2015 election: Coalition gains favour

Which one, or two, of these men will lead Canada? ...

Lit From Within

IT WAS TOUCHING, HUMOROUS, AND A SIGN of the changing times in our city. Newly elected city council member Jared Zaifman, in a reflection of his Jewish faith, brought in latkes for his counterparts as a celebration of Hanukkah. Zaifman’s reasoning was simple and profound at the same time: I brought latkes for council and […] ...

Enbridge Spills

One in a continuing series.  Their playing Regina this time.  But don’t worry, the NEB is on the case. ...

Another outstanding Harper choice!

Canada’s newest Harper-picked Supreme Court Justice may well turn out to be another Mike Duffy or Pam Wallin in the making.In this Toronto Star article, she sounds like an entitled and egotistical nut case: …Madame Justice Suzanne Côté battled five years with Revenu Québec, the provincial tax agency, after she claim...

Welcome to WildRump and Alberta’s future

WildRump will retain the title of “Official Opposition” it seems. The Wildrose party, which was originally elected with 17 members, now has 5 remaining. This ties the Liberals at 5; however, due to precedent, they will retain the title they already hold. Speakers across the country have ruled, time and time again, that whatever titles a caucus holds, pre or post election, they are able to retain it unless overtaken. This means by dropping to 5, a tie, Wildrose will r...

Shoot, shovel, shut up

In which Jim Prentice and Danielle Smith invite democracy to a bush party, put a bullet in the back of its head and bury it in a shallow unmarked grave. ...

Pre-emptive pre-writ Liberal strike – radio style.

This got released yesterday on the radio. A nice little ad on the radio explaining why the Liberal Party is opposed to income splitting. Personally, I’m pleased to see we’re starting to fight fire with fire vis-a-vis the pre-writ campaign ads that the Conservatives have mastered in their attacking Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff (and not so successfully so far on Justin Trudeau. This ad, however, is based on policy, not personal attacks. Take a listen ...

SaskPower Says Bigger Is Better, Even Losses? #PowerToGrow

As a followup to the Star Phoenix’s article on the hugely expensive, and (public) money losing CCS plant at Estevan, comes word of further cost overruns. The overruns, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, would have been sufficient to buy Regina its Stadium II, outright, fix its pension...

WildRump to remain opposition (for now)

7 Wildrose MLAs are crossing the floor, including the leader, leaving WildRump as the official opposition for the time being. I’ve decided to respond to this by making a map of the party affiliations, post defection, of Alberta’s MLAs. ...

The Wildrose Shrivels

Prepare to be assimilated - resistance is futile. Danielle Smith joins the Borg. Prepare to be assimilated – resistance is futile. Danielle Smith joins the Borg. It’s being spun as a “reconciliation”, but if repo...

Standard of review on appeal of admissibility of hearsay

R. v. Mullings, 2014 ONCA 895: [28]       The standard of review on an appeal of a ruling on the admissibility of hearsay evidence is correctness: R. v. Duong, 2007 ONCA 68, 84 O.R. (3d) 515, at para. 54. As the respondent notes, however, this analysis is generally fact-specific and deference should be given to the trial judge’s weighing of the factors going to the reliability of the statement. As this court obse...

Proportional Representation and Japan

While Wildrose figures out what it’s future is, and Glenn Thibeault decides to bring Ontario provincial politics in the news, I thought I would take a step back and examine some other issues. The final results from Japan are out. The map I posted earlier is correct and still stands, but we now have voting numbers. I want to, in particular, examine how these numbers apply and might work under a Parallel system, such as exists in Japan. First, lets examine the FPTP se...

A City of Soul

THE CITY OF SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, decided it was time to get more serious about the arts. Only they didn’t undertake the task in the fashion other municipalities had tried. Believing that every aspect of the arts was vital to any future life the city had, they laid out some clear markers: they would develop 6 […] ...

The (Wildrose) Party’s Over

Its completely real, folks – the Wildrose Party, a party formed out of the perceived slights towards conservatives of the Klein era that built up its movement during the more flagrant Stelmach and Redford regimes, is about to be history, as its executive and membership will vote on merging with Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives. According to Sun ...

