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August

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    I am filled with great sadness at the news of Jack Layton's death. Jack was such a strong person and a fighter that it seemed inconceivable that he wouldn't win his battle against cancer. I am on vacation with my family and was cut off from the outside world until I got news of Jack's death an hour ago. I'm still reeling. My best wishes to all of you. We'll need to continue fighting for NDP values and for Canadians as Jack wanted us to.
    Aug 22, 2011 7:39 pm | Ontario, London West

June

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    Postdocs (folks with PhDs - doing important research) at UWO have been negotiating (or trying to negotiate) a first collective agreement for TWO years. The postdoc union and UWO are now just coming to discussions of monetary issues (wages, benefits, leaves, etc.). Please see the petition and decide whether you agree postdocs should be paid (potentially) as little as $10.93/hr - 68 cents above minimum wage!
    Jun 29, 2011 9:52 am | Ontario, London West

May

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    You'll note there is no longer a Conservative Party of Sask - it was killed by Devine's terrible financial mismanagement and widespread corruption - 14 Ministers convicted for fraud, with the four most serious earning jail time.
    Apr 17, 2011 6:24 am | Ontario, London West
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    NDP Premier Roy Romanow, who delivered 9 straight balanced budgets as Premier of Sask. (1991- 2000) IS covered in the report. However, he had to deliver balanced budgets following the disastrous Grant Devine (Conservative) who nearly bankrupted Saskatchewan during his years as Premier (1982-1991) and racked up an accumulated debt of $14.8 B - in a province with just 1 million people!
    Apr 17, 2011 6:23 am | Ontario, London West
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    The attached report covers 1986-87 to 2008-09, so it includes the Bob Rae years (whose $10 B deficits now pale in comparison to the $25 B McGuinty deficit last year, $16 B this year). The study ignores the period 1949-1961, when Tommy Douglas (NDP) delivered 17 straight balanced or surplus budgets as premier of Sask. Allan Blakeney (NDP) delivered balanced budgets every year he was premier of Sask (1971-1982).
    Apr 17, 2011 6:22 am | Ontario, London West
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    Apr 16, 2011 7:37 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "A tyrant is nothing but a slave turned inside out" -Herbert Spencer. I'm still reading Lawrence Martin's book "Harperland: The Politics of Control" about our current PM. Read it and you will see why I chose today's quote.
    Apr 16, 2011 7:17 pm | Ontario, London West
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    More on "The Boy in the Bubble". The Harper government's secrecy and hidden agenda is coming to the fore in this election. Let's hope Canadians believe that "the ends don't justify the means" and they reject Harper's 'vision of Canada' - not that he's given us a clear vision . . .
    Apr 14, 2011 10:37 am | Ontario, London West
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    My first 'quote of the day' from a song: "these are the days of lasers in the jungle Lasers in the jungle somewhere Staccato signals of constant information A loose affiliation of millionaires And billionaires . . . " - Paul Simon, from the song "The Boy in the Bubble". The 'boy in the bubble' in this election is PM Harper. He doesn't get what ere most Canadians are feeling and experiencing during the recession.
    Apr 14, 2011 10:34 am | Ontario, London West
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    A high-tech, vibrant economy needs a highly skilled workforce, but also well-educated citizens to maintain our democracy.
    Apr 14, 2011 9:31 am | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance" - Derek Bok, former president of Harvard University. Should be self-evident why I chose this quote. At some point in this campaign, local candidates need to discuss post-secondary education in Canada, how we make it affordable, and how we re-invest in in our universities and colleges.
    Apr 14, 2011 9:31 am | Ontario, London West
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    Previous entry about providing a decent living income was inspired by today's 'Quote of the day': "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being" - Johann W. von Goethe.
    Apr 09, 2011 5:17 pm | Ontario, London West
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    The CONS offer nothing to Canadians suffering from the current recession. Families that lost jobs, people on pensions, on disability. A decent living income above the poverty line is not just the right thing to do, it's an investment in people. Ability to afford better housing, food, recreation and exercise will improve quality of life and save $$ many times over in future health costs.
    Apr 09, 2011 5:17 pm | Ontario, London West
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    So far in this election, NO mention of our other deficit - the crumbling infrastructure debt. Our municipalities alone have over $125 B in infrastructure that needs replacement or upgrading. Jack Layton knows this and wrote about it in his book "Speaking out Louder". Now check out the cost for rebuilding our electricity sector.
    Apr 08, 2011 4:15 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Canada has a huge fiscal debt ($562 billion). Mr. Harper has contributed at least $56 B to our debt (10%) in the last year alone! He had a deficit in his first year - even before the recession hit. The CONS can lay no claim to being excellent at managing the economy and delivering balanced budgets.
    Apr 08, 2011 3:59 pm | Ontario, London West
