• Doris Ames posted an update 1 day, 12 hours ago

    Why would the PM and Tom Mulclair link the attack on the soldiers in Quebec and this shooting incident in Parliament today to ISIS?
    Do we have any proof that this is anything more than the act of a disaffected mentally ill Canadian who has been riled up by all the talk of violence and war and been stirred to act out his frustrations in an…[Read more]

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    • What really scared me was the silly grin that kept “creeping” onto Harper’s face – and it was kinda creepy, no? I got the impression that he was dying to say “told you so!” The fact that he has his cause-and-effect relationship backwards apparently does not phase him.

      Both of these murders – Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent on Monday and…[Read more]

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    • I hope that Justin will not be deterred from emphasising the need to identify and understand the root causes of this phenomenon. Only by doing so will we be able to prevent the self-radicalisation of alienated, marginalised individuals. Otherwise we will always be one step behind: responding to attacks, burying the dead, binding up the wounded,…[Read more]

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  • http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/10/21/welcome-to-canada-malala-we-need-your-help/

    Apparently Harper refuses to even meet with this guy…simply unbelievable! For shame! Get involved and retweet if you can.

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  • Doris Ames posted an update 6 days, 8 hours ago

    #environment I watched the interview on Power and Politics with David Suzuki today about his tour promoting the inclusion in the Canadian constitution of our right to a healthy environment and I was dismayed. The interviewer poh-poohed the idea as being impossible to achieve because of the complicated amending formula and unnecessary because…[Read more]

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    • Hi Doris … I joined the David Suzuki foundation a while back and am a supporter of the “Blue Dot Project”. I went to the tour show here in Toronto a couple of weeks ago to hear David and others speak … a very moving show. The work these people are doing is fantastic.

      I did not see the P&P episode you mention … maybe a good thing as, from…[Read more]

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      • Whoops! I almost forgot one of the important points I want to make … on 14 October, 2014 the City of Richmond, B.C., unanimously passed a declaration recognizing the right of all people to live in a healthy environment. Richmond joins the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie as the first municipal bodies in Canada to formally support…[Read more]

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        • Good for Richmond. I hope they read David Boyd’s books on environmental rights.
          Despite what the Neocons tell us the goal is attainable if we act now.

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      • Thanks for replying Martin. I was beginning to think no one agreed with me. I listened to the lovely poem and joined Blue Dot. I hope others will join it soon.

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  • Richard posted an update 2 days, 19 hours ago

    #electionnovember
    Just became of this when reading some post on another site.
    Are we sure we don’t want to do some attack ads?

    http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/12/16/Harper-Mandela/

    http://westcoastnativenews.com/stephen-harpers-northern-foundation/

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  • http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/10/19/time-running-out-for-harper-as-conservatives-risk-2015-defeat-poll-thompson/

    Only a poll…but yikes CPC! This is the first one i’ve seen after the ISIL motion. JT took minor hit at best on leadership numbers and Mulcair has undoubtedly moved up. Could be there’s more support out there for non combat then i […[Read more]

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  • Bill posted an update 4 days, 23 hours ago

    Why did Harper come out with the dire warning about Ebola coming to Canada? Because a fearful voter is more liable to vote Conservative?
    We should be more than glad that not everything that comes out of JTs mouth is geared toward winning the next election at any cost.

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  • #Foreign
    2011,Canada reopened embassy in Libya after Libyan liberation and since Canada has got bilateral relations with Libya,supported them with 20 million during the transitional period.
    And now how the present unrest is? That is what even Hilary Clinton commented after the assasination of US ambassador Chritopher Steevens,how it happened…[Read more]

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  • Bill posted an update 6 days, 21 hours ago

    I was recently at a candidates meeting for my home municipality, Meaford ON. There was the usual litany of too-high taxes and government waste. Of course, with regards to spending there is always going to be the should uh, would uh could uhs. (In my view it is all right to make mistakes as long as you can learn from them.)
    However, with regard…[Read more]

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    • I have worked in the Municipal sector for 26 years for a few different Municipalities. Much of north Hastings County is at zero growth or shrinkage. (Could be the swimming in the icy lakes.) Growth and waste have an interesting symbiotic relationship. If a Municipality can eliminate waste, and some have, then growth isn’t as necessary. I believe…[Read more]

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      • Bill replied 4 days ago

        Thank you Frank. That was very helpful, especially the second paragraph.

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  • http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/10/17/a_new_mandate_for_stephen_harper_could_bring_radical_change_hbert.html

    Here’s a scary thought, should SH win another majority he almost certainly will never have to face the electorate again. If we ever needed any motivation to kick the bums out, this ought to be the kicker!

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  • #winning It is a strategy to outreach with buzz words and phrases such as ”Good to know a Liberal because they have the winning numbers.”

