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As a member of the Green Party of Canada, I am being asked by the party about my views on the recent resolution passed in support of the BSD movement. Short answer I do not support g16-p006, and believe the resolution shou...
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Interesting. I submitted my membership application a few days ago precisely because the Green Party finally took what i consider the correct and moral stand on this issue.  In contrast, the other Parties voted in the House almost unanimously to condemn BDS activity.  It brings the Greens closer to their roots as an anti-war Party and will help to overcome its reputation as being single interest (environment).
I don't think it is such a radical position. It is my feeling that a substantial minority (if not already a majority) of the public sees that the government of Israel is instransigent and something real needs to be done because mere statements deploring the illegal activity and disproprotionate violence in occupied Palestine are not working.  The mainstream media, as usual, are magnifying the government/official position, lagging behind the public.
Should it have risked taking a stand at all, considering the other issues facing Canada? Yes, i believe this strengthens the foreign policy portfolio of the Party.  It is consistent with a pro indigenous rights position.  It is consistent with historical progressive movements' opposition to apartheid.
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I agree with part of this -- radical religious is a problem, and specific abuses of "political correctness" are making us less safe.

Problem is -- this article is focused only on one religious group, and not referencing the most dangerous form of political correctness.

Lets take the opposition to the BDS movement - this is a dangerous form of political correctness that equates a country, a religion, and a race. The BDS movement can't be anti-semetic as palestinian are semetic as well. But the opposition to BDS is the abuse of one issue (hatred some have for Jewish people) with something entirely different (legitimate complaints that are held both within and outside Israel, by people of a wide variety of faiths and from a wide variety of races, about the controversial policies of the Israel government).

We know the impact of this extreme form of political correctness as no western politician dare discuss it. No country (and that is all the BDS movement is about, a country) should get a free pass to do whatever they want to do, and have a bogus form of political correctness protect them.

I suspect a lot of what drives people of other religions to such extremism is this specific blind spot that the most powerful (and the most weaponized) nations have.
After Paris and Orlando and now Ataturk airport in Istanbul, it is time for Western politicians, academics and commentators to accept that we are at war with radical Islam.
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If i may be even more politically incorrect: It is time for Westerm politicians, academics and commentators to accept that the modern state of Israel was created after another violent radical group (Zionists) carried out acts of terrorism and ethnic cleansing.  If Israel is legitimately the country of the Jewish people, then ISIL has a good claim to be the country of the (subset of Wahabi/Sunni) Islamic people.  And similarly anywhere else that a religious or other cultural group decides that it should have its own state.
I do not agree with such a position however.
Rather, to get the most universal human rights, states and governments should be secular, with borders set up to optimize administration.  Israel should stop being apartheid.
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Canadiana is sending me to Access 2016. While I expect to learn quite a bit and meet new people, I wanted to make an additional introduction online ahead of time. I have participated in many changes to the technical platform...
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Instead of supporting dinosaur publishing corporations, why dont provincial governments directly fund creation of chapters of textbooks and then share them under that Unglue.It program?  They could even have teachers and students involved in writing the books.  By distributing the work across provinces, it wouldnt take long for all of the country to have a full and modern set of (Fre)e-books to use.
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Why a Canadiana.org and CRKN.ca merger could be great A press release from CRKN launches a dialog about the future closer relationship between CRKN and Canadiana.org. I've been at Canadiana for 5 years, starting in January 20...
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Internet/FLOSS Consultant
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  • Canadiana.org
    System Administrator/software developer, 2011 - present
    System administration of LAN and Internet servers, software developer (primarily Catalyst/PERL based web application)
  • FLORA Community Consulting
    Internet/FLOSS Consultant, 1995 - 2012
    Self-employed consultant http://www.flora.ca
  • Agriculture Canada
    2008 - 2010
    Configuration management, system administration
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I have a hardware/software background and primarily get paid for related skills, but my passion is public policy.  Active in areas where technology, law and economics come together -- most recently focused on digital copyright, information/mental process patents, and new media/network neutrality.

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Don't have a drivers license, been involved in computing since 1980s, Eastern Ontario Authorized Commodore repair-person in late 1980's, Linux user since 1993
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  • Carleton University
    1987
  • Garson Falconbridge Secondary School
    1982 - 1986
  • Nickel District Secondary School
    1986 - 1987
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