Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Nina Shapiro comments on the price of privatizing public goods. And George Monbiot weighs in on how the Grenfell Tower fire confirms that what corporatist politicians deride as “red tape” is in fact vital protection for people: For years successive governments have built what they call a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Star offers some lessons from the UK’s election, including the powerful appeal of unabashed social democratic policy. Aditya Chakrabortty discusses how Jeremy Corbyn has changed his country’s politics for a long time to come. And Gary Younge observes that the gains achieved by Corbyn and Labour represent ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Per Molander examines new research on the sources of inequality which concludes that massive gaps in wealth and income inevitably arise purely out of chance rather than any individual merit: Differences in income or assets that are based on differences in capabilities or effort are widely considered to ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Libs’ pleasantly surprising hints toward enforcing the Canada Health Act – and the Saskatchewan Party’s response that it would rather fight for profit-motivated medicine than work on building a sustainable universal system. For further reading…– By way of background on the enforcement of the Canada Health Act at the federal level, see ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: MRIs: The New Provincial – Federal Grudge Match

SOURCE: CBC News – No Plans to End Private MRIs, Says Sask. Health Minister to Federal Concerns While there’s some interesting things happening with the GTH as of this morning (Wall’s Chief of Staff being involved in an e-mail chain, the auditor indicating a police investigation is underway, etc.) we’re going to talk about the ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: MRIs: The New Provincial – Federal Grudge Match

SOURCE: CBC News – No Plans to End Private MRIs, Says Sask. Health Minister to Federal Concerns While there’s some interesting things happening with the GTH as of this morning (Wall’s Chief of Staff being involved in an e-mail chain, the auditor indicating a police investigation is underway, etc.) we’re going to talk about the ...

Northern Reflections: Praise For Philpott

Jane Philpott has been getting a lot of blow back for a ride she recently took in a supporter’s limousine. It cost, admittedly, much more than public transportation. But Gerry Caplan has come to her defence: Jane Philpott is exactly the kind of citizen we should want in Parliament: a doctor of medicine, with a ...

Northern Reflections: Praise For Philpott

Jane Philpott has been getting a lot of blow back for a ride she recently took in a supporter’s limousine. It cost, admittedly, much more than public transportation. But Gerry Caplan has come to her defence: Jane Philpott is exactly the kind of citizen we should want in Parliament: a doctor of medicine, with a ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Disgusting Attack on the Trudeau Government

Yesterday I wrote about how Rona Ambrose and her Cons were going after the decent Health Minister Jane Philpott for having rented a limo Lexus to travel around the Greater Toronto Area.Instead of taking a taxi or a bus.As well as going after the equally decent Environment Minister Katherine McKenna, for the "crime" of having spent ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Disgusting Attack on the Trudeau Government

Yesterday I wrote about how Rona Ambrose and her Cons were going after the decent Health Minister Jane Philpott for having rented a limo Lexus to travel around the Greater Toronto Area.Instead of taking a taxi or a bus.As well as going after the equally decent Environment Minister Katherine McKenna, for the "crime" of having spent ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – David Dayen wonders whether the Obama administration’s decision to end the use of private prisons might represent the needed start of a movement away from relying on poor corporate services as a substitute for public action: Private prisons experienced more safety and security incidents. They had higher rates ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – David Dayen wonders whether the Obama administration’s decision to end the use of private prisons might represent the needed start of a movement away from relying on poor corporate services as a substitute for public action: Private prisons experienced more safety and security incidents. They had higher rates ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Attempted Lynching of Jane Philpott

It's not a pretty sight, but Rona Ambrose and her Con bullies are in a high state of excitation.They think they've found another helpless target, and a massive scandal that will destroy the Liberal government.And no, this time it isn't the nannies and the Trudeau children they are going after.It's the Health Minister Jane Philpott. Read ...

Montreal Simon: The Liberals and the Legalization of Marijuana

Wednesday was National Weed Day or 4/20 day, when all over Canada and the world people gather to celebrate cannabis culture and smoke up. So one has to commend the Liberal government for the timing of this announcement.  Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year, Canada's health minister told the UN at ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Liz Farmer discusses the growing body of evidence showing that high-end tax cuts do nothing to build the economy for anybody but the few privileged beneficiaries. And Stephen Kimber writes about the billions of dollars Canada loses to tax evasion every year, while calling out the “taxpayer” ...