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    I've been featured in a national science column in the US. The Science Careers section of the journal Science has a regular feature by Beryl Lieff Benderly - it's called "Taken for Granted". Check it out!
    Apr 08, 2011 12:03 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Once you have started Jim Stanford's books, you might say, "economics, I finally understand it!" Then you're ready to tackle "Zombie Economics" by John Quiggin. The title is appropriate. The economic ideas touted by the CONS (and LIBS) are brain-dead ideas. Enteraining and educational, check out Quiggin's book, too.
    Apr 08, 2011 11:57 am | Ontario, London West
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    Next on economic education - and countering the BS sold by Conservatives Check out the easy to raed and highly entertaining :Economics for Everyone: " by Jim Stanford
    Apr 08, 2011 11:57 am | Ontario, London West
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    The fact that Corporate Tax cuts do not lead to re-investment, better business innovation, or better work environment for employees has been long known. So the Globe and Mail Headline isn't really "New" news - but it's timely in the middle of an election. Mel Hurtig's book "The Truth About Canada" covers this and many others that the CONS don't want you to know about. Get the book or check out his video (attached)
    Apr 08, 2011 11:40 am | Ontario, London West
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    In case you missed it, Check out the front page story of Wednesday's Globe and Mail. Corporate tax cuts do not spur growth.
    Apr 08, 2011 11:35 am | Ontario, London West
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    Health care is among the top three issues for Canadians -the TOP issue if you or a loved one is ill. Canada has strong moral and financial roles to play in health care -though the Canada Health Act, the Canada Health Accord (due for renegotiations with provinces in 2014-worth MANY billions of $ over the life of the next agreement). Canadians need to know the next gov't will defend universal, single-tier health care.
    Apr 07, 2011 6:48 am | Ontario, London West
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    Will be posting more photos - some from the campaign HQ open house on Sunday. Others from activities on the campaign trail. Remember to have your friends join me here on this facebook site
    Apr 05, 2011 8:01 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Apr 05, 2011 8:53 am | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "My dignity" - Martin Luther King's response to a hotel owner who refused to rent him a room, and who then twice asked King "What do you want?" after King refused to take 'no' for an answer and sat on the hotel steps, with the press reporting. Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis TN
    Apr 05, 2011 8:51 am | Ontario, London West
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    quote of the day: "When a man tells you he got rich trough hard work, ask him whose": - Don Marquis. Too many people are working harder than ever while falling behind in the cost of living. Unfair tax breaks to corporations don't create jobs, they pass the tax bill onto the rest of us.
    Apr 04, 2011 8:19 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Did some home renovations last year to beautify, but also to improve energy efficiency and reduce water consumption. Need a bit more done to reduce heat loss - this year's project
    Apr 04, 2011 12:05 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Apr 04, 2011 7:14 am | Ontario, London West
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    Apr 04, 2011 7:04 am | Ontario, London West
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    Apr 03, 2011 8:45 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels" - Faith Whittlesey. For the younger crowd Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers were famous ballroom dancers/movie stars (but I guess you can google them). Quote choice nspired by the Harper CONS belief they can attract the female vote. They don't get it . . . See the link published in today's Toronto Star
    Apr 03, 2011 8:41 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "Old soldier's never die, they just fade away" - Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Inspired by the NDP announcement to support our veterans. The Harper CONS have ignored the plight of our veterans - young and old. After serving our nation, and returning with physical and/or mental injuries, they deserve better than to be brushed off with the CONS attitude "Sorry, but we can't use you any more".
    Apr 03, 2011 8:33 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Apr 03, 2011 6:45 am | Ontario, London West
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    Some of the things we've done together as a family
    Apr 03, 2011 6:40 am | Ontario, London West
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    After Greening Sacred Spaces this morning, I had an amazing afternoon of catching up with voters by phone and e-mail, then face-to-face while out canvassing. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Open House at our Headquarters at 2 Briscoe St West (at corner of Wharncliffe). If you've somehow missed the invitation, please come out tomorrow (Sunday April 3, 2-4 pm. Light refreshments, good friends, winning attitude.
    Apr 02, 2011 6:14 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "There is a sufficiency in the worlds for man's needs but not for man's greed". Let's respect the environment. Attended the Greening Sacred Spaces 101 workshop organized by 'Faith & the Common Good'. Great ways to get church groups, social justice, environmental groups working together to protect and enhance the environment.
    Apr 02, 2011 11:22 am | Ontario, London West

