Things Are Good: Canada to Monitor Behaviour of Corporations Aboard

Canada announced yesterday that, like other nations, the country will be monitoring how Canadian corporations behave beyond its borders. Over the years there have been too many accounts of corporations based in Canada getting into conflicts and abusing communities of people internationally. Obviously this sort of behaviour is bad for people and tarnishes any positive ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Notion of “Gender Identity” is Antithetical to Feminist Analysis – Megan Murphy

   Meghan Murphy is one of Canada’s leading Feminists.  This quote is from her article – “Thanks to trans activism, 2017 saw a return to old-school, sexist dismissals of women and women’s rights.”  Definitely worth your time to go and peruse the entire article.  What I would like to focus on is how well this ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Upcoming Vancouver (wo)Men’s March – The Failure of Inclusive Third Wave Feminism

How can one tell when men have well and truly infiltrated 3rd wave feminism?  When you invite a dude to speak at your Woman’s March who is advocate for the sex industry while concomitantly blocking feminists who are fighting for female liberation.  I can fucking smell the inclusivity a mile away, can’t you?  Funny how ...

Alberta Politics: Whose side should Canada take if two NATO states start shooting at each other? Don’t laugh … it could happen

PHOTOS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. If he looks ticked off, it’s probably because he is. (Photo: Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons.) Hey! Don’t blame me if the only good royalty-free pictures of President Erdoğan come from Russia! Below: U.S. President and Commander in Chief Donald J. Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons), Canadian Prime Minister ...

Dead Wild Roses: Reforming Politics One Reefer at a Time – Priorities of the Canadian Government

In Canada it is easy to see where elite consensus lies. Marijuana legislation is barrelling ahead (potheads rejoice!) and electoral reform is dead in the water and slowly sinking out of the public’s consciousness. This is how electoral reform died in Canada: “In response, Trudeau pointed to a difference of opinions among the major political ...

Alberta Politics: Thanks to Donald Trump, the post-war American imperium that’s run like a Swiss watch is coming unsprung!

PHOTOS: U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaugural parade makes its way through Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017, just before the stuff hit the fan and everything went to hell in a handbasket. (Photo: United States Navy.) Below: President Trump, former president Barack Obama, the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and former Australian PM and ...

The Political Road Map: New Year, New Wage, New Me

Happy New Year to everyone! You may be wondering where I have been for the past five months, since The Political Road Map has become quite lonely. I decided that I would try out working in print media and took a position with a local newspaper. The work is hard, the clientele dwindling, but it ...

Dead Wild Roses: Funny Gas Signs in Alberta

So this happened. Then they changed it to this. Like the climate change that comes along with carbon emissions DOESN’T hurt us. Short term thinking is our bane.  For the record – the carbon tax is a necessary feature of our society if we wish to continue to progress as a society and a nation. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I Didn’t Blog in December

I was distracted by things more awesome than blogging. What could that be? I’ll tell you some day. For now, I’m back, complaining about litter. Everyone is focusing on a crappy coffee shop chain in Canada, and giving them even more brain-space free marketing because too many people are addicted to the sugar and caffeine ...

Michal Rozworski: Media get it wrong on Bank of Canada minimum wage study

Over a million workers in Ontario just got a big raise thanks to tireless, bottom-up orgainizing, but if you look to the media it’s a bad news story. The same, tired headlines are back. Yesterday, the CBC ran a story titled, “Minimum wage hikes could cost Canada’s economy 60,000 jobs by 2019”. Today, the Toronto Star’s ...

Alberta Politics: Impact of growing opioid crisis on life expectancy in the United States is more evidence that neoliberal austerity kills

PHOTOS: This scene is in Paris. It could be anywhere in our “globalized,” that is, neoliberalized world. (Photo: Eric Poulhier, Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Rundown but dignified Havana, high-profile U.S. economist Paul Krugman (Photo: Flickr, Commonwealth Club) and political economist Alan Nasser (Photo: Evergreen State College). Will Mexico eventually decide it wants to pay to build ...

