New Tory Hate Speech Laws? Richard Warman On Government’s New Anti-Terror Initiatives

So I read this this morning: OTTAWA — The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online. There is frustration in go...

Students want consequences for trustee after tweet about transgendered people

The newspaper reports on this were awesome to read.  But the TV story below from Global really does it justice: “A dozen Toronto high school students are striking back at a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) school trustee over some of his controversial tweets. ...

In a tree

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Agreed facts on a plea may be admissible as KGB statements in other proceedings

R. v. Kanagalingam, 2014 ONCA 727: [28]       As I have said, a new trial is necessary based on the Vetrovecground of appeal.  Strictly speaking, therefore, it is not necessary to deal with the admissibility of the K.G.B.statements.  In the event of a new trial, however, it may be useful to do so. [29]       The a...

Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial clouds ruined the partial eclipse viewing, but I caught a few fleeting seconds here and there with a small crowd of astronomers from the RASC at the Science Centre. Solar Eclipse ...

Toronto Mayoral Election: A Brief Note

I just told a Doug Ford Robo-Call I’d vote for him.  But I lied!  Tee hee! #TOpoli  PS. He’s now promising 32 K of new subway lines.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) October 23, 2014 ...

Habitual liar Doug Ford denies he called female reporter "a little bitch"; Toronto students fight back against bigoted school trustee

Several journalists have reported that Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford, the thuggish brother of Rob Ford, said after last night’s CTV debate: “I can’t stand that little bitch.” ...

Where Saskatchewan Comes To Count

Saskatchewan’s lovable radio host asks: “What are you thinking and feeling about 1) our Canada today b) yesterday on the “Hill” and c) the cowardice and evil in our midst. Is Canada different today? How do we deal with terrorism and radicals?” 1) Worried the attack will be used as an excuse to make it harder to visit our public buildings. b?) You mean 2)? c) OK, we’ll stick with letters now. The cowardice and evil is refusing to deal with...

Rattlesnake Logic

After the shock and sadness wears off, there’s no doubt that many conservatives will use yesterday’s attack by a lone gunman i...

Man down

Teddy here. Those who know me in person know I can, at times, attract a comedy of errors. At about 2am today, my computer broke. While trying to fix it, I unplugged the router. Being unable to fix it, I got frustrated and went to bed. When I woke up, I found that the router was still unplugged, and thus, all the login information for my ISP had been deleted. Normally this is not a big problem, but, all that info is on the broken computer, and, since I used VoIP, I can’t even call...

Mayors: The Dream Catchers

THIS BRINGS TO A CONCLUSION THESE POSTS on the importance of mayors around the world. There is a such a diversity among them, but it’s clear that the ones we have focused on have some clear things in common, namely a desire to make cities more central in the political universe, and the distinct belief that […] ...

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...