Tuesday, 31 July 2012

CBC Poll: Do you think Winnipeg should spend more money on cycling paths and designated cycling lanes?

UPDATE: 


The 5:00 PM local CBC story that inspired this post is now available as an article and video.




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A Winnipeg bike lane.

Image Source: McLeod - The Uniter
Manitoba CBC Poll: Do you think Winnipeg should spend more money on cycling paths and designated cycling lanes? 

Given the gap-filled and grossly underdeveloped nature of our present bike paths, I'd have to say "hell yeah".


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Send teen girl to school for criminals?

Rightwing solution to youth crime?

Image Source: Megamind Wiki
This morning I bought some plain green tea from a Robin's Donuts. In addition to allowing me some time to reflect on where this places me in the ever so pressing Starbucks cultural elite vs middle-middle class Tim Hortons divide, it also gave me the opportunity to pickup a complimentary copy of today's Winnipeg Sun. It's feature story is about the allegedly nonsensical, weak punishment of a girl ... who assaulted a cop!!!! It's also a case study in non-libellous yet grossly misleading headlines.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Prediction on Pallister platform

Image Source: Shenela Tavarayan 

John Dobbin is offering Pallister suggestions on how to appeal to suburban women. Most of his suggestions seem like they were from a Manitoba Liberal (which they were) and are probably anathema to the PC's rightwing conservative base. The only one I could see Pallister adopting is rent decontrol - not in the campaign but during a Premiership.

The Manitoba PCs will certainly try to appeal to suburban women voters next election, but not with bold daycare promises. Rather, I'm expecting platforms filled with pledges to expand some of the province's boutique tax credits in ways that appeal to middle class women. The plans, targeted at middle class suburban women, will leave working poor moms and dads in the cold without daycare spaces. 

Last election we saw the two parties trying to out-boutique each other with tax credits. The credits really don't help poor Manitobans, complicate the tax code, and are much less effective than direct public social investment. But they're good politics, especially for those who want to starve social programs of revenue.    

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Today's NDP: Screwing Manitobans from the Right

Today's NDP, yesterday's red Tories.

Image Source: Blend of Manitoba NDP
and Progressive Conservative Party
Of Canada logos
as obtained from
their respective wikipedia articles.
Point Douglas New Democrat Sel Burrows has an op-ed out in The Winnipeg Free Press. While praising the Manitoba NDP on hydro development, progressive taxation, and the flood, he notes some major policy failures: the embrace of a dumb on crime policy and the persistence of deep poverty in the inner-city. I'd go on to add a litany of other blunders conducted by the blinkered, Doerist NDP.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Begging for Money & Selling Stuff

Since figuring out that blogging isn't exactly a lucrative activity I've decided to add a donate button. I don't expect to get more than a buck or two (at best) off it, but it might garnish me some tea money for next winter.

I've also decided to try my hand at making novelty items via CafePress. Time will tell if it works out at all.



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Today's NDP: Ignoring reproductive healthcare NEEDS

Never again

Image Source
: Dr Dawg

Today's NDP has a less than stellar record on reproductive rights. Perhaps as part of a "don't rock the boat" strategy, womens' reproductive health has been put on the backburner time and time again, with increasingly weird excuses. The ignominious history of the early Doer era on reproductive rights truly is a sight to behold.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

CFIB on Manitoba's "oppressive small business taxes"

In a prior post I mused whether self-proclaimed champion of hard-working blue collar Manitobans and small businesses Brian Pallister was going to bemoan Manitoba's unfair small business corporate tax rate. That tax rate, of course, is zero percent.

Manitoba's ZERO PERCENT small business tax rate.

Constructed by the Analyst based on figures from
Revenue  Canada


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Faking the highroad while taking the low road

There's nothing more annoying and disingenuous than attack ads against generalized "attack ads". And, yes, I'm willing to admit that both the left and right play into this game of idealizing the gentler politics of a bygone era that never existed.




A particularly odious style of "attacking attack ads" is claiming the high ground in a self-righteous campaign against negativity while going negative, something politicians of all stripes seem to favour. It seems that this is what the sole Manitoba PC Leadership candidate is intent on doing.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

If MP Pallister had his way...

... Canada would be more like - though not exactly the same - as this country when it comes to loving couples:




Back in 2006 Brian Pallister backed a motion to reopen the same-sex marriage debate after parliament had voted to grant equal rights for same-sex couples.

