Babel-on-the-Bay: On the road to mediocrity.

Do you know who will be the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada on May 27? With a third of the votes already in and more trickling in every day, it is a very frustrating guessing game to determine who will win. The problem you are facing is that the people who preferred ...

Northern Reflections: Delusions Of Absolute Power

Donald Trump tweeted this week that he has “the absolute right” to hand American intelligence over to whomever he wishes. That word “absolute” is seminal to understanding the firestorm he now faces. Jill Abramson writes: America’s founding fathers were deathly afraid of centralised, absolute power. This is why the government they structured had three equal ...

Warren Kinsella: RIP Chris Cornell

Have loved Soundgarden – and considered Thayill the best-ever rock guitarist – from the minute I picked this record up in 1989. RIP Chris Cornell. What a loss.

A Puff of Absurdity: Another Trip to ER

Me: So, I have letter from my doctor. I was hoping that would make things go faster. It still took two full hours to get to this point, though. Triage Nurse: I wish family doctors would come to the hospital once in a while. They have no idea how things work here. A letter doesn’t ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Petty, Self-Serving Teachers Taking Sick Days

A timely local article (timely for what I’m going through) in the Record, discusses the horrors of teachers who are allowed to have paid sick days – or that’s how it’s being read by a vocal group of commenters. The facebook rants following it are so routine that the insults are having less effect, which is ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: What’s your vision for Canada’s ocean in 2020?

Thursday, May 18, 2017 Oceans Day 2017 is approaching, and like many Canadians, we think it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate the seas. To pump up the excitement for West Coast’s marine program and for Oceans Day this year, we’re launching our #Oceans20 initiative. Oceans Day 2017 is approaching, and like many Canadians, ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: What Was Learned From Islamophobe Rally in Ottawa on May 6

The following is the second article submitted by an Ottawa area-based reader and activist who has been researching the Soldiers of Odin and associated individuals and groups. The first article focused on white supremacists within the Ottawa-Gatineau SoO). This article is focuses on what was learned from the May 6 Islamophobe protest that occurred on ...

Alberta Politics: Madmen in the White House … this time it’s a thing, not just a ‘strategy’

PHOTOS: U.S. President Richard Nixon pointing the way to the exit for Donald Trump’s benefit. Below: Mr. Nixon about to board the helicopter that would take him away from Washington for the last time in an official capacity; a recent photo of President Trump; the sinister Dr. Henry Kissinger, then and now.  Richard Nixon wasn’t ...

Alberta Politics: Berlin-Warszawa Express by Eamon McGrath tops latest Audreys Books Edmonton bestseller list

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended May 14, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Berlin-Warszawa Express – Eamon McGrath* 2. Fifteen Days – André Alexis 3. Only Leave a Trace: ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Read J. Sakai’s Settlers for Free

Given the increased interest and chatter about J. Sakai’s Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat, Kersplebedeb is making this book available for free download from Amazon for the next five days, until May 21st. FREE DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N980EQK Settlers is a uniquely important book in the canon of the North American revolutionary left and anticolonial ...

Warren Kinsella: Frame this. Cherish this. 

Tonight, the United States of America is again a nation of laws. 

Warren Kinsella: We’re going to win so much, we’re going to get bored of winning!

Heh.  Lawyer up, Comrade Trump. #USPolitics https://t.co/xRXwvq2eY8 — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) May 17, 2017

The Disaffected Lib: The Bloat Gets Burned. "Asshole" Really? Asshole?

Donald Trump craves public adulation. That’s probably one of the reasons he’s still staging rallies. It’s an opportunity to get a gaggle of feeble-minded Americans in a hanger to chant his praises. But what do Americans really think of their new president. Quinnipiac pollsters asked Americans what word would they associate with Donald J. Trump. ...

DeSmogBlog: Famous Canadian Ice Road Melts for the Last Time

Each winter in Canada’s far north, a series of ice roads take form, providing people and supply trucks temporary access to the region’s otherwise isolated towns. But rapid changes to Canada’s north means this spring marks the final melt of one of the north’s famed ice highways, the ‘Road to the Top of the World,’ ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Why the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act is worth celebrating

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 On May 12, 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, for first reading in Parliament. You could say that the Act has been almost half a century in the making. So, is it a win? Keeping in mind the old adage, “don’t let the perfect be ...

Geoff Campbell: (Nearly) One Year at American University

Hello, For those of you have kept up with these blog posts you may have noticed there has…not been a lot to keep up with lately. That’s because over the last year, I’ve been incredibly busy with the changing nature of my work and a number of time-intensive projects that aren’t yet ready for prime ...

Politics and its Discontents: We’re In Impeachment Territory

Most right-thinking individuals (i.e., not Trump acolytes) would, I suspect, agree with David Gergen here. Recommend this Post

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Spinnaker

A thoughtful piece I found on Facebook. Let me tell you about a dolphin. Spinnaker (or “Spin” as he was sometimes known) was a dolphin that was kept at Vancouver Aquarium during the 90’s. But the story actually doesn’t start with Spin, it starts with Whitewings. Many decades earlier, Whitewings was captured in Baha, Mexico ...

Canadian Dimension: Labour party’s plan to nationalise mail, rail and energy firms

Photo by Chatham House Jeremy Corbyn will lay out plans to take parts of Britain’s energy industry back into public ownership alongside the railways and the Royal Mail in a radical manifesto that promises an annual injection of £6bn for the NHS and £1.6bn for social care. A draft version of the document, drawn up ...

Canadian Dimension: Major decisions face Québec solidaire at its forthcoming congress

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois • Photo by People’s Social Forum Quebec’s broad party of the left, Québec solidaire (QS), will open a four-day congress on May 19 in Montréal — the 12th congress in its 11-year history. The delegates face a challenging agenda. It includes the final stage of adoption of the party’s detailed program, a process ...

cartoon life: So my eyes and brain hurt. Tell me why I do this, again?

The other cartoons I put up at LondOntLife were done quickly and briskly on my iPad2 air. The Peanuts parody was another beast all together and took a good day of daylight, and few insomniacal arousals. Part of the problem was figuring out how to do things for the first time, and connect the workflows.  ...

The Disaffected Lib: To Americans He’s Pompous. To Russia, He’s a Giggle.

To Russians, high and low, America’s new president is a laughingstock. U.S. democracy may be facing one of its toughest challenges in hundreds of years, but for Russia, this is a time for heaping servings of schadenfreude. After decades of hectoring from Washington on issues such as unfair elections, a clampdown on the press, and ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: NAFTA and Labour Rights

I recently spoke at the Standing Committee on International Trade on their study “Priorities of Canadian Stakeholders having an interest in Bilateral and Trilateral trade in North America, between Canada, United States and Mexico”.  I share my notes with you here, although I did ad-lib a bit in the actual committee meeting. The labour movement ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Binyamin Appelbaum highlights the strong consensus view that Donald Trump’s planned tax giveaways to the rich will do nothing for overall economic development. And John Buell points out that Trump’s plan for privatized infrastructure – much like Justin Trudeau’s – will serve only to enrich and empower corporations ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday May 24, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. Where all matrimonial issues have been resolved as at the one-year anniversary of a separation, an uncontested divorce can proceed by filing specified paperwork with the Court. Where issues remain unresolved, a divorce judgement can ...