2015 Election: Quebec holds, Ontario rises for Liberals says Abacus poll

On guardHat tip to BigCityLibfor pointing the way to the latest Abacus poll.The devil is in the regional breakdown, because national poll numbers are relatively useless in Canada.There are 4 big battlegrounds, with only 3 really in contention:the prairies are... Read More

Fear Mongering A Bust For CPC

Or at if its moved the dial at all in the latest Abacus poll its been in the wrong direction; the LPC is a wee bit ahead in this one.  I’m not entirely surprised.  People might agree with the government... Read More

Opposition leaks Foreign Affairs memo to Citizen’s Berthiaume who then misleads what memo states

A perfect example how giving any government internal information will be immediately used by the opposition parties and Media Party to attack the Conservatives was this piece by Ottawa Citizen’s Lee Berthiaume: Canadian diplomats have quietly warned members of Parliament... Read More

The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and... Read More

Ontario’s Ombudsman is a disgrace

Here’s yet more evidence, from Tom Adams. My recent experience, here. This man is out of control. Facing serial human rights complaints. Buying a $2,000 flat screen TV for his “home office” with taxpayer dollars – and expensing body wash... Read More

Harm, self-harm and depression

Quote: Investigators are focusing on whether a “personal life crisis” led a Germanwings pilot to intentionally crash a plane into the French Alps on Tuesday, Bild Zeitung reported, citing unidentified security officials. Authorities are trying to determine whether Andreas Lubitz’s... Read More

Co-pilot sabotages Flight 9525: what to do to about it?

One of the solutions that the authorities seized upon after 9/11 was to barricade the pilots into the cockpit. The thinking was, even if the hijackers manage to take over the passenger compartment of an airliner they still can’t control... Read More

New Themes: Saga and Satellite

Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography... Read More

ISIS: I am confused, as usual

How does bombing targets in Syria, without asking Syria for permission, and continuing to condemn Syria, make us an ally of Syria? #cdnpoIi — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 26, 2015 Opposing the Obama-led international coalition for whatever reason is one... Read More

PM Harper stands alone but is on the right side of the ISIS-Syria debate

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his Government plans to table a motion in the House of Commons favouring an extension and expansion of Canada’s contribution to Operation IMPACT, the U.S.-led Coalition against the so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq... Read More

Why the Mike Duffy trial/scandal/whatever won’t topple the government, with bonus ALL CAPS

You all know my views on scandal stuff, but you also know I am a digitized, Internet-based broken record, and possibly not even a person.  To wit: scandal-mongering DOESN’T WORK. Cole’s Notes version as to why: The media/politico chattering class... Read More

CP’s Jennifer Ditchburn omits mentioning CTV’s Don Martin agreed to ban CRTC chairman from TV show

In a bombshell of a story broke by the Globe and Mail’s James Bradshaw who exposes his ultimate boss, Bell Media’s Kevin Krull for sending out an order to CTV News president Wendy Freeman demanding the chair of the CRTC... Read More

Political correctness has important Christian issues being stifled while minor Muslim issues get undue attention

Brian Lilley:There’s been lots of talk about religious freedom, but it’s all about one issue: the niqab and whether Muslim women can wear one during citizenship ceremonies. ... Read More

Bell Media censors the news

Ezra Levant:After the CRTC’s recent “pick and pay” decision, Bell Media CEO Kevin Crull reportedly tried to ban CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais from appearing on CTV News to talk about it. ... Read More

Press Publish Livestream

Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th,... Read More

Fisk On Harper

It’s articles like this one that make you wonder if the Canadian media is telling you everything you need to know. (Seriously though, that’s plainly obvious.) If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalising ‘barbaric cultural practices’, then he should arrest... Read More

You’re Not Helping

I am conflicted re Bill C51.  Michael Geist is a pretty smart guy; the information sharing provisions do seem overly broad.  But since the Snowden revelations never impressed me (its all meta-stuff about spies spying), I sometimes find myself wondering... Read More

New Rule

I propose a new rule: if a government passes a law that is overturned by the courts for blatantly violating the constitution the costs of promulgating and defending that law should be paid out of the governing party’s coffers. Why... Read More

Hillary Clinton and the perils of inevitability

To those who say that it is inevitable that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party nominee, I have a two word rebuttal: Paul Martin. My American readers will respond, who? My Canadian readers will immediately know what I am... Read More

The key sentence in the Competition Bureau decision on Sun-Postmedia acquisition/merger

Right here: “The Bureau also took into consideration the dynamic nature of media markets and the challenges faced by traditional media in adapting to an increasingly digital world.” Shorter version: newspapers need all the help they can get, and we... Read More