Thursday, April 24, 2008

Blogcation

I'm going to take a slight blogging vacation - probably a week or two.

Comment moderation on until I return.

I need to update the Tim Horton stats.

Blogcation

I'm going to take a slight blogging vacation - probably a week or two.

I'll still be poking around, but I'm going away and coming back with a new vision.

Comment moderation on until I return.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Unquote

"The government has money to waste, the government has money to steal, the government has money to spend on benefits for a few .... It's time for benefits for mainstream Canadians, hard-working people who pay their taxes, who play by the rules."

- Stephen Harper, December 1, 2005

Monday, April 14, 2008

My Bad, Part 2

Well, Nik Nanos has released the latest poll numbers [PDF] for Ontario. Some have theorized that the federal Conservative attacks on Ontario were made to help benefit the Progressive Conservatives.

Liberals - 45% (+2.77%)
Progressive Conservatives - 30% (-1.64%)
NDP - 14% (-2.76%)
Green - 10% (+1.97%)

The number in parentheses is the change from what the party received in the October 2007 general election. It almost appears the NDP are going to the Liberals, and the Progressive Conservatives are going to the Greens.

Once again, well played, everyone.

[Previously]

Friday, April 11, 2008

My Bad

How's that bash Ontario strategy going for the Conservative Party?

Ontario (N=251, MoE ± 6.3%, 19 times out of 20)
Liberal Party 50% (+7)
Conservative Party 32% (+1)
NDP 13% (-6)
Green Party 6% (-1)
According to Nik Nanos, they gained one percent support in the province, while they only let the Liberals gain 7%.

Apparently, I know nothing about political strategy.

Well played, everyone.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Now & Now

Now - April 9, 2008:
The Liberal Opposition believes the radical immigration reforms proposed by the Conservative government should be removed from the Budget Bill and be debated in Parliament.
Now - April 9, 2008:
The Liberals say they want the bill to be sent to the immigration committee as well as the finance committee. They believe a parade of angry witnesses, including representatives of ethnic organizations who have condemned the legislation, will expose the "wrong-headed" and "arbitrary" nature of the Conservatives' plans.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Coincidence, I'm Sure

Looking at these statistics, if you are American, you are more likely to die by legal execution then you are by being struck by lightning.

I'm not sure why I stumbled upon this factoid just after I posted this.

Rep. Monique Davis

Considering the amount of news that's being generated by this, I'd get that Press Releases section up and running sooner than "soon".

[Rep. Monique] Davis: It’s dangerous to the progression of this state. And it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists! Now you will go to court to fight kids to have the opportunity to be quiet for a minute. But damn if you’ll go to [court] to fight for them to keep guns out of their hands. I am fed up! Get out of that seat!

[Rob] Sherman: Thank you for sharing your perspective with me, and I’m sure that if this matter does go to court---

Davis: You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

17 Years Ago

17 years ago, I would not be promoting a protest of Bill C-484 on Parliament Hill. Not that I was pro-life, but neither was I pro-choice.

17 years ago, I would not be publicly supporting same sex marriage or same-sex couple adoption. It just wouldn't have occurred to me for it to be an option.

17 years ago, I supported the NDP. It was a couple of years later that I started supporting the Progressive Conservatives (thanks, in part, to Bob Rae).

17 years ago, I lived in a blue collar industrial town. Guys my age drove Camaros and Cavaliers depending on where you worked for the summer.

We all grew up ingrained with certain ways of thinking.

We grew up largely separated from those people different from us. I grew up Protestant; there were "the Catholics" that lived around the corner - they went to different schools and pretty much kept to themselves. Or, so I thought. There was not a lot of diversity to be had - again, so I thought.

While I'd like to think of myself back in those days as being on the low end of the objectionable scale, I'm pretty sure I said and did some pretty insensitive things - not really realizing what I was doing or who I was affecting.

For that, I'm sorry.

My general attitude toward social issues did not really change until the second year of university, where I gradually began replacing my old friends with people who had a broader viewpoint on life.

Today, my friends and acquaintances include a diverse group of people. I'm proud of that group of friends. I'm pretty open with my opinions with those who may not share them.

I still know though, that I'm not perfect. I clearly still have some work to do.

I think we all do.

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Blog

I'm not sure if many of you knew this, but the Privacy Commissioner of Canada maintains a blog.



The blog's mission:
To make the activities and publications of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner more accessible to Canadians, and to increase contact between the Office and Canadians interested about privacy issues and legislation.

This blog will make a special effort to identify and highlight information and advice that may help Canadians understand their rights under Canada’s privacy legislation. We will be making a special effort to identify and explain material that will help owners, managers and employees of small and medium-sized enterprises to understand their rights and responsibilities under Canada’s privacy legislation.

