“This is a breakdown of numbers not apparently done by the government or by CBC who did a irresponsible newscast on this topic. I expect bad numbers from government but a higher standard from you CBC. You can type in salaries and audit in google and it’s one of the top results, instead the CBC made it seem like it was a crisis of the government vs Aboriginals.”

(shifty look) this was sent to me LAST YEAR, by now, but it’s a pretty interesting look at some of the numbers involving Attawapiskat and the First Nations and Indians in general.  Don’t read the comments on the Youtube video though.  The racism is appalling.

(Source: youtube.com)

Environmental and other “radical groups” are trying to block trade and undermine Canada’s economy, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Monday.

Oliver’s comments come one day before federal regulatory hearings begin on whether to approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, which would deliver crude from Alberta’s oilsands to Kitimat, B.C., for shipment to Asia.

More than 4,300 people have signed up to address the proposed pipeline over the next 18 months.

"Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade," Oliver said in an open letter.

"Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams."

Oliver says the groups “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda,” stack the hearings with people to delay or kill “good projects,” attract “jet-setting” celebrities and use funding from “foreign special interest groups.”


Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says running a pipeline through British Columbia’s northern wilderness is a bad idea that can’t be fast-tracked.

"Unfortunately, I think your role as minister of natural resources has been hijacked by the [Prime Minister’s Office] spin machine. The PMO is, in turn, hijacked by the foreign oil lobby," she wrote in an open letter in response to Oliver.

May says there are other ways to diversify Canada’s energy markets, other routes and other forms of energy.

"By characterizing this issue as environmental radicals versus Canada’s future prosperity you have done a grave disservice to the development of sensible public policy," she said.

That we are now characterizing environmental groups as “radical” is almost as disturbing to me as the fact that our government seems to view “socialism” as a bad word.

Quebec’s justice minister called the federal government’s omnibus crime bill a “Band-Aid solution” Tuesday and said his province will refuse to absorb the added costs associated with it.

Jean-Marc Fournier, testifying at the House of Commons justice and human rights committee, said Bill C-10 will wind up causing more crime, not less, because it is an unbalanced piece of legislation that doesn’t focus enough on the rehabilitation of criminals, particularly young offenders.

He said the legislation is meant to put more people in jail and that will result in higher recidivism rates unless more is done to get at the root causes of criminality and to successfully reintegrate offenders into society so they can go on to lead productive lives.

"What we want is a sustainable protection of the public," he said. "We wish to see a reinsertion of the youth in society so that society can benefit from it."

Fournier said Quebec takes a different approach to dealing with young offenders that is more focused on rehabilitation than incarceration and that it is working. He encouraged MPs to take their time and to examine the evidence from his province and to reject the Safe Streets and Communities Act in its current form.

He said young offenders often come out of prison worse than how they went in and attention needs to be paid to the root causes of their criminality in order to prevent them from re-offending.

Fournier said the Conservatives’ bill is more of a short-term solution to fighting crime and he repeatedly warned it will mean more repeat offenders in the court and corrections systems.

"C-10 does not take into account the return of the young offender, of the individual into society," he said.

"What you’ve got is a Band-Aid solution here, you’re not curing anything," Fournier told the committee.

A man who advised the Conservative government on firearms policies is comparing the Ontario Provincial Police to a fascist paramilitary group and the Nazi SS.

Dr. Mike Ackermann, a physician in Nova Scotia, was appointed in 2006 to a firearms advisory committee, reporting to then-public safety minister Stockwell Day.

Ackermann wrote a note in a Canadian Firearms Digest mailing list earlier this month discussing a police raid on the home of a gun owner in central Ontario. In the note, he compares the police to the Black Shirts, a fascist paramilitary group in Italy under Benito Mussolini and the infamous Nazi SS police.

"So all it takes now to have the Black Shirts bomb your house and take you down is an unsubstantiated call by a disgruntled whoever," Ackermann wrote.

"As I predicted a few years ago, the escalation of police response from a polite knock on the door and discussion to SS type raid is the direct result of gun licensing and registration coupled with the pogrom of cultural genocide that has been going on for the last decade and more.

"Sooner or later they are gonna start shooting us first and asking questions later."

A copy of Ackermann’s note was released by the Liberals.