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  • http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/neb-hearing-kinder-morgan-questions-how-much-bc-first-nation-still-eats-fish

    Just in case you ever wondered why FNs have such a hard struggle getting their world view acknowledged let alone respected. How’d you like that line of questioning and what it implies about how resource multinational companies see…[Read more]

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  • CBC interview Susski . Like him I support the Environment a Charter Right. The Conservatives managed to sweep away over 40 Years of Environmental protection in one omnibus bill. No government can be allowed this. Be a Charter supporter on the environment with a 7.1 addition ” Everyone has the right to live in a healthy and ecologically…[Read more]

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  • Two important advancements on the middle east, specifically Israel/Palestine:

    A Symbolic Vote in Britain Recognizes a Palestinian State

    and …

    Ban Ki-moon criticises Israel for new settlement-building plans

    It is time for the west to step up and begin to end this madness in the middle east. Many of the roots of modern Islamist radicalization…[Read more]

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    • Well said Martin!

      Sweden is also on its way to officially recognize Palestine:

      http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5926370

      I hope the party is listening and paying attention.

      I know of many people who have left the Liberal party based on this issue alone, and now support the NDP. This conflict has been going on for over 50 years and for those who…[Read more]

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      • Thank you Ahmed. I knew I could count on at least one thumbs-up for this post :-)

        I do want to say that that if you have a chance to speak with any of these people that have left the LPC to join the NDP over this particular issue, you might want to point out that abandoning the political party you support over a single issue is often not a good…[Read more]

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        • Yes, you are right, there are more important issues we face, but we should still do what’s right and stand up for the oppressed.

          I am having trouble starting a new thread, so here is one of those important issues that I think we have overlooked for far too…[Read more]

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      • I know it’s time for Canada to do the same

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    • It’s clear that if that crusty old Tory party can find the courage and resolve to help pass such a motion, then we have to ask ourselves just when will the Liberal Party rediscover and regain its courage on the Palestinian question? The results are in. For almost 9 years now we have tried the Harper doctrine – always give Israel the benefit of…[Read more]

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    • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/palestinians-submit-draft-un-resolution-israels-withdrawal-end-133745492.html

      An interesting UN resolution being put forward by the Palestinians.

      I hope the Liberal party will support it. It is calling for the end of the occupation and for Palestinian sovereignty.

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  • #winning Liberals can give incentives for employers to pay for part of child care cost for their employees.

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    • It is cost effective when Canada follows the strategies of the hmrc.gov.uk (UK Government) on part of childcare paid by the employer. Examples are Child Care Vouchers, Directly Contracted Child Care, and Work Place Day Cares. Other ways are pay you cash for the child care, pay the child care bill, or pay the child care school fees. All these…[Read more]

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    • The problem with voluntary systems like this is that, all too often, those in greatest need of these services, the poorest among us, well, their employers will not opt in. To be effective and popular enough to be passed, any government child care system will need to be universal and available to all Canadians.

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  • Ken Cunningham posted an update 1 week ago

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/jean-chretien-defends-trudeaus-opposition-of-iraq-combat-mission/article21134448/?click=sf_globe #dashboard/follows/

    Jean comes over the hill to Justin’s defence. Don’t know why Mr Chretien’s take on our ISIL policy strikes me as being so much more effective than JTs? Perhaps it’s simply down to…[Read more]

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  • http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/15/andrew-coyne-the-flaw-in-mulcairs-child-care-plan-not-all-parents-want-their-kids-in-daycare/

    I think Coyne makes a good argument here. Is it time this party departed a little from the mushy middle on national daycare and did something bold, policywise?
    Let’s concede that Harper’s UCCP, while…[Read more]

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    • I think what the LPC and Justin need to do is say … hey, wait a minute … the LPC has had a comprehensive child-care plan for ages, it’s the NDP and the conservatives that have delayed Canada moving forward in this area.

      This was started with the press release on Tuesday – Just the Facts: NDP’s Record on Childcare

      Next I would like to see a…[Read more]

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      • Suggesting we look at work has worked about the Harper UCCP is not “reactionary”at all. It’s merely taking a good long look at best practise and evidence base policy – which is what we are about, right?
        I wasn’t aware of that party resolution. Obviously that should be our starting point. But Coyne’s points are still valid. We ought not to…[Read more]

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        • What I meant by “reactionary” is that just because the NDP comes out with (new?) piece of policy, we don’t need to scramble around and create something brand new ourselves – that is reactionary.

          I am personally getting very tired of every time there is a federal election the Liberals throw out our old leaders and throw out our old policies and…[Read more]

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          • I understand athough i think the word you want is reactive. Reactionary connotes something far stronger and negative for me. But then i did call previous liberal plan mushy middle…so:)
            Still haven’t read that link yet[my bad] but this seems to make your point…[Read more]

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    • Should’ve added that reforming Harper’s UCCP will do nothing about creating more child care spaces. His plan to let biz carry the ball has been an abysmal failure.

