The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s vanishing point: Reconciliation and the erasure of Indian personhood

According to Tara Williamson, a singer-songwriter and poet from Manitoba, one of the many problems inherent in Canada’s current effort to reconcile with Indigenous peoples is this: “We must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing to forgive.” The post Canada’s vanishing ...

The Disaffected Lib: Yes, Dame Cathy, Pollution Isn’t Free.

It’s only taken a year and a half but, finally, Justin’s EnviroMin, Cathy McKenna, has declared that “pollution isn’t free” – only she really doesn’t mean it. She’s just bullshitting. Dame Cathy veered clear of the “C” word, choosing “pollution” instead of “carbon.” What has generally been described as a “price on carbon” is now ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: On Leadership and Definitions

SOURCE: CBC News: Ryan Meili Seeks NDP Leadership for 3rd Time By this point in time, most of you have likely heard the new that Ryan Meili has announced his intention to seek the leadership of the Saskatchewan NDP for the third time. Meili, who has had two strong second place finishes in prior leadership ...

wmtc: postscript: some clarifications and addenda to my recent post on cultural appropriation

Many people have been discussing my recent post about cultural appropriation on Facebook. I’m not surprised that many people disagree (that’s why I wrote it, to put my countering opinion out there), but I have been surprised by how many progressive people do agree. From the negative comments, I can see that I wasn’t clear on ...

cartoon life: Out with the soft, in with the firm. 

So happy to have a bunch of new firm pencil tips. Why can’t I buy these? I would.  Filed under: digital, drawing Tagged: firm tips, Paper by 53, Pencil

The Decarie Report: May 18: Hey. Give me a break. I’ve had a couple of busy days.

Sorry! This is a disorderly blog. I had nothinig but interruptions in trying to write it yesterday. And today, I felt a need to write the long intro below. Our very own Brunswick News carries on with hits tradition of trivia, of avoiding major issues, and treathing its readers as morons. There is, for example, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Wading into the science on sea level rise – BC lags behind

Thursday, May 18, 2017 If you’ve been following BC’s sea-level woes extra closely, you’ll know that planning for a sea-level increase of “1 metre by 2100” has become a kind of mantra for local governments and others responsible for planning and readying our communities. While a one metre increase in sea-level rise may seem substantial, ...

DeSmogBlog: 3 Ways B.C. Could Stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline

The prospect of a new provincial government in B.C. has sparked fresh political debate about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which is opposed by B.C.’s NDP and Green Party, despite already receiving provincial and federal approval. “There are no tools available for a province to overturn or otherwise block a federal government decision,” stated Alberta Premier ...

Canadian Dimension: Popular participation, not populism

Photo by Emilio Pedros The struggle for the vote for workers and for women was resisted at every stage, and when universal suffrage was finally won, every effort was made to blunt and control its impact through institutional devices. These included second chambers, disproportional electoral systems, executive powers and, most importantly, a rigid separation of ...

Michal Rozworski: The $15 minimum wage is good: busting business lobby myths

With the Ontario government seriously considering raising the minimum wage thanks to the tireless organizing efforts of the $15 and Fairness campaign, the labour movement and thousands of supporters, the business lobby is out fear-mongering in force. Here is a tool for the rest of us to fight back. It’s a collection of 5 myths ...

Politics and its Discontents: I Feel His Pain

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Let’s At Least Do What The Premier Wants/Wanted

.@cathmckenna announces system to bring @PremierBradWall into line carbon pricing, pic.twitter.com/ybzoqjULjP — David Akin (@davidakin) May 18, 2017 “Saskatchewan will choose what we call a tech fund approach, where we have levies for those who emit, but the levies stay in our province, and again companies can apply to that fund that’s created, to that ...

Warren Kinsella: Donald Trump, pouring gas on himself and lighting a match. Again.

Again. And again and again and again. .@realDonaldTrump: never misses an opportunity to keep his big mouth shut. But, by all means, keep at it, Comrade Trump. #USpolitics https://t.co/JbfbY2LbZG — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) May 18, 2017 With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Tongue-Tied in Caregiving: Why is Asking and Offering So Hard?

Most days I drive across a bridge linking my neighborhood with our son Nick’s suburb. Homeless folks hang out at the stop lights either side of the bridge. They bob between the cars, hat in hand, trying to make eye contact. They smile, with or without teeth. Depending on my mood, I smile and shrug, ...

kirbycairo: Autocrats, dictators, and our Dynastic age. . . .

It seems to me that one of the most troubling aspects of political culture is the remarkable tendency for autocrats and dictators to garner large amounts of public support regardless of how corrupt, or even murderous, they are. Even in my own lifetime I am sure I can think of a couple of dozen such ...

The Disaffected Lib: Caesar Was Felled in Minutes. Trump May Take a Little Longer.

It really is a lot like handing your 16-year old the keys to a brand new Corvette and telling him the only traffic signs he has to obey are those he likes.  That, to me, is an apt metaphor for the first four months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Will he be impeached? I don’t know ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the importance of governments matching their talk about enforcing tax law with action – and the reason for concern that the Libs are headed in the opposite direction. For further reading…– Harvey Cashore, Nicole Percy, Nicole McCormick and Patrick Butler reported here on Colin Campbell’s participation in a KPMG-sponsored tax conference while chairing ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Berlin-Warszawa Express by Eamon McGrath tops Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended May 14, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Berlin-Warszawa Express – Eamon McGrath* 2. Fifteen Days – André Alexis 3. Only Leave a Trace: Meditations (Poetry) – ...

The Disaffected Lib: Mueller Has a Lot to Gnaw On

If there’s one thing that marks the Trump administration it’s their favourite pastime, lying. That and the erratic ramblings of the Cheeto Benito. It’s getting tough for Trump’s handmaidens. A controversy looms. They all caucus to formulate a teflon response. Then they go out to spread their gospel to the waiting scribes. Then, the next ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Owen Jones discusses UK Labour’s true social democratic platform as a model for progressive parties around the globe. And Simon Wren-Lewis points out that contrary to the spin of opponents and uninformed presumptions of much of the media, Labour’s plan is entirely affordable. – Meanwhile, as part ...

The Disaffected Lib: Roger Ailes, Cable News Lecher in Chief, Dead at 77

Disgraced founder and ex-CEO of FOX News, Roger Ailes, has gone to the Great Celestial Studio in the sky. Ailes, who possibly defined the term “dirty old man,” was shown the door at FOX by the Murdoch clan after a gaggle of female Foxters (vixens?) accused him of sexual harassment.

Politics and its Discontents: The Noose Tightens

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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Demon Child In His Head

It's hardly surprising that Donald Trump is not happy with the appointment of a special counsel. But judging by that tweet this morning, the voices in his head are now all screaming at the same time.And when Trump visited the U.S. Coast Guard Academy yesterday, they did provoke him into an orgy of self pity.Read more ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Clementine Ford

“Before I became radicalised as a man-hating, separatist feminzai hell-bent on installing a matriarchy and imprisoning men as its slaves, I possessed a nominal amount of internalised misogyny. Women were bitchy and mean. They cared about irrelevant rubbish and talked in loud, shrill voices. Their laughter was annoying and tinny, and they did it performatively ...

Things Are Good: Billionaire Shipping Magnate Sponsors WWF Research Vessel

Kjell Inge Røkke made billions from running a shipping company and now he wants to give back to the very thing that made him wealth – the high seas. He has committed to giving away most of his fortune to better the world, and he just announced his donation to WWF Norway. His donation is ...