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So after an extensive search, CBC has found a replacement host for "Q":

Shad Named By CBC As New Host Of 'Q'
The Huffington Post Canada | By Zi-Ann Lum

Posted:

03/11/2015 1:25 am EDT

Updated:

03/11/2015 1:59 pm EDT

Shad, a Juno-nominated rapper, has been picked to take the reins of CBC’s “Q."

“We were looking for someone who is an original thinker, curious and emotionally intelligent,” CBC Radio Talk executive director Cindy Witten told CBC News late Tuesday.

“Also, a good conversationalist who is witty and fast on their feet. We wanted someone steeped in arts and culture in this country.”

In January, Shad hosted the banner CBC Radio cultural affairs show. For a week, he interviewed guests including actress Evangeline Lilly, “Maus” cartoonist Art Spiegelman, and author/director Miranda July.

According to the public broadcaster, Shad was selected after an “exhaustive search” that included more than 200 candidates.

Born Shadrach Kabango, the rapper broke into Canada’s music scene in 2005 with his first full-length album “When This Is Over.” In 2007, he released his follow-up record “The Old Price,” which won him critical acclaim.

Raised in London, Ont. by way of Kenya, Shad holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a liberal studies master’s degree from Simon Fraser University.

Shad currently lives in East Vancouver, calling it a “beautiful place to be in when I’m off tour.”

News of the 32-year-old rapper’s appointment ends months of speculation as to who would replace former host Jian Ghomeshi.

Ghomeshi was fired from the CBC in October after a series of sexual assault and workplace harassment allegations were levied against him.

He is currently awaiting trial for sexual assault charges. Ghomeshi’s case has been put over until March 27.

Shad will officially assume his host duties when "Q" relaunches in April.

Witten said “Q” listeners should expect a new structure to the show — one that that will lean more on musical performances and set to a new casual structure and conversational tone.

With files from The Canadian Press

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/03/11/shad-q-host-cbc_n_6844632.html

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Not music related, but important. Last year, the good people at Covenant House Toronto helped two young women through the process that lead to a human trafficking conviction. Now Covenant House Toronto has broadened its reach and is opening a new housing program for sex-trafficked victims:

The community-based residential program with wraparound services is the first step in the agency’s plan to combat sex trafficking with initiatives, including crisis intervention and prevention through public awareness. As the country’s largest agency for homeless youth, Covenant House has offered help to victims for more than 30 years.

“This is largely a domestic issue and we are now seeing dozens of sex-trafficked victims annually, most of whom are local young women,” Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Executive Director, said. “We also estimate that as many as 1,000 of our youth are involved in some form of the sex trade annually, mostly trading sex for survival. Their desperation makes them highly vulnerable to sexual exploitation for profit.”

“We know that homeless youth are targeted by predators and we also know that unsuspecting young girls in schools, malls and online are also lured into this kind of sex slavery,” Rivers adds. “We are launching our housing program as the first step in a concerted effort to do more to tackle this vicious and unacceptable crime.”

More info here: http://www.covenanthousetoronto.ca/homeless-youth/New-Housing-Program-for-Sex-Trafficked-Victims

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Leonard Cohen, the real deal, is releasing a new album on May 12, 2015:

Leonard Cohen Releases 'Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour' On May 12, 2015
WINS 'ALBUM OF THE YEAR' AT THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS

Pre-Order Now Available

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TORONTO, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Leonard Cohen releases Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour on May 12, 2015. The ten songs of this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, celebrated "Old Ideas World Tour." Remarkably, this is Cohen's third album release since last September's Platinum selling Popular Problems which garnered four 2015 JUNO AWARD nominations and won for the coveted 'Album of the Year'.

