Alberta Politics: The politics of harassment-free workplaces – UCP House Leader Jason Nixon walks right into a trap of his own creation

PHOTOS: A steely-eyed Alberta Premier Rachel Notley meets the media in the Alberta Legislature yesterday in this screenshot of a Government of Alberta video. Below: United Conservative Party House Leader Jason Nixon and UCP Leader Jason Kenney, the subjects of her ire. Mr. Kenney faces the voters in a by-election in the Calgary-Lougheed Riding today. ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Sexual harassment firing is a gloomy cloud over Jason Kenney’s by-election victory parade

Photo: UCP MLA Jason Nixon endorsing Jason Kenney’s bid for the leadership of the United Conservative Party. United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney is expected to slide to an easy victory in Thursday’s by-election in Calgary-Lougheed. But the skies over Kenney’s victory parade will be gloomy thanks to an Edmonton Journal investigation which uncovered UCP ...

Warren Kinsella: OH MY GOD I AM SO HAPPY

WOOOOOOOT #AlabamaSenateElection

Dead Wild Roses: Mad Max – Knows His Limitations.

Nice to see a man, even if just in the movies, defer to competence. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Mad Max

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Nosy cats.

The Disaffected Lib: "Classic" As in Vintage

Canada has snubbed Boeing on the purchase of F-18 Super Hornets. Yeah! Instead we’re going to buy Australian cast offs. Noo! We’re going to buy 18 Australian F-18’s, the “Classic” model which is code for F/A 18A’s, the clapped out warplane from the Pierre Trudeau era that served Canada throughout the Mulroney era, the Chretien ...

DeSmogBlog: How The Media Failed British Columbians on the Site C Dam

There is much to debate about Monday’s decision by the B.C. government to move forward with the Site C dam, but one thing is not debatable: construction should never have started without a full review of costs and demand. Who’s to blame for that review never happening? Of course the BC Liberals are ultimately responsible for ...

Politics and its Discontents: Nothing New To Report

Here is a perfect illustration of why unfettered capitalism and ethics are incompatible: Canada’s national pension fund manager is among a group of Canadian companies that are undermining the federal government’s international anti-coal alliance by investing in new coal power plants overseas, an environmental organization says. Friends of the Earth Canada joined with Germany’s Urgewald ...

The Disaffected Lib: Living In a Worst Case Scenario World

Close only counts in horse shoes – at least when attention turns to potentially existential questions. The more serious the issue the more important to have the most accurate, reliable information and analysis. Getting it wrong can invite irreparable consequences. And so a new report published in the journal, Nature, demands our attention. International policy makers ...

The Disaffected Lib: Nikiforuk Eviscerates Jim Horgan and Has Justin’s Guts for Garters.

He’s hands down the best journalist in Canada when it comes to fossil fuels. He’s The Tyee’s petro-scribe. And, as far as Andrew Nikiforuk is concerned, British Columbia’s new NDP premier, Jim Horgan, is an environmental failure. The astoundingly stupid approval of Site C, an over-budget mega-project with no demonstrable need and plenty of cheaper alternatives, ...

Michal Rozworski: Site C, Reconciliation and a Green New Deal

Reconciliation is not just about rhetoric, it is material. It is about how economic costs and benefits are shared. If we are to be serious about it, we have to be ready to take on costs that are both political and economic. The sunk and termination costs of Site C are substantial and so are ...

DeSmogBlog: Implementing UNDRIP is a Big Deal for Canada. Here’s What You Need to Know.

First opposed, then endorsed. It’s now pledged, but called “unworkable.” In Canada the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is not ratified, nor from a legal perspective even really understood. The history of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous rights has been a sordid one. But all that was supposed to change with the nation’s latecomer ...

Canadian Dimension: Airbnb: short-term rentals, short-term thinking

Photo by Open Grid Scheduler The idea of home sharing is a great one. Cities thrive on density, on different people doing different things but in close proximity to each other. If one family leaves town for a week, there would be nothing better from the city’s perspective than to have another family temporarily take ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Andrew Scheer & the Conservative Party have to be nervous. The NDP as well.

A rather good night for the Liberal Party last night. They held all their seats, and were able to win away a seat from the Conservatives in Surrey, BC, which elected a Liberal as an MP there for the first time since 1952. The Conservatives under Andrew Scheer have now lost 2 by-elections since he ...

Things Are Good: Copernicus Satellite Constellation Shares Big Climate Data

To some people space missions seem like a waste of resources, yet, thanks to many space missions we get scientific benefits. Launched by the European Union, the constellation of satirists known as Copernicus are constantly doing weather observations. Copernicus’ six families of satellites are scanning the planet to help understand climate change. It’s already been ...

We Pivot: Horgan Insults Delgamuukw with the Site C Debacle

20 years ago yesterday came the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw ruling, ensuring that this “Canada” recognizes pre-existing aboriginal sovereignty, especially in BC where virtually none of the land was ever ceded to the British Crown. This is a pathetic day for … [Read more]

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…PERMISSION

Recently, I came across a great quote prompting caregivers to consider taking a break: An Iphone doesn’t ask permission to be charged. This got me thinking about our personal values and how they sometimes make caring harder than it needs to be. Do we give ourselves and our loved ones permission to be imperfect? Last week, ...

Warren Kinsella: About those by-elections

The Newfoundland-Labrador one, no big surprise.  (But the NDP result? Ouch.) The Ontario one, also no surprise. (But congrats to Ms. Yip – Arnold is smiling, today.) The Saskatchewan one, no surprise.  (The slide in LPC vote, not so great, true.) But the B.C. by-election? That was big, folks.  That was huge.  The Liberals – ...

Warren Kinsella: Two effective ways of dealing with prejudice, up above and down here

My friends were busy yesterday. My friend Bernie Farber, a veritable force of nature who is presently up to something big, scored a victory against hate yesterday: he and others persuaded the Toronto Library Board to reject hate. From the Star: The Toronto library board unanimously approved restrictions that will prevent groups from renting library ...

Warren Kinsella: My publisher so liked what the Toronto Star said about Recipe For Hate, they made it into a graphic

Personally, I like what Publisher’s Weekly and Quill and Quire said even more!

Northern Reflections: Through A Glass Darkly

The future does not look bright. George Monbiot writes: The trouble begins where everything begins: with soil. The UN’s famous projection that, at current rates of soil loss, the world has 60 years of harvests left, appears to be supported by a new set of figures. Partly as a result of soil degradation, yields are ...

Warren Kinsella: Some of her best friends are Jews

If B.C. Green Party advisor Mr. Spector was still alive, we would send him this about the Trump Party that he, you know, defended. Child molester Roy Moore’s wife: “Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it all, so I just want to ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Long Night of Humiliation

As you know Andrew Scheer has been looking a little desperate recently. And who can blame him?Ever since he became leader of the Harper Party he has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Justin Trudeau. He has all but called Trudeau a crook, and a traitor. He has accused him of being soft on ISIS. He ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Tom Parkin duly slams the Libs for a “middle class” tax message being used to sell a giveaway to the rich: Here’s the blunt facts: the tax cut by Finance Minister Bill Morneau gives $0 to anyone earning under about $45,000. Then the benefit starts phasing in. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Dealing with diversity.

We often note that Canada’s greatest strength today is its diversity. It is even emphasized as we compare it to the weaknesses in other countries as they succumb to the anger of bigotry. Travelling in England, France and the United States, it is easy to see where an inability to live together in harmony can ...