Eugenie Bouchard: A Ray of Sunshine in the Cranky Season

People sure are cranky here these days. Maybe it’s because the temperature is well below zero and the wind is whipping it around making it feel even colder. Or perhaps it’s just the January blahs – no money after the holidays and no spring in sight – then again it could be the fact theContinue reading “Eugenie Bouchard: A Ray of Sunshine in the Cranky Season”

Canadian political leaders filmed at multiparty party!

While politicians south of the border seem to be determined never to work together, Canadian political leaders took a moment to film a festive greeting that shows Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the opposition and head of the NDP, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau coming together in what can best be describedContinue reading “Canadian political leaders filmed at multiparty party!”

New York Times calls out Canadian Prime Minister Harper on silencing scientists

Ouch! Saturday’s New York Times carried a scathing editorial regarding the Canadian government’s and, in particular, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attempts to silence scientists. In no uncertain terms the editorial called out Harper on his penchant for making it hard for scientists to communicate information that may not be to his government’s benefit. “Over the last fewContinue reading “New York Times calls out Canadian Prime Minister Harper on silencing scientists”

Stephen Harper should commit Sociology to find root cause for his slip in polls

It’s not just that I majored in Sociology at McGill that I find Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s  recent comment annoying. Harper said, in reference to a comment made by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau about the Boston Marathon bombing, that now is not the time to “commit sociology”. Trudeau, after expressing outrage at the bombings and passing alongContinue reading “Stephen Harper should commit Sociology to find root cause for his slip in polls”

Trudeau takes highroad, Maduro talks to birds; voting results on Sunday

The results of two votes will be made public on Sunday: the Liberal Party of Canada will release the outcome of its leadership vote that has been taking place all week online, while in Venezuela the election to replace the late Hugo Chávez as president will be held. The only thing these two events have in common,Continue reading “Trudeau takes highroad, Maduro talks to birds; voting results on Sunday”

Canada first to withdraw from UN drought convention; not very Christian on Maundy Thursday Mr. Harper

The Government of Canada, under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and by order of Cabinet, has become the first and only country to withdraw from the United Nations convention that studies and fights world drought.  All 194 member nations and the European Union are signatories of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. This decisionContinue reading “Canada first to withdraw from UN drought convention; not very Christian on Maundy Thursday Mr. Harper”

After fifty years Canada’s Purr-liament Hill cats get the axe; hope they get pensions

Now Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have gone too far. Never mind scrapping the gun registry, or cutting back on environmental funding, or even putting an end to prison fundraising for charities. Now we are about to lose, after 50 years, that venerable Parliament Hill institution, the cat sanctuary. According to CTV: Cats were originally usedContinue reading “After fifty years Canada’s Purr-liament Hill cats get the axe; hope they get pensions”

Bingo Bango Bongo Harper wants to leave the Congo

At this weekend’s Francophonie in Kinshasa, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated he had “deep concerns” about the conference being held in the Democratic Republic of Congo given the rebel-held eastern regions of the country. He went on to suggest “I hope in the future the Francophonie and other major organizations will decide to holdContinue reading “Bingo Bango Bongo Harper wants to leave the Congo”