The songs on Can't Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen's legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive. Here is a full range of Leonard Cohen's work: new songs including, from the realm of blues, the wickedly funny "Got a Little Secret" and "Never Gave Nobody Trouble"; luxurious performances of such Cohen masterpieces as "I Can't Forget," "Light As the Breeze," "Night Comes On," and a sublime "Joan of Arc". Cohen also treats us to a gripping version of the Quebecois love song "La Manic," performed before a captivated audience in Quebec City, and a moving tribute cover of the late country master George Jones's "Choices." These are songs and performances of the first order that you can't forget.

Can't Forget is available for pre-order at all digital service providers, where fans will receive "Never Gave Nobody Trouble" instantly with purchase.

Cohen's live concert tours were met with extraordinary and unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from 2008 through 2013. His mesmerizing performances totaled 470 shows in 31 countries, attended by four million fans. Can't Forget gives listeners an extremely special glimpse into Cohen's intimate rehearsal process, widely known to be in-depth 'concerts before the concert!,' heard by fans for the first time with this new record. Cohen continues to work with vocalists, musicians, producers and engineers who are the best in the business.

Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour Tracklisting:

  1. Field Commander Cohen
  2. I Can't Forget
  3. Light as the Breeze
  4. La Manic ++ (originally by Georges Dor)
  5. Night Comes On
  6. Never Gave Nobody Trouble ***
  7. Joan of Arc
  8. Got a Little Secret ***
  9. Choices ++ (originally by George Jones)
  10. Stages

*** New original Leonard Cohen songs
++ Covers never previously recorded by Cohen

ABOUT LEONARD COHEN: Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades. With over 23 million albums worldwide and 12 published books, Cohen's influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. With a career spanning five decades, Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize – the highest literary award in Spain(Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native has earned his country's highest civilian honors - Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150316/182122

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leonard-cohen-releases-cant-forget-a-souvenir-of-the-grand-tour-on-may-12-2015-300051408.html

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The Guardian has a track from LC's upcoming album you can listen to:

Leonard Cohen: hear an exclusive track from his new album

The Canadian legend releases Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour on 11 May, and we’ve got the premiere of a new track – Never Gave Nobody Trouble

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Leonard Cohen … Still prolific, after all these years Photograph: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images

Leonard Cohen has announced a new album, and we’re delighted to be premiering one the its 10 tracks, Never Gave Nobody Trouble.

The album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, will be released on 11 May, and consists of Cohen rarities recorded on his recent Old Ideas tour. The songs were recorded both at soundchecks and in concert. Cohen’s soundchecks are, apparently, “concerts before the concerts” and the album is intended to offer fans “an extremely special glimpse into Cohen’s rehearsal process”.

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The album has two new Cohen originals, Never Gave Nobody Trouble and Got a Little Secret, plus two covers never recorded by Cohen – George Jones’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltHSay00gAcand the Quebecois love song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2RzMhqbrkY, originally by Georges Dor.

The other tracks on the album are: Field Commander Cohen, I Can’t Forget, Light as a Breeze, Night Comes On, Joan of Arc and Stages.

On Sunday, Cohen won the album of the year prize at the Juno awards, the annual ceremony for the Canadian music industry, for his 2014 collection Popular Problems.

You can preorder Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour from iTunes hereand from Amazon here.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/17/leonard-cohen-hear-an-exclusive-track-from-his-new-album

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*sigh* Maybe it'll be ok, expanding the company, but if the company HQ eventually moves from Montreal it'll be a huge loss. Still seems like the end of an era if the sale goes through.

Cirque du Soleil preparing to announce sale on Monday, say sources

thecanadianpress_story.jpgBy Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – 4 hours ago

MONTREAL - Emotions are running high at Cirque du Soleil as the company is preparing to announce the sale of the famed Quebec circus troupe on Monday even though co-founder Guy Laliberte has yet to fully sign off on the transaction.

Employees are sad because an era in one of Quebec's creative success stories seems to be on the verge of change, said a former senior official who remains close to old colleagues.

"I'm very emotional because it's the end of something extraordinary," said the source, who didn't want to be identified by name.

Laliberte told workers on Wednesday that he had not yet concluded a sale agreement, which reports say would be for something under $2 billion.

