In This Corner: The Facebook list: What would Trippie Redd want with me?

Facebook founder and boss Mark Zuckerberg is probably one of the world’s most hated men, and not just because he looks like a glass-eyed troll who hasn’t seen sunlight in years and recoils from human touch. Zuckerberg testified for two days in the U.S. senate over questions about Facebook’s casual use of users’ personal data. ...

The Decarie Report: April 15: I"m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Back on April 9, as I was preparing this, I was struck with a horrible chest pain of a degree I had never known. Thinking it was a heart attack, I went to the hospital where the pain persisted and even worsened for a good twelve hours. Dying would have been welcome. (seriously) And hospital, ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The UCP Runs Away from the Bubble Zone

Last week the NDP government introduced Bill 9 which will create a 50-metre bubble zone of safety and privacy for women accessing healthcare, including abortions and other reproductive health services,* in Calgary and Edmonton. Jason Kenney and the UCP caucus bailed on the debate, sending their colleague MLA Angela Pitt to deliver a message on ...

Warren Kinsella: And they spent $650,000 on the Ontario Cannabis Store logo, too!

This is how they think they’ll win? With puerile tweets like this? Here’s a fact, Wizard War Room: Kathleen Wynne, who is a smart person who you continually embarrass with crap like this, is – post-legalization – going to become the biggest seller of cannabis in North America. But, by all means, keep aiming for ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Calgary Soldier of Odin Leader Posts Antisemitic Memes and Linked to Overt Racists

It's interesting what one finds when one turns over a few stone. Now it isn't entirely surprising that members of the Calgary Soldiers of Odin would be present. Though the hate group no longer exists as a national organization, there are still remnants in some cities in the country including Calgary. Truth be told, I ...

cartoon life: Another power outage solution. Draw something.

A Puff of Absurdity: On Progressive Education

I recently watched a film, Most Likely to Succeed, which has inspired a lengthy post about educational reform. FIRST, A BIT ON DEWEY AND SKINNER:  (If educational theory isn’t your bag, then just scroll down to the next bit.) Is it true that, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them ...

cartoon life: What to do when the power fails

Dead Wild Roses: “Surly Shirley” and the assault on women’s sport–then and now

4thWaveNow by Worriedmom The year is 1976, and the place is the Montreal Olympics. And it’s clear that something is wrong. The East German women’s swim team is unstoppable. Inhuman, almost. Smashing every record, every competitor, sweeping every race – then jumping out of the pool like it wasn’t even challenging. Race after race, the ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Tying A Few Things Together

I have written a few posts recently which criticize quite strongly the recent spate of conservative “we must cut everything” hysteria over Alberta’s budget: On Alberta’s Budget 2018 On Government Finances and Debt About Hospitals and Ian Brodie All of these posts revolve around the basic theme of how ridiculous a narrow focus on money ...

Warren Kinsella: Our view of downtown this morning

Politics and its Discontents: Ahem, About That Second Amendment Thing

Clearly, this guuy takes his rights very, very seriously, yet another reason to avoid the U.S. like the proverbial plague. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Nick Falvo offers a useful summary of the federal-provincial framework on housing – including its lack of any specific mention of homelessness and supportive housing among other deficiencies. – Meanwhile, Justin McElroy reports on the Horgan government’s plan to ensure more rights for tenants, including by applying significant ...

In-Sights: Akratic NDP

It’s easy to understand why BC Hydro argued that pushing ahead with Site C was the preferred option. A change in course would require directors and executives to admit their past decisions were colossal mistakes. Blunders that cost billions don’t help job security and do not enhance resumes…

Politics and its Discontents: The Lie Deflector

This is a device critical thinkers probably don’t need, but many others could benefit from. Simply click on the link within the box below to view the video: Lie Deflector from MarkFiore on Vimeo. On the other hand, we could dispense with such technology with this Spoiler Alert: You know Trump is lying when his ...

Northern Reflections: Dante’s 21st Century Inferno

Syria, Tom Walkom writes, has become the most dangerous place on  earth. It is now the centre of several intersecting rivalries. Consider what has happened since the war began seven years ago: The Syrian conflict began seven years ago as a popular rebellion against a dictatorial regime. It soon became a civil war with religious ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – On Religious Freedom

The separation of church and state is a necessary part of a modern civilized society. Laws must be made in accordance with the reality that we know grounded in facts that the scientific method has allowed us to uncover. Does this necessarily happen even in so called civilized society? Of course not, secular societies are ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The end of the gas plant affair.

The Ontario gas plant affair has ended badly. There are no good guys in the story. It was a sorry tale of misinformation and harangue. It was public participation gone rotten. It was political perfidy. It cost us all. And David Livingston is the fall guy. He was premier McGuinty’s right-hand man. Nobody should be ...

Alberta Politics: Mission accomplished in Syria? Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose on that claim!

Mission Accomplished? Donald Trump’s crowing Tweets prove the wisdom of Karl Marx’s dictum: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. This fact is a significant blessing, nonetheless, at least insofar as Friday night’s tactically and legally dubious missile raid by U.S. military forces on Syria is concerned. How many Iraqis were slaughtered after ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: April 14, 2018 Calgary Counter-Protest At City Hall a Success

This was the day that Artur Pawlowski and his Street Church members as well as folks like Steven “Four Names” Myatt, Sandra Solomon, members of the Canadian Combat Coalition, Joey Deluca and Worldwide Coalition Against Islam members, Soldiers of Odin, Alberta Northern Guard members, Kevin Johnston, Bill Whatcott, Larry Heather, apparently Devon Mannix, and other anti-Muslim ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Vancouver Park Board announces major Seawall upgrades

Areas affected include near English Bay, Sunset and Second beaches, Brockton Point Courier staff / Vancouver Courier April 12, 2018  One of Vancouver’s crown jewels is getting some love. The Stanley Park seawall is in the midst of the largest restoration effort in its 101-year history and crews have already begun work near English Bay. ...

The Disaffected Lib: You’re Right, Justin. Delusional, but Right.

The prime minister has spoken. Justin Trudeau proclaimed that his pipeline fetish isn’t about “punishing” British Columbia. The man/boy prime minister is utterly, indisputably right. It isn’t about punishing British Columbia. However the Dauphin’s “my way or the highway” approach to the Trans Mountain pipeline is all about steamrollering British Columbia in order to imperil ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Beginner’s Kata: uncensored stray thoughts on revolutionary organization, by J. Sakai

also available for purchase as a pamphlet from leftwingbooks.net “Beginner’s mind” is a zen phrase. It reminds us that when we first took this path as beginners, we approached it almost with awe. Self-conscious of knowing so little—knowing nothing, really—we were open for seeing anything. Aware mostly of how unimportant our own little knowledge was. ...

Alberta Politics: Jennifer Quist’s Apocalypse of Morgan Turner tops Audreys Edmonton Bestseller List

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended April 7, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner – Jennifer Quist * 2. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine ...

Accidental Deliberations: On the social environment

Having written my column this week on one of the more glaring areas of increasingly alarming neglect from the Saskatchewan Party under Scott Moe, I’ll take a moment to point out the other single policy change that I find most striking. D.C. Fraser has reported on a reduction in funding to climate change programming, with ...