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HERES WHAT WENT DOWN TODAY IN THE CANADIAN PARLIAMENT

allthecanadianpolitics:

until-i-find-you:

Warning: the following may be too badass for you to handle.

Today the Conservatives filed out of the House of Commons in Ottawa early. The NDP followed. Moments later, all the NDP MPs came back into the house and took their seats. They had realized that, with time still on the parliamentary clock and no Conservatives in attendance, they had a very rare majority. In Canada, the conservatives have a majority-controlled house. What followed knocked my socks off. We have a big problem in Canada. Aboriginal women and children have been disappearing for decades from their communities. Sometimes the bodies are found, but often times they’re simply forgotten by everyone but their family and the aboriginal communities. This is a growing problem all across Canada, with the numbers of missing or murdered aboriginal women becoming more and more alarming. The police won’t do anything. The government, despite the pressure that’s been put on them by the NDP, won’t do anything or even talk about the issue. So with a sudden majority in the house and no Conservatives there to mess things up or heckle too loudly for us to be heard, the NDP forced the debate on the Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Women of Canada. It was a stunning moment, made even more so by the fact that the Opposition (NDP) had to literally trick the government to get the issue to the floor. I’m amazed. What a moment. Well done, especially to Mr. Romeo Saganash and Mr. Tom Mulcair. Bravo, New Democrat MPs. Jack would be so proud. To see a video of the incredibly emotional moment in the house, see my blog, I just posted a link.

One correction. The majority of the conservative MP’s had left the house but there were a small number still in attendance. But definitely less than the full NDP caucus which is why they were able to force the debate.

What an amazing moment.

Anyone who hasn’t seen it needs to read the speech and watch the video of Mr Romeo Saganash's appeal for justice.

entelechyengine

dynastylnoire:

albinwonderland:

allthecanadianpolitics:

Aboriginal women ask Stephen Harper: Am I next?

Am I next?

That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.

Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.

"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after  launching the Am I Next campaign.

"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.

After organizing one of the largest petitions at change.org calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.

It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.

Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:

This is what comes to mind when people try to tell me there is no (or less) racism in Canada. Hundreds of aboriginal and First Nations women are missing, abused, and murdered, and our country and GOVERNMENT doesn’t care. It doesn’t. Indigenous women don’t matter to our government and it’s horrifying.  Please click some of the above mentioned links and learn about these women and this campaign. 

boooooooooooooooooooost

If you’ve ever bought into the whole ‘Canada is an accepting nation who loves and welcomes everyone melting pot’ propaganda that they teach us in grade school and onward, you should be outraged and disgusted by our government’s constant dismissal and neglect of our First Nations people, as well as the general apathy (and sometimes outright vitriol) of the average Canadian when confronted with gigantic problems like this one.

I don’t know if reblogging this will make a difference one way or another, but not reblogging it does potentially less than reblogging it will. Reblogging is the bare minimum you can do—give this visibility. Reblog this, please.

In which Cory talks in his sleep.

  • Cory: *grumble grumble*
  • Me: What? Is my phone too bright?
  • Cory: Plaining! *snickers*
  • Me: ...what?
  • Cory: Plaining.
  • Me: oh, okay. You're spouting off complete non-sequiturs in your sleep. Gotcha.
  • Cory: It's not a non-sequitur, Plaining is the process of flattening the outside of an object. It's what needs to happen to that stool.
  • Me: ...
  • Me: what stool?
  • Cory: ...
  • Cory: ...apparently there is no stool. I am sleeping now.
  • Me: I'm posting this conversation on tumblr. If you object, now is the time to say so.
  • Cory: I just over there.
  • Me: No objections then! Excellent!
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dripping-adorableness:

mindofataurus:

This is important to know. As we evolve, so does our external reality.

Gonna let go for GOOD.

No matter how much you think you owe a person, a friend, a situation or circumstance to soldier on and give it yet another chance, over and over again, no matter how much you worry for someone and the situation they are in and how their life will be without you to fall back on even though they treat you like garbage or only give you time when they want something, no matter how far things go back, or how things used to be, you should stop.
People change, or fail to change while you change. No mater how important a friend was to you when you were younger, no matter how deep that friendship was, you are not obligated to give a person chance after chance after chance—if the friendship has gone sour, no matter how many chances you give it, it isn’t going to make anything better. You will suffer and worry and stress while they tell you that you’re a bad friend, and I need you, hypothetical person reading this in the same situation, to know that you are not the bad friend.
You’re doing okay, and if you keep giving them chances, you’re giving them more consideration and care than they’ve probably given you in possibly years. You are a good friend, but you can’t force something to work if the other person isn’t willing, so the next time the opportunity comes up, or you decide to just manufacture one, break it off and don’t look back. Sever. You will be so much happier going forwards, and that happiness is worth so much more than slogging through drama, constant fights, frustration and hurt feelings forever because you feel like you owe someone. 

dripping-adorableness:

mindofataurus:

This is important to know. As we evolve, so does our external reality.

