Excellent Dissent magazine article on Rob Ford
that looks beyond his disastrous single term as Toronto's mayor and examines the neoliberal strain in Canadian politics that has caused the larger problems facing Toronto, of which Ford's 2010 election is only a particularly appalling symptom.
Les érections de Stephen Harper.
(SL video) (SFW). Speaking in French, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asks the hard questions about Canadian "érections". (Via MontrealMemes
Canada's Harper government has introduced
compliance bill at the behest
of the USTR
, despite the treaty being dead elsewhere
. [more inside]
Canadian contemporary dance icon Margie Gillis
gets interviewed by right-wing network "Sun TV"
. Perhaps "interview" is too kind a word.
(and as there is reference to it in the interview, a little background on the current PM's views on the arts)
Shit Harper Did Does exactly what it says on the can.
Example: "Canadian PM Stephen Harper weakened regulations so that more pesticide residue could be left on your fruits and vegetables." "Harper decorated the government lobby in parliament with photos of just himself, instead of the traditional portraits of former Prime Ministers." And much more.
The Government of Canada has fallen
after a 156-145 contempt motion passed in Parliament. The contempt motion came after a Parliamentary committee found
(PDF link) that the government failed to provide adequate information on the costs of crime legislation.
Stephen Harper will go to the Governor-General on Saturday to request an election.
Stephen Harper, Canada's Prime Minister, sings "With A Little Help From My Friends
" at a gala last night in Ottawa with Yo Yo Ma and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Harper survived a confidence vote this week
with a little help from his former sworn enemies
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has found himself in a bit of an imbroglio this week. Having attended the state funeral of former Governor General Romeo LeBlanc
, the evangelical Harper has been accused of pocketing a communion wafer
, an action considered "seriously offensive" by Catholics [scroll down for explanation]
. But as professor of Internet and E-commerce law Michael Geist notes
, the confusing thing about the controversy isn't whether the PM did or didn't eat the wafer
(or even whether he should have been offered it in the first place
), but rather why Societe Radio-Canada (the French name for the government-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has yanked a video of the incident
from YouTube. [more inside]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
says he'll no longer give news conferences for the national media, after a dispute led a number of journalists to walk away from an event when he refused to take their questions.
The vacant seat
on the Supreme Court of Canada
will be filled by Marshall Rothstein
of the Federal Court of Appeal. Interesting enough, as he's the fellow that ruled that Harvard was entitled to patent a mouse
(which was overturned by the SCC) and was involved in banning Ernst Zundel and David Irving from Canada. However there's a twist. For the first time in Canada, Stephen Harper's new Conservative government
has decided that an all-party committee will question the nominee
and provide recommendations to the PM (although the final decision rests with Harper, and the committee has no veto power).
Harper wins Tory minority government.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will become Canada's next prime minister, as Canadians have elected a Tory minority government and ended a 12-year reign of Liberal rule.
An election will soon be taking place in Canada and the party led by Stephen Harper may form a minority government. Might as well know what these Conservatives stand for