A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Sliders with SLOAN in the East Block Courtyard

All of a sudden the weather is nicer in Ottawa, so on Tuesday evening I popped over to the East Block Courtyard for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) reception. The attraction for most was the promised musical performances by SLOAN and Charlotte Cardin. Other obligations meant I had to ...

Northern Reflections: No One Is Safe

Donald Trump won enough votes in the Electoral College to become president. His voters — in a blind fury — made him the most powerful man in the world. Now Trump — also in a blind fury — is destroying his country’s democracy and the Western Alliance. Jonathan Manthorpe writes: Donald Trump’s apparent admission that ...

Things Are Good: Smog Free Bike Cleans the Air While You Ride

Daan Roosegaarde designed another piece for his Smog Free Project and it’s a bicycle that cleans the air as you ride through the city. The handlebars contain a filtration system that removes pollutants which will provide clean air for the cyclist to breath in. As a cyclist myself this sounds amazing because breathing in exhaust ...

Dead Wild Roses: Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment – Ruth Whippman

The Neo-liberal programme is the very antithesis of class consciousness and solidarity.  The hyper individual focus of neo-liberal dogma forever places the systemic problems of society out of reach, while at the same time insisting that the Pyrrhic drive to better oneself (see self recrimination and loathing) is the only solution.      “This is a ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The poster boy and the NDP.

Charlie Angus meet Jagmeet Singh. No doubt Charlie Angus MP, candidate for the New Democratic Party leadership has met Jagmeet Singh MPP, the newest candidate for the NDP leadership, before, but not likely as a competitor. The only surprise about this meeting is that both these gentlemen are in the same political party. What is ...

Democracy Under Fire: Independent Caucus’s for the Senate

The Senate has just voted for a major shake-up of how members of the Red Chamber align themselves by allowing nine or more members to form a caucus, a substantial break from tradition that has historically seen the place organized along party lines. A small but important step forward in my view, I continue to believe that we need ...

Warren Kinsella: HuffPo wanted that thing I did on Trudeau, Bernier and Singh

So here it is.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Revenge of James Comey

When Donald Trump fired or "terminated" James Comey so soon after blowing him a gangster kiss, hissing in his ear, and seeming to threaten him: He must have thought he had got rid of the troublesome FBI director.Scared him off with a horse's head, or a fish wrapped up in a newspaper.But sadly for Boss ...

The Disaffected Lib: This Is What Our World Looks Like

In Washington, Kurds protested the arrival of Turkish strongman, Recep Erdogan. As they have in the past, Erdogan’s bodyguards, neatly dressed in suits, waded into the protesters and the capital police didn’t arrest one of these Turkish thugs. They simply ignore American police and the cops bend to it.

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s tough talk on pipelines evokes the Peter Lougheed Era of energy policy confrontation

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton. (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta) Below: Earth scientist David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute photo), B.C. Premier Christy Clark (B.C. Government photo), and B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Using language that, intentionally or not, evoked the Peter Lougheed Era of Tory energy policy confrontation ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Edmonton Election Update: School Board Trustees Now Included.

We are now five months away from the October 2017 municipal elections in Edmonton. Here are some of the latest updates to the list of candidates running in Edmonton’s municipal election, now including candidates running for trustee positions on the Edmonton Public School Board and Edmonton Catholic School District. Edmonton Public School Board Former CBC ...

The Canadian Progressive: Public Safety Committee Thwarts Canadian Police Chiefs’ Hunger For Lawful Access Powers

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security recently thwarted Canadian policing agencies’ insatiable hunger for lawful access and related surveillance powers. For now, our elected officials aren’t convinced that law enforcement and spying agencies urgently need warrantless access to our digital and online lives. The post Public Safety Committee Thwarts ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Park Board approves amendments to Park Control Bylaw governing cetaceans

May 16 2017  Vancouver.ca “The Park Board voted last night to amend the Park Control Bylaw after extensive public input, many discussions with Aquarium staff, and a thorough review of best practices in aquariums around the world,” said Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe. The Vancouver Park Board has approved and enacted amendments to the bylaw ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: BC SPCA applauds Parks Board decision on cetacean ban at Vancouver Aquarium

May 16, 2017  The BC SPCA is applauding the Parks Board decision to ban the display of cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium as a significant move forward for animal welfare. “In the past 30 years, new research has emerged on the complexity of cetaceans and their ability to communicate, to create social bonds and to demonstrate cognitive ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: No More Captive Cetaceans

Here is a Facebook posting from David Isbister, one of the community leaders on this initiative.  David is a Vancouver born and raised small business owner, activist, musician, and speaker who has worked in Support (Addiction, Autism, Eating Disorders) and makes plant-based specialty foods in East Vancouver. He has kindly allowed me to reprint it ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Criminality Within WCAI’s Leadership

The fallout from WCAI's Joey De Luca and his dispute with the Alberta Citizens Coalition (ACC) over the planned Edmonton protest at the legislature and subsequent decision to hold his own event in Calgary while at the same time sabotage the event in Edmonton continues today: If there's one thing we've come to learn about ...

Warren Kinsella: Trumpster fire

I know this is my new favourite quote because I’ve read it a billion times. 

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Upturned cats.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Disruption of Used Car Market And Transportation Norms

All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil & big autos, says Stanford study https://t.co/uFcSdLAbFq — Tzeporah Berman (@Tzeporah) May 16, 2017 By 2025 we’ll see: “Cities will ban human drivers once the data confirms how dangerous they can be behind a wheel. This will spread to suburbs, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Slaying the Fossil Fuel Beast

Here’s a big heads up for all of Canada’s petro-pols from Justin Trudeau on down. A new report out of Stanford University predicts a permanent collapse in oil prices within four years. The report points to a significant threat to Canada’s economy, dependent as it is on oil and auto manufacturing, but it also predicts ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘We Just Want the Truth’: Commercial Customers Warn B.C. Hydro’s Forecasts Could Lead to Costly Oversupply

An association representing B.C.’s commercial sector and business interests says it has compelling evidence that B.C. Hydro has over forecasted electricity demand over the past 50 years — leading to anticipated revenues “that won’t show up” and creating a large existing electricity surplus roughly equal to the power from the Site C dam. The end ...

The Disaffected Lib: So, Are We Just Going to Take This On the Chin?

From Ontario to Quebec and all the way back to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley we’ve been experiencing severe flood events. A new study published in the journal Nature concludes that, for every degree fahrenheit the planet warms, these floods will worsen in severity by upwards of 15 per cent. Basic physics. Warmer air holds more water ...

The Disaffected Lib: Oh Dear. NATO Prepares for Trump.

What do you do when the self-styled leader of the free world has the attention span of a fruit fly? According to The Independent, Nato officials have instituted a new rule for their upcoming summit. Nato will reportedly put a time limit on speeches at an upcoming summit with Donald Trump, in an attempt to ...

Warren Kinsella: Good times

Good thing he doesn't have access to the nuclear codes or anything #USPolitics https://t.co/vrGbj6yAXZ — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) May 16, 2017 Sources say White House staff members are beginning to talk openly about their increasing concerns that Trump shows signs of early dementia. — Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 16, 2017

The Disaffected Lib: That Sudden Silence? That’s the Intelligence Network Shutting Down.

Loose Lips Sink Ships Do you remember the uproar when word got out that America’s intelligence types had warned their colleagues abroad to be careful about what secrets they shared with Washington because they couldn’t vouch that the incoming president was beyond Moscow’s reach? The Republicans were outraged. How dare they impugn the integrity of ...