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Mayor John Tory Calls for End to Carding in Toronto

I was very pleased and relieved yesterday to read this news that Toronto Mayor John Tory is calling for a permanent end of the police practice of stopping innocent people - mostly people of colour - on Toronto streets and extractingShow More Summary

Are 'promiscuous progressives' like me abandoning the Grits to support Mulcair's NDP?

Are 'promiscuous progressives' like me abandoning the Grits to support Mulcair's NDP? For the moment, pollster EKOS says yes.Their latest poll out today shows the NDP on top with 31.3% support, ahead of the governing Cons stuck at 29.2% and the Grits dropping to 23.9%. Show More Summary

Ontario becomes first Canadian province to ban 'conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ children

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, who sponsored the bill. Bravo to Ontario legislators who unanimously passed this private member's bill today at Queen's Park. The landmark law bans so-called “conversion therapy” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...Show More Summary

May the best progressive federal leader win (my vote)

For weeks, like most political junkies in Canada, I've been watching the polls indicate the federal race months out from the October election is turning into a tight three-way race.The latest proof is out today with new four week rolling...Show More Summary

Inside Out Festival's new gay film trend: the Post-Gay Man...

Scene from award-winning short 'Hole' The 25th annual Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival has just wrapped up for another year. Dozens of films were consumed by audiences, many enjoyed, others hated.My favourite: an astonishing short...Show More Summary

Anti-abortion groups actually helping Trudeau

By attacking Justin Trudeau so viciously by distributing repulsive flyers in mailboxes for everyone to see, groups like the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and the Campaign Life Coalition are actually helping the Liberal leader.Why?Because they're reminding the public of one of Trudeau's bolder policy stands. Show More Summary

Hurray! Ireland votes 'Yes' to same-sex marriage

Counting is ongoing, but reportedly both the 'Yes' and 'No' sides in the Irish debate are now declaring the pro-equality side has won the referendum in Ireland to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. What a great result! A great...Show More Summary

My thoughts are with Ireland today...

The Irish are voting in a historic referendum today on marriage equality. I'm mostly Irish by blood, although not by citizenship. And, as you can guess, I'm hoping that it turns out well for those who favour equality.At first, I was surprised that such a vote on minority rights would be put to popular vote. Show More Summary

Progressives look for champion to stop Harper

It's been an interesting few weeks with a perfect storm producing a surprise NDP victory in Alberta. The Alberta NDP win does prove the NDP can win votes from Canadians in surprising places. But we need to dissect the reality a bit further...Show More Summary

Wow! How stupid can Ontario PCs be?

As I listened to the Ontario PC official read out the individual riding results minutes ago, with Patrick Brown winning most ridings (and eventually winning the leadership), I was struck by just out of touch Ontario Tories are with their local communities. Show More Summary

Historic NDP victory in Alberta gets tonnes of reaction!

Last night's historic NDP majority in Alberta was something to behold. Goodbye, Alberta PCs and Jim Prentice! Calling the election when he did will go down as one of the biggest political blunders in recent Canadian history. I have to eat my words about the NDP never being able to win in Alberta. Show More Summary

Canada now has two elected, openly LGBT premiers

PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan With tonight's majority Liberal win in Prince Edward Island, Wade MacLauchlan becomes the second openly gay premier elected in Canada (after Kathleen Wynne in Ontario.)Most celebratory of all is how his sexual orientation seemed to be non-issue in the race. Show More Summary

Monte McNaughton shows his true colours on eve of Ont PC vote

Failed Tory leadership candidate/Lambton-area PC MPP Monte McNaughton hit new lows over the weekend with emailed attacks on his colleague Christine Elliott, who might end up being his political boss after May 9th. McNaughton again flirted...Show More Summary

'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

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