 Pallister really seemed to dig in his heels when it came to denying loving couples the right to marry.

Wonder whether he's "evolved" on the issue since deciding to run for the Manitoba PC Party leadership. The Manitoba PC Party, for context, needs to appeal to socially moderate suburban Winnipeggers to form a government.

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Jerk mentality: "I HATE BIKES, ME ENTITLED TO ALL TEH ROAD!!!"

The city of Winnipeg is finally going to close one of the gaps in Winnipeg's haphazard, underdeveloped bike infrastructure. This involves creating new bike infrastructure in what's traditionally a very frightening route for bicyclists: Pembina highway. To quote the Free Press article:

WINNIPEG is set to begin construction on Pembina Highway bike lanes that will connect to the Bishop Grandin greenway.

On Monday, city crews will start the four-month project, which will see buffered bike lanes added to the curb lane between Crescent and Plaza drives. In a statement, city officials said this is the only feasible route to connect two existing active-transportation paths. The properties on the east side of Pembina Highway back onto the river, and west of Pembina is an industrial area where no residential streets connect Chevrier Boulevard to Bishop Grandin.

("Work to begin on Pembina bike lanes". Staff Writer. Winnipeg Free Press. July 20, 2012.)
Some commenters, however, just couldn't stand the thought of bicyclists actually having accessible routes. MAY WINNIPEG BE A CAR-DEPENDENT CITY FOREVER!!!! 

Screenshot of comments section on Winnipeg Free
Press article. 
  Yes, damn bicyclists, don't they know that cars own the road! The funny thing is that this same commenter who's whining about bicyclists slowing him down. If more bicyclists actually have their own infrastructure, which connects them to some off-road bike-only trails, shouldn't that mean less instances of cars stuck behind bikes? After all, the Pembina bike lanes will connect bike-riders to the Bishop Grandin Greenway, which is off the conventional busy roads (i.e. a place without motorists to be blighted by having to drive behind bikes for a few minutes).

Doogie5 makes the most reprehensible comment, suggesting that bike-riders flock to the sidewalk. "Get on the sidewalk" jeering contributes to an already epidemic problem for Winnipeg: sidewalk cyclists. Bike-riding on sidewalks is both illegal and dangerous given that cars don't expect vehicles of bicyclist-speed coming off sidewalks designed for pedestrians. Indeed, surveys of US bike accidents indicate that bicyclists going off sidewalks accounts for most accidents.

An acquaintance of mine who's lived in Toronto noted how much more often he sees bicyclists on sidewalks in this city. The car-dependent, car entitled mentality contributes to this risky and reckless behaviour.

So if you're a bike rider and some jerkass tells you to bike on the sidewalk, ignore him or vocally censure him. This attitude is damn well intolerable and people need to speak out against it.

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Stephen Harper: Spurning the Provinces

Stephen Harper not a leader.

Image constructed using KolourPaint, with Harper
photo from "Stephen Harper's solution" ad.
The Council of the Federation, a meet up of Premiers, is taking place in Halifax from today to July 27. The meeting will include:


  • A working group on healthcare innovation chaired by the Premiers of Saskatchewan and PEI. 
  • A working group on the fiscal effects of changes in federal funding for healthcare chaired by Greg Selinger. 
  • (Possibly) Concerns that Harper's Dumb on Crime legislation will be pricey for the the provinces. 

Monday, 23 July 2012

Stephen Harper: Not a Leader?

Is the stress of managing unelected Conservative
Senators just too much for Stephen Harper?

Image constructed by the Analyst using a screen shot
from "Stephen Harper's solution" ad.

Remember when Stephen Harper's opposition research team came up with the "Not a Leader" line against Stephane Dion? One ad fixated on Stephane Dion's trouble coming to an agreement with Liberals in the Senate over a term limit bill.

The Blundering Berry Street Bikeway

Berry Street Bikeway: Cement on the right bikeway, cement on the left
sidewalk.

Photo taken by The Analyst.
The Assiniboine Avenue Bike Path wasn't the only bikeway funded with quick-to-expire stimulus dollars. The Berry Street Bikeway was also funded that way. The Berry Street bikeway is weirder, though, looking more like a sidewalk than a bikeway.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Brian Pallister: Whose rights will he oppose next?

