Song of the Watermelon: National Post Letter

In today’s National Post, I’ve got another letter to the editor on everyone’s favourite topic: the Trans Mountain pipeline. (I’ll stop repeating myself once people start listening!) My letter appears only in the print edition, so I cannot provide a link. Accordingly, here is the full text: The pipeline crisis Re: PM takes right tack ...

Alberta Politics: New Kinder Morgan exit strategy hint emerges as tangled Trans Mountain tale twists the national knickers

Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Conservative Opposition party, must’ve struggled yesterday to keep a smirk off his face as he bloviated piously about Kinder Morgan Inc. President Steven Kean’s rumination the time may be nigh to pull the plug on the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project that has the national knickers in a twist. ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Sweetland by Michael Crummey tops Audreys Books Edmonton bestseller list

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended April 15, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BEST-SELLERS 1. Sweetland – Michael Crummey 2. Jesus on the Dashboard – Lisa Murphy-Lamb * + 3. The Marrow Thieves – ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Slow-Motion Disaster’: As Canada’s New Hydro Dams Spiral Out of Control, Who’s Overseeing Site C?

Peace River Valley farmers Ken and Arlene Boon were at a lookout on a neighbour’s property on Sunday when they spotted a fresh landslide at the Site C dam construction site. Arlene snapped some photos of the latest geotechnical issue to dog the troubled project and posted one on Facebook, with the caption: “just more of ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ottawa Proud Boy Member Brandon Vaughan Indicted For Assault on Palestinian-American

Evan Balgord has tweeted about this story here: Proud Boy & JDL affiliate Brandon Vaughan of Ottawa indicted by U.S. grand jury in beating of Palestinian-American man. Second JDL member to b charged in the 2017 attack. In video, you can see Vaughan (white stripes on arm) kicking the victim on the ground https://t.co/Mftpfwj4r7 — ...

Ken Chapman: Disruptive Technologies and the Skills Revolution

As part of my work with GO Productivity I have been all over Alberta conducting workshops on the impact and implications of disruptive and emerging technologies on small and mid-sized businesses.  Key questions we canvassed participants on was around the changing skills needed to work in a digitized and automated economy.  While many existing routine ...

Mind Bending Politics: BREAKING: Toronto Sun Could Be In Violation of Ontario’s Election Laws

A leaked document reportedly from the Toronto Sun has emerged.  In the documents handed to independent media organization CANADALAND show a clear ideological advertising strategy geared towards “exposing the Liberal record during the campaign and advocating for change“.  While it is normal for editorial boards to weigh in on the election, this goes far, far beyond ...

DeSmogBlog: Caribou on the Brink: B.C. Herd Reduced to Three Females Points to Failure to Protect Endangered Species

The much-studied South Selkirk mountain caribou herd is teetering on the brink of extinction. That discovery this month has focused international attention on the disaster faced by the only herd that roams between the U.S. and Canada, but biologists are warning that the crisis extends to other herds in the south of the province. The southern mountain ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford and the Harper Gang

Well Doug Ford has his bus, he's on the road, and he's now channelling Donald Trump, as only an ape could.And vowing to go after Kathleen Wynne as Trump went after Hillary Clinton. So don't be surprised if the mob he calls the "Ford Nation" starts chanting "lock her up, lock her up," at one of his ...

DeSmogBlog: B.C. Is Taking the Kinder Morgan Question to Court. Here’s What you Need to Know.

With the announcement on Wednesday that the B.C. government will file its reference case on the ability of the province to regulate the transport of diluted bitumen in the Court of Appeal by April 30th, it’s finally official: the much-debated constitutional question will be put to the test. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has repeatedly said that ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: The increasing fragility of our ability to know and communicate about the world

I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about the fragility of human communication and of our ability to know the world. That is, I’ve been thinking about how easy it is, how many ways there are, for human communication and human knowing to fail. This is hardly a new thought, for me or in ...

