Ai Weiwei disappeared since Apr 2nd – Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist’s Arrest

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

Ai Weiwei disappeared since Apr 2nd - Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest

Have a listen and read of this NPR report “Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist’s Arrest“. Here is an excerpt,

“The bearded face of the detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is spray-painted on a nondescript gray wall overlooking the steep lanes of Hong Kong’s nightlife capital, Lan Kwai Fong.

Given his real-life circumstances — summarily disappeared at the hands of the Chinese authorities with no charges yet laid — the furrowed forehead and hooded, tired eyes of the image now seem a representation of suffering. Underneath his face is one simple question, “Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei?”

This graffiti, appearing all over Hong Kong, has become a political statement, more than a month after the world-famous artist was detained by the authorities at Beijing airport. The campaign could yet lead to a jail term for the young graffiti artist responsible. And that fact has led to fears about the erosion of Hong Kong’s distinct freedoms, which are a legacy of its colonial past under the British.

Despite causing consternation for the authorities, many Hong Kong residents like both the graffiti’s aesthetic and its political message.

“It’s cool,” says passerby Peter Chan. “The graphic is cool, and the presentation of protest against China is cool.””

See my other Ai Weiwei entries.

Vote on May 2nd – These young people are voting! You should too!

Wednesday, 27 April, 2011

Remember to vote on May 2nd.

University of Toronto Mississauga Vote Mob

Halifax Vote Mob

Usask Vote Mob 2011

Read the rest of this entry »

Wasted Vote, Wasted Election ? No. Vote on May 2nd

Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

I admire people who try to make a difference in this election. Vote on May 2nd.

“Wasted Vote” by Shane Koyczan

Michael Ignatieff’s Town Hall for Canada

Sunday, 24 April, 2011

Getting to know Michael Ignatieff a bit more from the video Michael Ignatieff’s Town Hall for Canada

[HT TorontoStar]

more Vote Mobs – Vote on May 2 (or Advance polls Apr 22, 23, 25)

Saturday, 23 April, 2011

University of Toronto’s Vote Mob – “This is What Democracy Looks Like”

University of Lethbridge Vote Mob

Brandon University Vote Mob

Vote Mob at University of Regina


Click here for more entries and videos about vote mob!

Advance Polls Open for Voting on Fri, Sat, Mon (April 22, 23, 25)

Friday, 22 April, 2011

Vote. Shape your world.

From Elections Canada “Advance Voting Begins Friday

  • Advance voting for the 41st general election begins Friday, April 22, and continues Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25.
  • Advance polls are open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time) across the country.
  • Electors can find the location of their advance poll on the back of the voter information card mailed to them by Elections Canada.
  • Electors who did not receive a voter information card or who received one with incorrect information may contact theirlocal Elections Canada office or use the automated Voter Information Service, available at any time by calling 1-800-463-6868.

From Elections Canada “Electors Must Prove Their Identity and Address When They Vote

How do I register to vote?

To register to vote:

  • call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868
  • visit your local Elections Canada office before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26
  • go to your advance polling place on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 or Monday, April 25, or
  • go to your election day polling place on Monday, May 2

Stephen Harper’s Greatest Fear – Call your grandparents

Friday, 22 April, 2011

Stephen Harper’s Greatest Fear

Canadian Women’s Favourite Pick-up Line

Wednesday, 20 April, 2011

Canadian Women’s Favourite Pick-up Line

Stephen Harper is an Evil Astronaut? – The power to ridicule

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

“Actual patriotism has to do with loving a place enough to try and improve it.” – Win Butler of @ArcadeFire

Stephen Harper is an Evil Astronaut. Funny. [via ShitHarperDid]

Yoko VS Harper [Warning: strong language]

VOTE Mob: Rick Mercer on CTV’s Question Period talking about young people involvement in election

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Highly recommend you watch this short video clip, “CTV’s Question Period: Rick Mercer on involvement”

The veteran political comedian says it is refreshing young people are taking action in a brand new way, and explains how the recent ‘vote mobs’ show the kids are alright and getting engaged.

Rick Mercer: Vote Mobs

1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Toronto Star report, “1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei, Toronto version” (Facebook photos)

Torontoist, “Scene: Where is Ai Weiwei?

Protest pictures, details and comments posted onto the worldwide 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei Facebook group. Pix from New York City here, herehere. Pix from Munich here.

NPR, “Art And Consequence: A Talk With China’s Controversial Ai Weiwei

This Sunday, at Chinese embassies all over the world, protesters are planning a global sit-in to protest the detention of the internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai was taken into custody by Chinese authorities nearly two weeks ago for what government officials now say are questions about his finances.

The protesters will be bringing chairs to sit on. They aren’t worried about getting tired. The design of the protest is a homage to a piece by Ai that was exhibited in 2007 at Documenta 12, a major arts festival in Kassel, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

Viral Campaign:

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

Plain and simple with some solid source reference articles about Sh*t Harper Did.