"To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of discussions taking place at the moment," Laliberte wrote in a short email. "However, and as I usually do, be sure that you will be the first informed if I conclude an agreement with new partners."

Sources close to the deal say U.S. private equity firm TPG Capital is close to completing a deal that involves Quebec pension fund manager the Caisse de depot and a large Chinese investment fund.

Laliberte would reportedly continue to hold 10 per cent of the company after the sale and the Caisse another 10 per cent, with TPG holding 60 per cent and China's Fosun Capital the remaining 20 per cent.

The new owners plan to maintain the Cirque's headquarters in Montreal and would expand its global operations by opening a support office in Shanghai, where Fosun is based.

"Any transaction would involve both the management and creative soul of the company remaining in Montreal," said a source close to the deal. "TPG very much appreciates the unique cultural heritage of the Cirque and will be very much committed to the Montreal and Quebec creative communities."

While the Cirque has expanded in China, there's room for a greater presence in Asia because of demand for more live entertainment productions, he added.

"There will obviously be increased operations there, but by no means is this meant to be a headquarters in Shanghai. It would simply be a base of support for the Cirque's continued operations in

China."

TPG is the world's largest casino owner with a stake in Caesar's Entertainment, while Fosun owns Club Med resorts.

While the Quebec government has said it wants the Cirque's head office to remain in the province in the event of a sale, Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday in the legislature that it won't intervene in "a private transaction."

Former Caisse executive Michel Nadeau said the pension fund manager wouldn't heed any political pressure and would only make an investment if it make financial sense.

He said TPG, with $80 billion of assets under management in some 300 companies, is a very good manager.

"When you have these type of guys in the driver's seat, it's good for the Caisse," he said in an interview.

The purchase price is reportedly less than what Laliberte was seeking. But after a 30-year run, it's natural for a billionaire entrepreneur to sell his company as the product matures, competition increases and the public reacts more slowly to the offering, said Nadeau, who now heads Quebec's Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations.

He said Laliberte missed out on a bigger deal by not properly preparing his succession and keeping the company so closely tied to one person. That left him forced to sell to a majority owner, rather than take the company public.

https://ca.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/guy-laliberte-tells-cirque-employees-company-sale-not-154459351.html

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So, Omar Khadr has been released on bail. I'm conflicted about this case. I feel that a sense of justice for those hurt by him are coming up against very human responses to second chances, values of mercy I hold dear...

'Give me a chance:' Omar Khadr asks Canadians after 13 years in prison

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press1 hour 14 minutes ago

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Omar Khadr ® leaves a courthouse with his lawyer Dennis Edney in this handout photo provided by Nathan Whitling in Edmonton,

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EDMONTON - Omar Khadr arrived at his new home Thursday after almost 13 years behind bars — four of them as a convicted war criminal — and asked Canadians to give him a chance to show he's worthy of their trust.

"I will prove to them that I'm more than what they thought of me, I'll prove to them that I'm a good person," the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner said outside his lawyer's home just hours after he was released on bail.

"Give me a chance, see who I am as a person not as a name, and then they can make their own judgment after that."

As for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose government has consistently branded him an unrepentant terrorist, Khadr said: "I'm going to have to disappoint him, I'm better than the person he thinks I am."

He also reassured Canadians that he doesn't believe in violent jihad.

"It's not something I believe in right now. I want to start fresh. There are too many good things in life that I want to experience."

Khadr's presence seemed well-received by his new neighbours, one of whom shouted "Welcome to the neighbourhood!" Another dropped off flowers.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/omar-khadr-lawyer-statement-media-184855850.html

The 28-year-old had his first taste of freedom earlier in the day after an Alberta judge rejected a last-ditch attempt by the federal government to block his release.

Supporters in the courtroom gasped in joy and Khadr smiled broadly as Appeal Court Justice Myra Bielby delivered her decision.

