Parchment in the Fire: EUROPP – What happened to Europe’s left?

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/02/20/what-happened-to-europes-left/

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018: The Endorsement

The ongoing Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign isn’t the first time I’ve chosen between the two candidates. And it likely won’t come as much surprise that there’s little change in either my overall assessment of both candidates as eminently qualified and suited for a leadership role, or my ultimate choice between them. But it’s worth noting ...

Northern Reflections: Principles? What Principles?

Donald Trump’s character is corrupting American democracy. But. Paul Krugman writes, the corruption can’t all be laid at Trump’s feet. Much of what is wrong in the United States stems from the character of the Republican Party: So what happened to the character of the G.O.P.? I’m pretty sure that in this case the personal ...

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal Headlines for the Week of February 20, 2018

140Law: Here are our Top 10 Legal Headlines for the week of February 20, 2018. For links, visit 140Law at http://wiselaw.blogspot.com A post shared by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:00am PST – 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 February 20, 2018

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of February 20, 2018 from Wise Law on Twitter: Sperm Donor Denied Parental Rights How an ex-drug dealer wore a wire to help Toronto police secure four murder convictions Toronto court to hear motion in lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and woman who allegedly worked for him Judge ...

Things Are Good: Let’s Save Brutalism

Saving architecture through Twitter seems a little odd, yet the #SOSBrutalism movement has engendered an appreciation for an architectural style and saving buildings from demolition. Critics of brutalism describe the style as ugly and oppressive despite its rich history and beauty. As a result of the under-appreciation brutalist architecture many brutalist buildings are being demolished ...

Warren Kinsella: Patrick Brown in pictures

One is creepy. One is arguably…you know what it is. There’s more of this sort of hung out there, I’m told. After last night’s blockbuster Globe and Mail story – which suggested he had schemed to get a big payment from a man who would get a coveted PC nomination shortly thereafter – I don’t ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ontario PCs: The Morning Line.

It’s a muddy, cold day at the track but thankfully this race is not too long. The candidates for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party will be At Post before you know it. Tanya Granic Allen: 20 to 1 Why anyone would want to put up a $125,000 entry fee to include this ...

Dead Wild Roses: When The Earth is an Easy Bake Oven – A Few Words to Fry By…

Our actions are causing the earth to warm.   This is easy slam dunk science.  Yet somehow the leader of the free world didn’t get the memo.  Michael Klare writes:   “In energy terms, what does dominant mean in practice?  For President Trump and his cohorts, it means above all the “unleashing” of the country’s energy ...

Montreal Simon: The Toxic Partisanship of the Con Clown Pierre Poilievre

For a long time after the Con regime went down in flames, and was humiliated beyond recognition, Pierre Poilievre all but faded into the woodwork.Or lost himself in the midst of all those Con losers. I mean just look at them.But then the fake Aga Khan scandal gave him a new lease on life, and another ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: TDIH: "Quebec paper reports Lower Churchill agreement" #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Two decades ago, there was talk of a deal to develop not one, not two, but three dams in Labrador. The story broke in a Quebec newspaper,  Le soleil,  on February 19 and the next day the Telegram did a front pager written by business editor Chris Flanagan. “The big bonus for Newfoundland from a ...

Canadian Soapbox: Welcome to Canada, where Omar Khadr has more rights than Patrick Brown….

Ontario pay attention, you are about to witness the complete and utter hijacking of democracy in this province.  Word is out that the committe charged with green lighting candidates for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, that they are going to deny Patrick Brown permission to run for the position of party leader. Canadian ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney tries to look tough, but that ship’s already sailed with Rachel Notley at the helm

PHOTOS: The real Rachel Notley, looking tough and determined, as she is. Below: The new slimmed down, but still not very scary looking, Jason Kenney, trying to scare us of course. (Yes, the message from Mr. Kenney’s social media meme has been modified by your poor-sport blogger.) The real Dr. David Suzuki, who is the ...

Canadian Soapbox: Patrick Brown cleared his name and joined the leadership race…

Okay, first things first, full disclosure.  I do not know Patrick Brown, I have never met the man.  Likewise I do not know and have never met any of the other leadership candidates.  I have also taken out a one year membership in the PC Party of Ontario, something I did before Patrick Brown announced ...

Warren Kinsella: Did Patrick Brown scheme to sell off candidate spots?

And did he plot to put the resulting many thousands in his own pocket? Check out this stunner Globe and Mail story. It is simply incredible. . Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown was in talks to sell an interest in a restaurant he partially owns and some Aeroplan miles for $375,000 to a ...

Montreal Simon: Can Donald Trump Be Blackmailed Over Sex?

Earlier today I looked at what Donald Trump might be hiding. And quoted what the New York Times' Thomas Friedman had to say about that. President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian ...

In-Sights: The fix was in

In a November 2017 post at his blog, York University Professor Mark Winfield, notes the failures of politicians when tasked with making energy decisions: The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has just announced a public inquiry into how the economically disastrous Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project was approved. In reality there is little mystery. The project ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Episode 6: Alberta-BC Pipeline War, UCP loses 2 MLAs, and Alberta Party leadership race

We’re back! After a brief hiatus because Ryan was down south helping Make America Great Again, we are back with a new episode of The Daveberta Podcast. In this episode, Dave and Ryan discuss the ongoing dispute between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and British Columbia Premier John Horgan over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Is Trump Hiding?

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman concludes that Donald Trump’s abject indifference to Russian hacking of America’s elections admits of just two possibilities: either Trump is criminally incompetent or there’s something he’s hiding from the American people. Our democracy is in serious danger. President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering ...

Canadian Dimension: Fragmentation in Toronto’s Hotel Sector

Photo from UNITE HERE Local 75 Facebook page Many labour activists in Toronto – and indeed Canada – are well aware of the conflict between UNITE HERE Local 75 and the newly formed Unifor Local 7575. We know many of the leaders and activists on both sides, and the now open warfare is heart-wrenching. But ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Case for Resuscitating Liberalism (While There’s Still Time)

Is liberalism dead in the modern era? The Atlantic’s James Traub (former editor of Foreign Policy) argues that it’s certainly on the ropes but might be salvageable. [P]erhaps, like God, liberalism has been buried prematurely. Maybe the question that we should be asking is not what killed liberalism, but rather, what can we learn from liberalism’s ...

DeSmogBlog: B.C. to Continue Wolf Cull, Despite Warnings It Won’t Save Caribou

Despite widespread condemnation from conservation groups and scientists, the B.C. government is set to continue shooting wolves from helicopters in an attempt to save endangered mountain caribou herds from local extinction in the South Selkirk, South Peace and North Columbia herd areas. The wolf cull is happening in conjunction with other measures to try and stem ...

Warren Kinsella: PCPO: a correspondent writes in

Just received.  Interesting. Warren: Patrick Brown wants to play politics. Let’s play. Let’s take a look at some of Patrick Brown’s biggest supporters. Let’s look, too, at how the Hell this guy is funding his $1.75 million mortgage, all his trips to India and various other exotic places, the entire operation, including his first Leadership ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Homelessness in BC

In anticipation of tomorrow’s provincial budget in British Columbia (BC), I’ve written a blog post about the state of homelessness in that province. Points raised in the blog post include the following: -Public operating spending by BC’s provincial government has decreased over the past 20 years. -Even after controlling for inflation, average rent levels across ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your Family Day reading. – Gloria Galloway reports on Jagmeet Singh’s strong case for fair tax revenues as a key highlight from the NDP’s federal convention: In his speech to delegates, Mr. Singh lamented income inequality, urged the protection of pensions, called for publicly funded pharmacare and dental and eye care, and ...