Politics and its Discontents: Fighting The Good Fight

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The Disaffected Lib: Making American Nukes More "User Friendly"

It gave some people pause when president-elect Donald Trump asked his advisors what was the use of having nuclear weapons “if I can’t use them?” Well, what Donald wants, Donald almost always gets, and that holds true for America’s nuclear arsenal. Donald Trump’s personal Pentagon is focusing on getting the Commander in Chief a new ...

DeSmogBlog: B.C. Government Failing to Keep Data on Freshwater Resources Amid Fracking, Forestry Frenzy: Report

Canadians are among the world’s top water guzzlers, with each person using enough water, on average, to fill almost 13,000 bathtubs each year, and pay little for the privilege. For example, in B.C., oil and gas companies pay pennies on the dollar compared to regular users for their water usage. But just how healthy are the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Corralled cats.

The Disaffected Lib: A Touch of the Lash Can Work Wonders

It has always just a matter of time before the American public accept the reality of anthropogenic, or man-made climate change. It was bound to happen as damaging and disruptive climate change impacts arrived on America’s doorstep. It’s pretty hard to argue the point when you and the family and the family pets are huddled ...

DeSmogBlog: PHOTOS: Documenting the North’s Mighty and Threatened Peel Watershed

The Peel Watershed covers 68,000 square kilometres of pristine mountains, wetlands, rivers, tundra and forest. It is world renowned for its rugged natural beauty and ecological richness, and, more recently, as a wilderness under threat.  Thousands of mining claims dot the territory, with companies seeking to extract copper, platinum, uranium, lead-zinc, and iron. The mines themselves ...

Things Are Good: Take a Moment and Really Think about Unions

2017 has been anything but a successful year for unions. For a multitude of reasons unions have a bad reputation, although it’s thanks to unions that we have labour rights and weekends. Unions are really good at helping individuals deal with institutions that want to exploit their work; and history has proven this time and ...

Northern Reflections: The Nasty Folks Behind Him

As Senators like John McCain, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake have distanced themselves from Donald Trump, some progressives have speculated that Trump may be gone sometime after 2018. But William Anderson writes that their rejoicing is premature: The possibility of a Republican overthrow of Trump has been considered, even from within his inner circle. Vanity ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – David Climenhaga writes that Canada needs a lot more of Jeremy Corbyn’s critical analysis of an unfair economic system, and a lot less Justin Trudeau-style cheerleading for it. And Bill Curry reports on a new push to cut down on poverty at the national and provincial levels. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Losing Our Hubris, Or The Truth, According To George Carlin

Religious belief can be a marvelous thing, It can give strength in times of trouble, comfort in times of grief, and direction in times of confusion. It can also be the source of unspeakable hubris. My own beliefs do not hew to the traditional, although I am convinced that what we see in the here ...

Dead Wild Roses: Fundamentally Evil, but Hugely Profitable

As the cheery title of the post suggests we can see the one universal maxim that all of humanity can get behind in action – “greed is good”. “Trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery are big business generating profits estimated at $150 billion a year, the UN labour agency said Tuesday. The report by the International ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Andrew Scheer Revealed His Inner Harper

Ever since Hamish Marshall left The Rebel to become the Con's new campaign manager, Andrew Scheer has tried hard to please him by attempting to change his image from Mr Rebel groupie to Mr Nice Guy.But no matter how hard he tries, it's just not him. He's not a nice guy, he's a nasty religious fanatic. He ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Writing Off NAFTA.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is still on the operating table. While it appears that the gurus at Canada’s banks are giving poor odds, that seems to be what banks always do. They do appear to like spreading doom and gloom. Despite their predictions, nobody is willing to announce time of death at ...

Sudbury Steve May: An Open Letter to Greater Sudbury Council Regarding the Downtown ‘Large Projects’ Site Selection Process

The following is an open letter to Greater Sudbury Council regarding a request for decision on a report to Council dated November 15, 2017, titled, “Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre / Library Art Gallery Update,”. The request for decision recommends that the current site of the Sudbury Community Arena be selected by Council for ...

