Warren Kinsella: Now is the time for all good #ONpoli folks to come to the aid of the party

…if they’re Ontario Liberals, that is: The Liberals are the choice of just 23% of decided and leaning voters — down from 34% — and would secure just nine seats if an election were held now, the pollster projects. Forum Research found that 44% of decided and leaning voters polled support the Progressive Conservatives and ...

Things Are Good: Forget NIMBYs, it’s All About YIMBYs

Anybody engaged with civic action knows the prevalence of NIMBYism, those people who say ‘Not in my Backyard’ and try to stop any progress good or bad. This attitude of blocking anything has led to some cities being left behind while other cities leap ahead. Recently Toronto has seen a rise of people who chant ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The attention span of four-year-olds?

You sometimes wonder about the Ontario Liberal government. The kids in the cabinet are too easily distracted. Just the other day, we were reading about transportation minister Stephen Del Duca bragging to a newspaper reporter about the regional express rail expansion—a $13.5 billion electrification program to quadruple commuter train service in the Greater Toronto Area. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Arbourist’s Anecdata – When Do Standards Get in the Way?

   I’m not buying into the idea that there is some sort of perfect way of living one’s life – some ways are better than others, and those various ways appeal to different people…and so on and so forth.  We’re not here talking about *your* choices and and preferences, but rather mine. I’m getting old.  ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Bigot Party and the Shame of Kellie Leitch

You might think that Kellie Leitch had embarrassed herself enough. Done what was left of her reputation enough damage.During the last election, her cultural barbarism show bombed so bad, the stench alone helped bring down the Harper regime. And the way her campaign for the Con leadership race went down in flames, after all that ...

Alberta Politics: Opposition focuses its fury on Tzeporah Berman, ignores oilsands advisory group’s consensus recommendations … why?

PHOTOS: Environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. Below: Former Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers president Dave Collyer, who worked successfully with Ms. Berman to produce the recommendations of the Alberta Government’s Oil Sands Advisory Group, and Opposition leaders Jason Kenney of the Progressive Conservative Party and Brian Jean of the Wildrose Party, who relentlessly attacked Ms. Berman. Do ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Fiscal situation of Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces

I’ve just written a blog post about the fiscal situation of Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces (i.e., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador). It consists of a summary of key points raised at a PEF-sponsored panel at this year’s Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association. Points raised in the blog post include the following: -The ...

Accidental Deliberations: On shows of confidence

As British Columbia’s MLAs decide how to respond to the Clark Libs’ latest attempt to avoid the results of an election which plainly showed that voters wanted change, let’s offer this reminder. In 2008, Stephen Harper’s Cons established that they held the confidence of Parliament through a vote on a throne speech which made no ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Trans* Human Rights Bill C-16: A Look Back

Although I’ll be remarking on the passing of Bill C-16 elsewhere, I wanted to post Bill Siksay’s closing speech from February 7, 2011, back when the bill was in its third incarnation (of five), Bill C-389.  To me, it’s a profound moment to look back on, and realize just how far we’ve come. It took ...

DeSmogBlog: Is Christy Clark Ramping Up for Another B.C. Election?

By Matt Price for iPolitics. Don’t think for a second that it’s Christy Clark’s nature to go quietly into the night. In response, the B.C. NDP and Greens may have no choice other than to forge a pact to work together in a snap election. During the press conference in which Christy Clark responded to the agreement ...

Warren Kinsella: U.S. Supreme Court rules offensive band names are okay

Here. Thank Christ, maaaan.

The Common Sense Canadian: True Patriot Love: Why the Kinder Morgan pipeline will never be built

Photo: Damian Manda / Flickr CC License The Trans Mountain pipeline [Kinder Morgan] expansion project will never see the light of day. -Grand Chief Philip Stewart, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs If you live anywhere in Canada other than British Columbia, you’re probably convinced that the Kinder Morgan (Trans Mountain) pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, ...

