“Warren Kinsella's book, ‘Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse,’ is of vital importance for American conservatives and other right-leaning individuals to read, learn and understand.”

- The Washington Times

“One of the best books of the year.”

- The Hill Times

“Justin Trudeau’s speech followed Mr. Kinsella’s playbook on beating conservatives chapter and verse...[He followed] the central theme of the Kinsella narrative: “Take back values. That’s what progressives need to do.”

- National Post

“[Kinsella] is a master when it comes to spinning and political planning...”

- George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV

“Kinsella pulls no punches in Fight The Right...Fight the Right accomplishes what it sets out to do – provide readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”

- Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics

“[Kinsella] deserves credit for writing this book, period... he is absolutely on the money...[Fight The Right] is well worth picking up.”

- Huffington Post

“Run, don't walk, to get this amazing book.”

- Mike Duncan, Classical 96 radio

“Fight the Right is very interesting and - for conservatives - very provocative.”

- Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory

“His new book is great! All of his books are great!”

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD

“I absolutely recommend this book.”

- Paul Wells, Maclean’s

“Kinsella puts the Left on the right track with new book!”

- Calgary Herald



He’s a nice guy, but I don’t think his departure matters too much.  Things hadn’t been going particularly well for some time – see here and here and here and here.

There’s plenty more, but I think everyone gets the point: this guy was never going to have the political skills of Stephen Harper. And MacKay, perhaps, knew it before the rest of us did.


Aren’t we handsome?

SFHportrait

Left to right:
Steve Deceive, Winkie Nuclear Age Smith, Bjorn von Flapjack III.
Missing: Davey Snot.


Quote:

So watch out for door to door fraud by this despicable hate group. Danforth Music Festival and Beaches Blues Festival are owned by Leroy St. Germaine, the same waste of skin who owns and publishes Your Ward News. If they come to your door asking for money, you might want to report it as fraud…

And James Sears, YWN’s new editor in chief is all kinds of anti-Semitic crazy lately. His most recent tweet is a Holocaust denial video featuring “pastor” Steven Anderson, the leader of a Christian fundamentalist hate group from Arizona.

A few days ago, I contacted Toronto Mayor John Tory about this problem, which has literally thousands of people in East Toronto very upset. I will let you know when I get a response.

Meanwhile, below is a screen cap of the Twitter feed of James Sears, the editor of Your Ward News. He also goes by the name of “Dimitri the Lover,” via which he advocates sexual assault – a crime for which he has pleaded guilty in the past.

JamesSearsNazi


And there is a reward for his safe return!

(Well, actually, there isn’t. There’s a reward if he doesn’t return. Ever.)

  


if you reappoint this guy, you need help. 

Signed,

Ontario

  


The multiple instances of defamation notwithstanding – and my lawyer tells me we can, and should, sue and that we’d win – what I found most astonishing, here, is that Andre Marin has disclosed confidential information about a complaint I made to his office many years ago, and he has acted in a manner that is anything but impartial. I’ve redacted that section of his email to his staff, but I can say that my concern, at the time, was that TVO was paying a white supremacist to come on air. Does Marin think it’s defensible to pay white supremacists? But I digress.

So, here he is, in his taxpayer-funded position, using taxpayer resources to defame a, you know, taxpayer who has had the temerity to criticize him.

Has he lost his marbles? I’m not qualified to say. But it seems to me that he has certainly violated his oath, and his obligation to be impartial, as per this section of the law that governs what he does:

Oath of office and secrecy
12. (1) Before commencing the duties of his or her office, the Ombudsman shall take an oath, to be administered by the Speaker of the Assembly, that he or she will faithfully and impartially exercise the functions of his or her office and that he or she will not…disclose any information received by him or her as Ombudsman. R.S.O. 1990, c. O.6, s. 12 (1).

Section 18(2) says the same thing: everything he does “shall be in private.”

So who is the overseer when the overseer has broken his own law? Who acts as Ombudsman to the Ombudsman?

If I read the Act correctly, it’s no less than the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature.  As such, I brought a formal complaint about Marin before Speaker Dave Levac earlier today – and I copied all of the party leaders, to ensure it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

I’ll keep you posted about what happens next.  In the meantime, any of his long-suffering staff who have insights to share can continue to do so in comments, below.

