Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “Flabbergasting”

“Flabbergasting” If you need to hear every Conservative talking point repeated without a thought in the world, try the Regina Chamber CEO’s take on CTV: “Nation building” “tidewater” “energy independence” “What’s in the best interest of the country” “a lot of money that comes from the United States that fuels these environmental groups” “Stand up ...

The Disaffected Lib: We’ve Got to Shed the 20th Century, But How?

George Monbiot reminds us how much of the 20th century still clings to us and why we have to shed that skin if we’re to survive the 21st. We are still living in the long 20th century. We are stuck with its redundant technologies: the internal combustion engine, thermal power plants, factory farms. We are ...

Warren Kinsella: This young guy in Ottawa picked up Recipe For Hate!

Nice guy. Knew a lot about current events.  Says he looks forward to reading Recipe For Hate. Told him it is getting great reviews. We had a great chat, although it was a little odd that he put both of his hands around my neck at one point. It seemed to have some historic significance. Anyway, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fighting Back

Colin Kaepernick, the young NFL quarterback about whom I have previously posted, has shown remarkable integrity and fortitude dealing with the furor following his decision to ‘take a knee’ rather than stand for the U.S. national anthem. His action, to protest the brutalization of Black people at the hands of the authorities, has been roundly ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: desperate politicians do desperate things

How desperate is Justin Trudeau to keep NAFTA? Ask the Mexicans, now peering out from under the proverbial bus – where, you know, Trudeau pushed them. Pretty desperate. As they welcomed the Canadian Prime Minister to Mexico City on Thursday – and as they gamely extracted the Canadian-made stainless steel that had slipped between their ...

Things Are Good: After Going Green, Cities Need Turn Blue

Cities need to work with their local ecosystems and not against them. This is evidently true when it comes to waste management and overt displays of green initiatives. There is a harder aspect of ecological thinking for cities and it’s usually beneath our feet: water. Water systems are complex in every direction – getting drinking ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of October 16, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of October 16, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  Feds win bid to reargue the facts used in landmark assisted-dying case Edmonton lawyer asks court to reveal judges’ training materials for sexual-assault law Harvey Weinstein under investigation by London and New York police Sears Canada liquidation approved ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Karl Russell and Peter Goodman note that lower unemployment rates in the U.S aren’t translating into higher wages. Alena Semuels points out the barriers preventing people from moving in order to pursue a higher income. And Kevin Brice-Lall interviews Jonathan Rosenblum about the need for activism to push ...

cartoon life: Ministers of the faith #6

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Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Outrageous Assault on the Liberals

As you know I have very little respect for the corporate media in this country, for its right-wing bias couldn't be more shabby or more blatant.With only few exceptions, it's little more than a propaganda outlet for the Cons.Its mission is to return them and their creepy leader to power as soon as possible. As ...

Northern Reflections: Could He Be Right?

Sometimes irony is entertaining. Sometimes it hurts. Tom Walkom points to the irony of Donald Trump’s insistence on American content rules as part of NAFTA: Under NAFTA, automobiles manufactured anywhere in North America may be sold duty-free in Canada, the U.S. or Mexico. Since, at $2.45 (U.S.) an hour, Mexican wages are a fraction of ...

Dead Wild Roses: When A Voice Tells You You’ll Never Be Enough – Mattea Kramer

   Welcome to the particular mental hell that many women inhabit.  In an insightful article on Tom’s Dispatch by Mattea Kramer we see how the negativity toward women in society internalizes itself and become women’s own inner self-critical voice.   “Girls observe and absorb such double standards, as well as the criticism they receive for ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s like a long race on turf.

The next Ontario general election is scheduled to be held June 7, 2018. This race will be like a mile and a half on the turf track and requires horses with great endurance and energy. That makes it the time for the old and tired to retire. And that is what is happening with all ...

In-Sights: Site C – building a cesspool, not a reservoir

There are reasons why proponents of Site C, including utility executives and members of the former BC Liberal Government, continue to promote the project despite much evidence that it was the wrong choice three years ago and remains that today. Read through the linked report or just consider the following extracts and measure the possibility ...

Willy Loman: Boys are not allowed to hit girls

Don’t do much anymore except make breakfast for one of my grandkids, a seven year old boy, walking him to school, picking him up and then having philosophical conversations about his day. Living in the basement of my daughter’s house, I really try, to not interfere with their parenting, but what the hell, right now ...

Canadian Dimension: Canada’s ongoing complicity with exploitive extraction schemes

Photo from report, The ‘Canada Brand’: Violence and Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America On June 15, 1841, the newly established Legislative Council of the Province of Canada — a body of twenty-four appointed lawmakers — was gathered in its chamber in Kingston. Its speaker, a businessman and nationalist named Austin Cuvilliers, began the day’s ...

Canadian Dimension: ​The Vietnam War, Episodes 9 and 10

As we cross the finish line of The Vietnam War marathon, I want to offer some thoughts about the documentary as a whole. First, despite all the Vietnamese voices it includes, this is a remarkably American film. The soundtrack, for example, is loaded with dozens of familiar and well-amplified 1960s rock songs while the music ...

Politics and its Discontents: What A Great Legacy

Jimmy Carter will not be remembered as one of the great U.S. presidents, but when his long life ends, he will be remembered for something much more meaningful: great humanitarian and environmentalist: Recommend this Post

Warren Kinsella: Did Donald Trump obstruct justice?

The Brookings Institute has just released a 108-page, single-spaced, fully-footnoted, tightly-reasoned indictment of Donald Trump. The whole document is here. At the risk of spoiling it for you, here is the key part of the conclusion:  With that caveat, our review of the facts and the law leads us to the view that the president likely ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 39: The world of perpetual crisis

I’m too young to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis (what a pleasure, for once, to be ‘too young’ to remember something). From what I know of it, it sounds like a truly terrifying time. The USSR was installing nukes on Cuba, within easy reach of the U.S. mainland. The U.S., not surprisingly, objected. This resulted ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: turtles all the way down, the new book by john green

I don’t usually write about a book while I’m still under its spell, but there are always exceptions. John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down is an exceptional book. One reason Green’s writing is so powerful is that he conjures both the specific and the universal at the same time. The Fault in Our Stars, for ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Who is it going to be: Nenshi or Smith?

This Monday Calgary voters will elect their mayor. The winner will be expected to lead Calgary out of one of the worst economic downturns it has experienced in decades.  So, who is it going to be:  Naheed Nenshi, the confident qualified candidate or Bill Smith, the congenial but underqualified candidate? When Calgarians are asked why ...

DeSmogBlog: Reconciliation Is Not a Gift. It’s a New Beginning

This piece originally appeared on the Toronto Star.  “What does reconciliation mean to you?” I asked that question of Miles Richardson, a Haida leader, former chief commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission and a close friend since we started serving together on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation in 2001. I had recently come from a workshop discussion where ...

Accidental Deliberations: On relentless positivity

Following up on my candidate profiles for the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign, I’ll point out one obvious change in dynamics since 2013 – starting with this observation from the previous campaign (emphasis added): As long as there were four leadership candidates in the race, there were several ways to try to draw dividing lines among ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Human Resilience

In a world growing increasingly grim, it is easy to succumb to cynicism and defeatism. That is why stories like the following need to be told, to remind us that there is much, much more to human nature than the darkness we so regularly see. Young Tori Brinkman attests to this: Recommend this Post