Monday, 27 July 2015
Top: 2.6 million more Greek children entered
poverty following the recession, according
to 2014 Unicef report.
Bottom: Dave Shorr full of suggestions
for helping Greek kids.
Image Source: themanews.com (top)
Image Source: Dave Shorr (bottom)
Here’s what Shorr wrote to me, with selected — and selective — quotes from Hansard:
Shorr: A day after Nancy Allan sent her deputy minister to a high school in Steinbach, to close a shack for teenaged smokers, Jennifer Howard is reminded of her comments from a house debate in 2008 seemingly endorsing smoking as a family tradition.[...]Shorr again: Howard’s views are at odds with Allan’s efforts (to) reduce teen smoking in Manitoba high schools. Since the NDP have taken power, Manitoba has the highest rates in Canada for teen smoking.
Shorr: Perhaps most shocking of all is that she seems to be remiss that young adults will never get to experience smoking in bars.[...]Mr. Shorr, do you think me such an idiot that I would print this without reading Hansard and putting this in context? [emphasis added]
Let’s see what else Howard had to say in that debate, this time after reading her entire speech. I haven’t quoted it all here, I’ve been selective too. You can read the whole thing here.
Howard, on May 13, 2008: "I would like to talk for a moment about some of the things that we have done and how I think those things have been successful. Certainly, one of those is the ban on smoking in public places. I think it’s hard to overestimate what a tremendous change in culture that has been.
"When I speak now to friends of mine who have kids who are turning 18 and starting to go out to bars for the first time, it strikes me that this generation will never know a smoke-filled bar; that will never be part of their experience. I think that is a tremendously positive change in the culture."
Oh, that’s a little different, isn’t it?
"Gerrard's spin doctor blows smoke" Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press (January 20, 2011)
The former Liberal staffer went on to greater things, such as executive directorship of the rightwing lobby group Manitoba Forward. As director Shorr stated Manitoba Forward would bring forth "smart policy solutions". A big part of "smart policy solutions" for the lobby group is enacting stark, hard right economic reforms. So the gentleman and scholar that is Mr. Shorr must have much to say about one of the most high stakes economic case studies in the news: the Greek Crisis.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
|Image Source: Twitter/Steve Ashton|
The forum was organized by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Winnipeg born and raised activist Brigette DePape, of "rebel page" fame or infamy (depending on your circle) moderated the forum.
The overarching message was that voting matters and that groups of people need to be mobilized to vote, particularly low voting groups such as the youth, the indigenous and those with low incomes. This is a belief I have long held, noting the low voting of indigenous peoples in Canadian elections and how social inequality affected the municipal election here. In short, when social inequality maps onto voter turnout inequality you get the underprivileged underrepresented.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
|Image Source: Environmental Defence Canada|
In mid April I went to a panel talk organized by the Council of Canadians and the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition on the proposed energy East Pipeline. In a talk featuring strong indigenous perspectives and highlighting the the clear and present danger of Energy East to livelihoods and our City's water supply. A discussion of another pipeline - the Keystone XL - and its opposition in Nebraska was supplied by a rancher from the state.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
|Image Source: The Hamilton Spectator|
Note: Late in the day, but part of a new commitment to have a new post out every Tuesday.
Amid the height of the first wave of the Senate Scandal in 2013 Stephen Harper took to the Conservative Party faithful to bash "elites". In a speech dripping with hypocrisy Stephen Harper wagged his finger at the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Liberals for his inability to get his own Senators to clean up the joint.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
|Image Source: Chaos Cycling Club Forum|
These Federal grants, just so you know, came out during the Harper Government, which for all intents and purposes could give zero fucks about a small, municipally specific lobby in a mid-size prairie city.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
|Are you with us or are you with the TERRORISTS?!!|
The mature reasoning like that
kind Elmwood-Transcona MP Lawrence
Toet would us.
Image Source: Youtube
Manitoba, unfortunately, was not free from this lunacy.
With the farce that is Vic Toews gone from Federal politics other Manitoba MPs have had to step up their game. My own representative of Lawrence Toet seems a prime candidate for the next Toews.
Defending Bill C-51- a civil liberties crushing bill that would inspire mass protest across Canada (including here) - with the following push polling flyer:
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Lest there be another Comment-Gate I'd like to clarify that I switched the commenting system over at The Winnipeg RAG Review from blogger's default system to Livefyre. Unfortunately, it seems that I had to kill a bunch of old comments to do so. Hopefully, it works out in the end.
Saturday, 27 December 2014
|Is this how much Prime Minister Harper cares about|
the safety of Canadians?
Image obtained from West Coast Native News
As a unique study in priorities, one should note this same Harper MisGovernment often implies that we have scarce public money. As a response to this the Fabian Neo-Conservative agenda of Harper includes cuts to many basic public services, like transport safety:
Thursday, 25 December 2014
|Tina Fontaine vigil, August 19, 2014.|
Image taken by Greg Gallinger,
obtained off Twitter.
After a year of tragedy, with increasingly high media profile cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (including Sagkeeng First Nation teen Tina Fountaine, who was under the care of Child and Family Services in Winnipeg before her death) Stephen Harper flat out said an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women "... isn't really high on our radar, to be honest" in a Dec 17 year end CBC interview.
This is well after the Provincial Premiers had supported an inquiry, by the way.
|Prime Minister Stephen Harper.|
Image Obtained from West Coast
While refusing to hold an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, dismissing the social factors behind the tragedy, the Harper MisGovernment is brazenly challenging the sovereignty of Indigenous Nations in court.
All this leads to what a colossal insult admitting an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was low on his radar is. It is hard to imagine how Prime Minister Harper could show more disregard towards Indigenous Peoples, but surely he'll find a way.
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