did -- it would have been pretty obvious to it a few days before May 5 what was going to transpire on that day, and that the likely beneficiary would be Rachel Notley's New Democratic Party.

For another, nowadays documents are not destroyed with paper shredders as effectively as with their digital equivalents -- giant horseshoe magnets or something.

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Dear Ryan: Please don't troll me!

rabble news - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:48pm

Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon

Dear Ryan,

Internet trolls are people who use distortions, false dichotomies, insults, threats and other inflammatory statements to disrupt online debate.  Comments from trolls are cries for attention from furious outcasts and are best ignored.

However, troll-speak is common in certain professions.  Professionals who use troll-speak are coldly calculating manipulators of public opinion.  Some of them troll-speak because their held ideologies are indefensible in reasoned debate.  Others behave like trolls because that is where their talents lie and because they are well paid to do it.

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