Scott's DiaTribes: Andrew Scheer & the Conservative Party have to be nervous. The NDP as well.

A rather good night for the Liberal Party last night. They held all their seats, and were able to win away a seat from the Conservatives in Surrey, BC, which elected a Liberal as an MP there for the first time since 1952. The Conservatives under Andrew Scheer have now lost 2 by-elections since he ...

Things Are Good: Copernicus Satellite Constellation Shares Big Climate Data

To some people space missions seem like a waste of resources, yet, thanks to many space missions we get scientific benefits. Launched by the European Union, the constellation of satirists known as Copernicus are constantly doing weather observations. Copernicus’ six families of satellites are scanning the planet to help understand climate change. It’s already been ...

We Pivot: Horgan Insults Delgamuukw with the Site C Debacle

20 years ago yesterday came the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw ruling, ensuring that this “Canada” recognizes pre-existing aboriginal sovereignty, especially in BC where virtually none of the land was ever ceded to the British Crown. This is a pathetic day for … [Read more]

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…PERMISSION

Recently, I came across a great quote prompting caregivers to consider taking a break: An Iphone doesn’t ask permission to be charged. This got me thinking about our personal values and how they sometimes make caring harder than it needs to be. Do we give ourselves and our loved ones permission to be imperfect? Last week, ...

Warren Kinsella: About those by-elections

The Newfoundland-Labrador one, no big surprise.  (But the NDP result? Ouch.) The Ontario one, also no surprise. (But congrats to Ms. Yip – Arnold is smiling, today.) The Saskatchewan one, no surprise.  (The slide in LPC vote, not so great, true.) But the B.C. by-election? That was big, folks.  That was huge.  The Liberals – ...

Warren Kinsella: Two effective ways of dealing with prejudice, up above and down here

My friends were busy yesterday. My friend Bernie Farber, a veritable force of nature who is presently up to something big, scored a victory against hate yesterday: he and others persuaded the Toronto Library Board to reject hate. From the Star: The Toronto library board unanimously approved restrictions that will prevent groups from renting library ...

Warren Kinsella: My publisher so liked what the Toronto Star said about Recipe For Hate, they made it into a graphic

Personally, I like what Publisher’s Weekly and Quill and Quire said even more!

Northern Reflections: Through A Glass Darkly

The future does not look bright. George Monbiot writes: The trouble begins where everything begins: with soil. The UN’s famous projection that, at current rates of soil loss, the world has 60 years of harvests left, appears to be supported by a new set of figures. Partly as a result of soil degradation, yields are ...

Warren Kinsella: Some of her best friends are Jews

If B.C. Green Party advisor Mr. Spector was still alive, we would send him this about the Trump Party that he, you know, defended. Child molester Roy Moore’s wife: “Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it all, so I just want to ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Long Night of Humiliation

As you know Andrew Scheer has been looking a little desperate recently. And who can blame him?Ever since he became leader of the Harper Party he has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Justin Trudeau. He has all but called Trudeau a crook, and a traitor. He has accused him of being soft on ISIS. He ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Tom Parkin duly slams the Libs for a “middle class” tax message being used to sell a giveaway to the rich: Here’s the blunt facts: the tax cut by Finance Minister Bill Morneau gives $0 to anyone earning under about $45,000. Then the benefit starts phasing in. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Dealing with diversity.

We often note that Canada’s greatest strength today is its diversity. It is even emphasized as we compare it to the weaknesses in other countries as they succumb to the anger of bigotry. Travelling in England, France and the United States, it is easy to see where an inability to live together in harmony can ...

Alberta Politics: Discomfort about UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s relationship with the truth winkles into respectable circles

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party and, if things go as expected on Thursday, leader of the Opposition soon thereafter. Below: Alberta commentators Susan Wright, a blogger, and Graham Thomson, one of Postmedia’s political columnists, and U.S. political essayist Frank Rich (Photo: Twitter). There’s a growing discomfort among those who pay attention ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Vote in the Best of Alberta Politics 2017 Survey

In our latest episode of The Daveberta Podcast we asked you to help us shape our final episode of 2017, which we will be recording in a few weeks. We want to hear from you about the big political players and issues of 2017 – fill out the survey and we will talk about the results ...

