The purpose of the Indian Act and the intention of Parliament.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Council v. Brant, 2014 ONCA 565: [53]       There are two legal principles that underpin the assessment of the purpose of the Indian Act and the intention of Parliament.  First, early Canadian jurisprudence relied on the Royal Proclamation (1763), R.S.C., 1985, App. II, No. 1,...

Might As Well Go Home Right Now

Target Canada’s new price-matching promises are, like the shelves of their stores, empty.   That is all. ...

Whose job is it to play by the rules?

Here’s one thing that I don’t blame former Alberta Premier Alison Redford for doing — taking her daughter with her on many of her government flights was the right thing to do.  This is kind of thing any parent SHOULD do, and we should expect it when we elect people with children to public office.Now obviously, there wa...

Upcoming interviews/campaign news from #LPCO, #Brant, etc

Yes, the blog has turned into a bit of an interview/campaign them in the last bit, but that’s what happens when Parliament and the Ontario Legislature aren’t in session, and because I don’t wish to touch the Middle East Gaza morass with a 40 foot pole. So, a couple of things in to mention: - I will be having interviews upcoming with Kanata-Carleton Liberal nomination candidate Karen McCrimmon, as well as Brandon Sage, who is running to be the LPCO VP of Organi...

"Limiting information" on oilsands probe demonstrates Harper government problems with both openness and the environment

This story out of The Star hits at two major problems of the Harper government – an inability to take environmental concerns seriously, and a desire to limit access to critical information by the media and citizens. “Environment Canada’s enforcement branch asked a spokesman to “limit information” given to reporters about how long it took to laun...

Depth Time

IT WAS THE USUAL KIND OF PARTY WHERE FRIENDS gather together for a BBQ and some good times. The host found me in her living room scanning the various books in her shelves beside the fireplace. There were the familiar titles of history, philosophy, economics, and politics. When I complemented her on her selection, she remarked, […] ...

Democratic Dipper Values In Action

Oh, this is brilliant: Long-time Progressive Conservative MLA Bev Harrison invoked the memory of former British prime minister Winston Churchill as he confirmed on Friday that he will run for the NDP in the next provincial election. Harrison appeared with NDP Leader Dominic Cardy at a news conference on Friday to confirm that he&...

Ford Nation bigots provoked by rainbows at Ford Fest; similar themes explored in great short film ‘The Divide’ by directer Ashley Monti

A very good friend of mine, director Ashley Monti, recently shared with me a copy of her new short dramatic film called ‘The Divide.’  The short film chronicles the efforts of armed, quasi-vigilantes who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegals from entering their country.  Here’s the trailer below: The American Film Institute-produced film has played at several film festivals so far including the Rome ...

Ford Nation bigots provoked by rainbows at Ford Fest; themes of similarhatred explored in great short film ‘The Divide’ by Ashley Monti

A very good friend of mine, director Ashley Monti, recently shared with me a copy of her new short dramatic film called ‘The Divide.’  The short film chronicles the efforts of armed, quasi-vigilantes who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegals from entering their country.  Here’s the trailer below: The American Film Institute-produced film has played at several film festivals so far including the Rome ...

Ford Nation bigots provoked by rainbows at Ford Fest; themes of similar hatred explored in great short film ‘The Divide’ by Ashley Monti

A very good friend of mine, director Ashley Monti, recently shared with me a copy of her new short dramatic film called ‘The Divide.’  The short film chronicles the efforts of armed, quasi-vigilantes who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegals from entering their country.  Here’s the trailer below: The American Film Institute-produced film has played at several film festivals so far including the Rome ...

Ford Nation bigots provoked by rainbows at Ford Fest; themes of similar hatred explored in great short film ‘The Divide’ by Ashley Monti

A very good friend of mine, director Ashley Monti, recently shared with me a copy of her new short dramatic film called ‘The Divide.’  The short film chronicles the efforts of armed, quasi-vigilantes who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegals from entering their country.  Here’s the trailer below: The American Film Institute-produced film has played at several film festivals so far including the Rome ...

Is That Ron Banerjee Choking The Gay Protester At Ford Fest?

Sure looks like it, and the folks at ARC Canada have a clearer shot, and links to video of the guy in the picture yelling anti-gay slurs. ...

Danielle Takacs for the Liberal Party Nomination, Brant ( #lpc #cdnpoli )

I do not often blog about Brant politics, but when I do, it’s to support Danielle Takacs and her bid to secure the Liberal nomination in the riding. Danielle is a community leader and a passionat...

