The Decline of Harper Lee: [Vulture]
The iconic 88-year-old author is involved in [another] messy tussle over a new biography. Does this mean she'll never tell her own story? [more inside]
, the Prime Minister of Canada, has become notorious
for the way his government treats science
. The latest news concerns the shutting of 7 of 9 regional DFO
libraries across the country. Despite claims that the collections have been digitized, alarming reports
that a lot of the materials, some dating back to the 19th century, were simply junked
In January, braving -40C weather, 18-year old David Kawapit and half a dozen other young Cree supporters set out wearing snowshoes
and pulling sleds laden with supplies
from the isolated community of Whapmagoostui in northern Quebec
, to trudge the 1,500 kilometres from the edge of Hudson Bay to Ottawa
in support of better conditions for aboriginal people. Yesterday, their numbers swelled to about 270 they arrived in Ottawa
, where they were met with cheering and wild applause. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt agreed to speak with some of the young people who completed the trek, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper had more important matters to attend to.
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]
's "minimal realism" contributions to science and art are being celebrated by the graphic design blog Codex 99. Part 1 - Charley and Edie
. Part 2 - The Birds
. Part 3 - Tin Lizzie and Dinner for Two
. Part 4 - The Golden Book of Biology
. Part 5 - Bambi and Childcraft
. Part 6 - The Animal Kingdom
On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked in the House of Commons whether he intended to keep Canadian troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Harper tried to deflect criticism from New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair by saying that "Unlike the NDP, we are not going to ideologically have a position regardless of circumstances. The leader of the NDP, in 1939, did not even want to support war against Hitler
." Members of the NDP were quick to reply that the NDP did not oppose Hitler in 1939 because the NDP was formed in 1961
. [more inside]
Ottawa does about face on same-sex marriage for non-Canadians. The Harper government has served notice that thousands of same-sex couples who flocked to Canada from abroad since 2004 to get married are not legally wed. The reversal of federal policy is revealed in a document filed in a Toronto test case launched recently by a lesbian couple seeking a divorce.... The government’s hard line has cast sudden doubt on the rights and legal status of couples who wed in Canada after a series of court decisions opened the floodgates to same-sex marriage. The mechanics of determining issues such as tax status, employment benefits and immigration have been thrown into legal limbo. [The lesbian couple's] divorce application will be considered next month by an Ontario Superior Court judge. They are asking the judge to either craft an exemption allowing them to divorce or to strike down any legislative provision that has the effect of preventing them from doing so. [more inside]
Canada is planning to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty. CBC
. The Herald Sun claims that this is to allow shale sands oil extraction.
Though mentioned intermittently, Mr. Harper's determination to muzzle critics will not be a “ballot box question”
for most Canadians when they vote. Yet the implications for a Canada ruled by an unrestrained Harper majority government are obvious, and terrifying. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
has now published an excellent commentary by Maria Gergin called “Silencing Dissent: The Conservative Record”
. [via Gerald Caplan for the Globe and Mail
] [more inside]
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.
Stephen Harper once referred to the Canadian Senate as a "dumping ground for liberal cronies
". He has now appointed his 36th senator, more than double the number of appointments by his predecessor, Paul Martin. Of further interest is that while 5/17 of Martin's appointments were members of the opposition party all 36 of Stephen Harpers appointments were directly affiliated with the conservative party
. His most recent appointments? A Priest and a former CFL Comissioner
Scientists working for the Canadian government aren't allowed to talk to journalists without permission from Ottawa
. And the restriction isn't limited politically sensitive topics like climate change and the Alberta oil sands -- the co-author of a recent Nature
article about flooding at the end of the last ice age was told to "wait for clearance from the minister's office" before talking to reporters about his work. The policy has only been in effect at Natural Resources in Canada since March, but Environment Canada has had the same rules since 2008
Ricken Patel, of Avaaz vs. Kory Teneycke, VP Development of Montreal-based Quebecor Media (15-second commercial before TV-debate)
. Quebecor's lawyer's are now threatening to sue Avaaz if they do not withdraw their online petition
to keep Sun Media (owned by Quebecor) from getting a "must-carry" license for a proposed news channel being referred to as "Fox News North"
. [more inside]
Yesterday (April 15), Representatives Doyle (D-PA), Waxman (D-CA), Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Harper (R-MS), Boucher (D-VA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (HR 5037), a bill that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by eleven U.S. federal agencies.
-Alliance for Taxpayer Access. [more inside]
Je ne comprends pas anglais
, Former Canadian PM Jean Chrétien forgets his second language as he and former NDP leader Ed Broadbent use their elder statesmen status to discuss bringing down the six week old
Conservative government in Canada after the promised economic stimulus
turned into cutting
travel expenses, cancelling pay equity and the right to strike for federal workers, and changing the party
funding law in favour of the ruling Conservatives under PM Stephen Harper
. The opposition still vow to topple the government even though the funding change appears to have been dropped
. But the largest opposition party is effectively leaderless
and they need the Bloc Quebecois support. Could the next Prime Minister of Canada be Gilles Duceppe
Maybe America needs Barack more than Barack needs America...
