Ottawa Attacked

A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial. Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of our political leader’s choice to take us to war in Iraq against ISIS? Possibly. That threat shouldn’t mean a single change to our daily lives though, since we don’t alter our behaviour to avoid the much more deadly threat of being...

Police falsehood may lead to witness exclusion

For a statement by an accused to a person in authority to be admissible the statement must be voluntary. What if the police mislead an accused?  That may eliminate voluntariness. R v Arnakalla 2014 NUCJ 12: [11]  The police next show him a video of his common-law spouse, in which she begs him to tell the truth. The questions become much more pointed. His lack of memory is repeated...

But then again, Olivia Chow gave her best speech yet last night

I must admit that I’m very torn still about how to vote in the Toronto election, despite my last post. Some, including myself, previously have said Olivia Chow hasn’t articulated a clear and inspiring vision in this campaign.  But this speech at last night’s debate in Toronto proves that Chow has finally come into her own as a candidate with a clear and inspiring vision. This is good stuff from Chow.  I agree with her 100% on Light Rail Trains, or LRT...

New Political Party

According to Google Translate – my French is sub-par – “Forces” can be translated as Strength, Power, or Leverage. Democratie is, of course, Democracy. ...

Royson James: "Why I’m voting for John Tory"

I’m pretty much in full agreement with Royson James today.  Barring some last minute Nanos poll that shows Chow overtaking DoFo for second place in the Toronto mayor race (that would allow me the indulgence of a Chow vote for one last kick at the Scarborough subway extension, as well as a vote for Chow’s great cycling plan), I’ll be voting fo...

Mayors: Don’t Be Shy

I SERVED WITH MIKE SAVAGE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS for five years and he was one of the few really respected among all parties. He had an eastern coast sense of humour that was just naturally contagious, was a strong speaker, and somehow took the cold edge out of the House by getting people […] ...

Mother and Cubs on Hudsons Bay

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Ukraine Election

After some consideration, I’ve decided to lead with the numbers, and explain them in the second half of the post. 185 Poroshenko Bloc Pro-President Pro-Administration35 Radical Populist Pro-Europe30 Opposition Bloc Anti-Europe Pro-Russian25 Batkivshchyna Liberal Tymoshenko25 Popular Front...

Private prosecution maybe stayed without review save for proved abuse of process

R. v. Olumide, 2014 ONCA 712: [2]          Section 579 of the Criminal Code gives the Attorney General the authority to direct a stay of proceedings at any time.  The discretion to do so is reviewable only in the event of abuse of process.  There is a presumption of prosecutorial good faith: see Krieger v. Law Society (Alberta) 2002 SCC 6...

I Voted Out Of Fear Last Night

But I’m OK with it.  And I followed my usual tradition of voting for the person whose name most reminded me of a terrorist for Councillor.  So in that at least I remained true to my progressive roots. ...

Scottish Fish Invented Sex

I'm not sure I can bear hearing that the Scottish invented both #curling AND #sex. http://t.co/n7AdaO9EcI #Scotland — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 20, 2014 ...

Thug liar Rob Ford tries to intimidate voters at advanced polls into voting for his brother…

What legitimate purpose could Rob Ford have for showing up at advanced polls in Ford Nation country (Wards 7 and ...

ConCalls: Make The Documentary of #ElxnFraud in #cdnpoli

Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud crimin...

Regina Loves Pits

We can’t have just one! Kramer Korner ...

Regina Women’s History Month #womenhistory

October is Women’s History Month. This year I was invited to the event at the Conexus Arts Centre, and I’d suggest you check it out next October. ...

Chretien reminds us of the noble role Canada once played in the world before Stephen Harper…

There has been much self-righteous and misguided criticism of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for his decision to vote against Canadian combat action against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (or ISIL.) ...

But Wait! Some Pundit Said Something About Gaffes!!!

Exclusive – While a general election must be held within a year, the Liberals Justin Trudeau continue to lead in voting intentions of Canadians. According to an EKOS survey CBC /, support for the Liberal Party of Canada are at 38.5%, more than 12 points ahead of the Conservatives, who collect only 26.4% of the vote. Nationally, the NDP at 25%. You kno...

Saskatoon snatches defeat from the jaws of victory UPDATE: lockout is over!

So you might think that the reluctant LRB ruling both the transit lockout and the pension bylaw illegal would have provided the Saskatoon civic administration with a great opportunity to rethink their whole strategy with this labour dispute, and come up with something that would work better.But you would be wrong!The city strategy of trying to starve the bus drivers into an agreement was never going to work, and now it is in tatters — the drivers know they will eventually ge...