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: what Trump could’ve done, and didn’t

Undersell and overperform. Those of us who had the honour and privilege of working for Jean Chrétien knew that aphorism well. It was his mantra, and therefore ours, too. It worked. Chrétien was never once defeated in his 40 years in the political game. He won three back-to-back majorities, and he was the most popular ...

Canadian Dimension: Time to Revitalize the Anti-War Movement

“War 2” by Carlos Latuff. Justin Trudeau certainly did not run on a military-strength platform. Nowhere on the campaign trail did Liberals talk about increasing military spending or using “hard power” abroad. The recent speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, alongside the announced 70% increase in military spending should ring alarm bells. Stephen ...

The Disaffected Lib: In Memoriam – Britain Enters the Brexit Zone

Theresa May plotted to enter Brexit negotiations with the E.U. full of hellfire and fury. Then she buggered up an opportunistic general election, losing the Tories their majority. As if that wasn’t bad enough, May bungled the Greenfall tower catastrophe at one point being put to rout by an angry crowd. The Gods, it appears, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Where Trump Goes Lawyer Shopping. Where Else? FOX News, That’s Where.

The bizarre story of how Donald Trump found his personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow from Salon.com. Last week The Washington Post dropped one of the biggest bombshells of the Russia scandal to date when it published a story with five different sources saying that that special counsel Robert Mueller was looking into President Donald Trump’s actions related ...

The Disaffected Lib: Maybe I’ll Stick With Dreary and Cold

My daughter called me for Father’s Day. Kind of a lousy day – grey, windy, damp, maybe 15 degrees Celsius. That was here on Vancouver Island, not in Dublin where she lives. In Dublin it was 29C and at nearly midnight to boot. I was almost jealous of that lovely warmth. Almost. But I’ve come ...

The Disaffected Lib: Bye, Bye, See Ya.

When is a daily newspaper not a daily? When it chooses to become something else, I suppose. Paul Godfrey’s National Post is giving up on Mondays. There’ll be no print edition on Monday – now and forever. “The company says the decisions will put its National Post brands on a stronger financial footing.”  Sounds like a ...

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal headlines for the Week of June 19, 2017

Here are our Top 10 legal headlines for the week of June 19, 2017. For links, visit 140Law at http://wiselaw.blogspot.com For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of June 19, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of June 19, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  Maryland and DC to file suit alleging Trump is violating the emoluments clause Preet Bharara opens up about his interactions with Trump COVFEFE Act Introduced to Make Social Media Posts Official Presidential Record Trump friend says President ‘considering’ ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Phillip Inman discusses how austerity has proven to be an all-pain, no-gain proposition for the general public which is facing stagnant wages and higher consumer debt. – Pedro Nicolaci da Costa is duly skeptical of employer complaints about “skills gaps” which in fact arise out of their refusal ...

Warren Kinsella: Rebel Media on Finsbury: we’ll let the neo-Nazi speak for us

Robinson is a long-time white supremacist. He’s also a Rebel Media correspondent. The “English Defence League,” which he founded, has always been unashamedly neo-Nazi. Why do Andrew Scheer’s senior people have anything to do with this insanity? Here is Rebel Media's Tommy Robinson justifying the attack in London's #FinsburyPark. The mosque is now a hub for ...

Politics and its Discontents: When I Was A Lad

… had this appeared in a film, it would have been regarded as a rather crude and obvious satire. Unfortunately, it is today’s reality: You can read a detailed L.A. Times report about this here, including the fact that such comforts are sometimes extended to those who commit violent crimes. Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Getting Tired of Playing President?

Donald Trump made his first visit to Camp David on the weekend, no doubt hoping to escape the madding media, and try to pull himself together, after yet another terrible week in office.A week where he seemed to confirm that he was under investigation, and was seen yelling at TV sets in the White House.So ...

Northern Reflections: It’s Catching

Donald Trump’s last cabinet meeting was stomach churning. Each member of the Trump team — with the exception of James Mattis — dutifully genuflected before the president. Reince Priebus said it was a “blessing serving your agenda.”  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue gushed that in rural America “they love you.” Michael Harris writes that the majority ...