DeSmogBlog: Pacific NorthWest LNG Hits Road Block as Gas Pipeline Sent Back to National Energy Board by Federal Court

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the National Energy Board (NEB) made a legal mistake by not considering whether TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline is under federal jurisdiction, thus requiring NEB approval. The 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline would move mostly fracked gas from northeastern B.C. to the proposed Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas ...

Scripturient: Why hasn’t a new CAO been hired?

The town was supposed to be hiring a new CAO, to replace John Brown, the unpopular interim CAO currently in the corner office. But although he’s supposed to be gone by September (I can hear you cheering now at that thought), that’s barely six weeks away. And we have heard nothing yet from council about ...

DeSmogBlog: Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy

A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually require a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada. And ...

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Victim in Chief

Donald Trump knows a thing or two. He knows that he’s America’s greatest ever reality TV star. He knows he’s America’s victim in chief. The victimization of the martyr president was front and center yesterday with the man-baby presidente strutted his stuff before the editors of The New York Times. Not sure why he chose ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Perspective is Jarring.

Let’s see, 9 billion tonnes of plastic divided by 7.5 billion human beings. That’s 1.2 tonnes of plastic per person or 2,640 pounds. More than 9 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since 1950, and almost all of it is still around. A new study that tracked the global manufacture and distribution of plastics ...

Michal Rozworski: What do we do when we Fight for $15

On this episode, three guests provide some perspective on the politics and the economics of the Fight for $15. First, I speak with Jonathan Rosenblum, campaign director at the first Fight for $15 at SeaTac Airport, just outside Seattle, Washington. Workers there won an immediate raise to $15 via a municipal ordinance in 2015. Jon is also an ...

Warren Kinsella: Highly-scientific poll™: on the GG touching the Queen

…to prevent her from bouncing down the stairs, that is.  The present GG, not the one presently in the crosshairs of Kevin Donovan. You're on some steps with the Queen. She starts to fall. You: — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) July 19, 2017

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caring for Non-Speaking Loved Ones in Pain

What does pain look like in a person who cannot speak?  Most often with our son Nicholas, it looks like this: When his smile suddenly turns to a ‘stricken’ look, we know that Nick is in pain.  There are other signs too – sweaty palms and feet, high heart rate, staring, not responding in his ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Noah Smith writes that far too many Americans (like people around the globe) face needless barriers to thinking, and suggests that the key public project of this century may be to remedy those problems: The biggest threat to clear-headedness comes from drugs. The twin epidemics of opioid-painkiller ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the noteworthy successes of the first year of Regina’s Housing First program – along with the appalling failure of our provincial and municipal governments to fund a full version. For further reading…– CBC reported on the program as it was introduced, while Kendall Latimer followed up with a report from this week’s anniversary ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canadians Are Outraged

The outrage is once again stoked by Omar Khadr, but, as I wrote the other day, it is Peter Kent’s shameful performance that is earning their scorn. These two letter-writers reflect that scorn: Re: Omar Khadr payout gains traction in U.S. media after Conservative MP’s op-ed, July 17 It seems that Conservatives and their base ...

Northern Reflections: From Enligthenment To Chaos

Jonathan Manthorpe writes that The Age of Enlightenment is coming to an end. It was ushered in by the Peace of Westphalia: The primary task of this bundle of treaties signed nearly 400 years ago was to end the Thirty Years War between Catholics and Protestants in the tattered remnants of Europe’s Holy Roman Empire. ...

Things Are Good: Bike Lanes are Good for Everybody

Bike lanes are amazing! They give users of the roads an area which protects emission-free bicycle riding. They bring local business lots of profits and they improve towns. Bike lanes are almost a panacea to the plight of current urban planning in North America. Indeed, bike lanes are even great for car drivers – the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Our Prime Minister grunts.

Despite teaching public speaking, I occasionally took someone else’s course on public speaking just to make sure I was not slipping into bad speaking habits. We are all guilty of that. And teachers can be the harshest critics. You can include a former school teacher in that: The Prime Minister of Canada. The first time ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Rights of Women

A quite comprehensive list. Female erasure is a serious problem in our society and we should move to ensure that the rights of Women are preserved. “Here is a list of the Human Rights of Women that so-called Transgender Rights are eliminating. No one is saying Trans folk should not have rights, but what IS ...

In-Sights: When the call screener makes life difficult – Replay

A bit out of date but this item first published in January 2015 is worth repeating. It shows something about the quality of political reporting in BC. January 2, an unidentified caller chatted with CKNW Legislative reporter and talkshow host Sean Leslie, the spouse of a BC Liberal Government Communications Director, appointed by Order in ...

Alberta Politics: On Jason Kenney’s Progressive Conservative leadership victory: big money guys finish first (nice guys, not so much)

PHOTOS: Tory volunteers and armed guards move cash into Jason Kenney’s campaign vault. Actual Progressive Conservative bag people and security measures may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Photo … dimly recalled when needed … University of Victoria Archives.) Below: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney and badly outspent leadership contender Richard Starke. Jason Kenney has ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: NDP tops political fundraising in Alberta for second quarter in a row

Elections Alberta released the financial disclosures showing the results of political party fundraising in the second quarter of 2017. Combined party and constituency fundraising results show the governing New Democratic Party in the lead in for the second consecutive quarter of 2017, having fundraised $553,733 between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, a jump ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson tops this week’s 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 July 16, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and ...

The Disaffected Lib: John McCain, Brain Cancer

Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed as suffering from brain cancer. The office for the 80-year-old McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008 and a U.S. senator representing Arizona since 1987, released a statement from the Mayo Clinic announcing that, after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left ...

The Canadian Progressive: 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People

When White parents talk to their children about police killings of Black people, they create future White co-conspirators/allies for primary forces working against racism, the prison industrial complex and other injustices, such as Black Lives Matter. The post 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People appeared first on ...

Sudbury Steve May: Sudbury Steve May 2017-07-19 17:00:00

An Open Letter To: Chantal Mathieu, Director, Environmental Services, City of Greater Sudbury. It’s recently come to my attention via a post made to social media that there is an organization in our City that has been picking up and disposing of used needles found in municipal parks and on the City’s trails.  Please see ...

Warren Kinsella: X: Recipe for Hate – now with its own soundtrack!

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The Decarie Report: July 12: One runs out of titles….

Today’s front page story for Irving press was a about a woman from Britain who just flew all the way to Moncton so she could see her favourite band. Ther rest of section 1 goes down from there. In world news, a big story is that police in Indiana have released a sketch of a ...

We Pivot: THIS Is What A Better BC Can Look Like!

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power Source: Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs … [Read more]