Look what happens when Canadians unite for a single purpose. Remember this.

I'm feeling a little giddy this morning and I'll be honest, I feel a bit guilty about that. So many of my friends who are NDP party members are devastated today, and understandably so. The federal party was decimated last night in the Liberal sweep across Canada and in that unstoppable tide, several great NDP … Continue reading Look what happens when Canadians unite for a single purpose. Remember this.

“Good morning Laila, My name is Derek and I’m a very rare man.” or ” How left and right politics are fabricated.”

As a writer, I get a lot of interesting emails. In fact, I sometimes imagine putting together a book one day of the  amusing and sometimes, downright odd ones that people send me. Don't get me wrong - 98% are great tips and comments and I love getting them-it's the 2% that raise my eyebrows!) … Continue reading “Good morning Laila, My name is Derek and I’m a very rare man.” or ” How left and right politics are fabricated.”

“The only way to change it, is to vote. People are responsible.” ~ Paul Wellstone

Settled deep into the halcyon days of summer, mid-August triggers a sense of urgency for many Canadians regardless of where you live. Every day is a tick of the clock counting down the coveted days of  a northern summer that for many, is all too short. And while most of us will use every free … Continue reading “The only way to change it, is to vote. People are responsible.” ~ Paul Wellstone

Ottawa, this is BC calling… Come in Ottawa.. this is BC calling – we actually need the Coast Guard here. Do you copy? …….

http://globalnews.ca/news/2011052/second-major-coast-guard-communications-outage-in-three-days/ "For the second time in three days, the communication system for the Coast Guard in Canada’s busiest waterway had an extended malfunction. “There was a loaded tug and barge with 86,000 barrels of diesel and gasoline going through the Port of Vancouver, and was not being given traffic advisers of which shipping he may … Continue reading Ottawa, this is BC calling… Come in Ottawa.. this is BC calling – we actually need the Coast Guard here. Do you copy? …….

“If Leaders fail, the people will lead.”

“People want responsible leadership. On big issues, they are not going to sit in their homes. They will act and press for action.” Kofi Annan It's a hard job being a politician. From the moment you announce you are running until after your career ends, everyone wants a piece of you. Questions, questions and more … Continue reading “If Leaders fail, the people will lead.”

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Overreacting to heinous acts is what the terrorists want.

This week's topic: Does the massacre in Paris justify further expansion of spy powers in Canada? In the days since the terrorist attack in Paris, I’m concerned about how this is all unfolding as I look at the response from the public and those like myself who are paid to share our opinions. One expects … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Overreacting to heinous acts is what the terrorists want.

Spying laws are already tough enough

This week's topic: Is suspicion alone enough reason to allow Canadian law enforcement and security services the right to spy on Canadians? Never would I have thought that anyone could argue that bending democracy was essential to preserving it. But here we are, once again debating the issue of surveillance on Canadian citizens as a … Continue reading Spying laws are already tough enough

This week column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Changes unfairly target non-profits.

This week’s topic: Should proposed new rules be enacted allowing B.C. non-profit societies to be taken to court? Make no mistake, the legislative changes to the Society Act proposed by the B.C. government are not about keeping registered societies accountable and transparent. The changes are yet another assault against the democratic rights of Canadians, and a … Continue reading This week column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Changes unfairly target non-profits.

German Television claims to have leaked CETA document

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-eu-trade-deal-posted-online-on-german-website-1.2735933?cmp=rssNot the full document, but 521 pages of it... will update with more details in a bit once I have had time to properly read it myself, but here is the PDF Format of that document at the original link http://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/ceta-dokument-101.pdf  "Now-emerging details of the pact also show CETA is likely to spark more concern about … Continue reading German Television claims to have leaked CETA document