Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wingnut sickos carpet bomb Winnipeg with disgusting flyers

Image Source: Wonkette
A group of Fetus Fetishists with an infamous history is at it again. The group, billing itself the "Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform", took to sending out flyers throughout Winnipeg with disgusting images of fetuses in early August.

10,000 of these flyers were sent to Winnipeg through Canada Post mail delivery. Deceptively labelled "important election information", at least one Winnipegger opened it up - expecting information on where to vote - only to be taken aback by the disgusting shock value of the flyer photos.

But mass mailings weren't the only way these sicko flyers were distributed throughout our great city.A local group strongly opposed to reproductive choice, Winnipeg Against Abortion, decided to hand deliver 6,000 flyers to homes across the Winnipeg South Centre riding. This riding was one where the Conservative candidate, Joyce Bateman, very narrowly won over her nearest competitor and the flyers were in response to Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's new party line on reproductive choice.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Quack remedies, economic blood letting & smears from Manitoba Forward director

Top: 2.6 million more Greek children entered
poverty following the recession, according
to 2014 Unicef report. 

Bottom: Dave Shorr full of suggestions
for helping Greek kids.

Image Source: (top)

Image Source: Dave Shorr (bottom)

Dave Shorr is best known for his stint as communications assistant to the Manitoba Liberals' ex-leader Jon Gerrard. In that role Shorr honorably served, taking a clearly anti-smoking line from Manitoba NDP MLA Jennifer Howard and twisting it into "seemingly endorsing smoking as a family tradition".
Here’s what Shorr wrote to me, with selected — and selective — quotes from Hansard:
 Shorr: A day after Nancy Allan sent her deputy minister to a high school in Steinbach, to close a shack for teenaged smokers,  Jennifer Howard is reminded of her comments from a house debate in 2008 seemingly endorsing smoking as a family tradition.


 Shorr again: Howard’s views are at odds with Allan’s efforts (to) reduce teen smoking in Manitoba high schools. Since the NDP have taken power, Manitoba has the highest rates in Canada for teen smoking.

 Shorr: Perhaps most shocking of all is that she seems to be remiss that young adults will never get to  experience smoking in bars.


 Mr. Shorr, do you think me such an idiot that I would print this without reading Hansard and putting this in context? [emphasis added]


Let’s see what else Howard had to say in that debate, this time after reading her entire speech. I haven’t quoted it all here, I’ve been selective too. You can read the whole thing here.
 Howard, on May 13, 2008: "I would like to talk for a moment about some of the things that we have done and how I think those things have been successful. Certainly, one of those is the ban on smoking in public places. I think it’s hard to overestimate what a tremendous change in culture that has been.
 "When I speak now to friends of mine who have kids who are turning 18 and starting to go out to bars for the first time, it strikes me that this generation will never know a smoke-filled bar; that will never be part of their experience. I think that is a tremendously positive change in the culture."
 Oh, that’s a little different, isn’t it?
"Gerrard's spin doctor blows smoke" Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press (January 20, 2011)

 The former Liberal staffer went on to greater things, such as executive directorship of the rightwing lobby group Manitoba Forward. As director Shorr stated Manitoba Forward would bring forth "smart policy solutions". A big part of "smart policy solutions" for the lobby group is enacting stark, hard right economic reforms. So the gentleman and scholar that is Mr. Shorr must have much to say about one of the most high stakes economic case studies in the news: the Greek Crisis.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Go Vote 2015

Note: Sorry about missing last Tuesday. I find a post out each Tuesday is a lot easier said than done. I'll try to keep the self-imposed deadline for future weeks as best as practicable.

Image Source: Twitter/Steve Ashton
At the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre on May 12, 2015 a Public Forum on Democracy was held in Winnipeg's working class North End. The forum speakers highlighted the excesses of the Harper MisGovernment and how to fight it. Central to their message was the importance of voting.

The forum was organized by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Winnipeg born and raised activist Brigette DePape, of "rebel page"  fame or infamy (depending on your circle) moderated the forum.