Dead Wild Roses: Looking Back – Why Didn’t Obama Fix the System and Help the Working Class?

Now that we’re in the era of the 45th republican administration the battles we fight are more basic.  Defending basic rights of people and defending the societal institutions that promote equality in society.  That is where we are now.  But back in the first term of the Obama presidency he had it all, majorities in ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trump may have emboldened hate in Canada, but it was already here

While many Canadians often associate the continuing rise in white supremacist hate in Canada to US President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the right-wing extremist movement was already “alive and well” in Canada, “with more than 100 active groups and well over 100 reported incidents of right-wing extremist violence in the country between 1980 and 2015.” ...

Dead Wild Roses: United Nations Rejects US Unilateralism on Jerusalem.

The United Nations is a marginalized entity, like the League of Nations, it was formed with the idea that humanity, as a species can do better than just sit within our imaginary borders and fling poo (sometimes thermonuclear) at each other. It’s a noble and nice idea. And that’s about it. Any sort of movement ...

Dead Wild Roses: Transactivists Merrily Erasing Female History – Remembering Canada’s Montreal Massacre

A little dark and shameful bit of Canada’s history – (from wikipedia)      “The École Polytechnique massacre, also known as the Montreal massacre, was a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that occurred on December 6, 1989. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, shot 28 people, ...

The Disaffected Lib: We’ve Done a Good Job at Pretending. Now We Have to Figure Out If the Liberals Deserve to Be Called "Liberal"?

It’s a safe bet that Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem as Israeli capital will likely bring a motion to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. The Harper/Trudeau machine has been in Israel’s pocket for a decade.  Whenever there’s a motion dealing with Israel and Palestine the vote comes down to this : The World ...

The Disaffected Lib: While We’re On the Subject of Jerusalem.

The Palestinians are once again on people’s minds (sort of, briefly) due to Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  It sort of confirms the idea that if a nightmare drags on for decades, half a century is plenty, we forget what really happened and we’re prepared to ...

The Disaffected Lib: WTF? Winter Storm Warnings in Texas, Mexico. California on Fire. High Arctic Melting.

Think of it this way. You may not feel it but you are firmly in the grip of climate change. There’s nothing you can do to make it go away. It has a firm grip and it is going to tighten. It may not have gotten around to you yet as it has to others ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Free Speech, When The “Debate” is You (and You’re Not Invited)

Shout: “Help, I’m being silenced!” There’s a duplicitous game of sleight-of-hand that is taking place in discussions about freedom of speech in academia and the public square. Here’s how it works: at first, a person fishes for controversy by saying several things that they know will offend people.  If this garners enough attention, then the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and act

Canada is a signatory to nearly a dozen international legal instruments upholding human dignity and the rights of Indigenous women. But the agreements have yet to influence the current analysis of nearly 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada. The post Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Mice On the March

From The Japan Times of all places, a story about Canadian mice and climate change in the Great White North. Mice in Canada are mutating and migrating farther north in response to climate change, according to McGill University research released Monday. The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Ecology, found that “milder winters have led to physical ...

The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges Looks at The True North.

The first two words give it away, “Pity Canada.”Chris Hedges looks at Canada and sees us succumbing to the U.S. contagion only behind the mask of moderation. On reading this you may think he goes too far, is too harsh. Perhaps, but not entirely. And, yes, it is harsh in challenging us to take a ...

The Disaffected Lib: New Zealand Prepares to Receive Climate Change Refugees

Good news from a bad news story. New Zealand is proposing to issue climate refugee visas for Pacific islanders displaced from their homelands by sea level rise. In the low-lying and vulnerable Pacific islands, the number of people moving within their own nations to flee worsening storms, sea level rise and other climate-related crises is ...

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 ...

The Disaffected Lib: It May Be Legal, Barely, But It’s Not Victimless. You Oughta Know.

Rich folks see themselves as victims. It’s just not fair that they should have to cough up a sizeable chunk of their hard-earned cash to the government. That’s why so many stash that cash in tax havens, all within the letter of some very accommodating laws. Not many little people get to shelter their equally ...