Blog Profile / Queer-Liberal

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'A Sinner in Mecca' impresses at Hot Docs Toronto festival

Thousands of Muslims circling the Kaaba in Mecca, as seen in 'A Sinner in Mecca' I attended the world premiere last night of director Parvez Sharma's controversial new documentary 'A Sinner in Mecca.' It played at Toronto's Hot DocsShow More Summary

Could Rachel Notley's NDP be heading to shocking win in Alberta?

I watched last night's superb debate between Alberta provincial leaders. Yes, Alberta politics has become spell-binding for political junkies this election. Yes, NDP Leader Rachel Notley was amazing and PC Premier Jim Prentice didn't...Show More Summary

Edward Snowden, Bill C-51 and the scary growth of government surveillance

I recently watched the chilling, superb documentary Citizenfour by director Laura Poitras. The film, which won the Best Documentary Feature award at this year's Academy Awards, chronicles in detail the 2013 interviews by Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill with Edward Snowden, the infamous whistle blower. Show More Summary

Michael Coren is my new hero

I really like the new Michael Coren, who's undergone a mellowing that looks very good on him.Watching him debate the horrible Charles McVety in this Power & Politics debate this week on Ontario's new school curriculum was immensely enjoyable. So I'm happy to post it here:

Sorry, religious conservatives, Canada is a secular country

I'm immensely pleased with this Supreme Court ruling yesterday. It has struck me as wrong for decades that we continue to recite Christian prayers at public council and legislative meetings in this diverse and secular country.Chantal Hebert nicely sums up the issues in her column here. Show More Summary

I hope local, longtime Liberal Marco Mendicino wins Eglinton-Lawrence Liberal nomination over Eve Adams

Sorry, federal Liberals and Trudeau inner circle members, sorry Tom Allison and others, this idea to let Eve Adams run for the nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence was a huge mistake. She's a bad fit in a riding that is ripe for the taking. Show More Summary

Conservatives in Ontario and Alberta go topsy turvy...

With yesterday's dropout by Monte McNaughton, the Ontario PC leadership race is down to just two: mainstream Tory Christine Elliott, who has represented the provincial riding of Whitby-Ajax since 2006, and the vaguely social conservative Patrick Brown, who has been the federal MP for Barrie since 2006.I'm glad to see the underwhelming McNaughton go. Show More Summary

Religion is a drug best served with moderation and skepticism...

On this Good Friday, when all North Americans (and many others in the West) get a statutory day off - a privilege not extended to any other faiths, yet some Christians still say they feel like victims of unfair treatment - I'm reflective...Show More Summary

Patrick Brown urges ‘greater market access’ for

On all levels, this is wrong. The CEO of a major news media organization, like Paul Godfrey, who runs Postmedia Network Inc. which includes the National Post, should not be endorsing political leadership candidates or parties. This is...Show More Summary

Trans Day of Visibility!

On this 'Trans Day of Visibility,' I give you Laverne Cox. And a link to this nice story about Yasir Naqvi and Cheri DiNovo working together to fight federal Tory anti-trans shenanigans.

Stephen Harper is a deeply immoral and dangerous man

After watching this sobering, fascinating interview with famed political philosopher Charles Taylor on yesterday's Power & Politics, I'm more convinced than ever that my headline is true.Taylor was commenting on Stephen Harper's recent...Show More Summary

Conservative yuck factor goes up...

PM Harper, another Tory and evolution-hater MP James Lunney. Yuck and yuck and yuck. It seems the thinly-veiled, socially conservative extremist face of the Conservative movement in this country is showing itself more honestly lately.Smart politics? Nope. Show More Summary

Tory Plett's bullying of trans people continues in Ottawa

Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day in Canada, a day to stand up against bullying.But in Ottawa, where Tories act like bullies most of the time, attacking anyone who can't fight back easily, they ignored the day and continued their old tricks. Show More Summary

Tory leadership candidate caught catering to homophobia during sex-ed curriculum debate

A few hundred social conservatives reportedly gathered outside the Ontario legislature Tuesday to protest the province's revised sex-education curriculum, claiming ignorance is a virtue when it comes to their kids' health and knowledge of their own bodies, I guess. Show More Summary

'Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine' opens in Toronto

Director Michele Josue, father Dennis Shepard and mother Judy Shepardaddress crowd at gala event in Toronto last night. I attended the gala screening last night of the documentary feature 'Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine' by director...Show More Summary

OPEN LETTER to Senator Don Plett re: Bill C-279, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Gender Identity)

OPEN LETTER to Senator Don Plett, I understand from this Hill Times article that you are planning to introduce amendments in the Canadian Senate to this democratically-passed private member's bill, Bill C-279, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Gender Identity). Show More Summary

Unelected Conservative senators threaten to kill democratically-passed Trans Rights Bill

Due to parliamentary rules that few Canadians understand, the Senate is threatening to kill an NDP MP’s democratically-passed Transgender Rights private member’s bill when it’s amended in the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee next week. Show More Summary

Ontario PCs now must choose between moderate mainstream or Tea Party takeover

Tea Party Ontario PC leadership candidate Monte McNaughton I love Kathleen Wynne dearly and greatly appreciate her style of leadership. I find that I agree with her on most issues. I think she brings a smart balance between pragmatism and progressive politics and has the listening and consensus-building skills that make her a great leader. Show More Summary

Feature film 'Tru Love' a delight

I want to give a quick shout-out for a feature film I saw last weekend: 'Tru Love,' by co-directors Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, which is playing for a second week until Feb 5th at Toronto's Carlton Cinema.Like most queer Canadian indie flicks, this delightful lesbian romance was shot on a small budget by some very talented people. Show More Summary

Harper Government spent $7 million of your tax dollars to attack Justin Trudeau's position on marijuana

In yet another disgusting abuse of power and waste of taxpayers' hard-earned dollars by Stephen Harper and his government, it's now been confirmed that a laughable "Health Canada" ad campaign last fall - which featured dubious claims about non-existent science and a lot of misinformation - cost we taxpayers $7 million. Show More Summary

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