My First CBSC Complaint, Part III: Request For A Ruling

The third stage in filing a CBSC complaint is, if you are not satisfied with the response you’ve got from the station rep, is to outline your reasons in a ruling request form, and, well, request a ruling. Below is the final version of what I submitted on Sunday.  If you’ve followed this you’ve read some of it before, though I’ve added a bit at the end.  In any case: The CBSC S...

Something going in on Alberta; Wildrose to merge with PC Party?

Nothing confirmed yet, but word from the grapevine is that Wildrose may merge with the PC Party. I want to take a look at party standings in the Alberta Legislature first. In the 2012 election, the results were as follows: PC – 61WR – 17LB – 5ND – 4 Between then and October 27th, 2014, many changes occurred; however, the end result, was a Legislature that was organized as follows: PC – 61WR – 17...

I’m Boring, Ignore Me: Supreme Court Ruins Privacy

I think people who say they are too ordinary, law abiding, and boring for police to violate them, are more wishing that were true than stating a fact. Will the police keep the phone as it keeps generating evidence? For how long? Can you refuse to provide your password or will the police IT department bypass it? In Gary Shteyngart...

Polls, polls, polls!

Three polls were released today from Leger, Forum, and EKOS, all except for the latter showing an increased Liberal lead compared to their previous polls. I’ll run through them quickly below. Leger Marketing – Dec. 13, 2014 – +/- 2.5%Liberal Party: 38% (+2%) – 151 seatsConservative Party: 32% (-1%) – 130 seats...

Harper Has No Plan B

The Hill times regarding the recent plunge in oil, and unspent money on renewable energy: Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said the report is evidence the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) has favoured Alberta’s oil and gas industry at the expense of other sectors....

I Will Bounce No More, Forever

More evidence that the Tory uptick is over, though its from Forum, so take it with salt: Although it wouldn̵...

The End Of The Harper Bounce?

Rest of the poll is here.  The coalition talk is so much chin music; most important thin...

More Japan results

I’ve created a results map, using more “Canadian” party colours. This is adapted from the Wikipedia map on the Japan election page. The LDP is shown in Conservative Blue, while the DPJ has been assigned Libe...

Oh, you shouldn’t have!

Just a little bloggy roundup of some really bad gift ideas from here and there on the web.First, now we know why he’s a jolly old elf, from Mock Paper Scissors: Hummer for a White Christmas From Dr. ...

Oil Price: Has Saudi Arabia gambled and lost?

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Japan results

This election did not change much, it seems, when all the ballots have been counted. The Governing LDP has taken 290 seats, down from 294 in the last election. It’s coalition partner, Komeito, has taken 35, up from 31. The main opposition party, the DPJ, has gone from 57 seats in the last election to 73 now; while the third party, after a de-merger, has gone from a former total of 54 seats, to a new total of 41. The biggest ...

Japan, early counting

Early in the counting of ballots in Japan, results seem to indicate a few trends. First, the LDP will not, alone, take a 2/3rds majority; but will retain said majority when allied with it’s coalition partner. Secondly, the DPJ, while gaining seats, will not gain as many as hoped. Third, the JIP, while losing seats (Compared to the JRP last election) will not lose as many as feared. The two other new parties expected to win seats are the FGP, a split off of th...

Ezra On Tour

Playing the mighty Pen with Bian Lilley (who is back-ground left; looks like he’s trying to hustle coins out of a vending machine).   Witnessed by...

Searches of cell phones on arrest; some might suggest a warrant was appropriate

R. v. Fearon, 2014 SCC 77: Consequently, four conditions must be met in order for the search of a cell phone or similar device incidental to arrest to comply with s. 8 . First, the arrest must be lawful. Second, the search must be truly incidenta...

Export The Immigration Minister Please

It’s so fantastically shameful the Immigration Minister discriminates based on religion, denying Syrian refugees especially if they are Muslims. This would violate the Charter of Rights were these people Canadians. Not a good Christian case of “do unto others”, is it? == ....

Re: Trudeau losing to Harper and Mulcair on ‘terrorism’ by Haroon Siddiqui

Did Justin Trudeau flip-flop on his characterization of the recent attacks at the War Memorial and Parliament Hill? Haroon Siddiqui thinks so and says as much in a op-ed in today’s Toronto Star. Siddiqui writes: Trudeau initially described Zehaf-Bibeau as a criminal and declared: “Criminals do not dictate how we act as a nation, h...