The government, she said, had failed to prove his release would cause serious harm to Canadian interests or pose a risk to the public.

"Mr. Khadr, you're free to go," Bielby said.

Khadr's longtime lawyer Dennis Edney walked over to his client and whispered, "We done it," as he squeezed his fingers. Edney's wife, Patricia, sobbed uncontrollably for a few minutes, then hugged and kissed her husband.

Outside court, an emotional Edney said the day had been a long time coming as he talked about his client's ordeal since the Americans captured him grievously wounded in Afghanistan in July 2002, when he was 15 years old.

The government, which had said it would fight his release every step of the way, expressed disappointment at the latest turn of events.

"(We) regret that a convicted terrorist has been allowed back into Canadian society without having served his full sentence," Jeremy Laurin, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, said in a statement.

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Omar Khadr is shown in this undated handout image

from Bowden Institution.

As paperwork was prepared earlier Thursday for Khadr's release, which comes with a list of restrictions including wearing a tracking bracelet and a curfew, an emotional Edney stepped outside to denounce the federal government for showing no mercy.

"Mr. Harper is a "bigot," Edney said.

"We left a Canadian child in Guantanamo Bay to suffer torture (and) we Canada participated in this torture. So today's a wonderful day for justice."

Within two hours of Bielby's decision, Khadr left the courthouse for his first venture outside without guards in more than a decade — a grinning Edney by his side.

Khadr pleaded guilty in October 2010 before a widely discredited military commission to five war crimes — including murder in the death of a U.S. special forces soldier. In exchange, the commission handed him a further eight-year sentence.

Dubbed "Guantanamo's Child," he was the youngest inmate and lone westerner left in the naval prison at the time. He remains the only person convicted of murder for the battlefield death of an American soldier in Afghanistan.

He returned to Canada from Guantanamo Bay, where he had been held for a decade, in 2012 under an international transfer treaty, and later said he had only pleaded guilty to get out of the notorious prison.

Last month, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice June Ross granted his bid for bail while he appeals his war-crimes conviction but the Canadian government made a last-ditch attempt to have the ruling stayed.

Bielby, after thinking about it for two days, would have none of it. Any risks to Canadian interests were largely speculative and at best minor, she said.

The U.S. State Department did not comment on Khadr's release.

Following his transfer to Canada, Khadr was housed in a maximum security institution in Ontario, before being transferred to Edmonton, and then to Bowden Institution near Innisfail, Alta., where he was recently classified as a minimum security prisoner.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/harpers-arguments-over-omar-khadr-203000700.html

Khadr's legal odyssey is far from over.

His $20-million civil lawsuit that claims the government conspired with the Americans to torture him and breach his rights is still ongoing, while Ottawa's challenge of his youth status reaches the Supreme Court of Canada next week.

Court documents show Khadr recently told a psychologist that he wanted no part of "this terrorism nonsense" and said he still clings to the hope that he wasn't the one that threw the hand grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer in Afghanistan.

"I'm sorry for the pain I've caused for the families of the victims," Khadr said Thursday. "There's nothing I can do about the past but I can do something about the future."

Among his other restrictions, Khadr will have to face limits on contact with his Toronto family, including only talking to them in English via video or telephone or after prior approval — and under supervision.

"We're not talking to anybody," his mother Maha Elsamnah said from her mother's home in Scarborough, Ont., before hanging up.

Khadr's late father was a friend of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and his mother has previously angered Canadians by expressing support for al-Qaida.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/omar-khadr-learn-today-leave-prison-first-time-080008835.html

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Heads up Montreal-living, classical-music-loving people:

Seven Days, Seven Nights: Zubin Mehta and Festival TransAmériques, entertainment highlights for May 18 – 24

RICHARD BURNETT, SPECIAL TO THE MONTREAL GAZETTE

Published on: May 18, 2015

Last Updated: May 18, 2015 9:42 AM EDT

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Legendary classical-music conductor Zubin Mehta – musical director of the OSM from 1961 to 1967 – returns to Montreal for a much-buzzed-about benefit concert conducting the OSM on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. DIETER NAGL / AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 19

