Things Are Good: This River is a Person in New Zealand Law

The Whanganui River its the first river to have the same legal stats as a person. The New Zealand federal government recently passed a bill granting the river legal personhood. This means that the river is afforded all the rights as a person under New Zealand law. The river’s rights to clean air, legal representation, ...

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column, now on HuffPo!

And Donald Trump’s words sure are coming back to haunt him, aren’t they? It’s beautiful.  I wish him deep and everlasting misery and pain.  

Warren Kinsella: “When Dad is indicted, I’m going to do some modelling for LL Bean!”

Northern Reflections: With A Capital L

Yesterday was a bad day for Donald Trump. If there was one thing that yesterday’s hearing made clear, it is that Trump is a Liar –with a capital L. David Leonhardt writes in the New York Times: I’ve previously argued that not every untruth deserves to be branded with the L-word, because it implies intent ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Circumstantial Noose

In his opening statement before James Comey’s testimony yesterday in front of the House Intelligence Committee probing Trump ties to Russia, Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) laid out of all of the circumstantial evidence that has built up so far connecting the Trump campaign to Russian state actors seeking the intervene in the election. I ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here are your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday March 21, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net Did you know that a probationary period may go longer than three (3) months? The Employment Standards ...

Warren Kinsella: Kevin O’Leary doesn’t know who the Minister of Public Safety is

It’s Ralph Goodale. You know, the Saskatchewan Liberal who has been in the House of Commons since 1993, which coincidentally is the same year that Kevin O’Leary moved to Boston, where he has been ever since. Anyway, O’Leary says he’s going to fire Goodale, even though he doesn’t know who he is. My suggestion is ...

Warren Kinsella: Roethke

It’s apparently International Poetry Day, or something like that. Having always loved poetry – and having always lacked the ability to write it well, myself – I decided I would share my favourite poem by my favourite poet with you. He was a drunk, a philanderer, a dropout, a victim of mental illness, and – ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Kevin O’Leary meets a real reality.

Welcome to Canadian politics, Kevin O’Leary. You have brought a few laughs to an otherwise dismal contest for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Though you would think someone from reality television would know what to expect? Did you really think leadership races are run within some foolish rules? And that anybody pays for ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Day of Reckoning

It was an extraordinary sight, and Donald Trump's day of reckoning.His worst nightmare coming true.The FBI director, and the director of the National Security Agency, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, and all but calling Trump a liar.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: US EPA Czar – Scott Pruitt – Evidence Suggests His Brain is Made of Shit

I’m not sure why people are having such problems dealing with factual reality. Whether it be the gender-queer crowd and their patented ability not to understand that sex and gender are not the same thing or here today with this story about the head of the EPA not accepting the fact that CO2 is a ...

The Disaffected Lib: "Remarkable Changes… That Are Challenging the Limits of Our Understanding of the Climate"

The World Meteorological Organization admits that it’s struggling to comprehend the nature and pace of climate change now upon us. “Earth is a planet in upheaval due to human-caused changes in the atmosphere,” said Jeffrey Kargel, a glaciologist at the University of Arizona in the US. “In general, drastically changing conditions do not help civilisation, ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: March 19 Anti-Muslim Rallies: Some Victories, Some Hard Lessons

By this point ARC readers know that any time we mention Kevin "The Chairman" Goudreau on the blog, it is probably because he did something profoundly stupid or embarrassing but isn't self aware enough to realize that this is the case: Yep, the Goudreau held a rally in Peterborough while wearing an ill-fitted suit because he ...

Alberta Politics: Guest Post: With friends like these … Jason Kenney’s biggest challenge may come from his political allies

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney at the centre of a media scrum a few days before his victory in the Progressive Conservative Party leadership race. Expect to see him in this situation a lot more often now, even though he holds no formal elected political office. Below: Post author Chanchal Bhattacharya, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the ...

Canadian Dimension: Housing in the age of austerity: Toronto’s war on the poor

Asquith Park, Yorkville • Photo by Ed007Toronto For those in Toronto’s growing majority of low income neighbourhoods, things are bad and getting worse — and it’s no accident. A study compiled by University of Toronto professor John David Hulchanski titled Three Cities Within Toronto notes a sharp increase in the number of low-income neighbourhoods from ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

This and that from the NDP’s leadership campaign. – Among the coverage of the first leadership debate which I hadn’t linked before, Karl Nerenberg offers both a ranking and a review. And Yves Engler asks why the first debate largely avoided foreign policy issues – though there’s still plenty of campaign left in which to ...

The Decarie Report: March 20: Okay. I’m long winded today.

News media don’t  often have a kind word for Trump. Here’s an exception. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.777881?utm_content=%2Fisrael-news%2F1.777881&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_term=20170319-15%3A03 I have to admit that I don’t usually have a kind word for him either. But let’s look at the bigger picture. American  (and western in general) foreign policy has been a disaster for almost eighty years. American wars have left ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Alternative Federal Budget 2017

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. I was proud to be the primary author of its housing chapter (that chapter is available in English here and in French here). The first AFB exercise began in 1994, with the first AFB being published in 1995. That involved a joint effort between ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Happened Today in Washington

The House hearings went on for four hours. These two videos should suffice

Warren Kinsella: Having fun writing my own headlines as I watch CNN

Susan on the Soapbox: The Alberta Budget: Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3?

Before you let the Opposition parties scare you to death with apocalyptic warnings that Alberta is “drowning in debt”, “driving over a fiscal cliff” and “unfairly burdening future generations” read this article by U of C economics prof Trevor Tombe. Tombe points out that the amount of debt per se is meaningless.*  The relevant metric ...

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: campaigns don’t matter – words do

Campaigns matter. That’s a long-time conceit of political consultants, of course.  We say it all the time.  I even worked at a successful political consulting firm which trademarked the phrase. Campaigns Matter™. Campaigns matter – along with its corollary, “the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day” – are central to the ...

DeSmogBlog: 4 Reasons the ‘Oil to Tidewater’ Argument is Bunk

Access to world markets for Canadian oil has been available since 1956 when the Westridge dock was constructed in Burnaby, B.C., and linked to the Trans Mountain pipeline. The dock’s export capacity has rarely been used to its full potential in more than 60 years — yet the oil industry and politicians continue to make the ...

Warren Kinsella: Pollyanna says: hail to Canada’s media

It’s not because the NNA nominees are out that I am reminded that we have some of the best media in the world. Not at all. I think, like Jerry Seinfeld, that award shows are horseshit. No, I believe that – for such a small country – we have some of the best reporters and ...

Canadian Dimension: Interview: Andrew Bacevich on American militarism

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert J. Fluegel The November election of Donald Trump raised serious questions about the direction of US foreign policy. Would the president seek better diplomatic relations with Russia? Would he step up, or deescalate, conflict in the Middle East? How would he handle NATO, the military alliance he ...