Warren Kinsella: Trump is under investigation for a crime – finally 

From the Washington Post: The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said. The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct ...

Mind Bending Politics: Parents Set To Protest New Autism Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ———– June 14th, 2017 TORONTO – The parents of several autistic kids will be rallying at Minister Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau’s constituency office on Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 1:00pm. Parents are concerned that transitional services over the past year to the new Ontario Autism Program have not been equally ...

The Decarie Report: July 14: The big problem that the Irving press won’t touch.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/iqaluit-will-run-out-of-water-1.4156559 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/climate-change-study-1.4157216 http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/hazardous-conditions-caused-by-climate-change-put-arctic-research-study-on-ice-1.3454903 All of these stories are of climate change that IS happening. But the Moncton Times and Transcript has no room for this today. It needed the space for the big story that the Bill Cosby  trial will resume today. Almost always trivial, the Irving press rarely touches on climate change – probably ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta Conservatives now appear less united than they have in years

Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney took aim at the New Democratic Party and Alberta’s teachers this week, claiming that both groups are planning to hijack the July 22 vote to fold his party and the Wildrose Party into a new United Conservative Party. Kenney’s claims are unsubstantiated and are likely a distraction from the unity ...

eaves.ca: Teaching Digital at the Kennedy School of Government: Part 3 – Our Users and What They Need

Focusing on the User: Who Policy Schools Teach While students from Schools of Policy and Government go on to do a variety of work, whether in the private, nonprofit or for profit sector, most will take a role in one of three functional areas: Politics, Administration/Operations and Public Policy. Like with much in life, there ...

eaves.ca: Teaching Digital at the Kennedy School of Government: Part 2 – Defining Digital

Why Digital? For the purposes of our thinking we will use “digital” an umbrella term to describe the set of challenges, opportunities and issues that arise from a combination of information and telecommunications technologies. Why digital? For one, “technology” is too broad a term. At HKS — and I suspect schools of policy and government in general — technology ...

Excited Delirium: The (20) Million Muslim March Mainstream Media Missed

In Karbala, Iraq, millions of Muslims marched against ISIS this past weekend. “Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual ...

Canadian Dimension: Colin Kaepernick: Patriotism and the Owning Class

Photo by Gerry Melendez Colin Kaepernick took a courageous and principled stand last season by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. This was done in response to a society that continues to systematically, culturally, and institutionally devalue Black lives. This devaluation is played out in many areas, including politics, economics, housing, employment, and ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: KCTMO – Playing with fire!

Frightening this wasn’t listened to in time. Grenfell Action Group It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the  KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ellie Mae O’Hagan writes about Jeremy Corbyn’s much-needed work in addressing the loss of hope by young people in the UK: For the first time in a good few years, I’ve stopped worrying about money. I can imagine living somewhere nice without having to move to another country. ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: There are 124 days left until Edmonton’s Municipal Elections

There are 124 days left until the October 2017 municipal elections in Edmonton. Here are some of the latest updates to the list of candidates running in Edmonton’s municipal election for City Council: Alex McFarlane is running in Ward 5. Kirsten Goa and James Kowosan are running in Ward 8. Goa is the Advisory Committee Community ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily #LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday June 14, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. Marriage contracts, also known as pre-nuptial agreements, enable spouses to privately determine how issues relating to their property and support will be resolved if they separate in the future. To ensure the enforceability of a ...

Excited Delirium: Health: Matters of Choice … Or Not

A case going to court may wind up protecting the rights of physicians when it comes to religious beliefs. A law passed by the Ontario government eliminates my right to protect my own health or that of my child.

Warren Kinsella: My column on Americans and the day they died

Worth re-posting on a day like today. Here.

Politics and its Discontents: Depraved Indifference

When you think about it, almost all of us are guilty of it. Toronto Star 14 Jun 2017Re Caution: children at work, June 13 Recognizing child labour as a violation of children’s and workers’ rights, trade unions are joining with families and community organizations to combat child labour, to move children out of work and ...

Warren Kinsella: Good morning, America 

Apropos of nothing, choose your aphorism: — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) June 14, 2017

Things Are Good: How Pressure from Pedestrians and Cyclists Make Better Cities

Depending on where you live you may think streets are for people or for cars. The correct answer is that streets are for moving people and not built for the need of inanimate objects. In an interesting series of videos the Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume examines the different urban design decisions between suburban and urban ...

Northern Reflections: They Blow Up Everything

While everyone is talking about James Comey and Jeff Sessions, the Republicans are working hard, under the cover of night. Dana Milbank writes: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) invoked “Rule XIV,” a procedure that allows legislation to skip committees and go directly to the floor. McConnell is hoping to rush the health-care bill to ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Chasing ghosts with Chantal Hébert.

In the pile of books set aside for summer reading was Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre’s analysis of The Morning After.  It is supposedly their take on the 1995 Quebec Referendum.  By starting with their book, this might become a long hot summer. The book had come to the pile as a gift. It had ...

Dead Wild Roses: J.K. Rowling Isn’t Taking any Liberal Male Crap Today.

If there has ever been a motif to this blog, it would be the sentiment that J.K. Rowling captures in her Twitter feed. The experience of society for females and males is distinctly different, and that difference is deleterious for the female half of the world. Men like to dance around the fact that they ...

Montreal Simon: Brad Trost and the Shaming of Andrew Scheer

As I'm sure you know, Brad Trost is a religious fanatic who likes to think of himself as a holy warrior battling Muslims, women who need an abortion, and gay people.Not necessarily in that order.And like most religious fanatics he likes to think that he is better than we are.So this must be REALLY embarrassing.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Recommendations of independent review of Athabasca University seem unlikely to survive Alberta political reality

PHOTOS: University of Saskatchewan Professor Ken Coates, author of the independent review of Athabasca University released last week. Below: Athabasca U President Neil Fassina, AU Board Chair Vivian Manasc, and Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt. Recent news reports about the continuing woes of Athabasca University and in particular coverage last week of Professor Ken ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Racist WCAI Memebers Don’t Like Being Called Racists

Today a report was released detailing a significant rise in hate crimes against Muslim-Canadians across the country in 2015 according to Stats Canada: The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.  New data released Tuesday show there were 159 ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: The Latest on Leadership

SOURCE: CBC News: Trent Wotherspoon Resigning as NDP Interim Leader, Considering Run for Permanent Party Leadership Given that we took a moment to discuss Ryan Meili’s entry into the Saskatchewan NDP Leadership Race, it seems only right that we take a moment to consider Trent Wotherspoon’s precursor to potentially entering the race himself. I’ll admit, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Couched cats.