Andy Lehrer: At long last, Farber forced to denounce JDL

After years of treating the Jewish Defence League as if they were a rogueish but loveable younger brother, Canadian Jewish Congress supremo Bernie Farber has finally said something about the JDL that’s stronger than “they’re not my cup of tea” or that he’s “disappointed” by them. A shame he and other self-appointed leaders of the ...

Canadian Firebrand: At long last, Farber forced to denounce JDL

After years of treating the Jewish Defence League as if they were a rogueish but loveable younger brother, Canadian Jewish Congress supremo Bernie Farber has finally said something about the JDL that’s stronger than “they’re not my cup of tea” or that he’s “disappointed” by them. A shame he and other self-appointed leaders of the ...

Bill Given: Moving on With York Hotel Site

Since council directed the city to purchase the York Hotel I’ve been focused on getting on to the point where we can start to move forward on getting something new built on the site. We had to move through transitioning the residential and commercial tennants in the building to new homes. We had to go ...

Challenging the Commonplace: It’s Baaaaaack!

Just like I said last time, the per-vote subsidy will be in Harper’s next election platform – and likely in the upcoming budget. See around the 10-minute mark.

Challenging the Commonplace: It’s Baaaaaack!

Just like I said last time, the per-vote subsidy will be in Harper’s next election platform – and likely in the upcoming budget. See around the 10-minute mark.

Challenging the Commonplace: It’s Baaaaaack!

Just like I said last time, the per-vote subsidy will be in Harper’s next election platform – and likely in the upcoming budget. See around the 10-minute mark.

Challenging the Commonplace: Anyone Can Grow Shit Themselves

Well, not quite anyone. If you’ve not a patch of land or a balcony or suitable space indoors for growing pots (not to mention the required additional equipment), then you’re out of luck. But otherwise, yea, anyone can grow shit themselves, as Ms Broke-Ass Grouch makes so eloquently clear in this fantastic article. Here’s a ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Anyone Can Grow Shit Themselves

Well, not quite anyone. If you’ve not a patch of land or a balcony or suitable space indoors for growing pots (not to mention the required additional equipment), then you’re out of luck. But otherwise, yea, anyone can grow shit themselves, as Ms Broke-Ass Grouch makes so eloquently clear in this fantastic article. Here’s a ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Anyone Can Grow Shit Themselves

Well, not quite anyone. If you’ve not a patch of land or a balcony or suitable space indoors for growing pots (not to mention the required additional equipment), then you’re out of luck. But otherwise, yea, anyone can grow shit themselves, as Ms Broke-Ass Grouch makes so eloquently clear in this fantastic article. Here’s a ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Stuck in Traffic in Transportation City

“Send in the clownsDon’t bother they are here.”– Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’ As a transit rider and taxpayer, I write of our right to moral outrage. The events since the October 25th municipal election have left me reeling- from the Ringling Brothers pomp and circumstance of Don Cherry’s inauguration ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Stuck in Traffic in Transportation City

“Send in the clownsDon’t bother they are here.”– Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’ As a transit rider and taxpayer, I write of our right to moral outrage. The events since the October 25th municipal election have left me reeling- from the Ringling Brothers pomp and circumstance of Don Cherry’s inauguration ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Stuck in Traffic in Transportation City

“Send in the clownsDon’t bother they are here.”– Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’ As a transit rider and taxpayer, I write of our right to moral outrage. The events since the October 25th municipal election have left me reeling- from the Ringling Brothers pomp and circumstance of Don Cherry’s inauguration ...

The Scott Ross: Online Voting, Good For Voters, Better For Democracy

Online voting is the next evolutionary step in our democracy, as it evolves so too will our political system, and we will all be the better for it.In the BC Liberal leadership race, candidate Christy Clark announced yesterday that if elected Premier she will begin considering adopting online voting for provincial elections.When considering the prevalence ...

All Politics Is Local: Walks Like A Duck, Talks Like A Duck, Statistically: Chicken

I turned on The Agenda on TVO last night and saw U of T prof David Hulchanski talking about his much publicized report on what he perceives as a growing income disparity in Toronto. It reminded me personally of why I never pursued post-graduate work and also how much I disagree with his report. Dr. ...

Sudbury Against War and Occupation: Afghan Reality

The Tentacles of American Power: Afghan RealityBy Vijay Prashad, from CounterPunch, January 12, 2011. Slowly, but surely, the leakage of the U. S. State Department cables continues. Media interest in the United States has died down. One reason for this is that the prosecution of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange became the story, and that spiked ...

Sudbury Against War and Occupation: Afghan Reality

The Tentacles of American Power: Afghan RealityBy Vijay Prashad, from CounterPunch, January 12, 2011. Slowly, but surely, the leakage of the U. S. State Department cables continues. Media interest in the United States has died down. One reason for this is that the prosecution of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange became the story, and that spiked ...

Sudbury Against War and Occupation: Afghan Reality

The Tentacles of American Power: Afghan RealityBy Vijay Prashad, from CounterPunch, January 12, 2011. Slowly, but surely, the leakage of the U. S. State Department cables continues. Media interest in the United States has died down. One reason for this is that the prosecution of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange became the story, and that spiked ...

Sketchy Thoughts: North American Anarchist Studies Conference: January, 14-16th 2011

This weekend is the 2nd North American Anarchist Studies Conference, to be held in Toronto, Canada. i’ll be tabling there on behalf of Kersplebedeb and PM Press – please do come by to say hello! The schedule, for those of you thinking of attending: North American Anarchist Studies Conference: January, 14-16th 2011 Friday, January 14th ...

Herbinator: We can recognize Lebanon!

Hey, now that the nasty terrorist organization, Hezbollah, has resigned from the Lebanon government we are finally free to recognize the country.; ) .

World Headlines Review: China: Fear of its Rise is Fear of Ourselves

A recent Economist article, The dangers of a rising China, leads a 14 page report loosely discussing the dangers posed to the world by China’s eclipsing of the USA’s international economic and military order.  The article attempts to draw parallels in the power-balance shift between Britain and Germany which led to the first World War, ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BCNDP New Member Deadline Dissuades New Members

Any non-members of the BC NDP who want to have a say on the party’s new leader – who will be elected April 17th – must sign up for membership in the party by January 17th. So far, the only declared “heavy-hitter” in the leadership race (according to insiders) has been John Horgan, who announced ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BCNDP New Member Deadline Dissuades New Members

Any non-members of the BC NDP who want to have a say on the party’s new leader – who will be elected April 17th – must sign up for membership in the party by January 17th. So far, the only declared “heavy-hitter” in the leadership race (according to insiders) has been John Horgan, who announced ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BCNDP New Member Deadline Dissuades New Members

Any non-members of the BC NDP who want to have a say on the party’s new leader – who will be elected April 17th – must sign up for membership in the party by January 17th. So far, the only declared “heavy-hitter” in the leadership race (according to insiders) has been John Horgan, who announced ...

atypicalalbertan: On Being a Teacher, or Why Merit Pay Stinks.

I’m taking a course on organizational theory right now and the readings have caused me to reflect on an issue that is getting a fair deal of play in education right now – merit pay for teachers. There are many specific arguments that can be made as to why merit pay is a bad idea ...

New York Times for January 4, 2011.

I am not “a reader”. Fiction rarely catches me, websites and blogs too, and boring non-ficton, never. But there are a few things I do love reading. I loved harry potter. I love Foucault. I loved the girl with dragon tattoo series. I loved Jean Vanier. I love reading descriptions of learning disabilities. I love ...