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Parliamentarian of the Year

Saturday, 05 Jun 2010 - The Macleans award of Parliamentarian of the Year to John Baird has done more than raise eyebrows.  It has caused widespread incredulity. So what happened? Ottawa scuttlebutt is that the vote was...

When is a moratorium not a moratorium?

Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 - June 2nd’s Times Colonist broke the news that Enbridge claims both the federal and BC government have assured them that “there is no legislated moratorium on oil tankers entering BC ports.” Enbridge...

That Canadian journalist wounded in Thailand

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 - That’s what passes the newswires in the rest of Canada.  The injury is mentioned. Nationality.  Little in the way of details. Here in southern Vancouver Island where Chandler Vandergrift was studying...

Spill! Baby, Spill

Thursday, 13 May 2010 - I mistakenly thought I had mused about the potential for Sarah Palin experiencing guilt in a recent blog.  In fact, I had written that for a local, and quite terrific, paper called "Island Tides." ...

Chutzpah

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 - The new global chutzpah award should go to Sarah Palin.  (If there were such an award.  I will translate the Yiddish word “Chutzpah” as an “amazing, stunning amount of gall,” and await a correction...

Decorum in the House

Friday, 30 Apr 2010 - Further to my last blog, I want to share an effort to improve the behaviour in the House moved by none-other than Michael Chong, whom I mentioned favourably in my last blog, and jointly seconded by...

Culture Wars

Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 - Parliament is not a happy place.  If anything, it has gotten worse since when I wrote Losing Confidence.  This week I have been in Ottawa, for the Speaker’s ruling and other events.  Going to...

Investigations

Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 - While reporters scratch their heads and keep digging to unravel the mystery of why the Prime Minister called the RCMP on his former minister for the Status of Women, they seem so obsessed that other...

Scientists at East Anglia vindicated by U.K. House of Commons

Sunday, 04 Apr 2010 - After months of having allegations of fraudulent behaviour trumpeted in the media (huge spread in the Globe and Mail, and Margaret Wente erroneously claiming the emails were “leaked”, similar...

Budget as Bulldozer: Take two

Thursday, 01 Apr 2010 - Last year, I wrote a blog with this title.  I was shocked to find the 2009 Budget Implementation Bill was being used to gut the Navigable Water Protection Act (NWPA).  The NWPA had been cornerstone...