On That Zombie Suzuki Resignation Story

The Globe:

Canada’s most famous environmentalist, David Suzuki, says he left the board of his charitable foundation to avoid being a lightning rod for criticism and government attacks that would undermine its work.

Still, Peter Robinson, who is the head of the David Suzuki Foundation, said the group is facing a “chill” that is leading it to pull back from important environmental debates lest it be accused by the federal government of exceeding its charitable mandate.

Is Suzuki a new, very high-profile casualty in the asymmetrical Harpercon war on non-profit environmental advocacy orgs?

Not so fast:

In fact, Suzuki’s departure from the foundation that bears his name had nothing to do with the federal government’s latest attack on charities opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline.  How do I know this?  It happened during the summer of 2011.

Oops. Not so fresh a scoop, izzit?

Look, I’m sure there will be many more prominent resignations from charitable green outfits to come in the near future; reanimating out of context zombie #elxn41 controversies is stupid.

Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast), Redux

AP video, Feb 15, 2011:

A recent [US] government report states the terrorist threat from Canada is greater than from Mexico, and that only 50 kilometres of the border is adequately patrolled.

CBC News, today:

Major job cuts at the Canada Border Services Agency could undermine national security and public safety, according to a security expert and public-sector union officials.

First food safety, now border security? The wanton Harpercon Budget 2012 slash ‘n’ burn austerity spree has so far made Canada a little TOO open for business. And it’s only just begun.

NDP Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen, commenting on cuts to CFIA, sums up what is shaping up to be the primary takeaway from the aftermath (thus far):

“These cuts put Canadians’ lives at risk.”

Image: conner395, Flickr. Used under CC license.

Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)

TorStar, March 20th:

Schools, hospitals and popular burger restaurants such as Hero’s and Lick’s are part of a suddenly massive beef recall over fears of E. coli contamination.

The G&M, today:

Veterinarians and other inspectors responsible for food recalls and ensuring the safety of Canadian meat are among the hundreds of federal public servants who will be told this week their jobs are at risk.

Apparently the Harpercons figure it will be measurably easier to tighten our belts if our bellies have all imploded from E. coli poisoning.

Image: Vanessa Pike-Russell, Flickr. Used under CC license.

Harper’s Listserv Hacked: Anonymous Moves North?

by matttbastard

Palinitis has spread across the border: apparently the 1337 hax0rs in the PMO’s war room still haven’t grokked all the ins and outs of the series of tubes that make up the internets.

CanWest News:

The Prime Minister’s Office has triggered an investigation into how a prankster gained access to its list of e-mail recipients and sent out two phoney messages pretending to have come from Stephen Harper.

One message, distributed to media organizations Sunday afternoon with the subject line “Why you shouldn’t fear me,” claimed to be from Mr. Harper and said: “my goal is to make Canada America’s 51st state and destroy health care that all Canadians cherish by infusing my propaganda with hard core ad hominem attacks.”

The second message, sent later in the evening, said that, because Canada recognized the self-declared independence of Kosovo last February, “Does this lead to slowly accepting sovereignty for Quebec?”

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office Monday warned subscribers to its e-mail service that “these were unauthorized uses of the prime minister’s e-mail listserv and do not represent the views of the prime minister or his office.”

Kady O’Malley (h/t BigMediaCityLib) has more details on how this was pulled off, along with the full text of the “Why you shouldn’t fear me” email, while Prairie Fire passes along the “Kosovo” email.

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