Dear everyone,

Hyperbole is a tool which should be used sparingly.  Hyperbole using genocide, tyranny or horrific human rights violations is a tool which should be used never.  Okay? Okay.

No love ever,



Okay, so I’d love to opine some more on this, however I cannot find precisely which gun-owner had their human rights so egregiously* violated as to cause such outrage as this.

Perhaps it was this? (Guns and Drugs Found in Police Raid - Wallaceburg News - 18 April 2011)

Or maybe this? (Licensed Gun Owner Loses Weapons as Police Raid His Drug Farm - originally reported in Windsor Star, sadly, the article seems to no longer be available - 9 October 2010)

Sadly without further details, I can’t comment on whether or not any outrage was justified, though as above, I can certainly say that kind of hyperbole was utterly ridiculous.  Don’t say that kind of stuff, people.  Nothing is like the Nazi SS bombing your house on the word of someone else except for a fascist paramilitary group ACTUALLY BOMBING YOUR HOUSE.

*I have now used this word twice in as many days.  I promise I will cut myself off now and find a thesaurus.  

PS - Liberals, do not think I do not notice that you are releasing this in your favour.  

A group of Toronto marchers took to the streets Sunday afternoon in what they’re calling a “slut walk” in response to controversial comments made by a police constable earlier this year.

In January, Toronto Police Const. Michael Sanguinetti told a personal security class at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”

Sanguinetti apologized for his comments, but his apology failed to satisfy walk organizer Sonya Barnett.

"It was evident that if you’re going to have a representative of the police force come out [and say that] then that kind of idea must be still running rampant within the force itself and that retraining really needs to happen to change that mentality," she said.

A statement on the event’s website says: “Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of the slut, and in doing so have failed us.”

Bit of a change from Election-Stalk 2011 but still a rather important political article.

(also, can we all marvel that the word “slut” made it into the headline? And was in the article multiple times?  WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?*

*please note my sarcasm here and I am not suggesting the word should not have been in the article, but I am impressed that it was!)


"They didn’t do anything about Darfur. They didn’t do anything about Zimbabwe. There are all kinds of problems that have risen … under the protocol of the right to protect for the international community, led by the UN, authorized by the UN, to intervene. It hasn’t happened. It’s not going to happen this time around. Because all it takes (on the Security Council) is one veto of the five. Of the five permanent members, one guy [says] no, or nyet, and the whole thing falls flat .…"

Retired Canadian Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, interviewed on CBC’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon talks about what the United Nations can and cannot do in Libya

(Source: cbc.ca)

When asked by CBC News how many citizens Canada had been evacuated from Libya, a Foreign Affairs spokesperson said Friday the “number currently stands at zero.”

"[My understanding is] that all of our citizens have found their own way out, through the good graces of our allies," the spokesperson told the CBC’s James Cudmore.


So far, 177 Canadians have been evacuated on flights arranged by other countries or commercial flights, and 26 left on a U.S. boat Friday for Malta after being delayed since Wednesday by heavy seas.

Canadian officials have told CBC News there are only “a handful” of Canadians trying to leave Libya now.

"We are co-ordinating with our allies to get Canadian citizens out. We are doing everything possible to ensure that we can get Canadian and chartered aircraft in to make that happen."

With the situation deteriorating rapidly, Cannon urged all Canadians to leave Libya.


Canadians who are not already at Tripoli International Airport should not attempt to reach it as the situation at the airport is extremely chaotic. (source)

Back to the CBC article,

Foreign Affairs has said 351 Canadians are registered with the embassy in Tripoli and at least 213 have said they want to leave the country.

And just as a good will pass the details on with the idea of the off-chance it could do any good:

Canadians in Libya

Canadian citizens in Libya requiring emergency consular assistance or wanting to leave Libya should contact the Canadian Embassy in Tripoli at 218 (21) 335-1633 (dial 011 from Canada), or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre at 613-996-8885. They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

More than 100 people are believed to be trapped in rubble after a deadly 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people.


"I rang my kids to say goodbye," said Ann Voss, interviewed by TV3 from underneath her desk, where she was trapped in a collapsed office building. "It was absolutely horrible. My daughter was crying and I was crying because I honestly thought that was it. You know, you want to tell them you love them, don’t you?"

She said she could hear other people still alive in the building, and had called out to them and communicated by knocking on rubble.

"I’m not going to give up," she said. "I’m going to stay awake now. They better come and get me."