DeSmogBlog: The Site C Dam: a Timeline

The Site C dam has lived many lives before its approval today by Premier John Horgan, from a twinkle in the eye of some BC Hydro engineers, to the target of multiple lawsuits, to two damning reports by the utilities regulator, to “the point of no return”. Below, we’ve collected a few of the key moments in its ...

Scripturient: War for the Planet of the Apes considered

Pierre Boulle never imagined War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the remade franchise. In fact, it would be fair to say the author of the original book never imagined any of the series, from the first in 1968 to the latest, released in 2017. They were far, far from what ...

The Decarie Report: Dec. 11: Who would have thought it possible?

This past weekend, the  irving press of New Brunswick dropped even lower into its gutter. The front page headline was pure sensationalism. “We never thought it would come to this.” As has been happening lately, this is non-news, the exploitation of a family’s sorrow for a  brainless and useless headline. Ten years ago, a young ...

Paul S. Graham: Let My People Grow!

In two recent announcements the Manitoba Government has revealed how it intends to regulate cannabis when it is legalized in July 2018. In short, the province will source and regulate it and the private sector will retail it. So far, so good. Unhappily, Manitobans will continue to be criminalized if they grow their own for ...

The Disaffected Lib: So It Was a "Hard Decision," So What? British Columbia’s New Dems Will Finish What Christy Started.

I hate it when they grovel but that’s exactly what British Columbia’s NDP premier, Jim Horgan, did in announcing his government will complete the environmental catastrophe known as the Site C hydroelectric dam. Oh, wailed Big Jim, it was a vewy, vewy difficult decision, a real ball buster. “At the end of the day, we’ve ...

Susan on the Soapbox: When They Go Low: the Kenney by-election debate

On Sunday afternoon Mr and Ms Soapbox were jammed into an overheated community hall listening to five politicians explain why they were the best choice to represent the good citizens of Calgary-Lougheed in the by-election triggered when Dave Rodney stepped down to give UCP leader Jason Kenney a seat in the Legislature. The media characterized ...

Warren Kinsella: A bag of hammers was unavailable for comment

BREAKING- After a one week suspension Bell Media has fired popular CP24 noontime host Stephen Ledrew for going on FOX News. More to come. — Joe Warmington (@joe_warmington) December 11, 2017

DeSmogBlog: BREAKING: Site C Dam Approval Violates Basic Human Rights, Says Amnesty International

Ending months of speculation, Premier John Horgan announced Monday that construction of the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River will continue even though the cost of the troubled project has climbed to $10.7 billion and the government faces a potentially pricey legal challenge from First Nations. “This is a very divisive issue,” Horgan said at ...

Warren Kinsella: Nazis in libraries: why is this even a debate?

1. Public libraries are funded by the public. 2. They are extensions of government. 3. Governments are explicitly prohibited from facilitating discrimination via their own laws. 4. Libraries can’t EVER offer public space to neo-Nazis. #topoli #onpoli https://t.co/JKdCRoAxcJ — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) December 11, 2017

DeSmogBlog: B.C. First Nations Call For Injunction on Site C as They Prepare Civil Suit

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations will seek an injunction against the Site C dam, which received a green-light from the B.C. government Monday. The project, which will now cost an estimated $10.7 billion, has been vigorously fought by both nations, whose traditional territory will be flooded by the Site C reservoir. In addition to ...

The Disaffected Lib: What’s Thirteen Times Two and a Half? It’s ‘Roy Moore America’.

That would be the respective popularity of the United States Congress (13 per cent) and America’s “Bad Grampa” president (32 per cent). Trump’s approval numbers are two and a half times greater than the Congressional score but they’re still the worst for any president since approval numbers were first clocked. Those numbers suggest that the ...