Northern Reflections: Time To Jettison Failed Ideas

On our 100th birthday, Michael Valpy writes that “we fell in love with ourselves.” But, on our 150th birthday, our mood has changed: A recent exploration by polling firm EKOS Research reports that the importance of many long-time salient symbols of our sense of nationhood is dramatically eroding. Canadians report that the significance to their ...

Things Are Good: The Tube is Heating up While London is Trying to Stay Cool

London’s tube system is literally heating up the city – and that’s a problem. A hundred years ago their subway stations were places to cool down during hot summer days and people had to wear sweaters while commuting. Today, this is no longer the case. The trains are heating the earth which in turn makes ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Harry says nobody wants the crown!

That was the good news the other day. In an interview with American Newsweek Magazine, Prince Harry of the House of Windsor said that nobody in the royal family really aspires to being King or Queen. What Harry probably meant was that it would be unseemly for any royal to want the crown while it ...

Dead Wild Roses: Watch – The Normalization of Male Violence in ‘Civilized’ Society

http://tehbewilderness.tumblr.com/post/162144889809/mypowerourpower-yayfeminism-screencaps-from Articles like this highlight the systemic, societal based normative attitudes that we are bathed in.  Male violence is looked on in a sympathetic light and the narratives spun around them serve as a justification for their actions. Lying in wait with a shotgun under your family’s car and then dispatching your wife and daughter ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta Liberal David Khan’s call for election spending laws to include PACs strikes a chord

PHOTOS: Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan, who is worried about the activities of the province’s Political Action Committees. Former premier Ed Stelmach is visible behind him. Below: Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, whose party’s activities are supported by PACs, and a United Farmers of Alberta gas station in Lacombe, grabbed from the UFA Archives online. ...

PostArctica: The Chair

Excellent work! Broken Light: A Photography Collective Please welcome first-time contributor Katie Kelleher, a 29-year-old artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. She has been faced with mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, and self harm, leading to hospitalizations, treatments, hardships, and different turns along the journey.  The experience of mental illness ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Will Mandryk Eat His Privatization Crow?

Has anyone watched Mandryk eat crow about this doozy of a column defending Wall’s last campaign yet? “NDP must get off privatization merry-go-round“ “On Tuesday, Wall emphatically said “no” to selling SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, SGI and even STC. He reminded voters he signed the old NDP Crown Corporation Protection Act and noted his only proposed ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: June 25 And The WCAI: Not To Beat A Dead Horse, But….

Look, I know that ARC has spending an inordinate amount of time focused on the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) and their MEGA Rally in Calgary this past weekend. As a result I haven't had time to focus on other stories such as Ronny Cameron (poor, poor, snowflake) being humiliated at Toronto's Pride Parade because ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wonder Woman

Last Tuesday I went to see Wonder Woman [9/10], with Jeri. We tried the reclining seat theatre at the Southland Mall. The chairs were no so great. They had cool electronic buttons to kick up the foot rest, but they didn’t recline worth a darn. As a Klein, I know a good re-kleiner when I ...

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: ten reasons Trudeau is going to win again

[And also on HuffPo, here.] Justin Trudeau is going to win the next federal election. Now, we know, we know. The election is far away. He’s broken some promises. His legislative achievements are modest. The Tories and the Dippers are getting shiny new leaders. Commenters are commenting that he’s slipping. And, in the post-Trump/Brexit era, ...

The Decarie Report: June 26: Canadian hero kills—-somebody….

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/highrises-evacuated-in-london-amid-safety-concerns-about-cladding-1.4176046 Our news media haven’t, as a rule, paid much attention to what caused the terrible high-rise fire in London, England. The cause was the much admired ability of capitalism to do things on the cheap – especially when dealing with the poor._______________________________________________________________________https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/trudeau-government-proposes-opening-st-lawrence-marine-protected-area-to-oil-exploration/article35455157/ Isn’t Justin wonderful? This means he’s planning to rely on fossil fuels ...

