Tattered Sleeve: Winter’s Coming (apologies to Arcade Fire and their Neighbourhoods #1 (Tunnels)

And if the snow buries my CH neighbourhoodAnd if Che is flyingThen he’ll saucer a passFrom his stick blade to PatCHesYeah, a pass, from his stick blade to PatCHesKidA has climbed out of the cellarAnd skated up the middleThe middle of the iceAnd since there’s no one but the goalie aroundHe’ll stay in the blue ...

Warren Kinsella: Wither thou goest, middle class, in your dark SUV at night?

I was mad. I was listening to a cabinet minister on the radio this morning. He was invoking the penultimate progressive political totemic, the vaunted “middle class.” (The ultimate progressive divinity being “progressive values,” which no progressive can define, and which therefore makes it the very problem it seeks to address.) He went on and on ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Alberta Alternative Budget 2017

Media Release Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget released today (March 14, 2017-Edmonton) Today, a coalition of researchers, economists, and members of civil society released a plan to boost Alberta’s economic growth while reducing income inequality. “For too long Alberta’s public services have been strained from decades of underfunding and reliance on volatile energy markets,” ...

DeSmogBlog: The Startling Similarities Between Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls Boondoggle and B.C.’s Site C Dam

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are preparing for electricity rates to double in the next five years, adding an estimated $150 per month in power costs for the average homeowner, as a consequence of building the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam — and experts warn it could be a cautionary tale for British Columbia. Tags:  Site C ...

Things Are Good: Use Technology to Mobilize Your Community

The current federal leadership in the USA has many people concerned about their rights and freedoms. If you’re one of those people you can use these technological tools to help you stand up and fight back. Newsweek, rather surprisingly, compiled a list of tech tools that can be used to mobilize communities or be used ...

Warren Kinsella: Police artist rendering of Barack Obama master spy

Politics and its Discontents: More Reasons To Boycott U.S Travel

I have no regrets about my recent decision to boycott travel to the United States as long as the Trump regime, dominated as it is by paranoid exclusions and hate-mongering policies, continues in office. An item on last night’s NBC News amply demonstrates that for some people, border crossings are becoming risks not worth taking. ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday March 14, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. For more information on employment law, family law, wills, estates, and estates litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net Did you know “use it or lose it” vacation policies are illegal. Upon termination of employment, any ...

Northern Reflections: They’re All Lunatics

The Congressional Budget Office has just released its analysis of Trumpcare. It concludes that, by next year, fourteen million of the twenty million Americans who now have healthcare won’t have it. Republicans argue that Americans will be able to choose the healthcare they want. Consider what they are really saying: Fourteen million Americans will be ...

Excited Delirium: Republicans: Do They Have a Future?

Trump won’t be impeached. Yet. A Democrat majority in the Senate and House will be required in 2018.

Babel-on-the-Bay: What happened in Saint-Laurent?

All rebellions have to start somewhere. And it looks like Justin Trudeau miscalculated and let one start in the Quebec electoral district of Saint-Laurent. The riding had been held by Stéphane Dion until Trudeau bounced him from the cabinet and sent him to be ambassador to the European Union and Germany. It looks like the ...

Dead Wild Roses: People Centred Human Rights – Malcolm X

I consider this text a long form of the very basic radical assumption – the Masters’s tools will never dismantle the Master’s house’.  That is, working within the bounds of any oppressive system, one can only do so much and the chance of  affecting meaningful structural change approaches zero.  The People Centred Human rights approach ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta finally moves, cautiously, toward reforming labour laws, more boldly to ban cash-for-blood transactions

PHOTOS: Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray at her news conference yesterday morning. Below: Labour lawyer and respected labour relations specialist Andrew Sims and Health Minister Sarah Hoffman at her news conference yesterday afternoon (Twitter). No sooner asked than answered, Alberta’s NDP government announced a plan yesterday morning to consult with the public and the usual ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Richard Starke’s last push – what happens to the Renew PCers after March 18?

With five days left until Jason Kenney wins the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in a landslide vote, his main rival is marshalling his forces. Representing PC supporters who want to renew the party, rather than dissolve it, Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke has announced a string of endorsements from former PC cabinet ministers and MLAs ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Jordon Cooper rightly argues that Brad Wall’s plan to slash education will only doom Saskatchewan to be further trapped in boom-and-bust resource cycles. And Toby Sanger discusses (PDF) how Saskatchewan can get back on track without imposing cruel cuts on the people who can least afford them. – ...

Politics and its Discontents: Part Political Theatre and Part Schoolyard Bully

And probably the saddest thing is that far too many people take this kind of clown seriously: Recommend this Post

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: ten ways you can stop Trump/Brexit

What can you do? How can you – a regular person who isn’t all that involved in politics, and who lives in another country, no less – oppose the unethical, immoral, hateful policies of the Trump regime? In 2012, I wrote a book about how the Right seize power. It’s called Fight the Right. It ...

The Decarie Report: March 13: American soldiers? What American soldiers?

Today, my local paper, a part of the Brunswick News chain, has four pages  (count them, four) of Canada and World news. A page one flash is that the tiny province of Prince Edward Island is sometimes left off of maps. Next to it is another big story that New York city might get a ...

Warren Kinsella: This stuff just writes itself

My fridge claims Iran is violating the nuclear arms deal. My stove was testifying before Congress and couldn't verify. #KellyAnnePolls — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 13, 2017 Always wondered what that button on my microwave was for. Thanks #kellyanneconway pic.twitter.com/4pDWuw8vQG — Melvinder Singh (@MelvinderSingh1) March 13, 2017

Canadian Dimension: Local workshops aim at transforming Canadians’ views on Israel-Palestine

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is offering two workshops that may benefit Winnipeggers interested in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and seeking more effective methods to discuss it with family and friends. Called Beyond Polarized Kvetching: Speaking Effectively on Israel/Palestine, the sessions will be held at the drop-in room at Winnipeg’s WestEnd Commons (641 St. Matthews Avenue), in ...

Warren Kinsella: Comedy Trumps Hate!

This Saturday! Me plus a bunch of really funny people! Watch me be repeatedly mocked to benefit Planned Parenthood! Deets here!

DeSmogBlog: Teck Mining Lobbyist’s Donation to BC Liberals ‘Listed in Error,’ Company Says

Political donations made to the BC Liberals under the name of a prominent Teck Resources lobbyist were actually made by the company and were registered in error, according to the company. A joint investigation between DeSmog Canada and University of Victoria researcher Nick Graham of the Corporate Mapping Project uncovered seven Teck Resources registered lobbyists who ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Back to schools: Canada’s fish happy with new report, look forward to amended law

Monday, March 13, 2017 Fish across Canada breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the top recommendation from the Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ report reviewing the Fisheries Act: to reinstate strong habitat protection for fish. Fish across Canada breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the top recommendation from the Parliamentary ...

Warren Kinsella: Can you step closer, and speak into my espresso machine?

Quote: Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is suggesting that alleged government surveillance of Donald Trump during his campaign may have gone beyond the president’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had his phones tapped. Conway tells New Jersey’s Bergen County Record that “there are many ways to surveil each other.” She says “you can ...

Canadian Dimension: Is there a socialist strategy in front of us?

Photo by Adbusters In our previous issue (Autumn 2016), George Martell laid out a multi-faceted strategy to take the Leap Manifesto to the next level by giving it an action plan. Dimension invited several activists to respond to Martell’s proposals in a special section, “Leap, the Left and the NDP.” Contributors included Greg Albo, Ian ...