The Disaffected Lib: The Philosopher Prophet of the Anthropocene

An intriguing article in The Guardian about a young man, Timothy Morton, described as the first philosopher for our new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.Part of what makes Morton popular are his attacks on settled ways of thinking. His most frequently cited book, Ecology Without Nature, says we need to scrap the whole concept of “nature”. He ...

Dead Wild Roses: Canadian Bill C-16 Passed – The Rejection of Material Reality.

Canadian bill C-16 passed. “The bill updates the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression.” The legislation also makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression. It would also extend hate speech laws to include the two terms, and make ...

The Disaffected Lib: Terry May On the Run – To Where?

After her party’s disastrous performance in an unnecessary election entirely of her own choosing, Brit prime minister, Theresa May has been on shaky ground as she struggled to cobble together some sort of coalition, no questions asked. Then came the Grenfell fire in otherwise posh Kensington where a death trap 24-storey highrise went up in ...

The Disaffected Lib: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But, Really, Just Don’t Ask.

Who is buying Trump property? Who knows? Not you and not me.   A USA Today investigation finds that something has changed since the inauguration with those who’ve been buying property from the Trump gang. Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump’s Benighted Cuba Stance

Donald Trump is attempting to curry political favour in Florida by turning back the clock on warming U.S.-Cuba relations initiated by Obama. However, that cynical move is likely to have unintended consequences that go well beyond economic hardship for the slowly-emerging private sector on the island nation. Watch this brief report, made the day before ...

Warren Kinsella: Trump is the illegitimate president

Not merely because of what he has done since he became president. But also because of what he did during the election. It has amazed me, for months, that millions of Americans agree that Russia hacked the 2016 US election – but those same Americans somehow believe that the hack was ineffective.  I think that is stupid, ...

Northern Reflections: That’s All There Was

Ruth Marcus writes that, in forty years, she’s never seen anything like it: Sometimes my role as a columnist is to advise readers not to overreact, to maintain perspective. Today my advice is to buckle up. Brace yourselves. I’m not sure for what, exactly. President Trump firing Rod J. Rosenstein or taking moves that would ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Another Invasive, and One Not So

The perfume of Russian olives fills the air these mornings.  A bit like the scent of orange blossoms, it lingers all day.  I love the trees hardiness, as well as the smell. But not everybody does.  Russian olives were introduced as wind break plantings early in the 20th century, and found conditions right to spread ...

Montreal Simon: Jeremy Corbyn and the Politics of Hope

I must admit I'm still enjoying the aftermath of the British election.Seeing the Cons and their media stooges trying to explain why Jeremy Corbyn is so popular with young people.After all the Corbyn haters did to try to destroy him.And failing in an epic manner, even though the answer is so simple.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Isn’t It Time To Ask What’s Wrong With Donald Trump?

You can see the fear in Donald Trump's piggy eyes. You can smell his desperation.After somebody shot some Republican congressmen, he tried so hard to look and sound like a president. But that new found restraint only lasted for about 48-hours.Before his madness erupted again.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lament for Liberalism.

This is not Diogenes searching for honesty. It is just a poor liberal searching in vain for the true meaning of liberalism. Has liberalism eluded us all? Is liberalism just an ideal? It has always been our belief that a true liberal is a progressive. It is a denial of liberalism to say you are ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: WCAI Islamophobic "Mega" Rally May Have Been Self-Quelled

An alternative title for this article could be "Everyone I Don't Agree With Is Funded By George Soros." In one week, the MASSIVE and GAME CHANGING rally MEGA RALLY is set to take place somewhere in Calgary, though the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) and Canadian Combat Coalition (CCC) who are organizing it have been ...

Alberta Politics: Environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, who gave as good as she got, leaves Alberta oilsands advisory role

PHOTOS: Former Oil Sands Advisory Group member Tzeporah Berman. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Progressive Conservative Legislative Caucus Leader Ric McIver, and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. Tzeporah Berman, the high-profile environmentalist who became a lightning rod for right-wing fury at Alberta’s NDP, is no longer advising Premier Rachel Notley’s Government. A Canadian Press story yesterday ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used to Do

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: The Birth of Canada’s Armed, Anti-Islamic ‘Patriot’ Group (repost)

In front of Calgary City Hall a couple dozen of them stood, shoulder-to-shoulder, in an attempt to make an unbreakable human wall. Each of them wore a uniform consisting of a black T-shirt emblazoned with a Roman helmet—a look that wouldn’t be out of place in a biker gang. Read the rest of this post ...

The Disaffected Lib: What, Engines Fail?

A brand, spanking new oil tanker has grounded in sand near Cornwall in the St. Lawrence. Fortunately the weather is clear and the waters of the St. Lawrence are placid where the tanker Damia Desgagnes now sits at anchor. The tanker was travelling west from Montreal to the Lake Erie community of Nanticoke in Ontario ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Wanda Wyporska writes about the scandal of growing inequality and the separation of the ultra-rich from the rest of society. And Richard Reeves calls for the people with the most wealth and privilege to stop denying the advantages they enjoy compared to the vast majority of people. – ...

Morton's Musings: Expert Evidence

 Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena, 2017 ONCA 502:   [34]       In White Burgess, a decision released shortly before the judgment under appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada provided clarity and guidance regarding challenges to experts on the basis of bias and lack of independence. Cromwell J., writing for the court, stated at para. 19 that the basic structure for ...

Warren Kinsella: New SFH web site!

Now available for public viewing and your punk rock edification. Right here, maaaaan.  

Morton's Musings: Supreme Court Doubles Down on Jordan

R. v. Cody, 2017 SCC 31:                     Constitutional law — Charter of Rights  — Right to be tried within a reasonable time — Pre‑Jordan delay of more than five years between charges and anticipated end of trial — Whether accused’s right to be tried within reasonable time under s. 11 (b) of Canadian Charter of Rights and ...

Wise Law Blog: Paul Adam and Wise Law Office Featured on Lawyer’s Daily

BY PAUL B. ADAM  Last week, an interesting Ontario Court of Appeal case that I recently argued, Floward Enterprises v Winberg Estate 2017 ONCA 448, was featured on Lawyer’s Daily. The full article is available here. In most Court cases, there are two parties and both get the opportunity to plead their case before the ...

Politics and its Discontents: He Can Talk The Talk

But his sandal-clad feet cannot walk the walk. After the disastrous tenure of Paul Wells as national political affairs commentator, it was a real pleasure to see that The Toronto Star has called Tim Harper out of retirement. In his column today, Harper reminds us of some things that Justin Trudeau acolytes would prefer to ...

Montreal Simon: LGBT Rights and the Trudeau Legacy

After fighting for years for their human rights, and having to endure the most disgusting discrimination and violence, this was a good week for transgendered Canadians.A few days ago at a ceremony to mark Pride Month, they saw their flag raised on Parliament Hill for the first time.And yesterday they finally got their transgender bill of ...

Northern Reflections: His Waterloo?

Justin Trudeau is still riding high in the polls. But Michael Harris suggests that B.C. could turn out to be his Waterloo: Trudeau’s most immediate practical challenge to his feel-good, unbuttoned politics is the recent provincial election in British Columbia. Trudeau made a major political blunder in aligning himself with a government whose rape-and-pillage approach ...

Warren Kinsella: Accident victims 1, greedy trial lawyers 0

This is a huge decision, with historic implications. For usurious trial lawyers, it is an unmitigated disaster: they now face the realistic prospect of class action lawsuits by clients they have manipulated and ripped off. Meanwhile, anyone seen Ontario’s Attorney General? He’s been as invisible on this file as he has on a neo-Nazi rag ...