Views from the Beltline: World’s richest country and it can’t even do health care. Sad!

Watching the Americans thrash about trying to put together a decent health care system prompts much head-shaking and eyeball-rolling. The Republicans have bitched and moaned about Obamacare for seven years, but in all that time haven’t been able to come up with a plan they can agree on. “It’s complicated,” wailed President Trump. But of ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: A Closer Look At The WCAI Canada Chapter

Last week it was reported that a visiting Jordanian imam, Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, conducted a sermon at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in Montreal in December 2016. Video of the sermon showed Musa Al Nasr calling for the death of Jews. Upon learning of the video, B'nai Brith Canada filed a complaint with the Montreal police's ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Former Tory MLAs jumping into municipal politics

As the October 16, 2017 municipal elections approach, we are starting to see a number of candidates from the 2015 provincial and federal elections putting their names forward to run for municipal office. At least three former Progressive Conservative MLAs who were defeated in the 2015 election have put their names forward to run: Linda Johnson announced ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Vancouver Park Board launches map showing best places to find flowering cherry blossom trees in city

23 March 2017 The Straight.com Cherry trees will soon be in bloom around Vancouver, offering residents the chance to capture the city during one of the most beautiful times of the year.Photo by Cynthia Wong Vancouver’s cherry blossom season is imminent and with it comes an opportunity to capture some seriously gorgeous shots of our ...

Canadian Dimension: The Feuding Kleptocrats

The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen ...

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: Trudeau, Trump and NATO

What Donald wants, Donald gets. Well, not really. He wanted a Muslim ban. Didn’t get it. Wanted Obamacare killed, and something else instead. Didn’t get that. Wanted – promised! – ISIS defeated in 30 days. Didn’t get, or do, that. But getting more money out of Canada for NATO? He’s going to get that. Now, ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Calgary Homeless Foundation’s System Planning Frameworks

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF), I’m co-author of a blog post about CHF’s new System Planning Frameworks.  These frameworks discuss the different programs funded by CHF. Points made in the blog post include the following: -CHF disburses approximately $42 million a year to programs for persons experiencing homelessness in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: How Safe Will the Model 3 Be?

The Tesla Model 3 could be the safest car on the road — and that’s bad news for every other automaker Matthew DeBord Mar. 23, 2017, 10:42 AM MORGAN STANLEY: Tesla’s Model 3 may be 10x safer than any car on the road today Frank Chaparro Mar. 23, 2017, 11:08 AM   It’s expected to ...

Warren Kinsella: John Lydon is an asshole

Many of you have sent me a story in which the Sex Pistols frontman expresses enthusiasm for Trump, Brexit and the racist UKIP.  To wit: In an interview today with ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Johnny Rotten said he supported Brexit and described Donald Trump as a “possible friend” while dismissing accusations that the president is ...

The Decarie Report: March 27: My day of pessimism.

Our Moncton paper is just bursting with the news you need to know.    On the front page, residents of a neighbouring town have decided not to repair some of their sidwalks. On an ingger page, a new, lingerie store is being built right here in this city. In Opinion and Commentary Norbert Cunningham displays ...

Canadian Dimension: Second NDP Leadership Debate: With Youth Issues as Backdrop, Differences Start to Emerge

Photo from NDP.ca This past Sunday in Montreal, the Federal NDP held its second leadership debate, with the same cast that was in Ottawa two weeks ago. While that debate served to introduce Canadians to the contenders, the general questions meant that the whole event was an ‘I agree, and’ fest. This time around, the ...

Canadian Dimension: Democratic Party Floats Proposal for a Palace Coup

Photo by Gage Skidmore On Wednesday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman addressed an open letter to a group of generals, deep state operatives and a corporate executive in President Trump’s cabinet, effectively calling on them to organize a palace coup. The recipients of Friedman’s letter, code-named “Calling On a Few Good Men,” are three ...