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    • Actually, I dont think that the LPC should panic. Just look at whats happening in Québec. All these nice social programs are bringing the province close to bankrupcy. And what is the provincial liberal government doing. Cutting left and right these same programs. And the population is behind the government. The NDP has also proposing an increase…[Read more]

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      • What i would recommend too…pass Mulcair on the right. Lots of data there to argue that Mulcair’s plan doesn’t help the most needy and may encourage those who don’t need the help to take up more than their fair share.
        I just want to see this party implement evidenced based policy. Not policy that is merely favours political advantage. For what…[Read more]

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  • Ahmed Chams posted an update 1 week ago

    http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/10/01/prescription-drug-costs-hurting-canadians/#.VD8Vodm9Kc0

    This is from the article listed above:

    ”Prescription drug coverage and costs are major challenges in health care. Canada is the only developed country that offers universal health insurance but not universal prescription drug coverage. As a…[Read more]

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  • #missionIraq It takes great courage to not follow the crowd, to remain steadfast when an easy and expedient road is before us. Justin showed true metal and should be commend for not going the easy way. Air attacks on Iraq without Nato is foolish but popular and easy and orchestrated to help Harper win the next election. So what if a few foreign…[Read more]

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    • Right you are. When will the Liberal brass learn to back up their elected leader?

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    • I was quite surprised by Mr. Axworthy position on the conflict in Iraq. I just finished his book, on his time as foreign Minister. Nothing in that book, would suggest that bombing any country, was a solution to any problem.
      As Ken C. said, everyone should be conflicted with this situation. Yes we need to support out allies. Yes these are bad guys…[Read more]

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    • I agree Marcelle.

      Like Richard said, we also don’t know the true story about what is happening. The case for war hasn’t been made and too many people are cheering for war without realizing the devastating effect it will have on human beings. I don’t think anyone would want missiles dropped on their towns and cities. It is very sad that…[Read more]

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      • I know that we are going round and round on this, but just who will stop ISIL if not us?[ saying it will not work is an argument, but i don't think we are making it]
        Our argument, as i heard Mr Garneau lay it out, was that we have limited resources which would be better employed in humanitarian relief. No where have i heard [ please link me to…[Read more]

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        • It’s my opinion and the opinion of many others.
          I think we all agree there is a problem and it needs a solution, everyone agrees that the killing needs to stop and the actions of ISIS are disgusting.

          But this isn’t a conventional war, nor is it one that can be easily understood. There are many different groups fighting in Iraq and…[Read more]

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          • We certainly agree that there needs to be a regional solution. One that bring both SA and Iran to the table. What we don’t agree on is who will stop ISIL right now if not the west. If there was a no combat way to accomplish this[other than cutting off their access to money and arms] i would certainly support that too.

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        • Ken, I am conflicted on this issue as well … but I really think you need to revisit your question “…who will stop ISIL if not us?” “We” are not going to stop ISIL by sending six more jets. “We” are simply buying into the US non-plan for dealing with them.

          The US can launch as many aircraft as they need and can bomb the region to…[Read more]

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          • I agree all we[as in Canada] can provide with 6 fighters is a symbolic support. But is is still a symbol nontheless, a willingness to get our hands dirty if you like. Sure, the US could raze the place to the ground; they don’t need our help to do it. I’d rather we were there tugging on their shirt sleeve urging them not to go too far. Hard to do…[Read more]

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          • I agree Martin, they want us in the war so they can argue that this is about religion.

            What they are doing goes against everything Islam teaches and the vast majority do not support their actions. More bombings and loss of life will only make people more extreme. They are using religion to further their political agenda.

            Neighbouring Muslim…[Read more]

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    • Sorry but imo that’s a low cheap shot at Mr Cotler in particular. As for those other Liberals, they have as much of a right to voice their opinion as you – no need to accuse them of grandstanding to make your point.

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    • The most important thing to stress is the Harper Government’s failure to make the case for joining the air campaign against ISIS. Unfortunately, the “whip ‘em out” line pulled the focus off this.
      Another point that could be made is the Harper government’s failure to back up its convictions, if they really are convinced. Something like…[Read more]

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      • And because the whole thing is designed as a sort of political ad for Harper…i’m the real leader here, but don’t look too closely or you’ll see that i’ve only stuck my neck out only far enough to not be JT or TM. IOWs it’s classic Harper, politics over good policy and real risk taking principle designed to get the job done all the way done…[Read more]

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  • Cher(ère)s ami(e)s,

    J’ai assisté à la 2e édition du Sommet international des coopératives qui s’est tenu à Québec, du 6 au 9 octobre. Ce fût un Sommet fort intéressant conçu, comme bon nombre de vous le savent déjà, pour cerner les grands enjeux d’affaires auxquels font face les coopératives et les mutuelles, leur fournir des solutions qui…[Read more]

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  • Dear Friends,

    I attended the Second International Summit of Co-operatives, held in Québec City from October 6-9. It was an exciting meeting designed, as many of you know, to identify the main challenges facing cooperative enterprises and mutuals, as well as to seek solutions, to encourage co-operative development and performance , and to promote…[Read more]

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