Warren Kinsella: Politics is pictures

Conservatives don’t like Justin Trudeau.  They really, really don’t like him. This writer is a regular on Evan Solomon’s CFRA radio show with Alise Mills and Karl Belanger.  My friends Alise and Karl are articulate and thoughtful advocates (unlike me), and they are prepared to criticize their own political party when it is warranted (like ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Multiple Interlocking Rationalizations #nlpoli #cdnpoli

In announcing an inquiry into some aspects of Muskrat Falls on Monday, the Premier muddled up some numbers that suggest the confusion at the heart of Monday’s big news.  He said that the inquiry will explain how a project that was originally supposed to cost $5.0 billion at the wound up costing $13 billion or more. Then ...

Alberta Politics: Is ‘compassionate belt tightening’ in Alberta just another sign of our worldwide neoliberal derangement?

PHOTOS: The hopeful, celebratory crowd in front of the Alberta Legislature on May 24, 2015, as Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP Government were sworn in. Below: UBC geographer Dr. Jamie Peck and Ms. Notley. On Friday, Alberta’s New Democratic Party premier warned a meeting of rural municipal officials to brace themselves for cuts in ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: "Something Bad Happened? Let’s Blame The Muslims."

In July 2011, Anders Breivik murdered 69 youths on the island of Utøya not far from Oslo, Norway. Just prior to the Utøya massacre, bombs that he has placed in the capital to act as a decoy killed 8 other individuals. When news of the murders occurred, the far right such as those at the now defunct ...

Canadian Dimension: Trump’s Saudi Scheme Unravels

Photo by The White House Aaron Miller and Richard Sokolsky, writing in Foreign Policy, suggest “that Mohammed bin Salman’s most notable success abroad may well be the wooing and capture of President Donald Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.” Indeed, it is possible that this “success” may prove to be MbS’ only success. “It didn’t ...

Warren Kinsella: You want political war stories?

We are going to have more political war stories than you could hear in a lifetime! Please come and support my good friend Arthur Potts. It’ll be a great evening! Get your tickets right here!

Canadian Dimension: Is Trudeau ready for a Middle East war?

Photo by Women Deliver 2019 The world is now at the mercy of a coalition of three of the most dangerous autocrats on the planet: Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s new absolute ruler Mohammad bin Salman, a name that will become increasingly familiar as the months go by. These three “leaders” are now ...

DeSmogBlog: Taseko’s Contaminated Water Discharge into Fraser River Prompts Resignation of Community From Mine Group

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS) abruptly resigned this month from the Technical Advisory Committee that keeps tabs on water discharges from Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine, the second-largest open-pit copper mine in Canada. After eight years there has been “absolutely no progress” on improving the mine’s water management practices, society chair Bill Lloyd wrote in a letter ...

Warren Kinsella: Henry Rollins worked with Charles Manson

That headline isn’t clickbait.  It’s the truth. This revelation first came out about seven years ago, but I missed it.  In the wake of Manson’s (deserved, overdue) death, it has come out again: Henry Rollins produced an album with Charles Manson. In the punk scene, there were always some idiots around who idolized murderers.  Sid ...

The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges Looks at The True North.

The first two words give it away, “Pity Canada.”Chris Hedges looks at Canada and sees us succumbing to the U.S. contagion only behind the mask of moderation. On reading this you may think he goes too far, is too harsh. Perhaps, but not entirely. And, yes, it is harsh in challenging us to take a ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Louis Pauly on Clarkson’s Great Transformation

Louis w. Pauley The following is a contribution in the blog series on the exceptional contribution of Stephen Clarkson to Canada.  Stephen Clarkson died in 2016. This piece is by Louis W. Pauley who is the J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto. He is cross-appointed to the faculty of the ...