Scripturient: More rapture, less reality

According to some, the rapture is coming again, April 23. I’m so tired of this event. I’m still cleaning up after the last rapture. And the one before that. And the one before that, and before that, and before that… it’s even more frequent than an annual event. But next week it’ll come again. the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hire Organ Donor Transplant Doctors

Saskatchewan has a big problem in our health care system. The last Premier, Wall, promised to do something about this, but nothing got fixed. Premier Moe may be too busy picking a fight with B.C. to ask his Health Minister(s) to hire a small team of doctors to ensure donor organs are collected and given ...

The Disaffected Lib: What We Need to See For Starters

Even double hulled ships can founder in many ways. Their hulls can still be pierced by rocky projections, especially if they’re battered against those rocks repeatedly in stormy seas. They can lose steerage. It does happen. They can suffer engine failure at a critical moment. Fires always pose a problem given that tankers are full ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday April 18, 2018. Today we are talking about Family Law. A post shared by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Apr 18, 2018 at 6:43am PDT For more information, visit our website at http://www.wiselaw.net. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ann Pettifor discusses the trend toward financialization which has led to regular economic disasters – and suggests the public is well aware it’s getting left behind in the policy choices which have created it. – ScienceDaily takes note of the strong connection between education levels and longevity. – ...

Earthgauge News: Earthgauge Radio – April 17, 2018

https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/earthgaugeradio-forair-18-04-17.mp3 Edition #14 of Earthgauge News for the week of April 16, 2018. A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Join me here every week or subscribe to the podcast. On the show this week: Palm oil is being banned by a major UK supermarket The 2 ...

Northern Reflections: Beware The Bot

In the last couple of years, Britain, France and the United States have experienced cyber meddling in their elections. Yet in Canada, Tim Harper writes, “there is a puzzling, laissez-faire approach from our governments, which seem to find comfort in studies that show the remnants of the mainstream media hold greater levels of trust here ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Marriage Made In Hell

Now this is really disturbing. The Verge reports that Jordan Peele and Buzzfeed combined forces to make a fake Public Service Ad: Using some of the latest AI techniques, Peele ventriloquizes Barack Obama, having him voice his opinion on Black Panther (“Killmonger was right”) and call President Donald Trump “a total and complete dipshit.” The ...

Warren Kinsella: Morrissey is a racist POS

I’ve destroyed any Smiths stuff I owned.  I’m not going put money in the pocket of this racist, fascistic, bigoted piece of shit.  

Things Are Good: America Might Find Salvation in Satire

2016 witnessed the election of Donald Trump thanks in a large part to Russian meddling in the American democratic process. One of the most effective things that the Russians did was lie and spread contradictory information to make it hard for people to discern reality. Trump’s marketing skills made use of these Russian efforts to ...

Warren Kinsella: You won’t read all about this one in the Toronto Star

Story by QP Briefing, which has been repeatedly breaking stories lately, here: When PC Leader Doug Ford was the only party leader who declined to participate in a Toronto debate organized by Black community organizers, the Liberals criticized him as being out-of-touch. In social media copy that was also shared by some Liberal riding accounts, the party ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A Confrontation of Confederation.

Even on a government VIP  Airbus, a flight from Lima, Peru to Ottawa is over 11 hours. I did that type of flight more than once and they were always an awful experience. I was able to reset my watch and I knew what time it was. My problem was that for a week, I ...

Dead Wild Roses: Know Thyself? From Socrates to Freud.

A couple of minutes of interesting psychology/philosophy to start your day. 🙂

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Reconciliation and truth-telling—acknowledging our colonial past

by Stuart Mackinnon on April 17th, 2018 at 6:20 PMStraight.com Last night, the Vancouver park board unanimously approved chair and commissioner Stuart Mackinnon’s motion directing staff to analyze the organization’s “colonial roots, as well as current practices” and report back with recommendations “to acknowledge any and all injustices uncovered as part of the ‘truth-telling’ phase”. ...