kirbycairo: When John Dean accuses you of a "Cover-up," you’ve got a real Problem. . .

Few people have as intimate a knowledge of political cover-ups as counselor to Richard Nixon John Dean. If you haven’t already seen it, watch as Dean describes the Trump presidency in full-on “cover-up” mode. There is little question in my mind now that Trump has already committed multiple impeachable offences, and that is without even ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Information Resources For GSAs

On Twitter’s #abed / #ableg feeds yesterday, we were treated to a rather public meltdown by opponents of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) over content on C.H.E.W. Project’s website. Apparently, the “issue” is that they object to one particular resource – a set of information cards which is an “A-Z” of sexual terminology commonly used in LGBT ...

Excited Delirium: 9 Must-Watch Minutes

At the House Intel Committee, ranking member Schiff (D-CA) summarizes the insanity that has transpired in the last 9 months concerning Donald Trump, Russia, Clinton, Wikileaks and more. This is 9 minutes well worth watching.  It will shake your world.

Alberta Politics: Cue the balalaikas! Tory MLA hears the Red Army tramping across the Steppes of Central Alberta

PHOTOS: Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried, at right, and an unidentified friend. (Photo grabbed from Mr. Gotfried’s Facebook page.) Below: Mr. Gotfried with Progressive Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and PC Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke. Social democracy in Alberta? Pretty much the same as the Russian Revolution! Really! I’m not making this up! Just ask ...

Excited Delirium: Another Call to Raise Toronto Property Taxes

This piece by Lawrence Solomon is very effective at pointing out the contrast between property taxes applied to landlords versus those that are paid by private homeowners. In Toronto, property taxes for homeowners are disproportionately low, not just compared to local rental costs, but also for property taxes applied across the province and rest of ...

We Pivot: Countdown to Impeachment

As we pivot to a new world where political lies and corruption get the boot, let’s begin the countdown. T$$$p must go, Trudeau’s lies and family foundation apparent conflict of interest must go, Clark’s electoral finance corruption and just plain … [Read more]

Things Are Good: A Water Bottle to Help Others Drink

In too many places around the world potable water is hard to get, and a recent fundraising campaign is trying to change that. Brita teamed up with Me to We to sell a water bottle that will help pay for a drinking well in rural Kenya. It’s key that the bottle they’re selling is reusable ...

Warren Kinsella: I am also reminded of Star Trek season two, episode 15, The Trouble With Tribbles

IT'S A LIVING THING SEPARATING FROM THE HOST pic.twitter.com/6yYJqpe1j2 — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 22, 2017

Warren Kinsella: A Sorbara story

Greg Sorbara was on Steve Paikin’s The Agenda last night on TVO.  I was at Strombo’s place watching Against Me! play in Strombo’s living room, so I missed Steve’s show.  But I certainly heard about it afterwards. On Paikin’s much-watched program, Greg Sorbara did to Kathleen Wynne in 2017 what he did to Jean Chretien ...

Scripturient: The last walk

“You have to go to the pound. They have a Sheltie there.” Susan called me from work, her voice urgent. One of her clients had told her a Sheltie – Shetland Sheepdog – had been picked up by Animal Control and was in the pound, on Stewart Road about to come up for adoption. She ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday March 22, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. The property rights of common law spouses upon separation are not governed by any Ontario statute. Common law spouses may still advance family property claims, especially where property has been acquired in a “joint family ...

Politics and its Discontents: Not Like His Father At All

A few days ago I posted a letter by Star reader Cathy Allen in which she discussed what it would take for her to regain her pride as a Canadian. It was outstanding, and if you haven’t read it, click on the link before proceeding. In yesterday’s Star, Randy Gostling of Oshawa offered some of ...

Northern Reflections: A Pivotal Moment

Last week’s meeting between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel was — to put it mildly — awkward. Joseph Ingram writes: Take a close look at the body language on display at that press conference. What we saw was not the courteous warmth typical of a first encounter between two world leaders with common interests and ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Branding the PC’s Patrick Brown.

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives are trying to sell Patrick Brown. Since few Ontario voters know the Conservative Leader, they think it is important to introduce him. They call a recent series of YouTube ads, ‘Brand Brown.’ Mind you they want to paint him as something other than we know him in Barrie. Brown is a ...

Dead Wild Roses: Catering to Identity Politics – Blowback.

“Transgender is an anti-gay, anti-lesbian, homophobic and sexist movement. Their aims are to roll back the visibility and pride of homosexuals and undo the scant gains made for women in the female equality movement. The Kennebunk High School administration is perfectly clear: Gay Pride should go back in the closet.” Fascinating stuff.  I’m wondering how ...

The Canadian Progressive: How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence

The recent passage of historic reparations legislation in Chicago means black people who have experienced racial violence at the hands of the police can be granted reparations. The post How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Surrounded cats.

Warren Kinsella: Against Me! In Strombo’s living room! With me and Bjorn!

Wish Lisa and Emma could’ve been there, too – but they’re both in Ottawa.  Yes, this was our official wedding dance song. Sing along! I don’t ever want to talk that way again, I don’t want to know people like that anymore. As if there was an obligation, As if I owed you something. Black ...

The Disaffected Lib: Napolitano Loses FOX Gig

On FOX they call him “the judge” or at least they did. That’s before Andy Napolitano planted in his president’s addled mind the notion that Britain’s CGHQ spy agency did Obama’s bidding and spied on the Trump campaign. Now the judge has been given the hook. A couple of weeks ago Napolitano said he had ...

The Disaffected Lib: Making Sense of Yesterday

Having endured the “Death by a Thousand Cuts” ordeal now known by the name “Watergate” I realize how difficult it can be to make sense of the significance and meaning of yesterday’s testimony by FBI director, James Comey, and NSA chief, Admiral Mike Rogers. This video helps to put those events in perspective.

Canadian Dimension: Profits, Coercion, and Resistance in Latin America

Photo from PulitzerCenter.org An article published in Third World Quarterly in 2008 was our initiation into collaborative work on Canadian mining imperialism and the popular forms of resistance it systematically engenders in Latin America. The first seed. After a lengthy stretch of germination, this led almost a decade later to our new book, Blood of ...

The Disaffected Lib: Shine a Light

If he hasn’t done anything else useful we can thank Donald Trump for finally shining a light on Russia’s dirty money. For years there have been stories about Cyprus and how the Russian oligarchs were using it as a conduit to transmit rubles to the West for laundering.  Still few eyebrows were raised when Trump ...

DeSmogBlog: Behold The Allure of the Energy Megaproject

This article originally appeared on The Tyee. Imagine if you lived in a nice quiet community of about 30 people, and the Chinese government got permission to plunk a $20-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on your doorstep. Holy snapping duck shit! Chances are you’d want a pretty strong say in whether that could or should ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Leadership Scandal Just Got Worse

In one of my last posts I wrote that the Con leadership race was starting to look like a crime story.And I suggested that it might be time to call in the police.Or at the very least the Keystone Cops.Because that grubby leadership race is becoming more and more farcical. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Jo Littler writes about the illusion of meritocracy, and how it has contributed to the unconscionable spread of inequality: Over the past few decades, neoliberal meritocracy has been characterised by two key features. First, the sheer scale of its attempt to extend entrepreneurial competition into the nooks ...