Montreal Simon: The Day Andrew Scheer Ran From The Media

It was one of the most bizarre actions ever by a Canadian political leader, and definitely the most cowardly.Andrew Scheer was at a newser yesterday, trying to criticize AND claim the credit for Justin Trudeau's tax changes. And needless to say was already looking like an idiot.When just about ten minutes into the newser, a reporter asked a question about Scheer's ...

Montreal Simon: The Resurrection of Kellyanne Conway

I'm sure you remember how Kellyanne Conway seemed to be everywhere after Donald Trump's election victory.Offering the novice president advice, or acting as his mouthpiece on CNN and other TV networks.But after a while she became a little too comfortable in the Oval Office… And some began to believe the job had gone to her ...

Dead Wild Roses: Miranda Yardley – On Men ‘being’ Women.

   Miranda Yardley, a transwoman who seems to understand the concept of material reality and the sex based oppression of females.  In this snippet, they address some of the problems that arise when men pretend to be women.   “So far, so good. Yet at number 21, is our old friend Phillip ‘Pippa/Pips’ Bunce, who ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Singh say something serious?

With a new party leader established and MP Charlie Angus taking over the New Democratic Party house leadership, and Thomas Mulcair retiring, the new leader, Jagmeet Singh, is free to roam the country. He can meet Canadians everywhere and press the flesh at local labour halls. The only question is what the heck he is ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Some thoughts on Naheed Nenshi’s 3rd term win

Tonight’s municipal elections in Alberta, which featured both excitement and utter boredom, also have some lessons in store for the various political parties out in Alberta and beyond. It’s pretty obvious that the race between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and main rival Bill Smith was a chance for the now-united Conservatives in the province to ...

Alberta Politics: Wildrose-style insurgency smacked down in St. Albert as progressive Cathy Heron elected as mayor

PHOTOS: St. Albert Mayor-elect Cathy Heron with the author of this blog post last night at her victory celebration. Below: Newly elected councillors Natalie Joly, Ken MacKay, Ray Watkins, Jacqui Hansen, and re-elected incumbent Wes Brodhead. ST. ALBERT, Alberta Let’s start with the basic score: Cathy Heron, widely perceived as the most progressive candidate for ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Edmonton Election Results – A big Iveson landslide and few City Council surprises

Photo: Don Iveson celebrates his re-election victory with his family (photo: Twitter) As expected, Don Iveson was re-elected Mayor of Edmonton in a huge landslide with 141,182 votes – 72 percent of the total votes cast in that race – increasing his total vote count from the 2013 election. Placing a very, very distant second was perennial ...

Earthgauge News: Earthgauge News – Oct. 15, 2017

Edition #2 of the new podcast Earthgauge News for the week of Oct. 15, 2017. A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring the top environmental stories from across Canada and around the world. Join us here every week or subscribe in iTunes or your favourite podcast catcher.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: I CAN’T EXPLAIN WHAT’S WRONG DOC, BUT HERE, LOOK AT MY PHONE

Trying to describe our son Nick’s seizures to his neurologist was really difficult until we realized we could film them and use our appointment time to watch the real thing. Nothing captures what really happens during a seizure like recording the event on video. The same goes for unusual or difficult episodes of behaviour in ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Soldiers of Odin Member Photographed With More City Officials in Ontario

In August Sudbury police chief Paul Pedersen apologized for being photographed with members of the Soldiers of Odin, a group that at my most charitable I would describe as a right-wing vigilante group but is even more accurately described as an anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, hate group. So with this in mind, as the SoO has been present ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is Airbus Flying to Bombardier’s Rescue?

CBC is reporting that European aircraft consortium, Airbus, will acquire a majority stake in Bombardier’s C-class jetliner project. Boeing has tried to kill off the C-class aircraft using its clout to trigger punitive tariffs totalling nearly 300 per cent even though the Bombardier aircraft is of a different class to anything Boeing has on offer. ...

The Decarie Report: Oct. 16: We are all just people. Sorry about that.

I discovered the document below on the web. And it struck me that one could change the word Allah to God, and the word Muhammad to Jesus, and it would be a suitable sermon for any Baptist church. (The clergymen who is the prayer leader and faith consultant for the U.S. government has already announced ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump, Russia and Cambridge Analytica (Maybe the Crew From Victoria Too?)

The plot thickens. The world was awakened to how votes could be hacked, voters brainwashed, by sophisticated software, social networks, and targeted messaging in the upset “leave” vote for Brexit. Fingered in that was a small company from Victoria, B.C., Aggregate IQ, and a shadowy young man from Western Canada, Chris Wylie. Aggregate IQ and ...

Half an Hour: Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Summary notes from the Tony Bates presentation at the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto. 1. Building an Effective Learning Environment What is knowledge, and how does learning occur. Analogy: coal. We can think of knowledge as coal, and shovel it into a furnace (this is the objectivist perspective). Or we can think of knowledge as developmental, ...

DeSmogBlog: Alberta Oilsands Most Carbon Intensive Crude in North America: Analysis

This article originally appeared on the Pembina Institute website. Over the past 50 years, the development of the oilsands has changed the face of Alberta, driving innovation and technology to make oilsands a reality. The oilsands are the third largest oil reserve on earth, and despite a cycle of boom and busts, contribute to the prosperity ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Bankrupt the United States?

That’s a serious question and a genuine prospect. Trump the business genius has established a pattern, one that led to five major business bankruptcies. He’s doing it again, this time with the United States of America, and it’s hard to imagine he’ll achieve a different outcome. Think back to the eight-year presidencies of Ronald Reagan ...

The Disaffected Lib: First, the Good News.

A Pew Research survey of 38 nations found that three quarters of respondents support representative democracy. Two-thirds even back direct democracy. That’s the good news. We’re still keen on representative government but not nearly so pleased with what we’re getting from those we’ve been putting in office. And that’s giving rise to some less than ...

The Disaffected Lib: How to F#@k Up a Town. A Core Demographic is Bailing Out.

Vancouver may wind up the poster boy for what happens when incompetence and greed become the guiding principles of governments, municipal, provincial and federal. Vancouver has sky high real estate prices, far higher than prevailing wage rates. If you don’t have a lot of money you don’t live in Vancouver and probably never will.  That ...

Half an Hour: Pedagogical Principles of Design for Active, Reflective and Self-Regulated Learning

Session summaries from the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto Maureen Andrade – Self-Regulated Learning, Course Design, and Pedagogy: A Model for Learner Success Practical ideas to help students succeed in an online course. The focus is on self-regulated learning, defined as “the ability to control the factors and conditions that affect learning.” (Dembo, Junge & Lynch, ...

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 ...