Susan on the Soapbox: What a Week

The week started out strange and got a whole lot stranger. Derek Fildebrandt’s Bev Oda moment This week we learned that Derek Fildebrandt Airbnb-ed his taxpayer subsidized apartment, pocketed the cash and claimed the full rental expense in his housing allowance. Most people would call it double dipping but Mr Fildebrandt said it was a ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildfire Reports: A political firestorm

Wildrose leader Brian Jean is furious with the NDP government’s response to two reports on the Fort McMurray wildfire. He says the government is attempting to whitewash the reports’ findings and delayed releasing them in a shocking display of arrogance which is “totally unacceptable in any democracy.”  He wants a judge-led independent public inquiry into ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Cassandra Award

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Susan on the Soapbox: Principles vs Politics

The Wildrose Opposition spent the last three weeks berating the NDP government for not spending millions and millions of dollars fast enough. Wait, what? The Wildrose says farmers are being “held to ransom” because they’ve had to delay the 2017 planting season waiting around for AgriInsurance adjusters to declare their crops partially or completely destroyed.  ...

LeDaro: Donald Trump wins U.S. presidency

U.S. has faced two major disasters in last 16 years. The first one was 9/11 and now the second one is 11/9.

LeDaro: Donald Trump wins U.S. presidency

U.S. has faced two major disasters in last 16 years. The first one was 9/11 and now the second one is 11/9.

Susan on the Soapbox: Trumpism: A Wake Up Call

We can pick apart Donald Trump’s acceptance speech but it won’t get us very far. Trump is getting smarter in how he presents “the facts”.  For example: He uses anecdotal stories about three children killed by illegal Mexican immigrants (murdered and in car accidents) as proof that illegal immigration is out of control notwithstanding the ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Fort McMurray Wildfire: Another Wasted Opportunity for the Wildrose

On May 10, Danielle Larivee, minister of Municipal Affairs, welcomed Wildrose MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao back to the Legislature.  They’d been in Fort McMurray surveying the damage from the wildfire. Mr Jean received a standing ovation. He personally thanked the RCMP, emergency officials, first responders, and the families, towns, municipalities, villages, neighbourhoods and ...

Susan on the Soapbox: What We Learned from the Fort McMurray Wildfire

The government calls it MWF-009. Darby Allen, the regional fire chief of Wood Buffalo, calls it The Beast. Regardless of what it’s called the Fort McMurray wildfire is erratic, unpredictable and extremely dangerous. It was spotted on Sunday May 1; five hundred hectares burning southwest of the city.  By Sunday May 8 more than 161,000 ...

Susan on the Soapbox: B.C. “attacks” Alberta. Really?

Thirty-six little words. That’s all it took for the media to whip Albertans up into a “how dare you” frenzy. It started with the BC government’s Throne Speech in which Premier Christy Clark took her new election slogan—Say YES—for a test drive. BC Premier Clark Say YES she said to LNG, to mining, to the ...

Left Over: Toxic Spills and the Toxic Con (tsk, tsk…) Response….

  James Moore fires back at ‘political jabs’ over Vancouver oil spill Industry minister criticizes rush to blame before all facts are known CBC News Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:33 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 10, 2015 9:42 PM PT http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/04/the-bc-oil-spill-and-con-clown-james.html   As horrible as this event was, it did some good here in BC..this ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: A smattering of ways this Monday St. Paddy’s may go

So how is your’s going? I hope it hasn’t gotten much worse than “bulk cereal.” Slainté! Alltop is the bulk cereal of Internet humor aggregators. Genius “infotoon” by Lunchbreath.

Susan on the Soapbox: One Dead Fish or More Big Ideas? The Quality of Debate in Redford’s Government

Premier Redford complains bitterly about the quality of debate in the Legislature; apparently we need more “big ideas” and less “parochial debate”.*  However her Environmental Minister continues to provide fatuous explanations for why it took nineteen days to issue an Environmental Protection Order in connection with the largest coal mining waste water spill in Canadian ...

Susan on the Soapbox: We’re all in this together–sort of. The Alberta Flood 2013

Nobody said it better than the Dairy Lane Cafe and the Blue Star Diner in a sunny (literally) little poster announcing that on Canada Day every penny received from sales and tips would be donated to flood relief.  The blue banner “We’re All in This Together” epitomized the can-do attitude of Calgarians, indeed all Albertans, ...

DeSmogBlog: Chesapeake Energy Well Blowout in Wyoming Causes Evacuation, Methane "Roared" For Days

chesapeake-energy.jpg A potentially dangerous oil well blowout at a Chesapeake Energy site in Wymoing caused at least 60 and perhaps 70 residents to evacuate within 5 miles of the disaster for several days until it was contained earlier today. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) was drilling the well in the Niobrara Shale region underlying parts of Wyoming, ...