Politics and its Discontents: I Wonder

When even the dimmest and most ideologically bent among us realize they backed the wrong pony when they ignored the warnings about climate change, and when it is far too late to do anything about it (as it almost is now), who will they blame? Will it be their political ‘leaders’, the corporate obstructionists, or ...

Things Are Good: Oslo Improves its City Centre by Banning Car Parking

The Norwegian capital of Oslo dealt with an interesting proposition of banning all cars in the city centre by compromising. At first business and some residents (only 30% of urban dwellers own cars in Norway) didn’t like the proposal at all claiming it would ruin neighbourhoods and business. To address their concerns the city rolled ...

Northern Reflections: Mulroney’s Take On Trump

The old saw about politics making strange bedfellows remains as true as ever. Consider the alliance between Justin Trudeau and Brian Mulroney. Tim Harper writes: Certainly in the past, Liberal prime ministers have turned to former Liberal prime ministers for wise counsel and Conservatives have done likewise, even though Stephen Harper once issued a government-wide ...

Dead Wild Roses: Damn Eco-Terrorists – Sinfest

Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida: Filed under: Economy Tagged: Eco Terrorism, Irony, Sinfest

Babel-on-the-Bay: Gambling with losers.

You find by being observant that the people in a hurry to get to the cashier at a casino are usually the ones wanting to get more money to gamble. Why a casino would extend credit to people is a question that is hard to answer. The question was partly answered recently when it was ...

Alberta Politics: Explaining Derek Fildebrandt’s ambitions: Jason Kenney vows to stifle ‘bozo eruptions’ in the UCP

PHOTOS: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. He vows to find ways to ensure there are no bozo eruptions in the ranks of the United Conservative Party. This will not be easy. Below: Frequent eruptor Derek Fildebrandt, who says he’s considering running for the leadership of the UCP himself; former Alberta deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Feline face-offs.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Aditya Chakrabortty describes the Grenfell Tower fire as nothing less than social murder of the UK’s poor: Austerity is at the heart of the Grenfell story. Think of the firefighters, who have seen stations closed and colleagues laid off by May, when she was home secretary. Consider ...

LA REVUE GAUCHE - Left Comment: EVOLUTION AND NATURAL THEOLOGY

A RELIGIOUS REFUTATION OF CREATION 1883 Evolution and natural theology by Kirby, W. F. (William Forsell), 1844-1912 Published 1883 INTRODUCTION.  “I cannot but feel surprised that a theory -which thus teaches us humility for the past, faith in the present, and hope for the future, should have been regarded as opposed to the principles of Christianity, or ...

DeSmogBlog: Half of British Columbians Support Review or Cancellation of Site C Dam

Almost exactly a year ago, B.C. Hydro touted “broad support” for its controversial Site C dam — a mega hydro dam on the Peace River that would flood 107 kilometres of river valley, forcing farmers and First Nations off their land. Now, as besieged Premier Christy Clark puts all her spin doctoring powers to work to attempt to ...

DeSmogBlog: Meet The Unsexy Climate Solution That Cuts Energy Bills, Creates Jobs and Saves Rivers

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has long been criticized for lowballing the potential for renewable power and overestimating future demand for oil and gas. Such forecasts matter. After all, the Paris-based organization is made up of 29 OECD countries — including Canada and the United States — and regularly produces publications that help member countries plan ...

The Canadian Progressive: Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice

The federal court’s recent ruling on the Dakota Access Pipeline saga could start a new chapter guaranteeing the rule of law and protection of water protectors, argues Mark Trahant, the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. The post Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice appeared ...

LA REVUE GAUCHE - Left Comment: BobFromBrockley: Guest post: Islam and the left – against secular f…

BobFromBrockley: Guest post: Islam and the left – against secular f…: This is a guest post by Ali H “I am going to give you such a weapon that the police and the army will not be able to stand against it…. But, as far as I know, the only significant Western Marxist or anarchist ...

LA REVUE GAUCHE - Left Comment: BobFromBrockley: The ethics of punching fascists, continued

BobFromBrockley: The ethics of punching fascists, continued: Some women who punched fascists, Yugoslavia, 1943 I wrote four very short throwaway posts on punching fascists these last few weeks, si…

The Disaffected Lib: How Hot Is It?

Too damned hot for planes, that’s how hot. Officials at the Phoenix, Arizona airport say 40 flights have been cancelled because some airplanes aren’t designed to fly when temperatures hit 49 degrees Celsius today. The superheated air is just too thin to generate enough lift for airliners such as Bombardier’s CRJ class. It’s a well-known ...

Politics and its Discontents: Omnibus Bills: Another Liberal Betrayal

When Justin Trudeau and his merry band of men and women were campaigning for our vote, they railed against the Harper propensity for passing omnibus bills; those documents, being so dense and long, meant that almost anything could be slipped in. Said the erstwhile earnest Trudeau in 2015: We will not resort to legislative tricks ...

The Disaffected Lib: Because It’s 2017

According to a national pollution inventory, large polluters discharge millions of kilograms of toxic substances into the Canadian environment annually, yet the Toronto Public Library collects more fines for overdue books each year than the federal government collected from polluters over the first 25 years that CEPA was in force. I don’t know about you ...

Warren Kinsella: Trump’s worst enemy: his own mouth

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Warren Kinsella: Who says playing geriatric punk rock doesn’t pay?

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise law for Tuesday June 20, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. Did you know that an Employee is obligated to give reasonable notice of his or her intention to resign from his or her position of employment? The amount of notice to be given will depend ...

Half an Hour: A Model of Personal Learning (Take Two)

Warren Kinsella: X: Recipe for Hate in the new Quill and Quire!

Here: Warren Kinsella gives kids a glimpse into the heyday of punk with Recipe for Hate (Dundurn), which details how a group of punks took down a gang of neo-Nazis after the murder of two of their friends. It’s actually for adults, too, so don’t get fussed about the YA tag. You can pre-order here. ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Wage Structure, Rents and Urban Inequality in Canada

Richard Florida’s new book, The New Urban Crisis (Basic Books, 2017) takes a careful look at rising inequality in big cities in the United States. He details the fact that many of the winners of today’s economy, the top 1% and top 10%, are located in a small number of “superstar” cities such as New ...

Warren Kinsella: Is the Mayor of Peterborough in a big conflict with that casino?

I have heard very, very troubling things. This, for example, is extraordinary and pretty damning. The good folks at the Peterborough Examiner asked him, straight out: Councillors didn’t debate the prospective sale in public – that happened in closed session. But they did vote unanimously on the plan in the open meeting. Mayor Daryl Bennett voted too. ...

Northern Reflections: Inspiration Is Hard To Come By

There are those who believe that the world is going to hell in an authoritarian hand basket. David Leonhardt suggests that they  — and we — should look at voter turnout numbers: If liberals voted at the same rate as conservatives, Hillary Clinton would be president. Even with Donald Trump’s working-class appeal, Clinton could have ...