Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law Toronto for Thursday March 23, 2017. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. Ontario strictly requires that a Will be signed by the person making the will and be witnessed by two people who are not beneficiaries. If these formal requirements are not met, a Will ...

Northern Reflections: A Small, Cautious Budget

Kevin Page writes that yesterday’s budget was not a history making event: From a fiscal vantage point, Budget 2017 was a very small event. There’s about $6 billion in new federal resources cumulatively planned for the next six years. By comparison, Budget 2016 allocated about $11.5 billion in new resources in year one, rising to ...

Warren Kinsella: This makes me sad

It perhaps explains Donald Trump, Kellie Leitch et al. It also can’t be dismissed as a methodological error – the question(s) were very straightforward.  Mostly, however, it makes me sad. We have a long way to go. 

Babel-on-the-Bay: Kenney is running on ‘Empty.’

The new and unsurprising leader of the Alberta Conservatives is taking a trip to nowhere. He tells Albertans he is there to unite the right but there are two rights and those two rights do not necessarily make a new right or even a better right. And neither of the possible leaders, Jason Kenney or ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tom Engelhardt – Government Reformation – But not the good kind.

The Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision reverberates strongly in my consciousness when I read articles like this one from Tom’s Dispatch.  I am still at a loss as how to compute the base equation of $ = Free Speech, because, well… it doesn’t. Certainly money grants access, but it begets the question:  Should it?   ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose, the Budget, and the Scandalous Cons

I almost felt sorry for Rona Ambrose yesterday, as she tried to say something intelligent about the Liberal's new budget. Only to fail miserably.And end up looking, once again, like the village idiot. Claiming that Liberal spending was out of control, and that it was a "nightmare scenario."Read more »

Alberta Politics: Nuala: A Fable, by Alberta author Kimmy Beach, tops Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List this week

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended March 19, 2017, compiled on March 21, 2017, by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Nuala: A Fable – Kimmy Beach*† 2. The Lonely Hearts Hotel – ...

Views from the Beltline: Will Alberta revert to Social Credit?

In August, 1971, Alberta had its quiet revolution. For 36 years it had been governed by Social Credit, a largely rural-based, social-conservative party led for most of those years by E.C. Manning, father of leading conservative intellectual and unite-the-right guru Preston Manning. By 1971 Alberta, like the rest of the country, was increasingly urbanizing and ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta author and publisher top list of Edmonton’s bestselling books

An Alberta author and publisher top this week’s list of bestselling books. Ranking first in the fiction category is Nuala: A Fable, written by award winning Red Deer poet and author Kimmy Beach and published by University of Alberta Press. In the non-fiction category,  Margaret Atwood’s The Burgess Shale: The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s is also published by University of Alberta Press ...

Warren Kinsella: CNN says “breaking news” too often. But this really was breaking news.

This renders it a conspiracy, in other words. Much easier to prosecute. #USPolitics #Trumprussia https://t.co/hl8Hr1jd4o — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 23, 2017 BREAKING – US officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians https://t.co/KqFr3GgAPP https://t.co/sDUcxttgC8 — CNN (@CNN) March 23, 2017

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Identifying Ecologically and Biologically Significant Marine Areas – a red herring?

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel – the marine area between Vancouver Island, Denman Island and Hornby Island – has been identified as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA) because of its importance as spawning habitat for herring. But does that mean it gets any extra protection? Marine Campaigner Maryann Watson ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: O Inglorious Justin: Bad Bit In New Budget!!!

The Liberals are killing the public transit tax credit. #Budget2017 pic.twitter.com/83OcClkwFU — Andrew Scheer (@andrewscheer) March 22, 2017 This one is a personal kick in the nads for both the wife and I, as we prefer to take the buses in and out of Scarborough on work-days rather than upgrade our car insurance.  If the ...

The Political Road Map: Justin Trudeau and Budget Zen

Justin Trudeau isn’t worried, in fact he is living in the moment and in the now. His budget for 2017 showcases just how zen he is about the Canadian economy and how positive he is about the future. While no new major spending was announced today, the budget centers around caution and patience, which is ...

Warren Kinsella: The shocking truth revealed 

I can now reveal I was offered the role of Ritchie in Happy Days, but I declined because it was beneath me. I will not be taking questions. — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 23, 2017

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Kenney shifts into Phase Two of Uniting the Right

Shifting into the second phase of his campaign to unite Alberta’s two largest right-wing political parties, newly elected Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney met with Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean this week. According to an email from Kenney’s campaign, the two men, who are both expected to run for the leadership of a new conservative party, shared ...

Warren Kinsella: The part of the budget that suggests to me that this isn’t the full budget

From the Globe: Despite calls from the United States for Canada to increase its contributions to international military efforts, there is no increase in defence spending in the 2017 budget. In fact, the Department of National Defence is reallocating $8.48-billion that it expected to spend on capital projects, such as planes, ships, trucks and large ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: STC Bus Service Couldn’t Survive the SaskParty

This news makes me so mad and disappointed. The future of Saskatchewan got a little more bleak today. “What are the core services that people expect from government – and it is not necessarily a bus company,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said Wednesday. “As for the short window of time before service ends, the province ...

DeSmogBlog: Indigenous Guardian Program Awarded First Ever Federal Funding

The federal government has committed $25 million over five years to funding Indigenous guardian programs. The news, announced on Wednesday in the federal budget, marks the first time the government has ever financially supported the community-run programs, which work to monitor ancestral territories, enforce Indigenous laws, conduct scientific research and increase cultural knowledge. There are ...

Ken Chapman: Is There a Future for Progressive Politics in Alberta

There has been a recent takeover of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta by the former Federal HarperCon Cabinet Minister, Jason Kenney and his social conservative base.  This has to be the final wake-up call for Alberta progressives. The rise of an American-style Alt-Right and old-style Social Conservative political culture is now well established in ...

Excited Delirium: When Trump is Impeached, Who Will Replace Him?

Paul Manafort: another link in the chain connecting Donald Trump and Russia.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Katie Allen reports on the growing gap between the privileged few and the working class in the UK. And Frank Elgar highlights how we all pay the price of inequality, even as our governments can’t be bothered to rein it in: For decades, the IMF, OECD, and World ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, pointing out that Brad Wall’s deficit can be traced primarily (if not entirely) to his unproductive tax slashing – and that even an austerity-laden budget is being designed to make matters worse. For further reading…– Jason Warick’s series of reports on obvious ways to improve Saskatchewan’s fiscal situation can again be found here, here, ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Conservative Clown Show – Leadership Race.

It’s been interesting to watch the Conservative Party Leadership Race. It’s definitely more entertaining then the current NDP leadership race. There, the NDP has had trouble finding anyone to run, although the addition of Niki Ashton might liven things up a bit. A lack of candidates is, as you undoubtedly know, not the case in ...

DeSmogBlog: What The Oilsands Sell-Off Actually Means

The last few months have been marked by some massive shifts in the oilsands. In December, there was the $830 million Statoil sale to Athabasca Oil, followed in January and February by the writing down of billions of barrels of reserves by Imperial Oil, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. On March 9, Shell sold a majority of its oilsands ...

The Decarie Report: March 22: An Ugly Day

Today, Brunswick News actually had a piece of world news. Canadian troops are in Iraq. Remember how all our history books talk about how wonderful it was that, between the two world wars, Canada got the right to declare war on its own? I must have missed the Canadian declaration of war on Iraq._________________________________________________________________Twenty years ...