THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Advice You’ve Never Thought Of! Tips for Travelling with an Older Parent

My Mom grew up summering in Kennebunk Port in Maine – all her best memories are of playing in the sand and surf with her brothers and sister there. Now at 95, she has a powerful wish to return, but I am nervous about travelling with her. This guest post by writer Gary Simmons gives ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Horse Race Journalism and 2019?

It is unlikely that Jaime Watt was talking about Babel-on-the-Bay in a recent op-ed piece. The Conservative political pundit referenced “horse race journalism” as being premature and meaningless in discussing the next federal election. Well, it is too early and he is right about that. But we like the horse race analogy and we know ...

Scripturient: The secret costs of the EPCOR deal

Whether or not The Block sell our share of our public electrical utility to the for-profit, Edmonton-based EPCOR, it will still cost taxpayers millions. And I don’t mean just the rising costs of sole-sourced lawyers and buddy consultants the administration has hired (well over $1 million already, and the bills keep coming in). I’m talking ...

Dead Wild Roses: Adopt the Gender Identity Platform or Else!

Funny sad really as the male entitlement that females have to deal with daily has begun to negatively affect those backing the whole gender identity hoopla.  The truth as it was in the beginning as it is now – threatening male entitlement is verboten.  I wonder how long it will be before the good doctor ...

The Disaffected Lib: Climate Change – Turns a Calamity into Catastrophe

Even the most affluent nation on Earth can’t escape the knock-on effects of climate change. The Pentagon thinks of it as a “force multiplier.” It magnifies difficulties, makes them more protracted and sometimes leaves irreparable damage in its wake. That’s what the United States is now facing from the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Paul Fromm to Speak Before Ontario MPPs

On Thursday, a committee studying Bill 163 (An Act to enact the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017 and to amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in relation to abortion services) will be meeting. A number of stakeholders will be appearing before committee members, including one familiar to the folks ...

Alberta Politics: ‘This is All a Lie’ by Edmonton’s Thomas Trofimuk remains atop Audreys Bestseller List this week

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended Oct. 15, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. This is All a Lie – Thomas Trofimuk* 2. Maybe This Time: A Colorado Ice Novel ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Cannibals in Hollywood

A few days ago I wrote about how Donald Trump is counting on the Christian right to help keep him in office, now that almost every other group is abandoning him.And how that grubby pervert is now going around bellowing:"Above all else in America, we don't worship government. We worship God."Which needless to say has the holy ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not Just Some Fable Any More.

Thanks, Aesop, the tortoise will take it from here.

Song of the Watermelon: 9 Favourite Tragically Hip Songs

I’ve never considered myself a Tragically Hip superfan, but in the wake of singer Gord Downie’s passing last night, it is hard not to feel impacted. The group produced many great songs over its three-decade career (as well as a few not-so-great ones) and gradually cemented its status as “Canada’s band.” Downie himself was a ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Foundering Ship Of State

Were you to examine my blog posts prior to the last election, you would see that I had grave reservations about the fitness of Justin Trudeau for Canada’s top office. He seemed wedded to platitudes, and there was little to indicate anything substantive in his thinking. After he and his merry men and women were ...

The Decarie Report: Oct. 18: An Angry Day

Today’s Moncton Times and Transcript had a columnist. today, who is the new champion of ignorance, pomposity, arrogance and self-importance. He’s Bill Whitelaw, president and CEO at JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group. His theme, if he has one, is that he is a very wise and learned man, and that the world should worship the oil industry ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is It Unreasonable?

It’s a simple question. Is climate change an existential threat? Does anthropogenic global warming imperil the continuation of life as we know it on Earth? C’mon people. This question is going to be decided before this century is out, possibly much sooner than that. The only thing that ignoring the question changes is the probability/certainty ...

Warren Kinsella: Dear Conservative readers of this web site 

It’s been several hours, and I still think this is the stupidest political move I’ve seen in months – and that’s saying something. Why, you ask? This isn’t a decision. It’s a suicide note. #cdnpoli https://t.co/ahrI7jT2bO — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) October 18, 2017 The Conservatives are tying themselves to every crazy/offensive thing Rebel does between ...

DeSmogBlog: Will Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Oilsands Pipeline Become the Standing Rock of the North?

The battle against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline could lead to the next Standing Rock and destroy any investment case for the project, according to a newly released report. The report, commissioned by the Secwepemc nation and prepared by the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, is titled “Standing Rock of the North: The Kinder ...

centre of the universe: Danger Zone

Please go read this article (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-kelly/the-thing-all-women-do-you-dont-know-about_b_8630416.html). I’ll wait. If you’re already on Twitter, you’ve seen this already. I spent about a decade trying to look not-female (which was tough, given my body shape) and being very angry that I couldn’t go out to the club or the bar without having to be “on guard”. I was…

Warren Kinsella: The Rodents, the Filters, the Slinks: RIP Gord Downie

Those were some of the early names of the Tragically Hip. They got their start in the early Eighties in the nascent Kingston punk scene. A lot of bands got their start in punk rock (and some of us never left). I always felt the Hip’s Downie had that don’t-give-a-fuck punk ethos about him. RIP ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Drew Brown discusses how the Libs’ claim to represent – or even understand – the interests of Canada’s middle class is disappearing. And Steven Chase and Robert Fife expose Bill Morneau’s broken promise to set up a blind trust for his assets while he makes decisions which will ...

The Disaffected Lib: Back to the Drawing Board, Rachel.

If there’s one thing that petro-states know it’s that honesty never pays. In fact, honesty almost always costs and sometimes the costs can be huge. And, yes, by petro-states I mean Alberta, Saskatchewan and our federal government. They’re incorrigible. Alberta has been caught out underestimating methane leaks from the province’s oil wells. Underestimating by about ...

Canadian Dimension: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh embraces Imperialist Policies of Helene Laverdiere

Photo taken from Jagmeet Singh’s Twitter page Shouldn’t leaders who claim to support the interests of the poor and working class inside Canada also take left wing positions internationally? Yet when a leadership candidate for a left wing party embraces a politician who has repeatedly taken pro-imperialist international stances it hardly creates a stir. Reflecting ...

Canadian Dimension: Basic Income as a Socialist Project

Most discussions of Basic Income revolve around two clusters of issues: first, the normative implications of Basic Income for various conceptions of justice, and second, the pragmatic problems of the sustainability of basic income given a range of economic considerations including such things as effects on tax rates, incentives, labor markets, and so on. These ...

Canadian Dimension: Catalonia’s Paradox

Photo by Adam Jones October 1 has passed, closing a period of the shared history between Catalonia and the Spanish state and beginning an uncertain future. It was a day when all the tension building over the five-year independence process came to a head. The numbers speak volumes. 2,262,424 votes cast. With an electoral roll ...

Half an Hour: The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Phil Hill Summary notes from the presentation at from at the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto. Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/PhilHill3/hill-slides-world-congress-session-20171018/1 We forget about the perspective of time. Let’s look at 2011-2017. Thrun was saying (2012) 50 years from now there will only be ten institutions delivering higher education. This was the perfect example of hype not helping the industry. A ...

Things Are Good: Using Math to Solve for Inequality

Inequality has been increasing globally for years, and developed nations have seen inequality rise in rates comparable to the start of the great depression. This situation is understandably problematic and worrisome. Accordingly, a lot of thinkers have looked into the problem, most solutions come down to some level of redistribution of wealth. The New England ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump’s initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the “antifa” opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from? As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known ...