This blog is not written by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Instead, it is group effort by employees working for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
The most recent postings have been about Facebook and its Privacy Policy. It's an interesting read for those interested.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

CALL OUT! One body. One person. One count. Oppose Bill C-484

Via Fern Hill @ Bread and Roses:
For immediate release:
Contact: opposebillc484@gmail.com

“Moving backwards in fight for abortion rights”

Ottawa, ON – May 3rd, 2008 – On May 3rd, 2008 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM a protest opposing Bill C-484 will take place at the Peace Tower. Bill C-484, “The Unborn Victims of Crime Act,” has passed its second reading in Parliament as of March 5th, 2008. The bill creates a separate offence for killing a foetus when a pregnant woman is murdered. It gives an unborn foetus some human rights in these cases, which is a cause for concern in the pro-choice community. Under current Canadian Law, human foetuses are not considered persons(s) until they are born alive. If Bill C-484 should pass, the laws would be in conflict because the foetus would be considered a person and therefore the right to a legal abortion would come into question, as well as the rights of pregnant women in general. The law is clearly not concerned with the roots of violence against women and thus this bill would be a detriment to women’s rights. Similar laws have been passed in the U.S. resulting in dozens of women being punished for trying to “harm their child”. Let’s not let this happen in Canada.

We believe that the Government should look to pass laws that increase the sentencing upon those who commit violent acts against women, instead of passing laws just for foetuses that give women no ounce of protection and infringe on their rights.

Women and men are encouraged to come join us and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada at the Peace Tower on May 3rd, 2008 to show their solidarity. We are encouraging supporters across Canada to hold similar protests as a sign of nationwide solidarity against Bill C-484.

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Pour le dégagement immédiat :
Contact : opposebillc484@gmail.com

« Combattre le projet de loi C-484 »

Ottawa, Ontario – le 3 mai, 2008 de 12 h à 15 h protestation à l’opposition du projet de loi C-484 aura lieu à la tour de paix. Affichez C-484, « Loi modifiant le Code criminel (blesser ou causer la mort d’un enfant non encore né au cours de la perpétration d’une infraction) » a passé sa deuxième lecture au parlement en date du 5 mars, 2008. Le projet de loi crée une offense séparée pour tuer un foetus quand une femme enceinte est assassinée. Elle donne à un foetus à venir quelques droits de l'homme dans ces caisses, qui est un sujet d'inquiétude dans la communauté de pro-choix. En vertu de la loi canadienne courante, des foetus humains ne sont pas considérés comme personnes) jusqu'à ce qu'ils soient vivants soutenus. Si le projet de loi C-484 passe, les lois seraient en conflit parce que le foetus serait considéré une personne et donc le droit à un avortement légal hériterait la question, aussi bien que les droits des femmes enceintes en général.

La loi n'est pas véritablement concernée par les racines de la violence contre des femmes et ce projet de loi serait ainsi un détriment vers les droits des femmes. Des lois semblables ont été passées aux États-Unis ayant pour résultat des douzaines de femmes étant punies pour qu'essayer « nuise à leur enfant ». Ne laissons pas ceci se produire au Canada. Nous croyons que le gouvernement devrait regarder pour passer les lois qui augmentent la condamnation sur ceux qui commettent des actes violents contre des femmes, au lieu de passer des lois juste pour les foetus qui ne donnent à des femmes aucune protection.

Des femmes et les hommes sont encouragés à venir joignent nous et la Coalition de droites d'avortement du Canada à la tour de paix le 3 mai, 2008 pour montrer leur solidarité.

NDP Attacks Conservative "Stance" on Net Neutrality in House

When will the Conservative Party ensure there is a free and open competitive market with respect to the internet?
“This government’s hands-off approach to hands-on interference is bad news for Canada’s innovation agenda. The telecom giants have no right to decide which ideas are pushed into the fast lane and which ideas are left on the back roads,” said [NDP spokesperson on digital issues, Charlie] Angus.
The first response, by those that support the telecom monopolies, is that we should use our wallets and go to another service - one like Teksavvy perhaps.

This position puts the NDP clearly on the same page as the Green Party:
The Green Party of Canada is committed to the original design principle of the internet - network neutrality: the idea that a maximally useful public information network treats all content, sites, and platforms equally, thus allowing the network to carry every form of information and support every kind of application. Green Party MPs will pass legislation granting the Internet in Canada the status of Common Carrier - prohibiting Internet Service Providers from discriminating due to content while freeing them from liability for content transmitted through their systems.
Good for the NDP and the Greens.

Does the Liberal party have a position on net neutrality? The Conservative position is disappointing to say the least for a party that supposedly supports a free market.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I'm Entitled to my Entitlements

After one day's membership within the Liberal party, I'm quitting.

I see Sean in Saskatchewan is also done with the Liberal party too.

Never Thought I'd See the Day

I warned Chris Tindal that the last former conservative to go working for the Greens ended up joining the Liberal Party.

He promised a support group, but it never came.

I've joined the Liberal party.

I realize now that there is no room left for a Progressive Conservative in the Conservative Party. It's taken a long time for me to come to this conclusion.

Thanks to those at Liblogs, who I emailed off line that helped too.

When these things happen, it's always appropriate to show what I have said about the Liberals in the past - to get that right out of the way. It's going to fill up the comment box for sure...

While I may not always agree with Stephane Dion, I caught a speech of his this weekend and I'd like to share it with you.

Stephane Dion - Moving Forward

In it, the Liberal leader talks a lot about the three pillars of Liberal inclusiveness. It's moving and I'm almost sure he's never going to give up on us.

Update - March 31, 2008: For some reason, my posts aren't showing up in the Liblogs aggregator just yet. I'll work on it.