Alberta Politics: Who blinked? Doesn’t matter: There are plenty of reasons to doubt B.C. and Alberta’s differences are settled

PHOTOS: A map showing the route of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Below: B.C. Premier John Horgan, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney, and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman. No sooner was a truce declared in the Alberta-British Columbia war of wine and oil yesterday afternoon than claims of victory were proclaimed. “In ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley opens the Quails’ Gate and lets the BC wine flow into Alberta once again.

Did Alberta win the pipeline war against British Columbia? No, but the great BC wine boycott of 2018 appears to be over. The interprovincial dispute over the Kinder Morgan Inc. Trans Mountain Pipeline is likely far from over, but Premier Rachel Notley announced today that the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission would lift its weeks-long ...

DeSmogBlog: What Canada Can Learn From Germany’s Renewable Revolution

Changing from an energy system powered by fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy takes long-term planning, innovation and a buy-in from citizens, industry and all levels of government, says deep decarbonization expert Manfred Fischedick, an advisor to the German government during its transition from a country reliant on coal and nuclear energy to ...

Canadian Soapbox: Caroline Mulroney – Burning down the PC house?

Caroline Mulroney is running for the leadership of Onatrio’s Progressive Conservative Party, following in her father’s political footsteps.   Conservatives interested in the long term viability of the Ontario PC Party may want to consider the history, the similarities are striking.  For younger readers Brian Mulroney was the last Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Canada ever had.   ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Meters Fees & Charges: Nobody likes them!

Last November, in the 2018 Park Board budget deliberations, seasonal parking fees were introduced at Spanish Banks beach. This is the last beach in Vancouver to have parking fees, and the community, not unexpectedly, reacted negatively. No one likes to pay for parking. Nobody likes additional charges.  I get it. I don’t like to pay ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: What Those Who Call Themselves "Patriots" Really Believe

Put on your irony seat belt folks. When I wrote the article detailing the reaction to the George Stanley acquittal, I used the Facebook group, "Canadians Against the NDP and Liberals (Information & Facts)" as a representative sample of views from the far right in Canada. Since then I have been poking around and perusing the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Climate Lemmings. You Either Are or You’re Not.

I think very few among us have any realistic idea of how far down the climate change road we’ve already gone. That includes our political leadership. No question about that. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on even a couple of thousand miles away much less in more distant corners of the world. ...

DeSmogBlog: Site C: The Elephant in B.C.’s Budget

Conspicuously absent from the B.C. government’s 19-page budget speech on Tuesday was any mention of the largest publicly funded project in the province’s history. Nor did the government devote a single word to the $10.7 billion Site C dam during last week’s Speech from the Throne, which presented the NDP’s “affordability” agenda for the coming year. Green ...

TaylorOwen.com: How safe are Canada’s elections from fake news on Facebook?

Here is an interview I recently did on CBC’s The Current on the digital threat to the next Canadian election. My argument is that a focus on discrete threats (from say Russia), are distracting us to what is ultimately a structural problem. It is the very design of Facebook that is the root cause of the ...

Canadian Dimension: Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Kent Momkman, The Daddies (2016) 60ii X 112.5ii, Acrylic on Canvas Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience may not be the art exhibit Canadians wanted during Canada 150, but it is undoubtedly the one they deserved. The touring installation confronts the country’s sesquicentennial celebrations from an Indigenous perspective and aims to “activate ...

Canadian Dimension: Missing Shulamith and the Dialectic of #MeToo

Photo by Mihai Surdu I was 24 years old in 1970, when I read Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex, a year younger than she was when she wrote the book. The book catapulted me from the limitations of the Left organization of which I was a member into the world of Women’s Liberation. There ...

Buckdog: I Did NOT Support Jagmeet Singh For Leader Of Canada’s NDP (and his actions have confirmed that i voted correctly!!)

Dear Jagmeet Singh! It is unfortunate that your lengthy, ongoing mistreatment of current sitting New Democrat Member of Parliament, Erin Weir, continues! This is highly unacceptable!! You placed him in political limbo for over 3 weeks based on NO actual allegations .. then you opened a 3 week ‘fishing expedition’ so that any ‘actual’ complaints ...

The Decarie Report: Feb. 22: The biggest news story ever?

