Northern Reflections: He Cannot Be Coddled

After Charlottesville, Michael Harris writes, Donald Trump becomes the touchstone by which we judge our own politicians: The Trump White House isn’t the only North American political institution that has lost touch with the real world. The Conservative Party of Canada must now confront a hard fact: Their current leader lacks the nerve to pull ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Mad King of America.

You have to admit that it has been a summer of bounty for those who comment on politics. We have started to think of it as the Summer of Trump. The man never fails to suspend belief, never ceases to horrify and has proved conclusively that he has the political instincts of a gerbil. But—we ...

Montreal Simon: Faith Goldy and The Rebel Meltdown

She was Ezra Levant's pet and Andrew Scheer's favourite Rebel journalist talking head. And for good reason.She's a religious fanatic like Scheer, she calls him "our people," she once demanded that the Pope excommunicate Justin Trudeau.And she's called for Christians to mount a new crusade to take back the Middle East from the Muslims.But yesterday ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Industrial Interlude – Like A Prayer – Bigod20 remix.

Not quite baroque, but everyone needs a good thumpy track to dance with once in awhile. Life is a mystery, Everyone must stand alone I hear you call my name And it feels like home [Chorus:] When you call my name it’s like a little prayer I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: A Very, Very, Bad Week For Ezra Levant and "The Rebel"

That may very well be a huge understatement: ‘That’s just racist’: Ezra Levant distances The Rebel from alt-right as contributors resign Conservatives Finally Ditching The Rebel Have a Lot to Answer For 'We have to be firm': UCP leadership candidate doubles down on Rebel Media opposition The Rebel exodus suggests just one ‘ism’ separates far ...

Alberta Politics: UCP leaders edge away from Rebel Media after NDP House Leader rips their cozy past with alt-right group

PHOTOS: NDP House Leader Brian Mason, one of the fiercest fighters in Premier Rachel Notley’s government, ripped into UCP leadership contenders Jason Kenney and Brian Jean yesterday for their long association with Rebel Media. Below: Mr. Kenney, Mr. Jean, media accreditation report author Heather Boyd, and Alberta Legislative Press Gallery President Dean Bennett. Now that ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is the FOX News/Donald Trump Lap Dance On the Rocks?

Some dude named James Murdoch has taken a sharp stick to Donald Trump.  Murdoch, son of Beelzebub Murdoch, really unloaded on the Cheeto Benito for his infuriating pronouncements on the Charlottesville violence. Mein Gott, what will Fox & Friends do if their umbilicus to Trump is severed before the end of his term?

The Disaffected Lib: The Inner Trump – Deutsche Welle

A timely article in Deutsche Well explores what Hanna Arendt would have made of Donald Trump. It’s less and yet much more than you might have imagined but Arendt’s philosophy is compelling. Arendt helps us understand what Trump is not: He’s not a totalitarian. There are a number of ideas in Hannah Arendt’s work that I ...

Scripturient: Taking credit for the work of others

A short while ago, I received an unsolicited email from the interim (and soon to be departing) CAO, John Brown, with the subject, “Ideas. Observations. Musings  . Opinions  . Facts ?” (yes, written just like that…). Although he says he never reads my blog, it inspired me to write this post. He wrote (copied in its ...

Canadian Dimension: Smoke over the skies of North America is another climate change warning

Photo by Jonathan Hayward For nearly two weeks, beginning August 1, the skies over Vancouver were filled with the smoke of forest fires burning in central and northern British Columbia. The smoke from those fires and others farther afield has waxed and waned over much of North America since July. Three days ago, Vancouver and ...

In-Sights: Similarities

Muskrat Falls was always a done deal, and a bad one, Pam Frampton, Saint John’s Telegram: One week the project was all about clean energy, the next it was job creation, then it was all about being an affordable energy source, then it was a means of foiling Quebec, then it was a lure for ...

