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Following on to my most recent diary which I published nearly a year ago (good heavens!) there is further good news from the South American nation of Uruguay. Today, the progressive Broad Front candidate for president, Tabare Vazquez, was elected (or, in a sense, re-elected). For more details, head below the orange cloud of freedom.

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As expected, the Senate of Uruguay has passed legislation to fully legalize the distribution and sale of cannabis within this South American nation. Uruguay becomes the first nation to take this bold step to end the prohibition of pot, make it an income source for the state, and begin to wind down the senseless "War on Drugs".

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I have never pimped another member's diary before, but this one is too important to ignore, in my opinion.

Maybe it's just a not-so great title, or whatever, but there is important news here that should be shared. If not the Rec. List, then at least the Community Spotlight.

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I don't expect this diary will get a lot of attention, what with the awesome DNC convention going on, but I have some news from north of the border to convey.

Today a general election was held in the province of Quebec, and the Parti Quebecois has defeated the Liberal Party. Pauline Marois will be the first woman premier of Quebec, quite an accomplishment given that women in Quebec were denied the right to vote provincially until 1940.

More apres le croissant.

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For anyone interested in the politics of the Great White North (and, after all, I follow most of your silly elections), it's By-election Night in Canada!

Specifically, the electors of Toronto-Danforth voted today for a new Member of Parliament to take the seat formerly held by the late Jack Layton. And in a not-surprising but welcome result, Craig Scott of the NDP has been elected.

More past the NDP-orange squiggle.

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Oh, this is just too good. This story is by Mitch Potter of the Washington DC bureau of the Toronto Star.

Rmoney gave a speech in Milford, MI on Thursday during which he:

recalled he was “probably 4 or something like that” the day of the Golden Jubilee, when three-quarters of a million people gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American automobile.
More over the orange cloud.
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Stephen Harper's Conservative government is being hammered today after the Ottawa Citizen revealed that robocalls were made to thousands of voters in at least 18 federal ridings during the last election.

The calls have been traced by Elections Canada to an Edmonton, Alberta call centre, Racknine, which has been used in the past for legitimate purposes by Conservative candidates, including Harper himself.

The calls targeted NDP and Liberal supporters in swing ridings. Some calls were harassment calls, falsely claiming to be from the supporter's party, placed repeatedly in an attempt to annoy the supporter into not voting. Other calls falsely claimed to be from Elections Canada, giving false info about changes to polling place locations.

Does any of this sound... familiar?

Elections Canada and the RCMP are both investigating. More over the NDP-orange swirl.

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Reports are very preliminary at this time, however, it appears another crisis is brewing at the Tepco-owned reactor that was disabled in last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The reactor reached 164 degrees Fahrenheit (73.3 degrees Celsius) after being stabilized at 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) since last December. Here's the latest official update by Tepco, the owner of the plant: "At this moment, temperature indicates approx. 71.0 °C (as of 11:00 am on February 6). We will monitor it continuously."
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Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 07:08 PM PDT

NDP re-elected in Manitoba

by Wreck Smurfy

Canada's true progressive party has been re-elected to form their 4th straight majority provincial government in Manitoba. The results are very similar to the results of the last general election, with few gains or losses for any party.

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This is a follow-up to this diary from last Thursday by heritage watch. There is vast movement in what was expected to be a same-old, same-old federal campaign here in Canada. In short, the New Democratic Party, the true progressive party of the Great White North, is poised to make major gains next Monday, and could conceivably become the new government.

Poll

In the May 2 vote, the NDP will come in:

26%71 votes
44%117 votes
17%45 votes
11%30 votes

| 263 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 09:15 PM PST

Al Gore on CBC Radio

by Wreck Smurfy

I just listened to a most interesting interview on CBC Radio with Al Gore, along with Dr. David Suzuki, perhaps the best-known environmental advocate in Canada, on CBC Radio's "Q" program, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

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I'm 48 years old. When I first became aware of World War Two, it was something that had begun about 30 years ago. Today it's officially something that began 70 years ago.

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