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Jean Beliveau has died in Montreal at age 83. 10 Stanley cups as a player, 7 more as team executive. One of the top 10 players of all time, more than a point a game. But he is mourned across Canada and in original six cities for his effortless grace on the ice, his class on and off the ice, his tenaciousness, his love of hockey, his fights against cancer and other illnesses. I'll leave it to others to write his story.

But here's mine. I grew up in Montreal. Rocket Richard was the hero, Beliveau came along in his twenties, from the senior team in Quebec City. We ordinary folks could not get into to see the Canadiens very easily (too many big corporations had the tickets), so we contented ourselves with the second and third periods on Saturday nights on CBC tv, Hockey Night in Canada. Zambonis had not been invented yet, so rinks were cleared by many shovellers in lines, then flooded with two barrels pulled by two men each. Intermisssions had to be longer, so were interviews. One got to know the players.

Anyone who has heard Beliveau speak will know his deep baritone voice, in measured, cadence, whether in English or French. I never met him, I saw him play only twice, from way up behind the pillars in the nosebleeds. Players did not wear helmets, nor names on their sweaters. We recognized all of them from their skating and their hair, on a 17 or 21 inch tv in black and white, and we knew them from the interviews.

Fast forward to the late 90's and we are visiting and shopping in the outlet malls in Kittery, Maine. We decided on a late lunch in a MacDonald's, on the mall lot. We put purchases in our car, and headed to the washrooms first. I said to my spouse I would meet her at the cash. I came out and the women's line had been very long, so I figured I was out first. I was walking up the aisle between tables, from the back of the restaurant to the front. I was not looking at anyone, but as I passed a table I heard this voice from my boyhood, speaking French. I'm English. But I just knew it was Jean Beliveau and there he was, sitting with his wife and another couple, at this point in his sixties, as handsome as ever.

There was a vacant table across the aisle, so I just sat down, right beside him. I figured my wife would be out soon and walk that way. After a minute or two, I got jabbed in the back and she said to me, ” Your mouth is open!" So I got up and we walked to the cash. We did not disturb him.

I shall never, ever, forget his voice, now stilled.

About this time, this fine, gentle giant turned down the offer of the Prime Minister to become Governor General of Canada, our Head of State representing the Queen. He decided to spend his time with his two young grandchildren. His only daughter had married a Montreal policeman, who committed suicide in the police station locker room, right beside the Forum on Closse St. He decided it was more important to be a father to them.

Rest well, Gros Bill. Thanks for the memories.

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Just when you think it's okay to open your eyes again - THIS.
You Americans Have No Idea Just How Good You Have It With Obama

Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country's adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there's no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.

When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

Richard Brunt

Victoria, British Columbia

It's like pouring salt into a wound.

There is a bright side to Brunt's letter. We, at least, know other countries are paying attention to President Obama's accomplishments, even if the majority of Americans don't feel they're worth defending at the polls. It's a shame. The Conservative bullhorn was so loud, it drove out the desire for many people to vote. And Democrats didn't help. While pointing our fingers at the GOP (predominately our middle fingers) we forgot to blow our own horns. We forgot to build up our own President. We forgot to remind each other about what our own country looked like before Obama.

I have to believe the public really didn't understand the GOP gerrymandering that took place the last four years. They didn't see the many important and beneficial bills shot down by Republicans, one after another, out of spite. People wanted to see results, and the results were there. But half of America was blinded by the half-truths FOX 'News' and Conservative talking heads fed them, because you know, if you tell just enough truth mixed in with a bucket of lies, it causes confusion. And that can lead to a bad case of the FuckIts. Netflix marathons are way more fun.

Blunt's letter reminds me of one of my favorite Robin Williams quotes/memes:

Thank you Richard Blunt for the reality check. Thank you Robin Williams for the memories. And special thanks to James, and The Everlasting GOP Stoppers (on Facebook) for the good work you do.

Sources: and Christian Science Monitor


There was a gun fight inside Parilament which is now in lock-down. They believe that a shooter is still in the parliament buildings.
- 1 shooter dead, 1 still believed at large in downtown Ottawa.
- Police searching cars leaving Ottawa trying to go to Quebec.
- Report of additional shots fired near Chateau Laurier Hotel, east of Parliament Hill.
- Police going door to door in downtown core; downtown schools in lockdown.
- All three main party leaders, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau, reported safe.

The soldier who was shot [shortly before 10:00 am EDT] in Ottawa Wednesday morning is a reservist serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, a source has told CBC News.

Members of the Argylls were standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa this week. “The call came in that one of the soldiers has been heard from and is OK,” the source said. No information has been released about the soldier who was shot, the source said.

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Justin Trudeau grew up on 24 Sussex Drive Ottawa (our White House). His Father was Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979. Like his father, Justin is running under the Liberal Party flag. He supports legalization of maryjane, is anti war and pro-choice including assisted suicide (with regulations). He is young, currently 42. He recently released his first autobiography titled Common Ground.

Last night he launched his campaign for Prime Minister in 2015 with an hour long interview on the Canadian CTV show W5 (who what when where why).

Sadly I cannot find a way to embed this video but here is the link to the interview:

If you want to hear his version of his life, watch the interview and read his autobiography.

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Bob Fowler, career public servant, served as foreign policy advisor to prime ministers, as deputy minister of National Defence and as Canada's UN Ambassador, has come out with a most thoughtful piece on the new military adventure and why it will fail.

