Babel-on-the-Bay: Trumping the News Media.

The other day one of our American relatives asked: “Why are you writing so much about Trump?” The simple answer is that President Donald Trump is an ongoing saga of the worst of things that can happen in politics. There are also the greatly increased readership statistics when writing about the political failures of Donald ...

Montreal Simon: The White House Dinner and the Shrinking of Donald Trump

I know it's an optical illusion, but the more Donald Trump rants and raves, the more his stature seems to shrink.He's trying to convince Americans that the media is more dangerous than the Russians.So it's not really surprising that a day after he called the "fake news" media the "enemies of the people," he's decided ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Real Steve Bannon

Saturday Night Live likes to portray Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the Grim Reaper.And the real president of the United States.But now that Bannon has emerged from the shadows, and outlined his master plan for total Trump domination, I think SNL's portrayal is far too generous.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Real Steve Bannon

Saturday Night Live likes to portray Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the Grim Reaper.And the real president of the United States.But now that Bannon has emerged from the shadows, and outlined his master plan for total Trump domination, I think SNL's portrayal is far too generous.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Ryan discusses the precarity facing far too many UK residents who are a single missed bill payment away from financial disaster: There are now 19 million people in this country living below the minimum income standard (an income required for what the wider public view as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Ryan discusses the precarity facing far too many UK residents who are a single missed bill payment away from financial disaster: There are now 19 million people in this country living below the minimum income standard (an income required for what the wider public view as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Daniel Tencer reports on Pierre Kohler and Servaas Storm’s study showing that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement figures to cost jobs and wages in Canada and across Europe.  – Jim Tankersley explains the initial rise of the stock market since November’s U.S. election, while offering reason to ...

Alberta Politics: Canada had better plan for an unprecedented refugee crisis as U.S. lurches toward ‘ethnic cleansing’

PHOTOS: Austrian police and Syrian refugees crowd a train platform in Vienna on Sept. 4, 2015 (photo by Josh Zakary). Below: U.S. President Donald Trump (photo by Gage Skidmore) and a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey in 2016 (European Parliament photos). Canadians should be deeply concerned about stated plans by the Trump Regime in the ...

Montreal Simon: How Can We Get Rid Of Donald Trump?

Donald Trump has now been president for a full month, and already his presidency seems to be falling apart.His ratings are falling like a stone, psychiatrists can't decide whether he's mentally ill or just senile.And the Swedes are wondering what he's been smoking. So the obvious question is, how can we get rid of him?Read more ...

Montreal Simon: How Can We Get Rid Of Donald Trump?

Donald Trump has now been president for a full month, and already his presidency seems to be falling apart.His ratings are falling like a stone, psychiatrists can't decide whether he's mentally ill or just senile.And the Swedes are wondering what he's been smoking. So the obvious question is, how can we get rid of him?Read more ...

Alberta Politics: Are non-Albertans who FRWN on progress behind many of the online threats against Premier Rachel Notley?

PHOTOS: Part of the uninspiring, sometimes troubling, field of Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates. Their names? Frankly, it’s too much work to note them all down (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper (CBC). Is a disengaged and demoralized ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

Doesn’t it seem like weeks ago that Justin Trudeau visited Donald Trump? It was the story on this side of the border for days. But Trudeau had barely lifted off from Washington and his visit was forgotten, overwhelmed by a tsunami of terrible Trump news. But let’s briefly look back on the Trump-Trudeau visit, which ...

Politics Canada: America, can you not tell your president is ill?

Donald J Trump is a sick man. He is suffering, tortured, obsessed and day by day drifting farther and farther from reality and sanity.  

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Jordy Cummings exposes the shady side of Justin Trudeau’s shin persona. Dimitri Lascaris interviews Nora Loreto about Canada’s relationship with the U.S. And Michal Rozworski challenges Trudeau’s decision to serve as a prop for Donald Trump rather than defending Canadian values: The point to remember is that there would ...

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Suffering From Untreated Syphilis?

It should be obvious by now that there is something terribly wrong with Donald Trump.This deranged tweet he fired off yesterday is only more evidence of that. For in a normal world he would have been arrested for inciting violence against the media.And then there was that bizarre press conference.Read more »

Alberta Politics: What you should worry about when you worry about President Trump – hint: not where Ivanka sits!

PHOTOS: The controversial photo of Mr. Donald, Ivanka Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto … Wait! That’s Joe Trudeau! Below: U.S. Presidents whose “First Ladies” weren’t necessarily their wives, for one reason or another … Thomas Jefferson, who predated the whole First Lady phenomenon; Martin van Buren, a widower; Grover Cleveland, who married while he was ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trump’s border plan for Canada? So far, not a wall

The fist meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump seems to have made it clear that there will be no wall between the 8,891 km Canada-US border. The post Trump’s border plan for Canada? So far, not a wall appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Ghost of Richard Nixon

If the Mad King Donald thought that Mad Mike Flynn's sudden departure would end his so-called "RussIan problem," it appears he was sadly deluded.For that problem just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Dan Rather is now comparing it to the Watergate scandal, and calling for an independent investigation. "Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth … ...

Alberta Politics: Appalled maybe, but no one should be surprised by the ugly threats against Rachel Notley

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. She has been threatened more than any other Alberta premier, and she reacts with aplomb. Below: British politician Jo Cox, murdered last year by a right-wing extremist for her beliefs; federal Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander while a right-wing crowd chanted “lock her up” about Ms. Notley; U.S. President Donald ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Wasted hours in Washington.

Did you think President Trump was going to slice and dice our prime minister for lunch the other day? First of all, Donald Trump seemed to like Justin Trudeau. He would think of Trudeau as a younger version of himself. This young guy was manor born. It is all so easy for him. He was ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Justin Trudeau Tamed Donald Trump

He must have been nervous when he left Ottawa early yesterday morning to go and see Donald Trump.He knew he would be dealing with a maniac, and that one false step could cost Canada millions of jobs.But when the time came, Justin Trudeau made it look easy. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Joint Statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Read the two leaders’ joint statement. The post Joint Statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harvard Law School Director Deborah Anker’s Letter To Justin Trudeau Addresses Impact Of Trump’s Executive Orders On Asylum Seekers

Harvard Law School Director Deborah Anker’s letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the impact of Trump’s executive orders on asylum seekers. According to Anker, the orders are “based on erroneous assumptions about the criminality and extremist tendency of the immigrant population.” The post Harvard Law School Director Deborah Anker’s Letter To Justin Trudeau Addresses ...

Susan on the Soapbox: How to Get Rid of an Autocrat

Donald Trump isn’t the first Western politician to attack the judiciary, muzzle scientists, erode evidence-based decision making by making up alternate facts, disenfranchise voters, create two-tiered citizenship, push a corporate agenda, insult the very government leaders he needs to help him achieve his vision, and wage a divisive Islamophobic campaign to shore up core support. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – David Suzuki discusses the merits of a four-day work week in improving both working and living conditions:  It’s absurd that so many people still work eight hours a day, five days a week — or more — with only a few weeks’ vacation a year, often needing ...