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    Peter OrmondThe Hamilton Green Party will be at Hamilton's Open Streets event tomorrow (near Robert St). We'll be handing "Love Hamilton to a-T-shirts", various seed packs and local pollinator plants plugs (the pink-beard tongue plugs). These attract butterflies and hummingbirds also. http://www.perennials.com/plants/penstemon-elfin-pink.html Please come by and say hello or help out. Join us in our efforts to build unity within our community one green step at a time. :)
    Sat 3:10 pm | Ontario, Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
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    Vanessa LongFrom Fair Vote Canada, cuz, yeah, we're in a supposedly 'safe' riding. Sigh. In a winner-take-all electoral system, a few voters in a few swing ridings who can change the outcome of an election get a lot of attention. But what about the millions of Canadians who cast ballots knowing that the incumbent, who does not represent their views, is almost guaranteed to win again? Proportional representation means your vote counts to elect representation you want, no matter where you happen to live, and our Parliament better reflects all of us.
    Sat 11:17 am | Ontario, Newmarket—Aurora
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    Vanessa LongWell, that was fun. I admit I wasn't looking forward to going to the #VoteSmart2015 presser this morning but if Lois continues to skip all the campaign events this might actually be enjoyable. Thank you to Kelsea for making it happen. :-) Also? It turns out I am waaaay angrier about what has been done to our country over the last few years than I was letting on. Who's with me in making this an election to remember? I'm going to cause sh*t and get this stirred up. As Yvonne said, if you're not angry, you're not paying attention, and I'm tired of having my country stolen by people who do not care for Canadians or this amazing, beautiful land of ours. Also? It may have something to do with this government classifying me as a bigger threat than terrorists because I care about the environment. Also? King Richard's English Pub has Boddingtons. Which is a good thing. #politicsmakesmedrink So, in summary, I'm going to do my best to make this an interesting campaign. Anyone wanna come play?
    Sat 10:31 am | Ontario, Newmarket—Aurora
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    Trey Capnerhurst#Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us... Quitting Them Can Save Us http://t.co/BkLPkgxyEL #climate #doctors #bigoil #health
    Sat 9:43 am | Alberta, Edmonton East
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    Sat 8:11 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

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    Peter OrmondThe 'tough on crime' Conservatives seem awfully blasé about criminal activity when it's committed by Conservatives. For cheating in a federal election to steal a seat in the House of Commons, Dean Del Mastro will serve one twenty fourth of the prison sentence that you or I might for stealing a stereo. Strangely, we don't see the same zeal to crack down on crimes that may affect the entire nation as we do on transgressions like, say, some teenager being caught smoking cannabis. Which seems like a bigger deal to you? http://globalnews.ca/news/2074653/disgraced-former-conservative-mp-dean-del-mastro-to-be-sentenced-today/ This seems completely unreasonable to Del Mastro himself, who calls the laughably lax consequences of his illegal actions "an exceptionally heavy price." http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/04/28/deal-del-mastros-electio_n_7162304.html For everyone else in the country, it seems criminal activity that leads to playing a role in a "tough on crime" Conservative government pays really well on the public's dime. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/11/07/matt-gurney-do-the-crime-keep-your-pension-sweet-deal-there-ddm/ Incidentally, the $60,000 per year number is the rounded up parliamentary average; Del Mastro may actually get more, no one's released an official number yet. http://o.canada.com/news/national/by-the-numbers-your-guide-to-political-pension-payouts So for breaking the rules and cheating in an election, this man will be paid somewhat more than the median income for a Canadian family without having to lift a finger for it for the rest of his natural life once he hits 55. You know, at the same age that most Canadians are shuddering at how far away their own retirement is, if they can contemplate retirement at all on the average benefit of $639.44 per month from the Canada pension plan that they may have to contemplate finding a way to survive on. In fact, not only will we be paying this man's pension, we publicly subsidized his legal defence. A Conservative held fundraiser to pay Del Mastro's legal costs was treated like any standard political donation, so that people who contributed to defending election fraud got to enjoy convenient tax receipts for doing so. So the "exceptionally heavy price" Del Mastro paid doesn't include paying for his own lawyer, either; you did instead. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/fundraiser-paid-ex-mps-legal-tab-283573361.html Canadians deserve better. The party that has cheated in every one of the last three elections may not think that election fraud is really a big deal, which is of course why their "Fair" Election Act reduced the country's ability to investigate election fraud, but to the rest of us, this is a big deal, and it's high time we started taking it a lot more seriously.
    Fri 7:00 am | Ontario, Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale

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