Israel & Gaza: Is Kerry a Nebish?

John Nebbish Kerry? This ...

Liberal Bloggers Are Taking Over the Party, Part 1 – Danielle Takacs

I’ve been relaxing this summer, so my activity on the blog has been a bit low, but I was asked to help out with an endorsement of a great candidate, a former blogger who is taking the big leap into federal politics – and I’m more than happy to do so. I don’t think I’ve ever met Danielle Takacs in person, but when I first became an active Liberal back in the 2008 campaign, and shortly thereafter discovered Liblogs and ProgBlogs, her blog ...

Chi non fa, non falla.

Those who do nothing make no mistakes. ...

Clouds over Iqaluit

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Sure Its Only Forum

…from a week ago, no less.  But that’s majority territory, as the poll suggests.  As for the pollsters, wel...

Conservative Chris Tells A Tall Tale

.@CBCNews – @calxandr HarperCON’s trained MP seal, announces Poverty has been eliminated in Canada. Yes, really youtu.be/ncUtF2E7D8Y— StopApartheid Israel (@NadineLumley) July 24, 2014 How Chris Alexander stacks up with ...

When a Tree Falls in Saskatchewan

.@SusanFelucifer @acoyne We have a deep seated fear of high places, since none exist here. Closed off top floor public observatories too.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 24, 2014 While reading news page comment sections, even hopeless trolls who’d normally mock people saving trees by ̶...

Seriousness of charge and 11(b) balancing

R. v. Stilwell, 2014 ONCA 563:   [61]       Lastly, in my view, while the trial judge did not err in finding some prejudice, she significantly under-emphasized the seriousness of the charges against the respondent and society’s interest in having them tried on their merits.  At p. 787 of Morin, Sopinka J. stated that as the seriousness of the offence increases, so does the societal demand that the accused be brought to tr...

Inside – Outside

MOST OF US TREASURE OUR VALUES.  WHETHER WE GAINED them by the natural transition of parents or grandparents to children, from religious faith, humanistic values, or even by strength of character, they matter to us and we seek to live our lives by their lights.  Many of the great leaders who have led our nation or […] ...

What is reasonable doubt?

A reasonable doubt is not a doubt based on sympathy or prejudice; it is based on reason and common sense. It is logically connected to the evidence or absence of evidence. It does not require proof to an absolute certainty nor is it proof beyond any doubt. It is not proof beyond an imaginary or frivolous doubt. A determination that an accused “probably” had the requisite intent falls far short of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. (R. v. Lifchus, [1997] S.C.J...

Occupying Oppenheimer Park is Damaging to the Cause

IMG_8865.JPG I was very proud of Andrea Reimer and the Vancouver City Council when they passed the motion recognizing that Vancouver sits on unceded indigenous land. While ...

USA: Elizabeth Warren takes the fight to Wall Street

The Real USA The highly intelligent, courageous and scrappy new senator is not stopping ...

Informer Privilege

R. v. Lucas, 2014 ONCA 561: [53]    Informer privilege protects from revelation in court or in public any information that might tend to identify one who gives information related to criminal matters to the police in confidence. Its twin objectives are to protect the informer from possible retribution, and to encourage other potential informers to come forward. The Supreme Court has emphasized that the rationale for the informer privilege ru...

Back To The City

WE TOOK SOME DOWNTIME LAST WEEK TO CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY, but since our return I have been struck by all the conversations that have been going on about our city and its future. I shouldn’t be surprised. Since the very beginning of recorded history, the places where we live, cooperate, and occasionally contend, together have dominated […] ...

NHL & Global Warming: A Development Of Some Note

The NHL says that climate change is real, and announces measures the league will take to fight it.  They’re worried about the possible disappearance of outdoor rinks, and if  that will be detrimental to the game.  And it probably will.  Less access to free ice-tim...

Demeanour Evidence

R. v. Hubrich, 2004 CanLII 11370: [22]        The appellant argued that the admission of post-arrestdemeanour evidence is per seimproper.  Mr. Coughlan relied in particular upon R. v. Sodhi (2003), 66 O.R. (3d) 640 (C.A.) at 662-4; R. v. Levert ...

Mandatory Fun Time

It occurred to me today how ironic it is that Weird Al releases Mandatory Fun at the same time as I’m given a mandatory break from work for months. Today's cartoon in The @NewYorker http://t.co/uJZnYUNnRd— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 21, 2014 I’ve got lots...