Saskatoon snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

So you might think that the reluctant LRB ruling both the transit lockout and the pension bylaw illegal would have provided the Saskatoon civic administration with a great opportunity to rethink their whole strategy with this labour dispute, and come up with something that would work better.But you would be wrong!The city strategy of trying to starve the bus drivers into an agreement was never going to work, and now it is in tatters — the drivers know they will eventually ge...

ConCalls: Sona Sentencing Taking Too Long #RoboCon

Michael Sona has to wait until next month to find out how much time he’s spending in jail for being convicted of participating in a nefarious scheme to defraud Guelph voters of their votes. Crown says actions "damage public faith in the democratic process" ...

Saskatoon Lockout of Transit Workers Was Illegal

Saskatoon’s civic politicians are responsible for a City Manager who lost the City a month of transit service, at a price of over $1,000,000. Time for a firing, and maybe a few Councillors and the Mayor will lose their seats next time. Storify: Reaction online to the Saskatoon Transit lockout ruling http://t.co/K07qxGWmLN #yxe — Janet French (@Jantafrench) ...

Blog interview with LPC contestant Mary Pynenberg – Vancouver Kingsway

I’ve had a brief sojourn from the blog as I’ve been dealing with personal matters, as well as the fact I’ve not had some of my folks who agreed to do interviews get back to me, but finally we have one today, and it comes from Mary Pynenberg, Liberal nomination contestant for the riding of Vancouver-Kingsway. Mary is the current President of the National Women’s Liberal Commission. I’d like to thank her for her participation in this interview. —– ...

Criminal wiretap evidence can be produceable in civil matters

Imperial Oilv. Jacques, 2014 SCC 66: A party to a civil proceeding can request the disclosure of recordings of private communications intercepted by the state in the course of a criminal investigation ...

Iraq Debate: The Center Of Gravitas Shifts

…to Jean Chretien.  Mind you, I’m not particularly set in my opinions re Canada’s contribution to the fight against ISIS.  These thoughts still apply, more so, perhaps, now that the tide seems to have turned in Ko...

Toronto and more

I’ve updated the graphic with new polls, as well as increased the vote total expected for the 4th though 67th candidates. I expect just under half of this to go to Goldkind (3%) an additional 1% to go to Baskin, and the remaining 3% to be dist...

Dead Mouse In McDonald’s Coffee Story: A Brief Note

The only way it could have gone unnoticed the whole time is if it fell in the pot, drowned, and then sank to the bottom.  And that takes awhile; mice are strong swimmers.  So the takeaway message is: that coffee was not a fresh pot.  Very disappointed in McD’s, who are usually better than this.  Very disappointed. ...

Mayors: Poor Choices

IT’S ALL TOO COMMON FOR CITIES ENDURING DIFFICULT TIMES to resist getting serious about poverty. They place their emphasis on economics, jobs, education, or trade – those aspects that appear more like an investment than a drag on the community like, say, social programs. But mayors are getting smarter, though it has taken them decades to […] ...

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

For people of a certain age and background Bob Dylan’s early song “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” (1963) is life altering.  It tells of a wealthy man who kills a servant and, through his power and wealth, escapes justice. The song tells a true story – or that’s what I believed until quiet recently.  The song shaped my thinking about power inequality and ...

Appeal route determined by entire Order and not merely parts appealed

The route an appeal takes depends critically on the nature of the order appealed. So appeals may, or may not, go to Divisional Court depending on whether they are for specific payments of money. What is an order would go to the Court of Appeal if the order was appealed in full but the parts appealed would, standing alone, go to Divisional Court? Hanisch v. McKean, 2014 ONCA 698 holds the entire order, not just the passages appealed, det...

Experimenting with email Encryption

This may be useful at some point in the future, to verify a message came from the real me. —–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—– Version: GnuPG v2 mQINBFQ+0G4BEADJFztc21tJCnECJTxVFvHq/ub9v6/VYj8f2PeqRadihw/CxMDG nloXhOHX87jRiGCGyWRLuypzSs/Hk+kt1Vl+7xA+0Dc7WWE39tnlISAicIzrYV5p twR9XGKsuZ1yhccTZiy46vClBXN4e29s+4FZgoFCbym2KRj5wRWX1/5MRsIzKYWc FxMfMgN9KxOgXM6Aou0881TYjrfl4dC6bUUs285RseEG3b2eK0zyEUri6SHeMB+P GKQqL56cL+tH97Uq...