Paul Hughes
Father, Activist, Freedom Fighter... Repeat.

Entries by Paul Hughes

Just A Motion Away: 14 Priority Items for Calgary City Council in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 5:58 PM

14 Priority Items for Calgary City Council in 2014:

1. Ombudsman
The most important addition to local democracy since the ballot. A 2008 imagineCalgary target.
The one thing council can do that will actually give accountability teeth.


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T-365... The PPCLI Prepare for Regiment's 100th Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 3:36 PM



The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is preparing for its centennial anniversary in one year.

Started in 1914 to aid the British in World War 1, the lionized Canadian infantry regiment turns 100 in 2014.

Globally, the history of the PPCLI is unparalleled...

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The Cruel Consequences of Animal Bylaws

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:14 PM

There is a painful social cost to political and bureaucratic inaction. Here's one baffling example of the impact of civic apathy:

I received a phone call yesterday that I believe HuffPo readers should know about. I also ask that you share it with your friends, family, imagineCalgary, the Calgary Food...

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The Ag Delusion: What's Missing from Encana Aggie Days? Just the Truth..

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Aggie Days, an event that celebrates a sanitized and fictitious version of modern, industrialized agriculture. Animals are cute and cuddly. They have straw in their pens and room to roam. Baby chicks, cage free and with their beaks still intact, scurry around, enjoying their last bit of freedom. GM crop...

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Compassion vs Cruelty in Calgary

(9) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 1:09 PM

On Wednesday, March 13th, the membership of Calgary Co-op voted in favour of eliminating caged eggs and pork in their 24 stores located in Calgary and region. Calgary Co-op boasts a membership of 440,000, making it one of the largest cooperatives in North America.

The successful vote, held...

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The End of Cowshwitz: Will Ethical Bacon & Eggs be Coming to Cowtown?

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Farm animal welfare, intensive confinement, caged animals and factory farming.

It is something consumers across Canada are becoming increasingly concerned about and a Calgary retailer is on the leading edge of farm animal welfare developments.

If Calgary Co-op member, and local food activist, Clint Robertson's motion is...

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Citizen Collaboration

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 3:36 PM

MAC: Municipal Accountability Collaboration


Our towns and cities do not function in isolation. They do not exist in a vacuum. Municipalities can learn from one another's experiences. More importantly, citizens can too. Citizens hold municipalities accountable. If we want to improve government performance,...

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Conference Board of Canada Food Summit: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 2:15 PM

"One's basic nature eventually betrays itself..."

Although the 2nd Canadian Food Summit (April 9/10 Toronto) hasn't even started, the controversy has. In fact, the Canadian food policy world may have it's biggest dust up ever if the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) continues its tone deaf, stack the...

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I Hate Video Games, so Why is My Kid Playing Minecraft?

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 5:25 PM

I remember a time when kids played outside. I grew up before Pong. What am I doing reviewing Minecraft and what the hell is Minecraft anyway?

Default Minecraft player, Steve?

I was introduced to Minecraft by...

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SCREW 2013: A Call To Five Prairie Mayors

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 1:28 PM

What is SCREW?

A call for a great first step from five prairie mayors.

A common environment shared by almost 3 million citizens over an area roughly the size of a third of Europe. Similar municipal challenges based on geography and climate. Five almost identical visions of municipal sustainability. A...

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Resurrect The Urban Hen Egg Laying Pilot Project In Calgary

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 2:40 PM


Dear Mayor Nenshi, Ald Carra & Mgr Bowen,

Please read the letter sent 14 Dec. 2012 to Animal & Bylaw Services, requesting the reintroduction of the Urban Hen Egg Laying Pilot Project.

The volume of the City of Calgary official policy that supports...

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Alberta: All We Want For Xmas Is A Calgary Municipal Ombudsman

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:24 PM

OMBUDSMAN: The term ombudsman usually refers to an official, appointed by the government or by parliament but with a significant degree of independence, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or violation of rights by an official body.

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imagineCalgary: Open Government Initiative Betrayed by Bureaucrats

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 6:54 PM

Open Government means accessible to all, all the time. Often referred to as Government 2.0, it is a new model for citizen engagement and participation within the framework of democratic governance.

The magnum opus of democratic transparency & sustainability is imagineCalgary.

ImagineCalgary (iYYC or iCal), a 212 page...

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November 25 is International Meatless Day & International Vegetarian Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 2:48 PM

November 25 is International Meatless Day & International Vegetarian Day.

The International Meatless Day campaign was first started in India in 1986 by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission- a social service organization with a spiritual aim dedicated to serving mankind, especially the poor and downtrodden. It is also a...

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Paradox of Politics Creates the Ultimate Ballot Dilemma in Calgary

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:12 AM

In a political litmus test, Canadians in three federal ridings will have the opportunity to vote in byelections on Nov. 26. Joining Calgary Centre will be the ridings of Durham, Ontario and Victoria, B.C. The results will be intensely scrutinized by all Canadians, with an across the board impact on...

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The Gloves Are Off... CHLPA Serves Notice On The CHL And Hockey Canada

(11) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 10:18 PM

The Canadian Hockey League Players' Association (CHLPA) has launched the legal equivalent of a precision-guided drone into the rear echelon of Canadian junior hockey. That world is inhabited by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and Hockey Canada (HC).

Both behemoths of the Canadian hockey community have received demand...

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The Tainted Tweet: Let Them Eat Meat!

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 8:17 PM

One thing's for sure, the response to Danielle Smith's tweet on using XL meat to feed the hungry was significantly quicker than XL and the CFIA's response to the contaminated meat crisis. Ironically, Smith may have advocated for feeding the hungry XL meat, but she inadvertently fed the very large...

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Beef Recall and the Grim Reality of our Food System

(38) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:41 PM

Establishment 38 & E. coli O157:H7
The increasingly Orwellian nature of our Food System

"All products currently at this plant are under CFIA detention and control."
~from the Statement on E. coli O157:H7 Investigation by the CFIA, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Establishment 38 is not a lunar outpost...

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