Sole Manitoba PC Leadership candidate
Brian Pallister. 



He voted against
equal marriage rights for same-sex couples
and delivered a lawyerly speech defending
his position. 

Image Source: Global Winnipeg
The "Progressive" Conservative Party of Manitoba hasn't really been socially progressive in the 21st century. Despite running (and getting their butts kicked) on economic issues, it's not just serving fat cats, trampling over workers' rights, and class warfare against poor Manitobans that attracts people to the PCs. Much of their rural base is motivated by a social conservatism that, while not talked about at PC press conferences in Winnipeg, certainly generates great voter enthusiasm and the massive leads in some Southern rural ridings. This dynamic rears its ugly head from time to time on crucial matters of equal rights.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Brian Pallister: Regressive Conservative

Brian Pallister in the House of Commons.

Image Source:
Retrieved from the CBC,
who obtained it from Fred Chartrand/CanadianPress. 
Manitoba faces great challenges in terms of deep aboriginal poverty in rural (and urban) communities, environmental sustainability, and accessible childcare. Today's NDP has been less than stellar in theres areas. Advocates of social and economic justice, however, should also be concerned about sole PC leadership candidate Brian Pallister given his track record in the House of Commons.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Winnipeg MPs and the Feticide Bill

In a previous post Rod Bruinooge's support of the a feticide law was discussed. It'd be unfair to portray him as one of a small fringe of socially conservative parliamentarians on this issue, though. Stephen Harper himself voted for Bill C-484 (the feticide bill). 93% of Conservative MPs supported the bill, as did a good helping of Liberals. Feticide laws a running amok south of the border, criminalizing the choices of many pregnant women. Which Winnipeg MPs in the 39th parliament voted for this horrible law, which passed second reading and was only killed due to an election call?

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Brian Pallister: Hiring the Master

Tweets from Front Porch Strategies. Front Porch Strategies
consultant Jim Ross was hired by sole Manitoba PC
leadership candidate Brian Pallister.

 Source of images: Creekside



In a previous post I spoke of how Brian Pallister had learned from the masters through his time as an Alliance/CON MP in federal politics. I also commented on how slick his website is. It turns out that Pallister has hired someone who's a real master of rightwing electioneering: Jim Ross.

Monday, 16 July 2012

The War on Women & Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge

Bei Bei Shuai, jailed for over a year in Indiana because
her fetus died after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Indiana has no

 laws against suicide, so she was charged under feticide laws. 


Winnipeg South CON MP Rod Bruinooge voted for
 a feticide law (Bill C-484) in the second session of the
39th parliament in 2008.

Image Source: The Useless Tree
Dr Dawg details a truly despicable case in Indiana, where a woman - Bei Bei Shuai - is being charged with "feticide". An unsuccessful suicide attempt resulted in the fetus's death, so Shuai was arrested and jailed for over a year. Below is a link to an interview a Guardian interview with her.

Brian Pallister slickest NDP foe in a decade

Brian Pallister in the House of Commons as a
CON MP.

Image Source: Retrieved from the CBC,
who obtained it from Fred Chartrand/Canadian
Press. 

Brian Pallister is the most formidable opponent the Manitoba NDP has faced in at least a decade. While having experience as a powerful player in the Filmon cabinet (whose austerity agenda he unapologetically embraces), Pallister also has experience as an Alliance/CON MP. On his slick website the sole PC candidate has a bio highlighting his role in the Alliance takeover of the Federal PCs.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

"I want Bike Score in #Winnipeg"

Well, the Walk Score project is starting to compile "bikeability" scores for various Canadian cities. If one wants a bike score for their city (i.e. one for Winnipeg) then one can tweet "I want Bike Score in #Winnipeg". They have one for Saskatoon, damn it, they should get one for Winnipeg!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Mynarski Minutes

Ross Eadie - the city councillor for the Mynarski ward - has a "Mynarski minutes" video series up. His most recent clip deals with the piss poor state of many back lanes.

 

Now, I recall living near a lane like the number 2 worse lane while in the North End. It was a brute - seemingly unchangeable - fact of life that roads would be pot-hole infested and worn as hell.