Legendary classical-music conductor Zubin Mehta – musical director of the OSM from 1961 to 1967 – returns to Montreal for a much-buzzed-about benefit concert conducting the OSM (Mahler’s 100-minute Symphony no. 3 in D minor) at the Maison symphonique beginning at 7 p.m. Admission: $65 to $175. Tickets: 514-842-9951 or osm.ca. For information on the post-concert gala dinner in the Foyer Allegro of the Maison symphonique, in the company of Mehta and soloist Michelle DeYoung, call 514-840-7400, ext. 7411.

http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/seven-days-seven-nights-zubin-mehta-kids-in-the-hall-and-festival-transameriques-entertainment-highlights-for-may-18-24

Check out the link for other events throughout the festival that may be of interest.

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Jimmy Page praises Toronto ahead of listening session for Led Zeppelin reissues

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The song remains the same but the Toronto venue has not.

Rock legend and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was recalling the time his British band first played T.O. at the century-old Masonic Temple back in 1969 — when it was called The Rock Pile — as he did interviews Monday afternoon in the celebrated location that now houses IT research firm, Info-Tech.

“It’s not quite so funky as it was,” said Page, 71, who will host 65 contest winners from across Canada Tuesday night inside the Temple’s famed Red Room (thrones included) to play tracks from the final three Led Zeppelin reissues — 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door and 1982’s Coda — due July 31.

“It’s had a little bit of a (renovation),” said Page inside a glass enclosed boardroom on the second floor looking down onto the stage and floor below.

“But it hasn’t lost anything has it? The architectural details are still alive and well. But in those days I probably wouldn’t have seen too much out here at the front. I would have just been in the dressing room and coming out on the stage and going off again.”

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/07/20/jimmy-page-praises-toronto-ahead-of-listening-session-for-led-zeppelin-reissues

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Canada is not a threat to America, and yet this week, the idiot Walker and the idiot reporter from NBC Chuck Todd both went along with a lie about terrorists from Canada who entered the United States (which of course never happened). I really don't understand why so many Americans dislike Canada. It doesn't make any sense to me at all. I have said this for years, it's easier for Mexicans to get into the United States over Canadians which seems odd to me:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/scott-walker-canada-u-s-border-wall-worth-considering-1.3209152

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Monday is an important day whose results could change the direction of our country, finally - vote, eligible Canucks, VOTE!

Absolutely. This election is crucial. The bottom line is Harper needs to go if for no other reason but that he's a fucking religious fanatic (Fundamentalist Christian) who is hell bent on starting a holy war with the Muslim population. He's practically begging a Muslim to get pissed off enough over niqabs, etc to stage some sort of "terrorist attack"- all the excuse Harper needs to send more troops into the Middle East so that he can kill as many Muslims as possible simply because they believe in a different god than he does. Stephen Harper is Canada's version of George W Bush -a war mongering, biblethumping Big Oil shill- and enough is fucking well enough! I have no time for the NDP in any shape or form (I live in BC, after all, where we're STILL feeling the after effects of years of provincial NDP mismanagement) and I think Mulcair's loyalty lies with Quebec and fuck the rest of Canada. As for the Liberals Justin Trudeau may be the current "face" of the party but behind him is the same old goddamn Chretien/Martin Old Boy Network that raised the ire of so many people ten years back. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, in other words. Same fucking bunch of crooks we turfed out in 2006. To give Trudeau his due, though, he's come a hell of a long way from the blathering idiot he was at the start of the campaign to being someone who really is "ready" to run the country...his handlers have done a helluva job. That leaves the Green Party...Elizabeth May is a bit outspoken, but she tells it like it is, and that's refreshing coming from any politician. if nothing else I reckon they'll do well in British Columbia. 