Stephen Harper thinks that what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger. Unless it kills you.

Stephen Harper thinks that what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. Unless it kills you.

In 2008, Luc Pomerleau, a biologist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, discovered secret government plans to weaken regulations & allow corporate food producers to conduct their own safety inspections. Pomerleau leaked the news and was immediately fired. Then the listeriosis meat outbreak killed 17 Canadians.

Read about Luc Pomerleau in The Ottawa Citizen

Here is their “Ben Mulroney Not Endorsing“.

Other videos: check out thisthis, and this one with some strong language.

Check out CTV news report of the viral campaign: Now Toronto Q&A with the makers of,

Who are you guys?

We are a million dollar ad agency. Wait, no we’re a socialist-communist-liberal conspiracy unit. Wait, no we’re scruffy hipster types. Wait, no, we’re an oft overlooked, disregarded and actively ignored demographic of Canadian voters who want attention by swearing so you’ll ground us. But then at least we’ll be part of the cool swearing kids, right? Those kids smoke. Actually we’re a group of young Canadian artists (comedians, musicians, filmmakers and designers). […]

What are you hoping the site will accomplish? Read the rest of this entry »

VOTE Mob – University of Calgary

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

It is nice to read “U of C ‘Vote Mob’ riled up for Canadian election – Rally urges students to get involved in voting”. Check out

University of Calgary Vote Mob (Omni News)

CBC News, “Rise of the Vote Mob feature on CBC

U of C Videos, “University of Calgary Vote Mob – Unstoppable!

This Rick Mercer’s rant to get people, especially students, out to vote started the “Vote Mob” thing.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, this is not appropriate behaviour

Friday, 15 April, 2011

Again, as I wrote before, I am not a fan of Ms. Helena Guergis (Wikipedia) but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has now been proven to step out of line and his and PMO’s inappropriate behaviour cannot be ignored.

Here is audio excerpt of Ms. Guergis eloquently defending herself on April 15th CBC Power and Politics.

Check out the full 25 minutes PnP podcast here.

Stephen Harper ignores due process and justice in Helena Guergis case

Friday, 15 April, 2011

I am not be a big fan of Ms. Helena Guergis (Wikipedia) but how her reputation was smeared and damaged by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pure and simply wrong! I am shocked and ashamed of Harper and PMO’s total disregard of due process and justice, and covering things up by smearing of Ms. Guergis’ name.

Have a watch of Helena Guergis’s statement (via CBC News). Have a listen to CBC Power & Politics April 15th podcast after Helena Guergis’ press conference.

See CBC News “Harper ‘tossed me under a bus’: Guergis”

“During the news conference, Guergis accused staff in Harper’s communications office of running a “destructive campaign” against her and perpetrating “false allegations” that damaged her reputation.

“Not only was it made to seem I was guilty of conduct that has never been disclosed to me — going against the very core of what our principles of justice are built on — the Prime Minister’s Office still made it seem as though I was guilty of something even after I had been proven innocent,” Guergis said.

“This of course is the worst kind of politics, the kind that Canadians abhor,” she said.”

Toronto Star, “Guergis slams PMO for ‘concerted effort to perpetrate lies’”

To me, the following nine words said by Andy Beaudoin, Ms. Guergis’ campaign manager, summarize what made me angry most.

“Guilty until proven innocent. Guilty after being proven innocent!”

As proud Canadians, we have to keep our elected political leaders honest, regardless of which party we support.

I will try to add more to this entry later.

Ignatieff accepts Rick Mercer debate offer – Canadian democracy in the social media age

Saturday, 2 April, 2011

Thanks Rick for adding your push to get the promised one-on-one harper Iggy debate (see below Twitter exchanges). And getting the youth (and Canadians of all ages) on Twitter interested and excited about the election.

rickmercer When Harper challenged Iggy to a debate I missed part where he said in 2015 when debt erased. My bad. #elxn41
10:18 AM Mar 31st via Mobile Web
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

rickmercer Ok hell i will rent massey put the camera’s in place and moderate the Harper Iggy smackdown. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
7:33 PM Apr 1st via web
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

M_Ignatieff I’m in. RT @rickmercer: Ok hell i will rent massey put the camera’s in place and moderate the Harper Iggy smackdown. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
about 10 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

rickmercer Ok i’ll produce a Iggy Harper debate. 50 grand to a charity of their choice. I’ll find a broadcaster or 4. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
7:53 PM Apr 1st via web
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

M_Ignatieff You can make that contribution to the Alzheimer Society. RT @rickmercer: 50 grand to a charity of their choice. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
about 10 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Retweeted by you and 100+ others
Reply Retweeted (Undo)

@pmharper Why did you back out of your promise? Why are you afraid of questions from reporters?

