Mar. 30th, 2011

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Greetings Friends & Strangers! If you are beyond the borders of my rather large country, you may have only heard the faintest rumblings of an election being called in Canada! You may have heard it was called because the government "toppled" (which sounds so dire!), or you may have heard it was called because "Acting Deputy Mayor of Toronto Jack Layton" did something or other. Yes, we in Canada actually have news stories about what news media in other countries write about us, and yes, we have been laughing at you, but mostly in a way that says "Gosh, we really are boring and uninteresting to the rest of the world, aren't we?"

So, in light of the vast amounts of misinformation out there about this most important of elections, the 41st in our history, I thought I would give you a handy-dandy guide to sorting out what the heck is going on here so you can decide whether or not you care.

This is Part 1: What is a Parliamentary Democracy and how does it work? Chances are, if you live in another commonwealth country, this will be terribly boring except for the niggling details, so you may want to skip it, but I promise to try and make it fun as well as informative!

Tell me about democracy in Canada! )

I don't care about all that, tell me about the parties and that sexy sexy Orange! )

Q: Skip the commentary, Anna, just tell me where to get more information myself!

A: I am really liking the Defeatist.

That is all for Part 1! Part 2 will have a video from Rick Mercer and an explanation about the dreaded C words! You'll like the video from Rick Mercer, he's actually funny, not like me.
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Ouattara forces enter Cote d'Ivoire's capital: Forces loyal to internationally recognised winner of presidential election are parading through streets of the capital.

Up to one million Ivorians have now fled fighting in the main city of Abidjan alone, according to the UN [EPA]

Witnesses say fighters supporting Cote d'Ivoire's internationally recognised leader are parading through the streets of the capital after a dramatic advance on the city.

Alassane Ouattara's military spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that his forces had entered the capital of Yamoussoukro but told The Associated Press news agency that pockets of resistance still existed.

With the sounds of gunshots cracking over the telephone line, a woman at the downtown Hotel La Residence said rebel forces were doing a victory tour of the city, shooting into the air. Residents came out in the streets to welcome them, she said.

Still many believe a final bloody battle over the presidency is destined for the commercial capital of Abidjan.

Guillaume Soro, Ouattara's prime minister, said on Wednesday that Gbagbo has "a few hours" to relinquish power peacefully and there is no room for any further negotiations.MORE


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