By David J. Climenhaga - July 1, 2011
...[W]hat is not yet widely understood in the rest of Canada is the extent to which the Conservative brain-trust of neo-Cons...right-wing academics, corporate "think tankers" and their ilk have been influenced by the petroleum-driven political culture of [Alberta]. This is a place with a monochromatic mainstream media, worshipful attitude toward American-style ideological extremism and reflexive anti-labour attitudes and practices that have been reflected literally for generations in Alberta's legislation.
Climate Justice London at a Car Free Festival, during Stop Tar Sands Day.
The 'oily' zombies walked to raise awareness about the many impacts from tar sands operations — from Alberta, to Ontario, and beyond. This tar sands sludge is being pumped into Sarnia-Lambton. And, if the Enbridge Trailbreaker project proceeds, very dirty tar sands bitumen would be pumped through a pipeline that already crosses the Thames River, just north of London. In Alberta, toxic tailings ponds have been leaking into the Athabasca river, each and every day. The residents of the area also are threatened by pipeline spills. In one incident this spring, millions of litres of tar sands crude and diluent spilled into the territory of the Lubicon Cree.
By Steve Nosky, Chief of the Lubicon Cree - May 4, 2011
Little Buffalo community members, including school children, continue to experience nausea, burning eyes and headaches after one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history last Friday by Plains All American leaked nearly 30,000 barrels of oil into Lubicon traditional territory in the Peace Region of Northern Alberta.
CBC News - April 13, 2011
RCMP Const. Desmond Sandboe has received a six-month conditional sentence for beating a prisoner in the Lac La Biche, Alta. detachment in 2009...The nine-year veteran pleaded guilty in November 2010 to violently assaulting prisoner Andrew Clyburn, 33, on Sept. 13, 2009...In his victim's impact statement, Clyburn said he suffers from memory loss and breathing problems since the beating.
By Keith Stewart - March 31, 2011
...[A]s the Canadian tar sands...loom ever larger in the business plans of private oil companies, it looks like the Koch brothers are looking to protect their investments here...And with the Koch brothers preparing to enter the fray, get ready for a whole new bag of dirty tricks in defence of dirty oil.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - CMAQ
This time...the anti-racists were waiting. Little over a dozen...supremacists showed up to show their “pride,” while approximately 200 counter-demonstrators arrived to confront them. Between the two, over a hundred Calgary police officers...were on hand to “keep the peace” as they claimed. In reality they served as protection for the babbling violent rhetoric and Nazi salutes that spewed from the supremacists’ small ranks.
By David J. Climenhaga - rabble.ca
Canada will succeed at whatever it is we are trying to accomplish in Afghanistan. The reason...is this: we were invited...This pearl of wisdom from Laurie Hawn, Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Centre..."We were there at the request of the most legitimate Afghan authority we could find."
CBC News - Feb. 28, 2011
About 250 lung-cancer patients died waiting for surgery and doctors were paid not to talk about it, an Alberta MLA and emergency room doctor alleged Monday..."It has been brought to my attention that due to fierce competition for finite operating time between surgeons, about 1,200 Albertans were on a wait list for lung surgery, 250 died waiting on that list, many with lung cancer..."
CBC News - Feb. 25, 2011
[Justice Robert] Dewar said "sex was in the air" when he spared a man jail time by handing him a two-year conditional sentence last week instead...The man and a friend met [a] 26-year-old woman and her girlfriend earlier that night outside a bar under what Dewar called "inviting circumstances"...The judge pointed out the victim and her friend were dressed in tube tops, no bras, and high heels and noted they were wearing plenty of makeup.
By Joshua Blakeny - February 21, 2011
I was jubilated to be awarded...a prestigious scholarship which has helped to fund my M.A. thesis research, the working title of which is The Origins of the Global War on Terror: Academic Debates and Interpretive Controversies. By Nov. 25, the National Post's editor Jonathan Kay was whipping up vigilantism against my funding calling on "the taxpayers of Alberta" to recognize this gross injustice.
By David J. Climenhaga - February 15, 2011
...[I]t would be richly satisfactory...to take aim in public campaigns at...sources of funding for the right, including tax breaks for those billionaire-financed "think tanks" that are nothing but advertising agencies for the Shock Doctrine...Moreover, it is time to take note of the direct subsidies to extreme right-wing propaganda through public universities. The "Calgary School," for example.
By David J. Climenhaga - February 9, 2011
...[S]ince virtually all of the [Canadian Taxpayers Federation's] positions are boilerplate reflections of the corporate low-tax, anti-worker, high-privatization, anti-democratic agenda, the organization carries with it a strong whiff of the chemical odour of AstroTurf..."AstroTurfing"...is the establishment of groups that really represent commercial or political special interests while pretending to represent "grassroots" citizens.
By The Canadian Press - 7/12/2010
A 20-year-old man is alleging he was taken to the outskirts of Winnipeg by city police, threatened with a Taser and then mocked as they made him run away...Evan Maud tells the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network that the experience was terrifying.
December 3, 2010 - Media Co-op
I know what Rob Ford is going to be for Toronto. Not just because of the right-wing platform he ran on. But because I have seen it firsthand. See, I am from Winnipeg. We have had a right-wing mayor for six years...I'll show what Rob Ford is going to do to Toronto by showing what Sam Katz has already done to Winnipeg.