DeSmogBlog: Have Oil Majors Changed Their Tune on Climate Change?

“This is the biggest challenge as we have at the moment as a company,” Ben van Beurden, chief executive of oil giant Shell, said recently. “The fact that societal acceptance of the energy system as we have it is just disappearing.” Speaking at the annual CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 9, van Beurden described ...

Alberta Politics: New board chairs appointed at Athabasca University and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

PHOTOS: Ray Martin at the side of NDP Leader Rachel Notley, back in the days before she was premier. He once sat in the Legislature with Premier Notley’s father, Grant Notley. Mr. Martin has been appointed chair of the board of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Below, Edmonton architect Vivian Manasc, who has been ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: David Orr’s ‘Encountering Riel’ on Edmonton’s best-selling book list for third straight week

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended March 12, 2017, compiled on March 14, 2017, by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Alberta author David Orr’s new book Encountering Riel is on the bestseller list for the third straight week. The ...

Alberta Politics: A Man Called Over, fiction by Swedish blogger Fredrik Backman, tops Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended March 12, 2017, compiled on March 14, 2017, by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman 2. Encountering Riel – David D. ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: BC SPCA supports Park Board decision to prohibit ‘importation and display’ of live cetaceans

 March 10, 2017  The BC SPCA applauds the Vancouver Park Board Commission, whose commissioners voted unanimously in favour of a motion to amend bylaws “to prohibit the importation and display” of live cetaceans — porpoises, whales or dolphins — at the Vancouver Aquarium. “We are thrilled with this unanimous vote,” says BC SPCA chief scientific officer Dr. ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On the Philosophy of Mr. Money Moustache

A friend pointed me towards this podcast in which Tim Ferriss interviews Mr. Money Moustache (MMM), a man who retired from work in his 30s to live on the interest from his investments and then got a significant following as a blogger. The podcast describes the kind of life I’ve tried to live (except for ...

Mind Bending Politics: York Board Sets Georgina Community Consultation For March 23rd, 2017

  The York Region District School Board [YRDSB] has set its “community consultation” on how to fill the vacant seat in Georgina for March 23rd, 2017.  This is remarkably right after March break, when most parents are getting caught up on other things, and very little notification is being given out, so I’m not sure ...

Warren Kinsella: Pierre Trudeau, in the words of those who knew him best

I’m honoured to host. Tickets are going fast, here. It’ll be an amazing night!

Excited Delirium: Transit: We’ve Been Here Before

I love public transit when it’s done right, but for most Canadian cities BRT = Big Ridiculous (Transit) Tax.

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The climate crisis: It’s not your fault after all

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Many of us feel some pressure, or even guilt, about our environmental footprint and our role in creating climate change. Climate campaigner Anjali Appadurai breaks down this common narrative and points to the need to hold Big Oil accountable for the much bigger part it has played in creating and perpetuating ...

DeSmogBlog: Four Things You Need to Know About How Coal Affects Human Health

By Benjamin Israël for the Pembina Institute. In November 2016, the Government of Canada announced its intention to phase out coal as a source of power. Since then, many voices have misrepresented or questioned the impact that coal emissions have on Canadians’ health and our environment. In order to clear the air, we’ve answered four of the biggest questions ...

The Decarie Report: March 15: Too much news.

A big story has so far been missed by Brunswick News which which effectvely has a monopoly on print news in this province. It’s a response to a complaint against CBC  (Canada’s radio and TV news service which is owned by the Canadian people)  filed by the owner of Brunswick News. Funny how the eagle-eyed ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Time We Started a Discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Our Kids’ Future

Artificial intelligence, robots, automation together ensure that our kids and especially our grandkids will inhabit a world unlike any previously known to humankind. The subject has recently come up in conjunction with Trump’s boastful promise to repatriate all the once high-paid manufacturing jobs offshored to China and elsewhere over the past 30-years. Conventional wisdom holds ...

Canadian Dimension: Evidence of good faith lacking in Trudeau’s Indigenous agenda

Photo by Jake Wright (The Hill Times) After 10 oppressive years under Stephen Harper Conservatives, the long-awaited change in government brought a collective sigh of relief from most Indigenous peoples in Canada. Justin Trudeau’s many pre-election promises to Indigenous peoples represented a drastic departure from Harper’s racist, assimilatory agenda. Trudeau even inspired Indigenous people who ...

Canadian Dimension: Canada complicit in crafting colonial policies for Palestine

Children playing in Bethlehem • Photo by Dawei Ding The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a crass expression of colonial thought that Canada helped realize. Just before capturing Jerusalem in late 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour proclaimed support for a Jewish homeland on land occupied mostly by Muslim and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot Backs Scottish Independence

Guardian enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, writes that the U.K. government is “politically dead from neck down” and Scots would be smart to get out while they can.Whenever I visit Scotland, I’m reminded that Britain is politically dead from the neck down. South of the border, we tolerate repeated assaults on the commonweal. As the self-hating state destroys ...

Montreal Simon: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the Power of Love

I don't know how many times I've heard a dying person say, " I'm glad I'm going first because I can't imagine living without my beloved husband/wife/companion." Which although it's exactly how I feel, always makes me feel a little guilty or wonder whether I'm being a bit selfish. So I give thanks for the life of ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget

An Alberta-based volunteer working group, of which I’m a part, recently released a document titled Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget (for media coverage, see this Metro article).  Working group members include staff from Alberta’s non-profit sector, labour movement and advocacy sector. While our long-term goal is to emulate the great work of the Alternative ...

Dead Wild Roses: Equality Still Bunk After All These Years – Andrea Dworkin

“A commitment to sexual equality with men is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.” –Andrea Dworkin Feminism is not for equality. Feminism is for female liberation.   “men don’t realize that they understand the point of women’s liberation, but ...

Warren Kinsella: When you say: “I’m becoming anti-Semitic,” are you anti-Semitic?

Not good. That’s what Rebel Media’s Gavin McInnes said on a video, found here. Here’s some other things he said: “God, [Jews are] so obsessed with the Holocaust. … I don’t know if it’s healthy to dwell.” “I felt myself defending the super-far-right Nazis, just because I was sick of so much [Holocaust] brainwashing.” “…much less ...

Politics and its Discontents: Absolutely Spellbinding

It is hardly an insight to state that we have largely wasted and abused the intelligence that evolution has conferred on us. Instead of nurturing and protecting our own species and all the others that abound in our world, our human story seems to be one of ruthless exploitation and degradation, a short-sighted philosophy that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Wanda Wyporska writes that growing inequality is primarily the result of political choices: If it seems ridiculous that 1,000 people work harder or offer more value than 40 per cent of the population, that’s because it is. This level of inequality isn’t natural or desirable, it’s not about ...

We Pivot: IWD + 7 Days: Saudi Arabia Edition

Maybe this is a first step at dismantling one of the harshest patriarchies on the planet? Or maybe that as we pivot to a society of gender equality, we can suggest to Saudi Arabia that if they oppose genders mixing, … [Read more]

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday March 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 www.wiselaw.net Many couples live separate and apart “under one roof,” following marital separation, and do not immediately physically ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Disastrous Trumpcare Scam

I must admit that when I saw Rachel Maddow's breathless promo, for a brief moment I had a vision of Donald Trump in handcuffs.But sadly, although the leaked tax forms did show that Trump is not a very good businessman.President Trump wrote off more than $100 million in business losses to reduce his federal taxes in ...