The Canadian Progressive: Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions

One of the key faulty assumptions underlying Canada’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is that Alberta’s bitumen is being unfairly discounted by U.S. buyers and that its price can be maximized by getting it to Asian markets. The post Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions appeared first ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Evening Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Katie Allen reports on Kathleen O’Grady’s look at precarious work – and how a generation of young workers is being taught to expect nothing more. Gareth Hutchens discusses Sally McManus’ call for the labour movement to seek opportunities to disrupt an economic system set up to exploit ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Powerful Oration!

His denunciation is powerful and passionate. Watch as Keith Olbermann excoriates those who are aiding and abetting Trump’s foul agenda. Recommend this Post

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Social Credit Party renamed the Alberta Pro-Life Political Association

The Alberta Social Credit Party is no more. Taken over by a group of anti-abortion activists in 2016, the party has officially changed its name to the Alberta Pro-Life Political Association. According to Elections Alberta, the name change became official on May 3, 2017. While the Social Credit Party has sat on the conservative fringe of ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP-Greens good to govern – but beware Weaver’s IPP support

Andrew Weaver (left) and John Horgan (Photo: BCNDP/Flickr CC Licence) Looking ahead at our political situation in BC and assuming that the NDP will govern with a one vote majority, perhaps it might be well to consider what that actually means. An accepted authority is  HOUSE OF COMMONS PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE, edited by Robert Marleau ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

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The Disaffected Lib: Is Trump’s Evangelical Lawyer Just Another Dirtbag?

Why does Donald Trump surround himself with so many real dirtbags? Trump’s latest legal mouthpiece, Jay Sekulow, is a perfect example. The Guardian has published an expose on Sekulow that suggests the Sekulow family grew fat and rich out of his Christian nonprofit. More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, ...

cartoon life: The deck chair

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The Disaffected Lib: HuffPo Calls "Bullshit" on Trudeau on Electoral Reform Promise

The title of the piece speaks volumes: “Trudeau Blames Opposition For Not Reading His Mind on Electoral Reform. The prime minister could have been honest with Canadians.“ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looked reporters in the eyes Tuesday morning and told them he had “no path” to keep his campaign promise on electoral reform because none ...

Canadian Dimension: Economic power to the people!

Photo by Jose Luis Magana I want to inaugurate this new column by harkening back to something old. I recently came across a pamphlet first published in 1943 by the heterodox economist Joan Robinson titled The Problem of Full Employment. I find it hard to contain my anger against those who have stirred hatred on ...

Warren Kinsella: Have you no sense of decency left, you lying sack of shit?

This is the Joseph N. Welch "have you no sense of decency" moment. And the media provided it. #USPolitics pic.twitter.com/CYvkZVhy0D — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) June 27, 2017

Canadian Dimension: The Basic Income debate

On April 13, 2017, about 300 people, all of them united in their desire to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable among us, took their seats in the OISE auditorium to listen to a discussion about Basic Income (BI) and its implications for addressing poverty. What we need to keep in mind is that, ...

Canadian Dimension: Historical foundations of Aboriginal rights

Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History Arthur J. Ray McGill Queen’s University Press, 2016 Having long ago established himself as a foremost scholarly interlocutor of Canadian Indigenous history, Arthur Ray, with a career that spans those ’70s books on my shelf (two magisterial studies: Indians in the Fur Trade and with ...

Canadian Dimension: Addiction among the middle class

Opium Eater: The New Confessions Carolyn Zwarenstein Nonvella Publishing, 2016 In recent years, my newsfeed has played host to a steady trickle of articles documenting the alarming rise of opioid addiction rates in North America. Described by political pundits as a “quiet epidemic,” the explosion in the use and abuse of pharmaceutical opioids — substances ...

Canadian Dimension: Exploring settler-colonial culture

Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada Emma Battell Lowman & Adam J. Barker Fernwood Publishing, 2015 Lowman and Barker’s Settler really dwells on the dominant culture in Canada as a settler-colonial culture. Hence it is not “about” Indigenous peoples per se, but rather the bad faith of a culture constructed on ongoing colonial ...

Canadian Dimension: First choice for a younger generation

Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizen Pamela Palmater Fernwood Publishing, 2015 No doubt for a younger generation of activists, Palmater’s Indigenous Nationhood will be a first choice. Her cadences — and anger — capture the mood of an emerging generation of social justice, broadly Left-oriented, ground level activists. When she writes that one of her goals ...

The Disaffected Lib: What If… Britain Had Won America’s Revolutionary War?

Did America really “win” the Revolutionary War in 1776? Just what exactly did it win? That question is pondered by Neal Pollack, the self-described “Greatest Living American Writer since the dawn of American letters” in today’s Salon. His essay is entitled, “We could have been Canada.“ When I was a child, the notion of a ...

Canadian Dimension: Québecers mobilize against intolerance and exclusion

The testimony gathered by media covering the January shooting at a Québec City mosque brings to light a somber situation. According to a representative of that city’s Muslim community, many no longer go to mosques for fear of being identified, while some women have stopped wearing hijabs, hiding their faith for fear of being fired ...

Canadian Dimension: Trumping nature

Photo by Luis Sinco “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.” The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists this year advanced the hands of its ominous timepiece by 30 seconds, to two and a half minutes to midnight — the closest the clock has been to doomsday since ...

The Disaffected Lib: "Comrade Christy" Has BC’s Conservative Liberals’ Heads Spinning

In an act of abject debasement, British Columbia premier, Crispy Clark, has thrown her entire, Liberal (in name only) Party under a very large bus. Her “hail Mary” throne speech incorporated so much of the opposition parties platforms that the Liberal Party faithful were stunned by Clark’s panicked leap to the Left. So it’s no ...

The Disaffected Lib: Define "Peace" In the Age of Forever Wars.

What is “war”? Hard to tell anymore. Even harder to define these days is “peace.” As for “victory” well, good luck. Our common understanding of these terms is anchored in the era of the Westphalian nation state. That was a paradigm of defined national borders and sovereign nations that exercised a monopoly on violence usually ...

Warren Kinsella: Trump: making America hated again

Just extraordinary findings by the Pew people.  Someone said to me last night: “I hate America.” I was astonished this person, in particular, would say such a thing.  Apparently they’re not alone. 

Canadian Dimension: NDP Leadership Race: A Labour-Themed Debate Brings Most Substance Yet

On Thursday, the five candidates for the NDP leadership met in Toronto to debate issues largely relating to workers and the labour movement. The event was hosted by the United Steelworkers (USW), which is both historically and contemporarily one of the most stalwart NDP-aligned unions. This was also the first debate not officially hosted by ...

Sudbury Steve May: Crystal Ball Gazing: How Sudbury Gets a New Kingsway Event Centre – Not on Merit, but on a Technicality

Here’s why we’ll have a new Event Centre on the Kingsway after tonight’s Council meeting.  For the most part, I believe that the decision will be decided not on the merits of either the Kingsway or the downtown proposals, or even Council’s perception of support.  Instead, the decision will be made based on a technicality ...

Warren Kinsella: Me on Adler, on why Trudeau will win again

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