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Dean Del Mastro found guilty (may lose seat)

Dean Del Mastro found guilty in election spending case

Former parliamentary secretary to Stephen Harper could lose seat

Oct 31, 2014

A judge has found Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro guilty of spending too much in the 2008 federal election and falsifying a document to cover it up.

Del Mastro now faces the prospect of losing his seat in the House of Commons and possibly being sentenced to up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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In her decision, Judge Lisa Cameron said that in her view, from the timing of the contract and its language, it "is plainly a contract for election services."

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Mulcair and Trudeau on Ottawa shootings and Conservative Terrorism Legislation

Will Mulcair's stance on the Ottawa shooting (that it was not a terrorist attack) and his apparent lack of suuport for any new anti-terrorism legislation persuade people for whom civil liberties are important to support the NDP instead of the Liberals, given that Trudeau called the shooting a terroist attack and seems to support bringing in new legislation to expand the powers of police and intelligence agencies?

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Would a PC party led by Doug Ford reduce the NDP to non-party status in 2018?

If Doug Ford enters the PC leadership he would win.

He retains huge support in North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke.

A fake poll commissioned by Mississauga mayoral candidate Steve Mahoney showed Doug Ford had support in the 30s in the 905 area.

Plus huge support in rural, Northern and Southern Ontario.

The kicker, the Fords retain 25% support from committed NDP voters. Quarter of NDP committed voters supported the Fords over Olivia Chow.

So with all that NDP support with the traditional PC support, does this bode badly for the NDP in 2018?

Andrea Horwath ran on a lite-Ford agenda. But voters rejected that.

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ONDP convention - what is in store?

I thought I would attempt to kick off this topic, since the ONDP convention is only "days" away. Will there be serious challenges to the status quo and the leadership of the party? Will there be meaningfull changes in the way the party conducts itself? And finally, what will be come of the over 300 resolutions proposed by riding associations, regional councils and labour affiliates?

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Need Help Creating a Pamphlet

Hello,

I'd like to start distributing single-page zines/pamphlets/etc. that give a concise and comprehensive list of reasons why – statistically, economicaly, legally, ethically, and so on – people should not vote for Harper in the coming elections. The main difficulty with this is trying to create a document that will actually resonate with the people it's targeted towards, rather than preaching to the choir.

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Women's Forum des femmes 2014

Oct 30, 2014
National Library and Archives
395 Wellington St, Ottawa
Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 25' 11.46" N, 75° 42' 29.0736" W
Ontario CA
This year marks the third annual Women's Forum des femmes. The theme is about fighting for a feminist vision of our lives, our communities and our world.
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Merger of parties, electoral reform, and why labour sometimes supports Liberals

What some labour leaders want to see happen is a merger of the Liberals and NDP. If a formal merger is not in the cards they would rather see the NDP destroyed to the point that it no longer attracts the people it does now.

They are frustrated in having the NDP on their side but without power. They feel that without the NDP the Liberals would effectively be dominated by the progressive forces now in the NDP but in a party able to win consistently. Their problem with the NDP is that if you don't win you are no use no matter how great you sound. Labour is not a loyal soldier they need real policies -- now -- to support their members.

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Turnout Toronto: A City of Mayors

Oct 22, 2014
CSI Annex
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 47.3796" N, 79° 24' 38.9808" W
Ontario CA
For our 5th and final Turnout Toronto before Toronto hits the polls, we thought we'd go back to where it all started and host our biggest one yet at CSI Annex.
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MB Director for right-wing fundamentalist Christian organization acclaimed as PC canadiate in Radisson

James Teitsma was accliamed as the PC candidate for the provincial riding of Radisson. He is the Manitoba board member for a strange right-wing Christian group who's explicit purpose it to "bring a biblical perspective to our civil authorities."

http://arpacanada.ca/about-arpa/about-arpa

The group is against lots of the stuff you would expect - same sex marriage, secular education, abortion and birth control - but also has lots to say about "Aboriginals" and even argues workers' compensation goes against God's word! :http://arpacanada.ca/issuesresearch/laboureconomics/1750-socialized-work...

I sure hope he doesn't win.

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Ontario mayoral races

As fascinating as the Toronto mayoral race is, I wonder if babblers outside of the Big Smoke would like to discuss the municipal election in their neck of the woods.

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United against detentions!

Sep 20, 2014
Various
Canada
CA
Around September 17, we will unite to demand an end to unjust immigration controls, and freedom of movement for all our communities. Join these actions or organize your own!
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The 6th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March

Sep 24, 2016
STARTING AT QUEEN’S PARK AT 1:00PM MARCHING TO 99 GERRARD STREET EAST - VIA BAY STREET Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Ontario CA
We're marching to bring recognition to the struggles and value of disabled people as we fight against ableism and other forms of oppression. Come march with us!
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Visions of centralization, social programs and the fiscal imbalance

I never ask this -- accepting that many people will skip long articles. This may be the most important post I have written all year. Please indulge me in spite of the length and read this.

This post was made necessary by comments from Pondering about visions of centralization.

On the decentralization of NDP and Conservatives vs centralization of Liberals, the fiscal imbalance and social programs.

This is seen differently depending on where you are in the country.

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