The Common Sense Canadian home page: Hansen, Palmer on Hydro: Ignoring the $50 Billion Elephant in the Room

This will be harsh, I warn you. In preparation I urge you to read Dr. Marvin Shaffer’s (SFU) article in the Vancouver Sun last Monday. My position today is that the Vancouver Sun’s lead columnist, whom I once greatly admired, Vaughn Palmer, has abandoned his journalistic duty; while Energy Minister Rich Coleman, whom I had come ...

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Coleman, Palmer on Hydro: Ignoring the $50 Billion Elephant in Room

This will be harsh, I warn you. In preparation I urge you to read Dr. Marvin Shaffer’s (SFU) article in the Vancouver Sun last Monday. My position today is that the Vancouver Sun’s lead columnist, whom I once greatly admired, Vaughn Palmer, has abandoned his journalistic duty; while Energy Minister Rich Coleman, whom I had come ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Conservative Economics

What would you do if you had a shaky economy with not great employment numbers and you want to balance the books? Well if you are the Harper government, you start by laying off 6000 people. Meanwhile, the owner class is doing very well, thanks very much. You remember them, they are the ones who ...

Morton's Musings: Sex trade on trial: Court considers prostitutes’ right to work safely

It is always dangerous to judge a judge's mind from a judge's questions but … if Justice David Doherty is inclined to uphold the decision below the Crown is in real trouble:   June 13, 2011 Tracey Tyler       Legal Affairs Reporter      … Justice David Doherty wasted little time wading into legal arguments as the federal ...

Morton's Musings: Goguen Art Gallery at Corner of Centre and McGrigor, Oshawa

Second Empire Cottage, 1905

Blunt Objects: I´m out of country!

But I´ll keep up on the news, and post when I feel the issues are most dire. Like how about those Conservatives making a good decision for once? Certainly news to me…. Anyways, when the Libyan air strikes debates start occuring, I´ll be monitoring them and posting as much as possible. It´s one of my favourite subjects, ...

The Disaffected Lib: First It Was the US, Then Iceland, Ireland and Greece. Is China Next?

America’s prophet of fiscal doom, Nouriel Roubini, is warning that China now faces a “meaningful probability” of a hard economic landing.   Roubini came to prominence by warning of the US housing bubble and a global fiscal meltdown. China’s problem?  Excessive infrastructure investment that now represents 50% of the People’s Republic’s GDP: “There is a meaningful ...

Another police beatdown, this time on a busker in Vancouver

During the celebrations after Friday’s Canucks victory, among the joy and peaceful gathering, a phalanx of cops beat down a licensed busker. Apparently, he was ‘disturbing the peace’. In a mob of loud, celebrants in a moment of unrestrained civic joy. Right. He’d heard rumours the Vancouver police didn’t want busking during the games, but ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Poem of the week: The Rolling English Road by GK Chesterton | Books | guardian.co.uk

The Rolling English Road Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire, And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire; A merry road, a mazy road, and such as ...

Conservatives plan sustained attack on media

With Conservatives lording over the great majority of our national media, it’s laughable that the party is about to wage another war – this one on the media. But who are they going to attack? The Star is a local paper and the CBC is just lame. So that leaves the Post, Sun and Globe. Foot soldiers for Harper ...

RedBedHead: Roubini Reads Redbedhead For Economic Advice

What do you think: is Dr. Doom, the soothsaying economist, famous for predicting the banking sector meltdown back in 2006 – two years before it happened – taking a peek at my prognostications for the economy? Hmmm…perhaps he’s just reading the same stats as me, which only goes to show you that you don’t need ...

Those Emergency Blues: In Which I Swear, Repeatedly, or, TorontoEmerg Gets Bullied

I write this blog for a number of reasons: my own amusement, to educate, to share various random thoughts, to tell stories, to stimulate discussion on topics important to nursing, to provoke thought beyond the superficial, to challenge assumptions, and lastly, to rant. Today I am going to rant. Those of you with delicate sensibilities may want ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Rush Limbaugh Seizes–and Freezes?–on "ClimateGate"

Rush_Limbaugh.jpg For some time, it has been clear that “ClimateGate” has a dramatic meaning for the political right in the U.S. Somehow, “ClimateGate” gave those conservatives who had long been resistant to dealing with global warming a new license to dismiss the problem entirely. As a non-conservative, it’s hard to wrap your mind around how ...