 The overarching message was that voting matters and that groups of people need to be mobilized to vote, particularly low voting groups such as the youth, the indigenous and those with low incomes. This is a belief I have long held, noting the low voting of indigenous peoples in Canadian elections and how social inequality affected the municipal election here. In short, when social inequality maps onto voter turnout inequality you get the underprivileged underrepresented.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Clear danger of Energy East to Winnipeg

Image Source: Environmental Defence Canada

In mid April I went to a panel talk organized by the Council of Canadians and the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition on the proposed energy East Pipeline. In a talk featuring strong indigenous perspectives and highlighting the the clear and present danger of Energy East to livelihoods and our City's water supply. A discussion of another pipeline - the Keystone XL - and its opposition in Nebraska was supplied by a rancher from the state.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hilariously ironic Harpocrisy from 2013

Image Source: The Hamilton Spectator
Note: Late in the day, but part of a new commitment to have a new post out every Tuesday.

Amid the height of the first wave of the Senate Scandal in 2013 Stephen Harper took to the Conservative Party faithful to bash "elites". In a speech dripping with hypocrisy Stephen Harper wagged his finger at the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Liberals for his inability to get his own Senators to clean up the joint.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Da EVUL BIKE LOBBY ... and it's nonexistent power

Image Source: Chaos Cycling Club Forum
A local public access demagogue on the Right has taken to hysterical ravings about the "bike lobby" and all their evil plans. Their main, if we can stretch the word, "evidence" for this oh-so-powerful cabal is that in 2010 a bunch of bike infrastructure projects were pushed through. These were done quickly because the Federal stimulus grants they depended on expired quickly.

These Federal grants, just so you know, came out during the Harper Government, which for all intents and purposes could give zero fucks about a small, municipally specific lobby in a mid-size prairie city.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

"Kinda pathetic" kinda totally right

Are you with us or are you with the TERRORISTS?!!

The mature reasoning like that
kind Elmwood-Transcona MP Lawrence
Toet would us.

Image Source
: Youtube
Seemed like there was quite a bit of March madness coming from the Conservative Party this year. Harper CON MP John Williamson made a comment about "brown people" and "whities" at the nexus of wingnuttery that is the Manning Centre Conference. Fellow Conservative MP Larry Miller told prospective Muslim immigrants to "stay the hell where you came from" if you want to wear niqabs at citizenship ceremonies.

Manitoba, unfortunately, was not free from this lunacy.

 With the farce that is Vic Toews gone from Federal politics other Manitoba MPs have had to step up their game. My own representative of Lawrence Toet seems a prime candidate for the next Toews.

Defending Bill C-51- a civil liberties crushing bill that would inspire mass protest across Canada (including here) - with the following push polling flyer:

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Lowlights of the 2015 Manning Centre Conference

Boy, this year has been crazy - too busy for super frequent blog posting (that and my twitter account has sorta cannibalized a lot of my would-be blog content). I'm still working on some drafts for the blog that should be interesting but as an inaugural post for 2015 I thought I'd lazily share a good mashup of some of the low lights of the 2015 Manning Centre Conference, courtesy of the fine folks from at Truth Mashup.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Comment System ... bunch of old comments dead

Update: Got old comments back - uncertain of how well it'll work. 
Lest there be another Comment-Gate I'd like to clarify that I switched the commenting system over at The Winnipeg RAG Review from blogger's default system to Livefyre. Unfortunately, it seems that I had to kill a bunch of old comments to do so. Hopefully, it works out in the end.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Harper MisGovernment's sick priorities

Is this how much Prime Minister Harper cares about
the safety of Canadians?

Image obtained from West Coast Native News
The Harper MisGovernment has fought a long battle to destroy indigenous lands with pipelines, showing desperation for US approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Stephen Harper's lackey, Jason Kenney, has gone so far as to opine about US public opinion polls on Keystone to get the dirty - and perhaps bloody - oil project through.

As a unique study in priorities, one should note this same Harper MisGovernment often implies that we have scarce public money. As a response to this the Fabian Neo-Conservative agenda of Harper includes cuts to many basic public services, like transport safety: