In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 14: Trump casts his lizard eyes on Canada; I solve the Toronto housing crisis

This week in Donald Trump Land: Remember last week, when Donald Trump sent an “armada” (actually just an aircraft carrier) towards North Korea as a warning to the maniac kingdom? But the New York Times, thanks to a photo send out from the ship, realized that the ship was actually steaming away from North Korea, ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Principles vs Politics

The Wildrose Opposition spent the last three weeks berating the NDP government for not spending millions and millions of dollars fast enough. Wait, what? The Wildrose says farmers are being “held to ransom” because they’ve had to delay the 2017 planting season waiting around for AgriInsurance adjusters to declare their crops partially or completely destroyed.  ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Another Perspective on the Rise in Anxiety

Anxiety is… “not a coherent fear of a particular thing, and it tends not to focus on the problems you already have. Anxiety is the ambient apprehension that terrible things might happen. . . A mainstay of 20th-century age-of-​anxiety complaints was that our world was becoming too complex for anyone to keep track of or ...

Scripturient: More council secrecy, more council scheming

On Monday’s council agenda there are again two in-camera topics that reinforce just how much little respect The Block have for process, ethics, the public, legality, openness and transparency.  On Monday, The Block will secretly discuss privatizing our water and wastewater services to the out-of-province, for-profit corporation, EPCOR, and appointing new directors to the Collus-PowerStream board. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Give Up My Job to Give Care? OK, Pay Me.

Many years ago and before we had children, my husband and I took a week-long holiday at a Caribbean resort. We befriended a couple from Baltimore who had an interesting story to tell. When I asked “What do you do?”, the woman answered, “Well, I used to be in the insurance business, but I quit ...

Dead Wild Roses: Another Bang- Bang and Kiss of Bullshit

Head over to my blog-pal Syrbal-labrys place for a generous heaping of common sense and fiery political commentary. herlander-walking Another man who decided if his property (i.e. wife) was not performing to his desires, it deserved death by gunshot. So he walked into the grade school where she worked and shot her to death.  Alas, ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: A Response to the 2017 Saskatchewan Budget

I have an opinion piece on Saskatchewan’s recent budget in the Regina Leader-Post. Points raised in the opinion piece include the following: -Reductions in personal and corporate income taxes help the rich more than the poor (and this budget cut both personal and corporate income taxes). -Increases in sales tax hurt the poor more than ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Nick Bunker points out that the worst of the U.S.’ growing inequality since 2000 has come from the growing share of income going to capital concentrated in the .01%. And Lynn Parramore highlights Peter Temin’s case that the U.S. is regressing into a developing country for the ...

The Disaffected Lib: All the Money in the World. No Class. None, Zero, Nada.

Why can’t Donald Trump just hire somebody to keep his foot out of his damned mouth? Why does he have to constantly remind us that he’s someone you wouldn’t have to dinner or, for that matter, leave unattended in a room with your daughter. I watched a clip of the Cheeto Benito, his wife in ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: swing time by zadie smith

Zadie Smith is on my list of “authors I will follow anywhere”. I may not love everything about every book she writes, but that’s unimportant. For me, her books are always worth reading — the writing is beautiful, the characters feel real, the insights into the human condition are interesting and thought-provoking and ring true. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Alternate Ascent to Heaven

What ‘Big Religion’ is hiding from you. Filed under: Religion Tagged: !, Aliens, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Justin the adult in the school yard?

Has Prime Minister Trudeau been getting advice from psychologists on how to handle a bully? It is certainly to his credit that he is keeping his cool. Donald Trump continues to lob his ignorant taunts over the longest undefended border in the world and Canada’s prime minister just says, “We can discuss that.” As angry ...

Northern Reflections: He And They Are Insane

Yesterday, Donald Trump announced that he will hold a “BIG” rally to celebrate his first one hundred days in office. Henry Giroux writes that there is little to cheer about: Rather than address climate change, the threat of nuclear war, galloping inequality, the elimination of public goods, Trump and his vicious acolytes have accelerated the ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Some random thoughts on Earth day 2017

Earth Day was started 47 years ago. Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, was moved to action after witnessing the ravages of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. He partnered with California Republican Senator Pete McCloskey working to promote events across America on April 22, 1970.  The twinning of the Kinder ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: 24 April 2007 – 24 April 2017

I’m feeling some anticipatory trauma, if there is such a thing, as we approach the tenth anniversary of the mishap which would, soon thereafter, take the life of my brother Craig. Maybe it’s a heightened sense of awareness that this sad anniversary is upon us. It was April 24, 2007, his partner Claude’s birthday, when ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Eva Schaherl offers her take on how to fight against climate change: Stop being distracted by the “Sad!” theatre of the Greatest Show on Earth across our southern border. In Canada our leadership debates should be focused on how to save the world’s life-support systems, not imitating the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the NDP’s federal leadership campaign. – The Canadian Press reports on Pat Stogran’s official campaign launch. And Alex Ballingall highlights Stogran’s criticism of Justin Trudeau’s empty-suit governance, while Jeremy Nuttall focuses on his message about challenging politics as usual. – Charlie Smith interviews Peter Julian about his “just transition” energy policy and ...

Mind of Dan: This is science; it is not something to toy with

It is not something to say I chose not to believe e-mc2; YOU DONT HAVE THAT OPTION! When you have an established scientific emergent truth, it is true whether or not you belive in it and the sooner you understand that the faster we can get on with the political conversation about how to solve ...

Warren Kinsella: Twitter pen pals

So, Chelsea Clinton tweeted this cool thing, which I retweeted: Letter I wrote to President Reagan at 5. (I never got a reply). Thank you to all who shared your White House letters. pic.twitter.com/wOAQXsyBIc — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 22, 2017 Which elicited this reaponse from my pal Peggy Blair: @ChelseaClinton @kinsellawarren How did you ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: giovanni’s room by james baldwin

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, a landmark in LGBT literature, is one of our library’s current “Raves & Faves”. The 1956 novel takes place in Paris, narrated by a young American man who is trying to come to terms with his sexuality. In the past, this was said to be a “gay novel;” now it is ...

The Disaffected Lib: Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, from the International Space Station. Here’s something to think about. This video is taken from a spaceship, the ISS. The astronauts aboard have to carefully regulate their environment to keep it habitable, safe for human life. Now, here’s the thing. You’re on a spaceship too, Spaceship Earth, our one and only biosphere. ...

Warren Kinsella: Meet the Mighty Finn

Who needs sleep anyway?

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Standing Room Only at the Launch Party for Road through Time

And a good time was had by all!  Librairie Drawn and Quarterly was packed Thursday night when we celebrated the launch of my latest book, Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move.   It was such a pleasure to see old friends and new friends, including people I hadn’t met before, in fact.  ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Reigniting a spirit of outrage on Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017 In honour of Earth Day, Staff Counsel Linda Nowlan looks at how the green movement can – and must – do more to keep the planet alive and thriving, as proposed by Peter Dauvergne in his book, Environmentalism of the Rich.   Today, April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, the day ...

Scripturient: Another imaginary roadblock for the hospital

In the April 24 addendum to the agenda there is a report by the interim CAO about the hospital redevelopment you should read. It seems another council hissy fit is in the making. Your first question should be: why is the interim CAO writing and signing a report that ought to come from the planning ...