Gonna let go for GOOD.

No matter how much you think you owe a person, a friend, a situation or circumstance to soldier on and give it yet another chance, over and over again, no matter how much you worry for someone and the situation they are in and how their life will be without you to fall back on even though they treat you like garbage or only give you time when they want something, no matter how far things go back, or how things used to be, you should stop.

People change, or fail to change while you change. No mater how important a friend was to you when you were younger, no matter how deep that friendship was, you are not obligated to give a person chance after chance after chance—if the friendship has gone sour, no matter how many chances you give it, it isn’t going to make anything better. You will suffer and worry and stress while they tell you that you’re a bad friend, and I need you, hypothetical person reading this in the same situation, to know that you are not the bad friend.

You’re doing okay, and if you keep giving them chances, you’re giving them more consideration and care than they’ve probably given you in possibly years. You are a good friend, but you can’t force something to work if the other person isn’t willing, so the next time the opportunity comes up, or you decide to just manufacture one, break it off and don’t look back. Sever. You will be so much happier going forwards, and that happiness is worth so much more than slogging through drama, constant fights, frustration and hurt feelings forever because you feel like you owe someone. 

broliloquy

entelechyengine:

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perilunesky:

Therese Casgrain, feminist icon, written out of public history under Stephen Harper’s government

The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past.

This doesn’t surprise me, considering that the current Conservative government has been making an active and concerted effort to redefine the Canadian identity through historical revisionism and open hostility to academic organizations (most notably Statistics Canada - RIP widespread Canadian access to factual data). They seem determined to appropriate or associate themselves with any cultural touchstones they can, and quietly remove the ones they can’t from popular memory.

Fuck this corrupt, autocratic excuse for a representative leadership party.

Funny story. While he gutted StatsCan and all the media was focused on that, Harper also quietly consolidated a number of government databases. This consolidation had been attempted before, but outcry and objection prevented it, since it would give the government a much more complete profile of Canadian citizens. So not only did Harper mains StatsCan,  he did so as a diversion while he reduced citizen privacy.

Also, under his watch the policy of Archives Canada shifted from “we must document everything we can that the government does to the last memo” to “hey various government departments, just give us whatever files you think we should have and burn the rest.” (Slight hyperbole)

I worked for the Archives right when this started, and everyone working there thought it was just as shifty and bullshit as people on the outside do.

It’s doubly frustrating because we owe the Library and Archives of Canada a copy of our book when it comes out because we went through the Canadian Government’s website to get our ISBN number; we’re required to give them a copy (which we would be selling for $25) which I have a sinking feeling will be tossed directly into an incinerator somewhere. :/

broliloquy

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monstrously-yours:

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broliloquy:

Just taught my kid to yell “CURSES!!” while shaking her fist.

dude how old are you

Just about thirty.

So basically twelve.

bruuuuuuh what is adult life like

It’s a lot like teenage life but with somewhat less crushing melting-pot conformity, more all-consuming fear of death, less homework, more work work, less hormonal confusion, more aches and pains, and the glorious, all-overshadowing promise of self-deterministic existential fulfilment.

I’m finding it pretty good so far.

Or, from the less existential terror inducing perspective of me, broliloquy's wife, adult life is what you make of it, and if you really really want to, it can be exactly like teenage life except no one is there to yell at you or give you long, suffering disappointed looks for sitting around in your underwear playing videogames on your day off (your spouse can do that I guess, but general rule of thumb is to marry someone you have a lot in common with, so if you play your cards right they'll be sitting right next to you, also in their underwear, playing videogames).

I guess a lot of people find adult life to be soul crushing? But I’m maybe the wrong person to ask since my job is drawing comicbooks and it is essentially my dream job.  I constantly feel like a teenager despite having a kid and a job and bills and a husband, and it’s a pretty satisfying, legit way to live. 

Hey all, Hiveworks just got a pretty new logo and to celebrate I made a wallpaper! Our mascot definitely needs a name (Jo if you’re reading this, make it a bee pun or this is an opportunity missed!), and while she’s usually super cute I thought it’d be fun to draw her as some sort of future gunslinger surrounded by beeeees. You can download the wallpaper here in a variety of popular resolutions!

Hey all, Hiveworks just got a pretty new logo and to celebrate I made a wallpaper! Our mascot definitely needs a name (Jo if you’re reading this, make it a bee pun or this is an opportunity missed!), and while she’s usually super cute I thought it’d be fun to draw her as some sort of future gunslinger surrounded by beeeees. You can download the wallpaper here in a variety of popular resolutions!