DeSmogBlog: Four Decades and Counting: A Brief History of the Site C Dam

This is a guest post by Ray Eagle. Many British Columbians may not realize that the $9 billion Site C dam, currently under construction on the Peace River, has a 46-year back-story. B.C. Hydro began engineering studies for Site C back in 1971. In the early 1980s B.C. Hydro went before the newly formed British Columbia Utilities ...

The Disaffected Lib: This Shouldn’t Be Your Daily Laugh, But…

This Hour Has 22 Minutes nails it

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – In the wake of a thoroughly disappointing budget day at both the provincial and federal levels, it’s worth taking note of Ivan Sigal’s view on the importance of building trust – rather than limiting citizens to either fake news or fake policies: How do we begin to ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sights in Hawai’i

Last month I went with Jeri to Hawaii for a long-planned, pre-booked vacation. I wouldn’t have intentionally gone to Trump America, it just worked out that way. I had planned on spending a day at Pearl Harbor, but did in a different way. The historic sites would have cost over $100 each, and I’ve grown ...

mark a rayner: The void loves you

The caption is perfect if you imagine it being narrated by Werner Herzog. Herzog continues to read: “The orange sky, like the creeping shadows that threaten to engulf our fictional protagonists, is a visual clue that this never happened beyond the void of imagination.” If this cause a full-on existential crisis, watch Herzog talk about ...

Alberta Politics: Now that he can’t be Mr. Congeniality any more, is Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall eyeing the exit?

PHOTOS: I’m sick of this shifty eyed shot of Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall too, but it’s the only decent royalty free photo of the guy I can find. Below top and bottom: Jason Kenney and Brian Jean, two Alberta Conservatives who used to have nothing bad to say about Mr. Wall. What will they say ...

Warren Kinsella: Calling all cyber-detectives: your Ontario political mission, if you choose to accept it

It could be disgruntled Liberals, sure. It could be a certain ambitious cabinet minister, aided and abetted by a lobby firm and trade association he is connected to. It could be Tories or Dippers trying to cause dissent and trouble. It could be some shadowy lobby group trying to exert pressure to achieve some policy ...

We Pivot: Why Most Young People Can’t Buy a Home in Vancouver

Did you know that if you sell a house in Vancouver, if it’s your primary residence, you pay no tax on the profit? The lack of any capital gains tax on selling one’s primary residence contributes to the manic increase … [Read more]

Politics and its Discontents: Just A Couple Of Questions

Given that I have no background in economics, I will leave it to more finely-tuned minds to debate the merits of yesterday’s federal budget. However, there are a couple of things that, from my perspective, need to be answered, and they both relate to the Infrastructure Bank the Liberal government is touting. Introduced in last ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: DINING WITH DYSPHAGIA – FREE COOKBOOK!

I receive lots of requests to post about care-related projects, companies or products. Sometimes a request comes in that I just LOVE and this is one of those. Dining With Dysphagia is a cookbook with a difference. All the recipes are designed to entice the palates of anyone who has difficulty chewing or swallowing (the ...

Things Are Good: What You Can do Now to Mitigate Climate Change

You probably feel overwhelmed by the seemingly infinite ways that climate change alters the planet and your life. Thankfully, you don’t need to sit ideally by and watch the world get too hot. You can start making a difference today by just monitoring what you do and where you get stuff from. Over at Digg ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law Toronto for Thursday March 23, 2017. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. Ontario strictly requires that a Will be signed by the person making the will and be witnessed by two people who are not beneficiaries. If these formal requirements are not met, a Will ...

Northern Reflections: A Small, Cautious Budget

Kevin Page writes that yesterday’s budget was not a history making event: From a fiscal vantage point, Budget 2017 was a very small event. There’s about $6 billion in new federal resources cumulatively planned for the next six years. By comparison, Budget 2016 allocated about $11.5 billion in new resources in year one, rising to ...

Warren Kinsella: This makes me sad

It perhaps explains Donald Trump, Kellie Leitch et al. It also can’t be dismissed as a methodological error – the question(s) were very straightforward.  Mostly, however, it makes me sad. We have a long way to go. 

Babel-on-the-Bay: Kenney is running on ‘Empty.’

The new and unsurprising leader of the Alberta Conservatives is taking a trip to nowhere. He tells Albertans he is there to unite the right but there are two rights and those two rights do not necessarily make a new right or even a better right. And neither of the possible leaders, Jason Kenney or ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tom Engelhardt – Government Reformation – But not the good kind.

The Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision reverberates strongly in my consciousness when I read articles like this one from Tom’s Dispatch.  I am still at a loss as how to compute the base equation of $ = Free Speech, because, well… it doesn’t. Certainly money grants access, but it begets the question:  Should it?   ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose, the Budget, and the Scandalous Cons

I almost felt sorry for Rona Ambrose yesterday, as she tried to say something intelligent about the Liberal's new budget. Only to fail miserably.And end up looking, once again, like the village idiot. Claiming that Liberal spending was out of control, and that it was a "nightmare scenario."Read more »

Alberta Politics: Nuala: A Fable, by Alberta author Kimmy Beach, tops Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List this week

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended March 19, 2017, compiled on March 21, 2017, by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Nuala: A Fable – Kimmy Beach*† 2. The Lonely Hearts Hotel – ...

Views from the Beltline: Will Alberta revert to Social Credit?

In August, 1971, Alberta had its quiet revolution. For 36 years it had been governed by Social Credit, a largely rural-based, social-conservative party led for most of those years by E.C. Manning, father of leading conservative intellectual and unite-the-right guru Preston Manning. By 1971 Alberta, like the rest of the country, was increasingly urbanizing and ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta author and publisher top list of Edmonton’s bestselling books

An Alberta author and publisher top this week’s list of bestselling books. Ranking first in the fiction category is Nuala: A Fable, written by award winning Red Deer poet and author Kimmy Beach and published by University of Alberta Press. In the non-fiction category,  Margaret Atwood’s The Burgess Shale: The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s is also published by University of Alberta Press ...

Warren Kinsella: CNN says “breaking news” too often. But this really was breaking news.

This renders it a conspiracy, in other words. Much easier to prosecute. #USPolitics #Trumprussia https://t.co/hl8Hr1jd4o — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 23, 2017 BREAKING – US officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians https://t.co/KqFr3GgAPP https://t.co/sDUcxttgC8 — CNN (@CNN) March 23, 2017

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Identifying Ecologically and Biologically Significant Marine Areas – a red herring?

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel – the marine area between Vancouver Island, Denman Island and Hornby Island – has been identified as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA) because of its importance as spawning habitat for herring. But does that mean it gets any extra protection? Marine Campaigner Maryann Watson ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: O Inglorious Justin: Bad Bit In New Budget!!!

The Liberals are killing the public transit tax credit. #Budget2017 pic.twitter.com/83OcClkwFU — Andrew Scheer (@andrewscheer) March 22, 2017 This one is a personal kick in the nads for both the wife and I, as we prefer to take the buses in and out of Scarborough on work-days rather than upgrade our car insurance.  If the ...

The Political Road Map: Justin Trudeau and Budget Zen

Justin Trudeau isn’t worried, in fact he is living in the moment and in the now. His budget for 2017 showcases just how zen he is about the Canadian economy and how positive he is about the future. While no new major spending was announced today, the budget centers around caution and patience, which is ...

Warren Kinsella: The shocking truth revealed 

I can now reveal I was offered the role of Ritchie in Happy Days, but I declined because it was beneath me. I will not be taking questions. — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 23, 2017