Opposition Motion (LP) Non-Confidence in the government vote for Contempt of Parliament (yeas 156) (nays 145)

Friday, 25 March, 2011

For the record Opposition Motion (LP) Confidence in the government.

Opposition Motion (LP) Confidence in the government

Clock at 00. Getting ready to vote.

Opposition Motion (LP) Confidence in the government - Clock 00

12:13pm MST The moment of truth has started. The fall of the Harper government is in progress.

Opposition Motion (LP) Non-Confidence in the government vote - (yeas 156) (nays 145)

12:25pm MST The moment of truth. Opposition Motion (LP) Non-Confidence in the government vote – (yeas 156) (nays 145). The Harper government has fallen.

Go out and vote and exercise our democratic rights, the same rights that citizens of other countries are willing to die to have.

Democratic right Twitter-blocked by @MPJamesMoore

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

You would think no Canadians should be blocked from following minister’s *public* policy announcements and *public* discussions/debates with Canadian journalists/citizens, right? Well, you would be wrong. I had to jump through hoops (very time consuming, if possible at all) in order to follow what is going on.

When the current Canadian government is charged of contempt of Parliament and will likely fail a confidence motion because of said contempt, I thought it is time for me to take my own democratic right more seriously. Democracy is not free, so I took some time to write and send in the following complain. I know my chance of seeing any positive changes is really small but sometimes one has to do what is right.

Here is an excerpt for the record.

Democratic right twitter-blocked by @MPJamesMoore

To: Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Harper (Member of Parliament for Calgary SW)
cc: Heritage Minister Mr. James Moore
Opposition Party Leaders
Mr. Pablo Rodriguez, Liberal Heritage critic
Mr. Charlie Angus, NDP Heritage critic

March 24, 2011

Dear Mr. Harper,

I am writing you as a Canadian living in your Calgary SW riding. I hope you can promptly help me to restore my democratic right to be an informed citizen so that I can vote in an knowledgable manner.

Recently, ministers have been announcing important policy decisions on the social media platform Twitter and using Twitter for active debates and discussions with Canadian citizens and journalists. With a possible election coming soon, Minister James Moore‘s (note: new Twitter account, the letters “MP” have been expunged and _org added) discriminatory act of blocking me from following his Tweets (see background info below and attached files) has become impossible to ignore. Let me emphasize, Moore’s discriminatory act of blocking me on Twitter has become increasingly detrimental to my ability to exercise my democratic right and duty to be informed & engaged in public discussions/debates, and to stay informed on Canadian government policies when I vote in an election. Read the rest of this entry »

Tahrir/Liberation Square 2011 – witnessing history unfold

Thursday, 10 February, 2011

The world is “witnessing history unfold” in Egypt. I am watching Al Jazeera LIVE on YouTube.

From CBC News “Egypt braces for Mubarak’s possible ouster“.

P.S. A very [I hope for a very] different outcome than what happened in Tiananmen Square 1989 in China.

1:46pm MST Update: Muybarak speaking LIVE. Looks like he is NOT quitting tonight. I don’t think thats what the Egyptian people in Tahrir Square want to hear.

I hope CBC Neil Macdonald analysis in “Brace yourself for an inevitable crackdown” is wrong but I am deeply worried now.

9:52am MST, Feb 11, 2011 Update: “Egypt’s Mubarak resigns – Hard and uncertain job of transferring power to people begins

Gabby Giffords and the tragedy in Tucson

Sunday, 9 January, 2011

Jan 10th, 2011 Update: MSNBC and CBC interviews of Daniel Hernandez, a Giffords intern who had basic nursing training and his heroic actions at the scene have been credited in saving Giffords and other victims’ lives. Henry Champ (retired CBC foreign correspondent), “Time to listen to the sheriff and pack up the vitriol“.

Here is a video clip from CNN. [HT My Latino Voice]


I am very saddened of the tragedy happened yesterday in Tucson, Arizona. The attack on Rep. Gabby Giffords and the bystanders was sickening. My thought goes to Rep. Gabby Giffords, her families & loved ones and to the people who were killed or hurt yesterday and their families and loved ones. (From NYT, “Among those killed were John M. Roll, 63, the chief judge for the United States District Court for Arizona, and Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, who was the director of community outreach for Ms. Giffords. The others who died were identified as Christina Green, 9; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79.“)

Watching the news yesterday and the ongoing updates today made me feel sad state of American politics and democracy. And also made me reflect on the rhetorics that have infected Canadian politics in recent years.


From ABC: ‘This Week’ Transcript: Tragedy in Tucson

An older but insightful MSNBC video “Rep. Gabby Giffords after her office was trashed” [via Roger Ebert]

For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords had said in an interview with MSNBC. [text copied from CBC]

NPR Radio, “Giffords: A Centrist, A Fighter, A Public Servant

Guardian UK, “Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition after Arizona shooting

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