Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Pat Stogran

The latest putative entrant in the leadership race is Pat Stogran – well-known for challenging the Harper Cons’ callous treatment of veterans in his role as veterans’ ombudsman. So how does Stogran fit into a field of current MPs and longtime activists, particularly when his own goal is largely to raise issues? Strengths The primary ...

Susan on the Soapbox: What Does a “Free Enterprise” Leader Look Like?

Jason Kenney promises to return Alberta to prosperity if Albertans vote for his Wildrose/PC “free enterprise” party. Given the paucity of information around what his “free enterprise” party stands for, we are left to assume Mr Kenney will emulate corporate “free enterprise” leaders if he ends up in the premier’s office. What does a good ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Niki Ashton

For Ashton alone among the NDP’s leadership candidates, we’ve been through this exercise before. But for a candidate who stood out for her youth in 2012, it’s remarkable how little has changed this time around. Strengths Once again, youth and expanded appeal are obvious priorities for all of the NDP’s leadership candidate. And for the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Guy Caron

So far, media coverage of Guy Caron’s NDP leadership campaign has focused largely on one note (that being his basic income proposal). But there’s plenty more to his candidacy – and he may well emerge as the party’s favourite when it comes time to vote. Strengths Both Caron’s core campaign promise and his signature issues ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Charlie Angus

If Peter Julian’s leadership campaign has been surprising in its relatively push toward controversy, Charlie Angus may be defying expectations in the opposite direction – as the punk rocker has been the most serene figure in the race so far. Strengths Rather than spending much of the first two debates on a soapbox, Angus has ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Peter Julian

I’ll start my series of NDP leadership candidate profiles with the first to enter the leadership race – and the one who’s likely done the most to shape the campaign so far. I’ve noted before my surprise at the choices made so far by Peter Julian’s campaign: a candidate who could have portrayed himself as ...

Dead Wild Roses: “Cis women. Miright?” – Thoughts on Periods and the Transpatriarchy

Trans-patriarchy/patriarchy. Not much difference if one observes material reality. A well written post articulating the appropriation of the term women and the sex specific issues that come with being female. ANTHRO FEMINISM “Cis Women. Miright?” This is an actual quote from the Geek Girl Puit’s article entitled, “Trans Girl Periods. Yes, that’s right. No, I’m ...

A. Picazo: Carleton’s unbalanced approach to wellness

This op-ed appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on March 14, 2017. It’s hard to overstate the naïveté at the heart of Carleton University’s initial decision to remove the scale from its fitness room at the athletic centre. The move, ostensibly “keeping with current fitness and social trends,” sought to promote a “more holistic” approach to fitness, body image and ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 10: The beginning of the end for The Donald?

So, what’s the over/under on the Trump presidency? I would have thought two years before he was impeached, but now I’m leaning towards one year. Eighteen months, max. Trump has now lost his first big promise, to repeal and replace Obamacare. His plan alienated his own party to such a degree that he couldn’t get ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Brief Pause

The metaphorical road beckons. See you in a bit. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

A few notes worth a look in advance of today’s youth-focused debate… – Kyle Duggan reports on Pat Stogran’s imminent entry into the race. And The View Up Here features an extended interview to introduce Stogran as a candidate, while CTV offers a shorter interview. – Anishinabek News examines Charlie Angus’ focus on First Nations ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – David Olive offers his take on what a basic income should look like – and is optimistic that Ontario’s ongoing experiment should hit the mark: A UBI would be pointless in the absence of existing supports. In the Ontario pilot projects, the payout for a single person ...

Warren Kinsella: The Great Dealmaker gets dealt

Dowd. End is odd. But main point is assuredly true: DC has figured out the Unpresident, and they are playing him like a  proverbial fiddle.  He’s the kind of guy who likes to say a sucker is born every minute. What he doesn’t say, and doesn’t know, is he’s one of them. 

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Christ the Redeemer

And this is also where we get the expression ‘the devil is in the details’ as our lord J also hates the fine print on coupons.  🙂 Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christ the Redeemer, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Politics and its Discontents: Fortress Amerika Begins To Pay A Heavy Price

Now that the parody of a president selected by the American people has infected the U.S. national psyche with more than its usual quotient of paranoia and xenophobia, those same people are beginning to get the message that there is a high price to be paid for their irresponsibility. And I, for one, can muster ...

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel’s Outrageous Assault on Justin Trudeau

It's a sad thing, but Michelle Rempel's behaviour is starting to alarm a lot of people in Ottawa, or deeply concern them.For she just can't stop acting like she's boozed up, or stop directing torrents of abuse in the general direction of Justin Trudeau.I mean who can forget when she recently accused him of treating ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Last Snow? Good Thing Easter’s Late

Surprise!  A little snow on Friday that stuck to all the trees most beautifully.  It’s gone now, and the sun is high in the sky, so perhaps we really are on the path toward spring. It is the season of rebirth, but I expect it will be a while before we see much green.  There ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lies. And Trudeau-Trump lies.

You have come to expect it in the daily reports from the American White House. You know that the man in the White House tells lies. You just do not expect it from the guy in charge in Ottawa. And you already knew that the guy in charge at the White House does not give ...

Northern Reflections: That’s Not His Style

Americans were in danger of loosing their health care last week. They dodged a bullet. But there is a bigger danger looming. Tony Burman writes: During a visit to South Korea earlier this month, Rex Tillerson, [Donald] Trump’s secretary of state, announced what appeared to be a dramatic change in American policy toward the nuclear ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Canadian Tesla Tour -5th Electric Week: Moose Jaw to Yorkton SK

Check out this trip last year by people my friends James and Brooke met while they took their Model X across Canada. Source: 5th Electric Week: Moose Jaw to Yorkton SK

A BCer in Ottawa: Food round-up: Chicken Farmers, Irish buffet and turkey a la king

I’ve fallen behind in my food blogging, so allow me to catch-up with some quick hits from recent food-related activities.Chicken Farmers of Canada This reception at the Chateau Laurier on budget night was actually a joint event by the Chicken, Turkey and Egg Farmers. I didn’t know this until informed by an MP on the ...

Views from the Beltline: You can’t educate Republicans on global warming

Many progressives believe that if the public were better informed about the science behind climate change, people would be more inclined to accept the reality of anthropogenic global warming. A U.S. survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that’s only true for some people. Climate scientists tell us that global warming will result in phenomena ...

The Decarie Report: March 25: For my New Brunswick readers.

Today’s New Brunswick newspapers, like several editions of them recently, has been in a frenzy over the recent and rapid rise in property taxes.  And Brian Murphy has a commentary on property and income taxes. Alas, as always his column managages to offend no-one by saying nothing.Now, Liberal premier Gallant is in trouble for the ...

The Disaffected Lib: I Think This Captures the Mood

 I was struggling to find words to describe the misery of the Republican party in the wake of yesterday’s fiasco on health care reform. Then I twigged to something out of the past that fits like a glove: Like a bear with a raw ass in black fly season I think that captures the moment. 

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: So … You Think Silence Is An Answer?

There are a number of Jason Kenney’s supporters running around with the mistaken belief that because Kenney refuses to answer questions about his Social Conservative (SoCon) beliefs is somehow an endorsement that he will be benign on those issues should he ever become Alberta’s Premier. Like the CPC policy change last year where they “progressively” ...