Alberta Politics: Despite NDP stamp of approval, pipeline rally looked and sounded like UCP event

The situation may have felt normal to the cadre of Opposition United Conservative Party MLAs there, but I imagine some of the NDP backbenchers huddled on the steps of the Legislature in Edmonton yesterday afternoon felt pretty uncomfortable. If not, they darn well should’ve. I’m not talking about the effects of the icy wind that ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Reporter Was Right Before

When someone is correct multiple times about major events, it’s worth hearing what they have to say about the latest unfolding. Trump’s Presidency is crumbling, and if Americans wake up, it won’t last long into next year.

Scripturient: Of mice and men, and trackballs, too

Late last year, I purchased another laptop to separate my work and recreational uses. After a long search in stores, and a lot of online reading and comparing models, I decided to get an MSI gaming rig (an entry level in their pantheon, admittedly). That process got me thinking again about how we buy and ...

The Disaffected Lib: At Last, An Ally. Merci, Quebec.

Let’s hit bully boy Justin where it hurts, in his home province of Quebec, where the government has come out swinging in support of British Columbia. The first and, to date, only province that has rallied to our side. Quebec politicians are speaking out against Ottawa’s intention to override British Columbia in its opposition to ...

The Disaffected Lib: All that Fuel Just Sitting There Waiting to Burn

It was so much easier when you could think of the Arctic as white, covered in a crisp layer of snow and ice. Today you have to think green as in vast tracts of ice-free ocean and exposed tundra and permafrost. The tundra, largely frozen peat, is thawing and drying out. Peat is what people ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Trying to Get a Jade Plant to Bloom in a Difficult World

There are some plants I can get to bloom year after year.  The various sorts of Christmas cactus are one, and recently I’ve been having pretty good luck with hibiscus.  But Jade Plant, also called crassula, is one I would love to see blooming, but which is resisting my attempts to recreate the circumstances in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Simon Enoch offers his take on Saskatchewan’s latest budget – including what little the Saskatchewan Party has learned, and how much it’s still getting wrong: (W)hile the 2018 budget is more measured in that it doesn’t replicate a 2017 budget that saw cuts and tax increases land disproportionately ...

Warren Kinsella: Law 599 Crisis Comms pro tip, free of charge

At @UCalgary @UCalgaryLaw, I generally teach my students that, when the judge wants you in court, it’s not always a good idea to be photographed smoking cigars with a bunch of creepy guys on a sidewalk a few blocks away. #USPolitics #Cohen pic.twitter.com/QTeXEbefpj — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) April 14, 2018

Democracy Under Fire: An Exelent Compromise…..

British Columbia premier, John Horgan, has an eminently reasonable solution to Justin Trudeau’s and Rachel Notley’s pipeline fetish – refine that cruddy bitumen here and sell it on the Canadian market. “If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be to invest in refining capacity so that we Canadians ...

Politics and its Discontents: Last Gasps?

Some days, writing this blog is quite easy, as I only have to turn to the letters page of my newspaper to aggregate the well-considered thoughts of my fellow Canadians. Today is such a day. To believe our Prime Minister, we can have our economic and environmental cake served upon the same plate. His fatuous ...

Warren Kinsella: Trump Reich: Michigan embraces Nazi policy

Seriously: they want to put yellow stars on the identification of “non-citizens.” In other news, Holocaust Remembrance Day happened this week. Story here. Excerpt here: A pair of House bills proposed last month by Republicans, state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township, and state Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan, call for the driver’s licenses of noncitizens to state ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump, James Comey, and the Great Distraction

It was quite a performance by Donald Trump, one that no doubt made millions of people wonder they would survive him. For first he went after the former FBI director James Comey, with an early morning tweet storm yesterday, that had to be seen to be believed. After Comey in a new book made it clear what ...

Montreal Simon: How Andrew Scheer Was Duped By An India Story. Again

Ever since Justin Trudeau's trip to India was made to look like a disaster by the shabby stooges in the Con media, Andrew Scheer has gone crazy with Indian fever.He's still trying to make the India story sound like it's the biggest story in Canada. Even though it died of old age weeks ago… But so desperate ...

Northern Reflections: Change

The Toronto Star editorializes this morning on the subject of change: Newness is exciting. Improvement always beckons. The grass, as someone who understood human yearning once noted, usually seems greener elsewhere. But then the paper turns its sights on Doug Ford: What are the odds, though, that should a realtor suggest a house a few ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Standing with BC’s John Horgan.

It is a memory from many years ago that sticks with you. It is this time of year. After being awakened by the sweeps rowers training on the harbour, you walk to downtown Vancouver from the Bayshore Inn, along streets lined with cherry blossoms in full bloom. You drink in the wonderful freshness of the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Let’s Play – Identity Politics…

The Disaffected Lib: Well, With the Week He’s Had Who Wouldn’t Want to Let Off a Little Steam?

The United States has launched missile strikes against government targets in Syria. This time Britain and France tossed in a few missiles of their own, brothers in arms sort of thing, I suppose. Trump announced the strikes in an address to the nation Friday evening. “The purpose of our action tonight is to establish a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Horgan’s Reasonable Overture

British Columbia premier, John Horgan, has an eminently reasonable solution to Justin Trudeau’s and Rachel Notley’s pipeline fetish – refine that cruddy bitumen here and sell it on the Canadian market. “If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be to invest in refining capacity so that we Canadians ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Eels – Last Stop: This Town

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Sean Farrell reports on a new OECD study recommending the application of inheritance taxes to reduce wealth inequality. – And Harry Quilter-Pinner discusses Finland’s confirmation that the obvious solution to homelessness – providing housing to people who need it – is also the best. – Nicole Goodkind analyzes ...

Warren Kinsella: Not only is this kid like me

…my Mom says he is me. She says I did exactly this with her and my Dad.

Warren Kinsella: New Ontario Liberal ad?

An effective attack ad shouldn’t merely repeat things voters already knew, and have already dismissed and discounted. This is phoning it in. It isn’t going to change minds.

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Contemporary Relevance of Karl Polanyi

The political economist Karl Polanyi, author of the 1944 volume The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, is arguably better known today than during his lifetime. The time has come for a major biography of Polanyi, Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left by Gareth Dale. It is thoroughly excellent and ...

The Disaffected Lib: A New Problem – Oceanic Heat Waves

It’s only logical that global warming would not spare our oceans. Not only do they absorb most, about 70%, of our atmospheric carbon dioxide, resulting in worsening acidification, but the world’s oceans also absorb great amounts of surface heat. Until recently, oceanic heat waves were almost unmentioned. Welcome to the Anthropocene. We’ve had them before ...

Warren Kinsella: A Yelp on steroids

A smart CBC Winnipeg reporter contacted me this week about a fascinating story. It’s here: Snippet below: Kinsella, who is a Toronto-based lawyer and author, said businesses have the right to exclude anyone from their establishments. “That right exists … [but] they’re not allowed to do that on the basis of race or religion or disability ...