Eadie's done a great service by making the concerns of the North End visible to a larger audience via video. In many ways, the neighbourhoods' concerns are invisible due to a combination of less political power (the residents are poorer and voter turnout is low) and geographic segregation. The downtown, while possessing many neighbourhoods with low voter turnout, high poverty, and rampant social problems is at least close enough to well to do areas to warrant considerable media attention.

All in all I wish Eadie luck in empowering this often forgotten part of Winnipeg.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Finally ...attack ads against Harper!

This blog has noted that the Opposition needs aggressive, pre-election year ads out against Harper. Issue-based negative campaigning was defended a little while ago here as well. This is why I'm more than glad to see that the Federal NDP has fashioned an attack had against Harper.



Now, the "lead into the recession" may be a tad misleading - the recession was a global macroeconomic event. However, Harper's inaction and delirious plans in that infamous 2008 fiscal update would've made matters a lot worse had the Opposition not forced his hand into delivering stimulus through the threat of coalition. The half-heartedness of the stimulus has lead to higher unemployment than necessary. Clearly, a portion of the mess is of Harper's own doing.

I wouldn't fixate on the deficit, as deficit-spending may be necessary in times of such weak consumer demand. Still, a big part of the deficit has been caused by Harper's corporate tax breaks, which do nothing to boast consumer demand (even tax cuts for consumers tend not to boast consumer demand as much as direct spending, btw) while draining government of its revenue.

The ad goes on to superbly attack Harper for his class warfare against the poor, particularly his OAS deforms and his E.I. deforms. The E.I. deforms, by forcing overqualified engineers and others into lower level positions, I suspect will displace students and increase teenage and youth unemployment. Entry-level jobs will be filled by people not entry-level at all. In addition to being class warfare, these deforms also constitute a particularly nasty form of intergenerational warfare. Which is all the more reason for the NDP to hammer away at them.

The ads are overall effective and highlight Conservative economic mismanagement. More ads like these are needed to reveal the CONs as the party of tried and untrue trickle down economics and social darwinism.

Pundit to NDP: Tax cuts for fat cats wins votes

According to Mia Rabson, working and middle 
class Canadian prairie voters value tax
cuts for fat cats.

Image Source: The Political Carnival 
Recently I've stumbled across an article by Mia Rabson from February of this year. I was looking for serious - and preferably empirical - work and info on the political dynamics of the prairies. How the hotbed of working class populism became the the Alliance and later CONs back yard and what the future of my region looks like were of high interest to me. The more info I could obtain, the better.

Sadly, Rabson's fluff piece doesn't provide it. Rather, she barrages the readers with a deluge of conventional wisdom, like tax cuts for the rich and powerful being a winning political strategy.

It starts out, of course, less brazenly. 

If there was anything that stood out on the stage at the Pantages Playhouse Sunday during the NDP leadership debate, it was that the party born on the Prairies doesn't have much "prairie-ness" left to offer. 
It is sort of sad that more than half the debate appeared to focus on the fact that the NDP has been virtually shut out from the region that gave birth to it, and how to change that. 
Just one of the nine candidates on the stage was from the Prairies. Out of the 56 seats on the Prairies right now, the NDP has just three. 
The NDP might have been born in Saskatchewan but it hasn't won a seat there since 1999. In Manitoba, the NDP federal caucus has been cut to just two.

("Path to power tough for federal NDP". Mia Rabson. February 27, 2012. Winnipeg Free Press)
It should be noted that despite the much moaned dearth of Federal Dippers in Saskatchewan, the CCF won only a single seat there in the 1958 Federal election  and the NDP had ZERO seats from the 1960 election until the 1968 election. The CCF did well in Saskatchewan in 1953 and 1957, but the trend was downward in the initial years after the NDP formed. Tommy Douglas, when leader of the Federal NDP, couldn't win a Saskatchewan seat so had to serve in the House by winning a seat in British Columbia. The NDP rebounded, but there was quite a bit of variance over the next few decades when it came to NDP seat counts from the Saskatchewan, with some elections showing up to 11 New Democrats from Saskatchewan and others delivering two. The 2004 to present NDP shutout from Saskatchewan has precedent.

The essential story, whether it involves Diefenbaker or the Reform/Alliance/CONS, seems to be that the populist forces of the Canadian Prairies tilt left or right depending on the occasion. Sometimes the prairies turns up mass amounts of leftwing populists, sometimes a mix of left and rightwing populists, and still other times they turn out rightwing populists exclusively. We're witnessing the latter right now.

