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  1. Mendalla

    2021 Canadian Federal Election Thread

    And we are off to the races! * yawns * Yeah, Trudeau paid his visit to the G-G this morning. So here we go, like it or not. Here's an election thread to discuss parties, platforms, election news, and whatever else we want to...
  2. Mendalla

    RIP John Turner

    He may not have lasted long as PM, but John Turner was a very influential figure in Canadian politics from the sixties through to the nineties. He held various cabinet portfolios under Trudeau, Sr., including Justice and Finance. In the latter role, he was the last finance minister to run a...
  3. Mendalla

    Canadian election this fall?

    Thought I would break this out of the WE thread since more than that is in play here. With the prorogation of Parliament, we are going to have a new throne speech in September. The vote on a throne speech is always a confidence vote meaning this gives the opposition a chance to force an...
  4. Mendalla

    The COVID spending bill

    While I am all for the government doing what it must to ensure that Canadians health, physical and economic, is protected through this crisis, this: Needs to be stopped. Largely unlimited taxation and spending powers...
  5. Mendalla

    2020 Juno Awards are go (?)

    As of tonight, one event that hasn't been cancelled due to COVID is the Juno Awards, being held over this weekend in Saskatoon. Alessia Cara, a successful singer-songwriter from Brampton, Ontario is hosting. CBC is livestreaming most of the events, which may be the safest way to enjoy it even if...
  6. Mendalla

    May stepping down as leader

    13 years as leader, 8 in the House, is enough, I guess. Elizabeth will not be leading the Greens into the next election. They have an interim leader in place and May will remain as house leader (with a caucus of 3) for now. I will miss her but at 65, she's certainly earned her retirement if...
  7. Mendalla

    Canada Votes, 2019

    We're discussing an American election that won't happen until November 2020 and yet ours is only a couple months away. While the writ hasn't dropped yet, the party leaders are already talking about promises, policies and platforms while the chattering classes are talking about polls and...
  8. Mendalla

    Patronage is alive and well in Canada, eh.

    Hot the heels of the patronage scandal involving Dean French, the (now ex-)chief of staff to Ontario premier Doug Ford, there's now one brewing involving New Brunswick federal MP and cabinet minister Dominic Leblanc. Five federal judicial appointments in the province have ties to him, including...
  9. Mendalla

    2019 Canada Day music thread

    It's Canada Day weekend and what better time to celebrate the fine music that has come, and is still coming, from Canadian artists. I'll kick it off with an old classic. I first heard Both Sides Now in Grade 5 or 6 when our school choir sang it during a concert we did at a nearby longterm care...
  10. Mrs.Anteater

    The new Canadian Foodguide

    So finally, it looks like research has caught up and the lobbyist were disregarded. The new Canada’s Food Guide explained: Goodbye four food groups and serving sizes, hello hydration Is anybody surprised by the new Canadian foodguide?
  11. GiancarloZ

    Living in Canada as a foreigner

    My wife is from Québec, and some months ago we were discussing moving to Canada in a few years. In May, though, she's visited her family and decided she wanted to anticipate the moving. So we bought the tickets and moved to Lachute, Québec, on August 23. Things didn't work as planned there and...
  12. J

    How's the Grass?

    How's it going in Canada now that cannabis is legal? How has Canadian culture been changed? Have you used since it was legalized? How's life in the grass?
  13. Mendalla

    One year to go...

    With a year to go until the next federal election, it is shaping up to be a close race between the two usual suspects, the Liberals and the Conservatives. At least in Global's new poll. Scheer is still having image problems, as in he doesn't have one for something like 40% of the population, but...
  14. Mendalla

    Holocaust denial and civil liberties

    Saw this story on CBC and wonder what others think: Canada should help Alberta woman on trial for denying Holocaust: civil liberties group | CBC News On the one hand, Germany is a country that we generally recognize as democratic and having the rule of law, so our government would generally...
  15. Mendalla

    Time to light up!

    Yep, after to'ing and fro'ing between the Commons and the Senate, marijuana legalization has passed. Still needs to be proclaimed and a date set for it to take effect, but that's just a matter of time now. They are estimating September--October so not too far off the Liberals' original deadline...
  16. Mendalla

    The Ontario vote under different voting systems

    I have mixed feelings about changing how votes are counted. I am not happy with single member plurality (the technical name for first past the post). Getting 60% of the seats with only 40% of the vote, as our PCs did, isn't even the biggest problem. Our Liberals were reduced to only 6% of the...
  17. crazyheart


    I have often wondered , in Canada, as well as other places ,only people that have money or backers who have money, can run in elections. Saskatchewan is in the process of having two leadership races and every few days the paper announces who has raised the most money through fundraisers and...
  18. Mendalla

    Mental Health Crisis Line Information

    (from @Justme ) Last week Canada got a national mental health crisis line! There is little being said about it. But when you see people posting numbers please think to reply with the Canadian numbers. Some research suggests that if a person is transferred too many times or gets a number that...
  19. Graeme Decarie

    My blog for today.

    Canada Day Oh, all the news media and politicians will talk about what a glorious country this is. And, I certainly think this is the best country in the world to live in. But this is one hell of a terrible world. For a dose of reality, let's take a look at the career of the much-honoured...
  20. J

    Top 150 Cdn. Songs *Collaborative*

    With our great nation of Canada about to turn 150 years old this year, it's time to celebrate Canadian music. Let's collaboratively put together a list of the top 150 Canadian songs of all time. For a song to qualify, the singer and/or songwriter must be Canadian. Everyone please post your...