Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Update on the Caledonia Indian Uprising

Points of accomplishment achieved today by the parties to the Caledonia negotiations.

Be it resolved that the parties hereto agree to the following:

1. Peaceful Resolution

The parties all recognize the need for short and long term resolutions that restore and maintain peace.

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Oh really? Since when is putting up blockades and hindering the police acting in a peaceful fashion? Just wondering.

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Control Freak Harper Shames War Heros

This sounds all too familiar --- aka George W. Bush:

MPs, soldiers' families criticize media ban on return of dead soldiers

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor
Relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan are reacting with dismay to changes by the new Conservative government in the way Canada's war dead are commemorated -- changes made without the input of military families.

Families, military officials, opposition parties and even some Tory MPs criticized a decision to ban journalists from covering a repatriation ceremony for fallen soldiers returning to Canadian soil.

Many are also unhappy that flags on Parliament Hill will no longer be lowered to half-mast when a soldier is killed in the line of duty.
Makes you want to join the military doesn't it? Get yourself killed in action for your country and it turns it's back on you.

Unbelievable hypocrisy! The first thing he did as Prime Minister was to meet the troops in Afghanistan for a photo-op, and now he tries to hide the fact that real Canadians are being maimed and killed over there.

It's called Denial Mr. Harper!

Either stay in the war or get out. BUT do not dishonor our troops!

You can read more of his shameful nonsense at Canada.com.
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Canadian Rock Stars Speak Out Against P2P Lawsuits, DRM

A group of Canadian recording artists including big names like Avril Lavigne, Broken Social Scene, Sum 41 and Barenaked Ladies have formed an industry insider's watchdog group of sorts called the Canadian Music Creators Coalition. Today they released a policy position paper that you can read here or download as a PDF from the CMCC's site.

The purpose of the paper is to give voice to the songwriters and musicians themselves, who they feel "have been squeezed out of the copyright discussions." They are tired of hearing music industry lobbyists and record company legal teams speak on their behalf, so they have taken the matter into their own hands. Probably the most significant tenet within the coalition's philosophy is their take on DRM:

Digital locks, and laws protecting them, are risky and counterproductive. Most Canadian labels do not use digital locks when distributing artists' music. However, some labels, particularly major foreign labels, wish to increase their control over Canadian artists and music consumers. Artists themselves are given little or no choice over the use of digital locks by labels. If given a choice, most artists would rather allow consumers the flexibility to determine how and when they enjoy the music they buy.

They go on to cite the Sony/BMG debacle as an example of how DRM hurts record sales. They also take a stand against all of the lawsuits being filed against P2P file traders, saying that "suing our fans is destructive and hypocritical." At the end of the document, they ask the Canadian labels and the government to work to protect Canadian artists, and to help promote support mechanisms like the Canadian Music Fund.

Bravo for them. You can read more about it at Wired...

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Prime of Brian Mulroney

Who'd have ever thunk it? Sworn enemies Sheila Copps and Stephen Harper applauding Brian Mulroney -- all in the same room!

So apparently Mulroney is our Greenest Prime Minister. I guess they had to find something nice to say about him. Or maybe they were just referring to his better (Irish) half?

Mulroney couldn't resist boring everyone with old Regan Stories and memories of "Irish Eyes are Smiling" humming in our ears. But beneath all the niceitudes it was more like one last kick at the can to rewrite history for Canada's most despised Prime Minister .

A decade or so ago Muldoney considered Harpoon a turncoat fanatic as he led Reform's coo that split the conservative vote and burned Brian in effigy. But today we find a resurrected Harper hailed as the saviour of conservatism and handing him an award, whilst Bri' spoke warm and fuzzy words of affection into the ear of his good old buddy Steve.

My how the times are-a-changing. Is it any wonder why I love (gag) politicians. It's a very good thing for them that Canadian voters have such short memories.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Theyrrrrrrrre Back!

The House opened today and our elected omnipoobahs will start earning their exorbitant pay cheques. Boring speeches laced with self-gratifying rhetoric await us all. 

What’s on everybody’s mind is how long will this government last. With all the interloculatory jockeying, many (like the Edmonton Sun) are predicting it to be short and sweet.  

My bet is less than a year but not any time soon. I don’t believe the Libs will try to take them down without first electing a leader. A mistake right now could cost them a majority conservative government. 

If they’re smart they will let Harper harpoon himself and show his true colors. Then go for the jugular.

Any takers?

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