In-Sights: Rising prices have only just begun

During the seventies and eighties, inflation was substantial in Canada. However, BC Hydro was not a major contributor to the rising cost of living. In the 20 years to 2006, BC Hydro’s charge per kilowatt-hour to residential consumers increased at 1/3 the rate of inflation. However, when Gordon Campbell’s neoliberal friends decided BC’s iconic utility ...

Montreal Simon: Breaking: Now Ezra Levant Claims He’s Being Blackmailed!!

Golly, you might think that the ghastly bigot Ezra Levant could not have a worse day. But if you did you'd be wrong.For not only has his filthy Rebel been roundly condemned for promoting white supremacy at that neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. Not only has a shipping line cancelled his Rebel cruise. Not only have some of his ...

cartoon life: The old man as a young man

Two museums, two really intense museums in one day. So, no, they didnt hang this cockeyed. Im certain there are people who know how to look at things. And no one really objected to me standing in front of this without earphones and an audio guide. I stepped away politely when someone urgently needed a ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Cowardly Non Condemnation of Ezra Levant

Earlier today I wrote a post demanding to know why Andrew Scheer was hesitating to condemn the white supremacist views of Ezra Levant's bigot Rebel.After spending so much time riding on that stinking and sinking boat.  Well now it turns out he did say something about it in B.C. last night.And it couldn't be more pathetic.Read ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Chamber’s economic impact analysis of Bill 148 still doesn’t make sense

On Monday, the Keep Ontario Working coalition spearheaded by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released an analysis of the impacts of Bill 148 in Ontario, which will introduce a $15 minimum wage by 2019 and a host of other employment standards improvements. The analysis raised many red flags: it focused only on costs, predicting very large ...

Warren Kinsella: Rebel, rebel, you’ve got CRA in a whirl

You all make us want to hurl.

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Calgary School Board Candidate Threatened; Charlottesville and Aryan Guard Invoked

Well because at this moment I have even less tolerance (less than 0 is really hard to do, fyi) for assholes threatening to have people killed because they are of a different ethnicity, I would like to introduce someone to ya’ll. Meet Shawn Street of Calgary:: Oh you don’t KNOW about storms YET Shawn Shawn ...

Politics and its Discontents: Will This Saudi ‘Explanation’ Give Freeland And Trudeau The Cover They Desperately Seek?

As I recently wrote, I am very doubtful that the Trudeau government will rescind its $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, damning evidence of the Saudi deployment of the weaponry against their own people notwithstanding. It is my suspicion that both Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland hope that their sanctimonious expressions ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scheer Shouldn’t Shrug Off Toxic Rebel Association

CPC leader Andrew Scheer told reporters Wednesday he would not grant interviews to Rebel Media if the editorial direction remains as it is. — Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) August 17, 2017 This was in response to me, and countless others calling for him to denounce the hate site for its involvement in the Charlottesville Nazi attack. ...

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Warren Kinsella: Rebel media boat hits an iceberg

How sad. Norwegian Cruise Line bows to pressure and cancels ‘neo-Nazi’ conference booking Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has bowed to pressure and cancelled a booking for a “neo-nazi” conference which was set to take place on one of its ships. Rebel Media, a far-right group based in Canada, had planned to hold a week-long meeting ...

Warren Kinsella: Sums it up nicely

I just did (yet another) interview with a reporter asking about whether tolerating neo-Nazis like Bannon is the price we pay for free speech, etc. I said chants of “death to the Jew” aren’t speech. They’re expressions of hate, and anyone with a brain their head should be able to discern the difference.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, following up on my recent posts as to the state of the federal NDP’s leadership race as of today’s membership deadline. For much more material on the leadership campaign, I’ll simply point again to the reference page here. And I’ll encourage anybody interested in the NDP’s place in Canadian politics to sign up and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Owen Jones calls out the dogmatic centre for first laying the groundwork for the rise of the populist right, then trying to vilify anybody working on a progressive alternative. And Chris Dillow zeroes in on what’s wrong with the neoliberal view of the world: – Insufficient scepticism ...