But zero seats in Saskatchewan does seem like overkill. The NDP must really be alienating Saskatchewanians to get nothing in terms of MPs from the province. Surely, I guess Saskatchewan workers have interests perfectly in-line with rich oil companies and just fear sustainability measures that much. There's another, more accurate, explanation however: poorly drawn districts.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Judy gearing up for a 2014 run?

Judy Wasylycia-Leis, a Winnipeg MP for 13 years, ran against Sam Katz for mayor in 2010. In the 2010 race the country club conservative incumbent mayor, Sam Katz, claimed that Judy Wasylycia-Leis's tax plans could cost poor Winnipeggers their homes.  He did so by sending out robocalls.

Sole PC Leadership candidate embraces the bad ol' days

Manitoba PC Leadership Hopeful, Filmon cabinet minister,
PC MLA, and former Alliance/CON MP Brian Pallister.

Image Source: Winnipeg Metro
Well, I've stumbled across an article from early April in the Winnipeg Sun. It's the result of a Brian Pallister sit-down with the Winnipeg Sun editorial board - because there's no better place for the hard right to get their message out than in that RAG paper.

Brian Pallister is a Manitoba PC Leadership candidate (the only one right now) and has a lengthy political career. He's been a PC MLA and member of Gary Filmon's cabinet  and Alliance/CON MP. He's vowing to lead the PCs from a more hard right position. The Winnipeg Sun, of course, is gushing over the prospect.

In the Sun article he embraces Gary Filmon's demand chocking, job-killing austerity measures and touts himself as a "fiscal conservative". Reflexive fiscal conservatism, btw, usually indicates a rigid failure to accept macroeconomic realities, particularly during recessions.

The 1990s recession was severer and longer in Manitoba than in many other jurisdictions. The reflexive fiscal conservatism of Filmon caused him to cut spending even though government spending was necessary to keep demand afloat because "deficits are bad", regardless of context. This resulted in a pro-cyclical fiscal policy - putting downward pressure (through spending cuts and an expansion of goods taxed by the PST ) on consumer demand while the demand was already plummeting. There's a strong case to be made that this was what made Manitoba's downturn severer & longer than most of Canada.

 If a second dip in the global economy occurs while Pallister's on the watch, watch out Manitoba. It could be the '90s all over again - or worse!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Judge Dredd or Dreadful Judge?

August 15, 2012 note: This post mistakingly implies that Tropak and Larkin were nominees for the judgeship. They weren't. They were nominees for the Federal Advisory Committee for Manitoba, which selects the judge. See more here.

Image Source: Cybersmokeblog.blogspot.com

Well, Vic "with us or with the child pornographers" Toews may be considered for a position on the Manitoba Court of Appeals, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. I hope these are just rumors, because Toews' blatant disregard for the rights of Canadians should make him morally unfit for the House of Commons, let alone the highest court of this great province. 

Sam Katz's record

42nd Mayor of Winnipeg,
and fake populist with a near million
dollar home
, Sam Katz.

Image Source: Wikipedia

I've recently stumbled across an old (Dec. 3, 2010) post that "KJAM" has on The Media Co-op site. It notes similarities to the ideology of then-recently elected TO Mayor Rob Ford and Sam Katz. The similarities in the style of fake populism both country club conservatives employed was also discussed.

Some wondrous features of the 42nd Winnipeg mayoralty detailed includes:

  • The Mayor's distain for public workers. 
  • The Mayor's eagerness to contract out & quasi-privatize city services, notably garbage collection and waste/water management. 
  • The Mayor's inaction on rapid transit.
  • The mean-spirited laws against panhandlers passed under Katz's mayoralty. 
  • The poverty of the city's anti-poverty strategy under Katz's watch. 
  • The less than"fiscally responsible" situation the City's been through under Katz's watch.
I'm not sure about the motivation KJAM assigned to Sam Katz's inaction on Rapid Transit, though. I really do think that, rather than opposing it, Katz is just that incompetent.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Canada's Politics: Pretty damn Dynamic

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Marni "No Fly Zone" Larkin appointed to the CBC board

Well, the linchpin of Winnipeg conservatism, Marni "No Fly Zone" Larkin, was appointed to the CBC's Board of Directors. The Harper Government's Minister of Heritage insists that she's qualified, so I'm sure this is a merit-based decision. If you're sure too then I got some land in Florida I'd like to show you.

