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...

Blog Interview with Michael Levitt – LPC candidate for York-Centre

Today, I’m publishing an interview I’ve done with Michael Levitt, who is the LPC candidate for York-Centre. This was the riding held by such Liberal stalwarts as Art Eggleton and Ken Dryden. Mr. Dryden was one of those who got swept away in the Liberal collapse in the 905 region of Ontario back in the ’11 election. It is currently held by Mark Adler for the Conservatives, and Mr. Levitt is going to be trying hard to return it to the LPC. Here are a series of questions I aske...

Witness Box in Iqaluit, Nunavut

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Five Foot’s Hubby Booted Off Blogger?

These Israeli-Palestinian set-tos always Put Arnie over the moon, so I imagine someone reported some kind of hate-speech/policy/terms-of-service violation thingy to Blogger Central and they yanked his site.  But no matter, looks like Ms. ...

My tweets about Duffy

Today’s Duffy news about the personal trainer and the makeup artist etc is just a gift to Twitter. Here’s my contribution: I guess Duffy needed a fitness instructor because he wasn’t fit to be in office! #duffyrimshot ...

Coming soon: High Noon in Ottawa, starring Senator “Sixgun” Duffy

The Mounties have ridden into town, dismounted, and placed their investigations in the hands of the state prosecutors. The prosecutors have carefully drafted 31 charges against a senator, and the stage is ...

Crown Prosecutor’s Duty

R. v. Hurd, 2014 ONCA 554: [32]       Crown prosecutors are advocates who are expected to act rigorously but fairly, persuasively but responsibly.  A criminal prosecution takes place within the parameters of an adversarial system.  As Moldaver J.A. emphasized in Clark, at para. 126, a murder prosecution is not a tea party: “both side...

Surviving Death Going Well

My death and quick resurrection made it into the local newspaper on the front page. There will be a followup coming later too I think. ...

Lorne Gunter: Whatever The Facts Are, They’re Bad

The Sun’s Lorne Gunter objects to a PBO report claiming public sector sick day costs are not a burden on the taxpayer because  ”…most departments do not call in replacements when an employee takes a sick day, [and therefore] there are no incremental costs.”  Lorne doesn’t like that: whatever the costs are, they̵...

Police must facilitate access to counsel promptly on detention

R. v. Taylor, 2014 SCC 50: [24]                          The duty to inform a detained person of his or her right to counsel arises “immediately” upon arrest or detention (Suberu, at paras. 41-42), and the duty to facilitate access to a lawyer, in turn, arises immediately upon the detainee’s reques...

The catfight meme

Digby wants Elizabeth Warren to run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president because she wants to see: two intelligent, accomplished women stand for president and debate the issues Unfortunately, I think the rest of the Washington pundits ...

Life In Scarborough: Guy On Bus, Muttering Obscenities

So I’m riding a bus home through Eastern Scarborough, and I hear this guy behind me talking shit.  Weird, obscene stuff.  And it goes on and on and on, the whole bus ride, in halting English, and it keeps circling back to the same few phrases again and again: “This young girl, she let me squeeze her _____ and her ____”.  But he always got mumbling when he was about to specify the precise bits of female anatomy being squuezed, so I never  heard which ones ...

Senator Duffy

My fearless prediction about the upcoming trial of Senator Duffy.  It will not happen.The Harper government will not want to have any of Mr. Harper’s inner circle having to testify under oath during any trial regarding the Senate Expense Scandal.Mark my words, a prosecutor very friendly to the Conservative government will be appointed.  He will offer Senator Duffy’s lawyer a sweet plea...

To all of the Bond Rating Agencies

And all of the other Conservative minded commentators bitching at Premier Wynne.The guy that espoused your approach to the finances of Ontario lost and lost big.So, stop trying to force Premier Wynne to follow that approach.  That is not what Ontario voters voted for. ...

Putin will be the loser

Yesterday Josh Marshall called the Malaysia Airlines disaster a game changer for Vladimir Putin: For months Putin has been playing with fire, making trouble and having it work mainly to his advantage. Certainly in the context of Russian history and nationalist aspiration reclaiming the Crimea is a vast accomplishment. But the whole thing blew up in his face today in a way, and with repercussions I don’t...