Oh, and here is his email:

MarinEmail

 

 



Fittingly, it took a small-town radio station to ask The Question.

It came on Dave Glover’s drive-time show on CFWN in Northumberland.

“What,” I was asked, “do you think about Postmedia’s purchase of the Sun Media newspaper chain?”

“Thank you for asking that question,” I told Glover and his co-host. “As someone who used to write for Sun Media, CanWest, QMI and Southam, I’ve been waiting for that question. I think it’s a disaster. It’s deplorable. And I know that most journalists in Canada agree with me, but are too worried about losing their jobs to say so.”

A refresher: last month, Postmedia bought Quebecor’s 175 newspapers and digital publications, including the Sun chain of papers – found in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and London – as well as the give-away 24 Hours commuter dailies in Toronto and Vancouver, the Canoe online portal, and scads of prime real estate. They got all that for a paltry $316 million.

Oh, and they acquired the services of 2,500 journalists, editors and assorted other folks. That, too.

Postmedia’s boss is Paul Godfrey. He’s a smooth-talking septuagenarian, well-liked – and he’s a card-carrying Conservative who doesn’t hesitate to let his employees know about his politics. So, there he was at a press conference on the lawn at Queen’s Park in early April, publicly throwing his support behind Ontario Conservative leadership candidate (and eventual victor) Patrick Brown.

Isn’t that a bit of a conflict, given that Godfrey runs a bunch of newspapers which are expected to cover all political parties, without fear or favour? (That question was posited, unsurprisingly, by a journalists who don’t work for Godfrey.)

Said Godfrey, radiating innocence: “Conflict for who? This is a race between Tories. The media talks about transparency. I’m the most transparent guy of all because I say the things that I do.”

Gotcha. The problem, of course, is that Godfrey can’t truthfully refer to “the media” as some far-flung, intangible concept: in reality, Paul Godfrey now is the media in Canada. And it isn’t “transparent” to wade into a Conservative leadership race, as Godfrey has done.

It’s wrong – wrong because it sends an unmistakable message to thousands of journalists, ie. go easy on the Conservatives. It’s wrong because it suggests to a dwindling number of readers that their daily paper is, as suspected, neither impartial nor fair. It’s wrong because it creates the potential for abuse, and buttresses the widely-held view that the media are just another special interest group. Proof? The Globe and the Star made mention of the conflict-of-interest question. The National Post? In a terse, almost Orwellian seven-paragraph item, not a word. Zero.

But let’s not be too hard on Paul Godfrey. Because, at day’s end, Paul Godfrey isn’t really the boss.

The boss, truth be told, are a couple of U.S.-based hedge funds – junk bond specialists. Like vulture capitalist Mitt Romney did so often, these outfits buy up companies in trouble, sell off what is profitable, and dump the rest. They call their little Canadian newspaper excursion “Project Canada.”

Wondering how “Project Canada” was approved by the Competition Bureau or Investment Canada? I do, too.

The Investment Canada Act is a law created to review deals in which foreigners seek control of Canadian businesses. Under the Act, newspapers are in a special category – the “cultural” category, for things like magazines and books and music and films. The policy that underlines the Act – it’s right there on the relevant web site – says the government will protect the “creation, production, distribution, marketing and preservation of Canadian cultural products in Canada, through traditional and new media.” So, how the Hell did a couple of foreign company-wreckers get the majority of shares in an important Canadian cultural business?

Good question. And, by the by, when those deals happened, did Canada’s political parties have anything at all to say? Not really.

Same with Postmedia’s just-approved purchase of Sun Media. The Competition Bureau is required, by law, to “maintain and encourage competition in Canada.” But does permitting a cabal of American junk bond types to own every major daily newspaper in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa “maintain and encourage competition in Canada?” Hilariously, the Competition Bureau issued what it actually, truly calls a “no action letter.” As in, no action, no problem.

And from Canada’s political parties? Silence.

Canada’s newspapers are sliding inexorably towards the graveyard, I told my grim Northumberland radio hosts. And it is the faceless bureaucrats overseeing the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act – and too many gutless politicians – who are letting it happen.

Weep for our media. Times are bad.



Hoo boy do I ever have a bit of news on Canada’s most ridiculous Ombudsman!