It's got to be tough being Barack Obama these days. Just managing to hang onto a slim lead in the polls against a truly horrifying Republican ticket - after eight years in which a Republican administration has all but destroyed the nation. Having to explain to people over and over again that no, he's really not a Muslim, and people still don't believe him. Sarah Palin. Maybe America isn't worth Barack's trouble. Maybe there's other fish in the sea, America. Maybe you ought to think about that a little and stop being this way. Canada has an election coming up too, and given what they've got to work with
, more and more Canadians are starting to take a hard look south of the border.
Culture en péril
- In these Canadian election times
and in response to the recent Culture cuts from Conservatives
- three of the best Quebec talents in music, theater and humor join forces
and hit back
with a highly satirical imagining of the replacement program (captioned).
Newfoundland's Progressive Conservative Premier
registered his Anything But Conservative
campaign today with Elections Canada
. The same agency also deemed that the online vote swap
is in fact legal
. They're hiring
National Post hosting Harper version of "I've got a crush on Obama"
Do video's such as these (the original here
) really help persuade people to vote one way or another? I can't believe that someone would be so dough-headed to fall for this kind of nonsense, but that's just me.
PM Stephen Harper’s Canada Day greeting
Harper adopts a hawkish, true-blue Tory tone
for this year's Canada Day greeting, with an uncharacteristic (for a Canadian) shout-out to God:
From championships in hockey to humanitarian and military leadership roles in Afghanistan
, we can say again this year, Canada is a citizen of the world and we make our contribution a positive one.
And why shouldn`t we? From the natural wealth of the land that God created
, to the talents, energy and imagination of people drawn from all the nations of the earth, we are a country that has been truly blessed.
Quebecois now a nation.
Arguably, this all started with Liberal Party leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff
opening the Pandora's Box of Quebec nationhood
earlier this fall, pondering whether the French-speaking province
should be granted some sort of special status. Canadians old enough to remember Meech Lake
and the Charlottetown Accord
feared the worst.
Before you knew it, the Bloc was arguing that Quebec ought to be viewed as a "nation without conditions"
. Prime Minister Steven Harper then presented a motion to Parliament recognizing the Quebecois as a nation. The controversy raged, both from the Conservatives
and the Liberals
. Yesterday, the House of Commons overwhelmingly voted for the motion
. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Michael Chong has resigned
. His statement
How will this change the country? How do nations operate within other nations
? Who is a Quebecois anyways
? How does this work
? Could other groups
be recognized as nations? And what about those separatists
? Looks like they already want their own hockey team
Canadian PM Stephen Harper eats babies.
Or at least that's what many Toronto commuters read on their commutes Thursday, Friday, and Monday (they decided to leave the news up over the weekend). Another case for real news becoming more like The Onion?
The Ninth Circuit
as a hotbed
liberal judicial activism, but defended
by others PDF
) issued its opinion in the case
of Harper v. Poway Unified School District
last week. Judge Stephen Reinhardt - who, to some people, embodies
the alleged evils
of the Ninth Circuit - issued the majority opinion
, and Judge Alex Kozinski filed a strong dissent
. The majority opinion held that a high school
principal who ordered a student to remove his T-shirt that said "Homosexuality is Shameful" did
not violate the student's First Amendment rights, reasoning that "limitations on speech" are
permissible in cases where speech is "derogatory and injurious remarks directed at students'
minority status such as race religion and sexual orientation," and the limitation is "narrow, and
applied with sensitivity and for reasons that are consistent with the fundamental First Amendment
mandate." [more inside]
Newsfilter: Canada's New Cabinet
Featuring thrills (former
Liberal David Emerson
crosses the floor to serve as International Trade Minister, and affect the balance of power
), spills (Michael Fortier
, who is not an MP, will be appointed to the Senate
to serve as Public Works and Government Services Minister on the condition that he resign to run for Parliament in the next general election, upsetting some
) and chills (everybody's favourite whipping boy, Stockwell Day
as Minister of Public Safety).
(as a bonus - and for those ignoramuses that care not for the intricacies of Canadian politics - pay some mind to the newly redesigned globeandmail.com, especially the prominence of public commentary on every article - it's the embodiment of newsfilter!)
The Latest Addition to the iPod Family: the iPod Harper's Special Edition
. "Each unit comes preloaded with high-resolution photos of every writer whose work has appeared in the magazine during (Harper's editor Lewis H. Lapham's) long tenure..."
Is it me, or is this just super lame?
Depressing as it is, I still love the Harper's Index