This could be it. But as I write this on Feb. 21, the irving press hasn’t noticed it. Indeed, it hasn’t been noticing for weeks as this story has been breaking. (It’s hard to fit in when a paper has only one and a half pages of Canada and World News.) www.haaretz.com/opinion/this-is-the-man-who-will-lead-us-to-war-1.5841524 Israeli police have ...

The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot, Again – This Time on the Scourge of Wealth Accumulation

It’s not a plot. The hyper-rich haven’t masterminded some scheme to suck the wealth and power out of the rest of us. Guardian columnist, George Monbiot, says it’s an entirely natural process, one that has dire implications if left unchecked. Wealth and power concentrate not because those we confront are wicked (though there are one ...

Things Are Good: Signal Foundation Launches to Fund Cryptography for All

The privacy rich messaging app Signal continues to make the world of communication safe from prying eyes. With an announcement yesterday of the launch of the Signal Foundation the group will have a long lasting impact on the world of privacy. Private communication is healthy for a democratic society and the ability to have conversation ...

Warren Kinsella: Lisa Kinsella, Arthur Potts fighting hate – with me providing backup

It’s been a few years since a hate group jammed a rifle in my chest.  Could be an interesting night. Change of plan: I wasn't going to attend @apottsmpp's terrific anti-racism rally tonight, where @lisakinsella is speaking. But now that an Islamophobic hate group is coming, I'll be there in full Peaky Blinders mode. Could ...

Mind of Dan: Colourful Sedona

The Disaffected Lib: Another Reminder of Why Athabasca Bitumen Must Be Left In The Ground

It’s February. In the Arctic it’s pitch black. The darkness lasts until early March. February in the Arctic is normally cold, very cold. Only it’s not, not this year. It’s 25 degrees above normal. It’s been above freezing. On Monday and Tuesday, the northernmost weather station in the world, Cape Morris Jesup at the northern ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Working Poor and the Working Income Tax Benefit

Here is a short research paper I wrote for the Broadbent Institute. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/broadbent/pages/7073/attachments/original/1519312305/Canada’s_Working_poor_and_the_Working_Tax_Benefit_-_Report.pdf?1519312305 And here is a short summary: The Liberal government have promised to make progressive changes to the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) in next week’s budget. Let’s hope that they deliver. The increased insecurity of work and low hourly wages for many ...

The Disaffected Lib: It Ain’t Over Until Fat Donald Cries "Uncle"

Donald Trump is so desperate to get free of his very own Russia scandal that he’s reading things into documents that simply aren’t there. Ed Luce, writing in the Financial Times says that Trump will never escape Russia. Donald Trump may no longer be interested in Russia, but Russia is interested in him. Robert Mueller, the ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Winter Pride Mini Queer Between the Covers

Tuesday, February 27 at 12 PM – 4 PM Concordia University’s EV Atrium (the building glued on to the metro; you can enter via the metro or Guy though the official address is 1515 Saint-Catherine St W) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/914229078746543/   As part of Concordia University’s first Winter Pride//Fierté en Hiver celebration, QBtC is holding a mini bookfair ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair: March 3rd and 4th

The Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair – Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2018 – takes place at Westdale Secondary School (700 Main St. W. MAP) Easily accessible from the 403 and a quick bus ride from MacNab Terminal in the downtown Hamilton area. At the bookfair there is dozens of booksellers, zinesters, distributors and organizing groups ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: New Classes for a New Class Politics (Gabriel Kuhn)

I spent the past weekend writing a German review of the new Kersplebedeb edition of David Gilbert’s Looking at the U.S. White Working Class Historically, originally published in 1984. While the original piece mainly consisted of reviews of three relevant publications – Ted Allen’s pamphlet White Supremacy in the U.S./Slavery and the Origins of Racism, W.E.B. DuBois ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Elizabeth Piper reports on Jeremy Corbyn’s much-needed declaration that under a Labour government, the financial sector will serve the public rather than the other way around. And George Monbiot comments on the role the left needs to play in reversing the accumulation of wealth and power: (O)nce ...

Northern Reflections: Murdoch’s Right

If you had any doubts about Donald Trump’s exploding insanity, yesterday should have put them to rest — because yesterday he floated his solution to school shootings. Amanda Holpuch and Paul Owen report in The Guardian that: The US president on Wednesday held a listening session at the White House with survivors of last week’s ...