In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 45: President Homer Simpson

As always, The Simpsons predicted the future. In a season 9 episode called Trash of the Titans, Homer runs for sanitation commissioner against career civil servant Ray Patterson, voiced by Steve Martin. At one point, Homer gets into a shouting match with Patterson, and threatens to run for commissioner. “Wanna know what I think?” Homer ...

Zorg Report: Zorg Report 2015-03-27 07:56:00

Germanwings 9525 = Al-Qaeda Triumphs Again  Abstract: Fear and paranoia enabled the conditions and killing of the passengers on Germanwings 9525; in honour of the victims of that flight, and for all future fliers, sensible policies, that do not replace reasonable prudence with get-tough politically-expedient reactions and expressions of fear, nor place sole power in ...

Zorg Report: Germanwings 9525 = Al-Qaeda Triumphs Again

Germanwings 9525 = Al-Qaeda Triumphs Again  Abstract: Fear and paranoia enabled the conditions and killing of the passengers on Germanwings 9525; in honour of the victims of that flight, and for all future fliers, sensible policies, that do not replace reasonable prudence with get-tough politically-expedient reactions and expressions of fear, nor place sole power in ...

Zorg Report: Germanwings 9525 = Al-Qaeda Triumphs Again

Germanwings 9525 = Al-Qaeda Triumphs Again  Abstract: Fear and paranoia enabled the conditions and killing of the passengers on Germanwings 9525; in honour of the victims of that flight, and for all future fliers, sensible policies, that do not replace reasonable prudence with get-tough politically-expedient reactions and expressions of fear, nor place sole power in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Air Canada to London: back again #nlpoli

How times change. Last week, industry minister Susan Sullivan attended an announcement by Air Canada that they would be bringing back year-round direct flights between St. John’s and London.  Starting in the fall,  Air Canada will offer three direct flights a week to London.  Next summer, they’ll offer daily service.  It’s great news for anyone ...

The Canadian Progressive: Air Canada should cancel request for Transport Canada exemption: CUPE

by: CUPE | Press Release: Ottawa, July 12, 2013 – As more details emerge following Asiana flight 214’s tragic crash in San Francisco on Saturday July 6th, CUPE flight attendants are hoping that Air Canada learns from the flight attendant ratio on the airplane at the time of the accident. The rapid actions taken by the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Six ways Stephen Harper is killing Canadian democracy

Published on Monday January 7, 2013 by UFCW Canada Political Action Blog For many Canadians, the phrase “Canada: The True North Strong and Free” means that we are free to live in a democratic society where we have the right to freedom of expression and association, but under Government Boss Stephen Harper, many citizens are ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Rick Mercer on the Low Wage Economy

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – John Conway discusses the Cons’ project of destroying Canada’s social safety net. – But the good news is that Stephen Harper is running into a few roadblocks along the way. For example, the rule of law – as a Federal Court judge has concluded that the Cons’ attempt ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… complete with Dippers, Lisa Raitt, Ashley (boo-yaa) Madison! And fish trafficking too! —————————————————————————————————————————————————— The NDP leadership convention is this weekend and NDPers from across the nation are flocking to the land of the Toronto Blue Jays (used to be the Leafs) to choose and bless the leader to replace Mr. Jack Layton. How will ...

Leftist Jab: Aveos: Denis Lebel More Or Less Says Chuck Strahl Lied To Parliament

Denis Lebel’s formal salute to union workers involves another finger. When Air Canada passed off its maintenance jobs to Aveos in 2011, there was a significant outcry about the move. Nobody at Air Canada wanted to go to Aveos which had financing issues as late as 2010. They were told to take the deal that ...

BC teachers to fight Bill 22

With the federal Conservatives trying to destroy unions and bully working men and women, the BC Liberals are following suit with teachers. Unlike Air Canada employees, BC’s teachers are not going to take this one lying down. The bill, which will become law by Saturday, orders a six-month cooling-off period in a bitter contract dispute, ...

cmkl: And again with the pre-emptive legislation, Lisa Raitt

I’m beginning to think this might be a pattern. Same company, same rhetoric, same lies. They’re all in favour of letting workers try to defend their livelihoods at the bargaining table, so long as no one notices. What I said before still goes too. I’m sorry Madeleine, things seem to be well on their way ...

Paul S. Graham: Stop the CBC Smackdown – Stop Harper!

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting continues to raise the alarm over threats to our nation’s public broadcaster and well they should. While Heritage Minister James Moore promised in May to maintain and expand support for the CBC, Tory antipathy to the CBC is well known. Recent initiatives, such as the petition by Tory MP Rob Enders ...

cmkl: Air Canada arbitration: so what was that decision all about?

Air Canada was happy. The union was not. But then, this is Lisa Raitt’s shop, we could have predicted that, right? So here is my understanding – as an outsider – of what was at stake.

cmkl: Lisa Raitt sends labour relations back to the 1920s

When I first saw reference to this on Twitter I thought maybe it was some sort of hyperbole. Or that some progressive soul, like myself, prone to Swiftian rhetoric, had done the whole reductio ad absurdium thing to normal Tory talking points. But no. Labour minister Lisa Raitt actually said the definition of “essential” – ...

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa to Join Air Canada Flight Attendants Rally on Parliament Hill

The General Assembly (GA) of Occupy Ottawa last night resolved to join Air Canada flight attendants’ rally on Parliament Hill at 12:00 noon on Friday, Friday, October 21, 2011. Occupy Ottawa is encouraging all in the movement to come out and “support our fellow travelers in their struggle to be treated fairly by the Canadian government.” Pages: ...

Trashy's World: This would be funnier…

… if I couldn’t imagine it actually happening… Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

A BCer in Toronto: More belated political musings

I write this from Arizona, where I’ve been attending a work conference this week in the Phoenix area. I’m staying through the weekend to see some hockey, as the Coyotes play their home opener vs. the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The old Jets vs. the new Jets, should be fun. And Monday, it’s off to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Trish Hennessy is on board for an Occupy Canada movement: To my friends adopting a wait-and-see approach, I say: The least they can expect from progressives who have been criticizing the system (some since Woodstock) is a little help from their friends. Occupy Wall Street, and the emerging ...

ParliamANT Hill: Minister’s ‘Super Elite’ upgrade needed no help from above

Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/air-canada-passengerlist/?cmp=rss

cmkl: Air Canada vs CUPE: the company charges ‘bad faith’

It would be funny if I didn’t think that the livelihoods of 6,000 or so people hung in the balance. But Air Canada has charged the union with bad faith bargaining because the membership refused to accept the second tentative agreement CUPE negotiators reached with management.

cmkl: The federal labour board ‘reviews’ the situation at Air Canada

Journalism can be so maddeningly vague at times. This business of the federal labour relations board “reviewing” the negotiations at Air Canada and therefore rendering any strike illegal is just one of those times.

Well, Lisa, Just How ‘Sexy’ Were You For the Canadian Industrial Relations Board?

Yeah, I know, cheesy title. Save it. Lisa Raitt’s a aging tart, I can’t do anything to change that. Something about her will perhaps turn me into a female center-left version of Don Cherry, with a better taste in clothes–they’re all black. Something about her just brings out the vulgar language out of me. I ...

cmkl: Air Canada flight attendants vote down two tentative agreements

Wow. This does not happen a lot. Air Canada flight attendants – CUPE members – have voted down not one but two tentative agreements that the union’s leadership was recommending.