The Disaffected Lib: Today in Extinction News

What a week it’s been on the mass extinction front. It began with an official US delegation to the Bonn climate summit that tried to turn it into a fossil fuels trade show. Sort of like pushing cigarettes at a lung cancer symposium. All class, America. All class. Then there was the report out of ...

The Disaffected Lib: Every Now and Then Justin Comes Through

A pleasant surprise from prime minister Justin Trudeau – he pissed off the gangster/president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Good one, Justin. Trudeau said he told Duterte about the need for the rule of law in the Philippines, and also made a friendly offer of support to help the Philippines move forward. Trudeau said Duterte ...

The Disaffected Lib: Two Creepy Cops, Same Day

Look who is gracing the CBC web site this morning. Why it’s those two creepy cops, Harper’s own Julian Fantino and Toronto Police stalwart, James “Give’em the full clip” Forcillo. Forcillo has been arrested for breaching his bail conditions. Fantino is celebrated for cutting the ribbon on his new business – a marijuana shop. That’s ...

Warren Kinsella: BREAKING: neo-Nazi rag charged with promoting hate against women and Jews

BREAKING: James Sears and Leroy St. Germaine, the editor and publisher of the racist, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic rag Your Ward News, have been criminally charged – finally – for promoting hatred against women and Jews.  They were charged just a few minutes ago at 55 Division in our Beach neighbourhood. Below you will find the ...

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #26

In library school, you learn that the most important part of the reference transaction, or reference interview, is asking questions. Customers, it seems, rarely know how to describe what they are actually looking for. Most people ask for something entirely different than what they want. Tonight was a classic example. Woman: Where would I find ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Dani Rodrik writes that politicians looking to provide an alternative to toxic populism will need to offer some other challenge to a system biased in favour of the wealthy and powerful: (P)oliticians who want to steal the demagogues’ thunder have to tread a very narrow path. If fashioning ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday November 15, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. 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

Things Are Good: It’s Time to Think Hard About our Waste Systems

Modern capitalism encourages consumption at levels previously unimaginable which has led to an inconvenient byproduct: the globalization of waste. High levels of consumption means more waste in our system, and with the gift-giving holiday next month we’re going to see a lot of wasteful purchases. This year think about what gifts to give that don’t ...

Northern Reflections: Making Sure The Sacrifice Is Worth It

As Justin Trudeau prepares to announce Canada’s new definition of peacekeeping, retired general Michael Day asks: “Is peacekeeping worth it?” I’ve always considered that the litmus test for the deployment of our military should adhere to some version of the six rules outlined by Caspar Weinberger when he was U.S. secretary of defense. The Weinberger ...

Warren Kinsella: Tory Peaks

This ad is so bad, and so fundamentally weird, you half expect David Lynch to appear on one of the benches, holding an owl and a log.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Catharine A. MacKinnon, “On Exceptionality”

-Catharine A. MacKinnon, “On Exceptionality” in Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law (1987), p. 71 [PDF] Filed under: Feminism, Radical Feminism Tagged: “On Exceptionality, Catharine A. MacKinnon, The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Con Media Losers

It's now been more than four days since Justin Trudeau missed a meeting of APEC leaders, and our Con media went ballistic.Claiming he'd sabotaged a trade deal, and that all the other leaders were furious, and that Canada's reputation was RUINED!!!!And nobody was more outraged than the pompous hack from the National Post Andrew Coyne. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Indignity to Indigenous.

People struggled for many years with the error attributed to Christopher Columbus in thinking native peoples he found in the Americas were from India. That name stuck for a few centuries. It was either sensitive aboriginals or well-meaning non-aboriginals who then started playing the name game. For a while we were happy to be calling ...

Alberta Politics: Tzeporah Berman pulls no punches to say what she really thinks about development of Alberta’s Bitumen Sands

PHOTO: Vancouver-based environmental activist Tzeporah Berman, author of a powerful attack on oilsands tailings ponds in Britain’s Guardian newspaper yesterday. Is it possible that the Alberta NDP wishes they’d never heard the name Tzeporah Berman? Ms. Berman is the outspoken Vancouver-based environmentalist and public advocacy tactician appointed by the Notley Government in 2016 to be ...

Alberta Politics: Counting up the Alberta Party’s leadership candidates, real and imagined, so far: a partial list, no doubt

PHOTOS: Former Morinville mayor Lisa Holmes. Below: Doug Griffiths, Thomas Lukaszuk, Stephen Khan and Chima Nkemdirim. These photos were chosen completely arbitrarily, mainly because they came from the author’s own collection and hadn’t been used a bunch of times before. If it weren’t for the takeover of the once-rather-liberal Alberta Party by political aliens associated ...

The Disaffected Lib: Bannon Gets Buyer’s Remorse

Steve Bannon couldn’t get enough of Alabama Republican Roy Moore. Trump endorsed Moore’s opponent, Luther Strange, for the Republican senate nomination but Bannon went for Moore. When the Moore scandal broke, the besotted Fenian attacked the Amazon/Bezos/Washington Post conspiracy to take down the Tea Party favourite, his boy Roy. I pretty much knew all that ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Jewish Defense League vs. Students for Free Discourse and Your Ward News

When Evan Balgord broke the story concerning the flyering of the University of Toronto campus by alt-right members associated with both Ronny Cameron as well as the Facebook group "Students For Free Discourse" and which ARC later covered, we learned a few interesting facts: The person known as "Winston Smith" is a UofT student named Jesse ...

Canadian Dimension: RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That’s Now More Important Than Ever

Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant. Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described with great clarity how the system of private commercial media in America cooperates with ...

Canadian Dimension: More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issue ‘warning to humanity’

Image by Steve Johnson More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth. It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning. This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with ...

DeSmogBlog: Six Simple Ways Canada Can Make Oil-By-Rail Way Safer

In recent months, there’s been a re-emergence of one of the oil industry’s most adored tropes: that without new pipelines, companies will ship oil by rail and threaten entire communities with derailments, explosions and spills. The jury’s still very much out on whether shipments will actually increase by much more than what we’ve seen in the ...

Queer-liberal: Australia becomes 2nd country to pass same sex marriage by popular vote

Results of Aussie vote on equal marriage, courtesy ABC Ireland was the first country in 2015 to pass equal marriage by national popular vote, by a margin of 62% to 38%.  Today, Australia released its results in that country’s postal survey of voters in which almost 80% of voters participated on the issue of legalizing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Bagged cats.

Warren Kinsella: The police, the Crown and the AG “have done nothing” about that Nazi rag

Your Ward News, to be precise. And the Toronto Police Service, and the Crown, and the Attorney-General, HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THAT FOUL NAZI HATE RAG. And many, many of us ARE SICK OF WAITING FOR ACTION. AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS INTO AN ELECTION ISSUE, MUNICIPALLY AND PROVINCIALLY, IF SOMETHING DOESN’T ...

Wise Law Blog: What Happens When an Estate Doesn’t Provide Adequate Support for a Dependant?

BY PAUL ADAM, ASSOCIATE LAWYER Many people are familiar with the obligations to provide support for a spouse and for children that can arise when two people separate. There is a fairly equal, but perhaps less well known, obligation for the Estate of a deceased person to provide financial support for a spouse and other dependants, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Burn Baby, Burn

If America has its way, your grandkids’ chances of coping with climate change, already iffy, will be a lot worse. If anything the United States is poised to be the unchallenged bad boy of fossil fuels for the next several decades at least according to the International Energy Agency. By 2025, the growth in American ...