1. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU
DECREE WISH FOR Heather Mallick makes the case that several Harper policies have damaged Harper’s election chances. Also, if you just plain enjoy good writing, Mallick’s first sentence is a beaut: “Here’s a tip. If you’re running a hard-right government with a tyrannical sense of mission, don’t pass a law mandating US-style fixed-date elections. For you are Father Time’s plaything. It will bat you like a cat toy.” Read it all here.
3. WHY WOULD ANYONE VOTE FOR A PARTY THAT RECRUITS IDIOTS LIKE THESE? We’ve all heard about these imbeciles but did you know there’s also a Conservative candidate who skulks around at night in a camouflage jacket, toting a pair of handcuffs and making citizen arrests? Who owns handcuffs? Do you own handcuffs? I don’t own handcuffs. Maybe the guy just has a super-exciting love life. Or maybe he’s Batman, or, um, a serial killer. So many possibilities!
4 SAY, HOW MANY DEFICITS HAS THE HARPER GOVERNMENT RUN AND HOW COME NO ONE CAN AGREE ON A NUMBER? It’s complicated. Also, at least six deficits.
5 BIRTH CONTROL CLINIC ATTACKED BY TERRORISTS More evidence that anti-abortion crusaders have a larger agenda, which includes eliminating birth control. (Remember the time Bill Whatcott wanted to outlaw divorce? It’s not his hideous beliefs that are on the fringe of the anti-abortion movement; it’s his willingness to honestly admit them.)
6. MEME BY ME I was bored on the weekend and made these. Click ’em to embiggen.
7. CANADA’S LETHAL REFUGEE REPUTATION “Those now putting Canada’s refugee policies under scrutiny will realize that this much else is clear: the Harper government has more than one refugee’s death on its hands.” More here.
8. HOSTAGE SITUATION A Saskatoon man’s parents are being held by Islamic State militants. Great.
TRAILER: THE LOBSTER This looks weird and fun. Can’t wait for it to get here!