Humans vs Harper Final Slide Show – Focus: Bye Bye Harper

Humans vs Harper Final Slide Show – Focus: Bye Bye Harper

As the election draws ever closer, Humans vs Harper will soon begin packing up our blog, so it’s a great time to bring you our final HvH slide show. While we still have a few more posts coming, here’s a trip down HvH  Memory Lane showing many of the images that accompanied our posts. Since every picture says – at least – a thousand words, the slides  will bring you thousands of reminders of why so many Canadians so immediately understood that we must stop Harper once and for all. Continue reading

Harper’s Secret Women’s Report Has No Secrets:

Harper’s Secret Women’s Report Has No Secrets:

“Hello Friends, my name is Secret Women’s Report, but you can call me SR for short.PodiumLiar

“Right now I’m sitting in the Humans vs. Harper green room waiting for an interview. Usually, I’m at the Ottawa office called Status of Women Canada. It is always really nice and quiet, the very best environment for secret reports. However, it is nice to get out to an open environment from time to time. My Mama always said being an SR didn’t mean we couldn’t explore.

“You probably don’t know my Mama was a celebrated SR when life for SRs was really hard. Back then governments were so deeply ashamed of SRs that no SR ever saw the light of day. The best SRs came in humble never feeling proud of who they were, let alone of what they did for Canada. Continue reading

Steve and Arthur and Every Breath You Take – Ten Questions

Steve and Arthur and Every Breath You Take – Ten Questions

Tweedles1Humans vs. Harper keeps learning more and more about Stephen Harper and his right wing evangelical gun-toting posse. We’ve recently learned that his official Conservative Party lawyer is a fellow evangelical by the name of Arthur Hamilton.

Arthur and Steve have been together since the founding of the Conservative Party in Continue reading

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? Say Hello to Harper’s Cover-up Gang

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? Say Hello to Harper’s Cover-up Gang

L-R Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright and Stephen Harper

L-R Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright and Stephen Harper

Humans vs. Harper introduces you to a very special group of people, all of whom played a starring role in the Duffy scandal. Best HvH can tell, these unelected people own the corridors of power in Ottawa. Political scientists and others call this governing from the centre and consider it problematic.  We call it owning the centre. Continue reading

Humans vs. Harper Launches Freedom to Look Week

Humans vs. Harper Launches Freedom to Look Week

GreatHornedOwlHumans vs. Harper (HvH) announces the worldwide debut of Freedom To Look Week (FTLW). As we celebrate Canada’s first FTLW  week  over August 1–7, the following statement expresses the values and beliefs underpinning the HvH’s Freedom to Look Movement. Continue reading

Canada’s Armed Forces: Biologically Wired for Sexism?

Canada’s Armed Forces: Biologically Wired for Sexism?

HeCanDoItDear Humans vs Harper:

I’m so glad I found you, Sir!

Warrant officer Gay Guess reporting in with news from the Canadian military gender wars. Take my word for it; they are non-stop, Sir.

I’m currently assigned to the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre. My orders are to support National Defence Headquarters with the total integration of advanced gender perspectives for our military leadership. Continue reading

Arms Sales and Saudi Silver Linings

Arms Sales and Saudi Silver Linings

Pictured here the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) at the center of the massive Saudi arms deal recently brokered by the Harper government. Touted as a vehicle that “combines versatility, survivability, lethality,” it’s manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a subsidiary of the American-owned Combat Systems business group of General Dynamics Corporation. While Canada is required to screen requests to export military goods to countries like Saudi Arabia that “have a persistent record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens,” we don’t know if this sale was screened because Harper has kept those details secret.

Pictured here the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) at the center of the massive Saudi arms deal recently brokered by the Harper government. Touted as a vehicle that “combines versatility, survivability, lethality,” it’s manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a subsidiary of the American-owned Combat Systems business group of General Dynamics Corporation. While Canada is required to screen requests to export military goods to countries like Saudi Arabia that “have a persistent record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens,” we don’t know if this sale was screened because Harper has kept those details secret.

The Bombkill Institute, a Canadian public relations and lobbying firm that champions the Canadian arms industry, hosted a backgrounder for Ottawa media yesterday, entitled “What Canada Can Learn from Saudi Arabia.” Best known for its influential workshop series, “Selling Guns: A Profession or a Lifestyle?” the Bombkill Institute has been quick to capitalize on the growing interest in Canada’s $15 billion arms sale to the Saudis.

Martin “Rat-a-Tat” Bombkill, the Institute’s founder, struck an uplifting tone with reporters, Continue reading

Mike, Nigel and Canada’s Favorite Squirrel

Mike, Nigel and Canada’s Favorite Squirrel

 Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

From our roving Urban Nature Correspondent:  Although not usually found nested in buckets like former Senator Mike, the Red Squirrel is common across North America and can be found frolicking in our forests and urban environments.

Also abundant in Prince Edward Island woodlots, the Reds weigh about 200 grams and range from 28 to 34 centimetres (11 to 14 inches) in total length. Reddish to yellowish on the back, they have a black line along the side, which separates the back color from their whitish underparts. Continue reading