The Disaffected Lib: They’re Bandits. They’re Supposed to Make Out Like Bandits.

The Pentagon and the Iraqi government are giving up trying to locate $6.6 billion in greenbacks that went missing in the chaos after the American conquest of Iraq.  Their conclusion – the cash was probably stolen. It seems the money was shipped into Iraq in shrink-wrapped stacks of $100 bills.  A large, C-130 Hercules military ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Rhys Kesselman rightly points out how the populist message that propelled the Cons to power has given way to elitist policy-making: Once the federal budget is balanced, the Conservatives plan to double the TFSA’s annual allowance to $10,000 and to permit income splitting for couples with children under 18. ...

centre of the universe: Do you find it surprising?

I find it surprising not at all that even though many people who support politically right-of-centre parties (such as our current government, senate, and supreme court) often say things like: “we need LESS government not MORE”, the governments they elected always tend to grow and grow and grow. Case in point: the parliamentary budget officer ...

Paper Dynamite Online: TEXT: Alfred Apps On A Charter Of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

There were two major policy intiatives advanced by Liberal Party President Alfred Apps in his speech before The Empire Club of Canada last week. One was on electoral reform for both the party and the country which I posted yesterday. The other concerns entrenching economic, social and cultural rights in Canada’s Constitution.Here, again, is Mr. ...

350 or bust: Eating Local Is Delicious With Rhubarb Kuchen

Here in northern Ontario where I live, rhubarb is the first harvest from the garden that we  look forward to.  In anticipation of a meal of homemade pasta and grilled eggplant that’s planned for tonight (thanks to Michael who is willing to share his expertise in Italian cooking gained in the kitchens of his mother ...

Leftist Jab: Hack Pundit Of The Week: Bronwyn Eyre

I often wonder if newspapers aren’t better off publishing high school essays instead of paying columnists. The writing might suffer but the research would be much better. Case in point: Bronwyn Eyre’s new column in Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix focusing on climate change. What makes it particularly execrable is her utter lack of effort in researching ...

openalex: Montreal Guerrilla Gardening: "Tour de Guerrilla" Silent Film

OuVert is an open urban sustainability lab that I’m helping to start  here in Montreal. Below is an occasionally Chaplin-esque video of our first event – a seedbomb workshop and guerrilla gardening ride – that we ran a few weeks ago. Before the ride, we used facebook to crowd-source targets. Connecting the dots gave us ...

Morton's Musings: Parliament, not judges, should decide

Imagine a nation with rampant open, but unlawful, prostitution, a significant number of the poorest prostitutes coming from aboriginal backgrounds often with drug and alcohol addiction and a constant undercurrent of violence and disease running through the sex trade. Imagine such a nation where resolving the problems of prostitution are to be decided by five ...

My take on Senate reform

We need the Senate, but not as it is now. The current Senate is far too inefective, inefficient, and undemocratic. I don’t agree with Stephen Harper much, but I do agree with him when he says the Senate needs to change. What makes something democratic? The will of the people. That said, the Senate needs ...

My take on Senate reform

We need the Senate, but not as it is now. The current Senate is far too inefective, inefficient, and undemocratic. I don’t agree with Stephen Harper much, but I do agree with him when he says the Senate needs to … Continue reading »

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for June 13, 2011

Here are today’s leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter: Witness to Innocence: 24 death row survivors speak at Virginia event – http://goo.gl/RF8HO Incredible Shrinking Workers’ Income – http://goo.gl/jF1E6 Juror prosecuted over Facebook messages – Herald Sun –http://goo.gl/NXj4Z JURIST – Forum: International Law and the War on Terror: The US-European Schism – http://goo.gl/2e2Nf ‘Wage ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Blast From Ezra’s Past:

Despite his constant criticism of CBC as a “state broadcaster” spouting propaganda “on the tax-payers dime”, Ezra Levant sponged up government dough when he ran The Western Standard.  And, when it went under, what happened to its subscribers? I wasn’t a Western Standard subscriber — I received its e-mails because I had registered for its ...