Montreal Simon: Preston Manning and the Sad State of the Trump Cons

For years, during the dark days of the Harper regime, the Manning Centre Conference was an event where the Cons went to brag about how they were changing Canada beyond recognition.And building a New Conservative Movement that would rule this country for a generation.But not any longer. Now that the Cons have hit rock bottom, so has the ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Real Steve Bannon

Saturday Night Live likes to portray Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the Grim Reaper.And the real president of the United States.But now that Bannon has emerged from the shadows, and outlined his master plan for total Trump domination, I think SNL's portrayal is far too generous.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Ponchielli – La Gioconda

You know this piece, just not the full form. Skip to 2:20 if its still a mystery. 🙂 Although in his lifetime Ponchielli was very popular and influential, in introducing an enlarged orchestra and more complex orchestration, the only one of his operas regularly performed today is La Gioconda. It contains the great tenor romanza ...

Scripturient: The onerous burden of responsibility

Imagine you’re in high school one day around the end of the year. It’s warm outside, sunny, and you want out of the stuffy classroom. You’re not paying attention. You’re looking out the window, fidgeting. Daydreaming, miles away. The teacher drones on and on but you don’t hear a single word. Then, the bell rings. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Nobody gives a damn about English.

It is only when you note the time and money devoted to preserving the French language in different parts of the world, that you start to wonder. Is the English language so pervasive that nobody worries about it? Only the dictionary publishers seem to have a vested interest so they can produce new editions periodically. ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Asserting our Knowledge #nlpoli

Opinions are great things. Everyone is entitled to them. Not every opinion, though, is equal in value or validity or, as former CBC boss Tony Manera showed recently, in veracity.  Manera wrote an opinion column for the Ottawa Citizen that appeared on Thursday. He offered three changes to the constitution that he said would fittingly ...

The Disaffected Lib: "Trudeau Gave Us Hope."

The rest of Canada doesn’t “get” British Columbia. I understand that. We’re those odd people past the mountains, just beyond Alberta where Canada, in so many ways, ends. Eastern prime ministers have been coming out here for ages but primarily for photo ops against majestic mountain\ocean backdrops and to sell us “rest of Canada” bullshit. ...

Alberta Politics: Two views of Alberta third-quarter financial update: Steady as Joe goes, versus Faster, Pussycat! Cut! Cut!

PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, on a day when the sun was really shining. Below: Former premier Ralph Klein, the haze on fond memories as painted by his portraitist; interim PC Leader Ric McIver; Wildrose Jobs Critic Glenn van Dijken; and Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark. Despite the expected Opposition histrionics, Alberta Finance Minister ...

The Disaffected Lib: Stranger Things Have Happened.

Could Donald Trump be the straw that broke the Union’s back?  Could he cause the “left coast” of America (perhaps Canada too) to secede? Across the Pacific Northwest there’s been a movement to create a new country, Cascadia, out of a union of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The idea has been around quite a ...

DeSmogBlog: B.C. Cancels Controversial Hazardous Waste Disposal Permit in Shawnigan Lake Watershed

B.C. environment minister Mark Polak announced today she is revoking a permit granted to Cobble Hill Holdings for the disposal of 5 million tonnes of contaminated waste in a local quarry in the Shawnigan Lake watershed, roughly 40 kilometres north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. “Effective immediately, I am cancelling the waste discharge permit for Cobble ...

The Disaffected Lib: Rasputin Speaks

To Steve Bannon, Trump, on the campaign trail proved to be the greatest public speaker since William Jennings Bryan. To anyone who sat through some of Trump’s campaign speeches, that should tell you a very great deal about Bannon’s sensibilities. Anyway, here he is in the flesh at the CPAC conference.

The Disaffected Lib: The Tyranny of the Minority

America didn’t get where it is today overnight. It took the better part of 60-years. Writing in Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit traces how the “Tyranny of the Minority” came to be. The dismantling started in the 1960s, when the two main parties reversed positions on civil rights. Lyndon Johnson led the Democrats toward stronger alliances with ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Wetter Wet Coast

Floods we get. Drought, we’re not so sure. A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters finds that the entire west coast of North America is in for a lot more rain – and flooding – caused by atmospheric rivers of the sort that’s been hammering California. It’s a matter of physics.  Warmer temperatures increase evaporation. ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Forming An Antifa Group: A Manual (repost)

Anti-fascist groups, often called “antifa,” are popping up all around the United States, and a number of people have asked us for advice on forming a group. Read the rest of this post on the original site at Forming An Antifa Group: A Manual

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement

A new edition of Confronting Fascism, containing exactly the same material as in the first edition (though redesigned to look nicer) is now at the printers! Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement is a series of texts that came out of conversations revolutionaries in and around Anti-Racist Action were having at the highpoint of the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Climate Change Displacing Canada’s Bison

It’s a clear cut problem. Since 1986 lakes in Canada’s north have doubled in area. That additional water has encroached on natural habitats including the Mackenzie bison preserve. This is being blamed for the migration of wood bison out of the Mackenzie preserve. Lakes in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary off the northwest shore of Great ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How to vote in the Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore by-elections

By-elections will be held in the federal ridings of Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore on April 3, 2017. Voting stations in those ridings will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on that day. If you are unable to cast a ballot on the by-election day on Monday, April 3, 2017, you can vote in the advance polls on March 24, 25, 26 and 27 ...

The Disaffected Lib: There Is No Escaping Donald Trump But We Have to Try

Well that’s not quite true. If you’ve got some floating fishing cabin in a sheltered remote cove somewhere up the coast you might be able to escape the constant presence of the Great Orange Bloat. For the rest of us, it’s game over. An op-ed from the New York Times reveals the futility of hoping for ...

wmtc: aswan: abu simbel

Our last full day in Egypt was a study in extremes, both good and bad. Abu Simbel has been on my wish-list to see since learning about it in university art history class. It did not disappoint. I loved it. We also had a heaping dose of everything we don’t like about the culture here. ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: March 4: Racists to Rally Across Canada — Antifascists to Shut them Down!

The Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens is an Islamophobic organization that is trying to instigate a number of racist marches across Canada on March 4th. In their callout, the racists explain that they are “calling on all Canadian Patriots that believe in Freedom, Liberty & Justice, that stand against Sharia Law & Globalization” to join these rallies. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Remember, This Didn’t Start in Washington

Modern radical right populism predates Donald Trump by a good few years. Turkey, Poland, Hungary all came first and rightwing populism has been alive and well in France, the Netherlands and Britain among others long before Trump entered the Republican nomination race. You could say this contagion is in its infancy in America although there’s ...

Scripturient: The dystopian present

If there is one good thing to come out of the election of Donald Trump, it has been the renewed interest in a certain genre of literature. Sales of dystopian novels have skyrocketed on Amazon, in particular what might be called “The Big Three” of dystopian tales: George Orwell’s 1984, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Ryan discusses the precarity facing far too many UK residents who are a single missed bill payment away from financial disaster: There are now 19 million people in this country living below the minimum income standard (an income required for what the wider public view as ...

Wise Law Blog: Setting Up or Updating Child Support Online in Ontario

BY RACHEL SPENCE, LAW CLERK Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could avoid going to Court to update or set up your child support payments? The Government of Ontario has made that an option for some, by setting up a user-friendly site found here. It’s important to first note who cannot use this process: If ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Justin Trudeau is about the least plausible possible advocate as to the importance of building trust in leaders and public institutions. For further reading…– The text of Trudeau’s Hamburg speech is here. And both Paul Wells and Susan Delacourt wonder whether it signals a shift in the Libs’ plans, though the more ...