Canadian Dimension: World’s biggest coal company closes 37 mines as solar power’s influence grows

Photo from PhilippBreu.com The largest coal mining company in the world has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable. Coal India, which produces around 82 per cent of India’s coal, said the mines would be decommissioned by March 2018. The closures, of around 9 per cent of the state-run ...

The Disaffected Lib: Python Politics

Theresa May, Brexit, Python – Perfect.

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal headlines for the Week of June 26, 2017

Here are our Top 10 legal headlines for the week of June 26, 2017. For links, visit 140Law at http://wiselaw.blogspot.com For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

The Disaffected Lib: The Perils of Judicial Partisanship

The U.S. Supreme Court has greenlighted Donald Trump’s 90-day Muslim travel ban. The U.S.S.C. hasn’t heard arguments yet. No, arguments won’t be heard until sometime in the fall, sometime after the 90-day ban is over. Does that sound vaguely corrupt to you? It should. Then again this is the same court that ignored the greatest ...

Michal Rozworski: Jeremy Corbyn is Prime Minister

Looking to the UK, it definitely feels like a series of those weeks where decades happen. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour narrowly lost but really won the election, its vote share up by the most since 1945. Corbyn himself looks more like the Prime-Minister-in-waiting than leader-of-the-opposition; “Jeremy Corbyn is Prime Minister” is now a popular dig at ...

Warren Kinsella: Erased

Life is too short. Gord Tulk – he of the nearly-4,000-comments-does-this-guy-work – is gone, for good.  This is my space, with my rules, and cheap shots championing the “free speech” rights of neo-Nazis are not welcome, particularly with lots of litigation underway.  Find a new sandbox, Gordon.  You have been erased. Also erased: a nutty musician ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of June 26, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of June 26, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  US Supreme Court strikes down NC law banning sex offenders from using social networking websites Tim Hortons franchisees launch $500M class action suit against parent company Personal info of nearly 200 million U.S. voters sat exposed on a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Greg Leiseron discusses why the abject failure of Kansas’ anti-social experiment with trickle-down economics shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anybody: Claims of supply-side growth from labor income tax cuts rely on the idea that people will be more willing to work when their after-tax wages are ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Litany Of Failure

While I normally do not read the National Post, a tweet by @trapdinawrpool about a column caught my attention. Written by Kelly McParland, the article offers an uncompromising assessment of a Liberal political landscape littered with broken promises coupled with a return to the party’s traditional arrogance. Why is this important? Because with its brilliant ...

Warren Kinsella: Parsing a Premiers’ popularity

Angus Reid released its semi-regular Premier thing last week, and I missed it with all the Nazi-fighting.  But, as usual, it tells a story: The poll may or may not be accurate, 21 times out of 20, plus or minus 101 points.  But it sure is fun to prognosticate about. Some quick takes: At the top, ...

Montreal Simon: The Courage of Justin Trudeau and the Bigotry of Andrew Scheer

The Toronto Pride parade is always an amazing spectacle of joy and defiance, and yesterday's was no exception.And although the controversial Black Lives Matter-Toronto group did its best to grab the headlines.The star of the show was once again Justin Trudeau.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Spring clean out for Ontario booze.

Have you got it figured out yet? Every few years, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) thinks it will be a good time to clean its warehouses. To facilitate this house cleaning, it tries to clear all its warehouse shelves. It makes it easier to dust them. But you never see the LCBO doing ...

Things Are Good: Algae Used for Carbon Capture at Cement Plant

Every year cement production contributes about 5% of the global emissions generated by humans. Any improvement around cement production will have a good impact on lowering carbon entering our atmosphere. In Sweden there’s one company using algae to lower its emissions. The country has carbon emission rates that are likely increasing in the next few ...

Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism – Female Liberation

   This is what radical feminists mean when we say that feminism isn’t about equality, but is about the liberation of female people from male people. We don’t want to be as violent as men are. Such a simple concept, yet so many seem not able to grasp the idea.  Equality in itself isn’t a ...