March

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    Just a quick explanation about these quotes of the day: I do them because I love reading and I like quotes when they encapsulate wisdom. Each day's news events or my day on the campaign trail triggers a "quote of the day" - which is why I usually write them at the end of the day. When you see the quotes in the newspapers first thing in the morning, keep in mind they were selected late the night before . . .
    Mar 30, 2011 9:02 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Following up on the usury theme, today's London Sun (aka London Free Press) had a business story about how the big credit card companies in Canada are engaged in price fixing. Not fair . . . not good for business or consumers . . . not news to the NDP. We've been telling Canadians they are being gouged by the banks and credit card companies for quite some time now . . .
    Mar 30, 2011 10:27 am | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day: "To live by usury is highly unnatural." - ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Inspired first by yesterday's news that Canada's big banks pulled in $21 Billion in profits in 2010, but still needed big corporate tax cuts from the Harperites. The NDP has been defending consumers against excessive bank fees. http://www.ndp.ca/press/michael-ignatieff-stands-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-big-banks
    Mar 30, 2011 10:08 am | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day (March 28): "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo. Its time for Canadians to choose practical, affordable solutions to many of our economic and social problems - the kinds of solutions Jack Layton and the New Democrats offer. Let's make it happen. Ottawa is broken - and it's time to fix it. Vote NDP.
    Mar 28, 2011 7:57 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Quote of the day (March 27): "There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income." - Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), American social critic. I'm afraid Mr. Wilson died before he saw the state of the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Supplement, and GIS. Well over a million Canadian seniors live in poverty.
    Mar 27, 2011 8:51 pm | Ontario, London West
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    'Quote of the day' for March 25th: "A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. " - John Stuart Mill I'm running in this election because we can do a lot better in Canada, especially with Jack Layton as PM
    Mar 25, 2011 5:31 pm | Ontario, London West
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    March 25th marks a sad 100th anniversary - on this date in 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire. 146 garment workers - mostly young women between ages of 16 and 23 - were killed. The doors had been locked by managers to prevent the women from leaving work early. (This practice was typical in sweatshops then, still occurs today in some sweatshops in third-world countries.) Those women not killed by flames or smoke inhalation died after jumping from the 8th, 9th, and 10th floor windows. In terms of lives lost, it ranks as the worst industrial accident in the history of New York City, and the 4th worst in US history. It sparked legislation to imlement workplace safety standards and led to the formation of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union to improve work conditions in sweatshops.
    Mar 25, 2011 4:58 pm | Ontario, London West
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    March 24 'Quote of the Day' inspired by complaints about the upcoming federal election, and the $300 million cost. . . Keep in mind democracy isn't cheap or easy. "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." - Winston Churchill
    Mar 25, 2011 4:26 pm | Ontario, London West
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    two quotes for March 23, on progress . . . "In their worship of the machine, many Americans have settled for something less than a full life . . . they have confused progress with mechanization" - Lewis Mumford. "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Mar 25, 2011 4:25 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Oops! I inadvertently posted yesterday's 'quote of the day' (March 23) on my personal facebook page. Will be adding it here today, along with my March 24 quote of the day
    Mar 25, 2011 4:06 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Government falls on contempt of parliament, time for change!
    Mar 25, 2011 11:29 am | Ontario, London West
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    Today's 'Quote of the Day' is a short one: "Oh, the vision thing" - George HW Bush (41st Pres), spoken by the typically inarticulate president when asked to articulate a 'big-picture view' of where he intended to lead America. Today's budget should prompt Canadian's to ask Mr. Harper what he wants Canada to look like 10-15 years down the road- if he knows he's not telling.
    Mar 22, 2011 6:13 pm | Ontario, London West
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    Stephen Harper will release his Conservative budget today and he has a choice. Stephen Harper can include Jack Layton’s proposals to make life more affordable for everyday Canadians. Or he can explain to Canadians – in an election – why he can’t work with others to get results.
    Mar 22, 2011 8:05 am | Ontario, London West

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