In-Sights: Liberal amounts of fake accounting

Residents of British Columbia understand financial pain that follows when officeholders subvert public utilities to gain political advantage and reward special interests. BC Liberals aimed to privatize public assets and services. When it could not be achieved overtly, it was done by stealth. After inevitable failures and disasters, legislators concealed them by employing a broad misinformation ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta is not Texas North, Canada is not Kazakhstan, and Kinder Morgan’s big brains in Houston must’ve known it

There are a few Albertans who happily imagine this place is Texas North. Alas for those who do, and notwithstanding the media stereotypists who encourage this nonsense, we are as Canadian around here as folks in any other Western province. Maybe more so, since so many people from other parts of Canada keep moving here. ...

B.C. Policy Perspectives: Plenty of Blame to go Around on TMP

At the time of writing, I still have no idea how much money our “progressive”  governments in Victoria, Edmonton, and Ottawa are planning to shell out in order to persuade the (mostly Texan) shareholders of  Kinder Morgan to complete the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Project.  Justin Trudeau continues to utter  annoying banalities about “the ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Country is Broken!

Just when Albertans thought things couldn’t get any worse, Jason Kenney declared the country was broken. What? Did Trumpism seep across the border while we were sleeping? Canada survived the FLQ Crisis and the War Measures Act, the bitter negotiations over the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution, and the Quebec referendum on national sovereignty where ...

Mind of Dan: Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park

Alberta Politics: Michael Crummey’s ’Sweetland’ leads Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List for fiction

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended April 15, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Sweetland – Michael Crummey 2. Jesus on the Dashboard – Lisa Murphy-Lamb * + 3. The ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Episode 10: Week 300 of the Trans Mountain Pipeline debate, and predictions for Alberta’s 2019 Election.

This episode includes analysis from Dave Cournoyer and Ryan Hastman about week 300 of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline dispute (including updates from Ryan, who was behind enemy lines in Vancouver) and the latest candidate nomination updates ahead of Alberta’s 2019 election. Ryan leads this week’s ‘So you want to be a candidate‘ segment ...

Dead Wild Roses: BDSM is abuse and rape culture, The Sixth Siren joined Fetlife to prove it

Oh, hey there kinksters. Your progressive nature is showing… Anti-Porn Feminists TRIGGER WARNING for explicit and disturbing content My first hour on Fetlife and I was already finding predatory behavior. I went on to start and contribute in discussions and some of the things I heard people saying made my stomach turn. There are things ...

Dead Wild Roses: Trans activist defence mechanisms (evolving list of examples)

Contextual analysis of the problematic behaviours of men who try to appropriate womanhood. An excellent read. la scapigliata It is anyone’s guess what proportion of trans activism involves deliberate gaslighting and what proportion involves vulnerable people with certain personality profiles employing immature defence mechanisms. Nonetheless, there’s a flavour to their illogical and abusive behaviour that ...

Warren Kinsella: Chariot of the Gods

I love my wife, my six kids, my Mom, my brothers, Jean Chrétien, punk rock and this. Today, for the first time in 2018, my ‘74 Super is back on the road. Good God Almighty, I love this car.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Impossible to Hate with Jesus on Your Side.

Pretty much any religious conversation with a tru-believer.

A Puff of Absurdity: Happy Earth Day

It’s the 48th Earth Day, and it’s the 20th anniversary of Mann’s hockey stick graph made famous in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. So we’ve known, for sure, that climate change is a human-made issue for a couple decades now, but Trudeau will still do what it takes to get pipelines built. It’s a beautiful ...

B.C. Policy Perspectives: Pleanty of Blame to Go Around on TMP

At the time of writing, I still have no idea how much money our “progressive”  governments in Victoria, Edmonton, and Ottawa are planning to shell out in order to persuade the (mostly Texan) shareholders of  Kinder Morgan to complete the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Project.  Justin Trudeau continues to utter  annoying banalities about “the ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Man Of Courage And Principle

In a world given to self-interest, self-promotion and devastating cruelty, it is heartening to know that there are still giants who remind us of the goodness and principle our species is capable of. Colin Kaepernick, about whom I have written previously, is one such exemplar. Time magazine reports that Kaepernick has won Amnesty International’s highest ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Denise Balkissoon writes about the importance of ensuring a just transition for fossil fuel workers – rather than using their jobs as bargaining chips to preserve oil industry profits. And Andrea Olive, Emily Eaton and Randy Besco point out that there’s plenty of public support for carbon ...

Warren Kinsella: The week in the Twitter sewer

I am active on Twitter. I admit it. Some people apparently read me on Twitter, too, and I (mostly) enjoy interacting with them. Here’s what the last week has been like. Lots of interaction. A “reach” of over five million. I don’t know what that means, exactly, but I know this: me and others are ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A NEW WAY TO SHARE CARE – IT’S AS EASY AS ABCD!

I’m just back from a truly inspiring conference hosted by the Asset Based Community Development Institute (or ABCD) and their Canadian partner, Deepening Community at the Tamarack Institute. The conference was titled “ABCD For Healthy Neighbourhoods” and what I learned from John McKnight, Cormac Russell, Al Etmanski and Paul Born (they are the ABCD Faculty) changed the ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Two Takes on a Pepper

I’ve always admired the sensual photographs of fruit and vegetables by Edward Weston.  He did a number of lovely photos of nudes and rocks, but nothing quite beats his peppers and pears.  Apparently he got in trouble once because one of his stilllifes looked far too much like  the backside of a woman so that ...

Northern Reflections: Ontario And The Rest Of Canada

The Liberals held a convention in Halifax this week. Policy ideas — like legalizing sex work — were discussed. But, Susan Delacourt writes, if you want to know what policies the Liberals are considering for the next election, look to the Ontario election on June 7th: Basic income and pharmacare were big topics on Parliament ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Justin Trudeau Struck Back At Andrew Scheer

For almost a year Andrew Scheer has gone after Justin Trudeau like a creature out of Hell.He has attacked him day after day after day, as only a religious fanatic and alt-right sympathizer could.He has made frothy Trudeau hate normal, he has corrupted the very soul of this country, and made us look and smell more ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Stapling, spindling and folding Ford.

Millennials might not be as familiar with the admonition we used to read on our household bills. Before the Internet, our bills were often delivered to us as data processing punch cards. We dutifully mailed these cards back to the supplier, along with our cheques. It was considered a no-no to mangle the punch card ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Thoughts & Prayers

If the light-show actually happened, it *might* be worth it.

Democracy Under Fire: Weeding the Garden

“You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens,” Former president Barack Obama And we have now seen how quickly that can happen by simply looking to the south of us, no one should think that we here in Canada are ...

Alberta Politics: Tory canoe and Trudeau too* – Liberals take advantage of Jason Kenney’s “Canada is broken” Tweet

Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kennedy’s now famous “Canada is broken” Tweet a week ago may turn out to have been the symbolic starting point of the 2019 federal election campaign. Canada is broken. https://t.co/7tVwbAKPmc — Jason Kenney (@jkenney) April 15, 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals were quick to jump on the ...

DeSmogBlog: Gwich’in Call on Canadians to Speak Out Against Trump’s Arctic Drilling Push

Canadians are being urged to fight against a push by U.S. President Donald Trump to fast-track drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in the calving grounds of Porcupine caribou herd. The Trump administration, which last fall slipped a provision allowing drilling in the Arctic Refuge into an unrelated tax bill, is ...