Alberta Politics: A Bill to Squeeze British Columbia Till Its Pips Squeak introduced in Alberta Legislature – but can it pass constitutional muster?

Is it just me, or is almost everyone from Alberta quoted in the media sounding a little overwrought these days? Yesterday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Energy Minister Margaret McQuaig-Boyd rolled out Bill 12, rather tendentiously dubbed the Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, the sole purpose of which seems to be to squeeze residents of ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Far-right Weaponizing the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy For Fun and Profit

The death of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Jr. A Hockey team, players, coaches, and staff, was a horrible tragedy. The loss of so many lives has deeply affected Canadians and has resulted in an outpouring of sympathy to the families of the victims not only from Canadians but the world as well. I ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta threatens to turn off the taps to BC as we enter Week 11 of the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute

With little appearing to have changed after Sunday’s pipeline summit in Ottawa, the political dispute over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline continues to escalate. In Edmonton today, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd introduced Bill 12: Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act. The bill would give the Minister of Energy sweeping powers to “make an order directing ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘It’s An Environmental Law-Free Zone’: B.C. Auditor General Asked to Investigate Unregulated Placer Mining

Placer mining kills fish, damages streams, poses a risk to drinking water and jeopardizes Indigenous rights, but the activity is virtually unregulated and brings little money into government coffers, says a report urging B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer to conduct an audit of the province’s failure to adequately regulate placer operations. “Placer mining — the practice ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Huge Breakthrough

It was an accident. Scientists were studying a plastic-eating bacterium found at a waste dump in Japan. They wanted to know what it was, how it worked, what it evolved from. After running a few tests the team discovered they had inadvertently made the molecule far more effective at consuming plastic bottles. “What actually turned ...

Warren Kinsella: Bountiful birthday, Bjorn

My youngest brother – and SFH‘s beat-keeper – is Bjorn von Flapjack III.  That’s a (much, much younger) him at the drum kit at CJSW in Calgary. It’s his birthday, so you can mock him here.  In the meantime, something big is happening his birthday week.  It’ll be good.

Canadian Dimension: Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Photo by Lu Iz Thousands have been pouring onto Vancouver streets, as well as protesting across Canada, against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been attempting to square the impossible – expanding oil sands production and building pipelines while addressing climate change. The governments of BC and Canada have ignored theses ...

Canadian Dimension: Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust

There are two dangers in the media howl over Trump’s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family. The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to bend your brain, is some unique “bad apple” of the cyber world. That’s a ...

Canadian Dimension: Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony

Photo by Scott Bobb These are serious times. Following the missile attacks on Syria, now is the moment for a powerful push for peace. Boris Johnson’s blithe acceptance on Sunday that the conflict will now continue on its current course and that peace negotiations would be an “extra” is an unconscionable abdication of responsibility and ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Called "Enmity"

There are plenty of synonyms for “enmity” but somehow never quite enough. Here are some: hostility, animosity, antagonism, friction, antipathy, animus, acrimony, bitterness, rancor, resentment, aversion, ill feeling, bad feeling, ill will, bad blood, hatred, hate, loathing, odium; malice, spite, spitefulness, venom, malevolence. It can be a powerfully destructive thing when a leader sows enmity among ...

Warren Kinsella: It sounds better in the original Russian

The Disaffected Lib: Just Keep Pushing. Just a Little More.

Justin Trudeau erased any residual doubt that he’s more than a punk yesterday when, following a bizarre meeting with premiers Notley and Horgan, he announced that Ottawa will be using all of its financial and legislative powers to drive through the Trans-Mountain pipeline, British Columbia be damned. I found Trudeau’s bullying remarks infuriating but also ...

The Disaffected Lib: Good Morning Fellow Pipeline Owners

Word is that Justin is packing up the federal chequebook and heading to Texas to buy himself – and the rest of us – a lovely pipeline. This way he takes Kinder Morgan off the hook and places the risks of a collapse of bitumen markets and the cost of that infernal pipeline squarely in ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford’s Bus and the Road To Ruin

I see that Doug Ford has unveiled his shiny new bus.And a shiny new slogan: "For the People."So he can ride in comfort all over Ontario, giving the people the thumb.While giving the media the finger. Because as you may know, he's not giving them a bus to follow him.So it will be harder to ask ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of April 16, 2018

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of April 16, 2018 from Wise Law on Twitter:  Bill Cosby has a new lawyer and additional witnesses in retrial for alleged sexual assault  Michael Cohen’s Office Searched by Feds Testimony Begins in Bill Cosby Retrial FBI reportedly sought records of payments to 2 women in Cohen ...

The Disaffected Lib: Submit. You Will Submit.

In many parts of our country, a lot of Canadians still fawn over Justin Trudeau, still see him as a delightful alternative to that other guy, Harper. In my part of the country we see him somewhat differently. To us he’s just infuriatingly like Harper. He says he’s not out to “punish” British Columbians. Oh ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Tom Parkin discusses the Libs’ identity politics – and how they endanger people’s substantive interests both in what the Libs fail to do, and in the predictable reaction from right-wing populists: For Liberals, identity politics is a distraction from economic policies that are very hard on many people. ...

Warren Kinsella: Rebel Media are scumbags

Check this out. They are using the Humboldt Broncos tragedy to fundraise.

Things Are Good: Non-Profit Create $300 Hep C Cure, For-Profit Cure is $84,000

A for-profit pharmaceutical company sells a hepatitis C cure for $84,000 in the United States, which means that the average person cannot afford it and international the cost of the treatment is out of reach. Globally hepatitis C causes 400,000 deaths a year and affects 71 million people. Pharmaceutical companies claim the high price of ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: is this worth $2,119 an hour?

July 2017: the Assembly of First Nations have gathered for their 38th general assembly in downtown Regina. Thousands of indigenous people from across Canada are in attendance. Along with speeches, seminars and cultural events, there is a trade show. Dozens of businesses and organizations have paid thousands for booths to advertise their services and wares ...

Northern Reflections: A Dark Future

Yesterday’s meeting between Justin Trudeau, John Horgan and Rachel Notley does not bode well for the future. Michael Harris writes: Whatever side you take on Kinder Morgan’s plan to triple its pipeline capacity from Alberta through B.C. to tidewater, a bomb is about to go off in Canadian politics. There will be plenty of shrapnel ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A Truth Squad for Doug Ford?

Here is a million-dollar idea for the Ontario liberals. It came to me as I read the news that the party was going to waste a million dollars on television advertisements to tell Ontario voters that Doug Ford tells lies. I suppose I should charge them, but it was not my idea. It belonged to ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Echo Chambers and Epistemic Bubbles

Defending against the Echo Chamber effect is difficult as we naturally seek familiar points of view that reinforce our own.  Discourse has always been the key factor in helping people check their views against others and find the experts that they can put their confidence in.  Engaging with others, especially with differing points of view, ...

Alberta Politics: All’s fair in politics and the oil business, but the claim Canada’s facing a constitutional crisis is just politics

The fact the federal and Alberta governments were unable yesterday to reach an agreement with British Columbia on proceeding with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project does not mean Canada is facing a constitutional crisis. However, it doesn’t preclude one happening eventually. Nevertheless, it’s important to state this clearly because in the next few hours ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Sunday Night Candidate Nomination Update

Photo: Shelly Shannon, Kathleen Ganley, Christina Gray, and Beth Barberree The New Democratic Party has scheduled its nomination meeting in Fort McMurray-Conklin for May 10, 2018. A by-election is needed in this district following the resignation of United Conservative Party MLA Brian Jean. Wood Buffalo municipal councillor Jane Stroud is expected to seek the NDP nomination. ...