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.
posted by orange swan
on Apr 1, 2014 -
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.
posted by Fizz
on Apr 13, 2011 -
The power of three letters "N - O - T".
Canada's "International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda
on Monday admitted she was behind the mysterious “not”
that was handwritten on a government document that ended funding for church-backed aid organization KAIROS
and its international relief work.
Reversing her earlier testimony at a Commons committee — where she had claimed not to know who penned the extra word — Oda revealed she had, in fact, directed an unnamed official to add the word “not.” “The funding decision was mine. The ‘not' was inserted at my direction,” Oda said in a surprise statement in the Commons." Opposition parties
claim that Oda is shielding the PM's office.
posted by Fizz
on Feb 18, 2011 -
A coworker hipped me to this
, and I found it quite astonishing that I'd heard nothing about it.
It's a great irony that, while the United States has probably never been less popular among Canadians than in the era of George W Bush, plans to integrate Canada more deeply into the US have been proceeding at a brisk clip.
The threat of Canada being absorbed into the US has traditionally provoked strong reactions here, as the pitched electoral battles over the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1980s and '90s attest.
But the issue seems to have largely disappeared in recent years, leaving the impression that the push for deeper integration has stopped or that Canadians no longer care about it. Neither is true.
It seems that a goodly number
of politically active groups
are aware, however, and are organizing
protests. How effective will those protests be when they won't be able to get within several kilometers
of the site?
Has anyone got any thoughts about this?>
How will they fit 52 stars on the Star-Spangled Banner?>
Should I don my tinfoil hat?>
Is the protest even relevant, given that most of the news reports I can find are calling it a fait accompli
posted by I, Credulous
on Jul 23, 2007 -
Good grief. First, tips on how to write
, now this. Yann Martel, award-winning author of Life of Pi
), believes the Canada Council for the Arts is not getting a fair shake
from the Canadian government. The solution? Send Prime Minister Harper a book to read
. Every couple of weeks, mailed on a Monday. In case you were wondering, the first book on the list is Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych
). The Prime Minister’s office has not yet responded. Meanwhile, President Bush already has his own reading list
posted by YamwotIam
on Apr 17, 2007 -
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.
posted by EarBucket
on May 24, 2006 -