Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Canada continues to tear Indigenous children away from their families due to the lingering effects of discriminatory policies. For further reading…– Katie Hyslop has been reporting on the causes and consequences of a severe lack of attention to the welfare of Indigenous children. – CBC News previewed last week’s Federal Court hearing ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Canada is falling further behind the rest of the world on ensuring corporate transparency and recovering income stashed offshore. For further reading…– Transparency International’s most recent report on beneficial ownership is here.– Zach Dubinsky reported on both the UK’s move toward transparency in its offshore territories, and Canada’s complete lack of progress ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Regina’s longstanding rail-freeway conflict as an example of the need to take the long view of infrastructure decisions – and the dangers of locking ourselves into dying and dirty industries with the choices we make on pipelines. For further reading…– CBC reported on the City of Regina’s feasibility study into moving rail lines ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Trudeau Libs’ biased approach to the Trans Mountain expansion – and the need to take a fair look now, rather than allowing Kinder Morgan to dictate timelines and play governments against each other and their constituents. For further reading…– Mike De Souza’s report on the Libs’ refusal to consider anything but approval ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Scott Moe’s first budget is just more of the same in leaving Saskatchewan’s low-income residents behind in the face of rising costs of living. For further reading…– D.C. Fraser’s general report on the budget is here. – The inflation data cited in the column is here, while basic information on the Saskatchewan ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Libs’ criminal justice bill (Bill C-75) is aimed solely at speed rather than fairness – and seems likely to fail even by that insufficient metric. For further reading…– Others weighing in on the bill include Omar Ha-Redeye, Michael Spratt, Stephanie DiGiuseppe, Sarah Leamon and Joanna Smith. – And it’s particularly worth ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Canada’s failure to live up to our self-image as a generous and compassionate country – and the reality that we have plenty of fiscal capacity to close the gap. For further reading…– The abstract for the JAMA article referenced in the column is here, and has already been the subject of comment by ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project – cited incessantly by Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party as a substitute for a climate change action plan – has in fact proven a costly failure both as a power source and a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For further reading…– I’ve ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on these posts as to the show of strength from both Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in the NDP’s leadership campaign as compared to any of the Saskatchewan Party’s candidates – and how that enthusiasm gap may be important in contrasting Meili against Scott Moe in the years to come. For further reading, ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on the importance of Saskatchewan’s citizens staying engaged and active – rather than viewing the end of the main parties’ leadership races as a basis to tune out until the next provincial election. For further reading…– Again, my reference page for the balance of the NDP’s leadership campaign is here.– And in ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Ryan Meili’s evidence-based policy – and particularly his thoughtful recognition of the issues where it’s better to seek out more expert advice than make promises in its absence. For further reading…– Again, Meili’s platform is here, and the sections on revenue and Crown corporations referred to in the column are here and here ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the latest threats to a free and open Internet for Canadians. For further reading…– Again, Canadaland broke the story of Bell’s push to make regulatory restrictions on website access a default answer to copyright issues here, while the FairPlay scheme is here (PDF). Michael Geist discussed some of the problems with Bell’s position, ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on this post as to how the promises which won Scott Moe the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership will leave him with some difficult decisions to make in a hurry. For further reading…– Tammy Robert’s coverage of the leadership campaign features this gem about Moe’s substance-free campaign: Moe’s campaign is unbelievably thin gruel from a ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Carillion’s collapse points out one of the most important failings of Brad Wall’s tenure in office. For further reading…– Plenty of others have also weighed in on the Carillion story and the dangers of putting corporate interests in charge of public services, including Simon Jenkins, Will Hutton, Jonathan Freedland and  John Crace.  ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the positive natural effects of minimum wage increases – and why we shouldn’t lose them to the threat of artificial problems being created by employers looking for excuses to exploit their workers. For further reading…– The Bank of Canada’s staff analytical note on the effect of planned minimum wage increases is here (PDF). ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the still-growing gap between the income of CEOs and that of workers at large – and a few of the fixes which might help to reverse the trend. For further reading…– Again, David Macdonald’s latest report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is here (PDF). And for those looking to compare individual ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Donald Trump is just one of far too many politicians trying to undercut needed counterbalances in the media, political systems and civil society. For further reading…– Rem Reider’s story offers a few examples of Trump’s attacks on the press.– Althia Raj reported on Bill Morneau’s complaints about opposition MPs doing their job, ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on some of the economic ideas on offer from Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign. For further reading…– I’ve talked about some of the points of commonality between the candidates’ platforms here.– And the column responds in part to Murray Mandryk’s view that there’s some lack of talk about economic ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Quebec’s latest poverty plan falls far short of the “basic income” title it’s received in some national coverage – and on how we should insist on political leadership toward the genuine article. For further reading…– CBC has reported on the new plan and the response it’s received, as well as the draconian ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Saskatchewan Party’s sad excuse for a climate change strategy (PDF) is really aimed at nothing more than excusing continued carbon pollution. For further reading…– I wrote just a couple of weeks ago about the Saskatchewan public’s strong appetite for real action against climate change – making it all the more embarrassing ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the spin behind the Trump administration’s push for a massive tax giveaway to the rich has no basis in economic reality – and how Canada shouldn’t be suckered into following suit. For further reading…– Michael Linden examines the overall effects of the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation, with income levels under ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Saskatchewan Party’s climate obstruction is entirely out of touch with the province’s citizens. For further reading…– Abacus Data’s national poll of attitudes toward climate change policy is here, with the separate chart pointing out the views of Saskatchewan and Alberta respondents looking to be particularly significant.– And again, James Wilt has ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how beyond the scandals and failures we’ve seen to date, the Global Transportation Hub was always built on a dangerous desire to allow businesses to escape rules and democratic oversight. For further reading…– Geoff Leo reports here on Brightenview’s use of benefits for “rural” investors to try to fill a warehouse mall integrally ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, summarizing a few of my earlier blog posts on the state of the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign – and the choice between two positive and appealing leaders that played out in the first debate. For further reading…– Jason Hammond offered his take on the debate and the provincial convention. – And Murray Mandryk commented ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s belated attempts to muddy the waters can’t avoid a clear verdict that he’s selling off Saskatchewan’s commonwealth for corporate gain. For further reading…– Kendall Latimer reported on Wall’s announcement that the price of previously-announced corporate tax cuts will be directed toward some other business-oriented use.– CBC reported on the announced ...