A few years ago, he acted as a special envoy for the UN Secretary, in Niger. He and a Cdn colleague were kidnapped and held six months, in the desert, by Al Quaida. Thet feared for their lives every day, until released. In this oped, he mentions parenthetically he knows what his fate would be now.

He is a remarkably intelligent person, well positioned to write on these matters. I commend his analysis to you, in his own words.

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 03:53 PM PDT

Carbon Capture & Storage, it's here!

by Agathena

Reposted from Climate Hawks by Agathena

There was a big drive towards carbon capture and storage or CCS ten years ago but it slowed to a crawl. It is very expensive and it is experimental. Many people are suspicious of the storage deep in the earth or in the deep ocean.

This is carbon capture

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Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 07:50 PM PDT

Massive Toxic Spill follow-up

by Agathena

Reposted from UN Climate Summit by Agathena

On August 4, 2014 the wall of a settling pond full of toxic mining waste from the Mount Polley mine broke and allowed a river of toxic sludge into Quesnel Lake in northern British Columbia. On August 6, 2014 I wrote a diary Massive toxic sludge spilled into pristine wilderness. The Mount Polley Mine owned by Imperial Metals Corp. has been closed since the spill and continues to be shut down for maintenance and clean-up. Although many experts say a clean-up is impossible, the heavy metals have settled into the lakes and rivers.

- August 24, 2014, the Health Ministry for the area issued a new ban on drinking water.

- August 26, 2014, David Suzuki weighs in with a Wake-Up Call for Canada's Mining Industry.

- September 1, 2014, Imperial Metals Corp. boosted the original estimate of the spill.

- September 2, 2014 after areal photographs were taken Damien Gillis reported that
Mount Polley spill may be far bigger than initially revealed.

Mount Polley Mine Disaster
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A fracking well in Colorado, pictured in 2012
In his new brilliant piece for Mother Jones, Bill McKibben connects the dots showing the evidence why fracking for natural gas (methane) may be even worse in building carbon emissions than our current Earth killing use of coal. He disputes the use of natural gas as 'the bridge' to a sustainable energy future. He accuses the Obama administration of moving us in the wrong direction by supporting natural gas fracking.
If you're a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama's climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it's being knit. To be specific: Most of the administration's theoretical gains in the fight against global warming have come from substituting natural gas for coal. But it looks now as if that doesn't really help.
There are so many problems with fracking for natural gas, but the one Bill McKibben is focusing on in this article is the massive problem with methane leaks. They are so numerous and so potent that they make fracking for natural gas more of a problem then a solution to sustainable energy. The problem with the leaks is that there are no really good solutions to eliminating them. They can be slowed somewhat by regulation and intense monitoring (we know how effective that is). But the major problem with fracking and natural gas is that it draws investment away from where it needs to be. We lose precious time in building an infrastructure for natural gas when that time and money could be directly allocated to clean energy such as solar and wind.
It turns out, in other words, that there's no easy bridge to a working climate future—no way to avoid angering powerful interests, no way to put off actually building the clean energy we desperately need. It's time to stop searching for a bridge and simply take the leap.
This is a must read. Bill makes the case for changing our direction regarding natural gas and fracking. I hope the right people read this. We don't have time to waste.
"I don't care."
Of all the nefarious things that our Conservative government has done to our Country, possibly the worst is its war on Science. We have witnessed it for years. Recently a report (pdf in French) studying 12 countries by the French National trade Union of Scientific Researchers (SNCS-FSU) has zeroed in on Canada for the way it has treated its scientists. i have included a link and review of the book The War on Science and the top-rated CBC documentary The Silence of the Labs (43 min). Surprisingly, it was shown on the public tv station. And the CBC was punished for it with massive budget cuts that forced them to lay off 1,500 employees.

This morning on my Facebook page there was the headline from on Canada's war on science and I thought you might want to know a little more about what is happening to that once free and open country to the North of you.

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Toxic Sludge in the Cariboo

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This is basically mountain top removal, a gold/silver/copper strip mine on top of what once was a mountain. It's a guaranteed danger to all the bodies of water below.

33 aerial photographs of the disaster.

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Reposted from Native American Netroots by Agathena

The area along the Pacific Coast north of California and between the Cascade Mountains and the ocean, is the home to many Indian nations who traditionally based their economy on the use of sea coast and river ecological resources. This is an area which stretches from the Tlingit homelands in Alaska to the Tolowa homelands in northern California. The Indian nations along the Northwest Coast, and particularly in the northern and central portions of the region, have a highly developed woodworking tradition that includes houses, canoes, bent boxes, totem poles, and household utensils.

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Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 03:28 PM PDT

150 Years in Yosemite: Those Who Kill

by rb137

Reposted from rb137 by Agathena

As we celebrate 150 years of protecting Yosemite National Park, we have to look closer at how it became ours in the first place.

The name itself -- Yosemite -- is a slur. It is a Miwok word that means "Those Who Kill." Sometimes it's translated as "Some of Them Are Killers," and it refers to the Ahwanhee people who'd lived in the valley for centuries before the US government ordered its evacuation and later created a national recreation area under the Yosemite Grant Act. But the people who lived there weren't killers. They just lived in a valley that our government wanted to use for entertaining dignitaries.

That is the untold story of Yosemite National Park.

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