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"…we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Jack Layton’s letter to Canadians, August 20, 2011.

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Parenting may be political but caring is not.

We hold Jack Layton and his loved ones in our thoughts and hearts.

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Parenting is Political election 2011 word cloud.

Parenting is Political election 2011 word cloud.

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What happened to your vote?



Fair Vote Canada (FVC) is a multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform. FVC promotes the use of fair and proportional voting systems for elections of all levels of government and throughout civil society.

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40% votes = 60% seats = 100% power!

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Patricia Pearson’s open letter to Olivia Chow

Open Letter to my MP

On April 18, 2011, In Uncategorized, By Patricia

Dear Olivia Chow,
(Or, campaign staffer who is screening the emails she gets),
Thank you for calling me tonight at home in the riding of Trinity-Spadina to ask if you could count on my volunteer help.
As I said at the time: “No, you may not.” I do apologize if I sounded a little testy, but I was watching a new episode of “Family Guy,” and you guys have already called me approximately 7,000 times, as well as appearing at my door. We’ve talked. You haven’t listened.
I’m angry at the NDP. Why? The system is broken, and you’re not fixing it, and you’re asking me to behave as if it doesn’t matter that you’re not trying to fix it.
By system, I mean that a vote for you translates, once again, into a vote for Stephen Harper, the most odious and manipulative politician I have ever seen operate in Canada.
You know this, that he’s relying on a split centre-left vote, and yet you’re not offering any solution. On the contrary, the NDP is bolstering Harper’s credibility by going after the Liberals. Tripping up Ignatieff every which way, whenever you can find dirt, or suitable rhetoric.
You are putting ego, and traditional party ideology, ahead of the good of our nation. You know that you can’t win as a party, yet you are ensuring that the Liberals cannot win either. Even though you surely know that a Harper majority would spell disaster for everything that you – and I – hold dear.
Let me be clear. Harper is not a folksy man who may disagree with other parties, but is willing to compromise. You know that. My grandfather, Lester B. Pearson, was actually that kind of man. He held a minority government, but his skill at negotiation and pragmatic collaboration enabled the country to realize huge and lasting benefits from his brief tenure in office. Our flag. Our healthcare system. Global peacekeeping. Great, optimistic initiatives that continue to bear fruit nearly fifty years later.
Harper is the chilling opposite of my grandfather. He has no vision for a compassionate and caring society based on deep respect for democracy. He would rather fling university students out of rallies and muzzle scientists and silence journalists than lose a single vote. Why? Because he’ll stop at nothing to win a majority that will enable him to roll out a radical, right-wing Christian agenda that very few Canadians buy into, and even fewer appear to be aware of.
He has figured out how to pitch himself into power with safe, controlled messaging so that he can gain “the mandate” to wreak havoc on Canadian values.
A stacked Senate.
A (soon-to-be) stacked Supreme Court.
A silenced civil service.
A discredited media.
A systematically de-funded system of governmental opposition. Good bye Human Rights Commissions, and women’s agencies, and immigrant groups.
This couldn’t be more calculated if it were fascism.
The Governor of Wisconsin was recently ‘punked’ by a journalist pretending to be one of the billionaire Koch brothers, giving him telephone advice on how to handle dissent against his union-busting measures. You don’t think Harper’s not getting similar advice?
Stop being naïve.
We are in a new century, where global corporations are accumulating massive amounts of power and are underwriting “grassroots” movements for Manchurian ends.
If you want me to volunteer for Olivia, give me a reason that takes all of the above factors into account.


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TED Talks Local politics — schools, zoning, council elections — hit us where we live. So why don’t more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.

He explains why he believes that “…people do care but that we live in a world that actively discourages engagement by constantly putting obstacles and barriers in our way” and that apathy is ‘“a complex web of cultural barriers that reinforces disengagement”.

Dave Meslin addresses Apathy in this TED talk from Toronto.

Against all the obstacles - VOTE!

On May 3, 2011 we keep working to improve the system for everyone!

http://meslin.wordpress.com/

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From Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

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Vote to Make Poverty History

So many reasons to vote, if you’re lucky enough to be able to. Did you know that 1 million children live in poverty in Canada - that’s 1 out of 9 kids! I keep asking myself, what if mine was one of them? Vote for change!

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