Showing posts from February 1, 2017

US street art celebrates common bonds as Trump enters the White House

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[Feeling the need to add some positive vibes to the news these days! "We thought it was the right time to make a campaign that’s about diversity and inclusion, about people seeing the common bonds we have" *RON*]

Lucy Purdy, Positive News, 17 January 2017

Striking political art campaign aims to spark conversations about American values in the week Donald Trump will become president

Eight years ago, his red and blue ‘Hope’ poster came to symbolise Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Now, as Donald Trump prepares to be inaugurated as US president, Shepard Fairey is among those featured in a street art campaign to ‘reclaim American identity and values from a rising tide of hate and fear’.

Fatigued by the News? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet

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[Media and mental health. Is the news today just too much? Is it causing something like low-grade permanent stress disorder? *RON*]

Christopher Mele, New York Times, 1 February 2017
A cartoon circulating on social media captures the mood of many viewers and readers trying to cope with the current barrage of breaking news.

The cartoon, by David Sipress, shows a couple walking together, with the woman saying, “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”

Love Over Fear: Rally against Islamophobia

A rally will be held at the Jack Poole Plaza, 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver. Saturday 4 February 2017 at 6:30-9:00 pm.

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Ours Can Be The Political Generation That Silences Intolerance

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["We cannot allow indifference or silence to normalize the language of intolerance in political discourse." See also: Your Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough, Canada. Not This Time. *RON*]
Erin O'Toole, CPC Leadership Candidate, Huffington Post, 31 January 2017

Not long after I was elected to Parliament, I attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque acknowledging the internment of Ukrainian Canadians during the First World War. Despite coming to Canada to help build our country, they were considered to be "enemy aliens" and thousands were interned in camps across the country.

Just before the war, a ship had sailed into harbour in Vancouver with hundreds of passengers seeking a new life in Canada. Despite the fact that the primarily Sikh passengers were all British subjects, the Komagata Maru was turned away and its passengers had to make the long journey home to face imprisonment and even death.

For a mild-mannered guy, Stephen Khan's farewell to the PC leadership race was remarkably blunt

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[Add this to the Quebec shootings and you see the start of an ominous upsurge of Trump-style hate-mongering in Canada. This must be nipped in the bud! *RON*]
David J. Climenhaga,, 1 February 2017

What's remarkable about Stephen Khan's farewell to the Progressive Conservative leadership race -- and almost certainly from the Progressive Conservative Party as well -- is the passion of his fierce critique of both the state of the party and fellow candidate Jason Kenney.

Khan is a Progressive Conservative and there will be no Progressive Conservative Party if Kenney wins the leadership race, he told me bluntly yesterday. "He has been clear. He doesn't want to be the leader of the PC Party. He wants to form a 'unity' party."

'I have as much interest in joining the Wildrose 2.0 Party as you do."

Trans Mountain Pipeline Approval 'Tainted' By Political Donations: Petition

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! BC Liberals received a half million from the companies involved. *RON*]
Geordan Omand, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 1 February 2017
VANCOUVER — A decision by the government of British Columbia to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline is "tainted'' because of a conflict of interest that saw the premier and her political party receive more than $500,000 from the project's proponents, a court petition alleges.

Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network filed legal documents Tuesday asking the B.C. Supreme Court to overturn an environmental assessment certificate granted earlier this year for Kinder Morgan's $6.8-billion oil pipeline project.

The petition is the latest in a string of legal challenges aimed at blocking construction of the pipeline between the Edmonton area and Burnaby, B.C. The expansion would nearly triple the line's capacity and increase tanker traffic sevenfold along B.C.'s southern coast…