Canadian Dimension: How to Beat Terrorism: Stop Making the Same 7 Mistakes

Photo by Andrea Bongiorno In the wake of the barbaric London terror attack, everyone is debating how to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties. But – despite what the talking heads may say – the methods for stopping ...

DeSmogBlog: B.C. Liberals Locked In Huge Subsidies to Oil and Gas Donors: Report

The B.C. government is subsidizing the LNG industry to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars — and British Columbians are going to pay the price, according to a new report by Sierra Club B.C. The report, Hydro Bill Madness: The BC Government Goes For Broke With Your Money, lays out the impact of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Jordon Cooper writes that the Saskatchewan Party’s slash-and-burn budget confirms that for them, the poor don’t matter. CBC reports on the devastating effect the budget will have on municipalities, while Courtney Markewitch reports that Saskatoon’s city council is fighting back. And Joel Senick notes that the planned shutdown ...

Things Are Good: Local Greenbelts can Reduce Depression and Obesity

Living near green space will make your life better. New studies coming out of Europe point out that proximity to nature has an impact on levels of depression, as in there is less depression. If you have the option to keep local forests (or any green space) then you should keep it! Not only are ...

Warren Kinsella: Bill Rompkey, RIP

I didn’t know he had passed away until I saw the item below in the Hill Times. Very sad to hear that – he was a great politician, and a great guy.  RIP, Bill. Bill Rompkey, who spent almost 30 years as Liberal MP and then Senator, died last week at the age of 80. ...

Warren Kinsella: Boobghazi: free titallating analysis, plus bonus mammoth mammary poll!

So, um: The Globe and Mail has removed a piece from its website in which a longtime columnist claims she once attempted to breastfeed the infant child of Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong without his or his wife’s consent, and while she was not lactating. In her column, titled “The joy (and politics) of breastfeeding ...

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal Headlines for the week of March 27, 2017

Here are our Top 10 legal headlines for the week of March 27, 2017 from @wiselaw on Twitter. For more information on employment law, family law, and wills, estates and estates litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of March 27, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of March 27, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  Council flip-flop on Scarborough subway wreaked havoc on Metrolinx order, claims Bombardier Google vows to fight search warrant seeking the names of everyone who Googled crime victim U.S. Supreme Court nominee pledges independence on 1st day of confirmation ...

Northern Reflections: Unpopulism

Around the world, populism is shaking the foundations of what were once liberal democracies. Larry Elliott writes: The rise of populism has rattled the global political establishment. Brexit came as a shock, as did the victory of Donald Trump. Much head-scratching has resulted as leaders seek to work out why large chunks of their electorates ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Coddling the Cyberphobic.

Why are we doing this? Why are we catering to the cyberphobes among us? Why should they dictate progress? Or lack thereof? After a career in computers with a side interest in politics, it should be easy to convince the politicians and their retainers of the ease of computer voting. It’s not. Cyberphobia is a ...

Dead Wild Roses: Pregnancy is not an Identity

Yet more evidence that identity politics is bad for women.    “Pregnant woman” is not an identity. It is a social reality. A pregnant woman’s ever-contracting rights – whether she can choose to end this pregnancy, whether she will risk imprisonment for drinking too much, whether she will lose her job, whether she will be ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Andrew Potter Affair #nlpoli #cdnpoli

For those interested in the controversy caused by an opinion piece in Macleans,  here are some useful links. 1.  “How a snowstorm exposed Quebec’s real problem: social malaise”  Sub-head:  “The issues that led to the shutdown of a Montreal highway that left drivers stranded go beyond mere political dysfunction”  Andrew Potter’s original piece,  with some ...

Alberta Politics: Climate Drewhaha: financing a documentary with a point of view is advocacy, not defending free speech

PHOTOS: Wildrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes, at right, on the steps of the Alberta Legislature one cold day in 2016. Below: Wetaskiwin-Camrose NDP MLA Bruce Hinkley (Camrose Canadian photo), Calgary Currie MLA Brian Malkinson, and National Post commentator and documentary maker John Robson (screenshot). Is Wildrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes actually surprised he’s drawing fire ...