But yes...to our Canadian forum members you owe it to yerselves to get out there and vote tomorrow. Now I know deep down that it's a big game in the end, all politicians serve their Corporate masters, etc but this is one election where when it's all over I don't wanna hear ONE GODDAMN WORD of complaint about "the government" from anybody who didn't fill out a fucking ballot. Adlai Stevenson said it, folks: "In a democracy, people elect the government they deserve."

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Absolutely. This election is crucial. The bottom line is Harper needs to go if for no other reason but that he's a fucking religious fanatic (Fundamentalist Christian) who is hell bent on starting a holy war with the Muslim population. He's practically begging a Muslim to get pissed off enough over niqabs, etc to stage some sort of "terrorist attack"- all the excuse Harper needs to send more troops into the Middle East so that he can kill as many Muslims as possible simply because they believe in a different god than he does. Stephen Harper is Canada's version of George W Bush -a war mongering, biblethumping Big Oil shill- and enough is fucking well enough! I have no time for the NDP in any shape or form (I live in BC, after all, where we're STILL feeling the after effects of years of provincial NDP mismanagement) and I think Mulcair's loyalty lies with Quebec and fuck the rest of Canada. As for the Liberals Justin Trudeau may be the current "face" of the party but behind him is the same old goddamn Chretien/Martin Old Boy Network that raised the ire of so many people ten years back. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, in other words. Same fucking bunch of crooks we turfed out in 2006. To give Trudeau his due, though, he's come a hell of a long way from the blathering idiot he was at the start of the campaign to being someone who really is "ready" to run the country...his handlers have done a helluva job. That leaves the Green Party...Elizabeth May is a bit outspoken, but she tells it like it is, and that's refreshing coming from any politician. if nothing else I reckon they'll do well in British Columbia. 

But yes...to our Canadian forum members you owe it to yerselves to get out there and vote tomorrow. Now I know deep down that it's a big game in the end, all politicians serve their Corporate masters, etc but this is one election where when it's all over I don't wanna hear ONE GODDAMN WORD of complaint about "the government" from anybody who didn't fill out a fucking ballot. Adlai Stevenson said it, folks: "In a democracy, people elect the government they deserve."

Good points, Nutrocker, and if these were all there was to Harper, he'd still be vile, but add to that the silencing of scientists, stonewalling journalists, privatizing water and attempting to do it in healthcare as well, and we've got Bush but more dangerous because he's smarter and more devious. 

The tricky part about voting Green is that our voting system being what it is, you have to decide between how much you want Harper out versus how much you want to stick to your conviction of who you believe should be voted in even if you know they have no hope of actually winning. I may not like the guy in my area, but feel I need to vote for him to defeat Harper; strategic voting is the pragmatic way I'm going this year.

I'll also be glad to no longer see numerous pro - one party or anti - another party posts on Facebook. You post one a day, maybe. Posting each one you find is just obnoxious. You love the one guy and hate the other - WE GET IT. It's not like any two line insult or saccharine platitude will change anyone's mind. Less is more.

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No question, Patrycja, strategic voting is THE way to go for this election...it is pretty much a protest vote against Harper- not necessarily against the Conservatives, mind you, but against Stephen Harper. I watched him tell Peter Mansbridge on CBC a few weeks ago that he will step down if the Cons lose even one seat...don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Harper!

Shit, I know people who haven't voted for decades -some a hardcore, anti-government types and whatnot- who are voting in this one. That's pretty telling.

Dunno about the Facebook ads, but I'll be damned glad not to see anymore ads on TV...even watching hockey every other advert is a goddamn attack ad. We get it: the Conservatives don't want their portable Rome taken away so they want to scare us all regarding "Justin". Tom Mulcair can't wait to get his greedy paws on the keys to 24 Sussex. Trudeau almost seems to be running on Obama's 2008 mantra of "hope and change". But the constant propaganda on tv is getting to be a bit much...oh well, at least we're not in the States where they've got another fucking year and a half of this campaign shit to go...

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