Politics and its Discontents: Apocalypse Explained

American news likes to focus only on the human drama that ensues when disaster strikes. In contrast, Global National, clearly less fettered by corporate fiat, takes the time to analyse the reasons behind the disaster. The following report by Eric Sorenson explains the science behind the apocalypse engulfing California, and yes, that science includes the ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Hibiscus in October

For years I’ve had two hibiscus bushes that have bloomed perhaps a half dozen times when the conditions were just right.  I put them outside in the summer, but even then blooms are rare. This year, however, things are different.  They’ve spent four months in their usual vacation place, in our shady little patch of ...

Northern Reflections: Another Canary In The Coal Mine

Everyone these days focuses on the middle class as the engine which drives the economy. However, Susan Delacourt writes, the shuttering of Sears stores across the country tells the story of what has happened to the Canadian middle class: Retail analysts have been warning for some time now that e-commerce is threatening the very nature ...

Montreal Simon: The Many Crusades of the Con Monster Andrew Scheer

As I'm sure you know by now, the sinister religious fanatic Andrew Scheer is on a crusade to try to turn Canada into a theocracy.Two days ago I told you how he had humiliated the would be feminist Rona Ambrose, by arranging to replace her with a candidate who once called feminists "feminazis."And has strong ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Holy Bigots

He's a dirty old man, a grubby sexual predator, a racist, a white supremacist, and an anti-gay bigot.He steals from the poor to give to the rich. He's trying to leave more than 20 million Americans without any health coverage, and leading his country to war.The only time he goes down on his knees is ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why We Shouldn’t be using the term “Cis Privilege”

Just a whole jar full of nope.  The hack job transactivism is doing to the language has to stop.  Women do not ‘identify’ with femininity (aka the harmful set of practices and attitudes that marks them as second class human beings), there is no privilege to be found here, despite male efforts to make it ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Two NDPers on bicycles.

Reading a fatuous op-ed in the Toronto Star the other morning was funnier than the comics. It was signed by two city councillors who are New Democratic party supporters. And it was not just the superficial treatment of the subject and the bad editing that was funny. This was a highly biased opinion piece by ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Update on Jimbo’s Minimum Wage Wager

It’s been over a week now since I challenged the authors of 5 business-friendly economic reports to a friendly wager over the future trajectory of employment in provinces that are raising their minimum wage to $15 per hour.  The challenge was issued in my Globe and Mail column of October 3. I was responding to ...

Montreal Simon: Justin, Jagmeet, and the Triumph of the Millennial Voter

It's that time of the year. The leaves are finally turning red, the nights are suddenly cool. After one of my the wildest summers ever, it's time to put away the boat.And prepare for winter in the Great White North.Sad.But the changing of the seasons can be beautiful where I live. And this year I ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ryan Dean Impersonating Dan Dubois of Canadian Combat Coalition…. Badly

A few weeks back Carl Fleury in Alberta posted to Facebook announcing that he was the new head of the Alberta branch of the Canadian Combat Coalition and that they were recruiting in the province: This might be somewhat awkward considering the CCC was originally founded by Ryan Dean from Alberta and that Dean had ...

Blunt Objects Blog: How to read the competing Calgary election polls

With just two days left before most Calgarians finally get their election over with, dueling poll releases from Mainstreet Research and everyone’s favourite Forum have painted some very different pictures of the race. Let’s start with the Mainstreet poll, which gives challenger Bill Smith a healthy 13-point lead over incumbent Naheed Nenshi. The September 30th ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to nix neonics

David Suzuki on why it’s time for Canada to ban neonics, a class of widely used neuro-active insecticides that harm not only the pests they’re designed to kill, but also bees and other pollinators we rely on for about one-third of food crops. The post David Suzuki: It’s time to nix neonics appeared first on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Avicii – X You

The Disaffected Lib: My Take on the Assassination of John Kennedy

I remember the day when we were sent home from school early after John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. A few of us were hanging out in the front yard when Larry, the milk man, came by and commiserated with us about the horrible events in Texas. I remember the photographs of the funeral ...

Warren Kinsella: Unflinching post about a tweet about a book

Take a look at @PublishersWkly's review for @kinsellawarren's #RecipeForHate, an "unflinching page-turner": https://t.co/Eop0eiFRVp pic.twitter.com/lnFkCv7cCH — Dundurn (@dundurnpress) October 13, 2017

DeSmogBlog: Five Things We Learned from the Damning Report on the University of Calgary’s Connections with Enbridge

Senior administrators at the University of Calgary suppressed academic freedom and failed to address glaring conflicts of interest while attempting to establish an Enbridge-funded research centre, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) that was released Wednesday. The report — co-authored by Alison Hearn of the University of Western Ontario ...

The Disaffected Lib: When Professor Walt Looks at Trump He Sees – ?

When Harvard prof, Stephen Walt, looks at Donald Trump he sees – Silvio Berlusconi perhaps?  Close but no cigar. Trump is frequently compared to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, another glib, unscrupulous, lying, preening sexual predator who managed to keep getting elected even though his personal conduct was deplorable and his policies were a ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘No World-Class Spill Response Here’: Heiltsuk First Nation Pursues Lawsuit One Year After Tug Disaster

Kelly Brown was awoken at 4:30 a.m. on October 13, 2016, by the kind of phone call nobody ever wants to receive : an environmental catastrophe was unfolding a 20-minute boat ride up the coast from his home in the community of Bella Bella. “I had to call this guy back because I wanted to make ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz reminds us of some unpleasant truths: San Juan mayor responds to Trump's Puerto Rico tweets: "This isn't politics. This is about saving lives." https://t.co/9CA3Ips4Aq — CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2017 Recommend this Post

The Disaffected Lib: And This is Why I Despise the Liberals

The first line in the Globe article sums it up: Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future must include new pipelines to expand oil exports to a diverse global marketplace, federal and Alberta ministers told an energy conference in Winnipeg on Thursday. Now, if you’re a drylander who can’t understand the internal contradiction in that, allow ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Won’t Be Happy Until America’s Word Is Worth As Little As His Own

Donald Trump’s life story can be reduced to one word. He’s a “grifter.” He’s a con artist, a veteran swindler, who has left a wake of bankruptcies, unpaid creditors and empty-handed investors who unwisely took his word as his bond only to discover that it really was worthless. I’m not suggesting that Trump is one-dimensional. ...

Montreal Simon: Is This The Way To Remove Donald Trump From Office?

Yesterday I wrote a post suggesting among other things that while Donald Trump is clearly unravelling, we can't count on Bob Mueller to save us.And managed to depress the hell out of MYSELF.Because Trump is clearly both crazy and dangerous…And this isn't a good sign either…Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Responding To "Suppressing Dissent" – A Guest Post

This morning I received a comprehensive commentary from BM, who was responding to my post Suppressing Dissent, which expressed criticism of the visit by Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ visit to the Donald Trump White House. If you missed it, you may wish to read it before enjoying BM’s post below. Following his comments, ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Friday, October 13, 2017. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at http://www.wiselaw.net. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

cartoon life: Ministers of the faith #5

Real nice blunt opaque wood-cut quality to this brush. Probably with some reshaping and multiplying onto a wood texture layer, it could look real good. Filed under: art