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 ...

Canadian Dimension: Solidarity with Venezuela

Winnipeg, Dec. 6, 2017 – Professor Johnny Márquez, speaking at Winnipeg’s historic Ukrainian Labour Temple on the political and economic situation in Venezuela • Photo by Paul S. Graham When it comes to Venezuela, the mainstream media is awash with lies and distortions and the Canadian government is complicit (with the United States) in an ...

Canadian Dimension: Net Neutrality and the Socialist Moment

Rolling Rebellion demonstration in Seattle to defend Net Neutrality • Photo by Backbone Campaign In recent months, one of the United States’ most important debates has revolved around the broad concept of Net Neutrality (NN). Without delving into the technicalities, the concept of NN is that internet service providers (ISPs) cannot privilege or restrict internet ...

DeSmogBlog: FOLLOW LIVE: Site C Decision Announced at B.C. Legislature

The #SiteC decision will be announced this morning; we’ve been covering this story since the beginning, and today we have reporters standing by to bring you the latest. The press conference begins at 11:30 AM Pacific.  Follow here for updates. In the meantime, check out some of our extensive Site C coverage leading up to this decision. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Brace Yourselves. Sin Tax on Meat, Coming Soon.

It may sound like a radical idea but it’s not, not even remotely radical. An environmental tax on meat. For close to a decade, soil agronomists have been warning that industrial agriculture, the conjuring act by which we made the planet able to grow the human population to 7.5 billion and beyond, was killing the ...

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Warren Kinsella: Does HuffPo protect sexual abusers?

Get this: I sent that column below – the one the Hill Times printed, about sexual harassment on Parliament Hill – to HuffPo. Here’s the response I got from one Davide Mastracci, a student at Ryerson:   “DECLINED…[this] is not the forum for investigative reporting…Although you omitted names, the CBC employee you describe is easily ...

Warren Kinsella: Toronto Star on Recipe For Hate: it’s “of interest to anyone interested in punk culture!”

Hey! The good folks at the Star wrote about Recipe For Hate – thank you, Sarah Murdoch! Recipe For Hate, Warren Kinsella, Dundurn Warren Kinsella is known mostly as a political opera tive and pundit, but he also has estimable punk-rock credentials (as punk historian and as bass player in SFH, which bills itself as ...

Northern Reflections: The Assault On Mueller

Donald Trump’s acolytes are waging a full court press on Robert Mueller. Randall Ellison writes: Critics on the right charge that Mueller’s investigation is politically biased or worse. Some of the attacks are particularly vitriolic. Sean Hannity has called Mueller a “disgrace to the American justice system” and said his investigation is “corrupt” and abusive. ...

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal Headlines for the Week of December 11, 2017

140Law: Here are our Top 10 #legalheadlines for the week of December 11, 2017. For links, visit 140Law at http://wiselaw.blogspot.com – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Episode 2: Twitter Discourse, PACs, Election Reform and more.

Photo: We recorded the latest episode of the Daveberta Podcast this weekend. (Guess who’s laptop and coffee mug these are? ☕️💻) The state of discourse in Alberta politics (and social media), Political Action Committees, election reforms, the Calgary-Lougheed by-election, and federal candidate nomination gossip are just some of the topics covered in the latest episode of ...

Things Are Good: $150,000 Award Rejected due to Immoral Investments

money The insurance company Aviva gives a cash award for community groups that make a positive change, one of their winners this year rejected the financial award. Indigenous Climate Action were thrilled to found out they won, but not so thrilled when they found out that one issue they are campaign against is backed by ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of December 11, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of December 11, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  New Supreme Court judge underscores need for judicial independence Taser use contributed to more than 20 inmate fatalities in US jails; UN official calls for probe New Brunswick man’s fight to ‘free the beer’ lands in Supreme Court ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: why hasn’t #MeToo hit Ottawa?

It’s hit Hollywood.  It’s taken down big names in the media.  All over Capitol Hill in Washington, too. So why hasn’t the #MeToo movement claimed any of the creeps crawling through Ottawa’s corridor of power? Because, God knows, there’s plenty of dirty old (and young) men up there.  The stories are legion.  So, where is ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Maia Szalavitz writes that the atmosphere of competition and status signalling which prevails in unequal societies is directly connected to increased homicide rates: While on the surface, the disputes that triggered these deaths seem trivial – each involved apparently small disagreements and a sense of being seen as ...

Dead Wild Roses: Water Hammer – Now you know the Engineering Behind the Problem

I’m glad youtube exists for videos like this one.  It allows me to make more reasonable calls to my plumber because stuff like “pipe make bad noise” just seems silly. 🙂   Filed under: Education Tagged: Engineering, Science, The Moar You Know

Babel-on-the-Bay: The failing final days of America.

This is a time of unease. America has failed us. The heroes of the Second World War are vanishing. The people who touted democracy to the world’s oppressed are fading into history. Around the globe there is a sense of a collective waiting. People are tense, on a short fuse, wary and concerned. What will ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Don’t blame me (-dia) #nlpoli

Now that Muskrat Falls is officially a boondoggle,  all sorts of people are rushing forward to criticise it. Others are also rushing forward to ensure we all know that they were on the side of the angels back in the day and so, as Brian Jones pleads this weekend in the Telegram, we shouldn’t “blame ...