But one question remains: Will the U of W be a "no fly zone" for CBC reporters?

Thursday, 5 July 2012

New(er) Poll: What's your mode of transportation?

This is several weeks overdue, but after the ideology poll I've decided to come up with another one to better understand the readership. So, for anyone who's unaware that this poll now up is different, yes - it is. And, yes, I'd like an awesome sample size - though I probably won't get it.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

We did it!

Living flag in front of Legislature, formed
July 1, 2012.

Image from Winnipeg Metro.

Winnipeg beat Langley, BC, Victoria, and Calgary by having the greatest number of people form a flag  on Canada Day.

Well done, eh?!

Uniter News Editor has a blog

The Uniter news assignment editor Ethan Cabel has a new blog out. Division of Power, hosted on Wordpress. Doesn't seem to be updated frequently, with one sole post on Tom Mulcair and the Dutch-Disease controversy from June 9. Worth checking out nonetheless.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Take note

A contentious issue in the 2010 mayoral election was Sam Katz's Veolia deal. The Veolia deal was a Public-Private Partnership (P3) in which the multinational Veolia would help manage two waste-water plants. The details of the Veolia P3 deal were kept secret - from the public and even from councillors!



Monday, 2 July 2012

More Winnipeg seats winnable for the NDP next election

Sub-regional breakdown of an Environics poll.

Image from ThreeHundredEight.com
Various polls about federal voting intentions for the different regions of Canada always lump Manitoba and Saskatchewan together, usually under the label "prairies". Depending on the poll, the CONS might be ahead gigantically, slightly ahead, or in a statistical tie with the NDP. An answer to the question of interest for Manitobans - What's the picture like just in our province? - has been hard to come by.

308 has obtained a "sub-regional  breakdown" from Environics, at last providing answers. Saskatchewan is indeed dark blue country, but the NDP is competitive with the CONS here.

Manitoba federal NDP support, outside of the Northern Churchill riding, is likely concentrated in the city of Winnipeg. This means that a few seats, like Elmwood-Transcona or maybe even Saint Boniface, could swing orange next election. This means that Manitoba, while not seat rich, could be the site of some intense campaigning given it's "battleground" status.

Look forward to leaflets, ads, and photo-ops, because Winnipeggers will be of interest to campaign tacticians.

In Defence of (issue-based) Negative Campaigning

Few things are more popular than bashing attack ads and bemoaning the alleged "increased negativity" of politics on both sides of the 49th parallel. It's been documented again and again that "dirty" campaigning is nothing new in American politics, but does negative campaigning have a long history in Canadian politics? As well, are negative ads justifiable and even beneficial to parliamentary democracy? The answer to these questions is yes, yes, and sometimes yes.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Happy Canada Day!

Living Canadian flag in Winnipeg on July 1, 2011.

Image obtained from the Winnipeg Metro.


It's Canada's 140th birthday today. 140 years ago the "Dominion of Canada" was federated, with Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswich, and Nova Scotia our nation's first provinces.

On July 15, 1870 - after much contention with local inhabitants (including initial armed resistance until the details of the rights of inhabitants were hammered out) - Manitoba joined confederation - as did the Northwest Territories (both were formerly Hudson's Bay Company owned land).

On July 20, 1871 the Province of British Columbia was incorporated into Canada.

On July 1, 1873 Prince Edward Island joined the Dominion of Canada. Despite hosting an important meeting in the process of Canadian confederation in 1864, Charlottetown was a holdover - refusing to join Canada for some time later than it's nearest neighbours.

On September 1, 1905 the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were carved out of the Northwest Territories.

On March 31, 1949 Newfoundland joined Canada.

The Yukon was carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1898, as was Nunavut in 1999.

On August 10, 1960 John Diefenbaker's government passed the Canadian Bill of Rights.

On April 17, 1982 Canada's constitution was brought home with the Constitution Act, 1982. The Act included an extensive Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

In honour of Canada's history, Winnipeggers will gather to form a living flag in front of the legislature (like the one pictured above). Interested parties should make there way down by 9:30 AM, the flag formation will be held from 11:15 AM until 12:00 PM.

The Winnipeg Metro has a summary of other events - picnics, street festivals, musical events, and fireworks.