Saturday, November 11, 2006


nothing to see here

testing br function


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Movimg to a new site you can find me hereAnd here is the rest of it.

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Monday, October 23, 2006



Meaning #2: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

It would be wonderful to think that progressive women and progressive men are working towards a similar goal in which equality for all is one of the founding principals.

Unfortunately just as in other times of "progression" many men have change in mind just not change that requires anything from them.

In the French Revolution, women's republican clubs demanded that liberty, equality, and fraternity be applied regardless of sex, but this movement was extinguished for the time by the Code Napoléon.

With regards to family, the Code established the supremacy of the husband with respects to the wife and children; this was the general legal situation in Europe at the time. It, however, allowed divorce on relatively liberal basis compared to other European countries, including divorce by mutual consent.

In our own progressive communities there are examples of men who just don't get it.

They don't get how sexist comments affect us all, they still have beliefs of female promiscuity (when was the last time that term was used on a man) they show demeaning pictures of women as if they are being clever, in short they display an ignorance unworthy of someone who would take on the mantle of progressive.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

"the progressive poetry blogburst"

Credit to skdadl of pogge for coming up with this idea
the pome only has to be four lines long (minimum), but it must mention the Court Challenges program at some point.

Here is my attempt;

SWC, CCP, like so many birds the acronyms fly by
The hunters sit intent on death
Progress, they say, has drawn it's last breath
I need you again progress sighs
Mourn their blindness, then organize

Tag to progressive bloggers reading this!

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Dogs, frat boys and the sad state of Parliament

Much has been said about Belinda Stronach, not a lot of it nice. Some have said that insults against her should not be taken as insults against women or as a reflection of how the conservative party views women.

I beg to differ.

Here are some quotes from tories and reformers, now the reformatories;
"Pass the tequila, Sheila, lay down and love me again."
– John Crosbie
"Slut." William Kempling to Copps
Stronach"whored herself out for power." Tony Abbott
"She sort of defined herself as something of a dipstick, an attractive one, but still a dipstick." Runciman

There are many more but I wouldn't want to belabour the point.

Much has been said about Belinda's wealth and the how it helped her rise to power. Can someone point me in the direction of the person in parliament who isn't at least somewhat wealthy and/or well connected?

Let's not forget she supports abortion rights, gun control, same-sex marriage and (real) women has been quoted as saying "If Ms. Stronach is elected as leader of the Conservative Party, social conservatives will no longer have a voice in Canada."

Further evidence of tory support for women;

Slashing funding to the SWC, even taking out the word equality.

The PM taking over during the environment announcement. When asked about policy Ambrose couldn't even form her own opinion but kept referring to Harper's words.

Support for Mackay's insulting and unparliamentary behaviour.

This is a party for bigots, misogynists, flat earthers and Bush wannabes.

They do not deserve either the votes of nor the respect of the citizens of this country. Most particulary Canadian women.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Court Challenges Program

Tories and their supporters must be so proud
Reg Warkentin is challenging the military pension act's "gold diggers clause," but his legal battle is in jeopardy after the federal government cut a program that funds human rights court challenges.

Reg Warkentin married Hilde when he was 62. Because he was older than 60, she will not get his military pension when he dies.

"Virtually we've been cut off at the knees," he said. "Unless somebody comes up with more money, this thing will never get to the Supreme Court."

The clause in Section 31 of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act says a woman who marries a veteran who is 60 or older cannot receive her husband's military pension if he dies.

Good thing that was nipped in the bud!

Other scary people helped by the CCP include such dastardly sorts as Rural Dignity of Canada
The organization worked in coalition with fishery, environment, church and labour groups across the country to lobby on behalf of the protection of essential small-community infrastructures.

Thanks goodness we have the tories and their blogging minions to save us from such evil.

To support the reinstatement of the program write to Harper and your MP

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Hmm where have I seen this before?

The Bush administration guts another set of laws and policies that protect workplace equity for women.
And this example of the Bush administration's efforts to weaken women's rights is not the only case. For example, the Administration has repeatedly sought to weaken the 86-year-old Women's Bureau, the only federal agency whose work is solely devoted to the concerns of women in the workplace. Early on in the Bush administration, the Department of Labor erased all information about eradicating the wage gap from the Women's Bureau website. Recently, it announced a plan to outsource half of the career positions at the Women's Bureau national office, which would cripple the Bureau's ability to advance working women's concerns. And in 2001, the Department of Labor tried but failed to close the 10 regional offices of the Women's Bureau.

The administration has also championed efforts to restrict the availability of overtime pay for workers, both by narrowing the categories of employees eligible for overtime, and by enabling employers to coerce their workers to take comp time rather overtime. This is especially harmful for women, because many women rely on overtime pay to supplement their inadequate wages.

Moreover, in an alarming example of selecting the fox to guard the henhouse, President Bush recently recess-appointed Paul DeCamp, an attorney who has spent his career trying to curtail legal remedies for women, to head the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Among other things, DeCamp represented Wal-Mart in trying to prevent a class of 1.5 million women -- the largest employment class action ever certified -- from suing the company for sex discrimination in pay and promotions.

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